Thursday, April 29, 2010

Great Viral Usage by Calvin College

Each morning, I read roughly ten different web pages. These span from my favorite local sports teams (Go Clippers!), local news sites (Columbus Underground), and higher education publications. Among the latter is "Tweed" - The Chronicle's blog about the lighter side of academe. It never ceases to amaze me the kind of information they get their hands on and today a post, I feel, merited re-posting.

This video features students at Calvin College and was posted by Rachel Kuyvenhoven on Vimeo.

- Dustin A. Holfinger

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Third Annual Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts

The third year of the AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVAs) came to a close last night with student artwork on display and the exciting news of the 2010 Grand Award Winner and the People's Choice Award Winner.

This year's Grand Award Winner is Ms. Maia Brown from Oberlin College. Maia's portfolio showed her maturity as an artist, activist, and dedicated member of the larger art community. Her interest in Jewish religious articles is showcased in her broad range of installations, drawings, and bookmaking.

As the Grand Award Winner, Maia will receive a cash prize of $2,500 as well as the opportunity to have her artwork purchased and shown by AICUO in their office.

In addition to the Grand Award Winner, AICUO was pleased to announce the People's Choice Award Winner, Ms. Jacs Fishburne from Denison University. Jacs demonstrated her strong photography skills in her portfolio. A record number of votes were calculated for the People's Choice Award this year with Jacs receiving the most votes.

The Grand Award Winner, the People's Choice Award Winner, and the five winners including Charisse Harris of Baldwin-Wallace College, Amina Hassen of Oberlin College, Morgan Carlson of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Andrew Kuhar of the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Erica Podwoiski of the Columbus College of Art & Design, received custom-made, blown glass awards created by Columbus artist Linda Diec.

This year's student panel, student exhibition, and reception were hosted by Denison University at the Bryant Arts Center. The student panel, moderated by Gretchen Batchellor, a painting professor at Denison University, allowed for other students, faculty, and judges to get insight into the six finalists' works and their experience as artists throughout their college careers.

The newest component for the 2010 Awards was the addition of the student exhibition located in the Bryant Gallery. The six Award winners submitted one piece of work each to be shown on the evening of the reception. Since the EVAs are completely online art awards program, the student exhibit allowed viewers to see the students' pieces up close and personal.

The work of all nineteen nominees from around the state of Ohio are posted on the awards Web site, All student work on the Web site will remain there indefinitely to allow these students to reference this award as a great accomplishment as an artist.

May 4th - Election Day

The Executive Committee members of AICUO have joined chambers of commerce, businesses, universities, and others across the State of Ohio by recently voting to support of the renewal of The Third Frontier initiative (Issue 1) scheduled to be on the May 4 ballot.

The State of Ohio’s Third Frontier initiative has created more than 48,000 jobs while investing $681 million since 2002 which has yielded $6.6 billion in economic activity.

The proposed state constitutional amendment appearing on the May 4 ballot authorizes the State of Ohio to issue up to $700 million in bonds for the Third Frontier initiative over a four year period in order to provide financial assistance and support for research, product innovation and industries such as manufacturing, agribusiness and alternative energy.

Issue 1 will continue to foster job creation through the advancement of new products and services based on science and technology research and development. This will, in turn, ensure Ohio’s ability to create and compete for jobs today and in the future.

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio urge citizens to consider the positive implications of this proposal and vote YES on State Issue 1, which will appear on the May 4th ballot.

- Dustin A. Holfinger

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

More Than 30 Expected to Pledge Citizenship during Naturalization Ceremony at The University of Findlay

AICUO would like to congratulate the 30+ individuals who will soon become US citizens. The United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, will hold a naturalization ceremony at The University of Findlay at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex with the Honorable Mary Ann Whipple, U.S. bankruptcy judge, presiding. Approximately 35 individuals from 21 countries will become citizens.

Community members are welcome to attend at no cost.

Sarah Everly, a UF senior, will open and adjourn the court and Skylar Mettert, president of the UF Student Government Association, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Janelle Limber, a UF senior, will sing the national anthem and Kara Wilkinson, also a senior, will sing America the Beautiful.

The Cory-Rawson High School band, under the direction of Wendi Bechtol-Davis, will provide music for the program.

Catherine Garcia-Feehan, Esq., law clerk to the Honorable Judge David A. Katz, will offer remarks.

Monday, April 12, 2010

NW Ohio Undergraduate Students Are Among Those to Present Research at State Capitol

Undergraduate students from across northwest Ohio will display their research at the third annual Posters at the Capitol at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Thursday, April 15.

More than 50 students from The University of Findlay, The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Ohio Northern University and Heidelberg University will display 47 posters and discuss their research at the event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Atrium of the Statehouse.

Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland will welcome the students, who will present their research to Ohio legislators, members of the Ohio Board of Regents, staff and visitors to the Statehouse.

Projects span a variety of disciplines and include, for example: UF students who are tracking the population of the American bullfrog in a northwest Ohio wetland, a UT student studying the most efficient materials for thin film photovoltaic cells, BGSU students compiling an audio history of area residents' experiences during The Great Depression, a Heidelberg student studying e. coli bacteria in raw milk and ONU students researching drug-protein interactions.

Undergraduate students from all disciplines from 14 northwest Ohio universities and colleges were invited to submit abstracts for research posters to be presented at Posters at the Capitol. Students selected for

participation designed and produced professional-quality research posters that highlight their research and its significance for Ohio.