Society selects April Innovators of the Month

2013-04-28T06:00:00Z 2013-04-29T17:20:07Z Society selects April Innovators of the MonthTimes Staff
April 28, 2013 6:00 am  • 

As part of its effort to highlight its 2012-13 class, the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana has selected Kassie Meeks and Kevin Kirkham as its March Innovators of the Month.

Inspired by world-famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin who advocated yoga for violinists, Meeks, of the Northwest Indiana Suzuki Conservatory, not only incorporates yoga techniques when teaching violin, but she also teaches yoga for all students.

Yoga’s benefits are invaluable to violinists, the Valparaiso resident said, “Violin playing includes so many details, but it all really comes down to only two things,” she said. “It’s all about balance and relaxation.”

Aided by yoga techniques, students learn to relax and achieve balance which allow the music to flow.

NIPSCO is the only public electric utility in the nation that offers free electricity during off-peak usage hours to encourage the adoption of “plug-in” charging stations for electric vehicles, said Kevin Kirkham, director of Regulatory Strategic Analysis.

This trail-blazing by the utility is linked to its In Charge Electric Vehicle Program launched in April 2012 to encourage “green” economic development.

“There are a number of electric utilities offering discounted electric rates off-peak,” he said. “But NIPSCO is the first and only electric utility in the nation to offer it free.”

Off-peak hours range between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The centerpiece of Phase I is to offer a $1650 infrastructure credit to install a level 2 charging station, he said. To enroll, call (855) 500-6477 or go to

The society is part of the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.

For more information, call O'Merrial Butchee, director of the Lamkin Center at (219) 981-4942, or John Davies, assistant director, at (219) 981-1111, ext. 2292.

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