Monday, October 24, 2011

A Reminder from the Social Work Club

Skip-A-Meal for United Way will be taking place this Monday through Wednesday, lunch and dinner hours. The Social Work Club will be accepting $5 eagle dollar donations and all cash donations. All money raised will go to United Way of Ashland County!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Social Work Club: meeting follow-up

For those of you who attended last evening's Social Work Club meeting about the Occupy Cleveland and Occupy Wall Street protests, or for anyone who wants some background on the issues at hand, we have links! Sam Kauf has assembled some resources so that you can form your own opinions about the protests.

The first two links present some of the occupiers' reasoning. The next link is a declaration of the occupation of NYC. The last two provide basic information about the movement.

The Social Work Club will be traveling to the Cleveland protest this Friday. Ask your club officers for more information!

Monday, October 17, 2011

From your Social Work Club President

A few announcements and updates from Samantha Kauf:

SOCIAL WORK CLUB MEETING: The social work club will be holding a meeting Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 in the Claremont building classroom (008). We will be discussing the trip to attend the Occupy Cleveland demonstrations, the skip-a-meal for United Way project, and upcoming officer elections. 

OCCUPY CLEVELAND: Social work majors will be taking a trip to Cleveland to experience the Occupy Cleveland demonstrations. The trip will take place Friday, October 21. More information to follow!

SKIP-A-MEAL FOR UNITED WAY: The social work club will be collecting donations from students in convo October 24-26. Students can sign up to work at shift at the table. Lunch and dinner time slots are available. Sign up sheets will be going around social work classes this week. 

SOCIAL WORK CLUB ELECTIONS: The social work club will be holding officer elections before Thanksgiving break. All social work majors (except for graduating seniors) are eligible for a position. The available positions include president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer. Holding a leadership position is a great way to create networks on campus, gain more experience with social work outside of the classroom, and have the ability to bring new programs to campus. Anyone interested in running for a positions can contact Samantha Kauf, Jerika Gilcreast, or Kayla Hershberger.

Jerika Gilcreast is your Homecoming Queen!

photo by Sarah Gordon of the Ashland Times-Gazette
Ashland University's 2011 Homecoming Queen is social work major Jerika Gilcreast!

At the Homecoming Game!
"We could not be more pleased!" says Prof. Udolph, "Jerika is a great student and we are all so proud of her!"

This year's homecoming theme was, "cherish the past, soar into the future." We hope everyone had a fantastic, fun-filled, and safe homecoming weekend. Go Eagles and congratulations again to Jerika, everyone on the homecoming court, and Homecoming King Elliot Rawson!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Speech to Center on 'Peace is Possible'

In case you missed it in Campus Connections:

Bridget Moix, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Legislative Secretary, is speaking on "Peace is Possible: Shifting from War Making to War Prevention." The talk is Monday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall at Schar College of Education.

This lecture is sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence and the College of Arts and Sciences Symposium "Against Global Indifference: Awakening to Action." This presentation is free and open to the public.

Moix will discuss the process of implementing peace on a global level. She believes it is possible for peace to be the first option in a conflict situation, rather than having nations immediately default to a state of conflict. Peace becomes a viable option when it is encouraged through specific peaceful tactics. Strategies for facilitating peace include working to combat poverty, placing an emphasis on human rights and safety, and allocating resources fairly.

Strategies to uphold peace over conflict will lead to a more secure global environment that reinforces human rights and offers security to all persons. Peaceful prevention is a fairly recent movement, but one that will be essential as the global climate continues to change and global resources become more limited.

Moix leads the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict program and has worked for more than 12 years on peace and conflict issues within the U.S. and international policy arenas. She began her career with FCNL as an intern in 1996 and worked as a legislative secretary from 2002-2006. She returned to FCNL in September 2008.

Previously she worked with Oxfam America as a policy adviser on Sudan (2005), the Quaker United Nations Office in New York under a New Voices fellowship (2000-2002), the World Policy Institute's Arms Trade Resource Center (1998-2000), the Quaker Peace Center in Cape Town, South Africa (1999), and as an intern with the American Friends Service Committee during college. She returned to Washington, D.C. after spending over two years in Mexico City where she directed the Casa de los Amigos, a small Quaker peace and hospitality center.

Moix holds a master's of International Affairs from Columbia University, where she focused her studies on human security and international conflict resolution. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Nonfiction Writing from Ohio Wesleyan in 1996.

While in Ohio, Moix also will be speaking on the same topic at the Unitarian Universalist Church located at 3186 Burbank Road in Wooster. This presentation, sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence and the Unitarian Universalist Church, will be given at both the 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services on Sunday, Oct. 16, and is free and open to the public.

When: October 17th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ronk Lecture Hall at Schar College of Education
Sponsored by:  ACN and the College of Arts and Sciences
Event Cost: FREE

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Symposium Panel to Discuss Globalization

 In case you missed it in Campus Connections:

A panel discussion on the topic "Globalization: Who Benefits? Who Suffers?" is the next event in the 2011-2012 College of Arts and Sciences Symposium "Against Global Indifference: Awakening to Action."

This free event, which will be held Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium, will feature a panel of local experts David Civitollo, Dr. Khush Pittenger and Brad Whitehead.

The panel will explore the possible benefits and negative effects of globalization, especially its impact on local communities, while also offering a variety of perspectives on globalization as new technologies, international trade and global markets have become more entwined and interdependent.

Globalization has brought with it a variety of impacts, both locally and internationally. Much debate remains about whether or not globalization has been beneficial for individuals, communities, corporations or countries. Proponents of globalization suggest that it has reduced poverty, increased competition, assisted in the rise of foreign investment levels, and even reduced child labor world-wide. Opponents cite the contribution to brain drains in various countries, lost jobs and job insecurity at home, increased pollution and environmental hazards, and even terrorism.

Civitollo is an educator in the area of community development for OSU Extension in Medina County. He has expertise in the areas of community and economic development and also serves as the lead for a local effort to produce and buy local farm produce. Civitollo will discuss the importance of thinking globally but acting locally by sharing real-life examples of the impact of globalization on issues affecting Ohio citizens.

Pittenger is a professor business management and the College of Business and Economics internship coordinator at Ashland University. She has served on numerous committees and consulted with area companies on issues related to management.  She has presented more than two dozen papers at regional, national and international conferences and has published articles in refereed journals and local newspapers. She earned her B.A. (honors) and Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade from Punjab University, India; MBA (Management) from Miami University; and Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Cincinnati.

Whitehead is president of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a philanthropic collaboration of over 40 partners in the NE region of Ohio who have all donated over $100K+ to enhance the economic success of NE Ohio. The Fund engages the public and leaders from the private, civic, labor, education, government and other sectors to strengthen the region's capacity to build a strong regional culture and to support and implement the key economic growth strategies of Advance Northeast Ohio, the region's economic action plan. These ventures include Team NEO, JumpStart, BioEnterprise, and NorTech. Whitehead oversees the Fund's grantmaking, research and civic engagement efforts. He was named the Fund's first president in the fall of 2006. He served the fund while also working for The Cleveland Foundation, where his focus was economic development/globalization.

When: October 11th at 7 p.m.
Where: HCSC Auditorium
Sponsored by: College of Arts and Sciences
Event Cost: FREE