2022 Ohio Women Veterans Conference at OSU August 6th

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The Ohio Women Veterans Conference, scheduled to take place Saturday, August 6, on the campus of The Ohio State University, is accepting registrations through Sunday, July 17. 

This means former service members who would like to attend this all-day event and network with fellow women veterans have less than a week to be part of this year’s conference.

This one-of-a-kind event once again will feature an expansive resource fair along with many other familiar sessions and activities. Last held in 2019 at the Ohio Union, the conference will return to that outstanding venue and feature a comprehensive format.

Organizers currently are putting the finishing touches on this highly anticipated event – one of the largest of its kind in the country – to assemble resources, speakers, workshops, avenues to key information, and networking opportunities. Already in the works is the resource fair (now at full capacity), allowing veterans service organizations, government agencies, VA program representatives, employers, financial services, volunteer services, and other vendors to directly connect with women veterans.

The conference will feature several special guests and two keynote speakers during the luncheon: Female Engagement Team Members Kimberly D. Snow and Desiree L. Layne. Both are active duty service members. Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director Deborah Ashenhurst also will offer remarks and engage the attendees. Kimberly D. Frisco, a 2020 inductee of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame and currently the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Veterans Service Office, will serve as emcee.

Additionally, there will be breakout sessions exploring many different aspects of Health & Wellness and Education & Employment, including a representative from Intel.

Along with the breakout sessions, conference attendees can take in displays that honor women of service and the approximately 67,000 women veterans in Ohio. Organizers also plan to include a women’s history exhibit featuring a film that looks back at the exploits of “The Six Triple Eight” Central Postal Directory Battalion, a famous all-women Army unit of the WWII era.

The conference also will include a space for Health, Empowerment, Restoration, and Relaxation; and multiple networking opportunities.

To register, or for more information on the 2022 Ohio Women Veterans Conference, check for updates at OhioVets.gov.

Nipgen Camp Meeting 2022 Begins Saturday

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The 2022 Nipgen Camp Meeting for the South Central District Churches of Christ in Christian Union begins this weekend and concludes Sunday July 24th.

The denomination has been holding its annual camp in the southern Ross County community for more than six decades.

In a greeting on the denomination’s website, District Superintendent Gary Heimbach explains the South Central District consists of ninety one churches across ten states, “from Ohio to Florida and from Virginia to Texas” with many sending representatives to the series of daily meetings.

Featured Evangelists are Dr. David Case and Rev. George Holley.

The World Headquarters for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union is based in Circleville, Ohio with the campus of Ohio Christian University.

Events and featured speakers for the 2022 Nipgen Camp Meetings. Courtesy www.cccuhq.org

Pickaway Library Offers Sr. Citizen Fall-Prevention Classes

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Matter Of Balance classes will be offered to older adults at no cost at the Pickaway County Library from August 8th through August 31st. This series is offered in partnership with the library, the Central Ohio Area Agency On Aging and OhioHealth Berger. 

Matter Of Balance focuses on managing concerns about falls and emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. The series consists of eight 2-hour classes held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for four weeks at the Main Library in Circleville. 

Certified local coaches will lead class discussions about causes and prevention of falls. Participants will learn how to control falls and practice mild exercises that will improve balance, strength and flexibility. Participants will also learn about changes to make in their homes to reduce the risk of falling. Exercises in the program can be done by most individuals and many are done while seated. 

Class size is limited to 20 and reservations can be made by calling 740-477-1644 x 0. 

Ohio University Shifts Regional Campus Offerings

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(Athens) – This month, Ohio University is launching a process to invest in high-demand degrees that meet market needs in communities served by its regional campuses in Chillicothe, Lancaster, Ironton, St. Clairsville and Zanesville. The commitment to new degree offerings is part of a multi-prong investment across the University’s regional commuter campuses, all focused on increasing degree attainment to meet workforce demand across the region in fields such as health care, education and business leadership. 

“One of Ohio University’s greatest strengths is our deep commitment to meeting needs across the regions we serve, especially in rural and Appalachian Ohio, and our Regional Higher Education campuses are a big part of that,” said Ohio University President Hugh Sherman. “The needs of the communities we serve are ever changing, and we need to keep pace with and be responsive to those demands.”

Sherman said part of that response is doubling down on the University’s commitment to affordability through its regional campuses. This spring, the University launched its OHIO Regional Promise Award, which ensures incoming freshmen who earned a 3.0 high school GPA and are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant can attend OHIO for free on a four-year renewable regional campus scholarship. Plus, students who successfully complete one year at a regional campus can qualify for a renewable $5,000 scholarship to transfer and complete their degree in Athens. The University is now working to expand high school partnerships to offer more College Credit Plus courses, which can lower the total cost of a degree for families.

At the same time the University has launched new programming at regional campuses. This spring OHIO began accepting applications for its accredited Bachelor of Science in Business, now offered at each of its five regional campuses in a convenient hybrid format. In March, OHIO announced the expansion of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing to the Lancaster campus, making the degree now available on all campuses.

The University is now investing in additional market research to further identify degrees needed in each market. As OHIO works to identify and build new programs, it will phase out a small number of degree programs with historically low interest from students. Students enrolled in programs identified for phase out will continue to have access to courses needed to complete their degree.

“Our regional campuses have always been innovative in programming,” Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs said. “What’s different now is that we’re thinking more broadly across the system, and we have invested in market research tools to help us validate assumptions about what prospective students and employers in each of our communities need.”

This fall, class times will be aligned on Tuesdays and Thursday on the Athens and regional campuses. Sayrs said this system-wide approach allows the University to meet student demand more efficiently. The new process will allow students access to more course options – including online, hybrid and face-to-face options, delivered on and through multiple campus locations.

Course alignment also will assist as the University works across the regional system to build “meta major” pathways for students to complete general coursework in fields such as pre-biology, pre-STEM, or pre-social sciences with clear pathways into a wide variety of bachelor’s degree programs at a variety of campuses, including OHIO’s Athens campus. These new meta majors will be available to incoming students beginning in Fall 2023.

At a virtual open forum on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, President Sherman and Provost Sayrs shared additional details with RHE faculty and staff. Follow-up meetings will be held on each campus in August for campus-specific questions and discussion.

“As we make changes to schedules and enhance our academic offerings, we will do it in a way that is responsive to our students and our state,” Sherman said. “I’m excited about seeing the impact these changes will have on our work to educate more students, to make a degree more affordable for families, and to fuel economic progress in the regions we serve.”