Virginia Alvino

Reporter & All Things Considered Host

Virginia joined WBOI in August of 2013. She works to report on often overlooked stories in the community, and uncover solutions as much as difficulties that we as a community face. Virginia began reporting out of the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting. Virginia is now the local WBOI host of All Things Considered.

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The Difference
6:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

The Difference: School Discipline Alternatives, What's Working and What's Not

Mary Vendrely is a sixth grade teacher at Lane Middle School in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

This week for our series The Difference, we’re taking a look at school discipline, and how it affects students of color.

So far we’ve learned how a series of small punishments can have big effects on students’ lives through the school to prison pipeline. We’ve also heard about alternative discipline plans that work to prevent that snowballing effect, and keep kids in the classroom.

Fort Wayne Community Schools is among the districts that have implemented a new plan, and they say slowly but surely, it’s helping close their discipline gap.  

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The Difference
6:39 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Fort Wayne Joins National My Brother's Keeper Initiative

Mayor Tom Henry, Councilman Glynn Hines, and community members announce Fort Wayne's involvement in the My Brother's Keeper Initiative.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced Wednesday that the City will make more of an effort to help young men of color. 

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama announced his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, or MBK. It challenges cities across the country to implement plans that help young people of color reach their full potential.

In Fort Wayne, MBK will focus specifically on education, employment, health, and youth.

Stephanie Crandall with the mayor’s office says MBK will require making a lot of partnerships between local organizations.  

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The Difference
6:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The Difference: Lawmakers Consider School Discipline Overhaul

Attorney JauNae Hanger of the Children's Policy and Law Initiative testifies before the Indiana legislature's interim education committee.

We continue our series The Difference, exploring black male achievement - today, on a statewide level.

Even when the Indiana General Assembly isn’t in session, lawmakers meet in interim study committees to discuss complex issues facing the state. A few weeks ago, the education committee tackled school discipline.

Those who testified claimed that Indiana’s discipline code is punitive and inconsistent with research, and that suspensions and expulsions disproportionately affect students of color.

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The Difference
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

The Difference: Keeping Kids in Class and out of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Sixth graders in their Language Arts class at Lane M.S., FWCS.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Being disciplined in schools can have major long term ramifications for boys of color.

Every kid first learns how to behave – at home. Sometimes with formal rules, sometimes by just observing others. But different styles and standards are brought together when all those kids enter the same classroom. Combine that with cultural diversity, and classroom management becomes a big challenge.

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News
4:45 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Henry Announces Proposed 2015 City Budget

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced his proposal for the 2015 city budget Thursday.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry discussed his proposed city budget for 2015 Thursday.  

Totaling $150 million, the proposal includes 18 new recruits for the Fort Wayne Police Department, and improvement projects for neighborhood streets and sidewalks, as well as City Parks. 

It also allocates funds for the 2015 municipal election. 

Henry’s proposal also includes a small bump in property taxes for some homeowners. Residents whose property is valued under $90,000 thousand would likely pay about nine dollars more.  

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News
6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Families Celebrate a Long Migration at Monarch Festival

Virginia Alvino

The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable – bright orange wings, black stripes and white spots - but it’s also one of the most threatened species. In 20 years, their population in North America has gone down 90 percent.

The Little River Wetland Project in Fort Wayne wants to help prevent monarchs from disappearing all together. The non-profit based at Eagle Marsh protects the plants the butterflies need to help them on their annual migration from Canada to Mexico.

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Wunderkammer Undertakes Arts Census of the Region

Credit Wunderkammer

A Fort Wayne arts organization is trying to map the impact of the region’s creative community on the economy. 

The non-profit Wunderkammer Company received $20,000 from the Knight Foundation to produce the Creative Census.

The organization wants to identify all creative sector employees - everyone from fine artists to computer programmers -- and better understand how they affect the broader economy. Organizers hope to use the census to bolster economic development.

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News
2:14 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Trine University Cuts Ribbon on New Facility and Doctoral Program in Fort Wayne

The symbolic white coat ceremony for Trine University's new Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Trine University cut the ribbon on its new Health Sciences Education Center in Fort Wayne today. It also welcomed the inaugural class of its first doctoral program.

32 students embarked on the three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The program is in partnership with Parkview Health, Lutheran, the Fort Wayne VA and others.

With Trine’s new education center located aside the Parkview Hospital Randallia campus, students have direct access to clinical experience.

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News
2:31 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fort Wayne Philharmonic CEO Resigns

J.L. Nave III
Credit Fort Wayne Philharmonic

The CEO and President of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic is resigning, effective at the end of the year. The announcement was made Wednesday.

J.L. Nave III has been with the Philharmonic for more than 8 years. When he arrived, the orchestra was in a deficit. Although large gifts have temporarily put it in the black, overall the organization has continued to operate at a significant deficit.  

Still, throughout Nave’s tenure, the orchestra has seen increased sponsorship and a 30 percent increase in the number of subscribers for their Masterworks series .

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News
2:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fort Wayne Announces New Health and Wellness Initiative

OPF4.com
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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry hopes the city will lose a collective 500,000 pounds by the end of 2016. A new health and wellness initiative was announced Wednesday.

 

Fight for a Fitter Fort, or Operation F4, was developed in response to negative recognition Fort Wayne has received – the town made several lists of most obese cities in America.

F4 encourages individuals to make lifestyle changes, including fitness and activities and nutrition. Mayor Henry says he wants the City to take on this challenge to tackle the prevalent issues of diabetes and childhood obesity.

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