The Ohio State University at Lima


Ohio State Lima 2020 Academic Celebration recognizes student scholars

The Ohio State University at Lima annually recognizes the scholarly efforts of its graduating seniors and others at an Academic Celebration. This year’s winners for scholarly work, overall achievement and service to the campus are listed below.

Department awards

Faculty members in each academic area on campus choose their most outstanding students from the academic year to recognize with a department award.

Psychology: Victoria Bradford of Paulding

Victoria Bradford graduates with honors. She has a stellar research record, presenting at local and national conferences, contributed to potential publications, and completed an honors thesis this spring.

History: Emily Preston of Huntsville

Emily E. Preston is an outstanding scholar and writer. Her work shows sophistication and clarity of thought, and she demonstrates a confident grasp of historical processes as well as a deftness in analyzing and comparing sources.

English: Alyssa Brown of Lima

Alyssa Brown is outstanding at analyzing literary texts utilizing complex critical approaches such as deconstruction and is always an active and insightful contributor to class discussions. Brown is an outstanding creative writer, both in poetry and fiction. She received the Arbuckle Creative Writing Scholarship for a selection from her poetry chapbook Post Script. In the past year, she has served as a senior editor for Ohio State Lima’s international literary journal Asterism, leading the editorial meetings, corresponding with authors across the globe, and editing accepted pieces. She also works as a writing center tutor and a Spanish tutor, is a mentor in the Each One Teaches One program, and a leader in the Women’s Empowerment Club.

Nan Arbuckle Creative Writing Scholarship: Victoria Sullivan of Lima

A previous winner—in 2018—for poetry, Victoria Sullivan stood out this year for her fiction. Her stories of family tension and marital convolutions impressed the judges with their strange and startling depictions of ordinary domestic woe. The work balances idiosyncratic perceptions with everyday reality, creating on the page characters who are simultaneously distinct and familiar.

Music: Victoria Bradford of Paulding

Victoria Bradford’s dedication to the music department during her time at Ohio State Lima has been extraordinary. She emerged as a leader, not only in the University Chorale, but also in the formation of a student-led acapella group – REEDefined acapella – and served as their first president. She found unique ways to reach out to the community and share her love of music by arranging for performances at hospitals, and local elementary, middle and high schools.

Biology: Amanda Weller of Lima and Rachel Crites of Delphos

Amanda Weller not only excels academically, but she has also immersed herself in Ohio State Lima’s biology community. Weller has taken advantage of undergraduate research opportunities by studying the evolutionary history and ecology of the brush-tailed mice, Calomyscus, in and around Pakistan. She presented at the American Society of Mammalogists conference in both 2018 and 2019, as well as local venues. The quality of her research was recognized with an Undergraduate Research Scholarship in 2018 from The Ohio State University. Additionally, she has recently completed the requirements for graduation with research distinction in biology, a designation on her transcript, which attests to the quality of the undergraduate research she conducted. Weller will start a PhD program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro this fall.

Rachel Crites also excels academically and conducts challenging research. Using both morphological and genetic traits, Crites examined the variability in the West African soft-furred mouse, Praomys rostratus, to determine how it differs based on habitat and if the species should be split into two. This work was conducted both in collaboration with Dr. Ryan Norris at Ohio State Lima, and as part of a competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation at the Field Museum in Chicago. She presented at the Field Museum, the American Society of Mammalogists conference in 2019, as well as local venues. The quality of the research has also been recognized with an Undergraduate Research Scholarship, a travel award from the American Society of Mammalogists, and as part of the requirements for graduation with research distinction in biology. Crites will start a PhD program at Notre Dame this fall.

Communication: Rylee Poeppelman of Fort Loramie

Rylee Poeppelman has been an excellent and dedicated student in all of her communication classes in preparation for continuing her communication major at Ohio State.

Theatre: Sydney Hartford of Ada

Sydney Hartford tackled her work on stage, in the classroom, and behind the scenes with equal amounts of talent, hard work, humility, intelligence and dedication. While she has played a number of leading roles in Ohio State Lima productions, Hartford exemplifies the ensemble spirit in her acting, approaching the work with an open mind and heart, and helping to create an environment where all her fellow actors feel valued and important. Aside from her production work on our campus, Hartford has also been actively involved with our campus choral groups, becoming one of the student leaders of REEDefined, our student-led acapella group. She also is one of the few theatre students in the past years to develop a research project for the Lima Undergraduate Research Forum, combining her passion for acting with her interest in psychology.

Physics: Nick Wallace of Cincinnati

Nick Wallace has participated actively in class, asked questions and answered them, and worked well with his groups on problems. He has demonstrated strong interest and knowledge in physics.

Mathematics: Sharolyn Balbaugh of Wapakoneta

Sharolyn Balbaugh is an exceptional student who works hard and strives to understand the concepts. She is quiet and observant, noting all details.

Health Sciences: Emilee Meyer of Spencerville

The Outstanding Student in the Health Sciences major on the Lima campus of The Ohio State University for the 2019-2020 academic year is Emilee Meyer. Emilee graduated cum laude from Ohio State in December 2019 after being recognized on the Dean’s List several times.
Emilee’s journey in higher education began with a focus on becoming a health care provider, but she learned that was not where she excelled. She changed to the Health Sciences major with a goal of becoming a health care administrator. In this career-focused area, she excelled. Two experiences contributed to confirming her choice. First, she found employment in the business office of a primary care practice in Lima. This helped her learn the culture and pace of healthcare and the important role of non-clinical staff in the delivery of patient-focused care. Second, she completed an internship at a local hospital in the area of Human Resources. Through her own initiative, she sought out and was able to experience a variety of human resource functions in the largest employer in Allen County. This afforded her access to a host of interactions with both clinical and non-clinical leaders. When she completed her undergraduate degree, she had already applied for a graduate program in healthcare administration. Through her initiative and persistence, she is well-prepared to excel in her chosen career.

As a student, Emilee was always prepared and clearly saw the value of her coursework in preparing her for her career. She was a model student and I will predict to be a knowledgeable administrator as her career unfolds.

Honors awards

The 2020 winners of the honors awards are also being recognized.

The John T. Mount Award is given each academic year to the most outstanding student from each regional campus who has attained senior status by the beginning of autumn semester and who started their Ohio State education on a regional campus. This award was named for John. T. Mount, a former Vice President for Regional Campuses and Dean of the University College. This award was created to honor both Dr. Mount, for his outstanding service to the regional campuses, and our most outstanding students. This year’s recipient is Olivia Green of Bellevue.

The John W. Hevener Award is given each academic year to the most outstanding student at Ohio State Lima who has attained senior status by the beginning of autumn semester and who also completed the majority of his or her coursework on the Lima Campus. This award was named for Dr. John W. Hevener, who taught History on this campus from 1974 to 1991. During Dr. Hevener’s tenure on our faculty, he served as a regular member of our faculty Honors Committee. This award was created to honor both Dr. Hevener, for his outstanding service to the students of The Ohio State University at Lima, and also our most outstanding students. This year’s recipient is Victoria Bradford of Paulding.

The Violet I. Meek Student Leadership Award is an annual award given to the Ohio State Lima student who has demonstrated positive leadership and a vision for the future of the student body while enrolled on the Lima campus. The recipient will embody the land grant mission of Ohio State Lima, demonstrating a quest for a new knowledge combined with public service, one who can balance intellectual pursuits with extra-curricular activities and responsibilities. The award honors Dr. Violet I. Meek, retired dean and director of Ohio State Lima. This year’s recipient is Dalton Faulder of Jackson Center.

The Ohio State Lima Honors Program awards the Honors Tuition Scholarship to Honors students who demonstrate exceptional performance in at least two Honors courses during the current academic year, have maintained a high grade point average over all course work, participated in Honors Program events, and submitted an essay describing how the Honors Program has influenced his or her educational experience at Ohio State Lima. This year’s recipients are Kerri Ellerbrock of Ottawa, Cameron Brittain of Dayton, Jessica Mangas of Deshler, Jenna Fields of Sidney and Danica Basinger of Kalida.