FAFSA financial aid workshops planned at Terra
If you’re planning to attend college in the 2009-2010 academic year, put “Completing the FAFSA” at the top of your to-do list.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is vital to the process of college affordability and should be completed as early as possible by anyone who will be attending college beginning in August 2009.
Because the FAFSA is so important – and considered intimidating by some – the financial aid staff at Terra Community College is offering free FAFSA workshops for their students, prospective students and anyone else who needs the assistance.
The dates are Feb. 6 and 20, and March 6 and 20. The sessions will start at 2 p.m. in Building A, Room 204.
Those attending the workshop should bring their 2008 federal tax information (IRS forms 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) as well as any other pertinent income information such as checking and/or savings account statements. Those who have established a PIN number should bring that along, too.
“We don’t want anyone to put off going to college just because the paperwork scares them,” said Ed Recker, director of financial aid at Terra. “Financial aid is often what makes college attainable, and the FAFSA is the only way to secure that financial aid.”
To register for these workshops or for more information, call 419-559-2344.
Spaghetti dinner planned
Clay Band Parents Organization will hold a spaghetti dinner Feb. 12 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
The spaghetti will be prepared by Gino’s. Dinner music will be provided by the Clay High School Jazz Band.
The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. To purchase tickets, mail reservations with payment to Jeff Hanthorn, 4050 Brown Rd., Oregon, OH 43616. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Feb. 9. Tickets will be held you at the door.
For more information, call band Brian Gyuras or Megan O’Connor at 419-693-0665, ext. 2158.
Small business basics
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars, “Small Business Basics,” designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
This seminar will help entrepreneurs avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. Learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
The February schedule includes:
• Feb. 4 – 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
• Feb. 18 – 9:30- 11:30 a.m., Erie County Chamber of Commerce (conference room), 225 W. Washington Row, Sandusky
• Feb. 25 – 4:30- 6:30 p.m., Terra Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
The seminars are free and open to the public. To register or for more information, contact Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra toll-free at 800-826-2431 or at
Nominees sought for hall of fame
The Woodmore Academic Boosters are seeking nominees for the Woodmore Academic Hall of Fame/Distinguished Alumni Award.
Candidates must be graduates of Woodmore High School who have distinguished themselves in some way to have brought credit, honor and recognition to Woodmore Schools through their achievements. Nominees must have graduated at least 10 years before their election.
The boosters plan to induct no more than two candidates this year. Inductees will be honored at the annual Woodmore Academic Honors Banquet in May. Plaques featuring the inductees’ photo and a brief description of his/her accomplishments will be placed on the Academic Wall of Fame at Woodmore High School and will also be presented to the inductees.
Nomination forms are available at www.woodmore.k12.oh.us (click on “boosters”) or at the Woodville Branch Library, the Harris-Elmore Public Library and at Woodmore High School. Completed forms must be returned to Bob Eickel, Box 193, Elmore, OH 43616 by March 1.
Owens receives Carnegie Foundation Honor
Owens Community College has been selected as one of only 119 colleges and universities nationwide to receive The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s prestigious 2008 Community Engagement Classification. The College, which is one of only nine community colleges selected for the honor, was recognized within the Foundation’s “Outreach and Partnerships” classification.
Owens was recognized for its exemplary commitment and dedication within the areas of mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.
BGSU hosts journalism program
Bowling Green State University’ journalism department is among six selected as recipients of an on-site workshop to be presented by the American Press Institute (API) for its faculty and staff in 2009. The Bowling Green event, “The New Newsroom,” will be held Feb. 20. The one-day program will also be open to local journalists for a modest fee.
The other recipients are California State University, Northridge; Loyola University, Chicago; Temple University, Philadelphia; Texas State University, San Marcos, and the University of North Florida, Jacksonville.
More than 450 schools of journalism and mass communication were invited to apply for one of the workshops.
“The newspaper industry is undergoing seismic changes, so it’s critical that journalism schools provide new insights and skills that will prepare the next generation of newsroom leaders,” said Drew Davis, API president and executive director. “The on-site workshops address some of the most pressing issues facing newsrooms today, from building new audiences to creating a new newsroom model. These programs also allow us to reach many more journalism educators than we have ever before.”
Details about the workshops and journalist registration are available on the API Web site at www.americanpressinstitute.org.