Wednesday, August 27, 2008

LimaLand and UNOH Host Season Championships on Final Night

The University of Northwestern Ohio and Limaland, Lima's dirt oval track with competition of NRA 360 Sprint cars, modifieds and stock cars, will host the Seasonal Championships this Friday evening starting at 7:30 p.m.

This is your last chance this year to witness the thrill of racing in your own backyard. For more information, click here.

—Dustin A. Holfinger

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

AICUO Alumnae Making News

AICUO's former Director of Government Relations, Gena Miller Shelton, was in the news today while working at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Ms. Shelton spoke with Inside Higher Ed about the work she is doing as part of the National Democratic Law Students Council. (She is blogging from the convention.) The article also includes a quote from Atlantis Richter, a sophomore and Republican from Ohio Northern University.

—C. Todd Jones

Monday, August 25, 2008

Graph of the Week Blogpost

AICUO's Graph of the Week and its new weekly e-mail release received recognition this morning in the Columbus Dispatch's education blog, The E Team. Higher education reporter Encarnacion Pyle gave AICUO's new feature and website a dose of welcome notoriety. Thanks Encarnacion.

For those that would like to subscribe to the AICUO Graph of the Week, please e-mail Julia Arnott at

—C. Todd Jones

Thursday, August 21, 2008

ODU Lands Elizabeth Edwards to Speak at Lecture Series

Ohio Dominican University has announced that Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, will speak at its Presidential Lecture Series in October.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Rd. Mrs. Edwards will sign copies of her book, Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers, after her presentation.

This excerpt and more information can be found here.

—Dustin A. Holfinger

Friday, August 15, 2008

Witt Nation in The Chronicle

In case you missed it (and didn't read about it in AICUO's weekly E-mail Update), the Witt Nation van from Wittenberg University received a front-page profile in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education (password required). The road warriors received the multimedia treatment as well.

—C. Todd Jones

Attorney General Candidates Have Connections to Independent Colleges

The open office of Attorney General that resulted when Marc Dann stepped aside under cloud of scandal, will be filled by a mid-term election this November. The two major parties have chosen candidates to run for the two remaining years of Dann’s term, and an independent candidate has also qualified for the ballot.

The Republicans have selected veteran prosecutor Michael Crites. Crites is currently the managing partner at a Columbus-area law firm and served 21 years as a local, state, and federal prosecutor.

In 1990, Crites was the prosecuting attorney for the Pete Rose tax evasion case. Of the case, Crites states "wasn't a task that I enjoyed, but nonetheless I took my oath seriously and I did my duty." We wouldn't expect anything less from a United States Naval Academy and Ohio Northern University Law School graduate.

The Democratic candidate is Ohio State Treasurer and AICUO Art Award judge Rich Cordray has been selected to run for the Attorney General post. Prior to being elected as State Treasurer in 2006, Cordray had served as the Franklin County Treasurer since 2002. He also served one term as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1991-1993. His connection to independent colleges comes through his wife, Peggy, a law professor at Capital University Law School.

The independent candidate, and the first to file after the Dann resignation, is Robert Owens. Owens was a clerk for a federal judge in the U.S. District Court, then moved on to practice law at a large firm in Columbus. He relocated to Delaware County to serve as prosecutor in Sunbury. Owens is a limited-government advocate who reports he's endorsed by the Constitution, Reform and Libertarian political parties.

Mr. Owens is well versed in independent college life in Ohio; he graduated with honors from Ohio Wesleyan University and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Capital Law School.

—Dustin A. Holfinger

Monday, August 11, 2008

McCain Visits Wilmington College

Not one to miss a chance to campaign in the Heartland, United States Sen. John McCain visited the Wilmington College campus last Thursday to meet with local citizens to hear concerns about the workforce reduction planned by DHL at the Wilmington Air Park.
After a roundtable discussion with local leaders and members of the task force — which has selected Wilmington College as the host site for its meetings — McCain spoke to local residents who gathered on the WC mall. The presidential hopeful’s hour-long visit to campus concluded, but not before McCain stopped to shake hands and pose for photos with people gathered along College Street.

Wilmington President, Dr. Dan DiBiasio greeted the presidential candidate and mentioned his pleasure with the Senator's concern for the area.

To see pictures of Sen. McCain's visit, check out Wilmington College's website.

—Dustin A. Holfinger

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Obama Makes Stop in Berea, Baldwin-Wallace College

On Tuesday Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama linked his energy proposals to new manufac- turing jobs while speaking to B-W students, NE Ohio citizens and Ohio-elected officials including Sen. Sherrod Brown and Governor Ted Strickland. Obama presented his proposals for investment in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, as well as federal subsidies to American automakers for making environmentally-friendly cars. Obama touted the number of high-paying jobs that would be created by his plans and noted a possible tax credit to anyone who buys a high-tech car.

Before meeting with senior Ohio officials, Sen. Obama was greeted by future policy-makers from Baldwin-Wallace College, the president and vice president of the student body—Jamie Serenko and Ben Schaefer, respectively, as well as Baldwin-Wallace College President, Richard Durst.

Obama held two town-hall style meetings, one in Austintown, near Youngstown, and in Berea.

—Dustin A. Holfinger

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Memorable Quote

Today the Partnership for Continued Learning met, its first meeting since early spring. Chancellor Fingerhut had a quote that deserved a wider distribution than the PCL meeting attendees. With regard to the administration's stance on higher education policy:

"It is all for the students, what does the student want? If that's what they want, that's where they should be."

—Dustin A. Holfinger