Speaker Date Topic
Jason Samuel, Asst. Professor of Communication Sep 24, 2018 12:00 PM
The Globe, WGCS - Celebrating 60 years of broadcast excellence
The Globe, WGCS - Celebrating 60 years of broadcast excellence
Jason Samuel, Assistant Professor of Communications, General Manager of The Globe, WGCS - Celebrating 60 years of broadcast excellence.
2018 – Maple Scholars Summer Research Program – “Sixty Years of Culturally Progressive Radio,” a collaborative faculty-student research project that will produce an audio documentary for the 60th anniversary celebration of Goshen College radio station, WGCS.
Mell Hall Oct 01, 2018 12:00 PM
Mel Hall, Candidate for Congress
Mel Hall, Candidate for Congress

A Hoosier farm boy, minister, and business leader, Mel Hall is running to fix Washington and start getting things done for a change. Mel has spent his life empowering those around him and providing opportunities for hardworking people to succeed.
Mel was born and raised on the family farm in Indiana. He and his three sisters learned from an early age the importance of a hard day’s work. Mel fed the calves and chickens, hung drywall, and worked with bricklayers. Mel’s father was a union carpenter before he started his own general contracting business; Mel’s mother kept the books for the family company.

It was on the family farm that Mel and his sisters learned the old expression, “What you do speaks so loud I can’t hear what you say.” To this day, Mel lives up to that belief in everything he does.

Mel graduated from Taylor University and then went to seminary. After graduation, he served as a Methodist minister in Detroit’s poorest and most densely-populated neighborhood. Mel knew that he wanted his life to make a difference.

Mel spent seven years as a minister. The church served as a community center, providing job training programs, legal aid clinics, senior citizen advocacy programs, and even a basketball league with Mel as the coach.

To this day, Mel credits his time as a minister as the best education he’s ever received.

Mel then pursued a PhD in Data Science at Notre Dame and joined the South Bend-based patient survey firm Press Ganey as employee number 34. Mel worked his way up through the company before he was asked to run it. By the time he left Press Ganey, Mel had grown the company to employ more than 800 people right here in northern Indiana.

At Press Ganey, Mel and his team focused on improving health care by giving voice to the one group of people so often left out of the health care process: patients.

Mel has lived his life with integrity and dedicated himself to improving the lives of those around him. That’s why he will reject Congressional perks in Congress and only serve three terms.

It’s no secret that Congress is broken. Mel knows that the only way to fix Washington is with the ideas that come from folks in places like Elkhart, South Bend, Winamac, and Peru.

That’s why Mel will always listen to Hoosiers in the 2nd District and take their ideas to Washington. He’s not beholden to corporate special interests. He only looks out for the hardworking families in the 2nd District.

Mel will do what it takes to fight for Hoosiers in the 2nd District. He will always put Hoosier families first.

For more visit: https://www.melforcongress.com/

Rex Martin Oct 08, 2018 12:00 PM
Rex Martin, CEO of NIBCO
Rex Martin, CEO of NIBCO

Rex Martin is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of NIBCO INC., a worldwide manufacturer of flow control system solutions for the residential and commercial construction markets.  Rex Martin represents the fourth generation of Martin family leadership as NIBCO celebrates its 110th year.  The company has manufacturing across North America and in Europe but the worldwide headquarters has always been in Elkhart, Indiana.

Rex joined the Company in 1975 and served in a variety of leadership positions in marketing, manufacturing plant management and executive positions until his appointment as President.  He has held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer since 1992 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 1995.

Martin is the Co-Founder and Chairman of The Rex & Alice A. Martin Foundation which specializes in donations to fund major projects for children in all of the NIBCO site locations.  Rex has also served on many not-for-profit educational institutions and charities across the State of Indiana as well as leading several capital campaigns.  He has served on the United Way of Elkhart County, WNIT Public Television,  The American Red Cross of Elkhart County, the Elkhart Community Foundation, the Elkhart Park Foundation, Culver Academies, and Elkhart General Hospital.   Rex currently serves on the Student Athletics Advisory Board for the University of Notre Dame.

Rex Martin has been honored many times for his leadership and philanthropy by such organizations as Culver Academies, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Indiana University at South Bend, Lions’ Club International, The National American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America and the American Federation of Philanthropy.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington and a Master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rex and his late wife Alice, who passed away in December 2017, have two daughters—Ashley and Alexis.  Both daughters live and work in Elkhart. Ashley works at NIBCO INC. and Alexis works with her husband, Shawn Klose, at Images Jewelers.

Jackie Walorski Oct 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Jackie Walorski, candidate for congress
Jackie Walorski, candidate for congress

Jackie Walorski, a lifelong Hoosier , is grateful to serve the people of Indiana’s Second District and bring common sense Hoosier solutions to Congress. She is committed to protecting our nation’s security to keep our families safe from terrorist threats at home and abroad, getting our nation’s fiscal house in order, cutting out of control regulations to create jobs, and fighting for veterans.

Jackie Walorski is a native Hoosier, born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. As the representative of Indiana’s Second District, she brings to Congress Hoosier common sense solutions.

The daughter of a firefighter and small business owner, Jackie learned the value of public service and hard work at a young age. After graduating from Riley High School, she became the first in her family to graduate from college. She began her career as a crime reporter and later worked as a development director to raise funds for Indiana colleges and universities. Shortly after marrying her husband Dean, a Mishawaka school teacher, Jackie and Dean moved to Romania as missionaries and founded an agency to help provide food and medical supplies to the country’s impoverished children.

After watching the horrific attacks of September 11th and returning home to Indiana, Jackie decided to serve in a different way. In 2004, Jackie was elected to her first of three terms in the Indiana House of Representatives. She rose quickly to leadership, becoming the Assistant Floor Leader for the Republican Caucus. She was a leader for fiscal responsibility, helping to balance Indiana’s budget, lower taxes and eliminate wasteful government spending. Jackie is an advocate for the unborn and the 2nd Amendment.

In 2012, Jackie was first elected to the United States House of Representatives. Currently, in her second term in Congress, she serves on the House Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, and Agriculture committees. She also chairs the House Subcommittee on Nutrition.

Jackie believes that Hoosiers could teach Washington some common sense. Hard-working Hoosier families sit around their kitchen tables, balancing their checkbooks, and make tough financial decisions to plan for the future and it’s time for Washington to do the same. She knows that getting our country’s fiscal house in order, removing burdensome regulations, and stopping government overreach is essential to creating Hoosier jobs. She stands for the sanctity of life and is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Jackie takes her commitment to keep our country safe from dangerous threats both at home and abroad seriously, and fights every day to ensure our veterans receive the very best care possible. Simply put, Jackie listens to the concerns of her district and takes their voice to Congress.

For more visit: https://www.standwithjackie.com/

"5th Monday" Dinner Meeting Oct 22, 2018

We've rescheduled our "5th" Monday to the 4th Monday of October! Join us for dinner and fellowship at the Matterhorn Conference Center on Monday, October 22 at 6 p.m.
If you show up for lunch, you'll be 6 hours early!

Jack Colwell Oct 29, 2018 12:00 PM
Jack Colwell, South Bend Tribune Political Columnist
Jack Colwell, South Bend Tribune Political Columnist

Jack Colwell is a columnist at The South Bend Tribune and a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Besides serving on the Notre Dame faculty, he is a newspaper columnist and frequent participant in public affairs and news programs on television. Colwell was political writer for the South Bend Tribune for over 38 years: from 1964 until retiring from full-time  employment at the newspaper in 2003.

He continues to write a political column for the Tribune and online for  Howey Politics Indiana. He has covered 20 national political conventions, sessions of the Indiana General Assembly and political campaigns from local to presidential.

Brian Buckley, Elkhart Central High School Nov 05, 2018 12:00 PM
Brian Buckley, Elkhart Central High School Athletic director, with updates on impending merger
Brian Buckley, Elkhart Central High School Athletic director, with updates on impending merger
Jesse Sensenig, Owner, Goshen Brewery Nov 12, 2018
Goshen Brewery
Goshen Brewery

Jesse Sensenig, owner of Goshen Brewing Company, a family-friendly, farm-to-table brewpub in downtown Goshen. Owning a business like this means the activities in their days are varied, but range from getting to know customers and working alongside an amazing staff, to creating recipes and brewing the beer, to putting on events like concerts and movies on the lawn. A Goshen College education shaped the Sensenigs’ business in many ways. Jesse earned a social work degree and Amanda earned a psychology degree. They went on SST to the Dominican Republic and learned firsthand about caring for and learning from people who were different from them. At GC, they made lifelong friendships with people from around the world. “All of those experiences have shaped the values of Goshen Brewing Company, which boasts many GC alumni as staff,” they said. “In particular, we focus on relationships in every aspect of our business, and strive for a feeling of acceptance and belonging, both for staff and customers.” The Sensenigs believe in the importance of community, and integrate the values of service and stewardship instilled in them from their years at Goshen College. “We collaborate with other local businesses and practice sustainability in our food sourcing, using both local and organic products whenever possible. GBCo. donates a portion of the proceeds from our Menno-Mighty IPA t-shirts to local organizations, such as LaCasa, Inc. and the Elkhart County Clubhouse. We support local artists, using and selling their merchandise at the brewery. The emphasis Goshen College places on music has affected us as well. We’ve featured musicians playing a wide variety of styles of music on our patio and in several events on a larger stage on the lawn. We’re grateful for the impact Goshen College has had in shaping our worldview and we carry those experiences with us into our business.”



Dave Weaver, co-owner of Kem Krest Nov 19, 2018 12:00 PM
Jennifer Hayes, Heart City Health Nov 26, 2018