News briefs – Sept. 7


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ASHBROOK CENTER TO CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY – Dr. Gordon Lloyd, professor emeritus at Pepperdine University and senior fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, will speak on the topic of “Madison’s Republic” at the Ashbrook Center’s 17th Annual Robert E. Henderson Constitution Day Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Ashbrook Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center, which is located in the AU Library on campus. For more information, contact Jennifer Nixon at 419-207-6094 or [email protected]

On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. They sent it on to the people in the several states for ratification. Sept. 17 has been called, ever since, Constitution Day. The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University celebrates Constitution Day by holding a public lecture commemorating the great charter of our liberties.

Lloyd earned his B.A. in economics and political science at McGill University. He completed all the coursework toward a doctorate in economics at the University of Chicago before receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in government at Claremont Graduate School. Lloyd was editor of the book, “Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison.”

AKRON CHILDREN’S NAMED NORTHCOAST 99 WINNER FOR THE NINTH YEAR – Akron Children’s Hospital has again been recognized as one of the top places to work in northeast Ohio. The hospital will receive its ninth NorthCoast 99 award at a ceremony on Sept. 24.

NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for their ability to attract, retain, and motivate top talent in Northeast Ohio. The program was developed and is presented by ERC, Northeast Ohio’s leading and largest professional organization dedicated to HR practices, programs, and services.

“It is gratifying to be recognized again as one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work,” said Walt Schwoeble, vice president, human resources. “It solidifies our dedication and commitment to provide challenging and meaningful work, career development and advancement, and a work/life balance for our employees. Their satisfaction and involvement in the organization translates into satisfied patients and families who receive the best possible care.”

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ISSUES GUIDANCE ON BARRICADE DEVICES TO EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES THROUGHOUT STATE – The Ohio Department of Commerce issued a guidance document concerning the development of rules for the use of barricade devices in an active shooter situation at Ohio schools and higher education facilities. Schools are being cautioned against purchasing and deploying devices before the rules take effect as some devices currently on the market may not be allowable once new rules are adopted.

Ohio House Bill 64, the vehicle for the state operating budget for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017, included a requirement for the Ohio Board of Building Standards (BBS) to adopt rules for the use of barricade devices that would prevent both ingress and egress through classroom doors in an active shooter situation. The bill states that these rules must be in place by March, 2016.

“We want to clear up any uncertainty or concerns Ohio’s educators have regarding these barricade devices,” Ohio Department of Commerce Director Jaqueline T. Williams said. “Developing the necessary rules with the help of parents, school officials, law enforcement, fire professionals and the building industry, we feel confident that the rules we will develop will provide for an environment where our children can feel safe.”

BBS is in the initial stages of the rule development process and will be meeting with stakeholders throughout the process. These rules will establish the guidelines for what devices that are currently being marketed, or developed in the future, will be authorized.

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