The Ohio State University at Lima

McCrory wins 2020 Outstanding First Year Advocate Award

January 14, 2020

photo of Shane McCrory with Outstanding First Year Advocate Award

Shane McCrory, director of student life at The Ohio State University at Lima, is the winner of the university-wide Outstanding First Year Advocate Award. McCrory received his award Tues., Jan. 14, 2020, at the Focusing on the First Year Conference 2020 in Columbus.

Through the Outstanding First Year Advocate Awards, First Year Experience recognizes the contributions of exceptional Ohio State faculty and staff to first-year student success. McCrory’s award honors individuals who have demonstrated passion and effort beyond their typical job responsibilities for helping students make the most of their first year. Nominees work to foster personal connections with or among first-year students, implement policies that help make first-year student success possible, serve as a resource to new students, and much more.

“The first year is extremely critical for setting the tone for future success,” McCrory said. “One of our ultimate goals at Ohio State Lima is to have our students graduate, so it is important for us to help students create positive habits and practices.”

In addition to his role as the director of student life, McCrory works extensively with the first generation students at Ohio State Lima. He recruits new students to join the First Generation Community, teaches their first year experience courses and helps develop peer mentors for the next year’s first gen cohort. Since the program’s inception in 2015, the first gen program has grown fourfold from under 20 for the pilot year to 88 during autumn semester 2019.

“This is a great honor for Shane McCrory to be recognized for his exceptional commitment and dedication to Ohio State Lima’s first year students,” said Dr. Tim Rehner, Ohio State Lima dean and director. “Shane is passionate about supporting students so they can successfully make the transition to a university experience at Ohio State Lima.”