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Get the Starz Award application form and instructions for 2018

2017 October 30
by Paula Maggio

Make sure your branch qualifies for the AAUW of Ohio Starz Award for the 2016-2017 year. Download the Starz Award Application Form 2018 and explanation.

JoAnn Benseler recognizes branches who won Starz Awards.

Awards will be distributed at AAUW of Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2018, which will be heldMarch 23-24, 2018 at Christopher Conference Center at the Quality Inn, 20 No. Plaza Blvd., Chillicothe, Ohio.

Starz applications should be completed and mailed to JoAnn Benseler, 147 Sandstone Loop East, Westerville OH 43081, by March 16, 2018.

Purpose of the Starz Award

  • To increase communication between branches and between branches and the State Board.
  • To help branch members become aware of their responsibilities to achieve the goals of AAUW.
  • To acknowledge the efforts of branches in achieving these goals.

Key dates to remember

  • Branch represented at AAUWOhio Convention May 5/6, 2017
  • Branch Officer List sent to Admin. Coordinator by July 1, 2017.
  • Branch dues collected and sent to Admin. Coordinator or National Office by Sept. 15, 2017
  • Branch represented at Leadership Conference August 5, 2017.

Start Smart salary negotiation workshop at BGSU Nov. 17

2017 October 28

An AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop for Students will take place on Friday, Nov. 17, from 2-4 p.m. in 314 Bowen-Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University.

Jean Marie Greene of the BGSU Women’s Center will present information essential to negotiating your starting salary and building your career.

Reservations are required. Email to reserve your seat today!

Start Smart workshops are specifically designed for female college students about to enter the job market. According to AAUW’s research, women one year out of college are paid only 82 percent of what their male counterparts receive.

By using the skills taught in this workshop, you will be prepared to:

  • Negotiate your starting salary and narrow the gap early
  • Improve your lifelong earning potential
  • Articulate your value
  • Build confidence in your negotiation style
  • Sharpen your budgeting skills

Join Southwest Region’s lively discussion Nov. 4

2017 September 21

Join an exciting, productive Southwest Region get together Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at High Street United Methodist Church, 230 E High, Springfield 45505.

Regional meeting planning session at Leadership Workshop 2017 with Carisa Sechrist of the Warren/Trumbull Branch.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

• Coffee and networking. Share your branch’s highlights (and lowlights)

• Presentations/discussions on two topics: 1. how to change the way we think about programs in order to attract new members and 2. advocating for change: how to get results that show

As for food, Kathie Harbaugh, SW District coordinator, suggests throwing in $15 to cover morning beverages and a nice box lunch.

Questions? Comments? Reservations? Call or text Kathie Harbaugh at 937-207- 9245 or email her at

Get news from AAUW Ohio in latest issue of Orbit

2017 September 19
As summer wanes and we’ve already felt fall in the air, here is your summer issue of AAUW of Ohio Orbit. Read on to find out more about:
  • Got someone you’d like to nominate for our state board? Find out how.
  • Save the date — and get a free drink — at our Equity Day and Convention 2018 in Chillicothe.
  • Programming ideas from AAUW of Ohio president Christine Siebeneck
  • Mark your calendar for a Nov. 4 Southwest District meeting you won’t want to miss.
  • Membership tips from Cheri Crothers, Membership VP
  • Did you miss Leadership Workshop 2017? Here are the links to resources shared there — and a few photos, too.
  • Be Wise Camp celebrates its 3,500th!

You can also download past issues of Orbit.

AAUW Bowling Green at Campus Fest

2017 September 5
by admin

Members of AAUW at Bowling Green State University set up a table at their school’s Campus Fest and posed for photos with a special AAUW frame.

Develop leaders with resources from Leadership Workshop 2017

2017 August 12
by Paula Maggio

If you missed the AAUW of Ohio Leadership Workshop 2017 last Saturday at Otterbein University, you can still get a look at some of the resources and information shared at that event, which featured breakout sessions on five topics, along with regional meetings.

Breakout Sessions

  1. Communications and Media
  2. Finance
  3. Fundraising
  4. Programming and Diversity
  5. Membership and Bylaws

Regional Breakout Sessions

Other Resources

  • State Leader Speaker request form: This form is designed to better track and accommodate branch speaker requests. It allows for the branches to request a specific Board member and a specific topic. It also allows the option to be flexible.

Marketing resources and more from 2017 AAUW National Convention

2017 August 4

AAUW has gathered the presentations, worksheets, and other materials from the workshops at the 2017 AAUW National Convention to help you learn more about how to recruit members, plan programs, step up your advocacy efforts, raise funds, and enhance your communications and marketing efforts.

View and download 2017 AAUW National Convention resources. Included among them are those listed below, which are related to communications and marketing:

Workshop Materials

And here is additional help for enhancing your digital communications by adding AAUW RSS feeds to your branch social media accounts using the online platform hootsuite.

How to add AAUW RSS feeds to your social media accounts

1. Sign up for a Hootsuite account.

Go to and click the Sign Up button in the top right corner.

2. Select the free version.

Near the bottom of the page, you will see this text: “Try our limited Free plan 3 social profiles | 1 user | Message Scheduling.” Click on “Sign up now” at the end of that line. (See screenshot below.) The free version of Hootsuite will give you all of the capabilities you need to add two AAUW RSS feeds to your branch Facebook page.

To add an RSS feed

  1. Click your profile picture (by default) in the top-right corner of the dashboard, then select Account & Settings.
  2. Select RSS/Atomfrom the Settings list.
  3. Optional: Click My RSS/Atom Feeds to select an organization to add the feed to.
  4. Click Add New Feed
  5. Paste the RSS feed URL in the Feed URL. See AAUW Feeds listed below. Your free account allows you to add two feeds.
  6. Select the social network from the drop-down list that will post the feed items.
  7. Select a frequency for checking the feed for content, and how many new items to post at a time (if that many are available).
  8. Optional: In the Prepend text…field, enter a short note to appear before each post (e.g. “New blog post:”)
  9. Select a URL shortener from the drop-down list to shorten the link to the feed item.
  10. Click Save Feed.

AAUW Feeds

AAUW recommends adding the following two feeds. Here’s how:

In the Feed URL box, insert the following link to the AAUW national website:,post

Next, click the social network where you would like to stream the feed. In this case it will be Facebook. Then, press the Save Feed button.

Repeat this same process for the AAUW Action Alerts RSS feed with this link:

Other AAUW RSS feeds you can choose to add

Blog (current events, commentary, and stories)

Articles (what’s new at AAUW)

Resources (tools for leaders, members and advocates)

How to set up a Facebook page

By far, Facebook is the most common social media tool that our branches use. A Facebook Page is invaluable in helping your branch reach new audiences and attract new members.

Creating a Facebook page is fairly simple. To get started, you’ll need a computer, smart phone, or tablet that is connected to the internet as well as either 1) A current personal Facebook account; or 2) A personal, active e-mail address.

If you already have a personal Facebook account: Follow this guide for setting up a page. If you’re concerned about tying your personal Facebook account to your branch’s page, rest assured that the public will not be able to see your personal account through the branch Facebook page.

If you don’t already have a personal Facebook account: Facebook has a great help center that details how to start an account using your personal e-mail address.

If you want to see what the process looks like, Mashable has an excellent guide that shows you what to expect. Read the FAQ below for more on setting up your branch Facebook page, including important notes on locating and uploading your branch’s logo as your profile image.

Read more on the AAUW website.

How to get your branch logo

Follow the directions in our AAUW Branding Tool Kit (you have to use your AAUW member login to access it). By the end of the process, your branch will have its very own version of the AAUW logo to use on all online publications and websites.


Spring AAUW of Ohio Orbit is now online

2017 June 21

Wondering what’s on the schedule for our Leadership Workshop 2017: Developing Leaders for Today and Tomorrow? You’ll get all the details, along with a link to registration, on page one of our Spring issue of AAUW of Ohio Orbit.

You’ll also find:

  • Equity Day and Convention 2017 coverage, including photos of our award winners and quotes from presenters
  • A call to “find your passion” from Ohio President Christine Siebeneck, with links to helpful AAUW resources
  • The last legislative update from the Ohio Statehouse from Karen Rainey, who has retired as Public Policy Chair
  • News about our Southeast District’s attendance at an OU First Ladies’ Symposium — and the brainstorming that resulted
  • An announcement that one of Ohio’s own is now on the AAUW National Board of Directors!

You can also download past issues of Orbit.

AAUW Ohio Leadership Workshop 2017: Developing Leaders for Today and Tomorrow

2017 June 15

Whether you are a new leader or a leader with years of experience, you’ll learn how to further develop your leadership skills at our Summer Leadership Workshop with the theme: “Developing Leaders for Today and Tomorrow.” 

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Otterbein University, Roush Hall, 1 S Grove Street, Westerville, Oh 43081
Registration fees: $25 per member
Deadline for Registration & Payment: July 27, 2017

Register today or get all the details about this event on our AAUW Ohio Leadership Workshop 2017: Developing Leaders for Today and Tomorrow page.

Pints for Progress at BGSU helps girls learn #STEM

2017 May 20

Find out more about Tech Trek at BGSU.