Thursday, October 23, 2008

Michelle Obama Visiting Capital University

Capital University will host Michelle Obama on Friday, October 24. Mrs. Obama has been an integral part of her husband's campaign and has done a few solo visits.

The Change We Need/Get-Out-the-Vote Rally, sponsored by Obama ’08, will take place in The Capital Center Performance Arena. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. The pre-program will begin at 11:50, and Mrs. Obama is expected to speak at 12:15 p.m. The program will last for about an hour. It is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Palin Returning to Independent College for Yet Another Rally

Vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska is scheduled to speak at The University of Findlay Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Koehler Recreation Complex on North Main Street.

Doors will open at 7 a.m., and the rally will begin at 9 a.m.

Tickets are required. Members of both the campus community and the public are welcome. Tickets for community members are available from the county Republican headquarters. For those that are unable to attend, the University’s radio station, WLFC 88.3, will broadcast live. For directions to the University, please visit the college's web site. Information will be accessible from the home page.

- Dustin A. Holfinger

Monday, October 20, 2008

Swing State Blues (and Reds)

Being in a swing state in this presidential election has its disadvantages — like the endless barrage of increasingly nega ... uh, comparative advertisements — but also one big advantage: we get to see the candidates in the flesh. You could almost call a visit to an independent campus a routine matter — yesterday Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, held a rally at the Otterbein College campus in Westerville just a few weeks after he came to the Capital University campus in Bexley.

But we have a unique perspective on another campaign visit to Columbus. On October 10, Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, held a rally at a park in downtown Columbus that is a clear sight from the association’s offices in the Huntington Center. Yes, he was far away, but so were we, as you can see from the news photo looking back at the candidate — and showing the windows of our office in the background.

— Bob Burke

Thursday, October 16, 2008

AICUO President Testifies at HEA Public Hearing

C. Todd Jones, AICUO President and General Counsel, testified Wednesday on behalf of Ohio's independent colleges regarding the general impact of the recently passed Higher Education Reauthorization Act. Specifically, Todd referenced the new, additional reporting requirements for institutions as well as suggesting that the US Dept. of Ed "embrace flexibility" while aligning accounting data and implementation of rules and regulations. A copy of AICUO's testimony may be found here. Any questions regarding this testimony may directed to AICUO's Ask Todd feature.

In addition to AICUO's presentation, a few Ohio independent colleges sent individuals to testify on their behalf. Nancy Hoover, representing Denison University and the National Direct Student Loan Coalition (NDSLC), discussed the need for a standard collection instrument for data among colleges and the need to simplify the private loan disclosure.

Karen Saracusa from Mount Union College, also representing the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), took the opportunity to discuss the need to increase preparation of teachers with regard to disabled students. She also advised on the creation of an advisory commission for textbooks as well as additional transition programs into higher education for students with disabilities to ensure they have the outlets necessary for a successful progression.

Case Western Reserve University was represented by their Chief Information Security Officer, Thomas Siu. Mr. Siu noted that "effectively combat" could be defined many different ways by institutions in regards to Peer-to-Peer file sharing and could create problems for institutions without the means to "effectively combat." He also discussed that for some colleges the tech-based deterrents could be another costly venture and should look to engaging their students with information and services to eventually cease all university broadband usage for file-sharing.

AICUO thanks all those who testified on behalf of independent colleges and would also like to thank the US Department of Education for holding these public hearings to ensure that colleges' voices are heard while the rule-making is being implemented.

- Dustin A. Holfinger

Thursday, October 9, 2008

OWU Officially Welcomes New President

Ohio Wesleyan University will officially welcome to campus its new president, Rock Jones, Ph.D., with an inauguration ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in University Hall's Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St. Jones is the 16th president to lead the Delaware, Ohio, institution.

More than 100 delegates from colleges and universities across the nation are scheduled to attend this historic event and march in the academic procession.

Prior to the inauguration, Ohio Wesleyan will host a national forum titled "Whither the Liberal Arts” at 11 a.m. on the Main Stage of Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave.

Both events will be streamed online here. For more information about Ohio Wesleyan's inauguration celebration, click here.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book "Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university's 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit OWU for more information.

- Dustin A. Holfinger

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Former OWU Exec Installed as President of NY College

Beginning in 1988 Margaret Drugovich served as the vice president for strategic communications and university enrollment at Ohio Wesleyan University, overseeing integrated university-wide communications, as well as U.S. and international new student recruitment, admission, and financial aid programs.

Last week she was installed as president of Hartwick College, a private liberal-arts and sciences college of 1,480 students located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskills Mountains.

For more details, read the Columbus Dispatch's E-Team Blog.

- Dustin A. Holfinger

Friday, October 3, 2008

McCain/Palin Ticket Visited Capital University

On September 28th AICUO was informed that the McCain/Palin ticket was planning to visit Capital University the next day. We knew they were interested in a Central Ohio location, but weren't sure where they would end up with all the options available to them.

Monday, C. Todd Jones (President) and Dustin Holfinger (Dir. of Govt Relations) were invited by a Capital University faculty member to attend the rally and sit behind the podium in the risers.

The atmosphere was lively even on a cool fall morning in Bexley and the protestors were really at a minimum compared to previously attended rallies for presidential candidates. The line to get in the facility wrapped up and around and over to the next road - but the wait was a mere 45 minutes. Once inside the crowd was electric, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Republican ticket. Speaker of the House, Jon Husted (R - Kettering) was the MC for the day, often reminding the anxious crowd that "they are on their way..."

All in all, the event seemed to be a success for the Republican cadidates and Capital University. The facility was perfect for the event, the entry process was seamless and organized. A simple example of how quickly an independent college can get things together to impress on a national level.

on behalf of the AICUO, I'd like to thank Capital for hosting this event and the presidential candidates from both sides for choosing our institutions to host their rallies in Ohio.

- Dustin A. Holfinger