Lecture: Reflections on the Soul of the University by Pastor Bill Reist. September 21, 2018
Matt Beilis concert at the University of Findlay.
University of Findlay Undergraduate Commencement 2018
University of Findlay Graduate Commencement 2018
Since 2009, The Asia Project has toured over 600 colleges with an acoustic music poetry act that has amazed audiences all over the country. On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet and part-time ninja. He has been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez and KRS-One. Accompanying him on the guitar is his brother-in-law Jollan who uses music to create an atmosphere that brings poetry to emotional levels you would never expect.
By Dylan DeWitt
Every year, the University of Findlay athletic department awards a top male and female student athlete of the year. The award is known as the Mancuso Award and it honors the individuals based on a wide range of criteria in which the student athletes demonstrate on and off the course. Some of these include academic and athletic achievement, community and sport, along with the ability to demonstrate integrity and sportsmanship.
The award is named after Iggy Mancuso, one of the highly successful wrestling coaches in Findlay program history. For this academic year, two outstanding athletes have been chosen to be honored as the 2017-2018 Mancuso Award winners. The award winners are All-American Volleyball Player Amanda Winner and GMAC Player of the Year and All- American Basketball Player Taren Sullivan.
Winner put up an outstanding year this year during her junior season of volleyball. She ended the year with a total of 490 kills, 30 aces on her serves and a team high of 537 points across the entire season. She is currently sitting in the top ten of program records as well after surpassing the 1,000 kills milestone this past year. Some of the most notable UF records she currently holds are sixth of all time in kills with 1294, averaging 3.34 kills per set. She is also eighth of all time for most service aces and has the potential to reach the 1,000 digs milestone in her final season. The pre-physically therapy major also gets it done off the playing surface as she maintains a GPA of 3.80 while volunteering in the community.
Taren Sullivan arguably put together one of the best senior seasons in program history. The male athlete of the year was able to join the 1000 point club throughout his career where he ranks 12th all time for most points in a career with 1,595 points. He has made the fifth most field goals in program history along with being named multiple individual honors. Sullivan was awarded DII All-Midwest Region honors to go along with his First Team NABC/NCAA DII All-American honor. He is only the sixth player in school history to receive this honor, and first since the 2010-2011 season. The strength and condition major not only helped the Oilers team reach the Sweet Sixteen this year, but spends his spare time helping out with the Special Olympics and Findlay City Schools.
UF Director of Athletics Brandi Laurita is also extremely proud of these two student athletes and believes they are well deserving of the honor. According to Findlay Athletics, Brandi Laurita stated, “These two student-athletes truly exemplify what it means to be an Oilers. Amanda and Taren have had great success on and off the court and are truly outstanding individuals who do a tremendous job of representing our University”.
By: Alexis Mitchell
The last couple of years, the Innovation Competition has given University of Findlay students the chance to thrive as young business men and women by inspiring them to create their own organizations and businesses. This year, things were changed up and the UF students got to host the new Innovative Leadership Challenge.
The newly structured Innovative Leadership Challenge is an opportunity for students to showcase their business and intellectual skills by being creative and strategic. Students had the choice to pick any category they wanted to compete in. There were more than 10 teams competing in this challenge.
Peyton Sibert, a junior English major, was one of the participants of the challenge. Sibert said that she didn’t even decide to compete until a week before submissions were due.
In just a weekend, Sibert typed out a proposal of her idea containing the overview, partners, a list of different cost variables, how her idea emphasized leadership and put together a PowerPoint.
“When I saw a competition on presenting an original business idea, I thought, why not?” said Sibert.
Sibert’s idea was called “Peyton’s Pages,” a bookstore that focuses on creativity and reading for everyone. At “Peyton’s Pages,” people would be able to trade books, donate books, or purchase them at a low cost. The bookstore would also hold writing workshops and readings, so people could learn more about writing and discuss it with people who also enjoy reading and writing. Sibert says that the bookstore would have to include a coffee shop as well.
“My main focus is the idea that everyone deserves to be able to live through their creative side,” said Sibert.
When it came to actual competition day, Sibert says that competing was a lot of fun, but also nerve wracking.
“I am not the biggest fan of public speaking, so honestly just presenting my idea was a huge accomplishment for me,” said Sibert.
By: Alexis Mitchell
Recently, budget cuts have been made across the University of Findlay campus, and last week the UF community heard student’s perspective. Now, we hear from professionals who have answers to all the unasked questions.
According to Anne Wells, director of business services, confirmed that budget cuts are being made and the reason is because of the decline in student enrollment, especially the decline in international students. No specific programs have had cuts made.
“The budget reduction is shared by every academic and non-academic department across campus, not just individual programs,” said Wells.
The reductions have been restricted to budget lines in each academic and non-academic department. Wells explained that she wants the quality of the student experience inside and outside the classroom to be maintained.
“Even with this challenge, we have much to celebrate,” said Wells, “the University continues to remain strong, and this budget reduction is a proactive step to ensure that we have the resources we need to make bold investments and that are good for our long-term growth.”
Some examples of the campus moving forward to benefit both students and staff have been the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Wells added that the University has been working through a “master planning process” that will result in a better space allocation across campus. The fairly new Center for Student Life and College of Business and recent decision to purchase the Winebrenner Theological Seminary last fall.
“There are many new opportunities to optimize the student learning experience and potentially reduce the expense of maintaining many small facilities,” said Wells.