Education Roundup

ONU recognized at national conference

ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter received individual and chapter awards at the annual national PRSSA Conference in Atlanta from Nov. 6 to 10.

Ohio Northern’s PRSSA chapter was awarded the Star Chapter Award and is one of only two schools to receive the award since its inception in 2009. The award was created to recognize PRSSA chapters that have outstanding programming and relationship-building opportunities for students.

Five 2015 ONU graduates, Anna Hoard, Brittany Holland, Katee Johnson, Alexandra Reese and Kelsi Rupersberg, received the National Gold Key award, an individual accolade that acknowledges outstanding PRSSA members. It is the highest individual honor bestowed upon members of PRSSA and recognizes students who display outstanding academic excellence in public relations and leadership qualities.

Rhodes State expands services

LIMA — The District 3 Ohio Small Business Development Center at Rhodes State College has announced the expansion of services in Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert and Paulding counties. The SBDC at Rhodes State College currently serves eight counties in northwest Ohio including Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert from the campus of Rhodes State College.

The Ohio Small Business Development Centers provide a high-impact, frontline program designed to facilitate small business growth, job creation and access to capital. SBDCs provide confidential, one-to-one business advising at no cost, management training and education programs, and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small-business owners. The Ohio SBDC is the only statewide system that works with entrepreneurs in all industries, at all stages of business growth.

The SBDC has partnered with local government officials to bring services closer to their clients and businesses. A satellite office has been established in the offices of Van Wert and Auglaize County commissioners where business adviser Todd Fleagle will be on site two days per month at each location. The center also operates a satellite in Findlay/Hancock County where adviser Dan Sheaffer is available Mondays through Fridays.

To schedule an appointment, contact Kathy Krier at 419-995-8464.

UF pharmacy professor named ‘Champion’

FINDLAY — The Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership has presented its Champion Award to The University of Findlay’s John Stanovich, assistant dean at the College of Pharmacy and a longtime Lima resident.

Stanovich has served as chair of the Hancock County Opiate Task Force since 2010. The award is presented to an individual who has advanced injury prevention in Ohio through the promotion of policies and evidence-based interventions at the state, local or organizational level.

Stanovich has been at UF since 2006 and was instrumental in the creation of its College of Pharmacy. He is also an expert in clinical pharmacology, drug information and academic development. Additionally, he has co-authored three textbooks for drug information education and has developed more than 500 clinical teaching sites.

Rhodes State offering free services to vets

LIMA — Rhodes State College is offering free dental hygiene services to veterans during the month of November. Services are provided by students under the supervision of licensed, experienced dental professionals.

Preventative services provided include oral examinations, denture cleaning, health screenings, X-rays and more.

Validation of veteran status will be required. The Dental Hygiene Clinic is located on the first floor of Cook Hall, Room 126 at 4240 Campus Drive. Call 419-995-8346 to schedule an appointment.

Bluffton to host holiday concert

BLUFFTON — Bluffton University’s music department will host a holiday instrumental concert featuring the Bluffton Concert Band and chamber ensembles at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Yoder Recital Hall.

Including a variety of holiday music, including carols, the concert is free and open to the public.

ONU student awarded scholarship

ADA — Ohio Northern University student Dutch Malott, a senior electrical engineering major from Newark, Ohio, has been awarded an undergraduate engineering scholarship through the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative.

Malott was one of 210 PES engineering scholarship recipients to be selected from the 540 individuals who applied. These undergraduate students are majoring in electrical engineering, have strong GPAs with distinctive extracurricular commitments and are committed to exploring the power and energy field.

UNOH providing sexual assault prevention training

LIMA — On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the Campus SaVE Act into law as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The Campus SaVE Act requires uniform reporting standards for sexual assaults on college campuses and requires schools to provide clear guidelines to students on their sexual assault policies. The new law also emphasizes steps schools can take to educate students and help prevent sexual assault.

The University of Northwestern Ohio has partnered with Campus Clarity, a provider of LawRoom, to ensure its compliance with the Campus SaVE Act. UNOH is working with Campus Clarity to implement and offer online training modules for students to complete. The training focuses on key topics such as harassment, sexual harassment, dating violence and more. All campus employees will be required to complete the training. The training programs will roll out mid-November.

In addition to the training, UNOH has expanded the amount of information available to students regarding its Title IX policies, support services at UNOH and procedures for reporting an incident. Resources, contact information and policy information can be found at