OU-Lancaster & OCU Campuses Among Safest In U.S.

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(Lancaster) – College data and review site Niche has listed Ohio University Lancaster and Ohio Christian University among the top 25 safest college campuses in America in its recent Safest College Campuses ranking.

“Our goal at Ohio University Lancaster is to educate and prepare the workforce of tomorrow,” said Jarrod Tudor, dean of campus and community relations. “Students are more likely to excel academically when provided a safe and healthy learning environment. We have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.”

The Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Factors considered in this ranking include campus crime rate, local crime rate, student surveys, residence hall date violence rate, residence hall rape rate, alcohol-related arrests and drug-related arrests.

“Year after year we see that campus safety is a huge priority for prospective students – and, perhaps even more so, their parents,” said Niche’s Natalie Tsay.

The Lancaster Police Department offers part-time security for the campus and patrols the parking lots throughout the day. The campus has also created a Safety and Security Council that regularly meets to discuss any safety and security concerns the campus is facing. The Safety and Security Council monitors issues by offering students, faculty and staff the opportunity to submit safety concerns through a form on the University’s website.

Ohio University Lancaster has a total student population of over 2,500. The campus offers 25 degree programs including its most popular programs, such as education, applied management and social work. For more information, visit ohio.edu/Lancaster.

Ohio Christian University, near Circleville, earned twelfth place on college data and review site Niche’s list of the top 25 safest college campuses in America. Niche analyzed data and student reviews to look at which campuses are the safest. This honor did not escape the attention of Newsweek magazine, read their article here.

Niche’s Safest College Campuses ranking is intended to highlight colleges with little to no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage.  They consider not only the campus data, but also the crime incidents in the local area, rates for violence and arrests, and comb through student survey responses when considering a campus to be designated among the safest in America.

Student safety is highly important at Ohio Christian University as it helps foster a healthy learning environment for our students. Dr. Jon Kulaga, President, said this regarding campus safety, “Having a safe college environment is critical for students.”

OSU South Centers Turns 30

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The Ohio State University South Centers & Endeavor Center celebrates its 30th anniversary on September 29th. The site is located at 1864 Shyville Road in Piketon.

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For three decades, the OSU South Centers has provided scientific research and educational programs through the collaboration of OARDC, OSU Extension and several local, state and national partners. While some programs focus on serving individual counties in Ohio’s Appalachian Region, others reach across our state, nation and internationally.

The heart of the center is a team of employees who demonstrate and develop leadership, facilitate technology advancement, educate and expand businesses and help people to be the best that they can be while conveying an image of respect, helpfulness, responsiveness and the ability to assist in solving problems.

The Center assists people with informed decision-making through responsive research, education, entrepreneurial application and collaborative partnerships and creates an environment where their research-based educational resources unite to inspire confident decision-making by:

  • Fostering objectivity in research and programming
  • Interacting with the public and responding respectfully to their needs and opportunities
  • Utilizing a holistic approach to problem-solving and program delivery to strengthen youth, individuals, families and communities
  • Facilitating technology advancement
  • Demonstrating and developing leadership

WCH Scarecrow Festival Cancelled For 2021

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UPDATE: 9/13/21

While many fairs and festivals are planning for their events to be held in 2021, the Washington Court House Scarecrow Festival is announcing they are cancelling this fall’s event.

The Scarecrow Festival Committee posted the announcement on the City of Washington Court House Economic Development Facebook page.

The 2021 festival was scheduled for September 17th-19th.

This decision in Washington Court House comes despite the recent announcement from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, which stated that fairs and festivals would be permitted to move forward with their 2021 events. DeWine said the events could be held- using whatever health safety precautions would be needed at that point in the pandemic.

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Athena Cinema’s Accessible for All Film Series Continues

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(Athens) – The Athena Cinema has introduced a new film series focused on providing an accessible theater experience for visitors that features screenings of contemporary independent films.

This week, the Athena Cinema begins its Accessible for All Film Series. Each Saturday in September, the theater will feature a limited one-time-only screening of a contemporary art film. In addition to showcasing independent films, the Athena Cinema will create events that are inclusive for all, including for individuals who find traditional films screenings uncomfortable or inaccessible due to the atmosphere.  

These screenings will support filmgoers with open captions displayed on the screen and maintain a sensory friendly environment. Screenings known as sensory “friendly” or “sensitive” adjust lighting and sound levels to create a comfortable atmosphere for all patrons, including those on the autism spectrum. 

The Athena Cinema Director Alexandra Kamody said by creating more theatrical experiences built around the ideal of an accessible film and theater-going experience, the cinema is showing its support for people of all abilities. 

“The thing we know about open captions is that it is a better experience for many people,” Kamody said. “Not only for those who are deaf, hard of hearing or hearing impaired, but also for individuals who are non-native English speakers, senior citizens and people on the autism spectrum.”

While the Athena offers Captiview captioning devices for closed captions, many individuals have had negative experiences with the devices that are prone to technical problems. Unfortunately, cinemas still can’t depend on film distributors to provide open caption technology for all films and must request specific files for each film in order to be able to offer the open captions technology. 

By planning in advance the programming of films that offer open captions, the theater is able to guarantee an inclusive experience. 

While some films deal directly with issues concerning accessibility, Kamody explains that the programming wasn’t originally planned to reflect on the topic of accessibility. 

“We find a lot of sensory-friendly screenings are planned with children in mind, which is great, but we wanted to offer something different here,” Kamody said. “While booking films, a theme emerged, and we found all the films touched on the topic of accessibility in some way. It was quite beautiful to look at this collection of films and say, ‘What does accessibility mean in a broader sense?’ For some it might be a chance to be heard, for others it might be a chance to be seen.” 

The Athena Cinema’s Accessible for All Film Series includes the following films:

Sept. 18: Swan Song
Legendary actor Udo Kier stars as retired hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger, who escapes the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing. home after learning of his former client’s dying wish for him to style her final hairdo.

Sept. 25: Ailey
Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. Ailey traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty.

All shows begin at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $5 per screening.  

The Athena Cinema partnered with the OHIO’s Performing Art & Film Series, OHIO’s Student Accessibility Services, Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the Athens City Commission on Disabilities for this series.

Accessible for All at the Athena Cinema is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. 

The Athena Cinema is an auxiliary unit within Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts. It is a nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to creating a wide array of film-going experiences. For more information about the Athena Cinema visit its website here