Quick takes – September 12th

Good showing

Kudos to those who organized the Sept. 5 fundraising concert for Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

The popularity of headliner Don Felder (pictured above), formerly of the Eagles, attracted about 5,000 fans. The event raised more than $100,000 for Our Hospice to provide care for people facing a life-limiting illness and their families. The weather mostly cooperated, and everyone who attended seemed to have a good time.

It was a night worth remembering.

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Generous donation

Local dermatologist Kevin Crawford and his wife Georgette, both Columbus residents, are to be commended for their generosity for the educational benefit of others.

The couple (pictured above along with their children, Caroline and Lincoln) donated enough money for Xavier University in Cincinnati to build a student-athlete center at Crawford’s alma mater.

Named the Kevin and Georgette Crawford Student-Athlete Academic Center, it is connected to the school’s primary sports complex and provides training and educational amenities to aid student-athletes.

That’s lending quite a helping hand.

Important path

A great opportunity for a Columbus native also is likely to reap rewards for students in high-need secondary schools in Indiana.

Karly Hiquet (pictured at right), a Columbus North High School and Purdue University graduate, received one of 49 Woodrow Wilson teaching fellowships. Fellows spend four years teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes to students in the state’s most underserved school districts.

Hiquet, who earned a degree in brain and behavioral sciences, applied for the fellowship after deciding late in her studies that she wanted to be a teacher. She’s currently a student teacher at Fall Creek Valley Middle School in Lawrence Township in Indianapolis.

A background in science, technology, engineering and math is important for students because it opens many job opportunities, and many employers have a great need for those skills.

The Woodrow Wilson fellowship is a nice way to fulfill people’s dreams of teaching, such as Hiquet’s, and teaching underserved students valuable educational skills.