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OIL AND GAS: Eastern Gateway Community College, in collaboration with the Great Lakes OSHA Education Center and RiskControl360, is offering the course OSHA 5810 – Hazards Recognition and Standards for On-Shore Oil and Gas Exploration and Production.

The course, developed with cooperation from oil and gas producers, service companies and industry associations, helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control hazards common to the on-shore oil and gas industry.

Employees and managers who are engaged in all phases of on-shore oil and gas exploration and production should attend.

The course is recognized as the next step from SafeLand USA Orientation.

The summer session is being offered on five Fridays, from July 12 through Aug. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pugliese Center, 110 John Scott Highway, Steubenville.

Attendance at all five classes is mandatory to receive certification. The cost per registrant is $695.

Registration is required.

To register, contact Shari Bonnell-May of RiskControl360 at (614) 827-0363 or shari.may@riskcontrol360.com.

HELPING Modern Woodmen of America has helped raise money for two area youth programs.

The St. Clairsville chapter of Modern Woodmen helped Warren Township Boys Baseball raise $1,500 for equipment, which included $750 in matching funds from Modern Woodmen.

The chapter also helped Edison FFA Boosters raise $1,500 for equipment, which also included $750 in matching funds from Modern Woodmen.

The Edison group staged a truck pull as its fundraiser, while the Warren Township organization sponsored a drawing.

Modern Woodmen nationwide supports community causes, matching up to $2,500 of the money raised for a particular project.

Last year, the fundraising projects contributed more than $6.5 million to community needs across the nation.

Tim Conrad is activities coordinator for the local chapter.

APPOINTED: Christopher J. Barrick is the new chairman for the department of music and theater at West Liberty University.

Barrick is an associate professor of music and teaches saxophone, clarinet and jazz studies at the university.

Prior to joining the West Liberty faculty in 2008, he was jazz ensemble director at Doane College in Crete, Neb., from 2007-2008 and a teaching assistant in saxophone and jazz studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2005-2008.

He also served as assistant director of bands at Cocke County High School in Newport, Tenn., from 2003-2005, and as teaching assistant for two years at the University of Tennessee School of Music.

Originally from New Jersey, Barrick earned his bachelor of arts in music degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2000 with a specialization in music performance, saxophone concentration, and a bachelor of science in music education degree, also at IUP, in 2001.

He earned a master of music degree from the University of Tennessee in 2003 and a doctorate of musical arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Barrick completed WLU’s Executive Fellowship Program to prepare faculty for eventual roles in higher education administration in 2012-2013.

He performs locally at many venues and also in the jazz duo Pair O’Docs.

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DESIGNATED: West Liberty University’s Terry Wallace was selected to serve on the West Virginia State Network of Educators for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and will be working with teachers across the state to create a digital library.

“I look forward to serving on the consortium and working together with educators to create a statewide digital library for all West Virginia students, aligning it with grade levels and curricular areas. It is a much-needed tool,” Wallace said.

Carla Williamson, state leader of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, said the consortium is guided by the belief that the effective use of a balanced assessment system can improve teaching and learning.

“The heart of the resources for formative practice is the digital library, an online, interactive clearinghouse for educators, as well as families and students that will be user-friendly, searchable and collaborative,” she said. As a member of the consortium, Wallace and other members will “vet, identify and submit resources to the digital library.”

Wallace has served West Liberty University as a fellow in its Institute for Innovation in Education for several years. The Institute for Innovation in Education’s mission is to advance education through innovation in teaching, learning, leadership and entrepreneurship and to develop new plans and programs to advance the academic mission of WLU.

He holds advanced degrees from Ohio University, George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and has served in cabinet positions in Ohio, as a health care CEO and a senior school district administrator. He is a longtime member of the graduate faculty at Muskingum University, has taught at universities in four states, is a licensed school superintendent in three states and writes syndicated monthly newspaper columns on a variety of public policy issues.

SELECTED: West Liberty University’s Angela Rehbein, assistant professor of English, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. Her fellowship award includes a $3,900 stipend and participation in a seminar.

She was one of 16 teachers selected from a large number of applicants from throughout the United States chosen to attend one of the seven summer seminars for college and university teachers, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rehbein will participate in the seminar, “Reassessing British Romanticism.” This five-week program will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and will be directed by Stephen C. Behrendt, George Homes Distinguished University professor of English at the University of Nebraska.

Rehbein joined the faculty of WLU in 2011. Prior to that she was employed at the University of Missouri, from 20062011 as a graduate teaching assistant, where she also served with the Center for Distance and Independent Study from 2010-11.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Fairmont State in 2002, a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 and a doctorate of English degree from the University of Missouri in 2011. Her research specialties are in 18th century British literature, British women writers, postcolonial literature and theory and women’s and gender studies.

The NEH is a federal agency that each summer supports seminars and institutes that make it possible for teachers from a broad variety of institutions to work in collaboration with peers and to study with experts to improve their skills.

BENEFIT COUPONS: Local residents can eat good and do good through a program offered by neighborhood McDonald’s restaurants through July 14.

For just $2, McDonald’s customers can purchase a coupon book filled with deep discounts for their most popular products, including Big Macs, fries, Egg McMuffins, Premium McWraps and several McCafe beverages. The books include coupons for Steelers and Penguins merchandise and Herr’s snack products at Walgreen’s.

All proceeds from coupon book sales will benefit local chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Last year’s coupon book fundraiser generated almost $80,000 for RMHC chapters in Pittsburgh, Morgantown, Erie and Altoona.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children who travel to distant hospitals in search of life-saving medical care for their children. RMHC also provides grants to nonprofit organizations that helps improve the lives of local children in the areas of health and medical research, education and the arts and civic and social services, according to officials.

For information, go to www.rmhc.org.

NOMINATED: Bordas & Bordas founding partner Jim Bordas has been nominated to the West Virginia Access to Justice Commission.

Nominated by the West Virginia State Bar and Chief Justice Brent D Benjamin, Bordas will work with the commission to identify barriers faced by West Virginians when using the civil legal system.

He also will assist with addressing existing and proposed laws and regulations that may adversely affect access to justice in West Virginia.

“It seems all too often the poor and minorities feel they are without a voice in their everyday problems that sometimes can only be resolved by the courts and those who work within the justice system,” Bordas said. “It is my hope and intention through my efforts on this very important commission to promote ways for those disenfranchised people to obtain the benefit of counsel when sought.

“This is not to say that one will be guaranteed legal representation but rather a person will be promised an ear to hear their concerns and or complaints so as to be provided direction for assistance even though an answer may be ‘you have no claim based upon the facts.” Certainly the goal of every person in the justice system should be to listen attentively and to treat all those whom with whom we have contact with the greatest respect.”

Bordas & Bordas, based in Wheeling with offices in Ohio, practices throughout the region.

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HONORED: Two West Liberty University students were honored with achievement awards during the Alpha Chi National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., recently.

Recognized were:

  • Alan Cline, Wellsburg, who received the Edwin W. Gaston Jr. Scholarship, worth $2,500. Cline submitted a paper on British Art Song, accompanied by a recording of him performing key works described in his paper. He plans to pursue an advanced degree in vocal performance after earning his undergraduate degree in music at WLU. He is a member of WLU’s Concert Choir and has played or sang in many ensembles, both instrumental and vocal, during his time on the Hilltop. He also plays the tuba and trombone. A fifth-year senior at WLU, Cline’s award money will go toward his tuition next fall.
  • Julia Saling, Salineville, who received the Jeanette Wieser Prize in Exercise Science and Nutrition for her presentation, “Zinc Nutriture: A Novel Approach.” Saling will be entering Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio, in the fall and plans on becoming a physician with a focus on rural outreach.

Saling was among 26 presentation prize winners, out of a field of more than 260 applicants. Meanwhile, Alpha Chi reports only 26 members of Alpha Chi received national fellowships and scholarships and 71 students applied for the one Cline received.

Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society. Since 1922, its purpose has been to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.

Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors, and graduate students at colleges and universities with chapters. For information on West Liberty University, visit westliberty.edu or call, toll-free, 1-866-WESTLIB.

ATTENDING: Weir Middle School Assistant Principal Joe Paolo Jr. recently attended the Southern Regional Education Board’s Annual Leadership Forum, “Deepening Student Learning Through Teacher-Focused Principal Leadership,” held in Atlanta.

Paolo was selected to be part of the West Virginia delegation, which also included George Aulenbacher, principal of George Washington High School, and Ben Cummings, director of the Roane-Jackson Vo-Tech Center.

A former math teacher and leader at the former Weirton Steel Corp., Paolo has been an assistant principal at Weir Middle for five years.

“The topics covered were extremely relevant and provided us with valuable leadership insight as West Virginia transitions into implementation of the Next Generation Standards and a new teacher evaluation system that will support the development of our teachers,” he said.

The team is a collaboration between the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Center for Professional Development and school principals.

The forum brought nationally recognized researchers, practitioners and thought-leaders together to discuss how to prepare, support and strengthen principals’ leadership skills in order to enhance student learning.

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ACCREDITED: The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities has awarded three-year accreditation to Jefferson Behavioral Health System for its integrated system of care of mental health and drug and alcohol services.

This accreditation outcome represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization, showing it conforms to the standards established by CARF, officials said. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation outcome has put itself through a peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable, officials said.

Jefferson Behavioral Health System, based at 3200 Johnson Road, Steubenville, has been providing behavioral health and drug and alcohol addiction services in the Jefferson County area since 1962.

For information, contact Anthony Sheposh, chief executive officer, at (740) 264-7751.

CONFEREE: Mandy Geddis-Capel, daughter of Mayor John and Kathy Geddis of Toronto, attended the Harvard Graduate School in Education’s Women in Educational Leadership Institute recently.

The program was aimed at bringing together a diverse group of educational leaders from around the world. Those seeking to attend first had to submit an essay and additional materials.

After learning of her acceptance, Geddis-Capel was awarded the Austin Montgomery Grant from the University of Mount Union to support her travels to Harvard University.

Geddis-Capel said the institute afforded her the opportunity to gain new strategies for building and leading senior leadership teams, develop effective strategies for managing multiple constituencies and helped create a lasting network of women leaders worldwide who are affecting change in education.

double points: Kroger customers can earn double fuel points on weekend shopping trips to save up to $1 off per gallon at Kroger Fuel Centers.

Kroger’s “2x Fuel Points Weekends” promotion doubles points customers earn from regular grocery purchases every time they shop on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Customers can download a digital coupon from www.kroger.com/summerfuel that allows them to benefit from the double fuel points accrued when shopping on weekends. The first coupon will be valid for every weekend through June 30, with subsequent monthly coupons for a limited time.

Up to 1,000 points can be redeemed for a maximum savings of $1 off per gallon at Kroger fuel centers on one fill up of up to 35 gallons. Customers also can redeem fuel points at participating Shell stations.

SAMPLER: Just in time for Father’s Day, Riesbeck’s is hosting a craft beer tasting at its Wintersville store from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 14.

Guests of legal drinking age will be able to taste 1-ounce samples of Samuel Adams, Boston Lager, Porch Rocker, Blueberry Hill Lager, Summer Ale, Belgian Session or Little White Rye. Tickets are 25 cents per sample with a maximum of four samples per participant.

TRAINING: The West Virginia University Extension Service, West Virginia Association of Counties, County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia and West Virginia Community Development HUB are offering a Community Leadership Academy Oct. 3-4 at the Waterfront Hotel, Morgantown.

The session will teach participants about innovative projects that work in the community and discover quick avenues for collaboration, according to officials.

The keynote speaker will be Ed Morrison, a regional economic development adviser for Purdue University and first winner of the Arthur D. Little Award for Excellence in Economic Development.

For information, go to www.cl-wv.org.