Be a Friend
Friends of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has declared the month of October "Be A Friend Month" at T-SPL.
Since its inception in 1981, Friends of the Library is a growing group of Seneca County citizens willing to contribute time, talent and money as a supportive organization of the library. Members are official hosts for library functions and provide volunteers for various projects.
Some of the group's activities include the annual book sale, summer reading program events, the Books for Kids project (which donates books to children in Seneca County during the holidays,) an annual meeting and program, and hosting library events such as the Halloween Hullabaloo. Members also take part in special projects throughout the year, which in the past have included Mystery Dinner Theater, a wreath sale and a silent art auction.
Membership costs range from $1 to $15. Those who sign up during the month of October are entered to win a Friends' gift bag. People can stop by the library to sign up or visit www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751 or stop by the information desk at the library.
Learn to knit
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to host a beginners knitting class series in October. Participants must attend all five sessions 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
The class is to teach how to knit, cast on, purl and bind off while making a small project, such as a washcloth, scarf, iPod cover or headband.
Participants are asked to bring at least 200 yards of yarn. Yarn can be worsted, heavy worsted or bulky, but not thin yarn such as DK or sport. Attendees should take needles that correspond with yarn size. Needle size is indicated on the yarn wrapper.
The program is free. Class size is limited to 15 people, so registration is required. People can register by calling the library at (419) 447-3751 or at the circulation desk.
Library to offer adult computer classes
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is to offer adult computer classes in October, November and December. New classes have been added, and 16 classes are to be offered. Space is limited so registration is necessary. Registration is under way. The library charges $1 per class to cover copy costs, which must be paid by the time of the class.
"All About Digital Photos" is to be 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 18 and is to teach students how to save, transfer, organize and share digital photos. Bringing personal digital cameras or mobile devices and connection cables is optional. Students must be familiar with using the Internet, e-mail and attachments.
"Mouse 101" is to be 2-3 p.m. Oct. 18 and is to teach students how to use the mouse. Students are to distinguish between left and right clicking, double clicking and moving the mouse around.
"Beginning Word" is to be 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Students are to learn the basics of word processing using Microsoft Word 2007, including how to create and save documents, how to use basic Word functions and how to customize a document. Knowledge of how to use the mouse is helpful.
"Intermediate Excel" is to be 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 20. Students in the class are to review the fundamentals of Excel, work with formulas and become familiar with sorting and organizing data. Students should have a basic knowledge of Excel before taking the intermediate course.
"Basic Computing" is to be 2-4 p.m. Oct. 25 and is designed for users who are just learning to use a computer. Students are to learn the basic parts of the computer and the keyboard, as well as using the start button and navigating the desktop. Knowledge of how to use the mouse is helpful.
"Intermediate Word" is to be 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Students are to review the fundamentals of Word 2007 as well as learn about templates, formatting and working with graphics in a Word document.
"Intro to Excel" is to be 1:30-3 p.m. Nov. 9 and is for students interested in learning the spreadsheet program. Students are to learn how to set up an address book and create a simple checkbook.
"Searching the Internet" is to be 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and is to teach students how to search the Internet, about different search engines and directories and how to formulate good searches. Students are asked to have taken the Beginning Internet class.
"Beginning E-Mail" is to be 1-3 p.m. Nov. 30. The class is to teach students about sites that offer free e-mail accounts and is to walk them through setting up an account. Students should be familiar with the Internet and know how to use the mouse.
"Intermediate Excel" is to be 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 1. Students in the class are to review the fundamentals of Excel, work with formulas and become familiar with sorting and organizing data. Students should have a basic knowledge of Excel before taking the intermediate course.
"Creating a Facebook Account" is to be 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Students are to learn how to open an account, how to upload pictures and enter information and about privacy settings. Students must have an accessible e-mail account, know their password and be able to navigate the Internet.
"Labels" is to be offered 9:30-11 a.m. Dec. 7. Students are to learn how to create mailing labels using Microsoft Publisher. Students must be familiar with Microsoft software menus and should know how to use a mouse.
"Facebook Basics" is to be offered 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Students are to learn about privacy settings, how to navigate in Facebook, find friends and businesses and how to upload pictures. Students must have an open, accessible Facebook account, know their password and be able to navigate the Internet.
"All About Digital Photos" is to be 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and is to teach students how to save, transfer, organize and share digital photos. Bringing personal digital cameras or mobile devices and connection cables is optional. Students must be familiar with using the Internet, e-mail and attachments.
"IDownloads" is to be offered 2-3 p.m. Dec. 29 and is to teach participants how to download audiobooks, eBooks and more on their computer, iPod or eBook reader. The eReaders compatible with T-SPL's service are Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo and PanDigital. Students must be familiar with the Internet or have taken Beginning Internet.
To register or for more information, call (419) 447-3751.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The deadline for Ohioans seeking nomination from the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to U.S. military service academies for 2012 admission is approaching. Completed applications must be returned to Brown's Cleveland office by 5 p.m. Monday.
Each year, Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Merchant Marine Academy.
Student applicants are reviewed by a committee of active and retired military and community leaders appointed by Brown. Selected students are provided with the required congressional recommendation upon applying for admission.
Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements should send their completed application packet to Brown's Cleveland office at 1301 East 9th St., Suite 1710, Cleveland, OH 44114.
Inquiries can be directed to Brown's academy coordinator at the Cleveland office at (888) 896-6446.
FFA chapter meets
The Tiffin-Sentinel FFA chapter had its family picnic and FFA meeting Sept. 12. After the meal, the business meeting was presented. Cara Vassalle, Tiffin-Sentinel FFA president, presided over the meeting.
Twelve committees presented reports to the chapter. Each committee brought up ideas on what they would like to do throughout the year. Some of the ideas that were mentioned included care packages for troops, FFA week projects, agricultural awareness projects with elementary students and a cardboard box city project to raise awareness about homelessness in America.
The FFA chapter is to sell chicken barbecue tickets, sponsored by Tiffin-Sentinel FFA Alumni Association, for the upcoming open house Oct. 12. The cost of the meal is $7, which includes a half-chicken, baked potato, green beans, applesauce, roll, butter and a drink. People can get tickets from FFA members. The cost of the meal that evening is $7.50.
Members attend COLT
Four members of the Tiffin-Sentinel FFA chapter attended Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference Sept. 7. Members who attended were Tommy Hoover, Molly Maksemetz and Josiah Reilly of Tiffin and Eva Pahl of Sycamore.
Two local schools are being honored by the state. Bridges Community Academy and Tiffin City Schools have received an Ohio Auditor of State Award for their financial reporting of fiscal year 2010.
The award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit.
Entities that receive the award must meet certain criteria: be Generally Accepted Accounting Principles entities without a Certified Annual Financial Report that timely files their financial reports with the auditor of state; the audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs; and the entity's management letter contains no comments related to ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely single audit, findings for recovery less than $100 and public meetings or public records.
Attorney general offering contest
COLUMBUS - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering a "Take Action High School Video Contest," which gives Ohio high school students a chance to win scholarship prizes by submitting videos about Internet safety.
Ohio high school students can submit a 60-second video about Internet safety, and entries may come from individuals or teams of two students. Videos must be postmarked by Dec. 15.
For more information, visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/TakeActionContest.
UF to have health fair
FINDLAY - University of Findlay is to host a health fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday in Alumni Memorial Union on Frazer Street. The fair is free. There are to be chair massages, healthful snacks with recipes provided and coffee from George House, all at no cost.
Professionals are to be on site to perform health screenings and provide information. The screenings to be offered include hearing, vision, dental, blood sugar, blood pressure, chiropractic, bone density and skin. Cholesterol screenings are to be offered for $7; a 12-hour fast is required for an accurate reading.
For more information, call (419) 434-4550.
Senior Forum beginning
FINDLAY University of Findlay's Senior Forum, a six-week series of learning experiences for people age 50 and older, is to begin its fall session Wednesday in Alumni Memorial Union.
Fees are $65 per person or $125 per couple and $5 per single session.
The forums, consisting of a variety of sessions, are to take place each Wednesday through Nov. 2.
The first program is to feature "Run, Amy, Run: Living with Cystic Fibrosis" with Beth Huffman, author, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
The next session, noon-1 p.m., is "Findlay Glass" presented by Ron McMillan, collector.
The afternoon session 1:15-2:30 p.m. is to be "Mozart: The Maddening Genius" presented by Ken Hammontree, impersonator.
A buffet lunch is available for an additional $5 per day. A complimentary coffee and tea bar is available all day.
For more information, call (419) 422-3560 or (419) 434-4553.
'Berg has new dean
Heidelberg University has appointed Haseeb Ahmed as the new dean of the School of Business and associate professor of banking and finance. He comes to Heidelberg after serving as chairman of the Department of Business and Economics at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., since 1999.
Ahmed arrived on campus in August. He has started the process of accreditation for the school with the Accrediting Council of Business Schools and Programs, a five-year process. The Heidelberg School of Business is a candidate for accreditation, and Ahmed aspires to achieve the ACBSP accreditation in the next three years.
Heidelberg was attractive to Ahmed because he welcomes the opportunity to make a difference on campus and in the community.
Ahmed has a doctorate in finance from University of Mississippi, a master's degree in business administration from Jacksonville State University and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from University of Texas. He serves as a mentor, accreditation evaluator and regional committee chair for Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and is the recipient of the organization's International Teaching Excellence Award.
While he has a number of priorities for his first year, Ahmed said his strongest passion is developing the corporate leaders of tomorrow, and that includes executives and entrepreneurs who have a global vision.
"Business is global," he said. "The business world overlaps with geopolitical developments, and that goes well with a liberal arts background and professional education. It's important to have a broader orientation about our legacy, our history, our tradition, our responsibility as human beings.
"The way I look at it, we give students a broad framework about how to tackle the complex, dynamic global economy and then encourage them to apply those skills in whatever decisions they have to make."
'Berg, Terra honored
Heidelberg University and Terra Community College have been named military-friendly schools.
"G.I. Jobs" has announced its list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.
Heidelberg has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program for about two years and has received inquiries from military students seeking to enroll through assistance from it.
Heidelberg ranks among top
For the 24th consecutive year, Heidelberg University is ranked among the top colleges and universities in an annual national survey of colleges and universities through "U.S. News & World Report."
Heidelberg again appears in the top tier in the "Regional Universities" category in the Midwest region. The survey provides an examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 16 indicators related to academic excellence.
President Robert Huntington said the university's continued high marks underscore its commitment to improving academic excellence and the student experience.
"Our resolve to provide an excellent academic and a personally enriching experience for each of our students is stronger than ever," he said. "This commitment to get better motivates us daily."
Families use the survey as a tool in their college search process as they consider such criteria as cost, financial aid, curriculum, feel of campus life and geographic location. The 441 colleges and universities in the "Regional Universities" category are ranked within four geographic regions and then divided into tiers.
Donors sponsor practice studios
FREMONT - Five practice studios in the newly renovated Arts and Health Technologies Center at Terra Community College are to be named by local residents who have donated for the rights.
Wade and Cindy Young of Fremont are naming Young Practice Studio in memory of Wade's father, Claude E. Young.
Terra Assistant Professor Mike Shirtz and his wife, Pamela, are naming Petz Practice Studio in memory of Weldon Petz, Shirtz's grandfather.
Terra co-workers Grant Cummings and Todd Pavlack are the only ones not to name their studio in memory of someone. They named it Poco Spazio which means "small room" or "small space" in Italian.
Pam Benedict of Bellevue chose to honor her parents, Herb "Doc" and Helen Napka, with Napka Practice Studio.
Jane Beckley of Fremont chose to name Beckley Practice Studio as a legacy for herself and in memory of her son, Matthew.
For more information about naming rights that remain, call (419) 559-2301.