Millikin Students Win Prestigious Biology Research Awards

•June 22, 2016•

Students and alumni from Millikin University’s Biology Department received various accolades at the biennial Tri-Beta National Convention held this year at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., from June 2-4.Millikin University was represented by five students at the convention; two of which are recent graduates: Elizabeth Wrobel ‘15, from Tinley Park, Ill., and Spencer Hudson ‘15, from Wilmington, Del. Because they won 1st Place at the 2015 Tri-Beta District Convention, Wrobel and Hudson each received a travel stipend from the Tri-Beta national office for the national convention which is held every other year. Hudson recently completed his first year of a Ph.D. program at Utah State University, and Wrobel completed her first year of a Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia.

The convention featured 68 presentations across four divisions, with approximately 8-10 presentations during each session. Students from over 30 universities across the country presented their research.

In the ecology division for posters, Millikin University received two awards. Elizabeth Wrobel took home Millikin’s first-ever 1st Place Award at a Tri-Beta National Convention for her work with diseases in songbirds and raptors. Kelsey Going, a senior from Butler, Ill., earned a 3rd Place Award for her work with thermal tolerance and physiology in invasive frogs. Read More

SBL Nurse Residency Program Begins

Photo furnished New nurse graduates entering Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Nurse Residency Program are pictured left to right: first row – Casey Neville, Tara Biggs, Lisa Lawson, Emily Johnson, Hannah Jernigan, Tiffany McSparren, and Jessica Spence; second row – Cassie Riley, Megan Huddleston, Shelby Jackson, Kiersten Dent, Andrea Hutchinson, Lexi Walk, Kierston Oborne, Chris Roedl, Amber Waterman, Renea Phelps, Glenda Hunt, and Lexi Fiscus; third row – Cassie Will, Katy Augustyn, Todd Layton, Dwight Hardin, Haley Whitman, Marissa Klee, Jason Duhamell, and Andrew McDevitt. Not pictured are: Ali Barless, Jennifer Martinez, Amy Pippin, Hilary Bodle, Shelby Evinger, Nathan Raisner and Valentina Theole.

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New nurse graduates entering Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Nurse Residency Program are pictured left to right: first row – Casey Neville, Tara Biggs, Lisa Lawson, Emily Johnson, Hannah Jernigan, Tiffany McSparren, and Jessica Spence; second row – Cassie Riley, Megan Huddleston, Shelby Jackson, Kiersten Dent, Andrea Hutchinson, Lexi Walk, Kierston Oborne, Chris Roedl, Amber Waterman, Renea Phelps, Glenda Hunt, and Lexi Fiscus; third row – Cassie Will, Katy Augustyn, Todd Layton, Dwight Hardin, Haley Whitman, Marissa Klee, Jason Duhamell, and Andrew McDevitt. Not pictured are: Ali Barless, Jennifer Martinez, Amy Pippin, Hilary Bodle, Shelby Evinger, Nathan Raisner and Valentina Theole.

•June 22, 2016•

Thirty-four registered nurse graduates joined the first Nurse Residency Program at Sarah Bush Lincoln.

The Nurse Residency Program helps new nurses transition from nursing graduates to competent, confident and compassionate nurses. Sarah Bush Lincoln Nursing Leader Mindi O’Rourke, BSN, explained that for new nurses, there is so much to learn in the first year that sometimes it can be overwhelming. This program helps them adjust through additional classroom education, hands-on simulation, online learning modules and guest presenters. They also will be working with a mentor.”

A big plus is that the nurses will develop lasting relationships with other nurses in the program, which will help them acclimate to a new environment and begin their careers with a strong start. Read More

Smyser Hosts Picnic at Windsor Park

•June 22, 2016•

Smyser Christian Church is hosting “Picnic In the Park” at the Windsor Park. Any one may come for the meal and activities.

It will be a time to come together as neighboring communities to meet people and enjoy a meal. There will be activities for kids fifth grade and under at Kidz Corner. Area junior and senior high students are invited to stay after “Picnic In the Park” for XLR8 from 6:30-8, for a time of worship, Bible study, activities and fun times with friends. Read More

Working Together to Secure Today and Tomorrow

•June 22, 2016•

By Gerald Tilley
Social Security District Manager in Decatur

Your first job is a landmark occasion. You’re meeting new people, making professional connections and probably cashing that first paycheck. You might be a little surprised when you see a portion of your earnings go to a tax called “FICA” for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. This deduction goes to Social Security and is your way of helping us secure you today and tomorrow. It’s our job to keep the safety net of Social Security strong through your incremental contributions.

Understanding how important your contribution is takes some of the sting away because your taxes are helping millions of Americans. By law, employers must withhold Social Security taxes from workers’ paychecks. While referred to as “Social Security taxes” on an employee’s pay statement, sometimes the deduction is labeled as “FICA.” This stands for Federal Insurance Contributions Act, a reference to the original Social Security Act. Sometimes, you will see “OASDI,” which stands for Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance, the official name for the Social Security Insurance program.  Read More

Urban Flea Market Trip Offered

•June 22, 2016•

Join SBL Advantage 50 on Saturday, July 9, for a day trip to the annual Indianapolis “Treasure Hunt” flea market and yard sale.

Highlights of the trip include a stop at the Indy Urban Flea Market featuring a large selection of antiques and collectibles. The trip also includes 50 y’arrd sales throughout the Northside Historic District, which is held annually at All Saints Episcopal Church. The day will wrap up with dinner at Almost Home in Greencastle, IN. Cost of the trip is $100 per person which includes dinner and tip for the driver. Read More

Food Service Manager Certification Class

•June 22, 2016•

There will be 2 foodservice sanitation manager’s certification courses offered in July, the 18th and the 25th.  Each will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at ILEAS Training Center, (former Champaign Co Nursing Home), 1701 E Main St, Urbana, IL.  Exam immediately following. Read More

Growing theme for Smyser Christian VBS

•June 22, 2016•

Smyser Christian Church will host Vacation Bible School 6-8:30 p.m. July 18-22. for children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. The theme is Growing: Inside Out.

Kids will learn about loving God and loving others as they explore the emotions of anger, fear, disgust, sadness and joy. Read More

Tragedy Inspires Mother to Educate Others About Safe Sleep

Photo furnished Newborn Kambri Hildebrand, with parents Brett and Mara Hildebrand, models a sleep sack at Sarah Bush Lincoln. They are pictured with SBL women and children’s nurse Haley Campbell (center) and Angie Goebel with her three-year-old son Grant.

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Newborn Kambri Hildebrand, with parents Brett and Mara Hildebrand, models a sleep sack at Sarah Bush Lincoln. They are pictured with SBL women and children’s nurse Haley Campbell (center) and Angie Goebel with her three-year-old son Grant.

•June 22, 2016•

Angie and Ben Goebel still struggle with the loss of their three-month-old daughter Maggie five years ago.

The couple never imagined tragedy would strike when the child’s baby sitter laid her down for a nap one morning. “We received a frantic call saying she wasn’t breathing and they had called 911,” Mrs. Goebel said. By the time the family reached the hospital emergency department, their baby girl was gone. “Maggie had rolled over into some soft bedding while napping in a “Pack’N Play” and suffocated,” Goebel explained. “It was a horrible accident.”

In the years that have followed this unthinkable tragedy, the Newton mother has made it one of her life missions to educate others on safe infant sleep practices. “I just want to educate everybody so there’s not another family that has to go through what we’ve gone through,” she said.

The Goebel family recently donated more than 100 HALO® Sleep Sacks to be given to parents enrolled in Oh! Baby childbirth classes at Sarah Bush Lincoln. Since 2005, The American Academy of Pediatrics and First Candle/SIDS Alliance suggest the use of a wearable blanket, like the HALO® Sleep Sack, instead of a loose blanket to help keep a baby warm. Loose blankets in the crib can pose a significant risk as they can cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing. Read More

Cowden Free Methodist Camp Comes to July

•June 22, 2016•

Pastor Gerry Coates is the featured evangelist at the Cowden Free Methodist Camp set for July 8-16.

Evening services are 7:30 pm except for Sunday which is 6 pm.  Morning Service is 10:30 am.

He first attended camp in 1967, and the son of Herb and Mary Coates was called to the ministry in 1977 during family camp at Cowden. Read More