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OHIO staffers to showcase their talents at annual faculty pageant

Alpha Phi Omega fundraiser to be held Feb. 25

It's not every day that Ohio University faculty and staff perform before hundreds of people in a talent competition, but that’s exactly what they will be doing at the fifth annual Ava Nichols’ Faculty Pageant on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The benefit pageant, hosted by OHIO's chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

According to event organizers, contestants in this year’s pageant will include professors and staff members from colleges across the Athens Campus, as well as Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones. Attendees can also look forward to a special performance from Vice President of Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi.

The pageant will consist of a formal wear round, a question-and-answer session and a talent competition. While attendees will have to wait and see the talents of specific participants, event organizers said the audience can look forward to performances ranging from piano playing, singing and dancing to stand-up comedy.

The Ava Nichols’ Faculty Pageant began five years ago as a benefit for Ava Nichols, a young girl who was fighting an inoperable brain tumor. Nichols lost her battle with cancer on March 13, 2012, but the pageant has continued to raise money for childhood cancer foundations, such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ever since.

All proceeds from this year’s pageant will go to Camp Quality Ohio. Located in Akron, Ohio, Camp Quality Ohio is summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer. The goal of Camp Quality is to allow kids to realize they are "capable of more than they ever dreamed."

The faculty pageant has raised more than $2,000 in the past, and the goal for this year’s event is $3,000.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend the Ava Nichols’ Faculty Pageant. Tickets are being sold from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The cost for tickets is $4 presale and $5 the day of the pageant.

The line-up for the 2014 Ava Nichols’ Faculty Pageant

Contestants at the 2014 Ava Nichols’ Faculty Pageant will include:

Marcus Barr, instructor in the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness

Colleen Carow, senior director of communications for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Jennifer Chabot, associate professor in the Department of Social and Public Health

Cary Frith, assistant dean for student services at the Honors Tutorial College

Loren Goldman, visiting assistant professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences

Jenny Hall-Jones, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students

Kim Resanovich, assistant professor in the School of Nursing

Julie Suhr, professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology

Jeffrey Vancouver, professor in the Department of Psychology

Theresa Wharton, assistant professor in the School of Nursing

The audience will also be treated to a special performance by Vice President of Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi.