Saturday, October 9, 2004

UC dean teaches art of the grill

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

This professor spent years grilling his students during courses on criminal justice. Now the students really like the kind of grilling they get from Dean Lawrence J. Johnson of the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.

This grilling involves about 100 pounds of ribs marinated in beer and garlic.

About 2,000 students, faculty, staff and neighborhood residents saw Johnson put on his cooking garb at a yearly barbecue Oct. 1 and prepare - along with the ribs -- 350 hamburgers, 400 hot dogs and 100 veggie burgers.

The sixth annual cookout took place on the lawn between the Teachers College and the UC College of Law.

Dean Lawrence J. Johnson at the grill. About 2,000 attended his annual cookout.

"We do this every year to have something to come together around,'' said Johnson of Loveland. "It makes a difference when people come together around food. This is a kind of celebration of a new year, mixing new students with old students and kicking off the school year.''

Johnson said a lot of the vegetables served at the party came from his garden, including tomatoes, pickles, beans, squash, onions and sweet peppers.

He starts preparing for the cookout during the summer.

"I will be canning vegetables throughout the year and as I am canning, I think about different things I can do for the cookout,'' he said.

Aside from the meat and veggie burgers, there is a concoction of 22 quarts of his barbecue sauce, four gallons of vegetable medley for the grill, a dish of his summer squash, onions, sweet peppers and his homemade marinade.

Throw in two gallons of three-bean salad, one gallon of homemade pickles and a gallon of pickled tomatoes. And don't forget the 100 pounds of potatoes he peeled for potato salad, mixed in his homemade dressing, which also includes 48 hard-boiled eggs.

And he adds to that four gallons of cole slaw with his raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

"Most people who come, just pitch in and bring stuff. The cookout keeps getting bigger each year,'' he said.

Sports benefit

Reds Manager Dave Miley will throw out the first pitch Sunday at the Second Annual Boys Hope Girls Hope Wiffle Ball Tournament.

Miley, along with Reds announcer and former Reds pitcher Chris Welsh, will be a part of the tournament from noon to 3 p.m., at the Champions Baseball Academy, Blue Ash.

The event is sponsored by bigg's and will feature an all-celebrity game of former Reds and Bengals players.

Boys and Girls Hope helps children who are hurt and at-risk, yet academically capable to realize their potential, by providing value-centered, family-like homes and quality education through college. For more information, call 721-3380.

Impact 100 to award grants

In its third year, Impact 100, a group of 200 members, will award two grants of $105,000 each to two non-profit organizations.

Kelly Mahan, Impact 100 communications chair, said the list of applicants has been narrowed to five.

Two of the five will be chosen to receive the grants. Since the group was organized, it has awarded $307,000 in grants and will award the additional $211,000 this month.

Organizations submitted their applications to the agency in April. The categories are family, health and wellness, culture, environment and education.

The five finalists are The Women's Connection Inc., family; Redwood School & Rehabilitation Center, health and wellness; Media Bridges Cincinnati Inc., culture; Nu-Bend Paints Inc., environment; and Equal Playing Field Corp. (W.E Dubois Academy), education.

Mahan said Impact 100 said many women today want to be involved in their community, but often cannot participate because of time constraints.

"Impact 100 recognizes and accommodates the modern woman's complex life by offering a philanthropic opportunity that makes no demands on her beyond a donation and a vote once a year,'' Mahan said. "The level of participation is up to each individual member.''

Mahan said any woman is invited to join. They may visit Web site or call (513) 624-9509.

The group maintains at least 100 members who each donate $1,000, annually. Friends of Impact may donate $250 or more.

"Each of the finalists will give a presentation at our banquet Oct. 21 at the Cincinnati Club. Members will select two of the five for the grants. Winners will be announced on Oct. 22,'' Mahan said.

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