Author Jeff Biggers at Jesse Stuart Foundation

Jeff BiggersOn March 29th, from 11 am until 1 pm, national award-winning author Jeff Biggers will be at the Jesse Stuart Foundation signing copies of his critically acclaimed book, The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America.

Mr. Biggers’s background as an educator, radio correspondent and community organizer informs his award-winning stories that appear regularly on NPR, PRI and in scores of magazines and newspapers including USA Today, Newsweek and The Atlantic among others.

OACHE was honored to have Mr. Biggers as a keynote speaker at the annual conference last October. 

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Monroe County High School Seniors Attend “A Day in the Life…”

’A Day in the LifeThrough an OACHE-funded program, Monroe County high school seniors visited Ohio University Eastern Campus this week to experience “A Day in the Life.”

Seniors from Swiss Hills Career Center visited on Monday, and seniors from Beallsville High School and River High School visited on Wednesday, to see what it would be like to be a college student, and what their lives may be like ten years from now.

Students were able to tour the campus, learn about financial-aid opportunities, and attend a college class. “It’s fun going to different colleges to see how different they are and what fits you better,” said Swiss Hills Career Center senior Christa Ayers.

All students also participated in a reality exercise to see what life might be like when they are 28 years old. They first chose what career they hoped to pursue. They also made decisions about their future family: whether or not they would be married, whether or not they would have children and if so, how many. Then staff members told the students how much their monthly salary would be.

Given that information, the students then visited different stations to rent or buy a house; buy a car; pay taxes; make entertainment choices, including vacations and internet packages; secure auto and homeowners or renters insurance as necessary; and buy groceries for the family.

It was a reality check for students about the impact of their education and life choices on their expenses and standard of living. “One student who said he was going to have seven children, quickly ran out of money,” said Jennifer Kellner, the coordinator of the event.

The campus visits, including all busing and lunches, were made possible through a grant to Ohio University Eastern Campus from the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE). With the grant money, Ohio University Eastern Campus created the program Creating Opportunities Necessary to Access College Today (CONTACT), to help Monroe County students gain more information about the possibilities of attending college.

For more information about the CONTACT program, contact Jennifer Kellner, OU-Eastern’ss Recruitment & OACHE Program Coordinator, at 740-699-2347, toll-free at 1-800-648-3331, or by email at

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OACHE Welcomes New Board Member

Dan EvansDr. Dan Evans, executive dean for regional campuses at Ohio University, was recently named as the newest member of the OACHE Board of Directors.  Dr. Evans became the dean at Ohio University Southern in 2001 and was appointed executive dean for regional campuses in 2006.  Prior to that, he had served as dean of Wright State University’s Lake Campus in Celina, Ohio, since 1994.  From 1981 to 1994, he held several administrative positions at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, serving the last four years as assistant vice president of academic affairs.  During his years at Shawnee State, Dr. Evans was instrumental in OACHE’s successful bid for a federal TRiO grant, the Ohio Appalachian Educational Opportunity Center (EOC).

Evans earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a doctoral degree in higher education adminstration, both from Ohio University.  He also received a master’s degree in counseling from Morehead State University.

OACHE executive director Brenda Haas welcomed Dr. Evans to the board, saying "Dan has been a supporter of OACHE since it’s inception.  We look forward to his participation on the OACHE board."

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