OWU earns OCPA Equity Awards

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News from Clemson University

Local students named to Clemson University Dean’s List

CLEMSON, SC (02/04/2019)— Local students have been named to the fall 2018 Dean’s List at Clemson University.

They are: Cassie A. Bednarek of Westerville, who is majoring in Bioengineering; Emma M. Kasich of Westerville, who is majoring in Health Science; Kristin Mae Layton of Westerville, who is majoring in Health Science.

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.

News from University of Iowa

Fall 2018 Dean’s List

IOWA CITY, IA (02/06/2019)— Students named to the University of Iowa fall 2018 Dean’s List: Felicia Circelli of Westerville, OH (43082); Christopher Wieneke of Westerville, OH (43081).

Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Tippie College of Business who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on 12 semester hours or more of UI graded course work during a given semester or summer session and who have no semester hours of I (incomplete) or O (no grade reported) during the same semester are recognized by inclusion on the Dean’s List for that semester.

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.

The UI is known around the world for its leadership in the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to the first and best creative writing program in the world, a world-class academic medical center and one of America’s top teaching hospitals, and a can-do culture that fosters a campus-wide dedication to student success.

To learn more about the University of Iowa, visit https://uiowa.edu/.

News from James Madison University

JMU Announces Fall 2018 Dean’s List

HARRISONBURG, VA (02/05/2019)— James Madison University is pleased to announce the following students made the dean’s list for the fall 2018 session: Mairin Duffy of Westerville, OH; Lynsey Meeks of Westerville, OH.

Students who earn dean’s list honors must be considered by the registrar to be carrying a full time course load of graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899.

James Madison University offers each student a future of significance — not an education of mere prestige, but an extraordinary education of exceptional scholarship, inventive thinking, unparalleled attention to the world community, a university-wide enthusiasm for teaching, and a commitment to student success.

News from OWU

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University has been honored by the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) with its 2018-2019 Innovative Program and Equity & Inclusion awards.

The dual honors were announced at the OCPA’s 2019 annual conference held Jan. 24-25 in Worthington. Ohio Wesleyan was honored for the innovation of its new three-day Camp Oh-Wooo orientation program for incoming students and for the impact of its longstanding Columbus Initiative, a tutoring and mentoring program that has been connecting OWU students with pupils in inner-city Columbus for 30 years.

“It is an honor for Ohio Wesleyan to be recognized by the Ohio College Personnel Association,” said President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “Both programs earning OCPA awards exemplify the tireless work of our staff to provide opportunities that help OWU students to successfully complete their college careers and that support other young people in their educational journeys. I’d especially like to recognize Brad Pulcini, associate dean for student engagement, and Sally Leber, director of community service learning, for their outstanding work on these initiatives.”

The OCPA’s Innovation Award is presented each year to a student affairs professional who has “initiated a new program or unique approach to a college policy, program, or problem,” the organization states. “Through this award, OCPA recognizes innovative and effective approaches directed towards meeting the changing needs of students on the campus and the applicability of these approaches to other campuses.”

Pulcini, the award recipient, said “many OWU community members, especially Dana Behum, who coordinated Camp Oh-Wooo last year, are responsible for the program’s success.”

“The Camp Oh-Wooo program/model focused on cultivating an early and strong connection to campus and others, while developing students’ sense-of-belonging and their own beliefs that they can overcome challenges and obstacles they may face as they transition to college,” Pulcini said.

“The development of a sense-of-belonging has been shown to increase student persistence and success in college,” he continued. “At the completion of Camp Oh-Wooo this fall, 90% percent the incoming class reported that they were excited and felt ready to start the school year.”

Launched in 2017-2018, Camp Oh-Wooo was optional in its first year, but now is a part of every new student’s OWU orientation. And there’s no additional charge to participate in the off-campus experience, thanks, in part, to a grant from the Cleveland-based Elizabeth Ring Mather and William Gwinn Mather Fund.

The OCPA’s Equity and Inclusion Award is presented annually to “an individual, campus/community program or service who or which has demonstrated creativity, innovation, and success in making a significant contribution and impact in the area of multicultural understanding and appreciation,” the association states. “The purpose of this award is to encourage and recognize outstanding efforts addressing cultural diversity issues in higher education.”

For three decades, Ohio Wesleyan’s Columbus Initiative has paired Ohio Wesleyan tutors with students at Linden STEM Academy (formerly Linden Elementary School) in Columbus.

Through this initiative, hundreds of OWU students have worked to promote change in the academic experience of students in grades kindergarten through six, Leber said. Designed to provide tutoring and academic support, the program also provides opportunities for OWU students to learn about the effects of poverty on education, the role of society as it relates to those who are in need, and the ongoing national conversations about school reform, immigration, and healthcare.

“As part of the program, OWU students reflect on their experiences through a social justice and engagement lens,” Leber said. “The program seeks to promote an understanding and responsiveness to issues of equity and inclusion while encouraging students to be engaged in their communities.

“We are so grateful for the opportunities provided by our partners at Linden STEM Academy,” Leber continued. “Without them, our students would not have this meaningful experience to learn and serve in an urban setting.”

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Camp Oh-Wooo at www.owu.edu/CampOhWooo and more about the Columbus Initiative and other OWU Community Service Learning Center initiatives at www.owu.edu.service.

About the Ohio College Personnel Association

Chartered in 1976, OCPA exists to advance student learning and development and achieves its mission by facilitating the sharing and creation of knowledge and best practices for student affairs professionals throughout the State of Ohio. Learn more at www.myocpa.org.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 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” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

News from Oklahoma City University

Gillian O’Daniel, Named to the Fall 2018 President’s Honor Roll at Oklahoma City University

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (02/04/2019)— Oklahoma City University is proud to announce that Gillian O’Daniel of Galena, OH 43021 has been named to President’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2018 semester.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours during a semester and maintain a GPA of 3.9 or higher to meet the President’s Honor Roll requirements.

Founded in 1904, Oklahoma City University is a non-profit, comprehensive, private United Methodist university that is consistently ranked among the best in its category. OCU students pursue academic excellence through a rigorous liberal arts & sciences core curriculum that focuses on their intellectual, moral and spiritual development.

For more information visit www.okcu.edu

Oklahoma City University is a coeducational, urban private university located in Oklahoma City, in the Uptown district. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts, fine arts, sciences and business. The only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master’s-level university category by U.S. News & World Report, Oklahoma City University is also listed in Forbes’ “Best Christian Colleges” and “100 Best College Buys.” OCU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and 23 graduate degrees (including a law degree, MBA and doctoral programs in nursing).

News from Transylvania University

Big Walnut High School graduate named to Transylvania’s Dean’s List

LEXINGTON, KY (02/06/2019)— Michael Kline of Westerville was named to the Transylvania University Dean’s List for fall 2018. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average during the term.

Transylvania University, located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky, is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by The Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through its 46 majors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with nearly 1,100 students. Visit www.transy.edu for more information.


Compiled by Gary Budzak


Information for this story was provided by readMedia Newswire and OWU.

Information for this story was provided by readMedia Newswire and OWU.