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Congressman Steve Stivers Visits Campus

Clinton County Now Part of 15th Congressional District

January 7, 2013

WC President Jim Reynolds (left) and Rep. Steve Stivers chat while touring campus near the statue of Isaac and Sarah Harvey, which tells the Quaker story of how Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was influenced by local Friends.

WC President Jim Reynolds (left) and Rep. Steve Stivers chat while touring campus near the statue of Isaac and Sarah Harvey, which tells the Quaker story of how Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was influenced by local Friends.

U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers visited Wilmington College as part of a tour of the westernmost reaches of the newly formed 15th Congressional District Monday (Jan. 7).

Stivers, who is beginning his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and his field representative, Adam Rapien, spent two hours touring the campus and chatting with WC President Jim Reynolds.

Clinton County is now part of the 15th District, which extends through 12 counties from suburban Columbus to Athens County in southern Ohio.

Reynolds spoke of the College’s 142-year history and its academic distinction as hosting one of the nation’s top programs in athletic training/sports medicine and its distinction as one of only two four-year institutions in Ohio to offer a major in agriculture. Other popular majors are teacher education, business administration, biology and sport management.

The president also spoke of the College’s $35 million annual economic impact on Clinton County and its historic affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

(LEFT) Jim Reynolds offers some WC history as he shows Rep. Steve Stivers the Oscar Boyd Cultural Arts Center.

Also, some 45 percent of WC students compete intercollegiate athletics and WC’s sports programs can boast national champions and conference titles.

Reynolds also spoke of a caring faculty and staff with a penchant for bringing forth the best from their students.

Noting that Wilmington College and Ohio University are the only four-year institutions in his district (a portion of Ohio State University’s agricultural land also is included), Stivers said his family has a long history in higher education, as his parents and all four grandparents earned college degrees.

“I care a lot about education,” he said. “I want to be a resource to Wilmington College and its students. I want to be a partner with you.”