Bluffton University hosts Chinese educators
Bluffton University is nearing the end of a two-week visit from a delegation from China West Normal University that came to Bluffton to learn about American higher education.
The 23 visitors came as part of a continuing exchange program between the two universities. In addition to Bluffton, they will visit Bowling Green State University, Lima, Toledo and Dearborn, Michigan, during their stay.
The educators will also spend an evening in homes of Bluffton faculty members to experience how American families live, as a group of Bluffton students did when they traveled to China last year.
UNOH prepares for move-in
The University of Northwestern Ohio is preparing for its largest arrival of students during the school year on Aug. 22.
More than 550 students will be moving into UNOH's campus dorms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., traveling from 27 different states. On Aug. 25, students in the College of Applied Technologies will begin fall classes.
Students in the Colleges of Business, Health Professions, and Occupational Professions and in the Graduate College will begin classes Sept. 15.
More than 4,500 students attend UNOH and 1,400 of those live in dorms. More than 200 students graduate from UNOH every six weeks.
ONU students named top 10 for business plan
An Ohio Northern University group was named as one of the top 10 teams in the nation in this year's Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.
The Raabe College of Pharmacy student chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association Business Plan Team was selected for its business plan, “Hygeia Specialty Pharmacy.” The students have been asked to present a poster of their business plan at the 116th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Austin, Texas, in October.
The team consists of Jennifer Provost, team captain, Erica Tolle and Paul Westervelt, all sixth-year pharmacy majors. ONU Pharmacy and Aboratory instructor Dee Dee Myers was the adviser.
HYHO awards scholarships
Three local students received scholarships from the HYHO club.
Shannon Jones, from Lima Senior High School, Justice Luster, from Apollo Career Center, and KiAysha Ward, also from Lima Senior High School all won scholarships.
Rotary Club has given a half-million in scholarships
On Monday the Lima Rotary Club exceeded the $500,000 mark in scholarships since the program began in 2001.
Applicants must live or work in Allen County and be attending an accredited institution in Allen County to qualify. The Rotary Club's goal for the program is to help students achieve educational goals and to keep them in Allen County.
The scholarships are funded by voluntary contributions from club membership and the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing.
ONU plans activities after move-in
Ohio Northern University has a variety of activities scheduled for its incoming freshmen after they move in on Aug. 21.
Residence halls will open at 8 a.m. for the more than 600 incoming freshman who will be attending ONU this year. After move-in, ONU President Daniel DiBiasio will welcome freshman at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, students will be able to attend the Welcome Fest at the ONU Field House at 2 p.m., the Greekapalooza at 7 p.m. on the Tundra and the third annual Ada Civic Engagement Day.
Spencerville Open House
Spencerville Local Schools will be holding an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 during which time offices will be closed.
Parents and students can pay fees and get schedules from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Aug. 22 and Aug. 25 or on from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 20
Van Wert Middle School announces opening information
Van Wert Middle School is holding multiple events for students and parents before the school year begins.
The school is holding an orientation “launch” for sixth grade students from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and will conclude with a complimentary pizza lunch. Parents of sixth-graders are invited to a “Parent Welcome-School Fair,” also on Tuesday, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Seventh- and eighth-graders can pick up their schedules, try their lockers, and learn about school activities from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Parents can also come at the same time for a welcome fair, where they will be able to fill out paperwork, pay fees and put money on their student's lunch account. Parents can attend a meeting regarding a positive start to middle school at 2:30 p.m. in the PAC lecture hall.
Elida Local Schools announce open houses and school opening
School will begin for pupils in grades one to 12 on Aug. 26
Kindergarten orientation for kindergartners and parents will be Aug. 26. Boys and their parents should be at Elida Fieldhouse at 9:30 a.m. Orientation will run until 11:30 a.m. Girls and their parents should be at Elida Fieldhouse at 12:30 p.m. Orientation will run until 2:30 p.m.
Kindergarten will begin Aug. 27 for Group A, Aug. 28 for Group B and Aug. 29 for Group C. Pupils will begin attending every day on Sept. 2.
High school freshman can pick up their schedules and pay fees from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or noon to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Sophomores can do the same on Aug. 15, juniors on Aug. 18 and seniors on Aug. 19.
Below are dates and times of open houses:
•Elida Elementary: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24.
•Elida Middle fifth grade: 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25.
•Elida High School: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27.
•Elida Middle seventh grade: 6-8 p.m. Aug. 28.
•Elida Middle sixth grade: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 2.
•Elida Middle eighth grade: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4.
Shawnee announces free and reduced-meals policy
Applications for Shawnee 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 currently 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 and the signature of an adult.
In addition, families that have children eligible for school meals may also be eligible for free health care coverage from Ohio's Healthy Start and Healthy Families programs. Information can be found at 800-324-8680 or http://j.mp/OhioMedicaid.