Education roundup: Ohio Scholars in Aging program seeks participants – Canton Repository

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education have teamed up to offer the Ohio Scholars in Aging program since 2013. The program is for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited educational institution in Ohio. Participants benefit from the opportunity to learn about aging-related policy-making, establish professional contacts, and gain career knowledge and skills in the field of aging.

The program is open to emerging professionals in a variety of careers. These can include students of nutrition and allied health sciences, city and regional planning, gerontology, social work or other relevant focus areas.

The program is free, and participants who complete all requirements will receive a $1,000 stipend. Participants must complete an internship or project with a community organization. The internship or project must be at least 45 hours. In addition, participants must attend three meetings with the Ohio Department of Aging, attend an all-day experience at their local area agency on aging, and prepare a poster presentation for the annual conference of the Ohio Association of Gerontology Education.

Applications are being accepted through Oct. 31. Visit to learn more and to apply.

“Ohio’s older adult population is growing and so is our need for future leaders who are armed with the knowledge and connections necessary to create innovative and responsive services and policy,” said Ursel J. McElroy, director of the department. “Ohio Scholars in Aging provides tomorrows leaders with unique insights that will open new doors for them and the older adults in their communities.”

KSU honored for LGBTQ friendliness 

KENT – Campus Pride has released its 2021 list of the Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities, and for the second time in two years, Kent State University was honored. Kent State is the only Ohio public university to make the 2021 list, and it again is the only school in the Mid-American Conference to receive this recognition. 

Celebrating its 20th year, Campus Pride has continued to support college and university campuses to help improve campus life for LGBTQ students. The 2021 Best of the Best Colleges and Universities list is based on several factors, including information provided on an annual basis through the Campus Pride Index concerning policies, programs and practices. 

Kent State also earned a perfect 5 out of 5 stars on the Campus Pride Index for the second straight year, accounting for one of only 30 schools to achieve that rating. 

Walsh honored Peace Corps efforts 

NORTH CANTON – The Peace Corps announced Sept. 30 that Walsh University ranked No. 9 among schools on the agency’s list of top Peace Corps Prep certificate-issuing partners in 2021. Walsh University issued 18 Peace Corps Prep certificates to the graduating class of 2021. 

Established in 2007, Peace Corps Prep aims to meet the demand for Peace Corps volunteers with broad and relevant areas of expertise and to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students. Through the program, students learn about leadership, intercultural competencies, foreign language, and a professional sector of their choice like education, health, or the environment. While having a Peace Corps Prep certificate does not guarantee acceptance into the international service agency, enrolling in the program helps them be more competitive during the selection process. 

Peace Corps works with more than 150 partner institutions nationwide to deliver programming that underscores a commitment to global citizenship, intercultural competencies and a sense of service among students. 

Mount Union sets visual, performing arts events  

ALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union will host various Visual and Performing Arts events this month. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.  

Monday: An improvisation performance by Ian Leroy, featuring Mount Union students, will be at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.  

Thursday: An artists’ reception for the Annual Faculty Art Exhibit will be 4-6 p.m. in the Sally Otto Gallery. The artists’ talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 4.  

Oct. 24: A Piano Keys Recital featuring UMU students, Samuel Atkinson, Max Dudack, Alejandro Jesus Elias Espinosa, Matt Eversdyke, Natalie Kaufman, Noah Stewart and Tim Topoly as well as pre-college student Eden Walker will be at 3 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.  

Oct. 29: A Faculty Guest Artist Recital featuring Tom Pylinski, Andrew Mitchell, John Gruber and Sean McGhee will be at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.  

For more information about these and other campus events, visit or call the Visual and Performing Arts Office at 330-823-2473.  

Haddox to present faculty lecture    

ALLIANCE – Susan Haddox, professor of religious studies at University of Mount Union, will present the Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Presser Recital Hall in Cope Music Hall on Mount Union’s campus. 

Haddox will present “Gender, Violence, and Identity in the Bible and Society.” She will discuss questions of identity that run throughout the biblical book of Judges and how these questions are negotiated through stories. 

Haddox earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, chemistry and biochemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College, a Master’s in biological sciences from Stanford University, a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion and a Ph.D in Hebrew Bible from Emory University. She has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2005. 

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