UF approves plans for new building
FINDLAY — The University of Findlay has announced that its board of trustees approved detailed plans for constructing the Center for Student Life and College of Business building.
Site preparation has begun, and construction on the building itself is expected to begin in April. It will be completed in three phases within the next two years in the 300 block of College Street. The 75,000-square-foot facility will be surrounded by expanded parking and functional, environmentally sustainable landscaping, which factors into the total project cost of $23 million.
Completion is slated for late summer 2017, in time for the start of the fall semester.
OSU-Lima students participate in community service
LIMA — Ohio State-Lima students are volunteering their time to serve the local community this week as part of the university’s Alternative Spring Break. In the past, student groups have traveled to other states and communities to volunteer. This year, they are working in the Lima community.
At least eight students from the Lima campus are spending their breaks participating in the Alternative Spring Break, hosted by Newman Student Outreach. Four of them will also be earning credit through Leadership in Community Service, an Ohio State class. The students are volunteering as a group throughout the week.
The students spent Tuesday and Wednesday volunteering at Our Daily Bread, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and ReStore. On Thursday, they will be at the West Ohio Food Bank and the Allen County Council on Aging.
Identifying strengths is topic of lecture
ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Dicke College of Business Administration will present “Transformational Leadership: How to Identify Your Strengths,” a lecture by Sheri Stoltenberg, as part of the Carroll V. Lovett Distinguished Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the university’s Dicke Forum. The event is free.
Stoltenberg is the founder and CEO of Stoltenberg Consulting Inc., a health care IT consulting firm that has helped more than 250 health care organizations across the country implement, manage and better use information and business systems.
She has more than 30 years of professional experience in the health care information technology field. Before establishing Stoltenberg Consulting, she served as director of ancillary systems for one of Pittsburgh’s largest hospitals. In this position, she was the first woman on the hospital’s management team.
Local residents inducted into Honor Society
BATON ROUGE, La. — Several local residents were \initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. According to a news release, this is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
These students include Melissa Bono, Van Wert; Mikaila Cox, Harrod; Taylor Allen, Forest; Kathryn Wolford, Lima; Cory Heuerman, Ottawa; Zachary Hughes, Lima; Elizabeth Smith, Lima; Rachel Dortin, Ada; Jordan Laudick, Ottawa; and Patrick Walker, Columbus Grove.
These residents are among some 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only, and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.
Peace Lecture to explore racism in the Church
BLUFFTON — Author, blogger, activist and professor Drew G.I. Hart will present “What has Shalom to do with White Dominant Culture?” during Forum at 11 a.m. March 29 in Founders Hall. This is the 2016 Keeney Peace Lecture at Bluffton University. The event is free.
During his presentation, Hart will weave his pastoral experience with his academic training to challenge the church to pursue practices that make for justice.
In addition to the peace lecture, Hart will hold a book signing at 1:15 p.m. in the Kiva at Marbeck Center for his new work “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism.” In the book, Hart explains how Anabaptist peacemaking has been compromised by assimilation into the white dominant culture.