Morning Reading – Nov. 23

Staff report

* Ohio landowners could avoid soaring property tax increases thanks to efforts by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). This week both the House and Senate introduced bills that encompass Ohio Farm Bureau’s suggested changes to the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) formula that would result in more accurate valuations for landowners. Because no administrative action has been taken on its proposed CAUV changes, Ohio Farm Bureau began pursuing legislative changes.

Rep. Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, is the sponsor of House Bill 398, and Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 246.

* The Mazza Museum in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion at The University of Findlay is pleased to welcome professional artist Dan Chudzinski as curator and announce the promotion of Kerry Teeple to deputy director. Both professionals bring outstanding experience and achievement to their new roles.

Dan Chudzinski is a highly talented sculptor and illustrator who holds a Master of Fine Arts in Three Dimensional Studies from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University. He has taught art at BGSU and Terra State Community College.

* Ayane Hida is The University of Findlay’s ambassador of both culture and courage. For two years she will be working through the Mazza Museum to integrate Japanese culture into the UF campus and the region by offering programs for all ages.

The Kyoto, Japan native’s work is being funded through the Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI), which awarded UF its second grant for her stay; the first was provided in 2009 with Natsue Yonekura’s tenure.

Hida, 26, is a graduate of the University of Ritsumeikan in Kyoto, where she studied the societal of sports. She also studied English in while enrolled in a program in Hawaii. She will incorporate Japanese cultural lessons into events such as the museum’s Funday Sunday programs, and at regional schools. Organizations and businesses may also request a program tailored to their interests by contacting her at [email protected]

* The Ashland University Department of Music will present the Winter Festival Jazz Concert on Monday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. Under the direction of Dr. Scott Garlock, the concert is free and open to the public.

The concert’s program will be selected from pieces including Paul Ferguson’s arrangement of Danny Boy, Peter Blair’s arrangement of It Had to Be You, Thomas Reed’s arrangement of Ray Charles’ I’ve Got News for You, and Dennis Wilson’s arrangement of Billie Holiday’s Travelin’ Light and many more.

The Department of Music would also like to alert patrons that the last day to purchase tickets for the 40th Annual Madrigal Feaste is Tuesday, Nov. 24. Seating is still available for the opening night performance on Wednesday, Dec. 2, but all other performances only have single seats remaining. The opening night performance offers a special discounted ticket for AU students at $11. All performances begin at 6:30 p.m. in Redwood Hall.

Staff report