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An aerial photo of Ohio Wesleyan University.

An aerial photo of Ohio Wesleyan University.

Local Residents Make Fall 2016 Dean’s List at Ohio Wesleyan University

DELAWARE (01/13/2017)— Ohio Wesleyan University is pleased to announce its 2016 fall semester Dean’s List. To qualify for OWU Dean’s List recognition, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes.

Local students earning Dean’s List recognition include: Justine Clark of Westerville; Kyle Davis of Sunbury; Connor Glasgow of Westerville; Grant Gossard of Westerville; Kennedy Grooms of Westerville; Nicholas Horton of Westerville; Lindsay Lown of Westerville; Kelly Newell of Sunbury; Nikolas Schiff of Sunbury; Kaden Thompson of Sunbury; Corey Van De Velde of Westerville.

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


News from Ashland University

Students Named to Fall 2016 Dean’s List: The following area students were named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester. 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.

  • 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.
  • Brianna Brdicka of Galena. Brdicka is majoring in toxicology. Brdicka is a 2016 graduate of Olentangy High School.
  • Madison Bucholz of Westerville. Bucholz is majoring in nursing. Bucholz is a 2016 graduate of Westerville North High School.
  • Alyssa Cira of Galena. Cira is majoring in psychology. She is the daughter of Greg and Cheryl Cira of Galena. Cira is a 2014 graduate of Big Walnut High School.
  • Emma Dumford of Westerville. Dumford is majoring in middle grades education. Dumford is a 2013 graduate of Westerville North High School.
  • Kelly Fullin of Westerville. Fullin is majoring in mathematics and computer science. Fullin is a 2016 graduate of Westerville South High School.
  • Mary Greene of Galena. Greene is majoring in early childhood education.
  • Sage Haines of Sunbury. Haines is majoring in digital media production and commercial art. Haines is a 2015 graduate of Big Walnut High School.
  • Austin Kondratick of Westerville. Kondratick is majoring in sport management. Kondratick is a 2015 graduate of Westerville Central High School.
  • Elizabeth Lawyer of Sunbury. Lawyer is majoring in intervention specialist. Lawyer is a 2008 graduate of Big Walnut High School.
  • Paige McMenemy of Westerville. McMenemy is majoring in middle grades education. McMenemy is a 2014 graduate of Westerville Central High School.
  • Maxwell Shawver of Westerville. Shawver is majoring in integrated social studies. He is the son of Kevin and Kimberly Shawver of Westerville. Shawver is a 2012 graduate of Westerville Central High School.
  • William Summers of Westerville. Summers is majoring in religion. Summers is a 2015 graduate of Westerville South High School.
  • Meghan Teeple of Westerville. Teeple is majoring in early childhood education. Teeple is a 2008 graduate of Westerville South High School.
  • Samantha Zuber of Sunbury. Zuber is majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Michael and Julie Zuber of Sunbury. Zuber is a 2012 graduate of Highland High School.

Students are members of Ministry: The following students are members of Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at Ashland University:

  • Kelly Fullin of Westerville is a member of the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry organization at Ashland University. Fullin is majoring in mathematics. Fullin is a 2016 graduate of Westerville South High School.
  • Emily Maurer of Galena is a member of the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry organization at Ashland University. Maurer is majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Raymond and Cathy Maurer of Galena. Maurer is a 2014 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School.

The Newman Catholic Campus Ministry of Ashland University is a welcoming faith community rooted in the Catholic tradition. Through service, faith sharing, education, worship, personal relationships and celebration, the organization strives to foster the spiritual growth of all students and the Ashland University community. It is the organization’s vision that the community is enhanced and strengthened by each individual’s unique gifts and involvement.

Monae Goode Member of Diversity on Campus Organization: Monae Goode of Westerville is a member of Ashland University’s Diversity on Campus organization. Goode is majoring in early childhood education. Goode is a 2015 graduate of Garfield Heights High School.

The Diversity on Campus (DOC) exists to promote an awareness and understanding of different cultures on campus for an all-inclusive campus environment. The organization affirms the value and dignity of all human beings and strives to provide opportunities for students, faculty, administrators and staff. DOC seeks to support institutional excellence through initiatives which advance the University’s diversity and strategic plans, while also fostering civility and respect for the value of all.

Joshua Nixon Member of Exercise Science Club: Joshua Nixon of Westerville, OH, is a member of the Exercise Science Club at Ashland University. Nixon is majoring in exercise science.

He is the son of James and Sandra Nixon of Westerville. Nixon is a 2014 graduate of Westerville Central High School.

The Exercise Science Club at Ashland University is an active and chartered club offered to any student majoring in exercise science, as well as non-majors interested in the topic. In fall 2015, incoming exercise science majors had the opportunity to experience the new Mentorship Program, which paired upper class exercise science majors with those in the incoming freshman class. In addition to this program, members of this organization participate in annual fitness testing in the Ashland County School District, plan the AU Fit Fest, and work at AU health fairs.

Sage Haines Member of Co-Ed Quidditch Team: Sage Haines of Sunbury is a member of the Co-Ed Quidditch team at Ashland University. Haines is majoring in digital media production. Haines is a 2015 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

Competitive sport clubs compete with other university or town sponsored sport clubs, or teams, and travel to different events/games throughout the year. Competitive sport clubs are more serious in nature, similar to varsity athletics, and may involve playoff components to conclude their season.

Students Graduate: The following students completed their Ashland University degree requirements and graduated during commencement ceremonies on December 17.

  • Maxwell Shawver of Westerville received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Shawver majored in Integrated Social Studies. Shawver is a 2012 graduate of Westerville Central High School. He is the son of Kevin and Kimberly Shawver of Westerville.
  • Samantha Zuber of Sunbury received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Zuber majored in Nursing. Zuber is a 2012 graduate of Highland High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Julie Zuber of Sunbury.
  • Stephanie Bond of Westerville received a Master of Business Administration degree. Bond majored in Executive Management.
  • Austin Walsh of Westerville received a Master of Education degree. Walsh majored in Curriculum and Instruction: Talent Development Education.

Calvin Higdon Member of Swim Team: Calvin Higdon of Westerville is a member of the Co-Ed Swim team at Ashland University. Higdon is majoring in middle grades education. He is the son of Todd and Kathy Higdon of Westerville. Higdon is a 2014 graduate of Westerville South High School.

Men’s Swim Team Members: These are among the 2016-2017 Ashland University men’s swim team members.

  • Matthew Bernsdorf of Westerville. Bernsdorf is majoring in intervention specialist. Bernsdorf is a 2015 graduate of Westerville North High School.
  • Joshua Nixon of Westerville. Nixon is majoring in exercise science. He is the son of James and Sandra Nixon of Westerville. Nixon is a 2014 graduate of Westerville Central High School.

Kelly Fullin Member of the MAA: Kelly Fullin of Westerville is a member of Ashland University’s chapter of the Mathematics Association of America. Fullin is majoring in mathematics. Fullin is a 2016 graduate of Westerville South High School.

The purpose of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) is to further the development of interest in mathematics and to provide relevant mathematical information to students. Organization events include workshops in problem solving, career information and providing assistance with the computer science programming contest.

Galena student in Psych Club: Alyssa Cira of Galena is a member of Ashland University’s Psychology Club. Cira is majoring in psychology. She is the daughter of Greg and Cheryl Cira of Galena.

Alyssa Cira Member of the Women’s Chorus: Alyssa Cira of Galena is a member of Ashland University’s Women’s Chorus. Cira is majoring in psychology. She is the daughter of Greg and Cheryl Cira of Galena. Cira is a 2014 graduate of Big Walnut.

The Women’s Chorus, directed by Kimberly Wolbert, adjunct instructor of music, provides women with an opportunity to study and perform choral literature written especially for treble voices and representing a variety of styles, eras, composers and languages. The Chorus performs at a number of campus events, including the Ashland University Festival of Lights.

Casey Emeigh Member of Geology Club: Casey Emeigh of Westerville is a member of Ashland University’s Geology Club. Emeigh is majoring environmental science and geology. Emeigh is a 2014 graduate of Thomas Worthington High School.

The purpose of the Geology Club is to explore areas of geology and/or earth science that cannot be studied in the classroom or lab. Professors involved with the club encourage students to actively engage in research that will give them experience with real-world scientific investigation. Activities include field trips to areas of geological interest and lectures on occupations in geology and related fields. Membership is open to all interested students.

Westerville Resident Joins Anime Club: Casey Emeigh of Westerville is a member of the Ashland University Anime Club. Emeigh serves as historian of the Anime Club.

The Ashland University Anime Club is an organization dedicated to the discussion and appreciation of Japanese Animation, storytelling and the Japanese culture as a whole. The club meets once a week and embraces open-minded thought and interest in anime.

William Summers Member of the Technical Productions Crew: William Summers of Westerville is a member of Ashland University’s Technical Productions Crew. Summers is majoring in religion. Summers is a 2015 graduate of Westerville.

The Technical Productions Crew provides technical assistance to student organizations and departments for activities and events on campus. They have assisted the Campus Activities Board in numerous events, including the Acoustic Cafes, Movie Nights, special guest hostings, and Springfest. Membership is by an application and interview process.

Men’s Club Volleyball: The following students are members of Ashland University Men’s Club Volleyball.

  • Jerald Gaydos of Sunbury. Gaydos is majoring in exercise science. Gaydos is a 2015 graduate of Big Walnut High School.
  • William Summers of Westerville. Summers is majoring in religion. 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 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( 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 Marietta College

Tiffany McCutcheon Named to Fall 2016 Dean’s List: Marietta College’s Tiffany McCutcheon of Westerville has been named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s List. McCutcheon is majoring in Psychology and is scheduled to graduate in May of 2020. McCutcheon is a graduate of Westerville North High School.

Any full-time Marietta College student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.74 in a given semester is recognized as a Dean’s List student for that semester.

Ryan Menapace Named to Fall 2016 Dean’s High Honors List: Marietta College’s Ryan Menapace of Westerville has been named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s High Honors List. Menapace is majoring in Biology and is scheduled to graduate in May of 2020. Menapace is a graduate of Westerville Central High School.

Any full-time Marietta College student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in a given semester is recognized as a Dean’s High Honors List student for that semester.

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 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 45 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 University of Findlay

Autumn Eltzroth Performs in Christmas Choral Concert: Autumn Eltzroth of Westerville recently performed in the University of Findlay’s Christmas choral concert. Members of the Concert-Chorale and University Singers combined for two concert performances.

Javery in UF orchestra: Joshua Javery, of Westerville, recently performed with the University of Findlay Orchestra. Conducted by Thomas Carey, the orchestra presented “A Fall Concert” in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Other local students include: Abby Jokerst of Westerville; Rachel Renz of Galena.

Taryn Willard Enrolls: Taryn Willard of Westerville has enrolled at the University of Findlay for spring 2017. New students began their studies at UF on Monday, January 9. Willard is pursuing a doctor of physical therapy degree.

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

News from Kent State University

Summer 2016 Kent State Graduates: The following area residents are among over 1,600 students who received bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, associate and educational specialist degrees during Kent State’s 2016 Summer Commencement ceremony: Stephen Ciacchi of Galena; Kasey Colian of Westerville; Andrew Fowler of Westerville; Kerry Horvath of Westerville; Taylor McConaghy of Westerville; and Melissa Rice of Westerville are 2016 Kent State University graduates!

The university congratulates the Class of 2016 and welcomes them into its illustrious family of more than 227,000 alumni worldwide. An economic impact study showed that Kent State alumni in Northeast Ohio generated $1.6 billion annually in higher workforce earnings and increased productivity for employers that hire them.

Kent State University, one of the nation’s largest regional campus systems and Ohio’s third largest public university, continues to do what matters — educate and graduate students!

KSU welcomes newly enrolled Class of 2020! Kent State continues strong university enrollment by welcoming a record-setting freshman class, in terms of size, diversity, and quality based on GPA. These academically motivated freshmen have an average GPA of 3.4 and an average ACT score of above 23.

Kent State University welcomes the following local students into the newly enrolled Class of 2020: Alison Bell of Galena; Abigail Delaney of Westerville; Acacia Freeman of Westerville; Andrew Jones of Westerville; Ashley Nguyen of Westerville; Anna Tompkins of Westerville; Bailey Bernhard of Westerville; Britni Hayes of Sunbury; Dane Edwards of Westerville; Dana Revis-Nixon of Westerville; Elizabeth Bosak of Westerville; Gabriella Leite of Westerville; Hana Matsumoto of Westerville; Hannah McNeilly of Westerville; Kaela Darling of Westerville; Leah Cafaro of Westerville; Matthew Burleson of Westerville; Mikaela Ray of Westerville; Quincy McNabb of Westerville; Skylar Bullock of Galena; Sophia Poderys of Westerville; Samantha Ricker of Westerville; Taylor Denero of Galena; Taylor Feinman of Westerville.

KSU’s local freshmen: The Honors College at Kent State University welcomes one of its highest achieving freshman classes ever and continues its strong collegiate enrollment. These academically motivated freshmen have an average ACT composite score of more than 29 points and have all been awarded honors scholarships.

Kent State University welcomes the following students into the newly enrolled Honors College freshman class: Sophia Poderys of Westerville; Ashley Nguyen of Westerville; Mikaela Ray of Westerville; Elizabeth Bosak of Westerville.

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

News from Miami University

Students Make the President’s List: Miami University students who are ranked in the top three percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2016-17 have been named to the president’s list recognizing academic excellence.

Local students named to the president’s list include: Garrett Reed of Galena; Lydia Schneider of Galena; Liana Clareson of Westerville; Joshua Brown of Westerville; Abigail Marshall of Sunbury; Christopher Scheren of Westerville; David Sullivan of Westerville; Allison Tamulewicz of Westerville; Lauren Tischer of Westerville; Morgan Beck of Westerville; Abigail Kotik of Westerville; Gabrielle Baker of Westerville; Taylor Bleedorn of Galena; Elizabeth Meade of Galena; Lauren Nobile of Westerville.

Miami University Students Study Abroad during Spring Semester

With about 38% of Miami undergraduate students studying abroad for credit by the time they graduate, Miami is ranked 2nd among public doctoral institutions nationwide for students studying abroad. Local Miami University students who studied abroad during the spring 2016 semester included: Ian George of Sunbury, Ireland; Nolan Lee of Westerville, Austria.

Miami students studied abroad in summer: Miami University students spent the summer 2016 semester studying abroad. Local students included: Queenesther Adu of Westerville, studied in China; Liana Clareson of Westerville, studied in Italy; Jacob Eckhardt of Westerville, studied in China; Caroline Ford of Westerville, studied in Kosovo and Croatia; Matthew Lascheid of Westerville, studied in Ireland; Charles Malone of Westerville, studied in Germany; Annie Moore of Galena, studied in United Kingdom and France; Emmalee Sima of Galena, studied in Luxembourg; Kevin Vestal of Westerville, studied in Cuba.

Miami Student Christopher Scheren Spends Fall Abroad: Miami University student Christopher Scheren spent the fall 2016 semester in Luxembourg as part of a study abroad group. Scheren, from Westerville is majoring in Political Science.

With 49% of Miami undergraduate students studying abroad for credit by the time they graduate, Miami is ranked 1st among public doctoral institutions nationwide for students studying abroad. Including students on internships, non-credit and Service-Learning programs, international students who study in a third country, and all other overseas programs completed by graduate and undergraduate students, 57% of Miami students study abroad.

In addition to Miami’s Luxembourg campus, Miami students can study abroad in over 90 locations around the world. Miami offers more than 350 co-sponsored study abroad programs that permit scholarship transfer.

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.

Robin Dungan earns master’s degree through Project Dragonfly: Westerville resident Robin Dungan has earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from Miami University through Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Program (GFP).

Since being accepted to the GFP master’s degree in 2014, Dungan has explored conservation and education in Baja, Belize and Australia, while also conducting projects that have made a difference in the Westerville area. Dungan works as master educator and education services manager at COSI.

The global courses, which count toward the GFP master’s or can be taken for stand-alone graduate credit, are designed for educators and other professionals from all disciplines and settings interested in making a difference in human and ecological communities. Because the degree occurs overseas and in web-based learning communities, applicants can be located anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits and graduate programs worldwide. Dragonfly is based in the department of biology at Miami University. Like Project Dragonfly on Facebook at

Emily Hennell Honored for Professional Achievements

OXFORD — The Miami University Alumni Association (MUAA) recently named Emily Hennell of Westerville to its 2016 “18 Of the Last 9” class, which highlights 18 young alumni from Miami University’s past nine graduating classes.

The annual program is based on the popular “30 under 30” model, and recognizes 18 Miami alumni who have graduated in the past nine years. This year’s inductees were selected from more than 100 nominees, with accomplishments in fields ranging from medicine and geography to business innovation and foreign affairs.

Hennell, a 2008 Miami graduate with bachelor’s degrees in diplomacy and state affairs and Spanish, is a foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State. She currently is a vice consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico. Hennell also worked as a civil servant at the U.S. Agency for International Development where she coordinated foreign assistance for Mexico and Central America. Hennell earned a master’s degree in democracy and governance from Georgetown University and has worked in Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Peru.

“It’s a pleasure to honor these exceptional young alumni and the contributions they are making in the world,” said Ray Mock, executive director of the Miami University Alumni Association. “We are excited and eager to see them return to campus and for them to have the opportunity to inspire future generations of Miami graduates.”

Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university in Oxford, Ohio, with a student body of 16,000. Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

The Miami University Alumni Association honors Miami’s heritage and fosters lifelong connections with the university’s more than 200,000 alumni.

A special reception formally recognizing Hennell was held on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 on Miami’s Oxford campus.

News from The University of Akron

Julia Baumann named to fall 2016 President’s List: The pursuit of academic excellence by more than 800 of UA’s finest during the fall 2016 semester was truly inspiring. Julia Baumann of Westerville is one of those outstanding individuals.

Baumann, a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Business Administration, earned a perfect 4.0 semester grade point average for fall 2016.

Know that we are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Knowledge exploration is a life-long journey and one that will serve you well throughout your life and career. Take a moment to celebrate – you’ve earned it!

UA students make the fall 2016 Dean’s List: Congratulations to more than 3,500 students who made the fall 2016 Dean’s List! To be eligible the students needed to maintain a GPA of 3.5-3.999, and be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.

Area students include: Anthony Hayes of Galena majoring in Mechanical Engr.-Coop Edu.; Vere Miller of Galena majoring in Computer Engr.-Coop Edu.; Hannah Amato of Sunbury majoring in Accounting; Katie Perry of Sunbury majoring in Nursing-Pre-admission; Stephanie Varela of Sunbury majoring in Art Education; Christopher Byers of Westerville majoring in Marketing Management Program; Darby Flynn of Westerville majoring in Dance; Oyintarikeye Osuobeni of Westerville majoring in Political Science; Eric Hopkins of Westerville majoring in Computer Sci-Systems; Ross Palenik of Westerville majoring in Electrical Engr.-Coop Edu.; Kyle Rogers of Westerville majoring in Corrosion Engineering.

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.

News from Youngstown State

Trey Walden of Westerville named to President’s List: Trey Walden of Westerville has been named to the President’s List at Youngstown State University. Walden is a YSU Nursing BSN major. To qualify for the prestigious President’s List, students must have earned a 4.0 grade point average in the Fall 2016 semester.

YSU Announces Dean’s List: Youngstown State University’s best and brightest students have been named to the Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2016. Dean’s List honorees, recognized for academic excellence, include: Trey Walden of Westerville, a YSU Nursing BSN major; and Ashley Walden of Westerville, a YSU Exercise Science major.

Youngstown State University is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation. For more information, visit

News from Heidelberg University

Heidelberg announces fall semester dean’s list: More than 350 Heidelberg University students who have excelled in the classroom have been named to the fall 2016 semester dean’s list, according to Provost Dr. Beth Schwartz. Local/area students on the dean’s list include the following: Megan Almendinger of Sunbury, a junior majoring in English; Elizabeth Finnegan of Sunbury, a senior majoring in Education; Allison Gales of Westerville, a senior majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice; Hannah Griffith of Sunbury, a junior majoring in Communication; Austin Jagucki of Westerville, a sophomore majoring in History.

Justin Varney presents research at Humanities Symposium: Justin Varney of Westerville was among 25 Heidelberg University students who presented their research or original work at the first-ever Humanities Symposium.

The symposium was organized to give upper-level students in several humanities disciplines, including English, history and religion, the opportunity to showcase their current work, said Dr. Courtney DeMayo, associate professor of history.

Varney, a senior majoring in History, presented on the topic “How Germany Lost WWI.”

Founded in 1850, Heidelberg offers 30 majors, 30 minors and 10 pre-professional programs, awarding the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music degrees, as well as master’s degrees in education, counseling, business administration and music. It is in Tiffin, Ohio. For more information visit the website at

Local college students named to Baldwin Wallace University Dean’s List

BEREA, OH — The following local students have 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.

  • Crystal Delpin of Westerville, a graduate of Thomas Worthington High School majoring in music therapy.
  • Jacqueline Saker of Westerville, a graduate of New Albany High School majoring in psychology and industrial and organizational psychology.
  • Nicholas Surbaugh of Westerville, a graduate of Westerville North High School majoring in chemistry.
  • Olivia Watson of Westerville, a graduate of Worthington Christian High School majoring in public relations.

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.

WC Announces 2016 Fall Dean’s List

WILMINGTON, Ohio – Several area residents have been named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List for the 2016 fall semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List honor, a student must be enrolled full-time and maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Area residents named to the Dean’s List from the main campus are listed with their status and major; those attaining a 4.0 GPA are noted: Sophia F. Hallam of Delaware, freshman, biology-life science; Abigail Engelhart of Westerville, junior, political science; Annika J. Lieurance of Sunbury, junior, education; Ashley M. Andracki of Columbus, senior, athletic training; Gabriel S. Mercer of Columbus, sophomore, political science; Rachel A. Reinhart of Hilliard, sophomore (4.0), athletic training; Leevi K. Stump of Mount Vernon, senior, agriculture.

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

Local Students Named to Fall 2016 Dean’s List at John Carroll University

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH — John Carroll University is pleased to announce the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.

Students eligible for the Dean’s List must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours within one semester and have a quality grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Local students named to the John Carroll University Dean’s List are: Christian Hipsher of Galena; Klaire Mathews of Westerville; Luke Melsop of Westerville; Joseph Murnane of Westerville; Leah Ross of Westerville; Abigail Svitana of Westerville; Jessica Swisher of Westerville.

John Carroll University, founded in 1886 as Saint Ignatius College, is located in University Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. Its Jesuit Catholic mission inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world. John Carroll University is recognized nationally for an exceptional four-year graduation rate, teaching excellence, and a commitment to living a faith that does justice as central to its mission. John Carroll is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

Local Residents Named to University of Dayton Fall 2016 Dean’s List

The following University of Dayton undergraduates from your area made the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester, which honors undergraduate students achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA for the semester: Kelly McGuire of Sunbury; Mason Boggs of Westerville; Noel Michel of Westerville; Erika Brown of Westerville; Kyle Davidson of Westerville; Sarah Schockling of Westerville; Dante Pezzutti of Westerville; Emma Clark of Westerville; Julia Brown of Westerville; Timothy Martin of Westerville; Kyleen Cody of Westerville; Natalia Iannarino of Westerville; Ragan Tuffey of Galena; Sierra Desiderio of Galena; Ryan Grieser of Sunbury; Allison Daugherty of Sunbury; Kayla Rhea-Bouscher of Westerville; Rachel Putnam of Westerville; Nicklaus Halloy of Westerville; Quinton Kane of Westerville; Rachel Collinsworth of Westerville; Abbey Fresco of Westerville

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.

Westerville Resident Heather Alford Graduates from Pratt Institute

BROOKLYN, NY — Westerville resident Heather Alford received a Architecture degree from New York City’s prestigious Pratt Institute at its 127th Commencement ceremony, held last summer at the iconic Radio City Music Hall. Heather was one of nearly 1,000 graduating students to be awarded their degree.

Celebrated artist and Pratt alumna Kay WalkingStick (M.F.A. ‘75) delivered the commencement address. Honorary degrees were awarded to WalkingStick (Doctor of Fine Arts); Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown director of the Whitney Museum of American Art (Doctor of Humane Letters); and boundary-pushing painter and Pratt alumnus Terry Winters (B.F.A. ‘71) (Doctor of Fine Arts) at the ceremony. School of Architecture Adjunct Associate Professor of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Jason Vigneri-Beane received the Pratt Institute Distinguished Teacher Award.

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in the cultural hub of New York City with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with esteemed professors and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.

Under the leadership of President Thomas F. Schutte, the curricula and reputations of Pratt’s five professional schools, which include 22 undergraduate and 25 graduate degree-granting programs, are recognized internationally and perennially listed among the best in top-tier rankings from U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, DesignIntelligence, and others.

Gillian O’Daniel Named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s Honor Roll at Oklahoma City University

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma City University is proud to announce that Gillian O’Daniel of Galena has been named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s Honor Roll. Dean’s Honor Roll status is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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.

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).

Brian Zimdars named to Dean’s List at UW-Whitewater

WHITEWATER, WI — Brian Zimdars from Galena has made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Dean’s List for the 2016 fall semester. These students have demonstrated their academic abilities by receiving a grade-point average of 3.4 or above in a single semester.

“Making the Dean’s List is a tremendous honor for our students. It is a recognition for their hard work and commitment to success,” said Susan Elrod, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We are proud of all of the students on the list and hope to see their names there again!”

The Registrar’s Office reports 3,578 students were selected for the Dean’s List for the fall semester. About 12,000 students are currently enrolled at UW-Whitewater.

Cameron Fry of Westerville Earns Dean’s List Honors at Nazareth College

ROCHESTER, NY — Nazareth College is proud to announce that Cameron Fry of Westerville has been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2016 semester. Fry is studying Business Management. A student’s grade point average must be at least 3.5 or above, and they must complete 12 credit hours of graded work that semester in order to be included on the dean’s list at Nazareth.

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y. challenges and supports 2,000 undergrads and 800 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.

ETSU announces fall dean’s list

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – East Tennessee State University has announced the names of students who attained a grade point average qualifying them for inclusion in the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester. To receive this honor, students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate coursework with a grade point average of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.

The students included Elizabeth A. Mathis (Delaware); Alston M. Quillin (New Albany).

Molly McIntosh Selected to Wheaton College (Ill.) Christian Service Council Cabinet

WHEATON, IL — Wheaton College student Molly McIntosh of Westerville was selected to join the Christian Service Council Cabinet. Christian Service Council mobilizes students to serve the Chicagoland area through weekly and one-time service opportunities. McIntosh serves as Chair.

Christian Service Council is a ministry of the Office of Christian Outreach at Wheaton College. Learn more at

Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) 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

Mairin Duffy of Westerville named to JMU dean’s list

HARRISONBURG, VA — Westerville resident, Mairin Lynn Duffy, has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the fall 2016 semester. Students who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899. Duffy is scheduled to graduate in 2020 and is majoring in media arts and design.

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.

Local Students make Honor Roll at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Names of students who have made the Scholastic Honor Roll Fall term have been announced by Oregon State University.

A total of 1,234 students earned straight-As (4.0.) Another 4,343 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing. To be on the Honor Roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.

Students on the Honor Roll included: 3.5 or Better: Caleb R. Ameigh, Junior, Biology (Lewis Center); Straight-A Average: Tanner H. Belknap, Junior, Pre-Environmental Engineering (Powell); 3.5 or Better: Patrick M. Brennan, Junior, Earth Sciences (Westerville).

Lorie Maschmeyer earns Dean’s List honor at Central Penn College

SUMMERDALE, PA — Lorie Maschmeyer of Galena has been named to the Central Penn College Dean’s List for the fall 2016 term. Maschmeyer is currently majoring in Business Administration. To qualify for the designation, a student must carry six or more credits and earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or better for the term.

Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, now offering career-focused associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of fields. Degree programs are available in: accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security, legal studies and organizational leadership. The college, currently serving students at its Harrisburg and Lancaster locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn’s most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 85.8 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Belmont Dean’s List

NASHVILLE, TN — The following local students achieved the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the Fall 2016 semester. 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.

Pamela Gabriel of Westerville; Madeline McNabb of Westerville; Katharine Myers of Westerville; Brooke Pulkrabek of Westerville; David Sturges of Sunbury; Alexandria VanHouwe of Westerville.

Westerville Native Named to Empire 8 Volleyball All-Conference Team

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College volleyball player Katherine Evans of Westerville was named to the Empire 8 All-Conference Second Team.

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.

Nicole Walters earns President’s List honors at Trine University

ANGOLA, IN — Trine University has announced its fall 2016 president’s list for main campus students. Among those named to the list is Nicole Walters of Sunbury. Walters is a senior studying Chemical Engineering.

To be named to the president’s list, a main campus student must maintain at least 15 credit hours and have a minimum 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Join the conversation, #TrineU.

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 (, Trine operates a 450-acre main campus in Angola, Indiana, and education resource centers throughout Indiana, Arizona and Michigan.

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

ROCK ISLAND, IL — Meghan Noonan, a sophomore majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Galena, was among the students named to Augustana College’s 2016 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 165 Academic All-Americans, two Nobel laureates, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 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.

Heath Murphy Receives Degree from Georgia Tech

ATLANTA, GA — Heath Murphy of Westerville has earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Murphy was among approximately 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech’s 252nd Commencement exercises on December 16-17, 2016, at the McCamish Pavilion.

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

Local student earns dean’s list recognition at Norwich University

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Curt Ralph Fedoush of Prospect has been recognized on the dean’s list at Norwich University for the fall 2016 semester.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities.

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Leadership” here:

Kaylee Joseph has been accepted to University of the Cumberlands

WILLIAMSBURG, KY — University of the Cumberlands has proudly accepted Kaylee Joseph of Westerville for the upcoming academic year. UC welcomes Kaylee, a current student at Westerville North High School, to the class of 2021.

Home of the Patriots, University of the Cumberlands offers promising students of all backgrounds a first class education grounded in the liberal arts within a Christian context. Located in Williamsburg, KY, UC offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including many online programs. UC grads leave their stamp of excellence on all professions. Their undergraduate degrees prepare them to be compassionate and dedicated individuals and employees.

Opportunities outside of the classroom include a rich student life program and almost unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities. Many clubs and organizations, and championship athletic teams combine to make the UC college experience one to remember. For additional information about University of the Cumberlands,

Resch among cadets taking top honors at The Citadel in fall 2016: Dean’s List

CHARLESTON, SC — Members of The Citadel South Carolina Corps of Cadets earned top honors in the fall 2016 semester. Dean’s List recognition is given to cadets registered for 12 or more semester hours and whose grade point average is 3.2 or higher with no grade below a C for the previous semester’s work.

Frank Resch of Westerville was recognized for outstanding academic achievement and earned Dean’s List recognition for the fall 2016 semester.

The Citadel, with its iconic campus located in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about 30 percent of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military. Citadel alumni have served the nation, their state and their communities as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842. The Citadel Graduate College offers 26 graduate degree programs with 42 concentration options, 24 graduate certificate programs, and seven evening undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule, with many programs now fully online. The Citadel has been named Best Public College in the South by U.S. News and World report for six consecutive years.

Closed charter school audited

Columbus – State auditors cited more than $1 million in over-payments, unsupported spending and questioned costs in the closeout audit of a shuttered Columbus charter school released by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

The ScholArts Preparatory and Career Center for Children shut its doors on Feb. 28, 2013 but neither the school nor its sponsor, Kids Count of Dayton, completed the community school closing procedures required by state law. The school also neglected to repay $477,888 in state foundation over-payments that resulted from its over-reporting of student attendance during the 2012-13 school year.

Saif named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

COLUMBUS – An Ohio State University scientist has been awarded the title of Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors.

Linda Saif, a researcher in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine, was one of 175 academic inventors to receive the honor this year.

The award is given to academic inventors and innovators who have “demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”

“Dr. Saif has made landmark discoveries and performed innovative research that has benefited agriculture as well as human health,” said Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research at Ohio State. “This award demonstrates the ground-breaking research that our faculty conduct at Ohio State.”

A Distinguished University professor in the Food Animal Health Research Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Saif is an internationally recognized virologist and immunologist. Her work on viral diseases is of critical importance to farm animals, food safety and human health. Her research has led to a framework for understanding how the immune system defends itself against viruses that cause intestinal infections in humans and non-human animals, leading to innovative approaches to vaccines and diagnostics.

The 2016 Fellows will be inducted on April 6, 2017, as part of the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors in Boston. In honor of her outstanding accomplishments, Saif will be presented with a special trophy, medal and rosette pin.

Capital lifts ban on non-lethal weapons

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In case you missed it, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapters across the country are hosting a series of activism events to educate college students on the issue of self-defense on campus. At Capital University in Ohio, YAL students successfully lifted their campus ban on pepper spray.

As reported by The College Fix:

Less than three months after kicking off its campaign to educate students about their self-defense rights on campus, Young Americans for Liberty has its first known victory.

The Capital University chapter of the libertarian youth organization convinced its administration to overturn a campus ban on nonlethal weapons such as pepper spray, following a rash of attacks against students who were prohibited from effectively defending themselves.

YAL launched the “Your Life. Your Right” campaign in October to start a conversation about the self-defense rights of students and educate them about the dangers of big government, Executive Director Cliff Maloney told Red Alert Politics.

The organization is giving out small grants to campus chapters and recommending eye-catching ways to draw student interest, including an intentionally one-sided dodgeball game.

The chapter at Capital University, a Lutheran-affiliated liberal arts school, saw early success because two of its members were elected to the student senate, Chapter President Garrett Kehr told The College Fix in an email.

They “introduced and passed legislation calling on the university to review the self defense policies,” he said. Approved in mid-October, the resolution asks the administration to “reevaluate and define the ability of the student to defend oneself on and around campus.”

It cites several incidents, including a kidnapping, in which students or their property were attacked or threatened. The resolution says students are “not sure how they are able to defend themselves” under campus policies.

A week later, university officials informed representatives of the student senate that a revised student handbook would let students carry pepper spray on campus and the current policy would not be enforced.

The YAL campaign is spurred by an increase in crime in gun-free zones on campuses, leading students to demand greater rights to self-defense.

Matthew Boyer, director of communications for YAL, told The Fix in an email that 150 chapters have “already executed” the campaign on campus by hosting activism events. “By the end of the semester, another 100 chapters will have executed activism events,” he said.

Boyer noted that the Capital University chapter members were able to convince their fellow student senators to “unanimously” support the resolution by “educating” them about self-defense.

Other YAL chapters have yet to succeed in their campaigns to change school policies on self-defense.

At Marshall University in West Virginia, an explicitly gun-free zone, the YAL chapter collected 150 signatures to protest “Marshall’s restrictive self-defense policies,” Boyer said.

Chapter President Nathan Korne and other YAL leaders set up a dodgeball event as a form of protest.

Their version of the game only allowed one side to use balls, showing how defenseless students are when they don’t have anything to use to fight back.

“The right to self-defense will be heard and will be understood on our campus,” Korne told The Fix in an email. “We will take to the Student Government meetings, get loud and get as much media attention and support as we can gain.”

YAL’s Northeastern State University chapter in Oklahoma ran a self-defense campaign in response to violent crime on college campuses, using the campaign’s hashtag #NoMoreVictims.

Its campus event drew “over 200 signatures in favor of supporting the peaceful carry of self defense weapons” in about two hours, Oklahoma State Chair and NSU student Rachael Marriott told The Fix in an email.

They will “continue to move toward establishing a sense of freedom,” with an ultimate goal of eliminating “gun free zones that become targets for mass attacks,” she said. The chapter has more campaign events planned for the upcoming semester.

Self-Defense Victory in Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) launched the ‘Your Life Your Right’ national activism campaign to tackle the critical issue of self-defense and violent crimes on college campuses. Unbeknownst to most, several universities currently institute policies that put students at risk with outright bans prohibiting even non-lethal weapons such as tasers and mace.

We are pleased to hear that the Ohio state legislature has implemented reforms to allow for self-defense on college campuses through conceal carry. According to Fox News, “Currently, 23 states allow their college and universities to decide whether to allow concealed weapons on campus.”

The facts show that policies aimed at restricting the ownership and use of self-defense weapons only makes it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to gain access to what they need to defend themselves, creating more potential victims on campuses across the country.

“YAL believes the Your Life Your Right campaign could potentially save lives by combating restrictions that make it difficult for students to defend themselves. We want to put an end to the laws and policies that are creating victims of violent crime and we commend the Ohio state legislature for protecting college students by upholding our Constitutional rights,” said Cliff Maloney Jr., Executive Director of YAL.

White House Internship Program Announces Fall 2016 Participants

The White House Internship Program announced the participants for the Fall 2016 session. The mission of the program is to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities.

A White House Internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. Interns work in one of several White House departments, including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the Office of Cabinet Affairs, the Office of Communications, the Office of Digital Strategy, the Office of the First Lady, the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Office of Management and Administration, the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, the Office of Presidential Correspondence, the Presidential Personnel Office, the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Scheduling and Advance, the Office of the Vice President, the Office of the White House Counsel, and the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

The list below includes the Fall 2016 White House Interns; their hometowns; and the higher education institution in which they are enrolled or have attended most recently.

  • Berger, Arielle; San Clemente, CA; Ohio University
  • Morgan, Ashley; Hilliard; West Virginia University
  • Schultz, John; Powell; The University of Chicago, IL
  • Timan, Emma; Hilliard; The Ohio State University

Additional information about the White House Internship Program is available here:

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