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‘Out of Darkness’ puts light on suicide PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 11 April 2014 09:30
Bowling Green State University freshman Kate Johnson wants no credit for her part in organizing Saturday's "Out Of Darkness" suicide prevention and awareness walk.
That credit goes to Johnson's cousin, Matthew, who committed suicide in January.
"Right now, I feel like he's working through me," Johnson said. "This kind of work has gotten me through his suicide. I know Matthew's work is being done in Heaven through me."
The family and pet-friendly walk, sponsored by the northern Ohio chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at BGSU.
Pre-registration starts on University Lawn at 12:30 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to enjoy the three-mile walk or run around campus and spread hope for those who are having trouble finding it.
"The walk is a good way to show support and to show students we're all connected," she said. "It's for students who have thought about suicide, or have been affected by it personally, who don't feel comfortable going to the counseling center, to just go on a walk."
The walk is free to participate and those who donate or raise $20 will receive a t-shirt. So far, Johnson and the chapter have raised $2,500 thanks to friends of the organization and local businesses. 
The funds raised from the walk will go directly to the AFSP for suicide prevention education.
"It's incredibly humbling to be a part of," Johnson said. "If one person hears about this walk and reconsiders the suicidal thoughts, then it's worth it."
Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 11:43
Falcons hatch ideas PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:50
Sara Scacchi presents a glove for artists that would prevent pencil drawings from smudging Wednesday night during "The Hatch" at BGSU. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Business ideas with a social conscience and others that would be helpful to students caught the fancy of investors Wednesday night  at "The Hatch," Bowling Green State University's version of "Shark Tank."
A dozen students, chosen from 76 entrants, spent 10 weeks working with mentors leading up to the chance to pitch their ideas to a half-dozen investors, referred to as "Falcons."
A few of the students walked away with financing, others with offers of help with "due diligence" and several with no more than words of encouragement.
The "hatchlings" pitched their ideas in front of a high-energy live audience of hundreds in the Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. There were 67 high school and alumni "Hatch Watch" parties around the world. The event was streamed live over the BGSU College of Business website. A bus-load of students from Hicksville High School was in the ballroom.
Master of ceremonies Kirk D. Kern, director of BGSU's Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, frequently reminded everyone to keep in mind "It's not personal, it's business."
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:12
Cancer center opens PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 11 April 2014 09:24
Gordon Wenig (right) has a laugh while volunteering as a mock patient, as Dr. Robert Lavey (left), radiation oncologist at the Wood County Hospital Cancer Care Center, demonstrates a state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam X-ray machine and CT scanner to an audience touring the facility Thursday, April 10, 2014. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wood County Hospital unveiled its new Cancer Care Center Thursday with a preview event and ribbon-cutting ceremony for physicians, business leaders and donors.
The 7,000-square-foot facility is located adjacent to the hospital.
The preview took place in the new facility, located west of the hospital in the medical office building, 960 W. Wooster. A community open house for the public will be held on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. The center will offer tours of the new building and will serve refreshments.
"The Cancer Care Center at Wood County Hospital brings to life a dream we have had for many years," said Stanley Korducki, the hospital's president. "We wanted to bring to our community a robust, technologically advanced and well-rounded cancer service right here in Wood County." 
Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 11:42
Penta students take state ‘field tests’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:47
PERRYSBURG - Students statewide next year will take a series of new tests, but some at Penta Career Center got a first look last month by taking "field tests."
Ryan Lee, supervisor of academics at Penta, on Tuesday explained the changes forthcoming in student testing with the 2014-15 school year.
"Our students are going to be testing quite a bit," Lee told the board.
With current OGT testing, students take one test a day for math, reading and science; with the new PARCC assessments, there has been no guidance from the Ohio Department of Education on what order tests will be given.
PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and is directly tied to the new Common Core State Standards.
Next year's assessments will cover kindergarten through grade 12.
"This is definitely a challenge for these kids," Lee stated.
Student feedback after the "field test," or a "test the test" experiment, was "this was very difficult," Lee shared; however, there was no issue with the technology knowledge students needed to complete the test.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:11
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