The Ohio State University at Lima

Faculty and staff achievements – September 2019

Comings and goings

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Desmond Harvey

Desmond Harvey will serve as Student Success Programs Coordinator. Desmond will be supporting our current student success programming, as well as assisting with the development of future success programming. Additionally, he will serve as the chair of the Student Retention and Success Committee where he will be responsible for data collection, documentation, assessment, and reporting.

Desmond brings an array of experience to his new role, his most recent from the Office of Residence Life on the University of Toledo campus where he worked as both a coordinator and director. He has managed a variety of initiatives involving student programming and academic success strategies which have served as a driving force for his student retention focus. He was also directly responsible for the overall management of both the staff and housing facilities which accommodated over 3,000 residential students. Desmond earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Toledo and is originally from the Lima area.

Desmond will be located in PS 122A and can be reached at 567-242-7304 and

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Spenser Sanders

Spenser Sanders is the new coordinator of recreational sports for The Ohio State University at Lima and Rhodes State College. His focus will be on recreational sports, intramurals and wellness activities.

Sanders had worked at the Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads-Morals, Welfare and Recreation headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, since 2015, most recently as a recreation specialist. He is looking forward to transferring those skills to a higher education environment.

Faculty achievement

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Stanley "Chip" Blake

Chip Blake, history, will serve on the Honors Committee in the two-year position.

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Pat Carroll

Pat Carroll, psychology, will serve the second year of one of the two-year terms on the Honors Committee.

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Sabine Jeschonnek

Sabine Jeschonnek, physics, will be studying "Electron Scattering and Neutrino Scattering from Light Nuclei" with a three-year, $120,000 National Science Foundation grant.

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Jessica Johnson

English's Jessica Johnson is now a syndicated columnist for Creators. Look for "From the Desk of Dr. J" in the opinion category. Read more

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Tariq Rizvi

Tariq Rizvi, mathematics, has been invited to chair three sessions and panel discussions the the Leadership for Academicians Program in Columbus. The program is organized under the auspices of the Obama-Singh initiative for Academic Exchanges of academicians between India and USA. The initiative has helped Ohio State collaborate in India with many universities and mainly with Aligarh Muslim University, a top ranked federal university in India. The collaboration has also resulted in the establishment of a STEM Education and Research Center with the help of Ohio State’s Office of Global Strategies and International Affairs. Rizvi will serve on the Ohio State governing board of the STEM Education and Research Center.

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John R. Snyder

John R. Snyder, health and rehabilitation sciences, received the 41st Mercy Club Award for his humanitarian services to the community. Read more at the Lima News or watch more at HomeTown Stations.