ONU student excels in national competition
An Ohio Northern University student was one of a team of four that received top honors in the “Project Run With It” competition on Aug. 6 to 9.
Andria Beehler-Evans, a senior accounting major from Bellefontaine, led the team, which was challenged to provide a comprehensive solution to Jewish Family & Career Services, an Atlanta not-for-profit group. The group had 24 hours to talk to the client, develop a solution and a presentation for the panel of judges.
Beehler-Evans’ team comprised of students from Brigham Young University, Marshall and Southern Illinois. Ryan Abraham, a 2014 ONU graduate and a 2015 ONU Masters in Professional Practice in Accounting candidate and Frank Duffy, a senior accounting major, also attended the conference.
“Project Run With It” was held at the 2014 Beta Alpha Psi conference in Atlanta.
Local church awards scholarships
The Westside United Methodist Church, in Lima, has awarded $4,750 to several church members to help pay for college expenses.
The church awards first-year awards, which are $1,000, and annual awards, which are $250. Students can be given up to $2,000 in awards. Since the program began in 2001, church member students have been awarded nearly $57,750.
Alexis Conn, who will be attending University of Northwestern Ohio, Alex Turner, who will be attending Ohio Northern University, and Ashley Radegaugh, who will be attending Rhodes State College, won first-year scholarships.
The church presented annual awards to Shawn Stevens, Logan Rockhold, Conner Rockhold and Cole Brincefield, who all attend ONU, to Chris Radebaugh, who attends The Ohio State University, to William Cronk, who attends United Theological Seminary, and to Nicholas Brookman, who attends Wright State University.
OSU-Lima holds first graduation of CLIFFS students
The Ohio State University at Lima will be holding a graduation ceremony Friday for the first class of College Level Intervention for Freshman Success students.
The CLIFFS program was created to make sure underrepresented students have a flawless transition from high school to college by having students participate in academic and enrichment courses. Students learn demands and expectations of college.
The selective program admits fewer than 20 students a year.
The program will be held in Reed Hall cafeteria. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and a formal program will begin at noon.
ODE reminds parents to vaccinate children
The Ohio Department of Health is encouraging parents to make sure their children are up to date on their vaccines.
Children who are not up to date have an increased risk for diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough, all of which are vaccine-preventable. These children can also spread those diseases, which can be very serious for high-risk individuals, such as infants.
To increase awareness of the importance of vaccines, the ODE is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recognize August as National Immunization Month.
Children ages 4 to 6 should get boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio.
Preteens and teengers should have Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus).
Yearly flu vaccines are recommended for children 6 months and older.
ONU named College of Distinction
Ohio Northern University has made it into the 15th annual “Colleges of Distinction” guide as a College of Distinction for the 2014-15 school year.
The Web-based guide is published for high school juniors and seniors searching for schools nationally recognized and highly recommended. Schools are nominated by high school counselors and then evaluated.
To be a College of Distinction, a school must succeed in four areas: engaged students, great teaching, successful outcomes and vibrant communities. The guide does not rank the colleges.
Bluffton welcomes freshman with inspirational speaker
Bluffton University’s opening convocation this year will include Dr. Ken Bain, author of “What the Best College Students Do.”
Bain’s book was this year’s summer reading for first-year Bluffton students. At the convocation, his presentation, Deep Learning, will discuss how when students develop a higher purpose, can get the most out of their time in college. This presentation goes in line with Bluffton’s civic engagement theme of the year, “Education Matters! Learning for Life, Vocation and Responsible Citizenship.”
University of Findlay awarded grant
The University of Findlay was awarded a College Success Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. for its 2014-15 academic year.
The grant, which totals $81,449, will help the University provide interventions so that at-risk first-year students will be kept on the path to graduation. The University plans to expand support services and hire a new staff member to increase usage of the University’s Starfish Early Alert System, which helps the school keep track of who is doing well and who isn’t.
2014 Lima Rotary Club Scholarship winners
Linda Chandler, BS Office Management, University of Northwestern Ohio
Nicole Fairburn, Social Work, Bluffton University
Haley Fickel, BA Psychology, The Ohio State University-Lima
Jasmine Graham, Nurse, Apollo Career Center
Kayla Hankins, Administrative Office, Rhodes State College
Shaunte Housten, License Nurse Practiconeer, Apollo Career Center
Brianna Henderson, BA Psychology, OSU-Lima
David Henderson, BS Marketing and Business Administration, Bluffton
Crystal Hollon, AAS Digital Design, Rhodes
Mindy Kimmet, RN, Rhodes
Ryan Kraner, Chiropractic Care, Rhodes
Rushaun Manley, LPN, Apollo
A’ndrea Monday, BS Science, Rhodes
Tierra Oliver, Bachelors in Business, OSU-Lima
Nicholas Pratt, Nurse, OSU-Lima
Lakita Richardson, Mental Health Field, Rhodes
Rachel Schumm, Early Childhood Education, Bluffton
Erica Toney, Healthcare Field, UNOH
Jennifer Truman, Nurse, Rhodes
Sha’mille White, RN, Rhodes
Amanda Wright, LPN, Apollo
Crestview Local Schools announces free and reduced-priced meals
Applications for Crestview Local Schools’ free and reduced-meals are being distributed to all students’ homes. Parents or guardians can also find applications in the school offices and the central office.
Households receiving Special Nutrition Assistance Program or Ohio Works First must provide the child’s name, the SNAP or OWF case number and the signature of an adult household member for the application. If a household does not receive the above programs, they need to provide the names of all household members, the last four digits of the social security number of the adult signing the application, the amount and source of income for each household member and the signature of an adult household member.
In addition, families that have children eligible for school meals may also be eligible for free health care coverage from Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start and Healthy Families programs. Information can be found at 800-324-8680 or http://j.mp/OhioMedicaid.
Foster children are eligible for free meals regardless of the household’s income. Interested families should contact the school for more information.
Households may apply for benefits any time during the school year and should file a new application if the household size increases or decreases. If a parent or guardian disagrees with the decision on an application, the decision can be discussed with Mike Estes, superintendent, on an informal basis or the household can request a formal appeal.