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The University of Findlay adds solar, wind power to campus

The University of Findlay recently installed solar panels and a wind turbine to provide power to two student houses on West Foulke Avenue.

Last fall, the University received grants from both the BP Foundation and Dominion Resources to help retrofit two University-owned houses with renewable energy and monitoring equipment.

In June, solar power was grid tied to 138 W. Foulke Ave., and wind power was grid tied to 146 W. Foulke Ave. A grid tie, by definition, is an electrical system that is connected to a utility distribution grid. In this case, solar power and wind power are connected to a local electrical grid. Power will be generated for each house, and excess power will be returned to the grid.

The new power systems were installed in an open lot east of 138 W. Foulke Ave.

Students, with guidance from Tim Murphy, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental, safety and health management, assisted with preparing the site and installing the solar panels and wind turbine. They also installed a fence around the site.

Dan Klear of Superior Energy Solutions LLC, a company based in Ottawa, was on site to oversee the installation of the wind turbine, which stands approximately 45 feet tall. Each of its three fiberglass composite blades spans six feet.

ASHLAND PLANS ART CLASS – Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will be offering an art class titled “Pre-K Picasso’s,” an educational and creative experience for children 3 to 5 years old who are accompanied by a parent.

“Pre-K Picasso’s” will be offered on Tuesday, July 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 346 located in the Center for the Arts on the Ashland University campus. Registration is required.

The July 10 session of “Pre-K Picasso’s” will feature painting and collage techniques to explore with young artists. The cost is $10 per child and enrollment is limited. For more information or to register your child for classes, call 419-289-5652.

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Ashland sets academic-themed days for summer

The Ashland University Office of Admissions has partnered with all academic departments on campus and will provide interactive Summer Visit Programs that will allow prospective students to investigate the college majors and careers which they are considering.

“The summer 2012 visit days are set up to allow prospective students to experience Ashland University in a number of ways, including spending time with faculty and students as well as asking questions of admissions representatives,” said W.C. Vance, director of undergraduate admissions. “These programs are more comprehensive than traditional campus visits because of the heavy academic and career component.”

Vance said the Summer Visit Programs also will include a campus tour as well as an overview of scholarships and next steps for students considering Ashland University.

“These unique summer events will allow prospective students and their parents to explore college majors that will help guide the students to career choices after graduation,” he said.

The Summer Visit Programs schedule is as follows:

Exploring Careers in Health – Friday, July 13, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Exploring Careers in Education – Monday, July 16, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Exploring Careers in Business – Friday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Exploring Careers in Sports – Friday, July 27, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Exploring Careers in Arts – Friday, Aug. 3, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Exploring Careers in Law and Service Professions – Friday, Aug. 10, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Those wanting more information regarding the Summer Visit Programs or wanting to register for an event, can go to or can call 800.882.1548 ext. 5052.

FINDLAY GRAD HONORED – Elise DeCola, a 2008 UF graduate, recently was awarded a regional Emmy Award for a weekend newscast.

The award was presented to DeCola by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Lower Great Lakes Chapter. DeCola was recognized for her work as a producer for WTVG 13 ABC Action News in Toledo.

DeCola graduated from Findlay with a bachelor’s degree in communication.

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Ashland to host juried art exhibition

The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University announces a national juried exhibition titled “Time will Tell: A Show of Artistic Wisdom and Experience,” which will feature 47 artworks created by artists at least 50 years of age residing in the United States.

This exhibition, which will run from May 18 through June 15, will culminate in a collection of works that embody the creativity and innovation of artists ages 50 years and older at all levels of artistic endeavor.

An opening reception will be held on May 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. with $800 in awards announced at 6:30 p.m.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public. Call 419-289-5652 for more information about the opening reception or the exhibition.

HAZMAT AREA TO BE DEDICATED – The dedication of the Daniel W. Hehr Memorial HazMat Training Area, located on campus in the Renninger building of The University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Center, will be held May 18 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Hehr was the first full-time faculty member of The University of Findlay’s hazardous materials management program. Arriving in 1988, he helped develop and expand the curriculum, which included associate’s and bachelor’s degrees.

ART CAMP SET – Students in Ashland and the surrounding areas are invited to join the Coburn Art Gallery on the Ashland University Campus for a Summer Art Camp, which offers several one-week sessions throughout the summer.

Students ages 7 to 14 will learn how to use a variety of media and experience activities including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.

The Session 1 Art Camp activities will include printmaking, Artcheology, drawing and painting and will be held June 18-22 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Session 2 Art Camp activities will include green sculpture, cartooning and papermaking and will be held July 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Each session is $75 per child and all materials are provided. For more information or to register, call 419.289.5652.

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Findlay marketing students recognized in national contest

Four students from The University of Findlay recently were selected as one of three top teams competing in a national integrated marketing communications competition sponsored by Eduventures.

Students submitted an integrated marketing communications plan, via a PowerPoint presentation, for the Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer (MRC) Recruitment Challenge. The submissions were judged by MRC professionals.

Camilla Jesko, Ashley Nickols, Cassie Norris and Josh Smedley developed the plan, which included research, target market profiling, SWOT and needs analysis, a communication strategy and marketing tactics.

The team will travel to Rockville, Md., to compete for the top spot on May 11. They will give a live presentation to MRC judges.

Students completed the project as part of an assignment in a consumer marketing class (MRKT 377) taught by Chris Ward, Ed.D., associate professor of business. Ward’s classes previously have participated in Eduventure’s competition, but this is the first time a team has earned a top spot.

$99 XBOX? – Microsoft is planning to offer an inexpensive xBox 360 system with a two-year xBox Live commitment for $15/month.

You can read more about the offer here.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Friday’s View From The Pugh column features communications news and notes. E-mail to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Ashland Symphony Conductor to speak at Ashland University’s Spring Commencement

Arie Lipsky, music director and conductor for the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, will present the address at Ashland University’s spring commencement ceremony set for May 5 at 10 a.m. at Miller Stadium in the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex off Broad Street.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Kates Gymnasium inside the Physical Education Center.

BAND SET FOR NEW SEASON – The Findlay Civic Band will form for its first rehearsal of the season on May 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. The group will meet on The University of Findlay’s campus in the band room in the Frank J. Egner Center for the Performing Arts.

Under the direction of Jack Taylor, professor of music, the band will meet each Tuesday evening in preparation for performances at Riverside Park on July 11, 18 and 25.

To find out more information or to RSVP for the first rehearsal, contact Taylor at 419-434-4573.

ADVENTURE WEEK PLANNED – Ashland University’s Department of Recreational Services will be hosting a Community Adventure Week during the upcoming summer months.

Children of ages 5 to 12 are welcome to sign up for this weeklong camp.

Adventure Week will be held in the Ashland University’s Recreational Center from June 25 to 29, with a registration deadline of June 20. Each day will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost for the first camper is $150 and $100 for each additional sibling. For extended care, there is an extra $10 charge for each day needed per camper. New for 2012, campers attending more than one camp, including any Sports and Activities Camp, Adventure Week, or Creative Campers, will receive a $10 discount for each additional camp.

Contact Wes Bonadio, assistant director of programming for the Department of Recreational Service, at 419-289-5440 for additional information.

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University of Findlay plans PR boot camp

Non-profit professionals are invited to attend “PR Boot Camp 2012” on June 12 at The University of Findlay. The daylong conference will focus on how to do more with less using public relations, digital media and innovative collaborations.

The Department of Communication at The University of Findlay is hosting the conference, which has been made possible with a grant from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

Delivering the keynote address, “Town and Gown: A Partnership of Excellence,” will be Dr. Janet Rice McCoy, associate professor of advertising and public relations at Morehead State University. Before returning to the university to teach, McCoy spent more than 20 years as a project coordinator, event planner, editor, grant writer, technical writer and trainer. With a passion for non-profit organizations, McCoy regularly integrates service learning into her teaching and actively engages her students with non-profit organizations (NPOs) throughout Kentucky. She also serves on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council.

Registration is $10 and includes a continental breakfast, boxed lunch and a series of workshops conducted by experts in strategic communication, social media, organizational communication and grant writing.

Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. Those interested in reserving a seat should contact Barbara Glock at or 419-434-6982.

TWEET-UP PLANNED – The Columbus Social Media Club will hold a tweet-up 7:30 a.m. April 17 at Camelot Cellars Winery in the Short North, 958 North High Street, Columbus.

Admission is $5 and you can register at the event page.

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Westerville plans Bunny Hop 5K

Westerville will present the Bunny Hop 5K April 7 at Hoff Woods Park, 556 McCorkle Road.

The morning will consist of an adult 3.1 mile race at 8 a.m. with a youth race (100 yard dash) beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Westerville Parks Foundation.

Cost for adults is $30 in advance, $40 on the day of the race. Youth cost is $10 with a participating adult.
In addition, a pancake breakfast is slated 8 a.m. that morning. Cost is a monetary donation.

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Later that morning, Westerville will host its annual Spring Eggstravaganza 10 a.m. April 7 at the park’s softball fields.
Colored eggs and special prize eggs will be hidden in the ballfields. Parents are asked not to help their children during the egg hunt (except for children age 2 & under).

The event is for children 8 years old and under.

READING SERIES SCHEDULED – The Ashland University English Department has set its Spring 2012 Reading Series that will feature a fiction reading by Jennifer Haigh on April 9 and a nonfiction reading by Richard Hoffman on April 16.

The readings will take place in Room 138 of the Dwight Schar College of Education and are free and open to the public. The readings will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by refreshments at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 419-289-5110.

FINDLAY STUDENTS FARE WELL AT JAPANESE COMPETITION – Kenneth (Mike) Gillum and Justin Wheeler, students at The University of Findlay, were selected as finalists for the Japan-American Society of Central Ohio’s (JASCO) 13th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest at The Ohio State University.

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Malone plans Easter Egg Hunt

The Malone University junior class will host the 2011 Easter Egg Hunt, March 31, from noon – 2 p.m. in the Randall Campus Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Student Development Office at 330-471-8273.

This year’s Easter Egg Hunt will include an egg hunt, entertainment, games, prizes, and refreshments. Tickets are $3.50 per child bought in advance, and $5 at the door. There is no charge for adults, but children must be accompanied. The maximum price for a family is $15 at the door and $10 in advance. This event is sponsored by the Malone Associates and AVI Food Services.

SWING DANCE PARTY SET – The University of Findlay’s Campus Program Board (CPB) will celebrate the city of Findlay’s 200th Anniversary by bringing the 1920s and 30s jazz sounds of Blair Crimmins and the Hookers to campus. The Alumni Memorial Union Multipurpose Room will be transformed into a roaring ’20s dance hall at 9 p.m. March 31. The event is open to the public and costs $5 at the door.

FINDLAY HOSTS MUSICAL – The University of Findlay’s Concert-Chorale will present a semi-staged performance of the classic 1953 operetta “Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night” at 3 p.m. April 1, at Findlay High School in the R.L. Heminger Auditorium.

The performance will feature the 65-voice Concert-Chorale, a 38-piece orchestra, six professional soloists and dancers from the Findlay Academy of Ballet.

Tickets are free but a limited number are available. Call the Box Office at 419-434-5335 to reserve tickets.

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Ashland Spring Concert features three choirs

Ashland University Department of Music presents a spring choral concert featuring the Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus on March 25 at 4 p.m. at the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

POP MUSIC FEATURED AT FINDLAY CONCERT – The University of Findlay Jazz Ensemble will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary TLB Auditorium. The theme of the concert is “Pop Music, Then and Now.”

The performance will trace popular music styles from the big band era to the present. In addition to the classic music of the swing era, the band will play music from Motown in the ’70s, pop music by Michael Jackson in the ’80s and current music by Lady Gaga and others.

PEN PALS – Fourth-grade students at Garfield Elementary School in Medina have developed a Pen Pal partnership with students who are attending Ashland University and the relationship will culminate with the Garfield students visiting the Ashland University campus on March 28.

“A total of 71 students have been exchanging correspondence with Ashland University students since last fall,” said Karen McGinty, principal of Garfield School. “The goal of the program is to expose the students to higher education through the relationships they develop with their Pen Pals and for them to realize that higher education is a viable option for them to pursue.”

SCIENCE DAY PLANNED – A total of 310 students from 41 schools are expected to converge on the Ashland University campus March 24 for the 52nd annual Mohican District Science Day. Sponsored by the Mohican District Junior Division of the Ohio Academy of Science, the event will be held in Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center.

According to Dr. Michael Hudson, associate professor of geology at Ashland University and Science Day director, projects that received superior ratings in local school district science fairs will be displayed at the district fair. The students participating will represent high schools, junior high/middle schools and fifth and sixth grades in eight different counties: Ashland, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland and Wayne.

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Cedarville High School Jazz Band and Choralation to perform at Bach’s Lunch

Cedarville University music department invites you to attend Bach’s Lunch, a series of free noontime concerts featuring a wide variety of musical selections performed by various musicians at the Christian college in Ohio. Attendees are invited to bring a boxed lunch to enjoy during the recital.

On March 26, Bach’s Lunch presents the Cedarville High School Jazz Band and Choralation in the Dixon Ministry Center Recital Hall.

The Jazz Band has earned excellent reviews from local audiences. The high-energy ensemble will perform hard-hitting swing, funk, rock and Latin music. Choralation, an auditioned vocal ensemble, has 31 members ranging from 9-12th grade. The vocal ensemble has earned superior ratings at district and state contests for the past four years. Choralation will perform a variety of choral literature including spirituals, classical, contemporary, pop and Broadway selections. The two groups will split the hour’s performance.

EDUCATOR TO SPEAK AT FINDLAY – The University of Findlay’s College of Education will host an event featuring inspirational speaker, educator and author Stacey Bess at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Alumni Memorial Union Multipurpose Room. Future and in-service teachers are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

Bess will speak on the importance of service, mentorship, leadership and overcoming adversity. She draws from her inspirational personal story of teaching homeless children in a small shed known as The School with No Name. During her 11 years at the school, Bess overcame many struggles, including a battle with thyroid cancer. She learned that by teaching love, self-worth, personal power and courage, she could reach children who had been previously labeled “unteachable.”

Bess has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Utah. As a leading advocate for the educational rights of impoverished children, she has been recognized with several awards including the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service.

Following the presentation, Bess will sign copies of her memoir “Nobody Don’t Love Nobody.” For more information, contact Julie McIntosh, dean of the College of Education, at 419-434-4062.

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