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August 26, 2014 : VIDEO: Ice Bucket Challenge Floods OUL
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fever has made its way to Ohio University Lancaster.  Professors and instructors are accepting the challenge and proudly pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads while making a donation to ALS research.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has resulted in increased donations to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association. As of Monday, August 25, the ALS Association received $79.7 million in donations compared to $2.5 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 25). These donations have come from existing donors and 1.7 million new donors to the Association.
At OUL, English Assistant Professor Matt Wanat has been challenged and plans to dump the bucket of ice water over his head later in the week. Communication Studies Professor Candice Thomas Maddox and Assistant Professor Nicole Blau also took the challenge over the weekend.


Lecturer of Early Childhood Education Dr. Debra Dunning was challenged by a student at OUL, so she dumped a container of ice water over her head behind Brasee Hall on the first day of classes. She decided to donate to ALS, as well as two other projects close to her heart.
“I’m going to donate the money to the Jane Johnsen Tutoring Center here at OUL,” said Dunning in her video right before taking the challenge. “I’m also going to donate to ALS, and I’m going to sponsor a child in Zimbabwe, Africa, where I do my research, so that child can go to high school.”
Dunning also challenged others to participate.  She called out five recent graduates from the Early Childhood Education program.  All are now in their first teaching jobs. After dumping the ice over her head, Dunning simply said, “Wow, is that cold!”
Funds are currently being raised for a new tutoring center at OUL.  It will be located on the first floor of Brasee Hall across from "The Zone," which is the student lounge. There is already a tutoring center on campus, but it's limited with space and services. The new center will provide students with all the tools and resources they need to succeed in the classroom. To make a donation, contact Mandi Custer at or 740-654-6711 ext. 234.