Center for Entrepreneurship hosts franchising event

The Center for Entrepreneurship hosts, “Your Future in Franchising,” March 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Baker Center Theater. Points of discussion include franchisees, franchisors, financing and legal concerns. Students, faculty, staff and the rest of the campus community are invited to learn about a market that is growing exponentially.  Leaders from many different types of industries will discuss their perspective on franchises.

The Center for Entrepreneurship is a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.


Student Research and Creativity Expo prep sessions

Two Prepare for the Fair sessions will take place in March to help students develop strong visual presentation skills for the Student Research and Creativity Expo on April 6. Sessions will be held in Baker Center, room 226. Pizza will be provided at both events.

The first session will take place on Tuesday, March 14 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Voinovich School faculty and staff will discuss how to create a great poster, what it takes to make a strong presentation and why these concepts are important.

The second session will be held on Tuesday, March 21 from 5 – 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring the electronic file of their poster and come prepared to practice their presentation in small groups. Students and Voinovich School faculty and staff will provide valuable feedback and last minute tips.

The Voinovich School will pay for the cost of poster printing.

Poster printing deadline dates:

Submit by March 13 to get: Proof, correction, proof, print poster

Submit by March 27 to get: Proof, print poster

Submit by March 31 to get: No proof, print poster

Submit by April 3 to get: Print poster, you pay for rush fee

RSVP for prep sessions and questions regarding poster submission can be directed to Cheryl Hanzel at or 740.593.9358.

Sustain OHIO essay competition now open

Ohio University will be hosting an essay competition called Sustain OHIO in which students have the opportunity to share their innovative ideas for how to create a more sustainable campus. Participants can make suggestions through a variety of ways, both discussing technology Ohio University currently has or technology that has not yet been utilized. Participants are encouraged to review page seven of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan when forming ideas.

Rules of participation:

  • Must be currently enrolled at Ohio University
  • Essay must contain 300-500 words; significantly over or under will not be evaluated
  • Entries should include name, year in school, and major
  • Essays must be submitted to

Faculty, staff and students will judge the competition. Participants’ essays will be evaluated on clarity, creativity, potential to implement, economic impact and environmental impact. Cash prizes of $250, $150 and $100 will be awarded to first, second and third place entries respectively.

The deadline to submit essays is Friday, March 24, 2017. Any questions regarding the competition can be directed to

Ohio EPA joins Voinovich School Energy and Environmental Brownbag Series to discuss careers and internships

Representatives from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will discuss careers and internships this summer during the next installment of the Voinovich School Energy and Environmental Brownbag on Friday, February 24 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Bldg. 22, Room 221 at The Ridges.

Erica Fetty-Davis from the Division of Air Pollution Control along with Andrew Phillips, an environmental specialist/fish biologist from the Division of Surface Water, will describe the positions available within the various programs in the agency. A representative from the Ohio EPA Human Resources department, Sarah Lemananski, will also provide insight on the application process and answer any questions about the opportunities available.

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Energy and Environmental Brownbag Series runs each semester. These Friday forums include an informal lunch presentation and Q&A related to environmental topics of interest. The events are open to all Voinovich School students, as well as OHIO faculty, staff and students and the community. Free pizza will be served, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Not sure how to get up to The Ridges? Check out the Red Line CATS Shuttle, the Athens Public Transit routes, walk or ride your bike.

For additional information, contact Loraine McCosker at

Ohio Family and Children First – The Line in the Sand

“Our aim is to make an unprecedented commitment to one priority that I believe ranks above all others – the health and education of our children… The only way to do it is to pick one generation of children – draw a line in the sand – and say to all: ‘this is where it stops.’ Today, we draw that line” (1991 State of the State Address, Senator Voinovich).

Senator Voinovich made this promise to all of Ohio at his first State of the State address in 1991, and this promise was not one he made lightly. Rather, ensuring that all children were well cared for became one of the largest initiatives throughout his years as Governor. To achieve this goal, Senator Voinovich created the Ohio Family and Children First Council through an executive order in 1992 (Riffe, 1999). By 1994, the initiative became a statewide implementation with the goal of the OFCF Cabinet being, “A partnership of state and local government, communities, and families that enhance the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by building community capacity, strategically coordinating systems and services, and engaging and empowering families.” The multiple partnerships were essential to achieving the goal to life all children and family up, as supporting these individuals does not fall under one sphere.

One of the main actors in working to achieve this goal was Senator Voinovich’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Jacqueline Romer-Sensky. Romer-Sensky was charged to essentially take the challenge Senator Voinovich created and make it real for families all across Ohio; families that deal with incredibly different issues. Romer-Sensky, and the rest of her organizational team and key agency leaders, realized that dynamic and worked to involve a variety of actors: “Trying to lift children up is a multifaceted issue. It is not the domain of any one particular part of government. It’s also beyond government and the only way to tackle some of these really complex issues is to set a table where all of those different components are at the table, including the family’s voice.” To bring in all of these factors effectively, OFCF created councils across Ohio that worked within their specific communities to find out what families need and how to address these issues with the support from the Council at the state level. Together, these groups worked to achieve Senator Voinovich’s motto: “We need to work harder and smarter and do more with less. Together, we can do it.”

Much of this was able to occur because of Senator Voinovich’s passion for supporting children and his recognition that families face different challenges and may need differing types of support. Voinovich was up for the challenge and, as Romer-Sensky expressed about Senator Voinovich, “Ultimately, this is a guy that will do what he thinks is right… This was his passion and he just wanted this to happen. He cared about these kids.” Through the work of the councils, program partners, local groups, and families themselves, OFCF was able to make incredible achievements. The combined effort during the Voinovich Administration resulted reducing infant mortality, increasing the amount of adoptions by 59%, fully funding state Head Start and supporting the growth of publicly funded child care from 18,000 children to 82,000, as well as increased use of Medicaid waivers for home care for medically fragile families and increasing access to Individual Education Plans (JRS_GVV Reflection, 2016; Riffe, 1999). Supporting families and children has continued to be a priority in Ohio even after Senator Voinovich left the governor’s office and is an instrumental part of his legacy.

To learn more about Senator Voinovich’s executive order, click here for the original promotional video about the initiative, created by the Senator’s administration.

Public Administration scholarships now available

Scholarships are currently available to graduate students majoring in Public Administration, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field. The Ohio Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) is issuing two $1,000 scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year to provide financial assistance to deserving individuals.

Criteria includes:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Successful completion of no less than nine credits in the applicant’s graduate program
  • Permanent residence within the state of Ohio
  • Demonstration of leadership qualities
  • Interest and activity in public administration or public works

Submission requirements include:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Essay demonstrating why the applicant should receive the scholarship and where the applicant sees themselves post-graduation in a public administration or public works career
  • Official transcript or report of grades showing that a GPA of 3.25 or above has been maintained throughout graduate school
  • List of courses to be taken in the 2017/2018 academic year required for the graduate degree sought
  • Completed application and certification

Scholarships will be reviewed in the beginning of March 2017 and decisions will be made by the end of the month. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is February 24, 2017.

Scholarship applications and complete details surrounding scholarships can be found here, here, and here. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Simpson at 740.323.5202.

Exploring the micro-brew industry with the Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship will host local, craft distilleries for a micro-brew panel on Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in Baker 240/242.

The Athens craft distilleries will gather for a night to discuss the entrepreneurial venture of micro brewing. Faculty, staff and students are all encouraged to attend this event to learn about one of the nation’s hottest growing industries. Hear how these entrepreneurs started their own breweries/distilleries.

The following breweries/distilleries will be in attendance:

  • Little Fish Brewing Company
  • West End Cider House
  • Fifth Element Spirits
  • Multiple Brewing
  • Fifty West

The Center for Entrepreneurship is a partnership between the College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Come learn about the emerging world of micro brewing from some local favorites of Athens.


CLDC offers workshops for leadership certificates

The Career and Leadership Development Center is offering a great opportunity for Ohio University students interested in sharpening their leadership skills. All six of the workshops required for the Professional Leadership Certificate and the 21st Century Leadership Certificate will be offered on Saturday, February 18.

The schedule will begin at 10 a.m. and will run until 5:20 p.m. All workshops will be held in the Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center in Baker University Center, Room 366.

  • Who Are You and Why Should I Care?: Keys to Networking Success – 10 – 11 a.m.
    Participants will reflect on their personal leadership brand and develop an elevator pitch.
  • Bragging Rights: Creating the Perfect Resume and Cover Letter – 11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
    This interactive workshop will help participants sharpen resume and cover letter knowledge.
  • Hunting & Gathering: Job Search and Interviewing – 12:20 – 1:20 p.m.
    Participants will explore resources to create a job search plan and will learn valuable tips for job interviews.
  • I Am Right. You Are Wrong: Understanding Ethics and Values -2 – 3 p.m.
    By working in small groups, participants will explore the topic of ethical leadership and the power of values in decision making.
  • Building an Awesome Team: Understanding Team Development – 3:10 – 4:10 p.m.
    This workshop will educate participants about how to improve the dynamics of any group or organization.
  • Get It Together: Understanding Emotional Intelligence – 4:20 – 5:20 p.m.
    Participants will be given the opportunity to practice self-awareness and will learn how to identify, assess, and manage emotions in various situations.

A lunch break will be from 1:20 – 2 p.m. More information about the workshops and certificates can be found here. The Career and Leadership Development Center can also be contacted at or 740.593.2909.

Voinovich School Energy and Environmental Brownbag Series looks at a solar future for the university and beyond


The new solar panels installed at The Ridges and the future of solar energy policy will be the topic of discussion at the next installment of the Voinovich School Energy and Environmental Brownbag on Friday, February 10 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Bldg. 22, Room 221 at The Ridges.

Gilbert Michaud, Ph.D., cluster analyst at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and Alex Burke, second-year Master of Science in Environmental Studies candidate will analyze the state policies that encourage non-utility photovoltaic (PV) installations in residential areas, and discuss the implications these panels have on the state of Ohio.  As installing panels can be a large commitment, they will also talk about how to get the most of such an investment.

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Konneker Medal recipient meet and greet event

fireside-chat-draft-3Ohio University alumnus Jake Sigal, recipient of the 2016 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, will be featured in an upcoming Center for Entrepreneurship meet and greet event on February 8 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Konneker Alumni Center.

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this Fireside Chat with Sigal, who is the CEO of Detroit’s Tome, Inc. Sigal sold his first startup, Livio, to Ford Motor Co. in 2013, and then launched Tome in 2014. Tome combines the newest technologies with the ideas from new user experiences, and creates partnerships for business development.

The Konneker Medal was created to recognize current and former Ohio University faculty and students who excel in the realms of innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Sigal received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering from the Russ College at Ohio University. The Konneker Medal is not the first award presented to Sigal from Ohio University. He also received the Charles J. and Claire O. Ping Graduate Award. In addition to Ohio University honors, his industry recognized him through the Automotive Leadership Up and Coming Award and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Come chat with Sigal at the meet and greet hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.