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Trainer passes bar

Devin Trainer of Sunbury recently passed the Ohio Bar Exam. Devin is a 2011 graduate of Big Walnut High School. He did his undergraduate study at The Ohio State University, graduating in 2015 with a BA in Economics and German. He then attended The University of Cincinnati Law School graduating in 2018 with a JD. Devin plans to get a job as a Prosecuting Attorney.

Otterbein University Nursing Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rates on Professional Certifications

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Nursing has had a lot to celebrate in its 40 years of excellence, including licensure and certification pass rates well above the national average. In fact, the spring 2018 nursing graduates achieved 100 percent pass rates for initial RN license, Family Nurse Practitioner national certification, and Nurse Anesthesia national certification.

Otterbein’s perfect pass rate is impressive considering the national pass rate for RN licensure (NCLEX) is 89.42 percent, Family Nurse Practitioner national certification is 82.9 percent, and Nurse Anesthesia certification is 82.6 percent.

This trend is expected to continue for additional students with the addition of the new Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. This new program will expand Otterbein’s reach into the healthcare arena by preparing new providers in behavioral health. See the Graduate Nursing Education page of the Otterbein website for more information.

Currently, there are 209 students enrolled in Otterbein’s Graduate Nursing programs (MSN and DNP); 202 students enrolled in the undergraduate nursing major (BSN); and 85 freshman pre-nursing majors.

Local college students earn merit scholarships at Baldwin Wallace University

BEREA, OH (10/19/2018)— Students from our area were among nearly 600 first-year students welcomed to the Baldwin Wallace University campus this fall who claimed $7.7 million in merit scholarships for their outstanding high school achievements. BW’s merit scholarships are awarded to full-time students and are renewable up to four years with good academic and social standing. BW grants a wide range of scholarships to current students each year. Including merit and need-based scholarships, BW students received over $48 million in financial support from the University for the 2018-2019 academic year. The following local students were awarded merit scholarships:

  • Kaitlin Cochran of Sunbury (43074), a graduate of Big Walnut High School majoring in exercise science, earned a $12,000 Dean’s Scholarship.
  • Edith Dwumah of Westerville (43081), a graduate of Westerville South High School majoring in biology and international studies, earned a $14,000 Trustee’s Scholarship.
  • Jennifer Persons of Galena (43021), a psychology major, earned a $12,000 Dean’s Scholarship.

Local college students earn endowed scholarships at Baldwin Wallace University

BEREA, OH (10/23/2018)— Students from our area were among more than 600 students who earned endowed scholarships at Baldwin Wallace University this fall. BW has a long history of endowed scholarship support from alumni, faculty, trustees and friends. Over 400 named scholarships provide in excess of $3 million to help students attend, persist and graduate from BW. Endowed scholarships vary in their requirements with many specifying financial need, a course of study, involvement on campus or a commitment to excellence in a particular field. BW grants a wide range of scholarships to current students each year. Including endowed, merit and need-based scholarships, BW students received over $48 million in financial support from the University for the 2018-2019 academic year. The following local students earned endowed scholarships:

  • Crystal Delpin of Westerville (43081), a graduate of Thomas Worthington High School majoring in music therapy, earned the GAR Foundation Scholarship.
  • Erika Delpin of Westerville (43081), a graduate of Thomas Worthington High School majoring in music therapy, earned the GAR Foundation – Conservatory Scholarship and the Hyman & Rachel Lieberman Scholarship.
  • Molly Flaherty of Westerville (43082), a graduate of Saint Francis de Sales High School majoring in marketing and international business, earned the Barr Family Scholarship.
  • Benjamin Guegold of Westerville (43081), a graduate of Westerville North High School majoring in instrumental performance, earned the Bob Squire Memorial Award.
  • Abigail Louisin of Westerville (43081), a graduate of Thomas Worthington High School majoring in religion, earned the Blanche & Walter Hoffman Scholarship and the Mary & Hugh Burtner Student Prize in Religion.
  • Nicolas Principe of Galena (43021), a graduate of Olentangy High School majoring in sport management, earned the Martha E. Graham Scholarship.

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 more than 80 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.

Welcome new students to campus

FINDLAY, OH (10/15/2018)— The University of Findlay recently welcomed new undergraduate and graduate students to campus for fall 2018. New students began their studies at UF on August 21.

Local students include:

  • Alfred Danso of Westerville, 43082, is pursuing a degree in computer science. Danso is a graduate of Westerville Central High School.
  • Kathleen Fullin of Westerville, 43082, is pursuing a degree in English and a degree in children’s book illustration. Fullin is a graduate of Westerville South High School.
  • Connor Gerren of Westerville, 43082, is pursuing a degree in early childhood education. Gerren is a graduate of Big Walnut High School.
  • Christopher Lytus of Westerville, 43081, is pursuing an undecided degree. Lytus is a graduate of Westerville South High School.
  • Kate Miltko of Westerville, 43082, is pursuing a degree in health science/pre-occupational therapy.
  • Alivia Olson of Westerville, 43081, is pursuing a degree in middle childhood education. Olson is a graduate of Westerville South High School.

UF Student Groups Elect Presidents

FINDLAY, OH (11/01/2018)— Student groups at the University of Findlay have elected presidents for the 2018-2019 academic year. There are nearly 90 active clubs, organizations, national honor societies and special interest groups at UF.

Local students include:

  • Lauren Fleser of Sunbury, 43074, has been elected president of the University of Findlay’s Student College of Clinical Parmacy.
  • Michelle Stefaniak of Galena, 43021, has been elected president of Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International.

Located in Findlay, Ohio, the University of Findlay is known not only for science, health professions, animal science and equestrian studies programs, but also for cultivating the next generation of business leaders, educators and innovative thinkers through a dedication to experiential learning, both in and outside of the classroom. Established in 1882 through a joint partnership between the Churches of God, General Counsel and the City of Findlay, the University of Findlay has nearly 60 majors leading to baccalaureate degrees and offers 11 master’s degrees, and four doctoral degrees. More than 3,800 students are enrolled at Findlay, and the University is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Located in Findlay, Ohio, the University of Findlay is known not only for science, health professions, animal science and equestrian studies programs, but also for cultivating the next generation of business leaders, educators and innovative thinkers through a dedication to experiential learning, both in and outside of the classroom. Established in 1882 through a joint partnership between the Churches of God, General Counsel and the City of Findlay, the University of Findlay has nearly 60 majors leading to baccalaureate degrees and offers 11 master’s degrees, and four doctoral degrees. More than 3,800 students are enrolled at Findlay, and the University is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Sarah Ramsey named to the Spring 2018 Tiger Pride Honor Roll!

News from DePauw University

GREENCASTLE, IN (10/17/2018)— Sarah Ramsey, member of the Lacrosse team, class of 2018 and resident of Westerville, OH, has been named to DePauw University’s Spring 2018 Tiger Honor Roll. Congratulations and GO! Tigers!

Founded in 1837, DePauw University is a top-ranked, 100% residential, private liberal arts university in Greencastle, Ind. Through its College of Liberal Arts and School of Music, DePauw provides highly personalized education in small classes, with 95% of its graduates employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. DePauw is ranked 5th for study abroad, and 80% of students receive academic credit for off-campus study, including internships, independent projects and service work. The university is ranked in the top 20 for both graduate salaries and internship opportunities among private institutions, 8th for Fulbright Scholars, 8th for producing top business executives, 8th for graduate salaries, and 2nd for Teach For America employees. Our graduates have a 90% acceptance rate for medical school and an 80% acceptance rate for law school, both well above the national average.

Ashland University Beta Beta Beta Members

ASHLAND, OH (10/24/2018)— The following students are members of Beta Beta Beta at Ashland University.

  • Samantha Edwards of Johnstown, OH, is a member of Ashland University’s Beta Beta Beta. Edwards is majoring in biochemistry. Edwards is a 2017 graduate of Johnstown Monroe High School.
  • Jacob Wenger of Centerburg, OH, is a member of Ashland University’s Beta Beta Beta. Wenger is majoring in nursing. Wenger is a 2016 graduate of Grove City High School.
  • Janene Rawahneh of Westerville, OH, is a member of Ashland University’s Beta Beta Beta. Rawahneh is a 2017 graduate of Westerville South High School.

Beta Beta Beta is an honor society for undergraduate students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, 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.

Abigail Steele of Westerville Participates in UA’s Beyond Bama: Alternative Breaks Cleanup After Hurricane Michael

TUSCALOOSA, AL (10/31/2018)— A group of University of Alabama students spent fall break in Panama City, Florida, helping with the recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael. Among them was Abigail Steele of Westerville, OH (43082).

The trip was organized by the Beyond Bama: Alternative Breaks program, part of UA’s Center for Service and Leadership. Students arrived in Panama City on Wednesday, Oct. 24, and assisted in clearing debris for three days before returning to campus on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Beyond Bama: Alternative Breaks organizes trips for the UA student body during fall, winter and spring breaks. Alternative Break trips allow students to travel to communities in parts of the country and the world, and engage in service and experiential learning during university breaks.

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.

Grant McLravy Named to 2018 University Singers

GREENVILLE, SC (11/13/2018)— Grant McLravy of Westerville has been named to Bob Jones University’s University Singers, BJU’s largest choral organization. McLravy is a Freshman majoring in Accounting.

All students at BJU are welcome to audition and are placed in a choral group according to their classification and abilities. Singers are re-auditioned periodically to determine proper placement.

“Freshmen are full of energy and excitement,” says Dr. Pattye Casarow, who serves as conductor. “They love to sing and work hard to improve their musicianship, and I am honored to work with this talented group of musicians.”

The University Singers presented an exciting program of music on October 24 entitled “Folk Songs and Hymns: A Fall Celebration.” From the lush Homeward Bound by Mack Wilberg to the spirited Sacramento Sis Joe with marimba by Jackson Berkey, the audience was delighted and stirred by the magnitude and musicianship of the choir. The University Singers also were part of the Choral Festival on November 9. All six choirs of the University participated, giving the audience an evening of choral pleasure. The University Singers are looking forward to one more major concert, A Very Merry Christmas on December 6. This concert will also feature all the choirs of the University in addition to the Symphonic Orchestra.

The choral program at BJU is a developmental program comprised of seven graded choirs. Performances include concerts of standard choral literature, sacred service music, and the annual opera and oratorio performances. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn to use music for the service of God and to reach their individual technical and artistic choral potential within a program that strives for the highest level of musical excellence.

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University provides an outstanding regionally accredited Christian liberal arts education purposely designed to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning, loving and leading.

BJU offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, health sciences, and business.

BJU has nearly 3,000 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries. We are committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.

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