Answers to Frequently Asked Questions!

Where will the seminar be held?
The 2017 seminar will take place at the Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH.

When will the seminar be held?
The Ohio West HOBY Leadership Seminar will begin Thursday June 8, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. and conclude on Sunday June 11, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. Students must be present for the entire weekend seminar, including overnight. Seminar participants may check-in any time after 8:00 a.m. but before 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Where should I go when I arrive?
You should proceed to the main entrance to campus 525 S. Main St. There will be signs and HOBY volunteers to lead you to the check-in locations. More details and directions can be found on our website at

What kind of program is planned?
During your HOBY Leadership Seminar experience, many dynamic leaders—all volunteers from the fields of business, education, government, and other professions—will address numerous aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront. The program will not promote any specific political party, business, religion, or way of thinking; but it is designed to develop thinking skills by actively involving seminar participants in discussions and informal debate. On Saturday of the seminar, you will be participating in service projects in the Ada community. During the check-in process on June 9th, you will sign up for certain pre-arranged projects so please bring older clothes and shoes in case your project involved outside work. The program also includes outstanding speakers, leadership building activities, social events, and a special closing ceremony to which your parents are invited.

What are the accommodations like?
Meetings will be held at Mcintosh Center (student union). Participants will be assigned to residence halls exclusively reserved for HOBY which will have two participants per room. You will need to bring your own linens (sheets and pillowcases), blankets, towels, etc. as these items will not be provided. Students may want to bring fans or thicker sleepwear as the temperature in June is unpredictable. Everyone will receive nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The first meal of the seminar is lunch on June 6th which will be served at approximately noon. On the following Student Confirmation Form sent out by late March, please indicate any special dietary considerations and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What should I bring to HOBY?
While you might have an idea at what you should bring, we’ve come up with a packing list of items you’ll want to have with you at the seminar.

What if I need to take medication while I am at the seminar?
Please provide information about your medication on the Medical History Records Form and bring the Physician Medication Verification Form with you to the seminar (documents are included in the March packet). Be sure to read and comply with the ‘Policy for Use of Medication During a HOBY Event’. Medically-trained personnel are on staff throughout the seminar weekend.

If necessary, how may I be contacted during the seminar?
Parents, friends, and family members are discouraged from calling students during the seminar due to the confusion created when meetings are interrupted. In case of emergency, your parent(s) or guardian may call either the seminar chairperson, Katie Ferren at (419) 318-8774 or the director of student recruitment, Melissa Rotblatt at (440) 465-8902. The seminar will be chaperoned by qualified male and female adults who will be staying at the facilities 24 hours a day.

Who pays for the seminar?
Schools or Parents pay the Registration Fee and you will need to provide transportation to and from the seminar on your own. All costs for meals, lodging and training materials have been generously provided by sponsors throughout our state, including businesses, foundations, individuals, service organizations and HOBY volunteers wishing to support leadership education.

Are there any other fees associated with the seminar?
The Ohio Northern University will issue participants keys to their dorm room. Ohio West HOBY is requiring each student to submit key deposit of $35.00 prior to the seminar. The $35.00 deposit will be returned to the student at check-out once the key is returned. Students/Parents will also be responsible for any university fees incurred due to lost keys or damage to the facility.

What should I wear at the seminar?
Dress is casual throughout the weekend. Dress for Sunday is “dress-up.” You will be provided a HOBY t-shirt and there will be an announcement as to when you will wear the t-shirt during the weekend. On Thursday, when you arrive at the seminar, we ask that you wear apparel showing which high school you attend. Please bring one pair of closed-toe shoes and “outside clothes” for the community service projects that will be held on Saturday.

What about religious services?
Organized religious services may not be provided based on the schedule. There will be time allocated for ambassadors who need private prayer time or groups may decide to congregate for prayer.

What transportation arrangements have been made?
You are responsible for your transportation to and from the seminar. Please include all details of your itinerary on the ‘Travel Itinerary for Students form’ located in the student packet you receive in March. If you have last minute transportation problems, please notify Melissa Rotblatt, Director of Student Recruitment, at (440) 465-8902.

Can I leave during the seminar?
Due to the structure and pace of our program, students are not permitted to leave the seminar before the closing program on Sunday. If you must leave early on Sunday, please contact Melissa Rotblatt at (440) 465-8902 as soon as possible. These situations will be handled on a case by case basis.

What if I am unable to attend the seminar?
If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending the entire seminar, including overnight, we would like to give another student the opportunity to attend. Please contact the person at your school who selected you, and follow up with a call to Melissa Rotblatt at (440) 465-8902, so that we may adjust our records and obtain an alternate student from your school to attend the seminar.

Whom may I contact should I have additional questions?
Additional questions or concerns should be directed to the Ohio West HOBY Leadership Seminar Chairperson Katie Ferren (419) 318-8774.