New Coaching Program Helps At-Risk High School Students

BY JANET MANDELSTAM High school students at risk of not earning a diploma have extra support this year thanks to a new pilot program that places eight educational coaches at 10 schools in southwest-central Indiana. Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) and Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington launched the Graduation and Career Coaching Initiative to improve graduation rates, prepare students for postsecondary options, and ensure a qualified workforce for regional employers. Educators at each of the schools, including Bloomington High School North and Bloomington High School South, identify the at-risk students who will work with the coaches. Coaches report to Trudy Shaw at Ivy Tech. “They meet with the students every week and review their grades, attendance, and any disciplinary issues,” she says. […]

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Joe LaMantia Creates Community Art With Volunteers, Using Found Objects

BY SUSAN M. BRACKNEY Collaboration and inclusivity just might be Joe LaMantia’s most important art supplies. The 70-year-old artist has worked on community art installations in Bloomington and beyond for more than 20 years. “When I approach working with a school or community organization, I listen to what people have to say about what they’re looking for or what they’d like to have,” LaMantia says. “Then I take all those ideas and synthesize them.” LaMantia has long seen value and possibility in everyday castoffs. “As a kid I used to roam the streets, picking up things that were just beautiful. Things that were crushed. Metal things. Plastic things. I just enjoyed looking at them,” he says. Decades later, he routinely […]

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Can You Do A Triathlon? Test Yourself at Indoor Event

BY BARB BERGGOETZ If you are an aspiring triathlete or just someone seeking a low-key, late-winter challenge, the Indiana University Swim Club may have just what you need. Athletes who participate in the March 5 IU Swim Club Indoor Triathlon will swim, bike, and run indoors in the safe, controlled environment of the IU Student Recreational Sports Center. The annual event typically attracts about 700 participants. “We like that it’s a great way to try a triathlon without a lot of stress,” says Bill Ramos, Swim Club faculty adviser and IU School of Public Health assistant professor. Participants use the center’s pool, stationary bikes, and track. Ramos says the triathlon attracts many people who want to see if they can […]

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Greene & Schultz Hoosier Half Marathon Fundraiser for Riley Hospital, April 8

BY PAUL BICKLEY Having won the men’s division each of the past five years, Jesse Davis, who ran cross country and track at Bloomington High School South and qualified twice for the U.S. Olympic marathon team, will try to make it six wins in a row on April 8 when he competes in the Greene & Schultz Hoosier Half Marathon. “It’s my favorite course!” says Davis, 35. The race starts and finishes at the Indiana University Virgil T. DeVault Alumni Center, 1000 E. 17th St. Along the way, runners pass by the downtown Square, run up Kirkwood and through parts of the IU campus, traverse some near-south neighborhoods, and pass by Bryan Park. Samantha Ginther, 26, the women’s 2015 winner, […]

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‘A winter’s day In a deep and dark 
December’ (photo gallery)

Photo by Stephen Sproull   Saturday, December 10, 2016 Bloom Magazine’s 3rd Take a Picture Day It was indeed the kind of winter’s day Paul Simon was thinking of when he wrote, “I Am a Rock”; it was “deep and dark” and mighty cold, too. On December 10, 2016, the sun rose at 7:55 a.m. EST and set at 5:23 p.m. The high temperature was 29 degrees Fahrenheit; the low, 20 degrees. The day was mostly overcast, although the sun did break through for a few brief intervals. It was the kind of cold, silent day where most Bloomingtonians chose to hunker down indoors. We had hoped for snow. Our first Take a Picture Day for summer took place on [...]

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