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Community support key for university

Published 9:32am Friday, January 25, 2013

Ohio University Southern has been a key part of the community for more than half a century, but now the community has the opportunity to step up to help enrich the next 50 years.

The branch campus is entering year two of its capital fundraising campaign, with an aggressive but achievable goal of $3.5 million.

Fittingly, the theme is “The Promise Lives,” which could be taken as the university honoring its promises to continue to serve the community but also that each and every student has the potential for greatness inside them.

The campaign is well on its way with nearly $1 million already raised, but there is much more work to be done.

Lawrence County’s business leaders have to step up to support an institution that helps men and women — young and old — reach their dreams.

From the largest of businesses to the individual who has minimal extra income, everyone can contribute in some way. Even the smallest of donations are significant and appreciated.

The funds will be used to strengthen and grow programs that address educational needs here in the Tri-State as well as to provide scholarships and improve the overall offerings.

Ohio University Southern and its satellite facilities — which include the Proctorville campus, the nature center and the horse park — serve the general public with a variety of offerings almost as much as it serves its students.

This type of strong community bond is what made the past 56 years successful and can do the same for the next 56.


  • Poor Richard

    Why would Ironton worry about a ‘national treasure’?

    They seem intent on destroying their historic buildings and downtown without a second thought, I wouldn’t think a grassy field with a bunch of painted lines on it would matter much. Progress right? Out with the old and in with the new! Maybe the OUS buildings could sport a little football on the cupula.

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  • mickakers

    Tank Memorial Stadium is a National Treasure. Wikipedia has an excellent article on the Ironton Tanks.

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  • mikehaney

    Went 64 to 68. BBA with 30 hrs in economics. Two quarters on campus to finish. Worked and went to branch with two other high school buddies. Wouldn’t do it differently.
    Please don’t touch the stadium. My father played for the Tanks. We’ve destroyed enough of Ironton’s history already.

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  • Poor Richard

    I agree with mickakers….if Lawrence County EVER hopes to prosper and promote the quality of life in the county…then they need to grow the University.

    In my opinion, OUS is the biggest asset in Ironton but as usual, Ironton can’t see it. If it were up to me I would doze that stadium next door and expand the campus.

    Unfortunately for OUS, they would have probably been better off relocating their entire campus to the EASTERN END of the county where people actually value education. I think FAIRLAND is still one of the top schools in the state.

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  • mickakers

    Ohio University Southern is one of the best things that ever happened to Ironton and Lawrence County. I remember when it first opened its doors in the old Ironton High School building offering evening courses.

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