Ohio College Ghost Stories: The Legend of The Ridges

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The Athens Lunatic Asylum opened in 1874 and specialized in the treatment of criminally and mentally insane patients. The majority of the original patients were admitted by court order or by their own families. In the early years, “The Ridges,” as it came to be known, was recognized as a calm, peaceful place that benefitted the health of its patients. As the number of patients grew over the years, patient care declined and many new and more invasive therapies such as ice baths, electro-shock therapy and lobotomies began to be employed. Later, overcrowding further deteriorated care. During the mid-1900s the mix of patients changed as well, with many parents admitting rebellious teenagers and other more challenging patients.

The combination of overcrowding, employment of more invasive treatments, and change in the mix of patients led to a number of incidents including the unfortunate case of Margaret Schilling. On December 1, 1978 a patient named Margaret Schilling mysteriously disappeared. As the story goes, Margaret and several other patients were playing hide and seek with the nurses, who became distracted and forgot to look for her. The search began the next day when they realized she was missing, but was unsuccessful at first. Over a month later, a maintenance worker discovered her lifeless remains locked into a seldom used building. When they removed her body, a stain was left on the floor caused by her decomposition. That stain remains today, as do the stories of her paranormal activities.

In 1993 the Asylum closed with all land and buildings were donated to Ohio University. It was not long before renovation began and students began to attend classes at the Ridges. The Kennedy Museum of Art was established there and plans were developed to turn the property into a mixed-use university development. As students began to spend time at the Ridges there began reports of paranormal activity including disembodied screams in the middle of the night, electric anomalies, rattling door handles, and vanishing spectral images. Some of these events occurred in the area where Margaret Schilling’s remains were found and, were thus, attributed to her.

So, if you plan to visit Ohio University, you might take a few minutes to stop by The Ridges and tour the Kennedy Museum of Art or just walk the grounds. If you hear or see anything unusual or frightening, you should not fret. It’s probably only be Margaret Schilling hoping to finally be found in what has become, an endless game of hide and seek.

Well, that’s our final Ohio college ghost story for this year. Best wishes to you and a happy Halloween!

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

Ohio College Ghost Stories: The Legend of Tiberius

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If you find yourself east of Cleveland near the small town of Painesville, Ohio you should take some time to visit and tour the campus of Lake Erie College. Founded in 1856, you will enjoy exploring historic buildings and wandering around its beautiful park-like campus.  If you pay attention, you might notice the statue of a dog named Tiberius. Legend has it that Tiberius was a chocolate lab that belonged to Harriot Young, a Dean of the college in its early days when it was an all woman’s school. Each day, Tiberius would hang out on campus enjoying the students, wandering the buildings, and even attending classes. As the years passed, Tiberius became a central figure on campus – there wasn’t a student, staff, or faculty member who didn’t know and love Tiberius. Of course, all good things must come to an end.  Ultimately Tiberius became old and died. The entire campus mourned the loss of their guardian dog and honored him with a statue in 1910. It soon became tradition to pet the statue for good luck. You see, Tiberius had become in death, as in life, a campus protector and good luck charm. Students would pat Tiberius on the head for luck before exams, presentations, auditions, and athletic events.

While many students considered the Tiberius tradition to be nostalgically heartwarming, others wondered if Tiberius had ever really abandoned his watch over the students at Lake Erie College. And rightfully so! You see, one spring night in 1957, two woman woke up in their residence hall room to the sounds of a frantic barking dog. The women rose to investigate. They followed the sound out the front door of Memorial Hall only to discover that the building was on fire. They rushed back in, and woke up the seventeen other girls who lived in the dorm at the time. All nineteen of them then stood outside in only their night clothes and light coats, watching as Memorial Hall and all their possessions burned to the ground. Of course, that’s not the end of the story. You see, no one was able to determine the source of the barking. The next day, students gathered around the nearby statue of Tiberius wondering if their dog’s spirit had once again risen to protect his beloved students.

Today, Lake Erie College is on its fourth statue of Tiberius and students still seek protection and good luck by patting him on the head. So, if you happen to visit campus, stop by Tiberius’ statue and learn a bit more about his legend. Then, as night falls, if by chance you hear the sound of a frantic barking dog, don’t worry…it’s just an old friend trying to help his beloved students stay out of trouble.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

This Years’ Ohio College Ghost Stories

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As the nights grow longer, shadows lengthen, and the leaves begin to change color and fall from the trees, we are reminded that it is about time to offer this year’s Ohio college ghost stories. This is the fourth season we have featured some of the most haunted colleges and chill-inducing stories for your your enjoyment and these stories have become our most popular posts of the year.

This year we offer two stories. The first is the story of the Athen’s Lunatic Asylum which is now referred to as “The Ridges.” This unique property is now owned by Ohio University. After a bit of history, we will look at the unfortunate demise of a patient, Margaret Schilling, and all that has followed since. Our second story is more heart warming but still somewhat eerie. Our story is of the dog Tiberius whose loving and dedicated commitment to the students of Lake Erie College continued after his life ended…as did their dedication to him.

So, as the wind whispers over the moor like a lost soul, we invite you to check back over the next 30 days as we publish these two seasonal tales.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

10 Mistakes You Can Make Choosing a Major

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We work with students every day who are trying to sift through a large number of possible college majors and identify a set of good fit possibilities to explore. It’s not easy. First, students don’t really understand their options. In high school they took primarily theoretical courses like English, History, and Math. As a result they have little knowledge of college “applied” majors such as Engineering, Sport Management, Nursing, Education, Public Relations, Athletic Training, Accounting, Finance, Social Work, Criminal Justice, and many others. We have found it helpful to identify and define a set of majors aligned with the student’s aptitudes and interests. We then help them conduct a thoughtful exploration as a part of their college visits, volunteer work, internships, and remaining high school course opportunities.

We hope you will enjoy this article that takes a light hearted look at the related challenges!

https://collegeinfogeek.com/dumb-major-choice-mistakes/

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

 

College Major Trends: Weird but Cool Majors

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This article offers a look at 35 “Weird but Cool” majors, many of which, in one form or another, are available at Ohio college as well. That’s right, Ohio has everything from Planetary Science, to Evolution Studies to programs focusing on winemaking, beer brewing, or horse training. Some of these programs are 4-year bachelor’s degree and others are 2-year associates degree programs. Everything from Culinary Arts, to Ecotourism and Adventure Travel to Wildlife Resources Management to Farrier Science to Natural and Historical Interpretation. Can’t forget Museum Studies, Cyber Defense, Information Assurance or Digital Forensics or Medical Illustration. I could go on….

I believe it is important for students to identify a major they can get excited about. Once they do that, they will never settle for “settling” again. They will be more likely to be satisfied, happy, engaged, and willing to work hard. If they change majors, it will only be for something they find more exciting. “Settling,” I believe is as much of a habit as “creatively exploring possibilities until finding something exciting to chase” is a habit.

Check out this article for a few more interesting and unusual major options.

https://www.fastweb.com/career-planning/articles/the-35-weird-but-cool-college-majors

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

College Major Trends: Humanities are Struggling

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Much has been written recently on trends in college majors. For example, compared to 10 years ago, only engineering, health and medical sciences, and the natural sciences have seen increases in the share of bachelor’s degrees awarded. On the other side of the equation, majors in the Humanities (e.g. English, languages, etc.) have declined over 12%. Check out this article that offers some insights: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/05/analysis-finds-significant-drop-humanities-majors-gains-liberal-arts-degrees

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

Colleges are slowly migrating away from offering majors in the liberal arts

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The following article will offer some insight into the current trend of colleges moving away from major offerings in the liberal arts such as Languages, History, Philosophy, and English and toward stronger applied majors such as Engineering, Nursing, Business, and Allied Health. These trends are important since many colleges are in the process of shuttering liberal arts majors and students considering those majors may be impacted depending on college choice.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/06/06/cuts-leave-concerns-liberal-arts-tulsa

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

College Programs to Support Students with Learning Differences: Academic Support Center

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In my last blog entry, we looked at The ASD Affinity Program, the only college learning support program in Ohio focusing solely on students with ASD. In this entry, we will conclude our series on Ohio’s college programs supporting students with learning differences with a visit to Notre Dame College’s nationally recognized Academic Support Center.

Notre Dame College is a Catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame located just outside of Cleveland. The college has a vibrant mix of commuters and residential students as well a diverse, predominantly Ohioan, full-time undergraduate student population of around 1,400. NDC offers a wide set of major offerings, but are particularly well known for their Nursing and Education programs.

They also have a unique support program for students with learning differences. Students with documented learning disabilities may choose a structured, fee-based ($5,300 per academic year) package of services that go beyond basic accommodations. These services are delivered through the Academic Support Center and staffed by full-time and part-time professional learning specialists.

Available services include:

  • Weekly progress monitoring and ongoing organizational support
  • Unlimited, individualized, subject-specific tutoring by degreed professionals
  • Specialized First Year seminar enhanced by a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic and other local resources
  • One on one career training and workshops to develop employability skills
  • Social and volunteer opportunities for interested students

See additional details on the Notre Dame College website at: https://learn.notredamecollege.edu

As of this writing, over 100 students were enrolled in the ASC with an average GPA of 2.80. Over the life of the program the ASC has maintained over 80% retention rate – very impressive.

To be eligible for the ASC, Notre Dame College students must be enrolled full time and submit documentation of a Learning Disability. Students who were on IEPs and 504 plans in high school commonly qualify for enrollment in the Academic Support Center. After enrolling, NDC creates an individualized profile for each student.

Thank you for joining us for this tour of Ohio college programs that support students with learning differences.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

College Programs to Support Students with Learning Differences: ASD Affinity Program

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In my last blog entry, we looked at Muskingum University’s PLUS Program, one of the two oldest programs supporting students with learning differences in Ohio and easily the largest. Their resources are substantial and their approach is time tested and effective. This week, we will turn our attention to a unique and specialized program solely serving the needs of college students on the autism spectrum (ASD).

As the number of children diagnosed with ASD increases, the need is greater than ever to provide for avenues of success into adulthood. Higher education can be an appropriate step for college age students with ASD who are academically able to succeed but may require social and living support to navigate the traditional college residential campus.

Nationally, there are very few college programs specializing in providing learning support services to students with ASD. Defiance College’s “ASD Affinity Program” was modeled after a similar program at Marshall University in West Virginia. The ASD Affinity program was launched in 2014 and builds on Defiance’s success with its Hench Autism Studies Program, which began in 2007. While ASD Affinity Program is small, they celebrated the graduation of their first 4 students last spring.

Students accepted into the program receive campus housing with live-in staff support and supervision by trained individuals, peer mentoring, course tutoring by trained tutors, and co-curricular opportunities. Students work with faculty advisors within their area of study and schedule regular meetings with trained staff members. ASD Affinity Program students have a private room but share an open area with another student (suite-style).

The ASD Affinity Program is directed by Dr. Clarissa Barnes, the director of Defiance’s Hench Autism Studies Program and an assistant professor of special education at Defiance College.

ASD Affinity Program Services cost $6,000 per semester in addition to regular tuition, room, and board. However, a special financial aid fund has been established to provide financial assistance toward the separate ASD Affinity Program Support Fee on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Additionally, students may be eligible for aid from “Autism Speaks.”

ASD Affinity program applicants typically meet the following requirements:

  • Are 18-24 at initial enrollment
  • Have a documented diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (DSM-5); autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) (DSM-IV-TR) (as indicated by a psychological evaluation)
  • Have an average intellectual ability (e.g., intelligence quotient > 80 as determined by intelligence testing)
  • Meet the Defiance College academic admissions requirements: 2.25 GPA and 18 ACT
    *Please note: Consideration for admission to the ASD Affinity Program also requires completion of the separate Defiance College Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  • Are independent with self-care and hygiene skills (e.g., bathing, oral hygiene, shaving)
  • Are independent with all medication administration
  • Are able to stay overnight independently (that is, at least one night alone) and complete all necessary daily living skills
  • Have no documented incidents of aggressive behavior toward others or self-harm within the last 5 years

Application details are available online.

The ASD Affinity Program is the only college learning support program in Ohio focusing solely on students with ASD. While still small and in its early years of development, it has been modeled after the recognized and successful program housed in Marshall University’s Autism Training Center.

Next week we will look at the last of our programs supporting college students with learning differences. This one is located at a small college in the northern part of our state and enjoys an impressive record of success. You will want to join us for that one!

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA) – a Columbus, Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 18 “fit factors” and helping students clarify co-curricular and major options while exploring colleges that specialize in them.  College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas. Check us out at www.collegeboundadvantage.com or check out what we can do for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SSjHp8n98

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