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News of Note
This is a selected listing of significant news releases, and does not include WonderLab's frequent releases about upcoming museum programs.
WonderLab Museum Announces Board Changes
April 9, 2015
Bloomington, IN—The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington announces the recent election of new Board of Directors officers. Attorney Karen Howe Fernandez will serve as president, Indiana University professor Elizabeth Raff will be vice president, and Old National Bank executive Crystal Taylor-Baker will be the treasurer-secretary of the board.
New board members include: Jacob Farmer (Indiana University Information Technology Services), Bob Flynn (Indiana University Information Technology Services), Mark Franklin (German American Bank), Greg Humphrey (Commercial Service), Brandon O'Leary (Indiana University Foundation) and David Quick (Vistage International). They join currently serving members Michael Baker (Quality Mill Supply Company), Andy Cron (Cook Medical), McKenzie May Goodrich (Shine Insurance), Attorney Robert Mann, Dr. Timothy Steiner (IU Health), Donald Turner (EcoBuild LLC), and John West (FC Tucker/Bloomington, Realtors).
"We'd also like to take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding service of several board members who retired during the past year: Sarah Baumgart, Jim Blickensdorf, Dr. Jean Creek, Margaret Intons-Peterson, Hillary Person, Jean Schick, and Scott Smart," said Howe Fernandez.
WonderLab, a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an interactive science center and destination in the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District. WonderLab served more than 86,000 people at the museum and through outreach in 2014.
IU Credit Union Donation Supports IU Students at WonderLab
January 21, 2015
Bloomington, IN—IU Credit Union has made a $3,000 contribution to the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology to help support Indiana University student employees in work-study positions and internships at the museum in 2015. This is the eighth annual donation IU Credit Union has made in its ongoing commitment to WonderLab for this purpose.
More than 78 students held such positions at WonderLab in 2014. They were involved in all aspects of the museum, including serving in the areas of programs, exhibit development and animal care, visitor services, and in various administrative capacities pertaining to development, marketing, membership, and volunteer functions. These students gain essential “real world” experience that enhances classroom learning and post-graduation employment opportunities. The students also benefit WonderLab by increasing the museum’s human resource capacity to provide services.
Bryan Price, President & CEO of IU Credit Union, remarked, "IU Credit Union recognizes the impact WonderLab's work-study program has on IU students in helping them gain valuable field experience. We are pleased to extend this opportunity."
Founded in 1956, IU Credit Union is a nonprofit financial institution with 10 branches statewide, more than 64,000 members, and assets of more than $780 million.
Learning Treasures Sponsors WonderLab Pre-K Program
January 20, 2015
Bloomington, IN—Learning Treasures has made a donation to become the 2015 first-quarter sponsor of Discovery Time, a weekly program for preschool-age children and their caregivers held at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology. The program, held on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., provides early childhood enrichment with readings of picture books and related hands-on activities with a different science theme each week. Discovery Time is free with museum admission.
Founded in 1981, Learning Treasures is a locally-owned store in Bloomington that offers parents and educators a diverse selection of high-quality, hands-on educational toys and games selected to meet the different learning styles of children from infancy and early childhood through the elementary school years.
"We're delighted to have Learning Treasures as our first sponsor under WonderLab's new 2015 Corporate Giving Program! Although Learning Treasures is a business and we are a nonprofit, we share the same mission," said Alison Pitt, WonderLab's development director.
WonderLab Earns 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
June 17, 2014
Bloomington, IN—The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for the second year in a row. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence provided by businesses worldwide, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. WonderLab is currently listed as the second most popular Bloomington attraction after Indiana University on TripAdvisor.