At Ohio University Lancaster, Communications and Marketing Manager Cheri Russo is producing and hosting the program. Russo has a background in television. She spent many years as a news anchor and reporter, as well as a documentary producer. The idea behind the half-hour, monthly program is to highlight the academic programs, events and student activities going on at Ohio University Lancaster.
"There are so many wonderful things happening at OUL right now.Finding a topic for a half-hour program once a month isn't difficult," said Russo. "The stories of the Lancaster Campus and its faculty, staff and students are fantastic to tell."
The first episode of Fairfield Today at OUL aired last month. It featured the OUL Theatre Program. Director Victor Jones sat with Russo on the set of "The Producers" in Brasee Hall's Wagner Theatre and talked about his passion for theatre, as well as the effort it has taken to rebuild OUL's theatre program.
"The arts are what bring people together," said Jones. "The arts, sports and entertainment are the extracurricular things that allow you make long-term relationships and friends. That is so important to the educational experience."
OUL Development Director Mandi Custer was also interviewed during the show and spoke of the fundraising effort to upgrade the aging Wagner Theatre.
"Our dean, Dr. Jim Smith, believes the theatre is a priority and that our students and community really want a thriving theatre program and facility," said Custer. "The theatre was built in the late 1960's, and we're raising money to bring it up to 2013."
Fairfield Today airs weekly on Time Warner Cable Channel 9 in Lancaster. Portions of the show will also be posted on the Lancaster Campus website.