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November 11, 2012

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TERRE HAUTE — Kroger Central Division announced Oct. 24 that Bob Brown of Terre Haute received the highest recognition given to a Kroger associate, the 2012 President’s Award. Brown is a manager of the Fort Harrison Road store in Terre Haute.

According to Kroger Central Division President Bob Moeder, “Bob began his career in 1974 as a clerk in Terre Haute. For the next several years he held many positions, including; grocery clerk, head dairy clerk and produce manager. In 1994 Bob was promoted to co-manager at the Meadows store in Terre Haute. He was promoted to grocery/drug coordinator in 2006 and then store manager in 2009. Bob not only possesses strong merchandising skills, he also has strong operational skills. His store finished 2011 with an extremely low total shrink [waste] number. He achieved his payroll, overtime and out of stock goals, his customer engagement goal and finished the year with a very high Key Retailing Recertification. Bob is active in the community, participating in both Race for Cure and Junior Olympics. He is truly a servant leader who models our company values. When not at work, Bob enjoys spending time outdoors and with his family. It is my honor to present Bob with a 2012 President’s Award.”

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Terre Haute Wilbert Burial Vault Company Inc. was recently awarded the 2012 Ultimate Service Provider designation by Wilbert Funeral Services Inc. The Ultimate Service Provider is the highest service honor possible for Wilbert licensees and is earned by passing rigorous on-site inspections in manufacturing and service. This is the second year in a row that the company has been honored with this distinction.

All Wilbert licensees are subject to regular inspections by WFSI field service engineers who evaluate numerous factors including compliance with vault manufacturing specifications and procedures, graveside service components such as well-maintained tents, chairs and polished lowering devices, clean service vehicles, and knowledgeable, professional service personnel.

“Our inspection procedures are the most stringent in the industry,” says Bobby Morgan, director of Field Services, WFSI, “and licensees who achieve Ultimate Service Provider must receive at least 8 points out of 10 in each and every one of the categories that are scored. That truly is quite an accomplishment.”  

Greg Puttmann, president of the company, said: “I am obviously very proud of this accomplishment and of the entire Terre Haute Wilbert Burial Vault Company team. It is most gratifying knowing that the service we provide is helping families at such a critical and often overwhelming time. That is what defines the ultimate service.”

The company has been providing Wilbert burial vaults and related services to funeral homes and cemeteries in the Wabash Valley area since 1957.

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Larsson Woodyard & Henson LLP announces accountant Megan E. Faulkner, MBA, has recently passed the Certified Public Accountant examination.   

After earning a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Eastern Illinois University, Faulkner came to the firm in January of 2011 as an intern, while pursuing her MBA. At EIU, Faulkner was a member of the accounting honors society Beta Alpha Psi and the business honors society Beta Gamma Sigma. She was hired by Larsson Woodyard & Henson LLP as a staff accountant in July and serves clients in general accounting, auditing and tax services.

Faulkner resides in Casey, Ill.

Larsson Woodyard & Henson LLP, with offices in Terre Haute and Paris, Casey, and Tuscola, Ill., is a Certified Public Accounting firm.

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The Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees voted to extend the contract of Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder by three additional years to now conclude June 30, 2017.

“We are pleased to extend the contract of President Snyder,” said Bruce Walkup, Chair of the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees. “Tom has been instrumental in the progress and growth of Ivy Tech, and his continued leadership is essential in this challenging period. Ivy Tech will play a critical role in improving Indiana’s position in college attainment, and Tom is the right leader for this challenge.”

Snyder was appointed President in 2007 and in August 2010 received a contract extension that would have taken him through June 2014 before this most recent action by the State Board of Trustees.

“I want to thank the Board for giving me the opportunity to continue being part of this team at Ivy Tech,” said Snyder. “The role of the community college in Indiana is more critical now than it ever has been in its 50-year history. The challenge is to improve student success in a period of severely limited resources and increase performance expectations. Our team of faculty and staff is critical to this effort and is more engaged now than ever before. The state of Indiana is in the forefront of the country’s educational change, and Ivy Tech is an important part of this change.”

During his first three years, President Snyder successfully led the college through a 10-year accreditation process and has been nationally recognized for efforts and achievements including being featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education as he was named one of seven community college Presidents making a difference. He earned the 2009 Freedom Award by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission for providing major, positive, societal influence in the community.

During his tenure, the College’s enrollment has increased 47 percent and the number of degrees and certificates earned by students has nearly doubled. The number of students transferring has increased by 75 percent since 1997 and now nearly a quarter of a million credits are transferred from Ivy Tech to four-year institutions throughout the state, saving Hoosier families over $32 million a year. In addition, under Snyder’s leadership, Ivy Tech has increased its dual credit program by 240 percent, saving Hoosier families over $14 million last year.

Much of the growth has occurred during changing financial times in the state. During President Snyder’s tenure, Ivy Tech has implemented various efficiency processes that have resulted in annual and one-time cost savings and new revenues. This savings has allowed the college to hire over 400 new faculty and staff members during this growth period.

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