Real Life Isn’t Like Harvard: Why Open Enrollment is a Better Choice

There’s a simple truth that many Americans tend to overlook when it comes to furthering their education— not all colleges are created equal and finding the right kind of college or program can be tough.

Plenty of people out there think that getting into an Ivy League university is the only way to guarantee their success in life, but it’s just not true.

The fact is that open enrollment colleges may actually be a better choice for most students— whether heading off to college after just graduating from high school or if you’re going back to get your degree to improve your professional life.

So, why choose open enrollment?

While the Ivies do offer students the chance to study the Humanities and learn skills that are sorely missed in many American workers today, you don’t need to rack up debt at an expensive private university to get this kind of liberal arts education when there are plenty of open enrollment liberal arts colleges out there.

Your decision to go to college should mean that you’re in for a future filled with freedom and opportunity—not unemployment and mountains of debt.

Open enrollment colleges like Chatfield College offer students the financial aid they need (so you don’t have to go into debt to get your degree) and a liberal arts education that gives you the chance to flex your creative muscles to develop effective analytical and critical thinking tools and skills.

And attending an open enrollment college couldn’t be easier.

Because of their “open” policy, students are given the opportunity to prove time and again how much they value their time at school. But just because it’s easier to apply and attend classes, it doesn’t mean those classes won’t offer you a challenging learning experience.

It may be a challenge, but it’s worth the effort.

College is challenging. And it’s supposed to be. But in those challenges, you’ll find a willingness to learn, the drive to do your best, and the chance to find the right job.

Open enrollment colleges like Chatfield College are designed around programs specifically geared to help students develop the skills you need to succeed in your career, like critical thinking.
After you graduate, you’ll find that getting your degree from an open enrollment college has prepared you to be a well-adjusted adult living in the real world. You won’t find that isolating “college bubble” experience here. We strive to keep our students connected to their community while they’re getting their degrees because real life isn’t like college.

We offer prospective students real world opportunities while they’re still in college.

Challenging programs, campus activities, and community outreach means you’ll graduate with the experience you need and the tools you’ll use, to make a positive impact on the job or career of your choice.

Take things one step at a time.

Having a degree from an open enrollment college can provide you with the necessary skills, tools, and experiences you need to face the real world head on. It’s important to remember, though, that no matter how much you’re looking towards the future, you can’t forget about the present.

The time, attention, and focus you give to your classes will only help you after you graduate if you’re willing to put in the effort now. You’ll be better prepared to deal with any situations that come your way after graduation when you approach everything as a learning experience.

• Take the time to get to know your teachers and the students you’re taking classes with.
• Devote time to studying and making sure you’re as prepared as possible for tests.
• Research the papers you’ll be asked to write.
• Volunteer, work, mentor, or tutor whenever you get the chance.

When you choose the right college, all of your experiences can help prepare you for life after a earning a degree.

Think Chatfield may be the place for you? Get started today bu clicking here to schedule a visit.

From Chatfield to the Ivy League

Growing up in rural Tennessee where there was very little focus on academics, Martin Smith never thought about going to college, let alone graduating from one.  He certainly never dreamed that he could one day attend an Ivy League school and earn not only a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s degree as well.

But, he is the first one to tell you that with education, and determination, there is no limit to what you can do.

Smith graduated from the University of Pennsylvania this spring with dual degrees – a BA in History and English and an MA in English.  His journey wasn’t easy and it took 12 years to get there.

The journey began in 2003, when he enrolled at Chatfield College – the first time.  He was a newly married 19-year-old with his first child on the way, and his first term GPA was a whopping 1.102.  He left after his first year, completing just 19 credit hours.

“I didn’t have the discipline,” said Martin.  “I didn’t know how to be a student.  I was working full-time and had family responsibilities.  I didn’t have the foundation that was necessary to succeed in college.”

For 10 years, he worked in retail, mortgage underwriting, and even ran his own business.  He had another child.  He got divorced.  Then he got laid off from his retail management job.

That’s when he decided to try Chatfield College for the second time.

“I had nothing to lose if I tried and everything to gain if I succeeded, so I thought… why not?”

This time, he felt like he had a better chance at success because he had learned to better budget time and juggle work and family responsibilities.

And, he says, Chatfield gave him everything he needed to succeed.

“The way that Chatfield stresses knowing how to write and communicate, the way classes are small enough that you can learn and interact – not just sit there and listen, the way every faculty member and staff person made it his or her mission to help me perform at the best of my abilities.  All of these things provided an environment for my success,” said Martin.

After graduating from Chatfield in 2015, he was accepted to three incredibly competitive Ivy League schools – the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, and Brown.

He chose Penn, where in two years he not only earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but also wrote and published a novel, two children’s books, and three local history books – all in his “spare” time!

Martin says he was prepared for the rigors of Ivy League academics because of the foundation he got at Chatfield.

“Being able to write and speak effectively makes a huge difference in your success at Penn,” he said.  “Chatfield goes above and beyond to prepare students to be good writers at the college level.  Because I had been well-prepared at Chatfield, I was able to focus on the upper level courses and was able to sub-matriculate and get my bachelor’s and master’s at the same time.

Now he’s headed to Pine Manor College in Massachusetts for a Master of Fine Arts before he goes on to earn a PhD. He’s already been accepted at doctoral programs at Penn and Columbia. After that, he wants to teach and continue to write. He may even find the time to teach online classes at Chatfield.

All of this, he says would never have been possible without the start he got right here in Brown County at Chatfield College.

“I would have not been as successful at Penn had it not been for Chatfield,” said Martin.  “They gave me the support system I needed to be the best I could be.”

His advice to anyone thinking they may not be college material?

“If I can do this, you can too!  I’m not the only one who can go to an Ivy League college.  Just come to Chatfield.  They will help you get started.  They will help you succeed.”

Lucia Castellini: A True Sister to Everyone

The needy arrive sporadically. We didn’t know this place was here, they say. They lay out their stories of jobs lost and lengthy illness, of hungry kids, painful holidays and turned-off electricity. They are embarrassed and guilty and sheepish. Symbols of a stretched social fabric.

“My husband doesn’t know I’m here,” a woman might say.

“I never thought my kids wouldn’t have a Christmas,” a man might say.

“There but for the grace of God …” Lucia Castellini always says.

She is a sister to Reds owner Bob Castellini and a Sister to everyone else. A repairer of the safety net, for those who need food, clothing and things as simple as dish soap and toothpaste. And other things, less tangible, more important.

“How can we help you?” Sr. Lucia will ask.

“I need prayers,” comes the answer.

Lucia Castellini, 55 years a Sister, is co-director of the Hope Emergency Program in Lynchburg, Ohio, a dot on the farmland map in Brown County. She and Dianne Vollman run the place, along with more than 50 volunteers.

“If they don’t come back, that’s a success,” Sr. Lucia says of the 230 or so families Hope Emergency services each week, from four counties. “They have food for their kids, they’re not sleeping in their cars. If we can get the very, very poor to a level where they can be on their own, we have succeeded.”

It’s not just a loaf of bread or a box of macaroni and cheese. It’s the security in opening a pantry door and seeing the shelves aren’t empty and the grace that comes with knowing there are good people in the world.

At the Hope Emergency Program in Lynchburh, Ohio, Wednesday is pick-up day. Folks can load their carts with bread, pasta, rice and cereal. Fresh produce and diapers, soup and frozen chicken parts. If they need a mattress or a pair of socks, a toy for Christmas or a new book to read it’s there, in three plain buildings on eight acres.

On this most recent Wednesday, Dianne surveys the scene in Building One and says of her clients, “There’s a dignity there, to be respected.”

Ursuline sisters started Hope Emergency in 1975. Sr. Lucia took over in 2001, after teaching elementary school at Guardian Angels in Anderson Township for 28 years. “When I turned 50, I didn’t know if I could teach 9-year-olds the rest of my life,” she explains.

They served 75-100 families a week then. It’s almost tripled since. “A paycheck away” is not simply a saying. It’s a fact of life.

Sr. Lucia entered the Order at age 20, after spending one year attending Creighton University. She says the choice was easy. She grew up in a religious household, her mother was active in community service. “And I just loved the Ursulines,” she says. “It was kind of like falling off a log.”

What she might have missed – a husband, a family, an ability to see the world – has been replaced with the satisfaction of service and the joy, she says, of a close relationship with God.

“I believe I’m where I’m supposed to be,” she says. “That’s a comfort.”

Downtown, her brother tends to the Reds. “Our father died when I was 9,” Sr. Lucia says. There were eight Castellini kids . Bob was the only boy. “When Bob was 10, he was told he had to be the man of the house,” says Sr. Lucia. “He took that to heart.”

While Bob was rolling up his young sleeves – attending Wharton Business School and eventually reviving and building the family produce business – Lucia was learning to serve others.

Her work at Hope Emergency is the culmination of that career. “I have been able to use my gifts, and with that I get the satisfaction of accomplishing something with my life,” she says.

We all want to know we’ve mattered. That we have been more than simply the product of our own desires. Smart people know the perfect little secret of charity: It helps the givers as much as the recipients.

The produce and food arrive on Mondays from a Walmart in Amelia, as do other essentials from a Target in Milford. Klosterman’s sends pallets stacked with bread. And so on.

Tuesdays through Thursdays, Sr. Lucia and Dianne Vollman make it all work. And are glad when it works so well, people don’t come back.
“I believe I’m where I’m supposed to be,” Lucia Castellini says. “That’s a comfort.”

“I never thought I’d have to tell my kids we wouldn’t have Christmas,” Sr. Lucia recalls a laid-off construction worker telling her last December, as he picked out a few toys. Not long after, he was back to tell her, “I got a job. You won’t see me again.”

“It’s amazing how generous people are,” she says.


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Soapdish: Meet the modern “pioneers” of OTR’s Wade Street

Almost seven years ago, in this very virtual column, we took up the mantle of Walt Whitman’s 1865 ode to manifest destiny in surveying a few of the urban pioneers staking their proverbial claim on our city’s fair landscape. With the passage of time, and the white-hot speed of redevelopment in the basin, it makes sense to check in on a few more pioneers — and in this case, they are actually next door neighbors.

At first glance, Pat McCafferty and Vada Hill seem like an unlikely pair of urban homesteaders, particularly when you view their Over-the-Rhine block of choice: the previously abandoned and forlorn-looking section of Wade Street that spans from the Elm/Liberty streetcar stop to the Central Parkway protected bike lane.

These two settlers arrived on the Western fringes of OTR from vastly different points of origin — McCafferty, a CPA living in suburban Montgomery, and Hill, a former bi-coastal marketing wunderkind who resided in a D.C. brownstone for 15 years — and seemed an unlikely pair of stylish urban newcomers on a desolate street once better known for impromptu stoop drinking and illicit drug use in abandoned breezeways.

Scratch a bit below the surface, however, and these new residents start to look, as Hill asserts, like “two of the smartest guys in the city right now.” And their timing could not have been more perfect.

Full disclosure: As vice president at Urban Expansion, an OTR/West End real estate development and construction company, and the developer for both renovation projects, it behooves me to disclose my fairly intimate knowledge of Hill and McCafferty’s homes, from the initial purchase in Dec. 2013 to the final sale of the two renovated 1870s-era townhomes.

It also behooves me to say that if I were asked back then to speculate on who would end up owning these two homes, I’m not sure I would have envisioned either Hill or McCafferty.

Sitting down for lunch in the soaring, three-story main area of Hill’s home, however, not unlike the puzzle of Wade Street itself, things start to make more sense. Hill informed me at the outset that it was my story in the Dec. 2014 issue of Soapbox that piqued his interest in the project.

“Someone has to be a little visionary to move here,” my quote went. “All you have to do is look at how much OTR changes in a span of months. Places you thought no one would live are now occupied.”

Hill is a Walnut Hills graduate who started his career at Procter & Gamble before moving on to politics, advertising and CMO positions at Taco Bell, Fannie Mae and Jackson Hewitt, among other posts. He’s a self-described “comfortable urban homesteader,” who, in the course of relocating back to his hometown (primarily for family reasons) was “solving for artwork, furniture and wine.”

He could see himself as the “visionary” described in that article. When he saw the soaring renovated space at 221 Wade, he admits, “I got it.” It didn’t hurt that the three-story main living area offered a perfect setting for his collection of African American fine art and Israeli sculpture.

McCafferty, on the other hand, was a single dad in a sprawling suburban home in Montgomery. When his last child graduated and his kids left the family nest for the more urbane locales of downtown L.A., Manhattan and Boston, he figured moving to OTR was the best way to get them to visit. Add to that the inherent walkability, the streetcar (“a big attraction”) and the ability to avoid the depressing slog of commuting via I-71, all of which — combined with the historic architecture — was too good a deal to pass up.

Both homes are LEED Silver certified, which means they are built to provide cleaner indoor air, use less energy and water and lead to savings on utilities. LEED-certified homes also maintain better value over time and afford the owner a tax abatement to the pre-improvement value of the property for 10-15 years.

In addition to the two Wade Street properties, Urban Expansion has renovated a number of LEED-certified, single-family homes in OTR; two more LEED Silver townhomes (at 1008 and 1010 Elm) just hit the market, with another project in the pipeline in Pendleton.

Hill was quick to emphasize the value inherent in these homes. He has friends familiar with historic renovation projects in D.C. and New York, but what he found here amazed him.

“This was a contemporary renovation with preserved historic detail and square footage that you cannot find anywhere else,” says HIll.

Hill looked at other neighborhoods in Cincinnati, including Walnut Hills’s Woodburn and North Avondale’s Rose Hill, but he felt a connection with OTR that other places just did not have.

“A lot of Cincinnatians crave safety, security and nothing changing,” he notes. “That’s not me; that’s not this area. And while some are explorers, others like to stay close to home. OTR is a way to keep those explorers closer to home.”

Hill found the diversity at Walnut Hills High School critical in preparing for his experience in a multicultural and vastly spread out socio-economic corporate world. Leaning in, he says: “If you find diversity threatening or if you don’t like unpredictability, then OTR is not for you.”

The pair of residences on Wade are buffered to a certain extent by the Elm Street Health Clinic to the south and Chatfield College to the north — pillars of health and education, respectively, in a rapidly evolving urban neighborhood.

Chatfield recently renovated, relocated and reopened its campus in the restored 1870 Windisch-Muhlhauser Lion brewery stable.

On the other side, Hill notes that the health clinic, housed in a converted 1890s-era public school, is an “excellent neighbor.”

While some might view proximity to these very public-facing institutions with hesitation, both McCafferty and Hill see it a draw, not a drawback. McCafferty even teaches classes at Chatfield (as well as at Miami University), to many first-generation college students.

It should be noted that Hill has assumed with gusto his unofficial role as a Wade Street ambassador; he is currently preparing to host a brunch for up to 200 fellow Walnut Hills alumni as part of their 40th reunion. The event will, in part, introduce a whole new demographic to this part of the city. Later this year, he will host a wedding in his home for a niece from D.C.

While McCafferty and Hill are currently the only residents on this block of Wade, both having arrived in late 2016, the pair’s solo status may not last long.

Brothers Rob and Luke Bennett, via their group Karvoto Construction, are putting the finishing touches on the Hillman Point development, whose buildings were in rough shape when they acquired them in early 2016. “Rough shape” is pretty much par for the course for many on this block: missing roofs, rotted ceilings and joists, wholesale missing floors, etc.

The first phase of Hillman Point consists of 10 total units — five new builds and five historic rehabs. The total cost for the project is $5.96 million, and two of the units are currently pending. Every unit will be LEED Silver certified.

McCafferty and Hill both appreciate the fact that, although still in the heart of OTR, their little pseudo-side street offers them a modicum of privacy that they would not have if situated on something of a more main drag.

Even with another 10 units coming online, that dynamic won’t be threatened anytime soon; also uncontested will remain the duo’s status as the modern-era “Pioneers of Wade Street.”

Content originally published on SoapboxCincinnati

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Chatfield College Named a Best Value School for Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth consecutive year, Chatfield College in St. Martin (Brown County) and Cincinnati, OH has been designated a Best Value School by University Research & Review, a company dedicated to improving the process of how a student selects a post-secondary school.
The Best Value award committee selected Chatfield from the nearly 8,000 eligible postsecondary schools throughout the U.S. Chatfield College was chosen by the committee because it passed rigorous standards, including a combination of cost, accreditation, variety and quality of school programs, and student satisfaction with the institution.
The award committee is made up of former university presidents, CEOs, provosts and professors. Eligible schools must be nominated by a third-party to be considered for the Best Value School designation and then undergo a rigorous review process by the committee to be selected. Award recipients must re-qualify every year.
“It’s an honor to receive the Best Value School designation for the fourth year in a row,” said John P. Tafaro, Chatfield College President. “Chatfield continually strives to provide the best value to our students and the community, and we are thrilled to receive the award again this year.”
A complete list of Best Value colleges can be found at

Chatfield College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in St. Martin and Cincinnati. Chatfield is an open enrollment college. Prospective students need only to have a High School Diploma or GED to attend and will be guided individually through the enrollment and Financial Aid application process. The St. Martin campus is located at 20918 State Route 251; St. Martin, OH 45118. The Cincinnati campus is located at 1544 Central Parkway; Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, visit the website, at, call 513-875-3344 or email

Student Profile- Maria Bockhorst, ’17

  • Secretary of the Chatfield Student Service Club
  • Member of the Julia Chatfield Honor Society (3.9 GPA)
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • National Honor Society member
  • Math tutor for Chatfield’s Peer Tutoring program
  • Austin E. Knowlton Scholar
  • Nanny of two boys, one of whom is special needs
  • Preschool Sunday School & Youth Group leader at St. Louis Church
  • American Heritage Girl leader
    Ever since I was in first grade, I have wanted to become a teacher. I would come home from school and play school with my American Girl dolls and sometimes my siblings. I loved being able to teach them and have that impact. This love for teaching most likely came from my mom who is currently a preschool teacher. I have always admired her and how much she has positively affected her students’ lives. I want to have that same influence in a child’s life. I want to be the person who shapes children’s lives, helps them grow, and helps them learn.

    I started my college journey my junior year of high school as a College Credit Plus student at UC Clermont. After the first semester, however, I wanted to make a change, so I switched here to Chatfield. I chose Chatfield for a couple minor reasons like the smaller campus, the smaller class sizes, and how close the campus is to my house. As well as for some major reasons like, for one, the homey feeling Chatfield provides with faculty and staff who know each student and the comfortable, welcoming campus.  And lastly, I stand strong in my Catholic faith and Chatfield, being a Catholic College, made it quite impossible to say no to a transfer.

    I spent the last three semesters of high school taking classes here and I am extremely grateful for having Chatfield a part of my college path. I am glad that I became a part of this college community because Chatfield has brought me many memories and experiences that I will miss dearly. From the professors and staff who care so deeply about their students to the friendships made within this campus, Chatfield has definitely earned a space in my heart. However, none of this would be true if I didn’t receive the Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship.

    When I started attending Chatfield, I knew that after I graduated high school, I would have to transfer because I wouldn’t be able to afford attending Chatfield full time. That was hard for me to grasp since I fell in love with Chatfield as soon as I stepped foot on campus. I was pushed to apply for scholarships just to see if there was a chance of me staying. I applied for every scholarship that I could, and I wrapped my head around the fact that I most likely would still have to transfer.
    Last spring, my high school held a college fair that included Chatfield College. I didn’t bother to stop by their booth, knowing that I had my heart, in that moment, set on the University of Cincinnati. To my surprise, however, I was informed by a friend that I had received the Knowlton Scholarship and a quick trip to the booth made it a reality!
    By receiving this scholarship, I was able to finish my journey at Chatfield and stay in the close, comfortable atmosphere that the Chatfield campus provides. I made a lot of lasting friendships, and became part of an amazing college community.

    In the fall, I will continue my journey at Wilmington College to earn a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with endorsements in Reading, Math, and Special Education for grades 1-4.  None of what I have achieved this far in my educational journey would be possible without Chatfield and the financial contribution from the Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship and I am truly thankful.

    What Are the Benefits of Taking Guitar Lessons?


    There are several benefits for an individual to take guitar lessons. If a person wants to learn how to play guitar, lessons would be the key to helping them succeed at a quicker rate and to not fall into bad habits such as improper hand technique or poor music reading. Learning bad habits at an early stage of learning a music instrument may result in many years of frustration for a student trying to undo what they have learned wrongly.

    Having a teacher helps a student to keep going even though it might be tough at times to succeed at any given task. A teacher can inspire students through his or her example. A teacher can also inspire students through coaching them and letting them know that if they keep going they will be able to finish the task that they need to do.

    For anyone else who is not interested in becoming a guitarist, I think that guitar lessons could also be a good thing. Lessons can help a student have a deeper appreciation for music and for the effort it takes to become a musician. Guitar lessons can help a student with eye-hand coordination and the use of peripheral vision. Lessons also help students to have a sense of self-discipline and patience. During lessons, students play music with their teacher and this helps students to learn how to work in a team setting – in advanced classes students also work together in small groups to make music.

    The classes for Chatfield College’s 2017 Enrichment Program are 6 weeks of half hour private lessons. These lessons are private and 1 on 1 as opposed to a classroom setting where there are many students. I design the curriculum for the lessons around each individual’s abilities and take into consideration their taste in music.

    The cost of the Enrichment Program at Chatfield is $40. The average cost of half-hour guitar lessons at music stores or private lesson studios range from $18-$25 per lesson. I charge $20 per half-hour lesson at Hauer Music. So this is an incredible bargain for you to take lessons through Chatfield’s Enrichment Program.

    With all this in consideration, I hope that you will consider taking guitar lessons through the Enrichment Program at Chatfield College this summer.

    Jamie Murrell

    From Couch to 5K- Anyone Can Do It!

    When the weather gets nicer, the urge to get outside and move around gets stronger! Also, as it gets warmer, the number of 5Ks held increases. While these races can be a lot of fun, they can be daunting as well! Never ran one before? Hoping to cross that off your bucket list? Join us for the Couch to 5K class, as part of the Sumer Enrichment Program at Chatfield College.

    This class will appeal to many different people. If you’d like to run a 5K or even walk it, this class is for you! If you’ve run one before but are hoping to better your time, this class is for you! If you’re looking for a group to train with, this class is for you! If you’re just looking for a reason to get off the couch and away from the tv, this class is definitely for you!

    The Couch to 5K class will run for six weeks, beginning on Monday, June 5th and costs a one-time fee of $40. We will meet at the St. Angela Hall porch on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and complete a 30 minute workout. All you need to bring is running shoes and a watch! Former collegiate runner and current high school track coach Brianna Houchens will be leading the group, as well as offering other healthy tips and tricks.

    The class is designed to gradually push you towards your goals and can be completed at your own pace and comfort level. The workouts will be ran/walked around Chatfield’s scenic and historic campus in St. Martin. Included in the cost of the class fee is a paid entry (a $20 value) to Chatfield’s Nun Run 5K held on Saturday, July 22nd at 9:00 am. What better way to train for a 5k than to have a race in mind and get to know the course beforehand!

    Interested yet? You can find out more about this class, as well as the others being offered by going to or calling Brianna Houchens at 513-875-3344 ext. 140. To learn more about the 5K or to get registered, visit


    Spotlight on Jerome Manigan

    Back in 1981, Jerome Manigan auditioned to become a Radio Reading Services (RRS) broadcast volunteer. Initially, he read the Front Page and Editorials section of The Cincinnati Enquirer. With his professional experience at Avco Broadcasting (now Channel 5), he helped create the first RRS schedule.

    He trained RRS board operators and showed them how to do manual editing. Dennis Runyan, then Broadcast Coordinator at RRS, came to Jerome with “the perfect magazine as a vehicle for his voice,” The Good Old Days. Jerome has been reading this publication on RRS since 1987 and has been nationally syndicated. He received two Ohio Educational Broadcasting awards for RRS for programming: a show called Playhouse Perspectives and a show interviewing local political candidates about the American Disabilities Act before it became law. Jerome was also the 2004 recipient of the RRS Moser Award, in recognition for his outstanding volunteer service as a Broadcast Reader.

    Jerome served as a classroom teacher, program manager and principal. In the 1980’s, he was named Poet Laureate of Cincinnati. The mayor of Cincinnati appointed him to the Citizens Committee on Youth as a board member and the governor of Ohio appointed him to serve on the Ohio Criminal Justice Supervisory Commission. He currently teaches two classes at Chatfield College, where CABVI was located many years ago. As Jerome says, “Through my years of RRS volunteering, I have met so many outstanding, selfless people. I am pleased that The Good Old Days has appealed to so many listeners with the great stories of love for one’s neighbors.”

    *Content originally posted through Cincinnati Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired

    The Art of Quilting Celebrated at Chatfield’s Annual Car, Craft, & Quilt Show

    More than 40 years ago, when Chatfield College was very newly opened to the public, Agatha Fitzgerald, OSU was looking for a way to bring the arts to the local community when someone suggested a quilt show.  This simple idea blossomed into one of the college’s most successful artistic ventures in the college’s history – an annual quilt show that celebrates the art of quilt making.  This year, the college will hold this annual event on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    One hundred people came to that first exhibit in the winter of 1974 to view the 30 quilts displayed and to purchase the wares of a few crafters in the Gym Building.  Over the years, this event has grown and evolved significantly, but its original purpose has not changed – to showcase quilt making as an art form and to honor the creativity of the quilt maker.

    The number of contemporary and heirloom quilts on exhibit in the Gym Building has more than doubled over the years, and the event now includes a quilt raffle, a classic car show, a book sale, crafts and craft demonstrations, free carriage rides across the college’s beautiful campus, live music and delicious food.

    This year’s beautiful queen-size raffle quilt was pieced and quilted by Lisa Hardesty, and quilted by Chatfield staff member Cheryl Kern, Rosanne Brubaker and Lisa Hardesty.  The raffle quilt will be on display in the Gym Building on April 29 and the winning ticket drawn at the close of the show.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  If you can’t make it to the show, raffle tickets can be purchased on line at

    Free carriage rides throughout Chatfield’s beautiful, rural campus will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., courtesy of First State Bank, and provided by Karen’s Carriage in Goshen, OH.

    General admission for the 2017 Car, Craft and Quilt Show is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Chatfield College is located in northern Brown County, Ohio near the intersection of US Route 50 and 68.  The address is 20918 State Route 251, St. Martin, Ohio, 45118.  For information, visit or contact Pam Spencer at 513-875-3344, ext. 126 or