The May 2012 installment of SOCHE TALKS featuring Sarah Peterson, from the Rivers Institute at the University of Dayton on A River Leadership Curriculum.
The SOCHE Talks are a collaboration with the Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education. In this monthly series we’ll hear from faculty and staff from areas colleges and universities on a wide variety of subjects. It's an effort to bring Miami Valley research and thinking into the public arena – a way to enlighten the world with local knowledge.
Many of us think of humanitarian intervention as a recent phenomenon of United States foreign policy. Certainly, critics of Barack Obama’s intervention in Libya saw America’s humanitarian involvement there as some new-fangled excuse to go mucking around in other countries. This month historian Jeff Bloodworth traces a much longer history of humanitarian intervention that goes back to the administration of William McKinley and is connected with the Protestant ideals of some of the nation's founders.
Students coping with the stress of final exams at a university in southwest Ohio recently got help from some dogs.
The counseling service at Miami University in Oxford offered its Furry Finals program as students took exams this week. Students could spend their down time between study periods and exams with dogs licensed for therapy and trained for obedience and agility.
A Miami psychology professor says there is evidence that pets help reduce stress. Professor Allen McConnell says animals can improve people's moods and help them feel like they have greater social support.
One of Ohio's largest school districts plans to make energy-saving renovations at 28 schools using a nearly $27 million low-interest loan.
The Cincinnati school board voted in favor of taking out the loan yesterday, despite some board members' concerns about moving ahead with the projects as the district cuts jobs and faces an estimated $43 million deficit.
There's a lot of activity at the Ohio Statehouse this week. Some of it involves students from the Ohio College Access Network and the Ohio Student Education Policy Institute (OSEPI). They are testifying before the Senate Finance Committee - presenting their recommendations regarding Ohio education policy. Senator Chris Widener says it's the second year the group has appeared before Widener’s committee.