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Poverty Rates

Student organization Future Women of Appalachia plans to raise awareness of poverty in Appalachia through chalked statistics across campus.

Photographer: Alyse Lamparyk

Poverty Statistic

Statistics on Appalachian poverty will be among the information disseminated during Appalachian Heritage Day.

Photographer: Alyse Lamparyk

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Appalachian Heritage Day planned for next Thursday

Inaugural event aims to celebrate the region and spread awareness

 On Sept. 30, Ohio University's Athens campus will host its first ever Appalachian Heritage Day, a series of events celebrating the region and its history.

Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention, with support from Ohio University Advancement, the day aims to educate the campus on Appalachian culture while also raising money for the Appalachian Scholars program.

Event highlights include:

    * A presentation involving a historical look at the coal mining industry by John Winnenburg from The Little Cities of Black Diamonds at 1 p.m. in Baker University Center

    * A panel discussion concerning mutually beneficial partnerships between Ohio University and the surrounding areas at 2:30 p.m. in Baker University Center

While education is key, the programming also seeks to raise support for the Appalachian Scholars Program and honor donor alumnus Betsy Ross Koller.

A renowned artist and Appalachian native, Koller has agreed to donate four paintings, including the copyrights, of Ohio University campus scenes during various seasons. Proceeds of all art sales will benefit the Appalachian Scholars Program.

The goal of Appalachian Heritage Day, according to Assistant Director for Educational and Scholastic Programs Mark Skillings, is that university-wide efforts to assist the region will grow beyond an isolated event. Ultimately, Skillings said he would like to have all incoming freshman provide community service within their first month on campus to get a better understanding of the region’s state.

“I suspect there are a lot of people who come to Athens … and see the best of Athens area, but maybe not see all of the Athens area or all of Southeast Ohio, and so they don’t get that same appreciation,” Skillings said.