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For Immediate Release

May 19, 2009

Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

Ohio State Lima professor inducted into SPHINX Senior Honorary

Dr. William Ackerman, associate professor of Geography at The Ohio State University at Lima, was one of three honorary members linked, or inducted, into the 103rd class of SPHINX senior honorary Friday, May 8, 2009, on the Columbus Campus. Ackerman is the first honorary member from the Lima Campus to be linked into SPHINX.

Ackerman’s research interests in economic development, land use, crime, and small town revitalization in smaller urban and rural areas have led both to a major research grant and to community outreach. A past recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Ackerman's dedication to undergraduates is evidenced by his involvement of students in his research.

Ackerman was linked by Nellie Smith, a student inductee from the 102nd class and recent graduate of Ohio State Lima. Smith and Ackerman’s selection into the honorary exemplifies Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee’s “one-university” concept which promotes Ohio State's reach and service as a resource across the state.

Started in 1907, SPHINX is Ohio State’s oldest class honorary. Membership includes 24 student links each year and three honorary links. Selection for SPHINX is based upon scholarship, leadership and direct contribution to The Ohio State University. Honorary links can be either faculty or staff members.

For more information about the honorary or to talk to Dr. Ackerman, contact Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry at (419) 995-8671.

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