GPA: Stone Lab: Deadline nearing for summer research scholarship program

Press Staff Writer

        Stone Laboratory welcomes college undergraduates to apply for its 2020 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program. Applications are due by Feb. 3.
        Students selected for the REU program receive a full scholarship, including lab fee, room, meals and in-state tuition for the 2-credit research experience and a 4-credit, six-week course at Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s island campus located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-In-Bay harbor.
        Undergraduates from any U.S. college may apply for this competitive, comprehensive research opportunity. The students chosen will learn how to conduct scientific research in the field alongside top scientists. The program runs concurrently with the six-week college term at Stone Lab from June 15 through July 24, and REU students must be enrolled in one of the courses offered during that term.
        REU students spend their non-class days focused on research, working closely with their supervisors to design an experiment, collect samples and analyze data. At the end of the program, students give final presentations to their peers and the public via webinar. This summer, students will conduct projects in botany, ichthyology, ornithology and limnology.
        Application selections will be made by the end of March. Application requirements and more information can be found at
Dueling Pianos fundraiser
        Beat the winter blues with an evening of music and comedy as Benton-Carroll-Salem Music Boosters present the sixth annual Dueling Pianos Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor VFW Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
        The evening will feature the musical talents of Main Street Dueling Pianos, a high energy, all-request, sing-a-long, comedic piano show with full audience participation.
        Tickets for the 21-and-older event are $45 per person or $85 per couple, which includes a roasted chicken and swiss steak dinner with sides, dessert and beverage. There will also be 50/50 raffles and a silent auction. For tickets, contact Tina at 419-266-7171 or Ann at 419-271-1278.
        On Feb. 7, Owens Community College, in collaboration with the Toledo Dental Society, is offering Give-Kids-A-Smile Program for “at-risk” children ages 6 months – 18 years at the Owens Dental Clinic, located on the college’s Perrysburg Township campus.
        The services will include at no charge:
        • Dental education;
        • X-rays;
        • Dental screening;
        • Oral prophylaxis (cleaning);
        • Dental sealants;
        • Limited restorations (fillings) at no charge as triaged by the dentist.
        Patients who need further dental treatment may be assigned a local dentist to complete dental treatment or seek treatment at the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio
        To schedule an appointment at the Owens Community College Dental Clinic, call 567-661-7294
Owens students offering tax clinic
        Owens Community College students are offering a free tax clinic.
        The Owens Student Chapter of Institute of Management Accountants will be preparing tax returns for the Owens community and surrounding area. Appointments, which may be scheduled now, will be available Monday through Saturday Feb. 1 through April 15. To sign up, visit or call 567-661-7626.
50-year reunion
        The Woodward High School class of 1970 will hold a 50-year reunion Aug. 22 from 6-11 p.m. at Shorty’s Back 40, 5215 Monroe St., Toledo. More information will TBA.
Small Business Basics
        The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour Small Business Basics seminars designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
        This seminar will help entrepreneursavoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. Attendees will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
        The February schedule includes:
        • Wednesday, Feb. 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
        • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 103), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
        To register or for more information, contact Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center, at 419-559-2210 or
Glass City FCU
offering scholarships
        Glass City Federal Credit Union is offering five scholarship awards, one in the amount of $2,500 and four in the amount of $1,000, to area students who meet the following criteria:
        • The student will be attending a two- or four-year accredited post-secondary institution during the 2020-21 school year.
        • The student is a member of Glass City Federal Credit Union, or a parent, step-parent, or legal guardian is a credit union member.
        • The student completes and submits the required application and essay by the deadline of March 31.
        Interested scholarship applicants are encouraged to obtain a scholarship application at any Glass City Federal branch or online at
Ag CommUnity Breakfast Scholarship
        The Ottawa County Agriculture CommUnity Breakfast funds an annual scholarship(s) for a deserving student who has chosen to pursue a degree in any of the diverse fields of agriculture.
        Scholarship criteria include:
        • Applicant must be attending a high school in Ottawa County
        • Within the next year, applicant must be an entering freshman to an accredited college, university or technical school in any field of agriculture.
        Application and supplemental materials must be returned or postmarked by March 1. For more details, visit or call 419-898-3631.
Scholarship deadline
        The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is accepting first-time and renewal applications for their 2020 scholarships through March 1.
        To be eligible for OOGEEP’s scholarship, applicants must either be an Ohio resident or a student attending an Ohio educational institution. Students must also meet specific academic requirements and submit a 250+ word essay describing their personal and career goals in the natural gas and crude oil industry, as well as submit letters of recommendation, a resume, current transcripts and, if applicable, ACT/SAT scores.
        Completed scholarship applications must be postmarked to OOGEEP, P.O. Box 187, Granville, OH 43023, or submitted via email to Shawn Toy, OOGEEP Career and Education Outreach Coordinator,, no later than March 1.
        The 2020 scholarship applications, additional information and a list of previous winners can be found on the OOGEEP website at
Stone Lab Scholarships
        Students can apply now for scholarship support to attend classes at Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie.
        Stone Lab offers more than 20 college credit courses and workshops each summer on topics ranging from algae identification to zoology, and credits are transferable to most colleges.
        The deadline for college and high school students to apply for scholarships is March 1, 2020.
        In 2019, Stone Lab awarded an average high school scholarship of $550, while undergraduate students were awarded an average of $700. Anyone taking a for-credit class (as well as certain workshops) is eligible to apply for a Stone Lab scholarship. Awards are based on financial need and superior academic records.
        “The value of a Stone Lab education is immeasurable, and that’s why we are dedicated to making our classes as affordable as possible for as many students as possible,” said Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Laboratory Director Dr. Chris Winslow.
        To apply, students must fill out the online course application at and indicate their interest in a Stone Lab scholarship. For a full list of scholarship requirements and deadlines, visit
        Students currently enrolled in an Ottawa County high school and educators employed full-time in an Ottawa County school (K-12) may apply for a full scholarship funded by the Ottawa County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Toledo Community Foundation. Detailed requirements are available at
        Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-In-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is the research, education and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of The Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie.
Terra State administrator placed on leave
        On Jan. 9, Terra State Community College President Dr. Ron Schumacher placed college administrator Jerry Buccilla on administrative leave, effective immediately until further notice.
        The decision to place Buccilla on administrative leave is a result of interactions with him subsequent to a misdemeanor assault charge levied against Buccilla in August 2019.
        Buccilla was hired by the college in 2019 as head men’s basketball coach, athletic director and co-interim vice-president of financial affairs.
        Jacque Foos, co-interim vice president of financial affairs, and Frank Gioffre, head women’s basketball coach, will be stepping in to cover Buccilla’s responsibilities.
        “We are awaiting completion of this case before rendering final judgment on any sort of further actions that the college will take,”          President Schumacher said.
Sutter elected as Penta Board president
        The Penta Career Center Board of Education, during its Jan. 8 organizational meeting, elected Kenneth Sutter, of Rossford, who represents the Rossford School District, as president of the Board.
        In addition, Judith Sander, of Genoa, who represents the North Point Educational Service Center, was elected vice president of the Penta Board.
        The Penta Board of Education is comprised of nine members who are chosen to serve through appointment by their respective Boards of Education. The following Penta Board of Education members will continue to serve unexpired terms through Dec. 31: William Green, who represents the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center; Kathy Limes, who represents the Wood County Educational Service Center; Eric Benington, who represents the Perrysburg Board of Education and Paul Walker, who represents the Bowling Green City School District.
        The following Board members will begin new terms of office through Dec. 31, 2022: Diane Balcerzak, who represents the Maumee City School District; Dr. James Telb, who represents the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West; Judith Paredes, who represents the Wood County Educational Service Center andith Sander and Kenneth Sutter.
        Also during the board’s organizational meeting, members voted to keep the 5:15 p.m. meeting time on the second Wednesday of each month. The meetings are held in the Board of Education meeting room on the Penta campus.
Falkenstein named Penta asst. superintendent
        The Penta Career Center Board of Education has selected Dr. Robert Falkenstein as its new assistant superintendent. He will begin his duties at Penta on July 1.
        Falkenstein, of Perrysburg, has been the high school and middle school principal at North Baltimore since 2008. Prior to his tenure at North Baltimore Local School District, he served Perrysburg Exempted Village School as the Digital Academy Coordinator from 2005-2008, and English teacher and coach from 1998-2005. He also worked as a teacher, advisor and coach at Gibsonburg High School for three years.
        Falkenstein earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1995, his master’s degree in education in 2001 from the University of Toledo, and his Doctorate of Education from Bowling Green State University in 2008.
        The assistant superintendent position became open when Edward Ewers was appointed superintendent. The Penta Board of Education announced in March 2019 that Edward Ewers would be the next superintendent. Ewers had served as the assistant superintendent since Jan. 5, 2015.
TurfMutt Foundation announces contest
        The TurfMutt Foundation announced “The (Really) Great Outdoors Contest 2020,” which focuses on urging kids to use their imaginations around the many uses and benefits of green space and the outdoors.
        Open to students in grades six to eight, last year’s contest drew over 2,700 submissions from middle school youth.
        Created in partnership with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, the contest encourages students to write about and/or draw a nature space their community could use. Students are also asked to include text to describe the space, discuss what elements are needed, and how their space will be used to benefit the community. Each entry can be no more than three pages.
        “We mean it when we say nature starts at your back door. Introducing kids to the outdoors is good for them and good for all of us,” says Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the TurfMutt Foundation and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. “Family yards, school yards and parks are part of a vast ecosystem that supports all of us. The contest helps the next generation envision how people—wherever they may live—can spend time outside.”
        Last year’s contest was open to middle schoolers for the first time. “Our winners last year imagined beautiful and, more importantly, functional and purposeful designs for green spaces,” said Kiser.
        “We want kids to understand that our lawns and greenspaces are urban habitats. These spaces are critical to wildlife, pollinators, and the health and well-being of communities,” said Kiser. “They need to picture themselves within those greenspaces—and the contest is a great way for them to do that.”
        Ten thousand dollars in prizes will be awarded through the contest. The grand prize for a student is $2,500, with teachers and the school each receiving a $750 prize. The first-place student will receive $2,000 and the teacher and the school will each receive $500. The second-place student will receive $1,500 and the teacher and the school will each receive $250. The third-place student will receive $750 and the teacher and the school will each receive $125.
        Teachers can download lesson plans and contest entry information from Entries can be accepted online and uploaded by teachers, or mailed in by teachers or students alike. Entries are due March 16. Last year’s winning entries are available online for viewing.
        The program’s educational materials are free and support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) standards for grades K–8. The TurfMutt environmental education program, funded and managed by OPEI’s Research and Education Foundation, has reached 70 million students, teachers, and families since 2009.


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