Ohio Wesleyan University

Game On: OWU Hires First Esports Program Coordinator, Head Coach

20 Sep , 2021  

Kyle Jenkins is ready to power up Ohio Wesleyan University’s new esports program.

On Oct. 1, Jenkins will join the university as its first esports program coordinator and head coach. He currently is the video coordinator/esports manager and head coach at Western Colorado University. Jenkins will report to Dwayne K. Todd, Ohio Wesleyan’s vice president for student engagement and success.

“We are immensely excited to find someone with Kyle’s experience to lead our new esports program forward,” said Todd, Ph.D. “Kyle brings a high level of energy and knowledge to this role, and he has a passion for gaming that I know will be readily apparent to potential team members. His proven track record provides great promise that we will see some exciting things in our new program at OWU!” More…

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Delaware

A New Way To Follow Local Government

10 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

As we shared several days ago, the City of Delaware has a brand-new website, one which has a series of new links and tools for citizens to access important information. That post can be read here.

One component of the new site is a dedicated video player to provide access to what the City is calling an “improved meeting management system.”

Public meeting webcasts are moving from Facebook Live to the new system, a feature of the recently updated website. Citizens and interested parties now have digital access to meeting agendas, live webcasting, video recording, and minutes in a central, searchable portal. More…

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Delaware

New Delaware City Website Coming On Wednesday

23 Aug , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

In a recent announcement on its Facebook page, the City of Delaware shared news that a new city website is on its way.

Expected to be live this Wednesday, the statement indicated that highlights of the new site will include more drop-down menus with links to services, project updates, license and permit applications, payment options, emergency preparedness, and more.

Also included will be an easy “services” option to request assistance, report a concern, or contact a City official. A better mobile experience will also be offered. More…

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Schools

Delaware Schools Launches New Website

29 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

In the second decade of the twenty-first century, websites are an important component of how organizations, local governments, and businesses connect to the world. Social media works well for timely notices, but in-depth information sharing requires a means to present important information in an easy-to-find manner.

That clearly was the aim for Delaware City Schools in the recent launch of its brand-new website.

Not only have graphics changed, but so has the way that information is presented. The home page has a set of quick access links including student, parent, and staff portals; a staff directory; a link to lunch menus; and details on school safety. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Cyberattack On New Hampshire School District Illustrates Growing Threat To States And Localities

22 Jun , 2021  

By Laura Olson, Ohio Capital Journal

Could this happen in Ohio?

In October 2019, officials at a tiny western New Hampshire school district suddenly realized they had a problem on their hands.

The Sunapee School District’s servers, documents and other internal information systems had been locked down by an outside entity demanding a ransom payment.

A cyberattack, like the Colonial Pipeline one that spurred days of shuttered gas stations this spring, had seized the small, 430-student school district, which has just one full-time IT staffer and a part-time technician.

System backups meant the school district eventually was able to resume its operations without paying ransom to the attackers. But the recovery took nine days and cost more than $40,000 in fees, materials and hardware, according to Russell Holden, the district’s superintendent. More…

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Life in Delaware County

SourcePoint Launches Newly Designed, More Accessible Website

13 May , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

SourcePoint, the county’s most comprehensive aging services provider, is proud to announce the launch of its newly designed website at MySourcePoint.org.

The new site features improved functionality and navigation, a dynamic, responsive design, and accessibility solutions.

The new website highlights the nonprofit organization’s key services and programs for Delaware County adults ages 55 and older and family caregivers. More…

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Life in Delaware County

To Bridge The Digital Divide, Cities Tap Their Own Infrastructure

13 Feb , 2021  

Publisher’s Note: This story is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. 1808Delaware is pleased to share these stories from time to time with permission.

By Linda Poon, City Lab

When the pandemic shut down schools in March, it created a new urgency to narrow the digital gap in the U.S. as millions of students struggled to participate in remote learning because they didn’t have internet access at home. It also reinforced the reality that the divide doesn’t just exist between rural and urban communities, but also within America’s largest cities. Some 500,000 households lack reliable connection in New York City, for example; in Chicago, 1 in 5 students don’t have broadband, according to data published at the start of the pandemic. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Olentangy Schools Parent Program Team Presents Online Forum

11 Jan , 2021  

The Parent Programs Team (PPT) of Olentangy Local Schools is presenting “Kids, Tweens and Teens: Social Media and Technology,” a virtual, interactive forum featuring Caitlain Tully and Margeretta Carrington from The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

This interactive session will explore different social media apps and relationships online. Participants will receive helpful tips and resources about communicating and guiding young people to set healthy digital boundaries, including a family media agreement. More…

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Life in Delaware County

HuntFish OH App Now Available From ODNR

24 Aug , 2020  

The free HuntFish OH mobile app is available now for Ohio’s outdoors enthusiasts to conveniently purchase fishing and hunting licenses, check game, and view wildlife area maps, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The HuntFish OH mobile app is available for Android and iOS users and can be found in the app store.

“Many people are using their mobile devices to purchase hunting and fishing licenses and other Division of Wildlife products. This new app will make those transactions easier,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “We are excited to launch this new resource to help our customers.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Take A Dam Tour

16 Jul , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

There are small dams and big dams.

In Delaware County, the largest of these is Alum Creek Dam, which was built between 1970 and 1974. The dam is known as a “rolled earth embankment” dam and is 10,000 feet in length with a maximum height of 93 feet.

If you have ever wondered about the mechanics of dam operation, and why Alum Creek Lake was created, here’s your chance to find out with an in-person visit. More…

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Delaware

Stay Aware With Del-AWARE

16 Jul , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

The City of Delaware has rolled out “Del-AWARE,” a redesigned and modernized mobile app and web portal for its customer service.

This update makes it easier for residents to access City services while improving the user experience. Del-AWARE replaces and improves upon the former MyDelaware app that was no longer available on all operating systems.

“We always strive to improve and perfect the process for navigating City services,” Community Affairs Coordinator Lee Yoakum said. “The new app will simplify and enhance the process for our residents and for City staff.” More…

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Delaware

City Council May Be First In Ohio To Hold Entirely Virtual Meeting

20 Mar , 2020  

Extraordinary times often call for extraordinary measures.

Such was the case in Delaware on Wednesday night, as Delaware City Council held what might well have been the first entirely virtual meeting of a city council in Ohio history.

Ohio’s Sunshine Laws have guaranteed since their adoption that meetings of local governmental bodies take place in open meetings that the public may attend and observe. These laws were adopted before technological advances that allow for remote livestreaming, however, and certainly before the recent pandemic impacted how Ohio cities, villages, counties, school boards, and other public bodies conduct business. More…

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