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A Pacific white-sided dolphin at Shedd is expecting

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We are delighted to announce that Piquet, one of the Pacific white-sided dolphins at Shedd Aquarium, is pregnant and due to deliver this fall. The 31-year-old dolphin is an experienced mother, having previously given birth to two healthy calves at Shedd – Sagu, born in 2012, and Makoa, born in 2015.

Our veterinary and animal care teams report that Piquet and her developing calf are progressing exactly as they should. They will provide her with any prenatal attention she may require in addition to the excellent care that is standard for all Shedd’s animals.

We are also anticipating the birth of beluga whale Mauyak’s calf in the...

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City of Hammond Public Presentation with Jeff Speck and Associates: Transforming Downtown Hammond


Hammond, May 24, 2019 - Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the City Department of Planning and Development Department invite you to a public presentation by best-selling author, city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck, along with urban design leader David Dixon, on Tuesday, May 28th at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology gymnasium (door M) 33 Muenich Court, starting at 6pm.

Mayor McDermott and the City of Hammond are excited to begin working with Jeff Speck and Associates on transforming downtown. The potential for positive change in Hammond’s core is strong right now, especially with the upcoming South Shore West Lake Corridor Extension Project. “This new transportation component in downtown adds strength to this area, which has struggled for years. Having people looking to live downtown and make it their home is a game-changer for Hammond and the Region. We...

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2019 Northwest Indiana Graduation Station


Caps off to these new graduates! Our coverage team has traveled across the Region to capture the culmination of these students' hard work. Celebrate with us and take a tour through our galleries.

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Community Healthcare System breaks the stigma around mental health at Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Symposium


Mental health is hard to talk about, especially when something is wrong. Many find themselves embarrassed or ashamed, others stay quiet and shut people out. On Wednesday, Community Healthcare System hosted the "Healthy Mind, Healthy Body" Symposium, an evening dedicated to breaking the stigma around discussing mental health.

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Valparaiso University Students and Alumni Receive Local, National Fellowships

rot1The Institute for Leadership and Service at Valparaiso University has selected 22 Valpo students and recent alumni for Calling and Purpose in Society (CAPS) Fellowships during summer 2019. Recipients are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and will complete internships with organizations dedicated to service and leadership for eight to 10 weeks during the summer. The CAPS Fellows Program helps Valpo students develop their sense of Calling and Purpose in Society through intensive experiential-learning opportunities accompanied by significant reflection. The 2019 CAPS Fellows are:

  • Juan Arellano ’20, a math and computer science major, and Claire Utzinger ’20, a studio art major, will intern at Ingenuity, an arts education advocacy organization in Chicago.
  • Haley Brewer ’20, an English major with minors in...

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READY NWI gathers to plan for region-wide student success


On the third Thursday of each month during the school year, leaders from K-12 schools, colleges across the Region, and workforce development professionals gather at Hobart High School to tackle the tricky topic of preparing students for college and careers. This Thursday, the leaders had a lot to discuss, namely their upcoming annual Summer Institute and how to best meet the state’s new graduation requirements.

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Students learn their vital role at Citizen Science Symposium


Entire worlds live right in our backyards. For the past several months, middle school students have been learning about the different worlds outside of their windows through the Dunes Learning Center’s new Citizen Science program. May 17 saw the culmination of their studies, as the students gathered at the Genesis Center in Gary for the Citizen Science Symposium.

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Maria Petti Memorial Scholarship available to students seeking a career in the surgical environment

rot3La Porte and Porter County students seeking a career in the surgical environment can apply for an award of up to $5,000 through the Maria Petti Memorial Scholarship.

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Valpo Professor Honored for Excellence in Teaching

rot1Randa J. Duvick, Ph.D., professor of foreign languages and literatures at Valparaiso University, has received the American Association of Teachers of French’s 2019 Dorothy Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award at the Post-Secondary Level.

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Valparaiso University Academic Year Concludes with Commencement Ceremonies May 18–19

rot1More than 900 undergraduate, graduate and law students will participate in Valparaiso University’s May 2019 commencement ceremonies, capping a productive year marked by numerous accomplishments for the University, along with its students and faculty.

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Hebron High School Students learn to fill the community's "Empty Bowls"

Hebron-High-SchoolHebron High School hosted the Tenth Annual Empty Bowls. The event featured live music, a silent auction, and a soup dinner to benefit the Hebron Country food pantry. All together, the school raised $3000. Hebron Art teacher Karen Jania spearheads this event with her students to bring attention to the threat of homelessness and hunger facing so many in our area. Jania earned an extra $500 by applying for and receiving a service learning grant in the Spreading Smiles Contest to help fund this event.

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