OHIO DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AGENCY NAMES MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CHIEF – The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) Minority Business Development Division supports the growth and sustainability of Ohio minority businesses by providing technical assistance, access to capital and bonding, and connection to business opportunities through the Minority Business Assistance Centers.

Jeffrey Johnson of New Albany, Ohio will serve as Chief of the Minority Business Development Division at DSA. He will lead the state’s effort to grow and develop minority-owned businesses so they can create jobs and strengthen Ohio’s economy. He begins his new role next Tuesday.

“Jeffrey comes to Development with more than 20 years’ experience in business banking and 15 years’ experience working with government municipalities and community organizations,” said Director David Goodman, Development Services Agency. “He has experience with loans, bonds and tax credits and will be a great asset to the Development team.”

Johnson is currently the Vice President of Government & Non Profit Lending at JP Morgan Chase and was instrumental in the approval of the largest municipal bond transaction in history at the company.

STATE MEETINGS SET – Members of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board’s executive committee will meet Sept. 23, at the OAC office on the 33rd floor of the Rhodes State Office Tower, located at 30 E. Broad St. in downtown Columbus at 10 a.m. Members of the Ohio Poet Laureate Selection Committee will meet in the same location on Wednesday, September 16, at 1 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.

SEMINARY PROFESSOR CO-EDITS BOOK IN HONOR OF DR. LUKE KEEFER – Dr. Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, professor of Ethics and Theology at Ashland Theological Seminary, and J. Robert Douglass, associate professor of Theological Studies at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, have co-edited a book in honor of Dr. Luke Keefer Jr., retired professor of Historical Theology at Ashland Theological Seminary who passed away in 2010.

According to Reuschling, the book, “Celebrations and Convictions: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Luke Keefer Jr.,” is a “festschrift” with 13 chapters written by people who were impacted by Dr. Keefer in a variety of ways.

“The contributors explore certain convictions as a celebration of Dr. Keefer’s legacy, including historic commitments to the centrality of Scripture and to nonviolence and peacemaking; the importance of the unity and mission of the church; renewed practices of spirituality and mentoring, especially for women and men called to Christian leadership; and a deeper appreciation for the calling and challenges of the Kingdom of God for Christian discipleship,” Reuschling said.

ASHLAND PROFESSOR PUBLISHES BOOK – Dr. Marian Maxfield, assistant professor of educational technology in the Ashland University Schar College of Education, has edited and published a new book titled “Advancing Higher Education with Mobile Learning Technologies: Cases, Trends, and Inquiry-Based Methods.”

Maxfield worked with J. Keengwe, associate professor at the University of North Dakota, in compiling the book, which was printed earlier this year by IGI Global.

“The book deals with the rapid advancements in technology, which are creating new opportunities for educators to enhance their classroom techniques with digital learning resources,” Maxfield said. “Once used solely outside of the classroom, smartphones, tablets and e-readers are becoming common in many school settings.”

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