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Business briefs for Oct. 1

October 1, 2012
Marshall Independent

ACMC receives 3,800 children's books from Read Indeed

Bookshelves in Affiliated Community Medical Centers' waiting rooms are once again filled with gently-used children's books for kids to read and take home with them.

ACMC has participated in the national Reach Out and Read program since 2006. Each year, more than 10,000 new books are given out to children ages 6 months to 5 years at their ACMC well child visits. The Reach Out and Read program promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. The program builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children. (

"ACMC assists with the cost of new books for the well child visits. We have received grant dollars to go toward the purchase of new books as well," said ACMC Purchasing Manager Julie Culshaw. "However, our goal has also been to also create a literacy-rich environment in our waiting rooms. We want to create a space where shelves with gently-used books are available for parents to read to children of all ages while waiting for their doctor appointments, and then to take these books home."

Riley elected as vice president of regional tourism group

Christy Surprenant Riley, community relations coordinator for Murray County, was elected vice president of the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association at its annual meeting on Sept. 13 in Owatonna.

Riley has been involved with SMTA for several years and has served on both the executive board and marketing committee.

SMTA is a non-profit organization that works with Explore Minnesota Tourism, chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus, tourism businesses and southern Minnesota counties to promote southern Minnesota as a travel destination. The goal is to enhance the economic impact and quality of life for residents and visitors.

Local company announces call for papers is open

The Center for Scholastic Inquiry announces its inaugural academic research conference on April 17-19, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The conference highlights academic research in education, business and behavioral sciences to support superior, break through scholarship and establish a platform to recognize and celebrate luminaries, pioneers and practitioners in the professions of education, business and behavioral sciences.

The conference call for papers is now open and will close March 15, 2013. Individuals are encouraged to submit proposals that focus on landmark scientific findings, promotion of best practice, advancement of evidence-based practice, ground-breaking research, revolutionary theory or innovative technique in the fields of education, business or behavioral sciences. Guidelines for submissions are available for review on the company's website.

Early registration for conference attendance is open. Standard registration for conference attendance begins Nov. 1. The company also offers reduced rates and graduate credit options for students.

The conference, which will take place at a desert resort, will be preceded by a conference eve reception followed by three days of education, business and behavioral sciences track breakout sessions, morning keynote addresses and networking gatherings. This inquiry-focused conference, centered on leading edge academic research, is a stimulating and dynamic event aimed at identifying and advancing best practice and promising innovative methods. Attendees earn continuing education credit, enrich their professional development, network and enhance their professional practice.

Full information about the Center for Scholastic Inquiry is available at



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