Born in Northwest Indiana, Laura's a graduate of River Forest High School (home of the Ingots) and got her bachelor's degree from Purdue and a master's from Indiana University [we think she roots for both even when they play each other].
Her work has won several awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association, Society of Professional Journalists/Indiana Chapter, and Network Indiana. She has also had academic papers selected for presentation at national conferences like the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Broadcast Education Association.
Laura watched her share of game shows growing up and one summer while in California, she's chosen to be a contestant on "Sale of the Century". Her TV favorites include The Honeymooners, Project Runway, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who and Star Trek (TNG and the original). She also enjoys crossword puzzles and when asked what some of her favorite places to visit are she says -- office supply stores.
Tonight is a big night for The Arc Northwest Indiana, as the BRIDGES Development Foundation and ‘Friends of The Arc Northwest Indiana, Inc. are hosting the 10th annual “Buds and Blossoms© Evening” at Avalon Manor in Merrillville. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., guests can browse a variety of specialty boutiques and afterwards enjoy a dinner. I'm honored to have been asked to speak at tonight's event, and you'll hear a little about the role of radio here in the Region. The evening will also include both silent and bidding auctions, and guests will be eligible for a variety of door prizes. Thanks to everyone who'll be attending tonight, and thanks for asking me to be a part of it.
[Photo provided Humane Society Calumet Area]
From Humane Society Calumet Area: The Munster High School FIRST Robotics Team have been lending a helping hand to a 6-month old kitten named Tapas at the Humane Society Calumet Area. Tapas was brought in a garbage can to the shelter, when he was 3-months old. It was then discovered that he had very limited mobility in his back legs which prevents him from walking. Upon researching and brainstorming countless ideas of how to help out this kitten’s mobility, Liz Popovich, Humane Society Calumet Area’s Lab Technician, came across blueprints on the Internet of a cat wheel-cart. Popovich then decided to contact the Munster High School FIRST Robotics Team to ask for assistance in building this cart. The Robotics Team happily took on the task and built two different models of the wheel-cart for Tapas. The team discovered that the second cart was better suited for Tapas’ needs. As of right now, Tapas is learning how to get around in his new cart. “I completely adore Tapas. He is a little fighter, who does not let his condition bring him down.” said Popovich, who works with him daily. Shown in picture, Tapas in his cart along with some members of the Munster Robotics Team and Nicole Arwood, Lab Technician at the Humane Society Calumet Area.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Vietnam Wall is visiting Northwest Indiana this summer, and James “Bingo” Sawyer, Road Guard Captain for The Wall Gang”veterans support organization out of Michigan City is inviting Region residents to join the many who will be part of a huge escort from Hammond to the campus of Purdue University North Central in Westville.
The convoy is Tuesday July 3rd, with opening ceremonies on campus that night and closing ceremonies July 7th.
For more info, visit www.pnc.edu/avtt or call 219-785-5200
Saw this news release, couldn't help but think of the cool sound the IBM Selectrics used to make. April 25, 2012, is Administrative Professionals Day --lw
From International Association of Adminstrative Professionals:
Admins embrace new technology, but are nostalgic for old office equipment
The electric typewriter may be gone, but it’s not forgotten.
With the approach of the 60th anniversary of Administrative Professionals Week April 22-28, 2012, the International Association of Administrative Professionals recently surveyed admins about office innovation. Their answers revealed a surprising nostalgia for an old favorite.
When asked which extinct technology they’d bring back, about a quarter of the respondents picked the electric typewriter. That was followed in popularity by the Rolodex, Dictaphone, adding machine, microfiche and mimeograph machine. Other nominees included rotary telephones and carbon paper.
Nostalgia aside, the survey also revealed that admins are savvy when it comes to current office technology. About 96 percent of the 3,549 survey respondents say technology is very important when doing their jobs. Roughly 93 percent are either early or second-generation adopters of new or updated office technology and software at work. Combine this with the fact that IAAP members will be responsible for about $33 million in corporate spending for office equipment this year and it becomes clear just how important they are to modern business.
Technology has become an integral tool for admins who have seen their job responsibilities and challenges increase significantly over the last five years. About 70 percent of the survey takers say updated technology and software makes their jobs easier by helping them juggle more tasks at work. That echoes recent findings from IAAP’s 2012 Administrative Professionals Skills Benchmarking Survey, which revealed that keeping up with changing technology, increased workloads and doing more with fewer resources are the biggest challenges admins face.
IAAP, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is the world’s leading association for administrative professionals, with over 500 chapters and more than 22,000 members worldwide. IAAP sponsors Administrative Professionals Week®, held the last full week in April and Administrative Professionals Day® on Wednesday of APW. Further information about IAAP is available at www.iaap-hq.org .
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