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WALL RAISING CEREMONY TO BE HELD FOR UF’s FIRST HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOME – A public Raise the Wall Ceremony for The University of Findlay’s Oiler Build, the first Habitat for Humanity home sponsored by UF, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at 1820 Payne Avenue. This project represents the 34th home build and the second one built locally this year that involves Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County, which is partnering with the University on the project.

Saturday’s brief, but exciting ceremony will celebrate the first wall of the home being built and raised. The selected partner family, along with representatives from both UF and Habitat, will be on hand to celebrate the milestone.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity not only to build a home for a beautiful family, but to bridge Habitat for Humanity and The University of Findlay in this act of service,” said UF’s Habitat Chapter President Rachel Lane.

“The University of Findlay is helping Findlay/Hancock County Habitat increase the number of families served in our community,” said Wendy McCormick, executive director of the Findlay/Hancock County chapter. “We are so grateful for their support of our efforts to provide decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need.”

The partner family includes single mother Julie Merrin and her nine-year-old daughter, Rachel, who were selected this spring to be the beneficiaries. Habitat builds and repairs simple, decent houses alongside homeowner (partner) families. The organization is not a giveaway program; Merrin will pay a down payment and a monthly mortgage payment at zero percent interest, which will cycle back into Habitat programs to serve more families in the future.

Campus chapter members, students, alumni, faculty and staff will be working on the initial construction phase September, every Tuesday and Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and all day each Saturday. The local Habitat is providing the land and a paid construction manager to supervise, coach and teach the students.

Weather permitting, construction is expected to conclude this fall, with the home dedication ceremony slated for Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. along with a home tour.

To volunteer for this event call 419-429-1400 or email [email protected]

FCBANK HIRES HOWARD AND SUDAL TO LEAD FC FINANCIAL SERVICES – Andy Dale, President of FCBank, recently announced the appointment of Steve Howard, JD as Vice President/Market Leader and Frank Sudal, CFP® as Vice President/Senior Investment Officer of FC Financial Services.

FC Financial Services helps its clients by serving as a financial services partner with the ability to coordinate various components of wealth management. By forming relationships, the focus is on an individual’s special situation and preferences. FC Financial Services creates a plan for each client, addressing such topics as investment strategy, retirement planning, estate plan review, private banking, insurance, along with other areas of personal finance relevant to the client. Together, a plan is developed and adapted as circumstances change.

“Our goal is to be the trusted advisor for all aspects of our client’s finances by taking the time to develop a thorough understanding of unique circumstances, financial goals, and objectives,” Mr. Dale said. “This approach is the differentiating factor for FC Financial Services and Steve and Frank’s wealth management expertise will be a tremendous asset to the relationship based approach of FC Financial Services.”

A native of Lima, Ohio, Steve Howard earned his B.A. from The Ohio State University and later earned his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. He has thirty years of financial services experience, specializing in financial/retirement planning, investments, estate and transfer tax planning, and fiduciary account administration.

Frank Sudal served in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1990 and awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He earned his B.S. from City University in Accounting and later earned his Masters of Business Administration from Penn State University. Frank earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner in 1998, and is a 2016 Chartered Financial Analyst Level 3 Candidate. He has twenty-two years of financial services experience and has served the past eight years as a senior portfolio manager in Columbus.

STUDY: OHIO IS THE 10TH WORST STATE FOR WOMEN’S EQUALITY – WalletHub recently ranked Ohio as the 10th worst state for women’s equality.

The group’s data set ranges from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s unemployment rate.

Women’s Equality in Ohio (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

15th – Earnings Gap

38th – Executive Positions Gap

28th – Work Hours Gap

42nd – Educational Attainment Gap

29th – Minimum-Wage Workers Gap

22nd – Entrepreneurship Gap

29th – Political Representation Gap

For the full report, visit here.

ASHLAND UNIVERSITY COBURN GALLERY TO HOST PRINT EXHIBITION – Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will host an exhibition titled “The Power of the Press” that will feature a selection of socially and politically themed prints by celebrated artists Käthe Kollwitz, Honoré Daumier and Francisco Goya from the Ashland University collection curated by AU Associate Professor Dr. Wendy Schaller.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Coburn Gallery. During the reception, there will be printmaking demonstrations provided by AU Associate Professor Keith Dull and AU art majors. At 5:30 p.m., a collection overview will be provided by Dr. Schaller.

The reception is free and open to the public and the exhibition runs through Oct. 31, 2015.

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