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HLC approves Purdue/Kaplan online university

Purdue University Global is set to launch after receiving final approval from the Higher Learning Commission Monday. The notice of approval was the last step in the regulatory process for the new university, first announced in April 2017.

Purdue Global is the result of the land-grant Indiana public university’s acquisition of the for-profit Kaplan University,

Purdue Global will have its main campus in Indianapolis and is expected to launch officially in April. Betty Vandenbosch, currently president of Kaplan, will be the Purdue Global chancellor and will report to Daniels and the new institution’s six-member board of trustees, composed of five Purdue University trustees and one external trustee.

Boone Co. Gardenfest is April 7

The 32nd annual Gardenfest hosted by the Boone County Master Gardeners will be Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boone Co. 4-H Fairgrounds. Twenty garden-related vendors will sell unique garden art, gifts, flowers, herbs, succulents and other garden items.

Gardenfest highlights include a used tool and garden item sale, free soil testing, door prizes throughout the day and expert speakers.

Speakers include Amy Mullen – “Planting for Pollinators,” 10 a.m.; Myrene Brown – “Treasures in Our Local Woods,” 11:30 a.m.; and Constance Ferry – “Gardening in This Life and Time,” 1 p.m.

Children’s activities, free question-and-answer opportunities and lunch and homemade desserts will also be available, and the first 300 attendees will receive free native shrub seedlings (buttonbush, pawpaw and gray dogwood).

Gardenfest is sponsored by the Boone County Master Gardeners and is free and open to the public in the Farm Bureau Community Building at the Fairgrounds, 1300 E. County Road 100 S. in Lebanon. Find more info at www.mastergardenerboonecounty.org or Facebook on.fb.me/1btX2af.

Applications for Governor’s Fellowship invited

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Tuesday that applications will be accepted through April 6 for the 2018-2019 Governor’s Fellowship.

The program is highly selective, recruiting talented young men and women from across the state who will serve in various state agencies on a rotating basis for one year.

The program is open to college graduates who receive their bachelor’s degrees in either the fall of 2017 or the spring of 2018. Fellows, who are paid, full-time employees, participate in the daily activities and operation of state government, complete special projects, and experience firsthand how policies are made.

Many of those who have participated as Governor’s Fellows over the past two decades have gone on to successful careers in both the public and private sector – with some serving at the highest levels of local, state and federal government.

The application and submission guidelines can be found online at www.in.gov/gov/fellowship.htm. To be eligible for consideration, the application and all supporting materials must be postmarked or submitted via email by April 6, 2018.

If you have questions about the fellowship program, contact Katie Gilson at the Governor’s Office at 317-232-4567.