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Women in Philanthropy

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Financial Literacy at Ohio University-Chillicothe

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Moe Pfeifer at the Chillicothe regional campus

One hundred and forty-six students have completed the Financial Literacy in the 21st Century Course at Ohio University-Chillicothe (OU-C). The course is a blended format with MoneyU as the software program requiring at least 6 to 10 hours of on-line work.  WIP donates the access codes for students to take the MoneyU course.  Certified Financial Planner Moe Pfeifer, the adjunct professor who has taught the course for the past two years, introduces the terms, broad financial concepts, and the software program during a 2 hour face-to-face session. 

The MoneyU pre- and post-tests indicate that the participants have significantly improved financial literacy knowledge, with an average of 18 points gained.  Many of the participants have shared stories indicating that they have an improved understanding of how to save and invest their money. Tiffany Fahlgren, a 2011-12 freshmen at OU-C, felt that the course was interesting and that college students need to understand where their money goes. Tiffany believes that "the course makes college students aware of budgets, spending patterns, and saving plans."

Moe Pfeifer stated, "the earlier an individual gets a focus on how finances work, the more likely to reduce the amount of stress on life." 

WIP has been working with administrators from the other Ohio University regional campuses to offer similar courses for their students.  A course was recently offered on the Zanesville campus in February that received positive feedback from students.  Two more courses are on the Spring Quarter schedule on the Zanesville campus.

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Women in Philanthropy Leona Hughes Award Ceremony

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(L-R): Louise Study, Patricia Connor Study, President Roderick McDavis, and First Lady Deborah McDavis.

Patricia Connor Study (AB '48) was honored as the fourth recipient of the WIP Leona Hughes Inspiration Award, which was held on the evening of February 2, 2012 at the Ohio Univeristy Inn & Conference Center. The Leona Hughes Inspiration Award was established by WIP to recognize outstanding women who have achieved distinction in their chosen field and demonstrated long-term devotion and dedication to service. Award recipients have also maintained philanthropic interest in Ohio University and in their communities. Louise Study, Pat’s daughter, was able to join her mother for the evening and gave a truly moving speech in honor of her mother. President Roderick McDavis, WIP Chair, Barbara Strom Thompson, and WIP member and Ohio Univeristy Foundation Board member, Peggy Viehweger also spoke about Pat's devotion to Ohio University. Pat’s Pi Beta Phi Sorority sisters and dear friends were also there to make it a very special evening for all. Please click here to read the OHIO Compass article detailing the event.

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Winter WIP meeting


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(L-R) Char Kopchik, Assistant Dean of Students; and Baker University Center Programming Student interns: Hannah Croft, Jenny Jones, Jennifer Reed gave a presentation about the various programming at Baker University Center. WIP Marketing student interns Liz Markiewicz, and Steve Thozeski attended the WIP meeting to learn more about our organization.

The Women in Philanthropy Winter Meeting took place on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center. During the meeting, the WIP Student Activities committee, co-chaired by Debbie Arnold and Karen Vedder, presented the work they have been doing in recent months. Debbie, Karen and WIP Graduate student volunteer, Allison Pisching spoke about the Student Community Outreach Resource Endowment (SCORE) grant program for student organizations. We were also joined by three student interns from the Campus Involvement Center who presented a programming plan for the Baker University Center. The exciting student-driven ideas will be made possible in part through WIP’s help!

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Thank you, Debbie Bower, for Major Gift

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Debbie Bower

Recently, Debbie Bower made a substantial $50,000 gift to the WIP Endowment. Many thanks to Debbie for leading the way for major gifts to further WIP's mission as well as spear-heading WIP's Campaign Committee! Through everyone’s generosity we have currently raised $373,000 in pledges and donations since July 1, 2007, the beginning of The Promise Lives Campaign. WIP is a relatively new energetic growing group and Debbie's generosity takes WIP to a new level. The need is great for $1 million. WIP is growing the WIP Endowment which supports helping our students be "Ready to Work" through financial literacy, leadership development, internship scholarships, and professional communication. Every gift counts as we pool our resources!

 

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Committee chair updates


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New member and Communication Committee Chair, AnnMarie Mecera, congratulates Patricia Connor Study after the Leona Hughes Inspiration Award Ceremony.

We would like to welcome three women who have recently taken positions as committee chairs. Kristine Hoke will be joining Gwen Weihe as a WIP Programming Co-Chair. AnnMarie Mecera, will serve as the chair for our newly created Communication Committee. Jeannie Becka is back as the leader of the Financial Literacy Task Force. Jeannie's Co-Chair Laurie Lach recently accepted a new position as the Director of Alumni Relations at the Heritage College of Medicine. Thanks to Laurie for all of her hard work during Jeannie’s hiatus and best wishes to Laurie in her new job!

 

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Spread the Word to Students! WIP Offers a New Internship Scholarship


WIP is excited to offer a new scholarship to students who will be completing internships in Summer 2012! The scholarship is open to all Ohio University Undergraduate students in good academic standing who have secured summer internships. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to selected students to help cover travel and living expenses while pursuing this educational opportunity. While preference will be given to students with unpaid internships, all applications will be considered and the scholarships will be awarded based on the competitiveness of the application and financial need. Applications are due by Friday April 13, 2012, and the recipients will be notified in early May. Please visit the following link to view the application and pass it on to any OHIO students you know who will be completing internships!

 

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