Friday, February 27, 2009

Sports Illustrated’s Web site highlights AICUO member cheerleader

In its “Cheerleader of the Week” feature, the web site of Sports Illustrated magazine highlights Keri Bailey, a member of the team at one of our member institutions, the University of Dayton.

Of most interest is the answer to the first question posed to Ms. Bailey: how UD won her over the public Miami University …

I was completely set [on Miami] until I visited UD on a whim, but something about the campus just pulled me and I never looked back. I absolutely love it!

There’s plenty about independent higher education that “just pulls” prospective students toward one of our members.

-- Bob Burke

AICUO Announces 2009 Student Art Award Winners

AICUO Announces Winners of Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts

AICUO is proud to announce the 2009 winners of the AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

This year’s winners are:
• Mark Bush, Columbus College of Art & Design
• Amy Giovanna Rinaldi, Oberlin College
• Antonio Papania-Davis, Oberlin College
• Sarah Rocheleau, Art Academy of Cincinnati
• Andrew Steingass, Ohio Northern University
• Nathalie Van Balen, Denison University

These six artists will be presented their awards and their works will be featured at a reception in the Canzani Center at the Columbus College of Art & Design on April 20th. The reception will follow a student panel featuring our winners. A Grand Award winner will be announced from among these six and receive a cash prize.

The People’s Choice Award winner, selected from all 21 of this year’s nominees to the competition, will also be announced that evening. We encourage you to continue to vote for the People’s Choice Award in the coming weeks at the art awards Web site, For more information on the AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, or to RSVP for the awards reception, please contact our office at 614-228-2196.

— Stacey Dorr

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Independent College Day Draws Over 140 Students, Faculty and Staff to Statehouse

AICUO's First Annual Independent College Day drew over 140 students and their advisors to the Ohio Statehouse to lobby their Senators and Representatives. Students had the opportunity to meet with legislators from their hometowns and those that represent their institution. Colleges also filled the Statehouse Atrium with displays from their colleges featuring projects of pride - from solar speedboats to a Sim Baby.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Independent College Presidents Advocate on Capitol Hill for Stimulus Bill

This past week, NAICU, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities held their Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. with time alloted for Hill visits. A dozen independent college presidents took heed and met with Senator Voinovich's office, Senator Brown and staff (pictured), and the staff of freshman Congresswoman, Marcia Fudge from the Cleveland area.

The meetings, which centered around the importance of the proposed increase in Pell Grant aid to students and the inclusion of independent colleges in the construction dollars through the Federal Economic Stimulus package went very well. The senators and staff were very engaging and understood our concerns.

The stimulus package is currently being debated in the Senate and is expected to be moved shortly.

- Dustin A. Holfinger