by REBECCA KIELBASA
Tiffin University sent four Student Affairs members to the 2020 Ohio College Personnel Association Conference in Columbus.
The conference took place on Jan. 30 and 31, and had approximately 185 attendees. Over the course of two days each person was able to attend eight, one hour long sessions that range from conflict management techniques to finding the meaning in Student Affairs work, and LGBTQ+ inclusion and awareness on campus. The selection of sessions to attend was endless. There were also mock interviews and resume building workshops.
Jacob Simon, Associate Dean of Students and Student Affairs Title IX Deputy Coordinator, and Nicholas La Torre, Assistant Director of Student Conduct and the Area Coordinator for the Downtown Neighborhood, accompanied Rayanne Leake and Rebecca Kielbasa to the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) Conference to represent Tiffin University and gather techniques and knowledge to better Residence Life and First Year Experience on campus.
Leake and Kielbasa are Resident Assistants who work under Simon and La Torre. They were the only students the school sent to the conference, and were hand selected according to La Torre because, “They have a passion for student affairs and want to do it as a career, this is the first step in that journey.” La Torre is a large advocate for students moving into Student Affairs careers.
Of the TU attendees, they attended separate sessions from each other to gather the most information. Kielbasa’s favorite session was entitled The Music Project and it talked about utilizing music to make connections between students and the resident assistants, or amoung a staff, and identify prominent points and people in their life. Leake preferred the Ethical Decision Making Workshop on handling student conduct cases, “Not only was it beneficial as a Resident Assistant, but it was also helpful for the professionals a Tiffin.”
Leake would like to explore a career in student conduct or residence life, and Kielbasa is hoping to work in student engagement or first year experience.
La Torre’s favorite session of the conference was Resolving Conflict with Style where they dived into learning about the 5 core conflict styles and why each is used and when.
When reflecting on her time at the conference Leake said, “My favorite part about the conference was being able to network! I was able to connect with professionals already in the career I plan to get into. They gave me sound advice for my future, along with their contact information to stay in touch.”
Kielbasa said, “I would not have traded this opportunity for the world. I gained so much knowledge that I can use to benefit students at TU right now, not to mention being able to meet other university professionals from big and small schools gave me more perspective for TU.”
Plans are already in motion to implement some techniques and strategies for RA’s and professional staff to better Student Affairs that were learned at the conference.
La Torre, Simon, Kielbasa, and Leake are planning to attend the conference again next year, this time as presenters, and showcase what they implemented over the course of the year since the last conference.
The OCPA exists to advance student learning and development through personal development and networking opportunities.
by ISAIAH COLE
With Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine declaring a state of emergency for the Coronavirus (now known as COVID-19), many universities are taking action to stop the spread and threat of the virus.
The virus has infected more than 115,000 people, and killed over 4,000 people worldwide. 1,000 of the confirmed cases have occurred in the US. There are currently 4 confirmed cases in Ohio.
Tiffin University President Dr. Lillian Schumacher, emailed students, staff and faculty Tuesday to inform them of the actions the university will take moving forward.
In a statement from Tiffin University, “In response to the recent confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the United States, and the state of Ohio, Tiffin University, in consultation with state and local officials, has established a plan to protect its students, employees, visitors and the Tiffin community against any possible threats of the virus, likely or unlikely.”
School officials have decided to move classes online, following suit with other universities, such as Ohio State, Kent State, Miami and Toledo.
“Tiffin University will continue all classes through an online modality effective Wednesday, March 11. Please note, this change will remain in effect until Sunday, March 29, unless notified otherwise.”
Students must still complete all online work tasked by professors. The staff is going through normal operations until further notice.
by ANJALEIGH HART
The Coronavirus has begun to spread throughout the entire world and has left a trail behind. This past week alone several countries have gone into complete shutdown, including Italy and China. Both countries have had an increase in confirmed cases this past week which led to the shutdowns.
America has also begun having its own shutdowns. By Monday, eight states total had announced that they were in a state of emergency. More have followed suit and have begun to announce state of emergency, which has resulted in schools shutting down country wide.
On Monday, Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio officially announced that Ohio was one of the states going into a state of emergency. By Tuesday, there were three confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Cuyahoga county, and that all three patients and the immediate people they had come into contact to were being put into quarantine.
Ohio State University was the first college in Ohio to move to online classes until further notice. Several other large colleges, including Kent State University, followed suit on Tuesday and then a flood of colleges began to also switch to online.
Yesterday, Tiffin University announced that they would be participating in the shutdown, and that all classes would move to online starting March 11 and will not resume until March 29.
President Schumacher sent out the email late in the afternoon, and many were taken off guard once the announcement was made. Student workers in different positions were either given the option to continue to work or to not continue to work.
Earlier today, the World Health Organization released a statement that the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is officially a pandemic. They announced that the COVID-19 can be spread to not only humans, but also animals are susceptible to the virus.
America is attempting to stay ahead of the virus and the announcements as they continue to flood the media.
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by REBECCA KEILBASA
All of the Tiffin Greeks gathered together to recruit about 30 potential pledges and speak about hazing at the Rush Party on Jan. 27 on campus.
Hannah Tyson, Director of Student Engagement, and Wayne Kreis, the Student Engagement Graduate Assistant, hosted the annual Rush Party to kick-off Greek Pledging.
All of the Greek organizations were in attendance to speak with potential pledges discuss anti-hazing techniques and policies, and speak on a panel about their organizations in an open forum.
There are currently seven Greek organizations, three sororities and four fraternities on campus consisting of Zeta Pi Beta, Sigma Delta Sigma, Alpha Iota, Omega Psi Rho, Theta Eta Omicron, Phi Theta Pi, and Psi Kappa Chi.
Jamie Marinis, a First Year Adviser, was also in attendance to share her personal hazing story from her time in a sorority in college. Marinis described her sorority forcing her to wear make-up and maintaining a specific appearance to be allowed in the organizations letters.
On the Greek panel there was a representative from each organization. The students in attendance asked about the philanthropies and mottoes of each, as well as the representatives favorite memory from Greek life thus far.
Sara Taite-Trail, pledge captain for Alpha Iota, said that the sorority wants its members to come as they are and to be unique.
Jordan West, general member of Omega Psi Rho, one of the newer fraternities on campus, spoke about the fraternity's philanthropic efforts with the homeless population in Tiffin, which expresses its mottoes “We came, we saw, we conquered” and also “Never leave a man behind."
Julia Nesbitt, pledge captain for Zeta Pi Beta, said her favorite Greek memory is the cookout. “I loved the Greek Cookout at the beginning of the year because it showed our Greek unity and it was a great opportunity to meet the other organizations”.
By the end of the night every Greek organization in attendance had potential pledges signed up for interviews to take place on Jan. 28, 29, and 30 in the respective Greek houses.
Bids will be going out to the applicable potential pledges on Friday Jan. 31.
by ANJALEIGH HART
This past week news outlets and social media have been bombarded by information concerning the Coronavirus. Social media has been taken over by worry and concern with the deadly virus being at the center of it all. Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then the province has been completely quarantined and those who have tested positive for the virus have been transported to makeshift hospitals.
The Coronavirus has now spread to 17 countries. Though, there have been no deaths reported in any country, other than China. The countries that have confirmed cases are as follows: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, and Vietnam.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html, recently confirmed that there are cases in the United States. As of Jan. 27, there have been a total of five confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States. All the patients had recently traveled to Wuhan. There are two current cases in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington, and one in Illinois. The CDC recently put out a statement saying that the risk to the U.S. is still very low. Though, there are still hundreds being tested for Coronavirus upon return to the U.S.
Several countries have begun to make the decision of cancelling all flights going in or out of China. British Airways has indefinitely stopped all of their flights with China, while other airlines have begun to either cancel a few or scale back on flights involving China. The airlines have issued statements saying that they believe this will help to contain the virus from spreading to more countries.
by LARA JADE
Lara Jade will be holding a book signing in the Performing Arts Lab at Tiffin University on March 12 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Jade writes in the young adult genre and has self-published two books through Kindle Direct Publishing.
At the signing, cover models Cora and Hannah will be present as well as Jade’s editor, Sheniah. The event will include musical guest, Ruby Santiago & Sage of Six who will be performing a song featured in Summer Love: Wilmington. At the end of the evening, Jade will hold a question and answer panel with Jade, the cover models, and the editor moderated by Rebecca Kielbasa. There will also be a drawing to win two special prizes.
Jade published her first book, Love & Lies on Feb. 14, 2019 and her second book, Summer Love: Wilmington on Nov. 15, 2019.
For more information visit: www.larajadeauthor.wixsite.com/authorpage
by JADE RISNER
Above is one of many ticks that can be found on pets
Photo by BOSTON25NEWS
Ticks are common concern for many pet owners, especially those who live near fields and woods. Responsible and concerned owners typically keep their pets on flea and tick preventatives year round. Although most owners continue the preventative year round, there are also handfuls of owners who stop the preventative once it gets cold out because they think that the ticks and fleas can't survive in the cold and die. This can be true when temperatures are right, but scientist are finding more and more species of ticks that do not hibernate through the winter. They are not hibernating because it is not getting cold enough for them anymore.
Vet clinics are seeing a surplus in annual flea and tick sales due to this, but not everyone is ready to purchase the preventative year round. A common recommendation by veterinarians is Simparica. Simparica is a flea and tick preventative. One pill once every thirty days provides a dog with enough protection for a month against fleas and ticks. Owners do not have to purchase a full twelve month supply at once in most clinics, but it usually saves owners more money in the long run. On top of this, owners can also ask about possible rebates or in-house deals going on within the clinic. Most clinics should offer some form of rebate to give buyers some of their money back.
Dogs aren't the only one susceptible to being preyed upon by ticks. Cats can also be preyed upon by them, but most pet cats are kept inside so not all owners worry about preventatives, but fleas and ticks can be brought into homes by humans. So, although the cat may not go outside it doesn't mean that cats are completely immune to the pest. Veterinarians sometimes recommend Revolution plus is a preventative against fleas, ticks, heart-worms, round worms, hook worms and ear mites. Owners can also ask about possible rebates or in-house deals to save a little on the preventative.
Owners should keep their pets on flea and tick preventatives year round because of the increased risk of contact with them. It may be costly for the preventatives, but they pay for themselves in the end when compared to possible vet bills if a pet were to contract a disease from the ticks.
For more information regarding ticks, risks, and preventatives, owners can contact their local veterinarians.
by Richard Williams
The Tiffin University Counseling staff is walking for mental health every Thursday at noon in the Heminger Center in an effort to highlight the importance and recognition of mental health disorders.
The issue of mental health has become more prevalent in recent years, with the National Institute of Mental Health reporting that nearly 31 percent of U.S. adults have or will experience some instance of anxiety disorder in their lifetime. The NIMH has also reported that in 2017, nearly 17.3 million U.S. adults suffered at least one major depressive episode, with higher instances in females than males. It was also noted on the NIMH website that in that same year, the highest instance of depressive episodes happened in the 18 – 25 age group, largely representative of young adults and college students.
The Tiffin University Wellness and Counseling Center offices are located in Friedley Hall. Students can visit the center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call 419-448-3578 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The center offers walk-ins on Wednesdays with no appointments necessary.
by Becca Kielbasa
The seventh annual Jello Wrestling fundraising event will feature 20 wrestlers so far, including students from Tiffin University men's and women's varsity wrestling team.
Zeta Pi Beta Sorority, established in 2010, is holding its annual Jello Wrestling Event to benefit St. Judes Children's Research Hospital on Sept. 12 from 5-7 p.m. in Hayes Courtyard.
This year wrestling will include the single rounds, but also a male and female bracket competition with two $25 visa gift cards for the winners. Prices for pre-registration are $5 per entry into the bracket, which covers the cost of all rounds, $2 for an individual round, and $1 for every repeat round after that. Registration the day of is $7 for entry into the bracket and same cost for individual rounds. Zeta Pi Beta will also be accepting donations in the form of cash or Venmo. The Venmo account name is ZetaPiBeta-Sorority.
Zeta Pi Beta holds multiple events to benefit cancer research, with Jello Wrestling among the most successful, dating back to 2013. This event is new and improved this year due to a partnership with Tiffin University Wrestling teams to make the event bigger and better than ever. Tiffin University Dean Herdlick will be the referee, per tradition, in coordination with the wrestling coaches.
St. Judes has been the chosen philanthropy by Zeta Pi Beta since its establishment, along with Love Your Melon, which is another cancer research foundation.
by BRANDON UTLEY
Set the scene: sunny Orlando, Florida. The expansive Orange County Convention Center. Science nerds everywhere.
That is what myself and fellow students Andy Frantz, Meredith Boes, Halie Copley, and Mary Bernard, along with our faculty advisor Dr. Mark Sabo, got to experience when we attended the 257th annual National Conference of the American Chemical Society from March 30 through April 2.
Attending this meeting comes with many benefits for undergraduate students. The events at this conference involve students in professional work and career preparation. During the undergraduate session of the conference, students can attend certain speakers and expos geared toward chemistry, graduate school, and careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Mark Sabo said that the conference offers over 10,000 scientists and educators from throughout North America a forum for sharing new ideas, innovations, and methodologies that not only advance industrial and academic research applications but have an impact on chemistry as it applies to our world.”
In addition to a vast number of presentations, the conference format offers opportunities to participate in group and divisional business meetings, professional development workshops, and an exposition.
“This program gives Tiffin University students the opportunity to interact, discuss new ideas, and learn about the chemistry profession with other students,” Sabo said.
At this meeting, there was a student chapter poster exposition, where student chapters of ACS from around the country could show off the work their organization has done over the past year. Our chapter here at TU has performed a number of science-based outreach programs this past year to engage the local Tiffin Columbian students.