GPA: Spring into Swing event to benefit Dyslexia Training Center

Press Staff Writer

        “Spring into Swing,” a celebration to benefit the Dyslexia Education Training Center of Northwest Ohio, will be held Sunday, May 2 from 4-8 p.m. at Maumee Bay Brewing Company Events Center, 201 Morris St., Toledo.
        The event will feature live Dixieland Jazz, Ragtime Rick’s Chili, door prizes and more.
        A $10 admission ticket includes entry into the event raffle (need not be present to win). Prizes include:
        • Grand prize – $1,000 gift certificate to Broer Freeman Jewelers;
        • Second prize – Lamb leather jacket ($900 value);
        • Third prize – Custom-made queen-size quilt ($450 value);
        • Fourth prize – Gold membership to Expresso Car Wash ($380 value);
        • Fifth prize – $100 Fricker’s gift card.
        Tickets are available in advance by calling 419-252-0748. Tickets will also be available at the door. Those unable to attend in person may watch live on
Owens to host three
commencement ceremonies

        Owens Community College will host three one-hour commencement ceremonies on May 14 for Spring 2021 graduates. All Class of 2020 graduates are invited to attend the ceremonies.
        Graduates may bring a maximum of two guests. Graduates and guests must RSVP by Thursday, May 6 to attend. Graduates received details about how to RSVP in their Owens email accounts. The ceremonies will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend.
        All attendees will be required to follow Owens’ COVID-19 guidelines, including signing a waiver before admittance, wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.
        Ceremonies will be held at the Student Health and Activities Center, 30335 Oregon Rd. on the Toledo-area campus. Doors will open for check-in one hour prior to the ceremony start time (no admittance prior).
        Ceremony 1, set for 10 a.m., will be for graduates of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs.
        Ceremony 2, at 1 p.m., will be for School of Business, Information and Public Service, and School of Liberal Arts graduates.
        Ceremony 3, at 4 p.m., will be for School of Nursing and Health Professionals graduates. Nursing graduates will participate in their traditional pinning ceremony in lieu of participating in this ceremony.
        For additional information, visit
Mercy College extends
tuition freeze to 2023

        Mercy College of Ohio has announced an extension of its current tuition freeze.
        “The pandemic has presented challenges throughout higher education. To alleviate the stress of uncertainty and provide students the opportunity to better plan their college expenses the Board of Trustees has extended the current tuition freeze until August 2023.” says Susan Wajert, PhD, Mercy College President. 
        New programs for summer 2021 are an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies. The ABSN is for those who have a bachelor’s degree and want to become a registered nurse.
        Mercy College provides pathways to become a nurse at the associate, and bachelor's levels, and graduate programs for those who want to advance as an RN. The impact of COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated the need for healthcare providers and leaders, Wajert said.
        “We make it easy to get started whether someone is right out of high school, ready for a career change, or transferring from another college,” said Lori Edgeworth, MEd, BA, Vice President of Enrollment. “Mercy College students also take advantage of the ‘Earn While You Learn’ program that provides part-time jobs with flexible schedules at Mercy Health while they are in school.
        "We want students to know they have options, and we are committed to helping them achieve their goals,” she added.
        Visit for more information.
Summer camp signup
        Registration is under way for Metroparks Toledo in-person and virtual summer camps.
        Camps offer youths an opportunity for adventure, building new skills, making memories and learning about the natural world around them.
        Early bird prices are valid until May 31. Families with more than one child can take advantage of a multi-child discount, also until May 31. Discounts are also available for families who sign a child up for more than one week of camp. Summer camp scholarships are also offered.
        For more info, visit For camp registration assistance, call 419-407-9704.


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