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MDIA’s Roger Cooper to participate in St. Jude faculty pageant fundraiser

Mar 5, 2012

MDIA’s Roger Cooper to participate in St. Jude faculty pageant fundraiser

ATHENS, Ohio (March 5, 2012)—On Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m., in the Baker Student Center Ballroom at Ohio University, Media Arts and Studies associate professor Roger Cooper and additional OHIO faculty will show off their talents to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital as part of Alpha Phi Omega- Delta Gamma’s Ava Nichols Faculty Pageant for St. Jude.

In addition to a talent segment, the pageant includes a formal wear segment and a question-and-answer audience session. Faculty will be judged, and a winner will be crowned. The event is open to the public and the cost to attend is $3. All proceeds go to St. Jude.

Last year, the event raised nearly a thousand dollars for St. Jude and Alpha Phi Omega-Delta Gamma is hoping to raise as much this year.

Talents last year included stand-up comedy routines and cooking demonstrations, while talents this year will include juggling acts, dog training and wheelchair tricks.

In addition to Cooper, participants this year include: Judi Haberkorn, Social and Public Health; Dean Ryan Lombardi, Student Affairs; Chris Shwirian, Biological Sciences; Dr. Risa Whitson, Geography and Women’s and Genders Studies; Dr. Debra Thompson, Political Science; Dr. Julie Suhr, Psychology; Dr. Eleanor Miller, Nursing; Natalie Shubert, Communication Studies; Dr. and Amanda Catron, Department of Modern Languages. Judges are Dr. Cathy Baker, Sharon Rana, Terri Hood-Brown, Becky Watts, Dr. Dave Ridpath, and Dr. Debra Henderson.

Ava Nichols, whom the faculty pageant is named in honor of, and her family have been invited to attend the pageant and to speak about their experiences with St. Jude. Nichols, who is now six, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor nearly two years agom will be crowned as the pageant’s queen.

Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity founded on the principles of leadership, friendship and service. The fraternity provides its members with leadership opportunities while they engage in service for their fraternity, campus, community and nation. The Ohio University chapter logs over 4,800 volunteer hours a quarter within the Athens community and surrounding area. With nearly 300 members, the fraternity volunteers at several weekly events including ATCO bowling, UMC Monday lunch, Last Chance Corral, and Good Earth Farm. The fraternity also participates in a national Service Week, organizes an annual 5k Walk/Run and participates in Relay for Life.

Questions about the faculty pageant should be directed to Eric Horton at Donations are also accepted. To read more about Nichols, visit