STATE MEETINGS SET – The Board of Building Appeals will meet on Aug. 24, at 12:30 p.m. and on Aug. 25, at 8 a.m. Both meetings will take place at the Division of Industrial Compliance, 6606 Tussing Road, Training Room 1, Reynoldsburg.

The Board of Building Appeals reviews appeals to adjudication orders issued by the Division of Industrial Compliance, Bureaus of Building Code Compliance and Operations and Maintenance, or by any certified local or county enforcement agency. The Board also reviews appeals made to fire citations issued by the State Fire Marshal or any local fire department with a certified fire safety inspector. The Board can reverse or modify orders of the enforcing agencies and can also grant variances and exemptions to certain code requirements.

The Residential Construction Advisory Committee will meet on Aug. 26, at 9 a.m. at the Division of Industrial Compliance, 6606 Tussing Road, Training Room 3, Reynoldsburg.

The Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Ohio Board of Building Standards on proposed changes to the Residential Code of Ohio.

The Electrical Safety Inspector Advisory Committee will meet on Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. at the Division of Industrial Compliance, 6606 Tussing Road, BBS Library, Reynoldsburg.

The Electrical Safety Inspector Advisory Committee reviews the National Electrical Code for compatibility with other rules of the Board of Building Standards. The Committee also reviews rules relating to the certification of electrical-safety inspectors and receives input from the electrical industry, contractors and inspectors.

MACY’S HOSTS 10th ANNUAL “SHOP FOR A CAUSE” – Macy’s invites customers to participate in its 10th annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity event on Aug. 29. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique, one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts. Since 2006, the program has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for thousands of charities across the country.

ASHLAND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION PROFESSOR CO-EDITS BOOK ON INTERSECTIONALITY IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH – Dr. James Olive, associate professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at Ashland University, is co-editor of a new book that is titled “Intersectionality in Educational Research (Engaged Research and Practice for Social Justice in Education).”

According to Olive, the purpose of the book is to advance understanding of intersectional theory and its application to research in education.

“The use of intersectionality in research and education is increasing as its framework provides a means through which to analyze students’ experiences across multiple dimensions of identity,” Olive said. “In essence, intersectionality promotes critical complex thinking regarding the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and other identity dimensions, as well as their outcomes.”

Olive said the scholars whose work appears in the volume utilize intersectional theory and research methods to work in fields and disciplines such as education, sociology, women’s studies, Africana studies, human development, higher education administration, leadership studies, and justice studies.

“This new book illustrates how intersectionality’s framework can be used in both quantitative and qualitative educational research that focuses on college student access and success, faculty satisfaction, and K-12 issues such as bullying and high school dropouts,” he said.

NEW OFFICIAL NAMED AT OHIO DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE – Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced that she has named Andy Hardy as the assistant director of legislative affairs and communications for the Ohio Department of Insurance. In this role, Hardy will focus on managing legislative initiatives and oversee the department’s communications division.

“I am happy to welcome Andy to the department, where his extensive background in public policy and advocacy will support our ongoing efforts to serve our citizens,” said Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, also Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Prior to joining the Ohio Department of Insurance, Hardy was the director of public affairs for Finance Fund. He was responsible for developing and managing strategies to inform lawmakers about potentially impactful legislative matters to low-income rural and urban communities. Prior to that, Hardy served U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Tiberi in a range of roles in the areas of trade, transportation, energy, environment, appropriations and budget — including his final positon as senior legislative assistant.

“I am excited to be a part of such a great team and I look forward to embarking on new challenges, building new relationships and supporting Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor and the Department in serving Ohio while maintaining a robust marketplace,” said Hardy.

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