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Belmont University Announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List

NASHVILLE, TN (05/16/2017)— The following students achieved the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the Spring 2017 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

  • Pamela Gabriel of Westerville
  • Brooke Pulkrabek of Westerville
  • David Sturges of Sunbury
  • Alexandria VanHouwe of Westerville
  • Olivia Wolf of Westerville

Approximately 30 percent of Belmont’s 7,700 students qualified for the Spring 2017 Dean’s List. Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “This achievement for the spring semester indicates that these students have placed a high priority on their work at Belmont and have invested time and energy in their studies. It is our strong belief that consistent application in this manner will reap great benefits, which will equip them for a lifetime of learning and growing.”

About Belmont University

Ranked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a “Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 7,700 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, 19 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon. For more information, visit

News from University of Findlay

FINDLAY, OH (05/18/2017)— Students at the University of Findlay recently participated in the annual Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity. Held on campus, undergraduate and graduate students were given the opportunity to share their research, creativity and professional learning experiences with the University and community. Many students received honors during the Symposium’s awards ceremony.

Local students include:

  • Hayley Apple of Westerville was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and presented “Cell Viability of Secondary Metabolites from Fungal Extracts: A Comparison of Three Human Cancer Cell Lines.”
  • Lauren Fleser of Sunbury received the Aristos Eklektos Membership award and the Aristos Eklektos Outstanding Student award.
  • Rebekkah Friske of Westerville presented “Enteric Microbiological Evaluation as Bacterial Indicators of Human and Non-Human Source-Point Fecal Contamination in Benthic Nearshore Sediments.”
  • Joshua Javery of Westerville was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities.
  • Abigail Jokerst of Westerville was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities, presented “Examination of Change in Guitar String Frequency Over Time” and presented “Cell Viability of Secondary Metabolites from Fungal Extracts on Human Cancer Cell Lines.”
  • Kendall Kwiatkowski of Worthington presented “Perceived Benefits and Values of Level II Fieldwork in the Community” and presented “OT’s & COTAs: Caseload Collaborations.”
  • Rachel Renz of Galena presented “Cell Viability of Secondary Metabolites from Fungal Extracts: A Comparison of Three Human Cancer Cell Lines.”

The University of Findlay is one of the largest private colleges in Northwest Ohio. With a total enrollment of more than 4,000 students, the University of Findlay has nearly 80 programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. UF has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. For more information, visit

Local Students Graduate from Ohio Christian University

CIRCLEVILLE (05/19/2017)— Local students graduate from Ohio Christian University.

  • Dustin McDermott of Sunbury graduated with an Associate of Arts in Business Management.
  • Matilde Rocha of Westerville graduated with an Associate of Arts in Business Management.
  • Hope McPeek of Westerville graduated with an Associate of Arts in Human Services.
  • Eugenia Lilliard of Westerville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Ministry.
  • Amber Petz of Westerville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Ministry.
  • Chad Maxeiner of Sunbury graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership.
  • Katrina Roelle of Westerville graduated with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.
  • Jonathan Couser of Sunbury graduated with a Master of Arts in Practical Theology.

Ohio Christian University, founded in 1948 is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation, and is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs for residential undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult and online students. Additionally, OCU’s Trailblazer Academy allows high school students to complete college classes on campus or online. All programs are designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families, and the world.

Local student athletes attending John Carroll University recognized for academic achievement

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH (05/18/2017)— Each year the Department of Athletics at John Carroll University recognizes the exceptional academic achievements of players representing 23 varsity sports.

In the 2016-17 academic year, 235 John Carroll scholar athletes achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Local students recognized for academic achievement are listed below, along with their collegiate sport:

  • Luke Melsop of Westerville: Football
  • Jessica Swisher of Westerville: Indoor Track – Women
  • Christian Hipsher of Galena: Wrestling

John Carroll University, founded in 1886 as Saint Ignatius College, is located in University Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. Its Jesuit Catholic mission inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world. John Carroll University is recognized nationally for an exceptional four-year graduation rate, teaching excellence, and a commitment to living a faith that does justice as central to its mission. John Carroll is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

The Citadel’s Class of 2017 graduates

CHARLESTON, SC (05/17/2017)— The Citadel’s South Carolina Corps of Cadets received degrees on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in McAlister Field House. Members of The Citadel Class of 2017 were recognized for excellence in leadership, service and academics at commencement. The South Carolina Corps of Cadets celebrated the graduation of over 551 cadets, 7 active duty students and 23 veteran students. Of those cadets, 129 were commissioned as officers.

  • Frank Resch of Westerville graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English.
  • Kyle Winston of Westerville graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

About The Citadel

The Citadel with its iconic campus located in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. The 2,300 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets are not required to serve in the military but about one-third of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their states and their communities as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842. The Citadel Graduate College offers 26 graduate degree programs with 42 concentration options, 24 graduate certificate programs, and eight evening undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule with many courses now available online. The Citadel was named Best Public College in the South by U.S. News & World report for six consecutive years, and #1 Best Public College for Veterans in the South as well as Best Value out of all South Carolina colleges and universities by Forbes.

Anna Staudt from Westerville Receives Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

CEDARVILLE (05/15/2017)— Anna Staudt from Westerville earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Cedarville University School of Pharmacy on Saturday, May 6. Forty-five Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) graduates participated in the special hooding ceremony on Friday, May 5 in the James T. Jeremiah Chapel at Cedarville University.

The doctoral candidates are the second class to graduate from the school of pharmacy, and part of the 796 students receiving degrees at the university’s 121st commencement on Saturday, May 6. Last year 48 students earned Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. At Friday’s event, all 2017 graduates will receive their doctoral hood in formal recognition of obtaining a terminal degree.

Currently there are 290 students enrolled in Cedarville University’s doctoral and undergraduate pharmacy programs. The hooding ceremony is a traditional celebration for pharmacy programs.

“I am very proud of our second graduating class because they have demonstrated incredible professionalism, strong work ethic and a desire to serve Christ throughout our entire program,” said Dr. Marc Sweeney, dean of the school of pharmacy.

Sweeney’s pride stems from the founding of the program eight years ago, and includes the success of last year’s inaugural graduating class. All members of that class secured residency positions and full-time jobs, including at the Cleveland Clinic, Summa Health System, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic.

The majority of this year’s graduates have already accepted positions as full-time pharmacists. Joseph Newman will work as a pharmacist for CVS in his hometown of Visalia, California.

“Cedarville has prepared us to be practitioners who focus on the patient, which includes engaging our patients in a culturally competent way,” said Newman. “They have taught us that hard work matters, not only for our benefit and the patient’s benefit, but because it is honoring to God to do our jobs well.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

Cedarville University, located between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study.

Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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Investment Will Support OSU Efforts to Reduce Food Waste

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $499,384 to The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI) to develop a smartphone app that will help reduce household food waste.

“We’re proud of the world class research going on at OSU and this investment will put Ohio at the forefront of technology and research once again,” Brown said.

This grant for Ohio State ATI will provide resources to continue development of a smartphone app, Food Image, in order to more accurately measure food waste. The data from this app will inform policy discussions concerning optimal approaches to reducing food waste.

The funding comes from USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, a competitive grants program for research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences.

Ohio State creates institute dedicated to data science and analytics

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University has established a Translational Data Analytics Institute that will advance Ohio toward becoming a global hub for the development, application and study of translational data analytics solutions. Its focus will be supporting faculty research, education, and industry and community partnerships in the essential field of data science and analytics.

The Translational Data Analytics program that spun off the institute has been and remains a foundational component of the university’s Discovery Themes initiative, which represents an investment over 10 years of $500 million in teaching, research and engagement to solve global issues related to energy and the environment, food security and production, health and wellness, and the humanities and arts.

“The Translational Data Analytics Institute represents a long-term commitment by Ohio State to data science and analytics to solve real-world challenges globally,” said Bruce McPheron, executive vice president and provost. “It will be a source of great value for our entire university and community, both the public and the private sectors, spurring science and scholarship and contributing to workforce development.”

TDAI is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive community of innovators. Together, its 105 faculty affiliates from throughout the university, including 41 new hires, bring expertise and know-how unparalleled in scope across foundational data science disciplines and applied domains. Recent milestones include awarding seed grants to faculty; spearheading interdisciplinary research projects and grant proposals with private sector partners; and hosting and sponsoring events for students, faculty, and industry and community partners. This summer, TDAI will launch a faculty exchange program with Nagoya University in Japan, and co-host a National Science Foundation workshop on Translational Data Science with the University of Chicago.

In addition to research and scholarship, TDAI is advancing data science and analytics education to ensure Ohio State students are prepared to take on the countless opportunities in one of the job market’s fastest-growing fields—and one in which the need for talent far exceeds supply. TDAI is creating a new professional science master’s degree in translational data analytics that will complement the university’s undergraduate data analytics major. Just last month, Ohio State’s commitment to fill the workforce talent gap was recognized by the Business and Higher Education Forum and PricewaterhouseCoopers in their report Investing in America’s data science talent: The case for action. A key part of that commitment is accelerating the inclusion of underrepresented groups in data science and analytics education.

In April 2018, TDAI will move to its new home in the renovated Pomerene Hall, where it will offer 21,000 square feet of research, teaching and innovation space for faculty, industry partners and the community to collaborate. The new facility will include hardware, software and data visualization labs; multiple types of work areas; and event space. It will launch with a series of open-house events next spring.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards More Than $230,000 to Ohio Schools, Nonprofits and Literacy Organizations

Grants provide funding for adult, family and summer literacy programs

Goodlettsville, Tennessee – May 16, 2017 — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of more than $230,000 in literacy grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools this morning. These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves, and plan to positively impact the lives of nearly 21,000 Ohioans.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

Statewide grants are part of more than $7.5 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded this morning. Recipients of today’s grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, promote childhood summer reading or learn English. Ohio recipients are listed below and a comprehensive list of grant recipients may be found online at

Organization Name; City; County; Amount

Friends of the Conneaut Public Library; Conneaut; ASHTABULA; $3,000

Ohio University Foundation- Zanesville; Athens; ATHENS; $2,800

Clark State Community College; Springfield; CLARK; $7,500

Springfield City Board of Education; Springfield; CLARK; $10,000

Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties; Milford; CLERMONT; $5,000

Lepper Public Library; Lisbon; COLUMBIANA; $2,000

Lifelong Learning; Cleveland; CUYAHOGA; $1,000

Merrick House; Cleveland; CUYAHOGA; $12,000

Near West Side Multi-Service Center; Cleveland; CUYAHOGA; $12,000

OhioGuidestone; Berea; CUYAHOGA; $3,000

Seeds of Literacy; Cleveland; CUYAHOGA; $12,000

The Spanish American Committee for a Better Community; Cleveland; CUYAHOGA; $10,000

Worch Memorial Public Library; Versailles; DARKE; $1,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus; Columbus; FRANKLIN; $3,000

Columbus Literacy Council; Columbus; FRANKLIN; $10,000

Dominican Sisters of Peace; Columbus; FRANKLIN; $7,750

Lower Lights Ministries; Columbus; FRANKLIN; $2,000

Sara’s Garden; Wauseon; FULTON; $2,000

Education Matters, Inc.; Cincinnati; HAMILTON; $10,000

Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati; Cincinnati; HAMILTON; $12,000

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Foundation; Cincinnati; HAMILTON; $3,000

WordPlay Cincy; Cincinnati; HAMILTON; $2,000

Herrick Memorial Library; Wellington; LORAIN; $2,000

Social Services for the Arab Community; Toledo; LUCAS; $10,000

Water for Ishmael; Toledo; LUCAS; $10,000

YMCA of Greater Toledo; Toledo; LUCAS; $2,000

Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County; Youngstown; MAHONING; $2,000

Literacy Council of Medina County; Medina; MEDINA; $8,000

Brunner Literacy Center; Dayton; MONTGOMERY; $10,000

Sinclair Community College Foundation; Dayton; MONTGOMERY; $10,000

Morgan County Learning Center; McConnelsville; MORGAN; $8,400

Cardington-Lincoln Public Library; Cardington; MORROW; $1,500

The Salvation Army – Dewald Community Center; Mansfield; RICHLAND; $2,000

Vanguard-Sentinel ABLE; Fremont; SANDUSKY; $8,166

Kaubisch Memorial Public Library; Fostoria; SENECA; $500

Louisville Public Library; Louisville; STARK; $3,000

Wayne County ABLE; Wooster; WAYNE; $10,000

La Conexion de Wood County; Bowling Green; WOOD; $8,000

Mohawk Community Library; Sycamore; WYANDOT; $2,000

Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new or expanding existing literacy efforts. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs. Applications are available online at

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 13,429 stores in 44 states as of March 3, 2017, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

MVNU Speech Therapy Clinic Opens to Community This Fall

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University will open a speech therapy clinic in Hunter Hall that will provide students in the new Communication Sciences and Disorders program an opportunity to apply what they are learning while providing underserved groups in the local community with communication disorders services at no cost. The clinic houses five therapy rooms and will provide services by appointment during the academic school year only. The Hunter Hall Clinic for Communication Sciences and Disorders, 221 S. Main St., will hold an open house on Sept. 1, 2017, during Mount Vernon’s First Friday celebration downtown.

The goal of the Hunter Hall Clinic for Communication Sciences and Disorders is to provide clinical experience in speech and language therapy for students early in their academic career, and, in the process, to provide needed services for children and adults who may otherwise have limited or no access to speech-language pathology services. Through MVNU’s pre-professional degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the university hopes to fill the gap for those in need of such services. MVNU is the only Nazarene university in the U.S. and the only member of the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities in the state of Ohio to offer this degree program.

“Clinical experience is a vital part of training as a communication disorders professional. Our goal is for MVNU students to begin that experience early in their academic program so they can reap greater benefits from their coursework, and know for certain that this is the field for them. To provide that opportunity while at the same time meeting a community need is a tremendous privilege,” said Teresa Farnham, CSD Program Coordinator.

The clinic is a facility where students who will be pursuing advanced degrees in speech/language pathology or audiology can gain early experience in the professions. Students working in the clinic will always be under direct supervision by a speech-language pathologist who holds certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. This clinic/university partnership provides students with an opportunity to work in clinical settings. Through this unique undergraduate experience, the university hopes to provide the students with an edge in the graduate school admission process, as well as an opportunity to experience their chosen profession first-hand.

For more information on MVNU’s Communications Sciences and Disorders program visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.


Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio has been selected to host one of only 12, weeklong Grants Training Programs in the US.

COLUMBUS: Presented by the acclaimed Grantsmanship Center of Los Angeles, the five-day intensive grant training will be held Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16, at the Trinity Seminary campus in Bexley. Attendees receive professional training and coaching in every phase of the grant-writing process.

“Trinity is very pleased to host this tremendous training opportunity for the community,” said Chris Norman, Director of Development. “To be selected as one of only 12 host sites is an honor due largely to the higher education, non-profit, library, government and research communities which thrive in our community and state.”

In the 40-hour training, participants will be guided through every facet of grant project development including: project ideation and management; funder research; development of clear goals, objectives and methodologies; formatting and writing the grant application; as well as presenting and follow-up with funders. Attendees will develop drafts which will be evaluated by peers and professionals. They will leave with a notebook full of actionable resources and well-crafted draft proposals for their institutions.

The program is designed for both those new to proposal writing and more seasoned professionals who wish to improve their skills. The proposal development process applies to a variety of fundraising and organizational activities including: major and planned giving; program and project development; and well as building a case for support. Attendees will receive a one-year subscription and membership to all Grantsmanship Center materials and benefits, as well as significant discounts for future programs.

Cost for the week-long, 40-hour training is $995 per person. Group discounts are available.

For more information, contact The Grantsmanship Center 800-421-9512 or:


Founded in 1830, Trinity Lutheran Seminary Forms Leaders for Christ’s Church at work in the World. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Trinity has over 2700 ordained alumni providing leadership in synods, congregations, missions, schools and community agencies in every state and in dozens of nations around the world.

In 2018, Trinity will be reunited with Capital University as a Capital’s graduate school of theology. Capital and Trinity had operated as one school from 1850 until 1959. The Trinity/Capital Reunion is being hailed as a model for the schools of theology throughout the United States.

Treasurer Josh Mandel and Ohio’s Public University Leaders Announce Launch of First Public University Checkbooks on

Bowling Green State University and Central State University Become First Public Universities in Ohio to Post Checkbook Level Expenditures Online

COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, Inter-University Council President Bruce Johnson, Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey and Central State University Vice President of Administration and Finance & CFO Curtis Pettis announced the launch of Bowling Green State University and Central State University’s online checkbooks on Also announced today is the launch of the Central Ohio Technical College’s online checkbook on

In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet. recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row.

With today’s announcement, Bowling Green State University and Central State University become the first public universities in the state to post their spending on Central Ohio Technical College also becomes the first public technical college in Ohio to post their spending on

In May 2016, Miami University, Ohio University and Wright State University also formally agreed to partner with the Treasurer’s office to post their checkbook level expenditures online at

The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:

  • Bowling Green State University’s online checkbook includes over 27,000 individual transactions that represent more than $39 million of total spending over Fiscal Year 2015.
  • Central State University’s online checkbook includes over 7,700 individual transactions that represent more than $17 million of total spending over Fiscal Year 2015.
  • Central Ohio Technical College’s online checkbook includes over 36,000 individual transactions that represent more than $23 million of total spending over Fiscal Year 2016.

“I believe the taxpayers of Ohio have a right to know how their tax money is being spent, and I applaud these Universities for partnering with my office to post the finances on,” said Treasurer Mandel. “My vision is to create an army of citizen watchdogs who are empowered to hold public officials accountable.”

“Public Universities in Ohio support open access to public information for Ohio’s taxpayers,” said Bruce Johnson, President of the Inter-University Council. “We are pleased that Bowling Green, Central State and several other universities are making progress at getting their data online. We also commend Treasurer Mandel for his efforts to make the financial information as transparent as possible.”

“BGSU is committed to being a good steward of both taxpayer funds and our students’ tuition and fees,” stated Mary Ellen Mazey, President of Bowling Green State University. “We are always looking for meaningful ways to demonstrate that we’re operating efficiently and effectively in supporting our students’ academic success. We appreciate Treasurer Mandel’s goals for transparency and making our financial information more easily accessible. We’re pleased to play a leadership role in this project.”

“Central State University is committed to transparency and we are pleased to be joining BGSU as the first two universities to place their spending on,” added Curtis Pettis, Vice President for Administration and Finance & CFO of Central State University. “We thank Treasurer Mandel for the chance to make our spending information easily accessible, searchable and user friendly.”

“Central Ohio Technical College appreciates the opportunity from the Ohio Treasurer’s office to make our spending information easily accessible,” said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. “We are proud to be the first technical college online and among the first colleges and universities to post their spending online. The initiative is an easy way for us to increase transparency and show that we are always working to achieve the most for our community.”

On April 7, 2015 Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to 18,062 local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on and extending an invitation to partner with his office at no cost to local governments. These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts.

A large coalition of statewide and local government organizations have expressed support for and local government transparency, including:

  • Ohio Municipal League
  • Ohio Township Association
  • Ohio Association of School Business Officials
  • Buckeye Association of School Administrators
  • County Commissioner Association of Ohio
  • County Auditor Association of Ohio
  • Ohio Newspaper Association
  • Ohio Society of CPAs
  • Buckeye Institute
  • Common Cause Ohio was launched on December 2, 2014, marking the first time in Ohio history when citizens could actually see every expenditure in state government. Since its launch, has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of May 11, 2017 there have been more than 762,000 total searches on the site. displays more than $592 billion in spending over the past nine years, including more than 161 million transactions. The website includes cutting-edge features such as:

  • “Google-style” contextual search capabilities, to allow users to sort by keyword, department, category or vendor;
  • Fully dynamic interactive charts to drill down on state spending;
  • Functionality to compare state spending year-over-year or among agencies; and,
  • Capability to share charts or checks with social media networks, and direct contact for agency fiscal offices.

In March 2015, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released their annual “Following the Money 2015” report and Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for providing online access to government spending data. Ohio was prominently featured in the report after climbing from 46th to 1st in spending transparency as a result of Treasurer Mandel’s release of Due to the launch of, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.

In April 2016, U.S. PIRG announced that Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year in a row. Due to the launch of, Ohio again received the highest perfect score of 100 points this year – marking the second time in two years Ohio received the highest possible score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.

The Treasurer’s office is partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format. “Ohio is setting the standard for financial transparency on an unprecedented scale. We are excited to partner with the Treasurer’s office to bring world-class technology to communities large and small across the state,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov.

For more information or to view your local government website, visit the Local Government option on or click on:;;

Otterbein University Mascot and Cheerleaders Visit Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Outreach event was chosen by Otterbein donors during a day of giving

Westerville — The Otterbein Fund at Otterbein University held a day of giving and asked donors to vote on an activity to be performed by the university’s mascot, Cardy the Cardinal.

The 106 donors overwhelmingly chose for Cardy and the Cardinal cheerleaders to visit the patients and families of patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and they donated $13,815 in the process! Other possible activities included Cardy parachuting from an airplane and filling the dean of students’ office with balloons. The donors represented 15 states; alumni donors graduated from 1950 through 2017.

Cardy will have autograph cards and the cheerleaders will have Otterbein coloring books, crayons, pom-poms and Cardy cut-outs to give to the children. The event, “Otterbein University: Cardy says Kindness Matters” is part of a larger “Kindness Matters” initiative that Otterbein is undertaking with the support of the Columbus Foundation.

Seggerson wins contest

Local St. Francis DeSales High School teacher Ruth Seggerson has been named the grand prize winner of the TEACH BOLDLY Sweepstakes hosted by PBS Education. This summer, her school will receive a “teched-out” teachers’ lounge makeover courtesy of local PBS station WOSU TV.

PBS launched the TEACH BOLDLY Sweepstakes last fall as part of a year-long celebration of educators across the country. Throughout the year PBS and member stations have been inviting teachers to share ideas, learn from peers, and find daily inspiration at the PBS Teachers’ Lounge. This creative, digital space offers weekly insights from outstanding teachers and thought leaders in the education space and features timely resources that preK-12 teachers can use to enhance their work in the classroom.

TEACH BOLDLY is one of the many ways that WOSU Public Media supports local schools in the Columbus area. Next week, WOSU will build on its educational offerings to families across the Columbus area with the launch of WOSU Kids, a new 24-hour PBS KIDS channel. More details on the launch are available here.

Better Business Bureau Center for Character Ethics Announces Central Ohio Laws of Life Essay Contest

May 17, 2017 – Columbus – BBB’s Center for Character Ethics is proud to announce the 2017 winners of the Central Ohio Laws of Life Essay Contest, a unique character-themed writing competition.

Over 1,500 students in 21 schools wrote essays for this year’s contest. Eighteen finalists were selected and invited along with their parents, teachers and contest judges to attend the Awards Banquet hosted by BBB Center for Character Ethics on May 16 at Wendy’s Company in Dublin, OH. Students received cash awards ranging from $50 – $500, a certificate signed by the Governor, and a poster of their enlarged essay. Each school with a finalist also received $50 to support their local essay writing efforts.

The local contest, in its seventeenth year, is open to students in grades 6-8 in the 21 county service area of BBB serving Central Ohio. Created by Sir John Templeton in 1987, the contest encourages students to think about the people and experiences that have helped to shape their principles, and challenges them to write about what they believe in. Teachers selected the best essays from their class and submitted them in March. The entries were then read and judged by a panel of business leaders, educators and community volunteers. Accountability, perseverance, compassion, responsibility, and courage are some of the topics this year’s finalists wrote about in their essays.

Contest finalists (in alphabetical order) Name; School

  • Molly Barber; Madison Plains Intermediate
  • Emma Conkle; Zanesville Middle School
  • Isayah Curtis; Bishop Fenwick Middle School
  • Cael Dowdell; Holy Trinity School
  • Autumn Jones; Coshocton City Schools
  • Brendan Leonard; Genoa Middle School
  • Samuel Lightle; Zanesville Middle School
  • Sophia Meiser; Coshocton City Schools
  • Isabella Mercurio; Walnut Springs Middle School
  • Anouk Moritz; Columbus Gifted Academy
  • Lynsey Mumaw; John McIntire Middle School
  • Andrew Murrey; West Muskingum Middle School
  • Ashleigh Shannon; Zane Grey Intermediate
  • Isabel Smeltzer; West Muskingum Middle School
  • Lauryn Swanson; Heritage Middle School
  • Donovan Varney; Blendon Middle School
  • Emily Voneman; Walnut Springs Middle School
  • Allie Walker; Zanesville Middle School

Major support of the contest comes from Honda of America, Wendy’s, the Walker family, the English Family Foundation and Danette’s Floral. Local schools and community organizations can visit the Center for Character Ethics website for information and assistance in entering the contest.

Three area Thiel College students among 318 Dean’s List honorees for spring 2017

Greenville, Pa., May 18, 2017 — Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northeast Pennsylvania, announced this month that 318 students were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. A full-time student must attain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for the Dean’s List at the College.

Students on the Dean’s List from your coverage area appear below, grouped by hometown. The final column denotes the number of times a student has appeared on the Dean’s List:

Student; Class Year; Hometown; No.

  • Lenora Boyer; SR; Delaware; 6
  • Brenna Parsley; FY; Canal Winchester; 2
  • Brittani Brown; FY; Jamestown; 2

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Aaron Sanford named to Troy University Provost’s List

TROY, AL (05/22/2017)— Aaron Sanford of Westerville has been named to the Provost’s List at Troy University for the spring semester/Term 4 of the 2016/2017 academic year.

The Provost’s List honors full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who have a grade point average of at least 3.65.

About Troy University

Troy University is a public, historic, international university with more than 145,000 alumni. Students choose TROY for its quality academic programs, reasonable costs and availability of financial aid, outstanding faculty, and flexible in-class and online class offerings. Students on the Troy, Ala. campus enjoy a traditional college experience, while working adult students are the centers of attention at campuses in Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City, Ala., as well as at locations around the world and online.

Ohio State’s Stone Lab Awards Scholarships to State Science Day Competitors

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory awarded scholarships to 15 high school students at 2017 State Science Day, held May 13, 2017 at The Ohio State University.

Each student receives free room, meals and lab fee for a one-week course held at Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, a value of $495. The scholarship can be used up to three calendar years after it is awarded.

Since 1996, Stone Lab has awarded scholarships to more than 200 top State Science Day participants to allow them to experience hands-on science at The Ohio State University’s campus on Lake Erie.

The 2017 recipients are:

  • Bradley Axe, Anna High School, Anna
  • Colleen Bell, Hilltop High School, West Unity
  • Cody Clark, Zane Trace High School, Chillicothe
  • Mohit Dighamber, Sycamore High School, Cincinnati
  • Emma Hardacre, Global Impact STEM Academy, Springfield
  • Maya Hartman, Patrick Henry High School, Hamler
  • Bryce Hoehner, Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green
  • Joseph Kruse, Bloom Carroll High School, Carroll
  • Lindsey Kulp, West Geauga High School, Chesterland
  • Gretchen Lee, Pettisville High School, Pettisville
  • Margaret Lignane, Global Impact STEM Academy, Springfield
  • Travis O’Leary, Carroll High School, Dayton
  • Bryan Rego, West Geauga High School, Chesterland
  • Caleb Rykaczewski, Mentor High School, Mentor
  • Allison Sanders, Global Impact STEM Academy, Springfield

Caleb Rykaczewski, who also received a Stone Lab scholarship last year, is enrolled in a Stone Lab course this summer, along with five other previous State Science Day scholarship recipients: Julian Liber from Sylvania; Kyle Peck from Austinburg; Akul Rajan from Mason; Holly Schmenk from Leipsic; and Jordan Skates from Pettisville.

Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie. Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators. For information on Stone Laboratory, visit

Pottipadu graduates from Campbellsville University

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (05/22/2017)— “Through Christian education, lives are changed.”

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, told a record number of graduates in four ceremonies as 558 students received their degrees Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13.

For the 2016-17 academic year, 760 students will have graduated, upon completion of all academic requirements.

The number of graduates and actual number of commencement ceremonies are both record breaking.

  • Rajeev Pottipadu of Westerville received a Master of Science in Information Technology Management.

The Honorable Max Wise, Kentucky State Senator, 16th Senatorial District, 1997 Campbellsville University graduate and former faculty member in political science at Campbellsville University, received an honorary doctorate of public service at the second ceremony on Saturday in Powell Athletic Center.

Wise told the graduates Saturday to “go out and do great things. In whatever your pathway is in life, do good and treat everyone with respect.”

He urged the graduates to perform 10 actions as they left the ceremony: 1. Thank someone for being a part of your life and who helped you achieve this milestone; 2. Take time to disconnect – today we tend to live our lives in internet posts; 3. Don’t be afraid to tell or share an embarrassing story about yourself; 4. Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have; 5. While it is exciting to be a dreamer, be a doer; and 6. Take marriage seriously and heed these words: “You’re right, I’m wrong, I’m sorry;” 7. Don’t embarrass your family name; 8. To the men, don’t be the father one day who does not take his young daughter to the American Girl doll store, and, to the women, don’t wrap your child in safety goggles, knee pads, etc., because bumps and bruises are some of the best life lessons from which to learn.

For his tenth word of wisdom, he said the graduates will have forgotten every thing about his speech by this point tomorrow, but he said, “In a year from now you will have forgotten who was your commencement speaker, but you will not forget this:

the admissions counselor who recruited you; the coach who pushed you; the professor who inspired you; the classmate who befriended you, and the university that prepared you.

“Go out and do great things.”

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, which is given to one student and one adult member of the community, was presented to Aaron Nosich of Radcliff, Ky., who received a bachelor of science degree with a double major in political science and pastoral ministries.

He was also named Mr. Campbellsville University and received the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Senior Award at Honors and Awards Day in April.

Nosich served as Student Government Association president for two years at Campbellsville University. He is the son of Kevin and Kristi Kennedy.

Guy Montgomery, former 14-year associate member of Campbellsville University’s Board of Trustees having served as vice chair for five years, received the adult community member’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Montgomery is married to Elizabeth Kennedy Simon Montgomery, and they have five children and eight grandchildren.

Montgomery’s father, Edwin Montgomery, was also a member of the Board of Trustees here at CU for 18 years and is whom the Montgomery Library is named after.

Carter, president of Campbellsville University since 1999, and Dr. Donna Hedgepath, vice president for academic affairs, presented the graduates.

Carter told the graduates that their commencement was a culmination of a “great deal of hard work” and sacrificies by themselves, family and friends.

He asked the graduates what it means to live in fellowship, leadership and scholarship in a civilized world – points taught by Jesus Christ.

Carter charged the graduates to live by the Campbellsville University seal that was designed by Campbellsville College alumna Scotty Cocanougher Clenney, a 1963 graduate.

The seal told the graduates to live in harmony and respect for people on the planet, to be a leader and take others wherever they never thought it was possible for themselves, and to keep learning all their lives.

Responses to Carter’s charge were given in each of the four ceremonies. Edward George Garcia of Venezuela, who received his master of business administration degree, said, “I challenge you to become someone who will be remembered for your character, leadership, devotion and heart. It is never too late.”

He told the graduates to make the world better – “so go on and do so.”

Lily ReVena Maggard of Hazard, Ky., a social work major, said her time at Campbellsville University was “very challenging and rewarding” and several friendships and wonderful memories were made especialy when she served in New Mexico to serve the Navajo people.

“Experiences such as this are truly life altering,” she said.

Robert Coleman of Parksville, Ky., who received a master of theology, said two words – truth and love – are the keys to success in fulfilling Carter’s charge. He said truth and love permeate every aspect of our lives and “Living in truth and love allows you to stand out, to be different in today’s world and became a leader that people want to follow by choice just as the disciples followed Jesus.”

Elise Bauer, an educational ministries graduate from Louisville, told her fellow graduates to “never sell yourself short. Be proud of yourself. We have been filled with knowledge and experience so that we can live the next part of our life to the fullest.

“There is much joy ahead for us, graduates.”

Darryl Peavler, a 2003 undergraduate and 2005 graduate student at Campbellsville University, who serves as director of alumni relations, welcomed the students into the Campbellsville University Alumni Association and urged the graduates to be proud to be a Tiger and to display their dipoma, help recruit students and support Campbellsville University financially.

“Please know that Campbellsville University is very proud of you and is excited to see what God has in store for your futures,” he said.

Co-valedictorians for May 2017 were Courtney Elisabeth Hargis of Somerset, Ky.; Abby Nicole Harnack of Bowling Green, Ky.: Anna-Marie Hyatt of Lawrenceburg, Ky., and Keysha Marez Martin of La Vergne, Tenn.

Caleb Norbert King of Stanford, Ky. was salutatorian for May 2017.

Co-valedictorians for the December 2016 ceremony were Ethan Wesley Boulter of Raymond, N.H., and Zachary Tanner Leftwich of Greensburg, Ky. Kacy Brooke Stinson of Scottsville, Ky. was salutatorian for December 2016.

Friday’s 4 p.m. ceremony saw students graduating with master degrees in master of business administration, master in management and leadership and master of science in information technology management.

The second ceremony on Friday was for all other 167 graduate students who are graduated with master degrees in teacher leader master of arts in education, master of arts in education school counseling, master of arts in music, master of arts in school improvement, teacher leader master of arts in special education, master of arts in special education, master of arts in sport management, master of arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages, master in marriage and family therapy, master of music, master of music in piano pedagogy, master of social work and master of theology.

The first ceremony on Saturday was at 9 a.m. for 140 bachelor of science degree students.

The second ceremony on Saturday at noon was for 128 students receiving the following degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of science in business administration, bachelor of science in nursing, bachelor of social work, associate degree in nursing, associate of science and associate of science.

Henry Lee of Campbellsville, chair of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees, gave the benediction at all four ceremonies, and Dr. Michele Dicens, assistant professor of nursing and chair of the Faculty Forum, gave the benediction.

Dr. Tony Cunha, dean of the School of Music and associate professor of music, led in singing as did Dr. Mark Bradley, professor of music, and Corey Bonds, assistant professor of music.

Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor of music, served as organist; Lidiane Mendes de Macedo, class of 2017, sang; Hsing-Yi Tsai, Campbellsville University alumna, was pianist; Saori Kataoka, Campbellsville University alumna, was trumpeter; and the CU Brass Ensemble performed.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 5,000 students offering over 80 programs of study including 19 master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs. The university has off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset and Hodgenville with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville and a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is

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