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Dr. Ronald Rochon

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Job: Provost at the University of Southern Indiana

Resume: In his 23 combined years as a professor and university administrator, Dr. Ronald Rochon has taught at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin. While at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Rochon served as the director and co-founder for the Research Center for Cultural Diversity and Community Renewal while also holding the position of director of the Master of Education-Professional Development Learning Community Program, interim director of the School of Education, and associate dean of the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education. Before making the move to the University of Southern Indiana in 2010, Rochon was the inaugural dean of the School of Education at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York.

Family: Wife Lynn Rochon, son Ayinde, 18, and daughter Nia, 16.

This south side Chicago native has seen his fair share of communities since completing his undergraduate degree at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. As the University of Southern Indiana provost, Dr. Ronald Rochon’s career has taken him all over the U.S., but he admits his time at USI has been his most cherished thus far.

What did you hope to accomplish when you accepted the provost position in 2010?
One of the things I wanted to accomplish was learn not only the job and do it well, but also come here and learn about the historical legacy of USI and what its goals already are. USI had just developed its first strategic plan and I wanted to be part of the community that could advance the plan to fruition. When I got here, I felt it was very important to reach out to faculty, staff, and students across campus to find out what was important to them and begin to assist in building upon an already successful model. I feel that in order for organizations to be successful, you have to develop partnerships and work with people.

What do you hope to achieve in the future with USI?
The Higher Learning Commission, an accrediting body, will be visiting our campus next year to review our academic programs, assessment plans, etc., and making sure we are prepared for that is a big goal of mine — one of many. I also want to continue developing academic programs that are responsive and receptive to students. With costs rising and students having to find a way to make ends meet, we need to support these students and make sure they achieve their academic goals.
I want to continually push this institution to receive the academic credibility we deserve.

I also want to continually be engaged in the recruitment process and make sure our student body reflects the state of Indiana and the rest of the country. I believe the more students we can recruit here from different walks of life, locations, and diverse situations will make our institution that much stronger.

How does USI compare to other educational environments you’ve seen?
This has been one of the friendliest places I have ever worked. It has a healthy attitude and a very collaborative spirit. USI is without question one of the most unique places I’ve ever worked in regards to people coming together to find ways to improve every part of the campus. I consider USI to be a healthy environment for teaching, learning, and also intellectual development.

Being an outsider, I can tell you one of my first observations about this community, without question, is that this place is one of the greatest secrets that higher education has to offer. Another one of my many goals is to make sure that we remain special while also making sure this secret goes viral. I want to sing from the mountaintops how great the school is, how great the students are, and how great the faculty is. Any chance I get to talk about USI, I use it.

For more information about the University of Southern Indiana, call 812-464-8600 or visit

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On the Right Path

After a life-altering injury, Ben Trockman serves as an advocate for those with disabilities
For the full feature, pick up the latest August/September issue of Evansville Business.

Ben Trockman doesn’t believe things happen for a reason. The 26-year-old Evansville native says life happens; what’s important is what you choose to do after the unthinkable occurs.

The Harrison High School graduate knows firsthand about life’s curveballs. Trockman was 17 years old in 2006 and on track to attend college at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. At the time, motocross racing was a hobby Trockman shared with his father, Vanderburgh Superior Court Judge Wayne Trockman, and younger brother Josh. In March 2006, the two brothers were competing in a race in Poole, Kentucky, when Trockman was involved in an accident and suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Today, Trockman relies on a motorized, high-tech chair (operated with the “sip-and-puff” method, where Trockman uses a straw to move his chair) to get around and on the help of others to navigate through his day.

“I really think that this injury and having to count on people — nurses, therapists, doctors, friends, and family — has really made me grow up,” says Trockman. “I think I’ve learned how important it is to give back and to help other people when you can.

“And not only is it important, but I’m really passionate about being a part of it,” he says.

Ben Trockman served as the Easter Seals capital campaign client advocate with other campaign cabinet members: honorary chairmen Karen and Niel Ellerbrook, campaign chairman Jim Sandgren, and former Easter Seals child representative Mo McDowell. Photo by Erik Photographic Studio. Below, Three years after serving as a representative for Easter Seals, Ben Trockman still works closely with the organization, including at the annual Easter Seals Telethon, where he spoke with WEHT Local/Local 7 WTVW host Shelley Kirk. Photo by Laura Newman.

Trockman’s resume shows that passion. In 2010, while attending the University of Southern Indiana, he was named the adult representative for Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Evansville — a one-year honor and commitment. Two years later he was asked to be the National Ambassador for the nonprofit. Though he originally dreamed to work in sports management, handling public relations or communications for a team, the years spent with Easter Seals opened his eyes to what he truly wanted to do with his life.

“Because I had the opportunity to travel all across the country to speak about disability, to meet people with disabilities, I noticed the impact that Easter Seals and I could have just by being able to speak and spread the mission,” he says.

Easter Seals Director of Marketing & Community Relations Pam Kirk says she always was impressed with Ben’s positive outlook during his time as an ambassador for the nonprofit organization. His continued involvement with Easter Seals has been just as invaluable, she adds.

“Yes, Ben’s giving people a better understanding of the unique issues faced by our friends and neighbors who happen to have disabling conditions,” she says. “But just as important, he’s encouraging us to look beyond our expectations. He’s helping us realize that we’re all more alike than different.”

As he neared graduation from USI, Trockman says he wasn’t sure where his life was headed. Majoring in public relations and advertising, it was a conversation with his father two weeks before graduation that spurred his next move. With support from his family, Trockman says he decided to email five different CEOs within Evansville, asking to meet.

“I wasn’t asking for a job, just asking for advice,” he says.

One of those emails led to a conversation with the CEO of Old National Bank Bob Jones. What Trockman wasn’t expecting after his meeting with Jones was to hear from ONB’s Talent Acquisition Manager and Senior Vice President Ron Hagy, who wanted to have a chat with the soon-to-be USI graduate.

“After about two hours of a lunch that was supposed to only be about half an hour to an hour, we found common ground in having the desire to help people with disabilities,” says Trockman.

A month after that lunch, Hagy contacted him again, this time with a job opportunity. Hagy says the meeting with Trockman was at the perfect time.

“We created the Community Outreach and Employment specialist role because we needed to move forward faster than we were with a plan in place,” he says. “We have had a focused commitment for many years and are working with individuals with disabilities. It just wasn’t happening at the rate and in the way we all wanted things to.”

Since coming on board, Hagy says Trockman’s presence, his ability to present ideas, and his critical thinking inspires everyone in the company. Trockman is helping change minds at not only Old National, but in the community as well, Hagy adds, and the reputation he has is very valuable.

“He allows us to see the confidence of people with disabilities, so his mere presence is so important,” he says.

Trockman says working for a bank is the last place he thought he would be, but the opportunity was one too big to pass up. The fact he gets to combine his passions of helping those with disabilities find employment and bettering the Evansville community sealed the deal for Trockman when he was offered the job.

In May 2015, Trockman was awarded the Ralph Braun Foundation Spirit Ability award, presented by former Indy Racing driver Sam Schmidt. Schmidt also is a quadriplegic who suffered an injury after an accident in 2000 at the Walt Disney World Speedway. During the presentation, the former driver said Trockman’s work to help those with disabilities find employment is why he’s a perfect recipient of the award. As part of receiving the honor, Trockman and his parents, Wayne and Jill Trockman, traveled to Indianapolis Motor Speedway one week before the historic Indianapolis 500 race. Right, others with disabilities joined Trockman during Schmidt’s “Day at the Races,” which is an initiative sponsored by BraunAbility and the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. Those attending were given VIP access where they received a behind-the-scenes tour of the car garages and pit areas, met the drivers, and watched qualification runs and actual races.

“We’re trying to figure out here at Old National ways to not only bring in these talented workers who have disabilities, but also change the mindset from the top down,” says Trockman. “We believe that you can’t push these initiatives from the bottom floor. We’ve got to expose our leaders to these different situations.”

Eleven months after accepting the job, Trockman says he and Hagy have worked on exciting projects that have consumed his life in an extraordinary way. One of the projects he has begun to implement since taking his position with Old National is the Achieve ABILITY program. Centered on the idea of educating the public about disability employment, it is a mentoring program that not only gives those with disabilities a chance to make connections with executives in their community, but also exposes executives to a learning opportunity as well.

“I had the opportunity to easily send out emails to five CEOs within Evansville. I don’t take that for granted,” says Trockman. “But a lot of people with disabilities can’t do that. So starting this mentoring program gives those individuals a chance within our community.”

The time with Easter Seals also exposed Trockman to more of the issues those with disabilities face, which he would like to help change. While serving as national ambassador, he experienced firsthand the difficulties of traveling long distance and the limited options to him.

“This was when I was exposed to the whole airline issue and realized that I had to do something about it,” he says.

For Trockman and others who rely on specialized equipment, airline regulations hamper their ability to use the mode of transportation. To travel by plane, Trockman must be physically lifted from his chair and placed in an airline chair. His customized wheelchair would then have to be stored under the plane. Though the process seems simple, he points out many things could go wrong.

“Let’s just say I’m going to San Diego and I’m flying from Evansville to Chicago, and as I get to Chicago and want to get back in my chair, something is broken,” he explains. “What am I supposed to do? How am I going to get to the next gate, the next terminal? Maybe I have a pressure sore. There’s just so many things that could go wrong that it just scares me. Therefore, I haven’t flown since my injury.”

This led Trockman to attempt to start a change; he created a petition which gathered 8,000 signatures. He then traveled to Indianapolis where a proposed nonbinding resolution was passed in the Indiana House and Senate in favor of making air travel more accessible for those with disabilities.

“We traveled to Washington D.C., met the senators, representatives, and the Department of Transportation representatives,” he says. “You know all the representatives and senators, they were excited about it. Then you get to the Department of Transportation, they start throwing all their rules and regulations.”

Photo by Zach Straw

Trockman explains when the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed in 1990 (the ADA celebrates its 25th anniversary this year), it dictated that businesses and modes of public transportation — excluding airlines — had to make changes to help accommodate individuals with disabilities. Through the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, airlines are not allowed to discriminate against people with disabilities, but they do not have to be accessible.

Though the issue has not been resolved, Trockman remains optimistic about the effort. “It’s going to take some time, you know, but … if we keep talking about it, I think it’s important. It’s definitely not going to happen tomorrow,” he says.

In all his endeavors, Trockman stays realistic, yet optimistic. He works through any obstacle that comes his way with determination and a will to try to make things at least a little better than they were before.

“It’s more than just about me; it’s exactly what I want to do, so being offered this position here, that just makes sense,” says Trockman. “I’m not going to run to a sports organization yet. But maybe in five years from now. We’ve got a lot of work to do here first.”

For more information about Achieve ABILITY at Old National Bank, call 812-468-7898 or email


The Good, The Bad, The Old

The Good
A friend recently remarked to me that it must be nice to have a “forum” available to write about whatever I choose or to help direct editorial content by assigning stories based often on what I hope others will find as interesting as I do.

Well yes … and no. As most of you in this community know, the city of Evansville is not as cohesive as we should be on moving our collective needle forward. No matter where you stand on some of our upcoming projects and those that are underway, it is undeniable, especially in Downtown Evansville, that we are experiencing business growth and development. Some projects but not all include:

The Lloyd Expressway-Highway 41 interchange is shaping up to be a dramatic improvement. Not only aesthetically pleasing, it also will result in the reduction of two stoplights on the Lloyd as well as a much improved traffic flow.

It does appear the Downtown Evansville hotel project is planned for construction in August or September. Although not what originally anticipated, it still will provide a facility to help bring in conventions and visitors wishing to stay Downtown. The Indiana University School of Medicine - Evansville also anticipates breaking ground soon for the medical education and research partnership, which many feel will be the most transformative project undertaken in Downtown Evansville in decades.

We could soon see Tropicana Evansville (I think likely) build a casino on land adjacent to its hotel and conference complex across from the current “boat.” Manhattan-based Haier America, which produces various home appliances, just renovated the former Coca-Cola distribution building and opened its first U.S. product technical center. Also look for the former McCurdy Hotel on Evansville’s Riverfront to be renovated into 113 apartments. The hotel is on Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered places list.

Last but certainly not least is the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative. Our Regional Development Authority is one of 11 regions across the state vying to be one of two selected to receive up to $42 million to improve the quality of life and potential infrastructure. This is expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter. Talk about a game changer!

The Bad
As I suspect many of us do when returning from an absence from Evansville, I looked at a few things with an objective eye after being out of the country recently. I was quite surprised to see our brand new “Welcome to Evansville” sign and sculpture area near the airport poorly landscaped and weed-choked. C’mon, it’s brand new.

Two minutes down the road, our “Welcome to Evansville” sign on Highway 41 fared only a little better, but it’s not too welcoming. Later that day, while visiting Wesselman Park Nature Center for the Deaconess Women’s Hospital Classic tennis tournament, I was struck by the mess (yes, mess) that was the garden at the entrance to the park. Why, with so many visitors that week, was it not cleaned up? And anyone who has traveled N. Burkhardt Road knows what the medians look like. We can do better, Evansville.

The Old
I struggled with writing the last part of this letter. Aug. 1 is my father William F. “Bill” Tucker Jr.’s 80th birthday. Anyone who knows my father will understand when I simply say he is one-of-a-kind. My father has stood with me every step of my life and I can never give back what he has given me. He is my best man, best friend, and grandfather to my boys (who think grandpa “rules”).

You, sir, are loved and appreciated by many. So I know as I write this what an outpouring of love and affection you will receive at your surprise party. And I want to thank you publicly for giving me the greatest gift you could give a person — believing in me.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Todd A. Tucker


Answering the Call

Evansville natives test pilot for new HGTV series
Evansville natives John and Whitney Spinks

Although Evansville natives John and Whitney Spinks didn’t win HGTV’s “Flipping the Block,” which aired last summer, their victories since have been abundant.

The childhood sweethearts who have been in a relationship for the last 13 years (married for the last five) were featured in the August/September 2014 issue of Evansville Business after they were chosen for the eight-week series. Along with four other duos, the Spinkses moved into identical units in a dilapidated condo and executed room-by-room renovations. Filming completed for the show last spring and the finale aired Sept. 7.

Immediately after filming, the couple, both graduates of F.J. Reitz High School, returned home to Jacksonville, Florida, and “we knew it was our calling,” says Whitney, who graduated from the University of Southern Indiana. The duo launched their own business, 27 South Design, in April 2014 and then shortly after, HGTV came calling again. Since then, Whitney became a real estate agent and they have rebranded their company to 27 South Home Group.

HGTV asked to do another home flipping show featuring John and Whitney in their hometown as they go through the process of purchasing, remodeling, and selling a house. The pilot for “Florida Flippers” aired June 21 and received strong ratings, according to the Spinkses. HGTV tested the pilot again on July 25, and could show it as many as seven more times before deciding to make it a series.

“Someone asked me what would I be doing if ‘Florida Flippers’ didn’t exist,” says John, who attended USI for two years. “I said: we would be doing this.”

The pilot is set in San Marco, a neighborhood in Jacksonville and an area that Whitney describes as similar to historic Downtown Evansville. “There are a lot of younger folks moving there and trendy spots going up,” says John. “The house turned out great. It was built in 1944 and stuck in 1944 — we fixed that. We had an open house and over 100 people showed up. We had a full price offer within minutes.”

For more information about “Florida Flippers,” visit


Electric Evolution

Tesla Motors is changing the automotive industry
Atop the Third Street parking garage, Neil Chapman leans on his Tesla Model S, overlooking the city.

Attorney Neil Chapman says it is one of the best investments he ever made. Scott Mohler, owner of Mohler Technology, Inc. in Boonville, Indiana, calls it the perfect experience. Both have driven many sports cars but neither believes anything beats a Tesla.

Tesla Motors, Inc., founded in 2003 in San Carlos, California, is a company that designs and manufactures electric cars and other battery products. The cars require no gas and run on lithium-ion 18650 batteries, which usually are found in laptops. Mohler, a Newburgh, Indiana, resident, says he was sold after test-driving the vehicle, and Chapman says he also was quickly convinced.

“I like to be an early adopter,” says Chapman, who compares purchasing a Tesla to picking an iPad, where buyers focus on the design, color, and battery size. “The Tesla appealed to me on many levels. It’s an elegant solution to the problem of gas power. I look at it and see nothing but advantages.”

The Model S, which both Chapman and Mohler drive, contains more than 7,000 batteries in the floor of the vehicle. The battery’s range is 270 miles when completely charged, the most of any electric car. The Model X, an SUV, was released in July, and Tesla currently is developing the Model 3.

Chapman hired an electrician to install a 220-volt charger in his garage at his Newburgh home that puts 30 miles-worth of electricity into the car every hour; from empty, it can be fully charged overnight.

Tesla also operates the Supercharger network, a series of nearly 500 stations where drivers can charge their cars for free on long-distance trips. A half-hour using a Supercharger can provide 170 miles of range. The closest locations are Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Nashville, but many stations will be added in the next couple years, including one in Newburgh.

The cars are purchased online, and they can be picked up in certain cities or delivered right to buyers’ homes. Chapman, who is on his second Model S, says he has seen about a dozen Teslas in the Evansville area and hopes that number increases, but he realizes there are restrictions.

“Number one, people know they’re expensive,” says Chapman. Teslas start at about $60,000 and can cost more than $100,000 with upgrades. “The biggest limitation of electric cars is the price. Tesla is working day and night to change that (the Model 3 is rumored to be around $30,000). And number two, it’s fear of the unknown — where to charge it.”

Another aspect Teslas have in their advantage is safety. The placement of the batteries gives the car a low center of gravity, making rollover unlikely. There also is no engine, leaving a large crumple zone to absorb more energy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Model S a five-star rating in every category.

“I have never seen an advertisement for Tesla, which is amazing,” says Mohler. “As far as the quality and experience of the car, the Tesla, by far, is the best car I’ve ever driven.”


Comfort Art

Memory Portraits provides customized digital paintings
President David Dunigan and General Manager Pam Bates say they take great pride in the work the company does with the riders.

With the age of digital photography making it easier for us to capture moments of our families and loved ones, it may seem like the days of painted portraits are behind us. However, one local business is thriving on creating such works of art for its customers.

Memory Portraits, and its secondary company Galleria, located at 600 N. Weinbach Ave. Ste. 810, specializes in making art out of family pictures. Owner Dave Morris started the venture in 2000, according to President David Dunigan and General Manager Pam Bates. The original business worked solely with funeral homes locally and around the country to create customized portraits on matte paper for grieving families.

“He’s really the one who knew that it was something that was needed, especially with cremation being popular,” says Bates. “The family needs something they can bring home.”

Dunigan says the business’ first portraits were in a Rembrandt style, using strong lights and heavy shadows — which they still do today. However, he adds with the popularity of digital cameras, the company’s orders now include more touch-ups or enhancements of personal photos of loved ones to look as if they were painted.

Memory Portraits also does work with the Patriot Guard Riders to provide portraits of fallen soldiers to their families at no cost. “Those are probably the most powerful, the most meaningful,” says Dunigan.

“And (The Patriot Guard) will send us pictures of the family and it’s just neat how the families embrace these portraits,” says Bates. “It’s not expected (by them).”

The work the business does with the Patriot Guard is something both Bates and Dunigan take pride in. “We feel those families have paid a very high price for allowing us here at Memory Portraits to enjoy our freedom, so we appreciate that,” says Dunigan.

With the success of Memory Portraits came a demand to do more than just portraits for funerals. That was when the business expanded and started Galleria, which Dunigan says is more for the Evansville public and consumers.

“It is picking up in popularity. I think nationwide, it’s become more of a popular trend to hang canvas on your wall, especially personalized canvas,” he adds. “It’s neat. It’s personalized customized art.”

The business employs eight in-house artists, who are on hand to talk with customers and work together to bring a superior product to clients. The artists are very hands-on with the entire process, and working together builds camaraderie, says Dunigan.

He says the most rewarding aspect about the business for him is helping people. “It’s helping people deal with grief on the funeral home side and it’s helping people decorate their homes in a positive manner on the Galleria side,” he says. “I just like that we’re helping people and making their lives better.”

For Bates, the reactions from clients are what she enjoys. “Just people’s expressions once they see the finished product in hand (is rewarding),” she says. “They find comfort in them.”

For more information about Memory Portraits, call 812-423-6389 or visit


Generosity Appreciated

German American gives back to local foundations
Mark Schroeder, chairman and CEO of German American, presents a check to the Community Foundation Alliance.

In the 2011 February/March issue of Evansville Business, Mark Schroeder, a fifth-generation Dubois County native who serves as chairman and CEO of German American, said local talent is vital to the bank’s operations. Because of this, he says supporting the community is engrained in the company’s DNA. In July, the organization announced a $100,000 unrestricted donation to 10 community foundations throughout Southern Indiana, meaning the funds could be used however those groups deem necessary.

The Community Foundation Alliance, located at 5000 E. Virginia St., received $90,000 to spread to its nine foundations in Daviess, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties, and the remaining $10,000 was given directly to the Dubois County Community Foundation. The Lilly Endowment’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) program also matched the donation, doubling its total to $200,000.

The alliance helps the foundations establish funds and reinvest into nonprofit organizations. By pooling local resources, the Community Foundation Alliance provides financial, administrative, marketing, and other expertise to create an efficient system so the individual foundations can focus their time and resources on their communities.

“This investment will be used as that local board decides where the greatest needs are,” says Schroeder. “There are unique needs and opportunities in each county. This allows them to target those needs the best. It’s a local solution to local challenges.”

“German American is an organization that is present in many of our counties,” adds Jill Tullar, the alliance’s executive director. “We appreciate their commitment to our communities. This gift will be maximized by the Lilly match to serve more people.”

The GIFT initiative serves 94 community foundations in Indiana and encourages the aid of those foundations to improve the quality of life in the state. Headquartered in Jasper, Indiana, German American currently has 37 offices in 13 counties and offers banking, insurance, investments, and trust products and services. Schroeder says it is important to support the community because of the company’s presence in the area. By serving other organizations, it will help German American grow and continue to give back.

Other organizations German American has served include United Way and the YMCA, as well as many others. John Lamb, the bank’s south region president, says they pay attention to what organizations their customers are involved with to see if there are additional donation opportunities. The Community Foundation Alliance provided the perfect partner.

“We live and work right here in Southern Indiana,” says Jane Balsmeyer, vice president and director of marketing at German American. “It was a really good fit for us because we are committed to helping community members now and in the future.”

For more information about German American, visit For more information about the Community Foundation Alliance, call 812-429-1191 or visit


Court Material

Farris Reporting owner helps keep court records
Lara Goldey says the stenograph machine court reporters use to take short-hand notes has not changed over the years.

From the attorneys to the witnesses, there are several important players in court cases. But one critical person often is overlooked — the courtroom reporter.

Lara Goldey, owner of Farris Reporting, 2514 Waterbridge Way, has chronicled depositions and arbitrations for local attorneys for more than 30 years. An Evansville native and North High School graduate, she says her job as a freelance court reporter is about more than pushing buttons.

“For every hour you’re in taking testimony of any kind, to get it to the final product takes about four hours,” says Goldey. “Of course you’re writing, but otherwise you’re translating, editing, proofreading, and binding. You’re doing all that.”

Her team of freelance reporters are called in by attorneys to take down records for civil litigation, criminal litigation, divorces, custody cases, wills, medical cases, and more, which means they never actually go into a courtroom. Goldey has spent her career as a court reporter, but it was not her first thought when she considered her future. In fact, she says if it weren’t for her father, she might not have studied court reporting at all.

“My dad picked the career for me,” says Goldey with a laugh. “He knew I took short hand — which this is short hand on a machine. He did not know I hated it.”

She picked a school — Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois — and began to study courtroom stenography. In 1986, she joined the firm, formerly owned by Judy Farris, and then in 1995, Goldey became the owner. Through the years, she says what she has enjoyed most is the relationships with the people she’s worked with.

“I always tell people — because they have these opinions of lawyers and jokes about them — the thing I have always enjoyed is the attorneys I have worked for,” she says. “The people who I work with, they’re wonderful people.”

Though there have been times when Goldey says she has dealt with horrific cases and felt overwhelmed by the stories she hears, she continues on because she feels it is important to keep the records of the witnesses and victims of cases.

“Sometimes I have to take a step back and remember something a lady in my Bible study told me. She said, ‘You’re the only opportunity where they get to tell their side.’ And I have to remember that,” she says.

For more information about Farris Reporting, call 812-425-6283 or visit


Organized Baseball

University of Evansville’s new baseball locker room benefits players
The new custom-made double-sided oak lockers are three times larger than the original versions and keep equipment off the floor.

Sometimes all it takes for an organization to achieve greatness is the perfect facility. The University of Evansville’s baseball team experienced success in 2014 but lacked the right space for consistent results.

The Purple Aces won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship in the 2014 season and saw a top 10 selection in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft in Kyle Freeland. It was the perfect time to “strike while the iron was hot,” says Head Coach Wes Carroll.

Located in Arad McCutchan Stadium, the university’s soccer facility, which sits next to Charles H. Braun Stadium, the baseball field, the university broke ground on the $55,000 new locker room in October 2014 after a four-month fundraising campaign. The previous locker room was demolished and rebuilt from scratch by adding custom-made double-sided oak lockers as well as new flooring, tiling, showers, and lights.

Completed in January, the new facility also contains statistics, a list of past All-Americans, and eye-catching graphics that highlight the program’s history. The lockers, which Carroll compares to those in a Major League Baseball locker room, are three times larger than the original versions, a necessity because of the amount of gear baseball players use.

“The new lockers keep everything off the floor,” says Carroll, who completed his seventh year as head coach this past season. “The players have access to a brand new shower to use in between classes, workouts, and practices.”

Carroll says the new space allows the program to compete with other schools in the best conferences across the country. The main goal is focusing on the student-athletes by providing premium facilities, which already is producing results. The past two recruiting classes, on paper, are among the best the program has ever signed.

“You always need to have a crane on campus to show you’re moving forward,” says Carroll. “This is step one. We have a lot of other things planned for the future.”

“This is a cornerstone for us to build on,” adds Director of Athletics Mark Spencer. “We won a championship in 2014 and that is something to be very proud of. We are looking forward to having many, many of those. It is with these kinds of facilities and these kinds of gifts that really help us take the next step forward. Everyone wants to have the best pieces out there and having something like this is a great foundation to build on.”

For more information about UE’s baseball program, visit