(COLUMBUS)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has made the following appointments:
Catherine L. Evans of Middletown (Butler Co.) has been appointed to the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Board of Trustees for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending August 31, 2026.
Tyeis L. Baker-Baumann of Greenville (Darke Co.) has been appointed to the Edison State Community College Board of Trustees for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending January 17, 2025.
Philip E. Dubbs of New Madison (Darke Co.) has been reappointed to the Edison State Community College Board of Trustees for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending January 17, 2027.
Pamela E. Bobst of Rocky River (Cuyahoga Co.) has been appointed to the Kent State University Board of Trustees for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending May 16, 2021; and for a term beginning May 17, 2021, and ending May 16, 2030.
Brenda S. Haas of Ironton (Lawrence Co.) has been appointed to the Shawnee State University Board of Trustees for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending June 30, 2028.
Wendy Humphrey Doolittle of Springfield (Clark Co.) has been appointed to the Chemical Dependency Professionals Board for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending December 23, 2022.
Alverta Muhammad of Columbus (Franklin Co.) has been appointed to the Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending October 10, 2023.
Lisa Dodge Burton of Powell (Delaware Co.) has been reappointed to the State Speech and Hearing Professionals Board for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending March 22, 2024.
Ralph Eugene Ross of Mt. Sterling (Madison Co.) has been appointed to the Mt. Sterling Financial Planning and Supervision Commission for a term beginning April 9, 2021 and continuing at the pleasure of the Governor.
Tammy J. Bobo of Albany (Athens Co.) has been appointed to the Banking Commission for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending January 31, 2025.
Kathleen L. Fischer of Sylvania (Lucas Co.) has been appointed to the Banking Commission for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending January 31, 2022.
William U. Martin of St. Marys (Auglaize Co.) has been reappointed to the Banking Commission for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending January 31, 2025.
Jasmine Clements of New Albany (Franklin Co.) has been reappointed to the Board of Tax Appeals for a term beginning April 7, 2021, and ending February 28, 2027.
Gregory M. Gantt of Oakwood (Montgomery Co.) has been reappointed to the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending February 26, 2027.
Kristin Beggs of Columbus (Franklin Co) has been appointed to the Ohio AMBER Alert Advisory Committee for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending February 6, 2023.
Christine H. Merritt of Columbus (Franklin Co.) has been reappointed to the Ohio AMBER Alert Advisory Committee for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending February 6, 2023.
James W. Metz of Eaton (Preble Co.) has been reappointed to serve on the Environmental Education Council for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending October 1, 2022.
Erik Yassenoff of Granville (Licking Co.) has been appointed to the Technical Advisory Council on Oil and Gas for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending January 31, 2022.
Brian D. Morley of Louisville (Stark Co.) has been reappointed to the Technical Advisory Council on Oil and Gas for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending January 31, 2024.
Brian Ross of Columbus (Franklin Co.) has been reappointed to the TourismOhio Advisory Board for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending September 27, 2023.
Daniel M. Rice of Cuyahoga Falls (Summit Co.) has been reappointed to the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board for a term beginning April 9, 2021, and ending January 14, 2024.
The Zane Trace FFA Chapter was recently given a Gold Rating and named one of the top 10 chapters in the state of Ohio through the National Chapter Award Program. The National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA members and their chapters for the activities they plan. and conduct throughout the year.
Chapters submit an application outlining fifteen different activities they conduct that emphasize the areas of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture.
The senior members of the chapter worked throughout the months of February and March to complete the application, which included detailed descriptions of activities such as the elementary Maple syrup lessons, the Sausage Breakfast, ZT courtyard construction, canning for a cause project, RCHS dog adoption day, Pioneer Pantry and more.
The honor of receiving a Gold Rating is reserved for the top 10% of all chapters in Ohio.
Zane Trace has earned a Gold Rating every year since 2015. In addition to this recognition the chapter was selected to compete for the top chapter in the state in the area of Strengthening Agriculture thanks to the Sausage Breakfast and Maple syrup production programs offered to members.
Seniors Briana Fetters and Taylor Brown presented the chapter’s plan, implementation and impact for these activities to a panel of judges via zoom meeting on Thursday, April 1st . The chapter will learn the results of the selection committee during the Ohio FFA Convention on Friday, April 30th .
The Zane Trace FFA would like to thank the entire Zane Trace community for their support of. the program throughout the years. Receiving a Gold Rating would not be possible without strong backing from supporters of our chapter. The Zane Trace FFA is a satellite of Pickaway Ross CTC.
(Picture: Senior Zane Trace FFA members Briana Fetters and Taylor Brown present their chapter’s program of activities to judges as part of their interview for the top chapter in Strengthening Agriculture competition in the National Chapter Award contest.)
Zane Trace FFA Senior Selected to Perform During Upcoming Ohio FFA Convention Laine Abbott has always loved to play his guitar. Last year he started bringing his instrument to school to play for friends as they enjoyed lunch in the Ag classroom at Zane Trace. Some of them suggested that Laine should submit an audition video for the 2020 Ohio FFA Convention.
They thought he might just have a chance to be selected as one of the talent acts to take the stage during the annual gathering of over 7,000 FFA members at the Ohio Expo Center. Unfortunately, like many other events in the spring of 2020, the Ohio FFA Convention was cancelled and along with it Laine’s opportunity to audition.
Fast forward to February 2021, when Laine learns that the Ohio FFA will be including a limited number of talent acts, four total, for their upcoming hybrid State Convention. Laine quietly prepared his audition video hoping for a second opportunity to showcase his gifts. Dozens members from around the state submitted videos and only four would be chosen. Would Laine be among them?
The answer came in the form of a text message from his FFA advisor showing that not only had he been selected as one of the four talent acts for the Convention, but that he was slated to perform during the final session, when the largest audience would be tuning in. “I was at work when I got the text and I was so excited I actually jumped when I read it” said Abbott. “I’m really honored to have this opportunity.”
Anyone interested in watching Laine perform during the 1:00 pm Convention session on Friday, April 30th can tune in live on ohioffa.org and on Ohio FFA’s social media outlets under the username @ohioffa.
(Picture: Senior Laine Abbott of the Zane Trace FFA was recently selected to perform during the upcoming Ohio FFA Virtual State Convention.)
(ATHENS) – Ohio University has been awarded a Choose Ohio First (COF) grant by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to support students in critical STEM fields.
The $1,068,522 grant over five years is to recruit and support each cohort during its educational journey. The grant supports students in science, including health professions, technology, engineering and mathematics. The grant was approved by the State Controlling Board today.
“We are honored to receive a Choose Ohio First grant and be a part of an initiative that exemplifies our commitment to student success, access to education and the importance of preparing students to meet the emerging workforce needs in the state of Ohio,” Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis said. “This initiative aligns with our focus on being Fearlessly First and providing support to STEM students, as well as the faculty working to address the workforce needs for their students. We are extremely grateful for Chancellor Gardner’s leadership in helping students achieve their educational goals in these areas.”
OHIO will use the funding to provide STEM scholarships, which will help improve Ohio’s workforce development capacity to innovate and grow the state economy. One hundred percent of the funding from the grant goes toward scholarships for students in the selected majors. The grant also requires a one-to-one match, meaning OHIO will match the ODHE scholarship amount with other, internal scholarships for each student.
In addition to the benefit to participating students, OHIO’s Choose Ohio First program will promote faculty and industry partners to collaborate to address high-demand workforce needs in advanced manufacturing and healthcare. Professional advisors, internship and career specialists, and student academic support specialists are embedded within the Russ College and the Department of Biology to ensure that each COF Scholar has a robust support network to help them succeed academically at OHIO and beyond. This advising model is especially important to first-generation and underrepresented students, who are encouraged to apply for the program.
The students selected for the Choose Ohio First Scholars program will be provided with access to curriculum, expert faculty, dedicated student support professionals, financial support and offered opportunities for internships, co-ops, and other research experiences.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to bring together students from majors across the Russ College for coordinated class and research activities,” Dale Masel, professor of industrial and systems engineering, said. “Today’s highly-automated manufacturing plants are designed and operated by many different types of engineers working collaboratively, so the Choose Ohio First program will be a great way for students to collaborate with others outside their discipline.”
Masel said the state of Ohio has the third-largest manufacturing workforce in the U.S., so when the Russ College’s COF Scholars graduate, they will have the skills needed to support Ohio’s economy. Through teaching topics related to Industry 4.0, or the methods needed to maintain competitiveness in the manufacturing industry, Choose Ohio First engineering scholars will learn interdisciplinary collaboration among the nine programs in engineering, preparing them to excel in the workforce.
Similarly, Choose Ohio First scholars in biological sciences will gain valuable laboratory experience that has applications in medicine, the environment, and other related fields. They will also have equal opportunity to seek additional internships with partners outside of the department and the University should they choose to do so.
(ATHENS) – The Ohio University Board of Trustees will receive an update on the University’s academic planning strategy, One OHIO initiative, and diversity and inclusion plans during its April meetings.
The Board will also consider capital projects and receive a budget update during the meetings, which will be held April 8th-9th. In addition, President M. Duane Nellis will provide an update on spring commencement, plans for the summer and fall semesters, and the University’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meetings will be held from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. April 8 and 8 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. April 9 and will be streamed online for media and public access. The meetings will be conducted online in accordance with Ohio House Bill 404, which allows for public meetings to be conducted in an online environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic through July 1, 2021.
Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan Full board meeting, 11:15 a.m. Thursday, April 8
University leaders will review the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan framework, which outlines OHIO’s core principles, strategic goals and action steps that will guide OHIO to an inclusive and equitable future.
The plan focuses on inclusive excellence, grounded in principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. Inclusive excellence promotes greater student achievement, faculty and staff satisfaction and retention, and lifelong ties between OHIO and its graduates. The document was developed since Spring 2019, including campus-wide conversations, feedback sessions with campus constituencies, and input from the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council and Diversity Leadership Institutes.
Academic Planning and Strategy Full board meeting, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 8
Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs will provide an update on the integrated priorities and timeline for the University’s academic planning and strategy initiative. The presentation will include recommendations to strengthen and refocus Ohio University’s academic core as identified by the Academic Planning and Strategy Group, which has been meeting since November 2020 and comprises 36 faculty and Deans’ Council representatives.
During the presentation, Provost Sayrs also will share recommendations of the International Opportunities Think Tank, co-chaired by Purba Das, associate professor in communication studies at OHIO’s Southern Campus, and chair of the University International Council, and Donal Skinner, Dean of the Honors Tutorial College, which was charged to explore, project, and make recommendations for the future of international teaching, learning, research, recruitment, and student support services.
One OHIO update Full board meeting, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 8
University leaders will update the Trustees on the status of the One OHIO integration plan. In addition to reviewing accomplishments and positive outcomes, including the creation of administrative and instructional efficiencies and the introduction of new leadership for each regional campus to foster an inclusive campus culture and to cultivate community relationships, the Trustees will have the opportunity to discuss emerging opportunities on our regional campuses as they align with future planning efforts.
Marketing/enrollment update Full board meeting, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 8
Trustees will receive an update on University enrollment projections, including a discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on enrollment, preliminary Spring 2021 highlights and Fall 2021 projections. University leadership will provide a comprehensive overview of active efforts to recruit and retain students, including multiple new visit strategies, such as expansion of COVID-safe in person campus visits through the new “OHIO Pawprint Tour.”
Vice President Candace Boeninger will brief the Trustees on work of the Strategic Enrollment Executive Committee (SEEC) to engage in strategic enrollment planning exercises that will respond to, reflect, and align with other key strategic initiatives.
Vice President Robin Oliver will update Trustees on expanded marketing strategies, such as an increase in targeted yield marketing, a new online undergraduate recruitment campaign, and an investment in layered digital advertising strategies.
Budget update Full board meeting, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 8
Trustees will receive an updated FY21 financial forecast, including the impact of COVID-19 on the projected year-end results, while transitioning the discussion to dynamic budget planning for FY22.Senior Vice President Deborah J. Shaffer will provide an update on state operating support, net tuition and fees, federal and state stimulus support, and institutional operating expenses. In addition to discussion about current FY22-FY26 budget assumptions and financial trends and evolving information that will impact these assumptions, University leaders will share a new interactive tool that has been developed within the University Budget Office that enables respective scenario analyses and the impacts on future year budgets.
Space planning initiative Full board meeting, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 8
University leaders will update Trustees on OHIO’s space planning initiative, which has been adapted to meet evolving team and University needs for increased flexibility, optimization of collaborative work while respecting the need for focused individual efforts, and seamless integration of OHIO’s virtual and physical environments. Leveraging early adopters and building on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Flexible Workplace project will develop sustainable workplace models that can be readily scaled across the OHIO system to increase employee engagement, retention, and productivity; use campus space more effectively and realize expense reduction; and increase creative and serendipitous collaborations beyond typical networks.
Academic health system presentation Full board meeting, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 8
Kenneth Johnson, D.O., OHIO’s chief medical affairs officer and executive dean of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, will discuss the College’s vision of a new “health systems” approach to medical education that formally integrates internal and external institutional partners. The goal is to operate as an academic health system that incorporates partners in a more strategic way.
The Heritage College has undergone transformational growth over the past 10 years, empowered by a $105 million gift from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation. The college’s three academic campuses and prestigious health system partners across the state give OHIO a statewide footprint.
Virtual reality and game development program Academics and Student Success Committee, 9 a.m. Friday, April 9
The Board will consider approval of a new degree program, the Bachelor of Science in communication in virtual reality and game development.
The program, including business and communications courses, will prepare students to become effective leaders, entrepreneurs, and creative problem-solvers in a wide variety of industries. The program will operate with existing facilities and staff, with an annual cohort of about 20 students.
Fee approvals Resources, Facilities and Affordability committee, 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 9
The Board will consider approving course and broad-based fees, as well as graduate program tuition and fees, for Fiscal Year 2022.
Program fees for master’s programs in the College of Health Sciences and Professions, College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs will be considered. In addition, broad-based fees including super single and super double room rates for Housing and Residence Life will be considered.
Capital projects Resources, Facilities and Affordability committee, 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 9
The Board will consider budget amendments to ongoing projects, as well as several new projects.
The budget amendments are:
Clippinger Renovation: This would increase the budget for the Clippinger Renovation Phase 2 by $4.98 million, to a total of $38.6 million, and the Clippinger Renovation Phase 3 by $5.66 million to a total of $34.3 million. These changes are to cover recent increases in the construction market and cost estimate uncertainty. Phase 2 addresses deferred maintenance and programmatic needs in part of Clippinger, as well as the finishing the build-out of the third floor of the Chemistry Building. Phase 3 addresses deferred maintenance and programmatic needs in the remainder of Clippinger.
Alden Library: The chilled water tie-in budget would be reduced by $400,000 to a total of $850,000, while the budget for replacing two air handlers would increase by $400,00 to $1.4 million. The chilled water project will address failing cooling equipment in the library, while the air handlers will maintain the proper humidity and temperature necessary for a library environment.
New projects include:
Heating plant switch gear: This $8.8 million project would address critical deferred maintenance needs for equipment that is well beyond life expectancy in a major electrical distribution hub for campus.
Weld House demolition: This $2.5 million project would include demolition of Weld House and the catwalk and utilities connecting to Nelson. The space will be utilized as recreational green space.
Chubb Hall HVAC: This $2.2 million project includes a renovation of the HVAC systems in Chubb Hall.
Aquatic Center roof replacement: This $2 million project would replace the roof of the Aquatic Center, which is beyond repair and must be replaced to avoid further damage to the building.
Bush Airport apron rehabilitation: This $1.68 million project would reconstruct the existing ramp at the airport to meet current standards and handle heavier aircraft.
Shannon Hall HVAC (Eastern Campus): This $1.57 million project would modernize HVAC components in Shannon Hall.
Human Resources updates Governance and Compensation Committee, 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 9
University Human Resources will present an update on significant compensation projects in the department, including the 2020 biennial equity review. The review is conducted by a third-party expert to ensure that administrative, classified and professional employee compensation has been determined on a non-discriminatory basis.
The Board will also receive an update on the compensation five-year market study, a large-scale review of benchmark job descriptions and market data. As part of the review, the pay structure was aged and widened, and several positions were moved into different pay grades to ensure alignment with market.
The Ross County NAACP Scholarship Committee has opened the 2020-2021 application period for the Robert J. Robinson Sr. Scholarship. This Scholarship is for Chillicothe High School Seniors only & all guidelines & criteria are listed on the application.
Applications are available at the Guidance Counselor’s office or go online where the scholarships are listed on the school website. All applications must be submitted no later than Monday, April 26th.
(ATHENS) – Ohio University is pleased to confirm the dates and times for the Spring 2021 Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies. All ceremonies will take place rain or shine at Peden Stadium, with gates opening to the public 90 minutes prior to each ceremony start time.
Friday, April 30 at 9:00 a.m.
Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Masters and Doctoral Candidates – All Colleges
Saturday, May 1 at 9:00 a.m.
College of Business
College of Communication
Saturday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m.
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Education
College of Engineering and Technology
Sunday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m.
College of Fine Arts
Honors Tutorial College
College of Health Sciences and Professions
Center for International Studies
Students who participate in the ceremonies must wear regalia. Students should order regalia here by April 17, to ensure delivery by their Commencement ceremony.
Students who RSVP’d by the deadline will be emailed instructions on how to obtain two mobile tickets for their guests. Seating is general admission.
Students who plan to participate virtually will be able to access the live stream link on the day of their ceremony at www.ohio.edu/commencement.
2021 is the year for the next appearance of the 17 Year Periodical Cicada.
Massive brood emergence, usually in May and early June, is believed to overwhelm predators, typically birds. This ensures that enough survivors will be left behind to reproduce. Male cicadas are capable of making a loud buzzing noise, and they squawk when disturbed. The males often synchronize their buzzing in trees. Within each brood there are four or more species. Each species has a different call. It is believed that such droning and squawking is effective in deterring predators.
Annual cicadas usually emerge from June through August. Their emergence is scattered over this time, and they rarely emerge in noticeable numbers. Annual cicada males also sing to attract females. The cicada killer wasp often captures these insects to provision its nest in the ground.
Periodical cicadas damage trees above and below ground. The most obvious damage is that caused by egg-laying in small twigs. This damage causes twigs to split, wither and die, causing a symptom called “flagging.” Flagging is especially serious on young plants (four years or younger) because more of the branches are of the preferred size for oviposition, ¼- to ½-inch in diameter. Some of the more favored trees for oviposition include maple, oak, hickory, beech, ash, dogwood, hawthorn, magnolia, willow, apple, peach, cherry and pear. Flowers, vines and shrubs include Rose of Sharon, rose, raspberry, grape, black-eyed Susan, hollies, spirea, rhododendron, viburnum, junipers and arborvitae. More than 270 species of plants have been noted as hosts for egg-laying periodical cicadas.
For more information on this year’s cicada emergence in the region, go to our link to the Ohio State University College Of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences website. CLICK HERE…
After the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic altered their date and start/finish line, The Buck 50 is back in full-swing with a different launching point.
The 2021 race will go into downtown Chillicothe for their start/finish for the fundraiser race to be held April 16th-17th.
100% of the race proceeds benefit the 2,000 students who participate in the M.A.D.E. Program that is affiliated with the 60 school Chapters with Drug Free Clubs of America. The Buck 50 serves the eight local chapters, which are called M.A.D.E. by the students, for My Attitude Deter-mines Everything!
Dave Huggins, Co-Organizer for the Buck 50, says it is an “inspiration” to be part of something that can help young people make choices to stay clear of the addicting power of drugs and other chemical substance abuse.
Huggins says the annual race has also served to inspire many people to continue running for their own health and the course offers various challenges to each degree of runner that participates in the event.
Huggins adds that Ross County is a great place to live and and says this event helps “shine light on the good natured people of Ross County”, who are always ready to step up to help the youth of the community.
While COVID-19 vaccinations have been getting most of our attention over the last few months, Ohio Department of Education and local school officials are reminding parents that their children must be immunized from other diseases before returning to in-person learning.
Many schools around the state have either been out of session or allowed students to learn remotely, since the outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The goal of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Immunization Program is to reduce and eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases among Ohio’s children, adolescents and adults.
The Immunization Program provides the following services:
Administers the Vaccines for Children Program;
Developed and maintains the state wide immunization registry;
Provides grants to improve immunization levels and vaccine use;
Offers a wide range of training, education and technical support to health departments and health care providers;
Provides vaccine to birthing hospitals to emphasize the importance of hepatitis B prevention;
Works with health care providers to prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and improve immunization rates.
The ODH Immunization Program seeks to prevent 17 vaccine-preventable diseases (listed below) with currently available vaccines.
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis Haemophilus influenzae type b Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Human papillomavirus Influenza Measles, mumps and rubella Meningococcal (meningitis) Pneumococcal (pneumonia) Polio Rotavirus Varicella (chicken pox) Zoster (shingles- adults only)