Jerry Bannister helped establish glass recycling during his 35 years working at Owens-Illinois and remains active in recycling efforts since retiring from the company in 2000.
“I stayed involved because there is a huge need for recycled glass and it’s good for the environment,” Bannister said. “We need recycled glass to make more glass.”
Recycled glass obtained mostly from public collection programs is processed to make cullet used with raw materials to produce glass bottles and containers. About 85 percent of cullet comes from states with bottle deposit laws, according to Bannister and the company.
O-I remains a leading producer of glass containers for beer, liquor, wine, and food products such as Gerber baby food. The company recently began making glass baby bottles again, according to Rich Crawford, president of O-I Global Glass Operations.
“O-I was involved in recycling way before it became cool,” Bannister said. “Some of the bottles they make today are produced with as much as 85 percent recycled glass.”
The company was one of the founders of the “Keep America Beautiful” movement that portrayed a Native American crying about littering of the land in an award-winning public service announcement that aired on television.
Bannister continues to serve as a board member for the Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Keep Perrysburg Beautiful and Keep Ohio Beautiful organizations.
Bannister helped expand glass recycling at O-I based on the growing need for cullet. After working for many years in sales and marketing, he became director of recycling and public affairs for the company in 1992.
Part of that job involved the promotion of recycling at drop-off sites, such as ones at Kroger stores, and curbside recycling programs, such as the City of Toledo operates.
“We’re trying to get more people involved in curbside recycling, particularly glass,” he said.
For years, O-I processed recycled glass into cullet used in making new glass at its plants. After acquiring Brockway Glass with plants that didn’t have cullet processors, O-I decided to spin-off that part of the operation to third-party processors, Bannister said.
Bannister grew up in Toledo, graduated from DeVilbiss High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management at Ohio University.
He served as a lieutenant in the Army’s First Armored Division at Fort Hood in Texas for nearly three years.
He began his long career with O-I in 1965, serving in sales and marketing positions in Kansas City, Grand Rapids, Mich., Boston, New York and Hartford. He moved back to Toledo in 1977 as director of marketing for the beer industry.
Bannister served as director of sales and marketing for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He and his family lived in Geneva, Switzerland, for two years, but returned to Toledo in 1982 continuing the job from there until 1992 due to the high cost of keeping employees overseas.
His three children graduated from Perrysburg High School and college. One daughter and son live in Perrysburg, while the other daughter lives in Colorado. He and his wife, Sharon, live in the same house in Perrysburg where they raised their family.
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Jerry Bannister helped establish glass recycling during his 35 years working at Owens-Illinois and remains active in recycling efforts since retiring from the company in 2000.
“You Run Away” seems like a surprising single from Barenaked Ladies. The Canadian band known for upbeat, lighthearted music selected a slow, serious song to be the first track released from the new disc, “All in Good Time.”
Then again, Barenaked Ladies is different.
“I think the song is resonating with people because it’s a ballad about doing your best in a relationship but not necessarily being able to save it,” said drummer and singer Tyler Stewart. “I think that’s kind of a theme that we’ve explored in the band over the last little while, with Steven [Page, singer, guitarist and co-founder] leaving and also the intense emotional time for the band with Ed [Robertson, singer, guitarist and co-founder] losing his mom and Ed’s plane crash and stuff, the time for reflection and depth, so I think the song comes from that place, a place of contemplation and also a place of hope for the future.”
Robertson survived crashing his plane in 2008, and the band continued on after Page left in 2009.
“ ‘All in Good Time’ I think could very well have been called ‘It’s About Frickin’ Time.’ We recorded the album, well, we started last May and finished in August, and it didn’t come out until early this year,” Stewart said during a call from a tour stop in Kingston, Ontario. “I think it’s more of a message to ourselves: All in good time, everything will fall into place.
“We’re quite happy with the fact that we managed to survive for 20 years and prosper and keep on making good music. All kinds of things have happened to us over that time period: We’ve got a cancer survivor [keyboardist, guitarist and singer Kevin Hearn]; we’ve gained and lost band members; we’ve changed management a couple times; we’ve had a No. 1 single [“One Week”] … So it’s kind of a message to ourselves, you know, everything happens for a reason and all in good time.”
Barenaked Ladies also still knows how to have a good time. Listen to the new track, “Four Seconds.”
“It’s one of those crazy wordplay songs that perhaps you would have expected to be our first single, right? It’s a little more akin to the Barenaked tradition,” Stewart said. “We were striving for kind of like a Serbian air hall kind of vibe [laughs], you know, marrying that with Hip-Hop and group vocals, so it’s sort of a mishmash of things, but I think it ends up one catchy song that you can’t help but move around to when you hear it.”
And Stewart, Robertson, Hearn and bassist and singer Jim Creeggan know catchy — and comedic. Think “If I Had a $1,000,000,” “Pinch Me,” “Brian Wilson,” “Alternative Girlfriend,” “The Old Apartment,” “Jane,” “It’s All Been Done,” “Be My Yoko Ono.”
“I think a great song is something that moves you, whether it moves your ass or it moves your brain or your heart,” Stewart said. “And I think for us, we always try to tell a good story and make it tuneful and put a good beat behind it.”
If a song inspires fans to heave things at the stage, so be it.
“Back in the day, [fans] used to throw Kraft dinner for the ‘$1,000,000’ song, and there’s been various undergarments thrown onstage — underwear, bras, etc. [for ‘Pinch Me’],” Stewart said. “One time, we had a whole package of sausage thrown onstage. I’m sure if we carried a big refrigerator around with us we could save some of the stuff and make a pretty good meal.”
Barenaked Ladies will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 14 at the Toledo Zoo. Ingrid Michaelson will open. Tickets range from $37.50 to $55.
“The animals love our music, particularly sub-Saharan species just go crazy for Barenaked Ladies,” Stewart said, adding the group has played at zoos in Cincinnati and Minneapolis.
Protecting the progress of TPS
The biggest challenges facing our community relate to economics —keeping the region competitive, finding meaningful jobs for our citizens and preparing young people for the future.
The ability to meet these challenges is directly related to the strength of our schools.
Toledo Public Schools (TPS) is one of the few institutions that make a significant impact on our entire community. Quality schools are necessary to attract businesses and provide them with a well-prepared work force. Supporting education takes commitment, community leadership and financial stability.
Unfortunately, Toledo Public Schools is facing a significant budget deficit due to a number of factors that are beyond our control. The state has cut funds earmarked for education, property valuations are down and despite aggressive efforts to reduce our expenses, the district still faces a $30 million shortfall.
Despite this deficit, TPS is making progress. In 2006, we moved to Continuous Improvement as a district and maintain that distinction yet today. There has also been a decrease in the number of schools in Academic Emergency and an increase in schools ranked as Effective or Excellent. We have transformed two schools into new models for instruction and closed others in an attempt to address issues of underperformance. Academic initiatives have included the introduction of pacing guides and aligned curriculum. There has also been a significant increase in the level of parent and community participation in our schools. Minority inclusion numbers in our Building for Success program have been rising and show the commitment both the district and the board of education have made to work collaboratively with local contractors.
Over the years, we have worked collaboratively to balance our budget deficits through negotiations with our unions. In 2002, all TPS employees agreed to health care concessions and had their contracts extended through 2007. Modest raises were awarded at that time and again in 2009. Currently, employees pay a share of their retirement as required by law. Our employees continue to share the burden of the financial constraints the district is struggling with today by negotiating reductions in their wages and health care benefits.
District-wide improvements have been accomplished, despite the fact that TPS has not received new operating funds since 2001. TPS will appear on the May 4 ballot as Issue 3. This levy addresses concerns about continued reliance on property taxes by proposing a new tax on earned income. Those on pensions, unemployment and social security will not be taxed. This relieves the burden on senior citizens and provides a new approach to school funding in Toledo.
Now is a critical juncture for the Toledo Public School system. The community has an opportunity to vote for what they value in their public school system on May 4. If Issue 3 fails, there will be significant reductions in programs and services not required by law. Examples include eliminating transportation of high school students and instituting the state minimum of only transporting elementary and middle school students if they live two miles or more from school. Reductions of athletics will include middle school, freshman level and low participation high school sports. Academy models that provide choice options and innovation will also be reduced to provide for a minimum core for all students.
Progress comes at a price. Are Toledoans willing to spend three-fourths of a cent for each dollar earned to allow the progress of TPS to continue? Is the future of our students something we value? Can our city grow without a well-educated work force? The choice is yours Toledo … I hope you make the right one by voting for Issue 3 on May 4.
John Foley is Toledo Public Schools superintendent.
TPS income tax is wrong tax at wrong time
In the past few weeks a variety of organizations representing diverse views have taken a stance against Issue 3 and recommend a no vote May 4.
Issue 3 is the wrong tax as it hits the poorest the hardest by taxing every dollar earned in a community where the average per capita income is about $19,000 and the average annual household income is about $34,000.
That would mean an average increase in taxes of $142 per individual and $255 for a household.
It’s the wrong tax as income taxes are subject to the boom and bust of economic cycles. Revenue, at least during the school year, must remain constant. Cuts during the school year become a greater possibility with an income tax and such changes during the school year could seriously impact student learning. You don’t want to lay off teachers in middle of the school year.
We just have to look at what has happened to Toledo city finances to understand the impact that an economic downturn can have on revenue from an earned income tax.
It’s the wrong tax as it places the Toledo Public Schools (TPS) district at a distinct disadvantage with a much higher earned income tax than the all other surrounding communities.
Even within Toledo, the district would be at a competitive disadvantage as Toledo is also home to Washington Local Schools which does not have an income tax.
Fewer folks moving to the TPS area plus more folks moving out —lower demand for housing — lower home prices which means over the years your home will not appreciate at rates commensurate to surrounding communities. Seniors will be impacted significantly as their greatest single asset is their home where most of their net worth exists.
Finally, it’s the wrong tax because it is continuous. Residents will never get another chance to vote on the soundness of this tax should we later regret its passage— for me that sets off an alarm as we have no real means to correct a mistake.
It’s the wrong time as we are experiencing a deep and persistent recession. Unemployment has impacted many Toledo families and a jobs recovery is not yet evident.
It’s the wrong time because it will divert $18 million from the private sector to the public sector at a time when we need economic growth to create new jobs in Toledo. Much of the $18 million collected by this tax will go outside the Toledo community to employees living in suburban communities and to vendors and agencies outside Toledo.
With the multiplier effect of $1 being turned over several times in our economy, the overall economic impact will be much greater than $18 million.
So is it right to ask your school board to go back to the table for a revised look at district-wide cuts and cost efficiencies? This levy will at a minimum suppress job growth at a time when every new job in Toledo is needed.
TPS chose an income tax over a property tax because polling done by a local market research firm showed a property tax had little community support. TPS has made a point of courting seniors, but many seniors have gone back to work or may have to in order to stay afloat. This decision was politically motivated and is not in the best interests of Toledo and our children.
This tax is the wrong tax at the wrong time and voting “no” on Issue 3 on May 4 is the only sound option to assure a strong Toledo in the future.
Darlene Fisher is a former TPS school board president and member and is a founding member of Toledoans for Public Trust. Visit WrongTaxWrongTime.com for more information.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is hosting its 18th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 8.
“Food is one of our basic needs that needs to be meet. As letter carriers we see needs every day. We see more families struggling with high unemployment and that’s why we need support from the families that are able to give at this time,” said Rebecca Dusseau, Northwest Ohio food drive coordinator and letter carrier.
Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single day food drive in the United States, Dusseau said. In 2009, more than 73.4 million pounds of food were collected nationally and more than 235,000 pounds of food were collected in Northwest Ohio.
Residents are encouraged to leave nonperishable food items by their mailboxes on May 8 for letter carriers and volunteers to pick up.
“It is extra work, but it’s such a great thing. I don’t consider it an inconvenience. It’s a privilege to help alongside our customers,” said Chuck Childers, a south Toledo letter carrier who has participated in the drive since it began. “The need is great and the economy is down … If each household gives one or two items, it makes a huge difference.”
Food collected by letter carriers is distributed to local food pantries. Food collected in Toledo, Oregon and Maumee is donated to the Toledo Seagate Food Bank.
In Bowling Green, food is donated to the BG Christian Food Pantry and in Sylvania, it’s given to the Huntington Community Center.
The National Association of Letter Carriers chose May for its food drive because it was the time when food pantries’ shelves are the most bare, Dusseau said.
Individuals may also drop off nonperishable food items to their local post office May 3 to May 7, Dusseau said.
To learn more about Stamp out Hunger, visit the group’s website at www.helpstampouthunger.com.
United Way of Greater Toledo crossed its final hurdle in the demolition of its former headquarters.
Toledo City Council voted 10-1 on April 27 to allow United Way to proceed with its demolition plans, with Joe McNamara casting the only no vote. Councilwoman Lindsay Webb, who recently had a baby, was not in attendance.
“It means we get to move forward with the project. We’re anxious to get moving with our plan,” said Bill Kitson, United Way of Greater Toledo’s president and CEO. “I understand that there are people who are sad about the building going, but [the demolition] is in the best interest of United Way and the community.”
United Way estimated a cost of $200,000 a year to keep the vacant headquarters on the lot, while the entire demolition cost is $400,000. By tearing down the building, money can be put back into community services, Kitson said.
Habitat for Humanity will begin the deconstruction process to reuse as much of the building as possible, Kitson said. Habitat will take doors, doorknobs and toilet fixtures to be used in later projects, he said.
In the next few weeks, the building will undergo asbestos abatement before its scheduled demolition in June. If everything stays on schedule by the end of July, work will begin to convert the vacant lot into a park, Kitson said.
Rudolph|Libbe is general contractor for the project and D&R Demolition & Removal will knock down the building.
Demolition for the former headquarters was first filed Feb 11.
The city council vote followed an appeal to the Toledo Plan Commission’s 3-2 vote March 11. Fred Kutz appealed the decision on March 22 and council was required to vote on the appeal within 45 days.
The demolition of United Way’s former headquarters has been publicly debated for more than two years, but talks of what to do with the building have gone on for much longer, Kitson said. Before building its new facility, United Way involved the Stranahan family, who funded the original building and gave their blessing for the new one.
United Way self-funded the new building, which accounts for about 75 percent of a projected $6.5 million building budget that includes the demolition of the old structure and conversion of the surrounding property to a park setting. Toledo-based firms Collaborative Inc. and SSOE Inc. designed the new “green” headquarters, and construction has been awarded to Rudolph|Libbe and 25 other local subcontractors.
The world’s No. 1-ranked woman’s golfer, Lorena Ochoa, surprisingly announced her retirement from LPGA Tour competition. Ochoa is relatively young to face retirement from her chosen profession. She became a full member of the LPGA Tour a scant seven years ago. She burst onto the tour in 2003 with 8 top ten finishes and ended the year ranked ninth with total winnings of $823,740.
Since then, she has won 27 titles and amassed over $14.8 million in earnings. She has been the LPGA Tour’s leading money earner three of the past five years and has not finished outside the top 10 in year end rankings since joining the Lady’s Tour. Her best year was 2007 when she won eight times, finished in the top 10 in 21 of the 25 events that she entered and totaled $ 4.4 million in earnings for the year.
During her career of 172 LPGA tournaments she has finished in the top ten 90 times; that is an astonishing 53.5 percent. Ochoa has not missed a cut since October, 2005. It is fair to say that she has dominated women’s golf over the past five years. She is going out at the top of her game very unusual for a modern-day athlete.
Ochoa is a highly recognizable persona and the No. 1 star on the LPGA Tour. Her retirement could not come at a more inopportune time for LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. He has been trying to rebuild relationships with tournament sponsors and in turn add events to the women’s tour. One of the key components of that process is to have a marketable product. Ochoa with her past success and likable demeanor gave the LPGA a bona fide celebrity. Whan’s job will be more difficult since young stars like Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel, and Paula Creamer have not been consistent winners and thus have yet to achieve superstar status.
The LPGA Tour arrives in Toledo at the end of June for the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic with a lot of questions left unanswered. Can the young players step up their game and accept the responsibility of becoming the premier players on the LPGA Tour? Will sponsors be willing to pump millions of dollars back into the women’s tour to keep it a viable sports league? Is there an even younger unknown player just over the horizon that can emerge onto the scene and give the LPGA a kick start? How can the LPGA maintain the tournaments that it currently enjoys, keep the sponsors happy, and continue providing the dollars that are created for the charities and the local communities?
Commissioner Michael Whan and the members of the LPGA Tour have a lot of work ahead of them. It appears that Whan is doing the right things and is beginning to make some headway in improving the tour. Without his No. 1 player, Ochoa, his job just got a little more difficult.
Contact one of the local Toledo charities that are benefiting from the “Charity Ticket Program, presented by O-I,” order your ticket package for the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, help your charity and see firsthand how these young women golfers can make a golf ball do amazing things. Maybe I’ll see you on the “Back 9.”
On my honor, I will try
My sister, Michelle, and I spent many years as Girl Scouts with our mom as our Girl Scout leader.
We had meetings at our house, learned about our personal and civic duties and went on many an interesting outing together. Girl Scouts was an important part of my elementary school years and I look forward to going through it again with my daughters.
Having a daughter older than mine, my sister has already had the pleasure of re-experiencing the camping and the cookie sales, the ceremonies and the patch-covered sashes, the mix of progress and tradition. She has taken on her own Girl Scout troop with the same creativity, enthusiasm and integrity that my mom did, showing her scouts that there is much to see, do and be in this wonderful world of ours. She encouraged them to be honorable, dedicated members of something decent, even promising her third grade Brownie troop that if any of them were to remain a Girl Scout through high school, she would take them to Disney World.
Such a commitment is a tall order for a generation used to being rewarded for the smallest of tasks.
To serve God and my country
Girl Scouts are more than just cookies and camping. In fact, my mom isn’t much of a camper, so my troop’s involvement in the camping portion of the Girl Scout experience came in only at the bare minimum requirement.
Our overnight excursions were more likely to include a decent hotel with an indoor pool and breakfast available the next morning.
To this day, I will always take a Holiday Inn over a tent in a field.
Not all Girl Scouts are big campers, but all Girl Scouts should be big givers.
Although there is some looking within yourself, Girl Scouting has much to do with looking outside of yourself and being of service to others.
My oldest daughter is quickly approaching her first Daisy Girl Scout year and I am anxiously anticipating her formal introduction to being of service to her community.
To help people at all times
I recently read a news story about a man who helped to fend off a woman’s attacker in New York City yet was left to die on the street after the attacker then attacked him. Twenty-five people passed him by as he lay on the ground for hours. Even the woman he saved ran away without so much as a call for help.
I can’t imagine failing my humanity in such a way. It is odd to think that helping another human being in obvious distress is something that needs to be taught; it seems instinctual.
Yet, perhaps it is only the repeated uttering by our parents and our preachers and our teachers and organizations like the Girl Scouts telling us that helping is our obligation that keeps the majority of us civilized from generation to generation.
And to live by Girl Scout law
Although a love for camping escaped me, I have retained and continue to utilize many of the Girl Scout values.
The Girl Scout Law is one to live by. It encourages honesty, fairness, courage, strength, responsibility and respect.
These are words that many of us like to spout off here and there, but do we really carry their meanings with us, even when no one else is watching?
Girls Scouts and other similar youth organizations are a practice ground for our children to learn how to live their lives in a decent and meaningful way.
As much as we would like to believe that such a life is intuitive, in reality it takes guidance and hard work.
Our children are filled with the potential for an honorable, decent life of service and commitment.
The Girl Scout promise
My sister recently returned from taking her three remaining Girl Scouts, now in their senior year of high school and weeks away from graduation, to Disney World.
In a world of instant gratification and empty promises, it is nice to know that there are still instances of longstanding commitments fulfilled and promises kept.
That’s what Girl Scouts do.
Shannon and her husband Michael are raising three children in Sylvania. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huntington Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ: HBAN) returned to profitability reporting a net income of nearly $40 million after five consecutive quarters of losses. Huntington reported net income of $39.7 million or one cent per common share, including a $38.2 million net tax benefit for the first quarter of 2010.
“Our first quarter results represented a significant step forward for Huntington. It was important that Huntington return to profitability as soon as possible,” said Stephen Steinour, chairman, president and CEO, in a teleconference April 21.
Steinour said it was a significant improvement for the first quarter, compared to a net loss of $369.7 million (56 cents per common share) in the fourth quarter of 2009.
“It’s an important day for Huntington, our customers and communities,” said Steinour.
“We expected a modest amount of growth, but we’re a year ahead of where most analysts expected us to be. We’re very pleased to have reached this goal faster than anticipated,” he said.
Steinour said that Huntington’s balance sheet and liquidity positions are strong while capital levels are solid. The bank expects credit trends to continue to improve and it expects to report a profit for full year 2010, he added.
“Maintaining a solid capital base is important to the stability of the company,” he said.
Huntington shed commercial real estate properties yet offered more consumer and small business loans during the first quarter. Average total loans and leases declined slightly as decreases in commercial loans primarily in real estate, were only partially offset by an increase in average total consumer loans.
Cash and investment securities were $10.3 billion on March 31, up 43 percent from a year ago. Period-end loans and leases represented 92 percent of deposits, significantly improved from 101 percent at the end of March 2009.
During last quarter, average total core deposits grew at a 5 percent annualized rate and were 13 percent higher than first quarter last year. The bank expects to continue to grow from the core business, Steinour said.
“Five consecutive quarters of growth in pre-tax, pre-provision earnings is a significant achievement during this challenging period,” he said.
Pre-tax, pre-provision earnings were $251.8 million in the first quarter of 2010, up four percent from the $242 million in fourth quarter 2009 and 12 percent higher than first quarter 2009. This quarter’s improvement was driven primarily by higher net interest income as the net interest margin increased to 3.47 from 3.19 percent in the prior quarter.
Steinour said Huntington needs a little more time before repaying its federal TARP aid.
“We want to see the economy stabilized. The small business community is more bullish on the economy but we’re less confident where the economy is in our region,” he said.
Did the bank’s return to profitability affect Huntington’s decision to purchase the naming rights for Lucas County Arena?
“The naming rights for the arena were not tied to profitability but were part of our marketing strategy,” Steinour said. “It was an opportunity for Hungtinton to make an investment that will help drive our business, help the community, and take advantage of years of positive exposure.”
Garforth International LLC of Toledo was selected as the consulting team to lead the development of a 30-year Community Energy Plan for Arlington County, Va.
The Community Energy Plan is a chartered initiative of the Energy Planning and Management division of the county’s Department of Environmental Services.
Arlington County is committed to effectively and efficiently managing its energy resources with a master plan to ensure the community’s attractiveness, competitiveness and environmental performance, according to Jay Fisette, chairman of the county board.
“It is critical that communities have a long-term plan to manage the effectiveness of how energy is used, as much to insure economic competitiveness and innovation, as to contribute to local and global environmental improvements,” said Peter Garforth, principal for Garforth International (GIL).
The GIL staff and a team of alliance partners will work closely with Arlington County’s staff to engage local residents and businesses in a discussion of energy challenges and solutions. The Community Energy Plan is scheduled to be delivered to the county board early next year, Garforth said.
Garforth attended the first public meeting April 17 in Arlington. A meeting of the local task force for the Community Energy Plan chaired by Fisette is scheduled for May 14.
Garforth’s team has established a baseline for energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in Arlington County. The project involves developing long-term energy efficiency and supply strategies for the county.
“Not many jurisdictions in the U.S. have undertaken a master energy plan so it’s a feather in our cap to lead this project,” Garforth said.
The GIL team brings a unique global perspective combined with local experience. Garforth said his firm was selected based on its successful development of similar integrated energy plans with solutions for cities in the U.S., Canada and China.
Members of the team include Garforth, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), Owens Corning of Toledo, and MVV decon GmbH of Manheim, Germany.
Collectively, the members have extensive municipal energy and climate experience in more than 120 countries worldwide, according to Garforth.
The NVRC is a regional council of local governments in northern Virginia with a history of developing and implementing energy programs.
The NVRC became involved in the project for Arlington County after Garforth worked with them on a similar plan for Loudon County.
Garforth was the catalyst for both plans after he conducted a workshop on community energy planning for all the local governments at the German embassy in Washington for the commission, said Mark Gibb, executive director of the NVRC.
MVV is an engineering firm that has developed municipal energy systems for several cities in Germany. That country is among the best energy-efficient nations in the world using half the energy per person than the U.S., Garforth said.
Owens Corning produces energy-saving building products such as insulation and roofing shingles for residential and commercial use. Company officials declined to comment on its involvement in the Arlington County project until some results are available to report.
“These partners have been working together for several years with the specific purpose of developing integrated energy plans for clients ranging from large scale private commercial, retail and residential developers, universities and colleges, cities and counties,” Garforth said in an e-mail.
The GIL team has developed community energy plans for the cities of Guelph and Gwillimbury in Ontario, Canada; a county energy strategy for Loudon County, Va; and an integrated energy master plan for the city of Urumqi, Xin Jiang in China.
The team worked with Loudon County to develop the first 30-year comprehensive strategy for the county’s energy use, distribution and supply which was accepted by the Board of Supervisors in 2009.
Garforth has completed energy projects for Owens Community College in Toledo and Findlay, Terra State Community College in Fremont, Lorain County Community College in Elyria, and Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.
Starting this fall, Lourdes College is offering a new master’s program for registered nurses.
There are only 160 Registered Nurse (RN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs nationwide and Lourdes new program is among them, according to Heather Hoffman, media director at Lourdes.
“It’s a unique program because we’re really the only school in the area that’s offering it,” said Keith Ramsdell, director of graduate admissions at Lourdes.
To apply, RNs must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA from their RN program and submit a resume, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose, explaining why they want to pursue the degree.
In addition to this, they must undergo an interview.
Students accepted into the program will be granted conditional admission. They must complete nine prerequisite undergraduate courses with at least a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program.
Some of the prerequisites include a writing course for medical professionals, bioethics and an introduction to professional nursing, community nursing and management and leadership theory, according to Deb Vargo, director of the MSN program at Lourdes.
The nine bridge courses allow RNs to bypass a baccalaureate degree and jump right into the MSN program. This eliminates 25 courses, saving students more than $11,000, Hoffman said.
“We have many two year and three year graduates, two year being the associate degree and three year being the diploma program, and we have a shortage of nurses with advanced degrees in this area,” Vargo said. “We thought it would be something unique to offer to those two classifications of nurses.”
The program was designed to fit the needs of nurses working full time, with classes one night a week. It takes three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years to complete depending on full or part-time status.
“Registered nurses with the associate degrees are one of the fastest growing groups of nurses. However, there is a high demand for masters prepared nurse leaders and educators who are essential to the rapidly changing health care environment,” said Judy Didion, dean of the School of Nursing.
A lot of local hospitals want managers to have at least a BSN, if not an MSN, according to Vargo.
She believes the program will be successful and hopes to have 20 students enrolled in the fall.
“I’ve spoken to several nurses in the area that are interested in the program,” Vargo said.
For more information, call Vargo at (419) 824-3792.
Lourdes has offered the RN to BSN program for more than 20 years according to Hoffman.
Lourdes’ Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Other nursing programs include, Basic Pre-Licensure BSN, Nurses Aid to BSN, LPN to BSN, RN to BSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader, Nursing Education Graduate Certificate, Nursing Leadership Graduate Certificate and Operating Room First Assistant.