Intern with The Empower Campaign



Mr. Empower Results

First, a big thank you to all of the contestants, judges, Empower OU volunteers and audience members who made the Mr. Empower Pageant a success!

The evening was great and all of the contestants were enthusiastic and prepared! They represented 10 different student organizations at Ohio University:

  1. Benjamin Childers — Sigma Lambda Beta
  2. Tommy Greene — PRSSA
  3. Derek (DJ) Hasselbusch — American Marketing Association
  4. Dave Hendricks — The Post
  5. Paul Hypolite — OU College Democrats
  6. Ian Klein — OU Running Club
  7. Michael Lupsa — Global Leadership Center
  8. Austin Pounds — Belts Breaking Bondage
  9. Kyle Triplett — Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society
  10. Jordan Youtz — Ohio University Advertising Association

The runners-up were Paul Hypolite and Ian Klein, but it was Jordan Youtz who took home the grand prize and title of Mr. Empower 2010.

The winner was chosen by the four judges: Andria Sherrow, executive director of the Empower Campaign; Britney Gedeon, Empower OU student chapter president; Joan Kanyange, Uganda in-country consultant for The Empower Campaign; and Robert Leary, OU Student Senate president.


The next Empower OU meeting is Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Bentley 236. I hope to see you there! We’ll be finalizing the volunteers for the last jewelry fundraisers of the quarter and discussing the wine tasting at Latitude 39 to be held on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. (Reservations are $35).

Painting the wall for the Mr. Empower Pageant!

Tonight member of Empower OU painted the graffiti wall! Check it out on your walk to campus, and be sure to come to the Mr. Empower Pageant this Friday at 7:15 p.m. in Baker Theatre.

The Mr. Empower Pageant is Feb. 12 at 7:15 p.m. in Baker Theatre. Admission is $3.

General Minutes 02-03-10

Mr. Empower

  • Volunteers, arrive at 6:45pm outside Baker Theater, otherwise seating starts at 7:15pm

COMS/Journalism/PR majors:

  • Write letters to the editor to The Post and Athens News advertising Mr. Empower. Talk to Ashley if you have any questions or want your letter proof read.

Valentine’s Day

  • There has been a change to the sale time on Saturday, February 13: We are selling from 5 – 7 p.m. on the first floor of Baker NOT the earlier time in Latitude 39.
  • We are selling at the Vagina Monologues this weekend:

Friday (7:30-9:30pm) @ Baker Theater

Saturday (2:30-4:20pm) @ Baker Theater

Sunday (7:30-9:30pm) @ Baker Theater


  • Positions:
  1. Vice President (membership)
  2. Secretary
  3. Treasurer
  4. Sales/Merchandising (reserve and set up sale tables, train volunteers, etc.)
  5. Web Design

*Contact any of the current officers for details on what is involved with each position

  • Process:
  1. Week 7 = nominations begin (Every candidate must be nominated by another current member and have that nomination seconded by a different current member)
  2. Week 8 = nominations continue
  3. Week 9 = Speeches (qualifications, why you are interested, etc.)
  4. Week 10 = results!

*Only active members (completed membership requirements such as educational and volunteer hours, and have paid their quarterly dues of $10) can nominate and vote

Educational Hour Opportunities

  • Vagina Monologues – Fri. Feb. 5 – Sun. Feb. 7 (see times above)
  • Bela Fleck – Thurs. Feb. 18, 7:30pm @ MEMAUD, $18
  • Bobcats for Israel, Ethiopian Jews – Tues. Feb. 16, 7:30-8:30pm @ Walter Hall Rotunda

*Post summaries about these events at www.empowercampaign/ under the “Educational Hours” blog post if you attend.

Educational Hours available this quarter!

Part of being an active member in The Empower Campaign, OU Student Chapter, is attending two hours of an educational programs/events on campus. These education events can range from the OU Performing Arts Series to conferences in the African Studies Department to the weekly forums led by the International Studies Department.

This quarter, there are a few upcoming educational events. The information is listed below and if you’ve attended one of these events, please leave a comment and let Empower OU know you were there and what you thought of it!

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
Brought to you by the student-run theater troupe Lost Flamingo Company.

When: 8 p.m. today
3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6
8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7

Where: Baker Theatre, 2nd floor of Baker Center

Admission: $5

Béla Fleck — The Africa Project
Béla Fleck is a Grammy-award-winning banjo player. He traveled to Africa for seven months and the collaborations with African musicians resulted is his latest album, The Africa Project. The album was recorded in Tanzania, The Gambia, Mali and Uganda (where The Empower Campaign works).

When: Thursday, Feb. 18

Where: Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

Admission: Student tickets are $18