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•••News from Ashland University

Winter 2018 Graduation

ASHLAND, OH (12/13/2018)— The following students received degrees as part of Ashland University’s Winter 2018 Commencement Ceremony.

• Mary Greene of Galena, OH, will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education during Ashland University’s Winter 2018 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Greene is majoring in Early Childhood Education. Greene is graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. Greene is a graduate of Wyoming High School.

• Katie Burgess of Westerville, OH, will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education during Ashland University’s Winter 2018 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Burgess is majoring in Early Childhood Education. Burgess is a 2013 graduate of Westerville Central High School.

• Zachary Hamner of Westerville, OH, will receive a Master of Business Administration during Ashland University’s Winter 2018 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Hamner is majoring in Executive Management.

• Paige McMenemy of Westerville, OH, will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education during Ashland University’s Winter 2018 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 15, 2018. McMenemy is majoring in Middle Grades Education. McMenemy is a 2014 graduate of Westerville Central High School.

• Katherine Stauch of Westerville, OH, will receive a Master of Education during Ashland University’s Winter 2018 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Stauch is majoring in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading & Literacy.

• William Summers of Westerville, OH, will receive a Bachelor of Arts during Ashland University’s Winter 2018 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Summers is majoring in Religion. Summers is graduating with Magna Cum Laude and Gamma Alpha Kappa honors. Summers is a 2015 graduate of Westerville South High School.

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.

News from Augustana College

Meghan Noonan was named to Augustana College’s fall term Dean’s List

ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (12/05/2018)— Meghan Noonan, majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Galena, OH, was among the students named to Augustana College’s 2018 fall term Dean’s List.

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include more than 170 Academic All-Americans, two Nobel laureates, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,600 students and is located along one of the world’s most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

News from Baldwin Wallace University

Edith Dwumah spends fall break serving the homeless in Cincinnati

BEREA, OH (12/18/2018)— Edith Dwumah of Westerville (43081) was one of nine concerned Baldwin Wallace University students who dedicated their fall break to service through a BW Alternative Break immersion experience. The outreach was in partnership with St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House, the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition and Over-the-Rhine Community Church. The trip’s mission was to better understand the impact of homelessness on individuals and provide hands-on service to those in need.

Dwumah, a graduate of Westerville South High School majoring in biology and international studies, spent the four-day break serving the homeless, including distributing bagged lunches and preparing a nutritious breakfast. The trip was led by BW student Daniel Eierman with support from staff adviser Nick Groff. Eierman had this to say about the experience, “Through the organizations that we worked with and the startling stories from individuals we met (many of whom had experienced homelessness or the causes of homelessness), the participants of this trip [saw] firsthand what homelessness is and how society is causing it. This was truly a life-changing experience.”

The BW Alternative Break service program provides students with opportunities to make a difference, travel to another area, learn new skills and meet people with similar interests. Participants commit to a six-week, pre-trip curriculum including issue education, organization orientation, team-building and a full-day retreat on social justice and cultural competency. Alternative Break is one of many community service programs organized by the David & Frances Brain Center for Community Engagement to support BW’s mission of empowering students to become contributing, compassionate citizens. Community groups interested in partnering with BW can contact the Center at 440-826-2403 or BrainCenter@bw.edu.

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.

News from Belmont University

Belmont University Announces Fall 2018 Dean’s List

NASHVILLE, TN (12/20/2018)— The following students achieved the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the Fall 2018 semester: Miranda Blaesing of Sunbury, OH (43074); Pamela Gabriel of Westerville, OH (43082); Isabella Genovesi of Westerville, OH (43082); Natalie Johnson of Westerville, OH (43082); David Sturges of Sunbury, OH (43074).

Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Approximately 35 percent of Belmont’s 8,318 students qualified for the Fall 2018 Dean’s List. Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “This achievement for the fall semester indicates that these students have placed a high priority on their work at Belmont and have invested time and energy in their studies. It is our strong belief that consistent application in this manner will reap great benefits, which will equip them for a lifetime of learning and growing.”

About Belmont University

Ranked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and consistently named as a “Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University is home to more than 8,300 students who come from every state and more than 36 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, more than 25 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon. For more information, visit www.belmont.edu.

News from University of Findlay

Rachel Renz Performs in UF’s Fall Senior Instrumental Recital

FINDLAY, OH (12/11/2018)— Rachel Renz, of Galena, 43021, recently performed in the University of Findlay’s fall senior instrumental recital.

Renz performed “Concerto for Oboe & Strings” by Corelli- Barbirolli on the oboe.

Olson Performs in UF’s Fall Instrumental Recital

FINDLAY (12/13/2018)— Alivia Olson of Westerville, 43081, recently performed in a fall instrumental recital at the University of Findlay. Olson performed “Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata No. 208” by J.S. Bach on the flute.

UF Bands Perform ‘Christmas on the Silver Screen’

FINDLAY, OH (12/21/2018)— “Christmas on the Silver Screen” was the theme for the University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble’s recent Christmas concert. The performance featured music from several beloved holiday films, such as “White Christmas,” “Polar Express” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The annual concert is conducted by Jack Taylor, professor of music.

Local students include: Alivia Olson of Westerville (43081); Rachel Renz of Galena (43021).

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.

News from Ohio Dominican University

More Than 170 Students Receive Degrees at Ohio Dominican University’s Fall Commencement

COLUMBUS, OH (12/17/2018)— Ohio Dominican University welcomed the following graduates into its alumni family during the University’s 110th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018: Jack Brown of Westerville, OH (43082) received a BS in Business Administration; T’ Ria Brownfield of Westerville, OH (43081) received an MS in Healthcare Administration; Senai Daniel of Westerville, OH (43081) received a BS in Biology; Maisha Lyshe of Westerville, OH (43081) received an AS in Health Science; Carshell Roberts of Westerville, OH (43081) received a BS in Cross Disciplinary Studies.

More than 170 graduates received their degrees during the ceremony.

Jim Strode, Ph.D., ODU associate professor of Sport Management, and dean of Graduate Studies, delivered the Commencement address.

Ohio Dominican University Names Students to Fall Dean’s List

COLUMBUS, OH (12/21/2018)— Ohio Dominican University has named more than 350 students to its Fall Semester 2018 Dean’s List. In order to make the Dean’s List, full-time undergraduate students must have achieved a 3.5 GPA or better after taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.

The following students were named to ODU’s 2018 Fall Semester Dean’s List: Senai Daniel of Westerville, OH (43081); Julissa Ferrera Sageth of Westerville, OH (43081); Christopher Harrington of Westerville, OH (43082); Diana Hijazeen of Westerville, OH (43082); Jace Komminsk of Westerville, OH (43081); Keenan Lewis of Westerville, OH (43081); Bailey Line of Westerville, OH (43082); Michael Llausas of Westerville, OH (43082); Ryan Manny of Galena, OH (43021); Sarah Peacock of Galena, OH (43021); Shelby Shotton of Westerville, OH (43081); Rebecca Skidmore of Westerville, OH (43081); James Slimon of Columbus, OH (43082); Haylee Smith of Westerville, OH (43081); Catherine Spittell of Westerville, OH (43081); Kyle Suter of Westerville, OH (43081); Leah Sweet of Westerville, OH (43081); Larissa Vasquez of Westerville, OH (43082); Eleni Velalis of Westerville, OH (43081); Lauren Wilson of Westerville, OH (43082); Adam Wolcoski of Westerville, OH (43081).

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The University has approximately 1,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors and nine graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.

Fisher College of Business transforms MBA experience at Ohio State

Ohio State News

Dec. 14, 2018

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business is transforming its Master of Business Administration programs.

The college just completed a comprehensive redesign of the Full-Time MBA program, which takes advantage of Fisher’s strong relationships with employers and recruiters to cultivate career competencies sought by organizations.

“Continuous innovation is a priority which is explicitly highlighted in the college’s strategic plan. This innovation guides our approach to how all of our programs are delivered,” said Anil K. Makhija, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business at Fisher.

The program offers students an experience designed to be more personalized, applied and integrated than ever, adding to a functional curriculum delivered by world-class faculty. The Full-Time MBA now utilizes student assessments to tailor an individualized experience that maximizes growth while addressing students’ professional needs.

Students will undergo an assessment at the beginning of their MBA experience to identify their strengths and skills gaps. Their program builds on these strengths to close the gaps so they earn an MBA that fits and distinguishes them in the marketplace.

Each student has access to a team dedicated to their success: a conventional academic adviser, career consultant, mentor and professional development coach. The comprehensive support team provides continuous feedback throughout the MBA journey.

Along with teaching by a renowned faculty and built-in enhanced experiential learning with businesses, the program’s coaching and assessment component is a major differentiator among MBA offerings.

The Full-Time MBA includes a revamped curriculum that incorporates immersive, cross-functional projects with top companies and organizations locally and globally. Program elements such as the Global Applied Projects with international experience, Business Lab Project involving top companies and Core Capstone Experience with integrated content provide MBA students with opportunities to apply insights learned in the classroom, shape business through consulting projects and maximize social impact.

“The data-driven approach to this redesign has yielded a Full-Time MBA program that is able to maximize the potential of each student,” said Roger Bailey, co-director of Fisher’s Full-Time MBA program and a senior lecturer in marketing. “We are excited about how these many changes leverage Fisher’s strengths, and the increased value it will provide to our students, our alumni and the greater business community.”

Along with the enhancements to its MBA program, Fisher continues to innovate across its other graduate degree offerings.

“Whether through the added flexibility offered to our Working Professional MBA students, or recognizing that every Full-Time MBA experience can — and should — be unique, we’re meeting students where they are and equipping them to get to where they want to go,” Makhija said.

In 2017, Fisher augmented its Working Professionals MBA program by adding to its weekday evening format the flexibility of a weekend option for busy students who simultaneously juggle responsibilities with family, work and school. Now, students can access a top-10 nationally ranked program at Ohio’s flagship university through a weekend option that provides free round-trip transportation in Wi-Fi-equipped buses for students traveling to Columbus from Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton.

Earlier this year, Fisher launched a Specialized Master in Business Analytics to meet marketplace demand for business professionals equipped with data and analytics skills. The 10-month program has a hybrid format that blends online instruction with weekend classes to accommodate the schedules of working and non-working professionals.

“Just as the needs of businesses and industries change, the methods by which we’re equipping the next generation of leaders are constantly evolving,” said Walter Zinn, associate dean for graduate students and programs at Fisher. “These enhancements are great first steps, and we look forward to fostering continued innovation in how we’re shaping our graduate programs and our students.”

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