Thursday, May 29, 2003

Some Good News

UC honors pair of leaders


Two trees, a scholarship and a pavilion will honor the memory of two University of Cincinnati administrators who gave a combined total of 79 years of service to students.

The $10,000 scholarship is named in honor of Lou Osinske, director of educational services who retired in 1996. She devoted more than 40 years at UC, working as assistant dean to women, director of educational advising and orientation before becoming director of educational services.


The dedication of University Pavilion, the new student services building at UC, coincided with the announcement of the Osinske scholarship

There are two green ash trees near the pavilion with plaques in tribute to Osinske and the late Edward Charles Keiser, director of The Veterans Upward Bound Grant and Veterans Educational Opportunity Program at UC.

In 39 years, Keiser also was director of the Office of Veterans Affairs and Office of Handicapped Student Services, Dean of Men, and Student Conduct Officer.

The family of Osinske is contributing the scholarship money.

Claudia Abercrumbie, director of development for UC Student Affairs and Services, said scholarship money will be split between a minority female college student and a single mother working to earn her degree from UC.

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For its partnership with Burton Elementary School and the Ambrose H. Clement Health Center, the Cincinnati Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. was one of the recipients of the Jacqueline Robinson regional competition awards.

The chapter received a $3,000 grant from the Jack and Jill of America Foundation Inc. for its Oral Health Care Initiative. The group will continue to help more Burton School families to receive dental education and treatment.

Ava Washington, president of the foundation's board of trustees, said the chapter's health care initiative is a commitment to Cincinnati's future.

"This program is an effective strategy toward making sure all young people have the dental and oral health necessary to totally participate in school and to reach their full leadership potential," Washington said.

Jack and Jill of America is an international network of more than 30,000 African-American families.

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Mentoring also can mean having fun - like going fishing.

That is what mentors in the HOSTS (Help One Student To Succeed) program did. Fifteen students, two teachers, parents and mentors went fishing at Lake Gloria in Colerain Township a week ago.

Linda Urso, HOSTS coordinator, said even though it rained, the fishing trip was an experience of a lifetime.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. Reach him at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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