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MVNU Receives Gift toward Engineering Building

MOUNT VERNON — Ariel Foundation, a local nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life in Mount Vernon, has gifted the property located at 104 S. Main St. to Mount Vernon Nazarene University. This space will house the university’s Engineering program and a community maker-space, in partnership with Knox Labs. The MVNU Board of Trustees, at its March 17 board meeting, was pleased to accept the gift.

“The presence of MVNU in downtown Mount Vernon is a source of pride for us. We are invested in the greater community and proud to call this city our home. Our Art and Graphic Design Department and School of Nursing and Health Sciences are happy to be part of the downtown community. The decision to move our Engineering program to Main Street is a good moment for the university,” said MVNU President Henry W. Spaulding II, Ph.D.

“We are grateful for the continued partnership and support of Ariel Foundation and their investment in MVNU and the generosity of the local community. We look forward to a cooperative effort to create a thriving site for our Engineering program. This move will further enhance this city for decades,” said Spaulding.

MVNU’s Engineering program began in the fall of 2014 under dean, Dr. Richard Sutherland, within the School of Natural and Social Sciences. MVNU offers two Bachelor of Science degree programs in electrical and mechanical engineering, respectively. Engineering faculty members include Dr. David Winyard, Associate Professor of Engineering; Dr. David Che, Professor of Engineering; and Dr. Gary Koester, Professor of Engineering.

“MVNU’s Engineering program requires shops and labs for several courses and many student projects. The donation of the downtown space goes a long way toward meeting these requirements. It also opens up possibilities through collaboration with Knox Labs, a maker-space startup that develops working relationships between MVNU Engineering faculty and students and area entrepreneurs, possibly leading to internships and research projects. The partnership will benefit the local community, and MVNU engineers will be prepared to serve wherever their careers may lead them” said Dr. David Winyard, Associate Professor of Engineering.

The 10,824-square foot property located at 104 S. Main St. was most recently home to Farley and Moore Antiques before it closed its doors in late 2016. Before then it was notably home to department store J.C. Penney Co.

For more information on the MVNU Engineering program visit www.gotomvnu.com/engineering.

MVNU GPS Program Offering Free Tutoring Service

The Mount Vernon Nazarene University School of Graduate and Professional Studies program announces a partnership with Smarthinking, an online academic service that offers free support in college courses and enables students to seek virtual educational assistance 24/7 with the convenience of a click of a button.

“We are excited to be able to offer busy working adults a way to obtain writing or specific subject help when they need it, anytime,” said Eric Stetler, Director of Student Services for MVNU GPS.

Smarthinking provides four different types of free online tutoring through the writing center, drop-in tutoring, scheduled tutoring, or students can submit offline questions. Subjects students can gain assistance with include mathematics and statistics, computers and technology, business, nursing and allied health, writing, reading, Spanish, and science.

Current MVNU GPS students can access Smarthinking on MVNU’s online classroom, Moodle, at courses.mvnu.edu, or by contacting their Academic Success Coach at 877-431-9610, option 5.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.

News from Ashland University

Cedric Frierson is a Member of Ashland University’s Brothers In Action

ASHLAND — Cedric Frierson, a Westerville resident, is a member of Ashland University’s Brothers In Action. Frierson is majoring in sport management. Frierson is a 2016 graduate of Westerville Central High School.

Brothers In Action is an organization that strives to serve and improve the interactions, conversations, and dialogue between men of different races attending Ashland University. The organization desires to become a pillar in the community by educating, motivating, and inspiring to create change. Seeking to develop a greater understanding of leadership, fellowship, and citizenship as stakeholders in today’s society. Through leadership and fellowship, we aim to stimulate change and provide more accessible resources for student athletes attending Ashland University. Brothers In Action takes pride in its three core-aspects of brotherhood, leadership, and service. With speak-outs, panel discussions, on-campus activity, community service, and forums, the organization is starting conversations. Brothers In Action was established for male student athletes primarily African American males on campus, but is open to all races and encourages all males attending Ashland University to be a part of it.

Austin Kondratick is a Member of Phi Delta Theta

Austin Kondratick, from Westerville, is a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Kondratick is majoring in sport management. Kondratick is a 2015 graduate of Westerville Central High School.

The brothers of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity have made it their mission to build upon the solid foundation provided by Ashland University in order to push their Chapter to new heights. With an emphasis on scholarship, leadership development, and campus involvement, Phi Delta Theta has created a culture in which each individual member is able to become the greatest version of himself, while also improving his Chapter, his campus, and his community in the process.

Marysville Resident Named Delta Zeta Sorority President at Ashland University

The Delta Zeta Theta Psi chapter at Ashland University has elected Hailey Thomas to serve as its next president for the 2017 year. Thomas, a sophomore from Marysville, Ohio, is majoring in dietetics at Ashland. She is a 2015 graduate of Benjamin Logan High School.

When Thomas was asked about her new position she stated, “I am excited to see how the upcoming year cultivates leadership in the women of Delta Zeta. Everyone has shown to have a positive mindset, inviting a few small changes that we hope will continue to help our chapter grow. We are implementing more, small philanthropic events, along with bigger sisterhood ideas and believe this is going to allow the chapter to reach the goals that the executive board set in the beginning of the term.”

She said it is a great honor to serve as the president of a Greek organization. “I feel very honored that the chapter has entrusted me to lead and serve them. I have been welcomed with open arms and endless amounts of encouragement throughout the beginning of my presidency. My sisters continue to remind me every day of my worth and capabilities, and for that I could never thank them enough,” she said.

Being a member of any Greek organization also offers one numerous opportunities to serve in leadership positions and grow as an individual. Commenting on how Greek life has impacted her life, Thomas said, “Through my past position and now as president, the Greek Community has had one of the largest impacts on shaping who I am today. I have met so many unbelievably amazing individuals in just a few short years. I fully believe I would not be the leader I am today without the help of the Greek Community and am very grateful for all of my experiences thus far and I am excited to see what the future holds.”

Several Delaware-area students have been named to Ashland (Ohio) University’s spring 2016 dean’s list.

The list includes:

• Elizabeth Lawyer of Sunbury. Lawyer is majoring in intervention specialist. Lawyer is a 2008 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

• Sage Haines of Sunbury. Haines is majoring in digital media production and commercial art. Haines is a 2015 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

• Daniel Bailey of Galena. Bailey is majoring in accounting and finance. He is the son of Todd and Melissa Bailey of Galena. Bailey is a 2014 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

• Kathryn Dinovo of Delaware. Dinovo is majoring in fashion merchandise. Dinovo is a 2014 graduate of Rutherford B. Hayes High School.

• Mikaela Bush of Radnor. Bush is majoring in family and consumer science education. She is the daughter of Mike and Debbie Bush of Radnor. Bush is a 2012 graduate of Mount Gilead High School.

• Morgan Harrison of Lewis Center. Harrison is majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Richard and Carolyn Harrison of Lewis Center. Harrison is a 2014 graduate of Olentangy High School.

• Madison Hoy of Marysville. Hoy is majoring in early childhood education and religion. She is the daughter of John and Margaret Hoy of Marysville. Hoy is a 2014 graduate of Marysville High School.

• Kyle Wahl of Powell. Wahl is majoring in geoscience technology management. He is the son of Douglas and Staci Wahl of Powell. Wahl is a 2013 graduate of Worthington Kilbourne High School.

• Alexandra Wieging of Powell. Wieging is majoring in fashion merchandise and marketing. She is the daughter of Kevin Wieging of Powell. Wieging is a 2014 graduate of Olentangy High School.

• Jovy Hart of Powell. Hart is majoring in computer science. Hart is a 2015 graduate of Olentangy Liberty High School.

• Jennifer Brown of Powell. Brown is majoring in early childhood education.

• Lorraine Kondas of Powell. Kondas is majoring in intervention specialist.

• Bethany Meadows of Ostrander. Meadows is majoring in English. She is the daughter of Christopher and Diane Meadows of Ostrander. Meadows is a 2014 graduate of Buckeye Valley High School.

• Marie Conley of Marysville. Conley is majoring in early childhood intervention specialist. She is the daughter of Mary and Steven Conley of Marysville. Conley is a 2014 graduate of Fairbanks High School.

• William Summers of Westerville. Summers is majoring in religion. Summers is a 2015 graduate of Westerville South High School.

• Sarah Beal of Richwood. Beal is majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Von and Alma Beal of Richwood. Beal is a 2012 graduate of North Union High School.

• Betsy Young of Dublin. Young is majoring in early childhood education. She is the daughter of James and Sue Young of Dublin.

• Alexis Mount of Centerburg. Mount is majoring in nursing. Mount is a 2015 graduate of Centerburg High School.

• Sarah Johnson of Westerville. Johnson is majoring in early childhood education. She is the daughter of Robert and Theresa Johnson of Westerville. Johnson is a 2012 graduate of Westerville South High School.

• Hailey Thomas of Marysville. Thomas is majoring in dietetics. Thomas is a 2015 graduate of Benjamin Logan High School.

• Emma Dumford of Westerville. Dumford is majoring in middle grades education. Dumford is a 2014 graduate of Westerville North High School.

• Justin Dowell of Centerburg. Dowell is majoring in biology and toxicology. He is the son of Brooke Dowell of Centerburg. Dowell is a 2014 graduate of Centerburg High School.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled full time at Ashland University and achieve at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

News from Ashland University

For more information contact: Steve Hannan, director of public relations, pr@ashland.edu

Brianna Brdicka Member of Women’s Tennis Team at Ashland University

ASHLAND, OH (03/13/2017)— Brianna Brdicka of Galena, OH, is a member of the Ashland University Women’s Tennis team. Brdicka is majoring in toxicology. Brdicka is a 2016 graduate of Olentangy High School.

The Ashland University women’s tennis team competes in NCAA Division II in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). They are led by first year head coach Lexi Bolesky, who came to AU after serving as an assistant coach at Div. I Coastal Carolina. The Eagles host their home matches on the newly renovated Deborah Liebert Karl Tennis Complex, which was dedicated in a ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. For more information, please visit the Ashland University women’s tennis team webpage at: http://goashlandeagles.com/sports/wten/index.

Ashland University Women of Excellence Members

ASHLAND, OH (02/16/2017)— The following students are members of Ashland University’s Women of Excellence organization.

Monae Goode-Harris of Westerville, OH. Goode-Harris is majoring in early childhood education. Goode-Harris is a 2015 graduate of Garfield Heights High School.

Camari Fadis of Westerville, OH. Fadis is majoring in social work. Fadis is a 2016 graduate of Westerville South High School.

Women of Excellence is an organization that cultivates a sense of empowerment. Their goal is to encourage students of any gender with active discussion and promotion through the media. The theme for their organization changes with each month of the semester. Previously, they’ve focused on themes such as loving yourself, sex-trafficking, and sexual assault. Women of Excellence creates fellowship among women to inspire and strengthen the community.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

News from University of Findlay

Rachel Renz Performs in UF Bands Pops Concert

FINDLAY — Rachel Renz, of Galena, 43021, recently performed in the University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble’s pops concert, “Those Roaring Twenties.” The annual concert was directed by Jack Taylor, University director of bands and music professor.

Valerie Silvestri Participates in ArtSpace/Lima Juried Photography Exhibit

Valerie Silvestri, of Westerville, 43082, recently participated in the ArtSpace/Lima Photography Club’s 2017 Juried Photography Exhibit.

UF Students Awarded Endowed Scholarships

Students at the University of Findlay were awarded endowed scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Local students include:

  • Jonathan Allen of Westerville, 43081, received the David C. Wallach Mathematics Scholarship and Dr. Wendell W. Moyer Scholarship
  • Henry Kunze of Westerville, 43081, received the Eric R. Theis Nuclear Medicine Institute Operating Scholarship
  • Rachel Renz of Galena, 43021, received the Dr. Steven D. Craig and Rebecca S. Craig Operating Scholarship Fund and Burgoon Scholarship

Kevon Gray Participates in UF’s Annual Physical Therapy Research Forum

Kevon Gray, of Westerville, 43081, participated in the University of Findlay’s Physical Therapy Research Forum on Feb. 2. Students participated in poster and platform presentations. The research forum promotes clinical research among students, faculty and community to foster and support evidence-based practice.

UF Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s List

FINDLAY, OH (02/20/2017)— The dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester at the University of Findlay has been announced.

Local students include: Jonathan Allen of Westerville; Julia Burke of Galena; Abigail Jokerst of Westerville; Henry Kunze of Westerville; Chloe Marburger of Westerville; Alyssa Parsio of Galena; Valerie Silvestri of Westerville; Corrina Talamo of Westerville.

To earn this achievement, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The University of Findlay is one of the largest private colleges in Northwest Ohio. With a total enrollment of more than 4,000 students, the University of Findlay has nearly 80 programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. UF has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. For more information, visit www.findlay.edu.

News from Kent State University

Fall 2016 Kent State Graduates

KENT, OH — Kent State University awards nearly 3,000 degrees, with more than 545 accompanying institutional honors, and including 1598 bachelor’s degrees, 668 master’s degrees, 44 doctoral degrees, 254 associate degrees and 1 educational specialist degrees.

The following local students are Fall 2016 Kent State University graduates: Jeffrey Beekman of Westerville (43081); Dominique Cook of Westerville (43082); Breanna Cooper of Westerville (43081); Lois Gonzales of Westerville (43081); Julie Kreakie of Westerville (43082); Kevin Simms of Westerville (43082).

Fall 2016 Dean’s List

Kent State recognizes more than 8,700 undergraduate students who have been named to the Dean’s List for Fall 2016. Undergraduate students who obtain a 3.400 GPA or higher while maintaining 12 or more credit hours during the spring qualify to receive this honor.

Named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s List: Andrew Almendinger of Sunbury (43074); Alison Bell of Galena (43021); Justine Blayney of Westerville (43082); Jeremiah Bouza of Westerville (43081); Teresa Busch of Westerville (43081); Diamond Carroll of Westerville (43081); Emily Chinsky of Galena (43021); Rebekah Ciesniewski of Westerville (43082); Franchesca Collins of Galena (43021); Breanna Cooper of Westerville (43081); Michael Corpus of Westerville (43081); Amy Cox of Westerville (43081); Brandon Daniels of Sunbury (43074); Abigail Delaney of Westerville (43082); Taylor Feinman of Westerville (43081); Samantha Godby of Galena (43021); Lois Gonzales of Westerville (43081); Gabrielle Henderson of Galena (43021); Nayan Jaitly of Westerville (43081); Walter Kenderski of Westerville (43082); Elijah Less of Westerville (43082); Chloe Mallow of Westerville (43082); Hana Matsumoto of Westerville (43082); Jennifer Maynard of Westerville (43081); Cebrina McDannald of Westerville (43081); Quincy McNabb of Westerville (43081); Sarah Menapace of Westerville (43082); Justin Mills of Westerville (43082); Abigail Morris of Westerville (43082); Athena Nehez of Westerville (43082); Adrienne Nelson of Westerville (43082); Ashley Nguyen of Westerville (43081); Alexandria Owens of Westerville (43081); Evan Pivetz of Westerville (43082); Sophia Poderys of Westerville (43082); Samantha Ricker of Westerville (43081); Elizabeth Savage of Westerville (43081); Margaret Schocken of Westerville (43081); Kevin Simms of Westerville (43082); Amber Sitz of Westerville (43082); Ashleigh Sitz of Westerville (43082); Erin Sylvester of Westerville (43082); Paulina Tesnow of Westerville (43081); Jenna Tompkins of Westerville (43082); Lauren Transue of Westerville (43081); Isabella Trevino of Westerville (43081); Madison Tyler of Galena (43021).

Kent State University Announces Fall 2016 President’s List

Kent State recognizes 1,068 undergraduate students who have been named to the President’s list for Fall 2016. Undergraduate students who obtain a 4.00 GPA while maintaining 15 or more credit hours during the spring qualify to receive this honor.

The following area students were among those named to the President’s List: Elizabeth Bosak of Westerville (43081); Taylor Denero of Galena (43021); Mason Knight of Galena (43021); Maria Peck of Westerville (43082); Mikaela Ray of Westerville (43081).

Summer 2016 Dean’s List

Kent State recognizes nearly 370 undergraduate students who have been named to the Dean’s List for Summer 2016. Undergraduate students who obtain a 3.400 GPA or higher while maintaining 12 or more credit hours during the spring qualify to receive this honor.

Named to the Summer 2016 Dean’s List: Rebekah Ciesniewski of Westerville (43082); Kerry Horvath of Westerville (43081); William Mutters of Westerville (43081).

Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s leading public research university with more than 41,000 students. The university’s eight-campus system is among the largest regional systems in the country. Today, Kent State has become an engine for economic, cultural and workforce development – locally and internationally – as one of the premier Ohio universities. The university is ranked among the nation’s 74 public high-research universities and among the top 76 in community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information about Kent State, visit www.kent.edu.

Youngstown State welcomes Ashley Walden of Westerville

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University is proud to welcome Ashley Walden of Westerville to campus for the Fall 2016 semester as one of more than 2,000 new undergraduate students comprising the Class of 2020.

Walden comes to YSU from Westerville North High School and is majoring in Exercise Science.

For more information, visit www.ysu.edu.

Brian Raiff competed on Marietta College’s PetroBowl team in Denver

MARIETTA — Marietta College’s Brian Raiff of Galena was part of a five-person team that competed in the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ PetroBowl in Denver, Colorado.

Marietta’s team placed ninth out of 24 teams. Raiff is majoring in Petroleum Engineering and graduated from Olentangy High School.

Within their six-team pool, Marietta defeated Arizona State, Florida State and North Dakota. Though they were beat by Kansas, who went on to place fourth in the competition, Marietta placed ninth out of 24 teams, missing tournament play by one spot.

Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,400 full-time students. The College offers 44 majors and has been listed among Barron’s Best Buys in College Education and Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review.

News from The University of Akron

Caleb Morris graduated from The University of Akron fall 2016

AKRON — With much hard work and determination, Caleb Morris of Westerville (43082), graduated from The University of Akron! In all, the 1,372 candidates from 24 states and 28 countries earned 52 doctoral degrees; 29 juris doctor degrees; 310 master’s degrees; 858 bachelor’s degrees; and 197 associate degrees.

Caleb successfully completed the program requirements earning the Bachelor of Business Admin. in Marketing Management Program. Congratulations! Welcome to a global network of more than 175,000 alumni! Best of luck to you in your future!

The University of Akron (UA) is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a highly skilled workforce, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. With nearly 26,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that defines the polytechnic approach to education. From polymers and psychology, to engineering and integrated marketing communications, to education and choreography, UA brings together various disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, study abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and on-line students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.

Columbus REALTORS selects Leadership Academy Class of 2016-2017!

Columbus REALTORS is pleased to announce that it has selected 12 outstanding REALTOR® members to participate in its Leadership Academy class of 2016-2017, including: Fran Link, HER Realtors.

A Columbus resident and Westerville area businesswoman, Fran has been licensed since 1998, and specializes in residential real estate. She is a member of Columbus REALTORS One Million Dollar Club, has served on the Association’s Affordable Housing and REALTOR Care Day committees, and is a recipient of the Floyd Wickham Bronze Award. Fran has served as assistant chair of Lenoir Enrichment Group that helped send kids to summer camp and as director of Triedstone Hope Outreach, an organization established to make life-changing differences in the lives of youth, adults and families in Columbus.

Wittenberg’s Dean’s List

SPRINGFIELD — Committed to academic excellence, Wittenberg University regularly recognizes students who maintain high educational standards. The following students maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average for the 2016 Spring semester and earned a place on the Dean’s List: Anna Aylor of Westerville; Caitlin Cahoon of Westerville; Zachary Cohn of Sunbury; Brenna Doherty of Galena; Dannielle Prince of Galena; Camila Quinones of Westerville; Jessica Skoglund of Westerville; Jessica Stayton of Sunbury; Elizabeth Wetterstroem of Galena; Erin Wetzel of Galena; Mark Wright of Westerville.

Wilmington College December Grads

Area Residents Graduate from Wilmington College

WILMINGTON, Ohio – Wilmington College is announcing the names of December graduates earning Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS) and Masters in Education (MED) degrees at the close of the 2016 fall semester.

Graduates from WC’s main campus are:

ASHLAND COUNTY: NOVA – Tarrell T. Starckey of Sir William Court, BS (summa cum laude), sport management.

DELAWARE COUNTY: SUNBURY – Lindsey L. Carpenter of Creek Road, BS (cum laude), agriculture.

KNOX COUNTY: MOUNT VERNON – Brian A. Johnson of Sherri Drive, BA, criminal justice; Leevi K. Stump of North Sandusky Street, BS, agriculture.

MADISON COUNTY: PLAIN CITY – Connor D. Headings of Amity Pike, BS, agriculture.

UNION COUNTY: MARYSVILLE – Grant G. Barnhorst of Scott Circle, BS, sport management.

Wilmington College is an independent college in Wilmington, Ohio, with a hallmark for hands-on learning opportunities. Founded in 1870 by Quakers, WC hosts 1,100 students at its main campus and another 200 at two satellite locations in Cincinnati. The College competes in 20 sports as a member of NCAA D-III and the Ohio Athletic Conference. Additional information may be obtained at www.wilmington.edu.

News from Baldwin Wallace University

Macy Leach of Westerville Central to Continue Softball Career at BW

BEREA, OH — Macy Leach (Westerville/Westerville Central) is one of eight student-athletes to continue their softball career at Baldwin Wallace University this spring.

Head Coach Tom Spencer, who enters his 14th season in Berea and his 19th overall, welcomes back 10 letterwinners, six position players, one pitcher and six every day starters from a year ago.

BW opens the 2017 season in Tucson, Arizona at the Tucson Invitational Games with four game against NAIA opponents before heading to Honolulu, Hawaii for doubleheaders against three NCAA Division II opponents. The Yellow Jackets also play non-conference doubleheaders against Albion (Mich.) College, Adrian (Mich.) College, Hiram College and the University Pittsburgh at Greensburg. BW opens Ohio Athletic Conference play on March 25 against the University of Mount Union.

Yellow Jacket Softball Looks to Strike Back Season in 2017

BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University softball team will look to strike back in 2017 and continue is pursuit of the school’s first ever Ohio Athletic Conference Championship.

Head Coach Tom Spencer, who enters his 14th season in Berea and his 19th overall, welcomes back 10 letterwinners, six position players, one pitcher and six every day starters from a year ago.

BW returns just two starters in the outfield in senior Academic All-OAC performer Mackenzie Nelsen (Powell/Dublin Scioto) and sophomore Abbie Thompson (Madison). Nelsen had one double, three triples, seven runs batted-in (RBI) and 23 putouts. Thompson, who started every game in centerfield, batted .298 with one double, a team-tying 12 walks and 51 putouts. Junior Sierra Bennett (Tallmadge), who also will see time as the designated player, sophomore Alexis Boledovic (Berea/Berea-Midpark), an All-OAC selection last season will move to the outfield after playing first base, and freshmen Macy Leach (Westerville/Central) all will push for that third and final outfield position.

Jessica Villacres named to Baldwin Wallace University Dean’s List

Jessica Villacres of Westerville (43082), a graduate of Westerville South High School majoring in communication sciences and disorders, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester at Baldwin Wallace University, according to Stephen D. Stahl, Provost. Students who receive at least a 3.6 GPA for seven or more graded hours in a single semester are named to the Dean’s List.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in 75 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.

News from Capital University

Capital University Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s List

BEXLEY — Capital University is pleased to announce its Dean’s List honorees for fall 2016 semester: Abigail Bowmaster of Westerville; Suzanne Case of Westerville; Taylor Collett of Westerville; Jake Downs of Westerville; Ostap Dvorakevych of Westerville; Emilee Gavan of Westerville; Makayla Jorgensen of Westerville; Zelpha Kolp of Westerville; Lucas LeWinter of Westerville; Cullen McGuire of Westerville; Ashton Parsons of Westerville; Megan Patterson of Westerville; Michael Sauder of Westerville; Drew Selegue of Westerville; Madison Shutler of Westerville; Elizabeth Stadler of Westerville; Jarrett Williams of Westerville.

Capital University Provost’s List Fall 2016

Capital University is pleased to announced its Provost’s List honorees for the fall 2016 semester. In order to be named to the Provost’s List at Capital, full-time, degree-seeking students must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.70.

Monica Billings of Westerville; Lindsey Eversole of Westerville; Kathleen Hammond of Westerville; Shengchang Jin of Westerville; Antonia Lytus of Westerville; Colin Moore of Westerville

Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.

Westerville Resident Receives University of Dayton Degree

DAYTON — Heather Shrey of Westerville is among the more than 300 undergraduates receiving degrees from the University of Dayton during the 2016 winter commencement ceremony.

Spring dean’s list

Several Delaware-area residents made the University of Dayton dean’s list for achieving a minimum 3.5 grade-point average for the spring 2016 semester.

They include: Kelly McGuire of Sunbury; Ryan Grieser of Sunbury; Carson Chatterton of Galena; Brianna McCormick of Galena; Angela Hughes of Delaware; Kaleigh Jurcisek of Lewis Center; Jonathan Ricci of Lewis Center; Benjamin Natarian of Lewis Center; Margaret Wagner of Lewis Center; Aidan Bean of Powell; Abigail Blahnik of Powell; Josie Reinitz of Powell; Justin Dickman of Powell; Gabrielle Scragg of Powell; Rose Gossett of Powell; Joseph Gore of Powell; Christopher Colwell of Dublin; Jenna DiPaolo of Dublin; Roselyn Nworie of Dublin; Julia Russell of Dublin; Jacob Lombardo of Dublin; Kaitlyn Sartain of Dublin; Hannah Abbruzzese of Dublin; Megan Brown of Dublin; Brittany Burger of Dublin; Jeffrey Davison of Dublin; Mary Lewis of Dublin; Taylor Lorentzen of Dublin; Tyler Mack of Dublin; Corey Mitchell of Dublin; Brian Sirak of Dublin; Matthew Smolik of Dublin; Pollyann Stidhem of Dublin; Emma Zack of Dublin; Aaron Gonzales of Marysville; Emily Molchan of Marysville; Devin Smarra of Marysville; Mason Boggs of Westerville; Anna Hays of Westerville; Julie Hays of Westerville; Anneke Price of Westerville; Erika Brown of Westerville; Kyle Davidson of Westerville; Nicholas Hancart of Westerville; Rachel Katula of Westerville; Sarah Schockling of Westerville; Madeline Shaw of Westerville; Diandra Walker of Westerville; Rachel Braun of Westerville; Anna Jelinek of Westerville; John Overly of Westerville; Joseph Spahr of Westerville; Manda Cash of Columbus; Erin Limes of Columbus; Katherine Silvius of Dublin; Kylie Huesman of Dublin; Emma Francois of Dublin; Charles Benton of Johnstown; Thomas Benton of Johnstown; Dante Pezzutti of Westerville; Katherine Michel of Westerville; Emma Clark of Westerville; Daniel Gruber of Westerville; Kyleen Cody of Westerville; Natalia Iannarino of Westerville; Adam Wicks of Dublin; Sara Westendorf of Dublin; Megan Longbrake of Dublin; Nathan Sikora of Dublin; Elisabeth Spector of Dublin; Danica Catron of Dublin; Louis Torchio of Dublin; Victoria Cobb of Dublin; William Shovelton of Dublin; Jane Rosmarin of Dublin; Andrea Vietti of Dublin; Michelle Zych of Dublin; Joseph Myers of Dublin; Kayla Rhea-Bouscher of Westerville; Rachel Putnam of Westerville; Nicklaus Halloy of Westerville; Quinton Kane of Westerville; Elizabeth Borchers of Columbus; Steven Borchers of Columbus; Michelle Borchers of Columbus; Dylan Foley of Columbus; Lindsey Whittemore of Columbus; Kiersten Weatherbie of Columbus.

The University of Dayton is a top-tier, national, Catholic, research institution. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), we focus on educating the whole person, connecting learning with leadership and service. Through student clubs, campus recreation, education abroad, research, service-learning and career preparation, students are encouraged to engage the world, developing a critical mind and compassionate heart.

News from Miami University

Students Receive Degrees at Miami University Fall Commencement

OXFORD, OH — Miami University awarded degrees to students during fall commencement exercises December 13, 2016, at Millett Hall.

Local students who received degrees include: Robin Ellen Dungan of Westerville (43081), graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Biological Science; Katie Ann Jacques of Westerville (43082), graduated with a Master of Education degree in School Leadership.

Considered one of eight original “Public Ivies” in the country, Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio. The university is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and is the number one college town according to Forbes. Miami University offers more than 120 degree programs in humanities, science, engineering, business, education and fine arts.

Mairin Duffy of Westerville enrolls at JMU

HARRISONBURG, VA — Westerville resident Mairin Duffy has enrolled at James Madison University for the fall 2016 semester. Duffy’s selected major is media arts and design.

Delaware Resident Earns Degree from WGU

SALT LAKE CITY, March 1, 2017 – Bryan Holton of Delaware (43015) has received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Western Governors University (WGU). The university held its 32nd semi-annual commencement ceremony at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando on February 11 and celebrated the graduation of more than 11,000 graduates.

At the commencement, the online, nonprofit university recognized 6,982 undergraduates and 4,476 graduates who have completed their degrees in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and healthcare, including nursing.

Local Residents Earn Degree from WGU

SALT LAKE CITY — The following local residents have received their degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The university held its 31st semi-annual commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City on July 16 and celebrated the graduation of more than 8,000 graduates: Joshua Lamb of Delaware has received his Master of Arts in Mathematics Education (5-12) degree; James Davis of Marysville has received his Master of Arts in Mathematics Education (5-12) degree; Cherilyn Moser of Prospect has received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Isabel Cooke graduates from Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa – Isabel Cooke graduated from Grinnell College on May 23 as one of 378 members of the class of 2016. Cooke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in French/Gender, Womens, and Sexuality Studies.

Cooke is the child of Mr. Kelvin D. Cooke and Mrs. Kimberly L. Cooke of Marysville.

Andrew Millsap of Westerville named to Champlain College Dean’s List

BURLINGTON, VT — Andrew Millsap of Westerville, OH has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester.

Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Millsap is majoring in Game Programming.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland.

News from University of Iowa

Fall 2016 Dean’s List

IOWA CITY, IA — The following local students were named to the University of Iowa fall 2016 Dean’s List: Courtney Bright of Galena, OH (43021); Felicia Circelli of Westerville, OH (43082); Christopher Wieneke of Westerville, OH (43081).

Courtney Bright receives University of Iowa degree

Courtney Bright, a native of Galena, OH (43021) received a BA-Communication Studies- with Distinction; BA-English- with Distinction degree from the University of Iowa at the close of the fall 2016 semester.

Congratulations to Courtney and other fall 2016 Iowa grads!

The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, dedicated to academic excellence, groundbreaking discoveries and creations, commitment to Iowa and the world, and a culture that prizes community, diversity, and opportunity.

News from Trine University

Walters in Trine Wind Ensemble

ANGOLA, IN — The Trine University Wind Ensemble, directed by Professor Mark Kays, chair of the Department of Music, includes Nicole Walters of Sunbury, a Chemical Engineering major.

Cunningham Writing Contest winners announced

Trine University has announced the winners of its eighth annual Walter Cunningham Writing Contest.

Winners for this year’s contest include Third place, Academic Division: “Detection and Prevention of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis Infection in Dairy Cattle: A Review” by Nicole Walters, a senior chemical engineering major from Sunbury, Ohio. Walters is involved with the Christian Campus House at Trine and plays the trumpet in Trine’s marching band and wind ensemble.

Winners receive an award certificate and cash prizes – $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third – and have their names inscribed on a plaque in Trine’s Taylor Hall. All winners also will have their work published in Trine’s online literary magazine (InscriptionsJournal.org) and be recognized at an award ceremony in April.

Trine University, an internationally recognized, private, co-educational, residential institution, offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in programs for students in engineering, mathematics, science, informatics, business, teacher education, communication, criminal justice, golf management, social sciences and various other fields of study. Trine is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and offers 21 varsity sports (introducing men’s and women’s ice hockey, bowling and esports in fall 2017). Its golf program includes the university-owned 18-hole championship Zollner Golf Course. Founded in 1884 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org), Trine operates a 450-acre main campus in Angola, Indiana, and education resource centers throughout Indiana, Arizona and Michigan.

News from Ithaca College

Katherine Evans Named to Dean’s List at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY (02/23/2017) — Katherine Evans, a resident of Westerville and Clinical Health Studies major, was named to the Dean’s List in Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance for the fall 2016 semester.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 460 graduate students.

News from Clemson University

Clemson names local students to fall 2016 Dean’s List

CLEMSON, SC (02/23/2017)— Local students have been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2016 semester. They are: Cassie A. Bednarek of Westerville, who is majoring in General Engineering; Peter C. Westfall of Westerville, who is majoring in General Engineering.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Ranked No. 23 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel.

Molly McIntosh Named to Wheaton College (Ill.) Dean’s List for Fall 2016 Semester

WHEATON, IL (01/11/2017)— Wheaton College student Molly McIntosh of Westerville was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester.

To earn Dean’s List honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

Wheaton College is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. For more information, visit wheaton.edu.

News from Georgia Institute of Technology

Marinice Bauman Named to Dean’s List at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA, GA (02/06/2017)— Marinice Bauman of Galena made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

One of the nation’s leading research universities, the Georgia Institute of Technology is in the business of creating the next – the next idea, the next technology, and the next legion of agile minds well equipped to imagine and engineer our future. More than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled, and Georgia Tech is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. For more information visit www.gatech.edu.

Ohio Students Increasingly Turn To GoFundMe To Pay For College

GoFundMe Releases New Tools and New Data to Help Students Pay for College

REDWOOD CITY, CA — GoFundMe released a new guidebook highlighting the growing trend of college students who are turning to GoFundMe to pay for tuition and other costs associated with college. In the last three years alone, over 130,000 GoFundMes have raised $60 million from over 850,000 donations for college tuition and related expenses. To see how your state stacks up go to page 4 here and click on your state.

The GoFundMe Guidebook includes three sections:

1. National Data:

New national data about the growing trend of students using social fundraising to pay for school.

2. Step-by-Step Instructions and Tips to Launch a Successful GoFundMe:

Step-by-step instructions and important tips for students about how to create a successful GoFundMe to raise money for college.

3. State-Specific Data:

State-specific data about the cost of college and information about students in your state who have turned to GoFundMe to help reduce their college costs.

To view the guidebook, click HERE.

GoFundMe also released a new college fundraising hub, which will serve as a resource for students and their communities. We want to make it as easy as possible for GoFundMe donors to find students, as well as giving students and their families the tips and tools they need for a successful campaign. Students and donors can visit the college fundraising hub here: https://www.gofundme.com/college-tuition-fundraising

GoFundMe has made these new resources available to all students, parents, faculty and staff at college campuses across the country to show how easy it is to reduce a student’s bills. GoFundMe will continue to share tips and best practices directly with students to empower them to start campaigns.

About GoFundMe

Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.

News from University of the Cumberlands

Max Phillips has been accepted to University of the Cumberlands

WILLIAMSBURG, KY (02/10/2017)— University of the Cumberlands has proudly accepted Max Phillips of Westerville, Ohio, for the upcoming academic year. UC welcomes Max, a current student at Westerville South High School, to the class of 2021.

Located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction that currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; 10 graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, please visit www.ucumberlands.edu.

News from The University of Alabama

UA Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s and President’s Lists

TUSCALOOSA, AL (02/10/2017)— A total of 11,758 students enrolled during the 2016 fall semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s). The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.

Dean’s List: Sela P Garand, Sunbury, OH (43074); Jason Lysinger, Sunbury (43074); Cole Benton Delaney, Westerville (43082); Taylor Nicole Dickens, Westerville (43082); Jarrett T Jarvis, Westerville (43082); Shelby C Pappas, Westerville (43081); Aaron T Roe, Westerville (43082).

President’s List: Jessica Anne Stroh, Westerville (43082).

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.

News from Rochester Institute of Technology

Gabrielle Robinson of Westerville named to RIT Dean’s List for fall semester

ROCHESTER, NY (03/01/2017)— Gabrielle Robinson of Westerville (43082) was named to the RIT Dean’s List for the fall 2016-2017 semester. Gabrielle is studying in the ASL-English interpretation program.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

News from Grove City College

Students named to Dean’s List at Grove City College

GROVE CITY, PA (02/13/2017)— The following students were names to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester at Grove City College.

Wei-En Lu, a sophomore Mathematics major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean’s List with High Distinction for the Fall 2016 semester. Wei-En is a 2015 graduate of Home School and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Chao-Wen Lu (Ching-Shiang) from Westerville.

Ben Dumm, a junior Biochemistry major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean’s List with Distinction for the Fall 2016 semester. Ben is a 2014 graduate of Saint Francis De Sales High School and is the son of Dr. Timothy Dumm from Westerville.

Grove City College (www.gcc.edu)is a highly ranked, private liberal arts school that offers a high-quality education in a thoroughly Christian environment for about half the cost of other schools. Founded in 1876, the College is committed to the principles of faith and freedom, a pioneer in independent private education and accepts no federal funds. It offers its 2,500 students degrees in more than 60 majors in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering and music on a picturesque 188-acre campus north of Pittsburgh. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and routinely ranked among the best colleges and universities by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others. It is one of the Top Conservative Schools in the country, according to The Young America’s Foundation and a Christian College of Distinction.

News from Wittenberg University

For more information contact: Cynthia A. Holbrook, (937) 327-6141,holbrookc@wittenberg.edu

Global Leaders: Students embrace the power of internships

SPRINGFIELD, OH (03/13/2017)— Senior art and marketing major Austin Riggle experienced firsthand what it means to be a global learner when he interned with Rademaker Industrial Bakery in Culemborg, The Netherlands.

Riggle, class of 2017, spent his summer creating a three-part advertising campaign for Rademaker, which included developing advertisements for a company magazine, designing graphic art, and photographing many of the company’s bread products.

Upon arriving in The Netherlands, Riggle didn’t know the language, or anyone in Culemborg. Throughout the summer, he adjusted, making friends, learning the ropes, and biking to work every day like a local.

“When you work abroad, you grow as a person in terms of being self-reliant,” said Riggle of Hudson, Ohio. “You have to go out of your comfort zone, almost to prove yourself.”

Riggle wasn’t the only Wittenberg student who traveled outside of a comfort zone for an internship this year. Camila Quinones, senior English major from Westerville, Ohio, followed her dreams all the way to Los Angeles, Calif., to intern with a production company, The Cartel.

Quinones, class of 2017, spent her time with The Cartel reading through scripts and writing coverage, which provided feedback about the potential of each piece. This position was a “dream come true” for Quinones, whose passion for film and television production started at a young age creating videos with her sister.

According to Quinones, this internship was a learning experience, which allowed her to learn not only more about herself, but also the production industry. She also credits her Wittenberg education with preparing her to take on such a role. Her coursework as an English major and her position at the Wittenberg Writing Center both taught her to be clear and concise in her writing, which she is convinced led to success at The Cartel.

“My Wittenberg experiences are transcending Wittenberg and seeping into the professional world,” Quinones said. “I’m excited to see how else the things I’ve done affect my future.”

Like Quinones, Riggle found that his Wittenberg experiences benefitted him in the professional world, too. Riggle’s internship allowed him to seamlessly combine his two majors of marketing and art. His art major focuses on photography, and much of his internship did, as well. Riggle was able to take photos within bakery storefronts, close-up shots of products, staged shots for catalogs, and photos of Rademaker machinery. He then used his marketing knowledge to incorporate these photos into the advertisements and catalogs he designed.

Before interning with Rademaker, Riggle said he was close-minded about business careers and wasn’t quite sure of how to merge his two majors. Rademaker showed him that he could utilize his skillset and creativity within an industrial business environment.

“This position allowed me to be creative but still do marketing-type things,” Riggle said. “Art and business marketing came together nicely, and that was reassuring.”

According to Riggle, Wittenberg prepared him to succeed in this internship by offering him the education and tangible skills he needed through his classes in art, marketing, business and international relations. It was the idea that Wittenberg students are global learners that he also saw reflected within his experience this summer.

“As Wittenberg students, we strive to be global leaders, and I felt like I was able to take my education here and streamline it into what I was doing there, while still being true to myself,” he said.

Both Quinones and Riggle found their summer internships to be transformative experiences. Quinones walked away knowing that, in order to find success, one must “be fearless and convicted in your dreams.”

Riggle returned home to America with a deeper knowledge of himself and the world around him. “It was life-changing in terms of an eye-opening experience,” he said.

Other students who landed some exciting internships last summer include: Josh Marks ‘17 of Bushey, England, who interned at Evol8tion in New York City; Creighton Stephens ‘17 of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who interned at the Vail Valley Foundation in Avon, Colo.; Megan Bobbitt ‘16 of Rocky River, Ohio, who interned at the Flats East Bank, in Cleveland, Ohio; Lauren Gerhardt ‘17 of Cincinnati, Ohio, who interned at J.P. Morgan Chase, in Chicago; Leah Markovich ‘17 of Delta, Ohio, who interned with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Global Initiatives in Chicago; Nick Rittenhouse ‘17 of Fort Wayne, Ind., who interned with ALDI in Michigan; Phil Bufford ‘17 of Woodbridge, Va., who interned at Wright and Schulte, LLC., in Vandalia, Ohio; and Cameron Black ‘17 of Chenango Forks, N.Y., who interned at Mercy Health Partners in Springfield, Ohio.

Local Students named to Wittenberg University Fall 2016 Dean’s List

SPRINGFIELD, OH (03/13/2017)— Committed to academic excellence, Wittenberg University regularly recognizes students who maintain high educational standards. These students maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average for the 2016 fall semester and earned a place on the Dean’s List: Anna Aylor of Westerville; Marielle Beach of Westerville; James Hagerman of Westerville; Jubileen Kombe of Westerville; Jamison Pence of Galena; Camila Quinones of Westerville; Allison Ruman of Westerville; Jacob Sampson of Westerville; Jessica Skoglund of Westerville; Mackenzie Swank of Sunbury; Elizabeth Wetterstroem of Galena; Mark Wright of Westerville; Nathan Yoder of Westerville.

Repeatedly recognized by the Princeton Review for its professor accessibility, superior classroom experience and longstanding commitment to sustainability, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked university for the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A leader in providing an active, engaged learning environment defined by excellence in academics, innovation, student success, service and athletics, Wittenberg was recently named one of Forbes’ Top 50 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges. Additionally, the university currently has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any other four-year institution in the state and recently earned a spot on the “Best Buy” list in the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges. For more information, visit www.wittenberg.edu.

News from Ohio Wesleyan University

Sophie Winegard of Westerville named an Accounting Fellow at Ohio Wesleyan University

DELAWARE, OH (03/13/2017)— The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship at Ohio Wesleyan University has selected Sophie Winegard of Westerville, OH, as a 2017-2018 Accounting Fellow. Being selected for the competitive program gives Winegard access to enhanced internship, research, and other opportunities.

“This program will provide opportunities for students to further develop their accounting, leadership, critical-thinking, and communication skills beyond the classroom,” said Justin P. Breidenbach, assistant professor of accounting. “The accounting environment is constantly evolving and higher-order thinking skills are being demanded more than ever from graduates and accounting professionals.”

Students selected as Accounting Fellows will participate in faculty-escorted study trips funded by The Woltemade Center to domestic and international locations that have significance to the study and practice of accounting.

In addition, Accounting Fellows will complete at least one accounting internship and research project. The research will consist of an independent study or directed reading supervised by an OWU professor and either an outside accountant or finance professional approved by The Woltemade Center. Fellows will document their experiences to show how they connect to theories covered in class.

Accounting Fellows also will be required to complete an external professional development activity, such as an accounting competition, leadership program or conference, or business tour.

Finally, Accounting Fellows must sign-up for student membership in both the Ohio Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to ensure they understand the evolving roles and responsibilities of professional accountants.

“I am excited to help guide the Accounting Fellows and join them in their experiences as they put theory into practice,” said Breidenbach, MAcc, CPA, CFE. “I am excited to see students’ passion for accounting come alive as they interact with faculty mentors, network with professionals, engage in professional development and research activities, and travel as a group to better understand how accounting is utilized domestically and globally.”

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Woltemade Center at www.owu.edu/woltemade, more about the university’s Department of Economics at www.owu.edu/economics, and more about its accounting major and minor at www.owu.edu/accounting.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

Centerville Students Win Regional National Science Bowl® Competition,

Secure Spot in National Finals in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A team of high school students from Centerville, Ohio won their regional competition for the 2017 National Science Bowl® (NSB) and will advance to compete in the NSB National Finals this spring in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced.

“The National Science Bowl® continues to be one of the premier academic competitions across the country and prepares America’s students for future successes in some of the world’s fastest growing fields in science, technology, and engineering,” said Dr. J. Stephen Binkley, Acting Director of the Department’s Office of Science, which sponsors the nationwide competition, now in its 27th year. “Each year the DOE Office of Science provides this unique opportunity, and I am honored to congratulate all the competitors who are advancing to the national finals, where they will continue to showcase their talents as top students in math and science.”

The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and math.

The team from your area that won their qualifying regional competition this past weekend and will be advancing to the National Finals is:

Centerville High School, Centerville, Ohio

A series of 116 regional middle school and high school tournaments are being held across the country from January through March. Winners will advance to represent their areas at the National Science Bowl® held from April 27 to May 1 in Washington, D.C., for the final middle school and high school competitions.

The top 16 high school teams and the top 16 middle school teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Prizes for the top two high school teams for the 2017 NSB will be announced at a later date.

The high school team that won the 2016 NSB received a nine-day, all-expenses-paid science trip to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics. The second-place high school team at the 2016 NSB won a five-day, fully guided adventure tour of several national parks, which included a whitewater rafting trip.

Approximately 265,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® in its 26-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,000 students compete in the NSB each year.

DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition. More information is available on the NSB website: http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.

Wheelersburg Students Win Regional National Science Bowl® Competition,

Secure Spot in National Finals in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A team of high school students from Wheelersburg, Ohio won their regional competition for the 2017 National Science Bowl® (NSB) this past weekend and will advance to compete in the NSB National Finals this spring in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today.

“The National Science Bowl® continues to be one of the premier academic competitions across the country and prepares America’s students for future successes in some of the world’s fastest growing fields in science, technology, and engineering,” said Dr. J. Stephen Binkley, Acting Director of the Department’s Office of Science, which sponsors the nationwide competition, now in its 27th year. “Each year the DOE Office of Science provides this unique opportunity, and I am honored to congratulate all the competitors who are advancing to the national finals, where they will continue to showcase their talents as top students in math and science.”

The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and math.

The team from your area that won their qualifying regional competition this past weekend and will be advancing to the National Finals is:

Wheelersburg High School, Wheelersburg, Ohio

A series of 116 regional middle school and high school tournaments are being held across the country from January through March. Winners will advance to represent their areas at the National Science Bowl® held from April 27 to May 1 in Washington, D.C., for the final middle school and high school competitions.

The top 16 high school teams and the top 16 middle school teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Prizes for the top two high school teams for the 2017 NSB will be announced at a later date.

The high school team that won the 2016 NSB received a nine-day, all-expenses-paid science trip to Alaska, where they learned more about glaciology, marine and avian biology, geology and plate tectonics. The second-place high school team at the 2016 NSB won a five-day, fully guided adventure tour of several national parks, which included a whitewater rafting trip.

Approximately 265,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl® in its 26-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. More than 14,000 students compete in the NSB each year.

DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition. More information is available on the NSB website: http://www.science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.

Attorney General DeWine Unveils

BCI Science School Statewide

(REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today (March 3) that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Science School is now available to teachers and students across Ohio.

BCI Science School

Designed for fourth graders, BCI Science School’s free lesson plans will expose students to the careers of forensic science, criminal investigation, and related careers at an early age. Students conduct hands-on, inquiry-based experiments in class and solve relevant challenges using critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Videos are shown throughout the lessons that “take” students into the field with BCI agents and into the laboratory with forensic scientists.

“I wanted to develop BCI Science School so kids could experience what it’s like to be a detective or a forensic scientist. We hope that by showing kids when they are young all that BCI has to offer, we will spark their interest in science and criminal justice careers that they might not have thought about,” said Attorney General Mike DeWine. “Since we can’t take every fourth grade student and teacher to BCI, where they are solving crimes every single day, we thought creatively about what we could do to make BCI available to teachers and students to accomplish our goal of early learning and excitement for science and related fields.”

BCI Science School

Attorney General DeWine visited fourth grade students at Herbert Mills STEM Elementary School in Reynoldsburg (Franklin County), who worked on extension projects, after finishing the main BCI Science School curriculum.

“Our teachers and students are thrilled to partner with the BCI Science School for a hands-on, applied learning experience,” said Brian Coffey, Herbert Mills STEM Elementary Principal. “Not only is this a perfect fit with our climate of student growth and learning, but we are excited to introduce the fourth grade to a variety of career pathways including forensics.”

With a STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum, BCI Science School includes 26 lesson plans aligned to the Ohio Department of Education’s fourth grade standards, using hands-on experiments and inquiry-based learning to help solve fictional crimes. Students help “solve” this scenario:

A farmer named Bob Agriculture is missing, along with his dog, Buckeye. Bob’s wife calls police when she can’t find the two and notices their barn has been broken into, chemicals are missing, and there’s a threatening note on the barn window. Students help figure out what happened to Bob Agriculture and who might be responsible. They determine if any crimes were committed.

In the process, students learn about key processes used at BCI: Cyber Crimes (cell phone pinging and cell phone records); Thermal Energy Detection; Criminal Intelligence Unit (tracking suspects); Crime Scene (collecting evidence); Latent Prints (fingerprints); DNA; Questioned Documents (handwriting); Chemistry (chromatography); Trace Evidence (fracture matches and shoeprints); Toolmarks.

BCI Science School was designed to be flexible to fit an individual teacher’s needs. For example, some teachers complete one lesson every day and some teachers opt for one lesson every week. While the curriculum was developed for the fourth grade classroom environment, BCI Science School could easily be adapted for after-school programs, summer camps, and homeschool settings.

BCI Science School

Teachers with questions about implementing BCI Science School in their classrooms can contact BCI@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

GALENA, OH, RESIDENT NAMED TO DEAN’S LIST AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Boston, Mass. — Starr M. Perlman, a resident of Galena, has recently been named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the Fall semester.

Each school and college at Boston University has their own criterion for the Dean’s List, but students generally must attain a 3.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), or be in the top 30 percent of their class, as well as a full course load as a full time student.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. Consisting of 16 schools and colleges, BU offers students more than 250 programs of study in science and engineering, social science and humanities, health science, the arts, and other professional disciplines, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. With more than 33,000 students, BU is the fourth-largest private university in the country and a member of the American Association of Universities (AAU), a nonprofit association of 62 of North America’s leading research-intensive institutions.

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