Friday, January 13, 2012

Same Goal - New Destination

Kenyon will host hundreds of bicycle riders in August as the campus becomes the new overnight destination for Pelotonia, the Ohio bike tour that has raised more than $25 million for cancer research in three years.

Kenyon will gear up to welcome about 2,000 riders on August 11, with many of the riders accompanied and cheered on by family and friends. About 700 riders will spend a night in North Campus residential halls. Many of the riders are cancer survivors or have lost loved ones to the disease. As part of the partnership with Pelotonia, six Kenyon students will take advantage of medical-research internships this year at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Pelotonia is a nonprofit, Columbus-based organization that is fully funded by corporate partners and generates money through donations to riders for cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and the Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Riders raise money through sponsors and ride one of six routes, covering one or two days—this year August 11-12. Pelotonia's opening ceremony takes place in Columbus on August 10. About 1,300 riders will conclude their ride in Gambier on August 11. Another 700 will overnight in Gambier and make the return ride to Columbus on August 12.

An informational video can be found here.

Friday, January 6, 2012

E-Textbooks: Saving a Dollar, Literally

One of the ballyhooed first programs of the “University System of Ohio” was an effort to save students money by pushing them toward “e-textbooks” that can be read on line or on a student’s computer or tablet.

The Board of Regents, the state agency that actually oversaw the e-textbook program, has now backed away from its direct involvement, and no wonder: According to an article in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, e-textbooks as a major cost-saver for students has failed to live up to its promise, as many students have saved as little as a single dollar over paper textbooks.

— Bob Burke

New Steubenville Logo Features Franciscan University’s Chapel

An example of independent colleges' connection to their home-communities...

, OH—Expect to see a new city of Steubenville logo soon on city trucks, signs, letterhead, even smartphone apps.
The logo was designed by Nelson Woodcraft of Steubenville, run by Mark Nelson, a former Franciscan University student. Mark’s design team incorporated the most noted Steubenville landmarks and traits into the logo: home (family), Fort Steuben (history and tradition), the Veterans Memorial Bridge (link to commerce and the wider region), downtown (city center), the Franciscan University chapel (faith and education), a rising sun (a bright future), all anchored with the slogan “Where You Always Have a Home.”

“The ideas for the design were spearheaded by Cathy Davison (city manager) and other city and civic leaders and cheerleaders,” said Nelson. “There is a lot of pride in our community, and Nelson Woodcraft is honored and humbled to be able to contribute to Steubenville in this way.”

Davison said the new logo is part of the city's plan to be more progressive and give Steubenville a facelift for tourists and new businesses coming to the area. "The logo reflects economic development, the health and wellness of our community, and the quality of life here as we moved forward,” she said.