The Ohio State University at Lima


Ohio State Lima to honor Brooks, Kraner with alumni awards at ceremony

October 1, 2019

photo of George Brooks

photo of Ryan Kraner

As part of Homecoming 2019 Week, Ohio State Lima will celebrate the accomplishments of two alumni, one well into a distinguished career and one making a strong, early ascent.

The Alumni Awards Program will be held on Wed., Oct. 2, in Reed Hall. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:00 p.m. Ohio State Lima’s sesquicentennial scholars will host the program and current and past members of the Homecoming Court will be in attendance.

George M. Brooks is the 2019 inductee to Ohio State Lima’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Successful Alumni Hall of Fame inductees are advocates for the university and regarded as community leaders with a record of sustained professional recognition or involvement in community activity or both. Members of the Alumni Hall of Fame have successfully completed at least one term of full-time study at Ohio State Lima and graduated from Ohio State 20 or more years ago.

Ryan Kraner, will receive the 2019 Early Achievement Award. Successful Early Achievement Award nominees are advocates for the university and have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement or both. The Early Achievers have successfully completed at least one term of full-time study at Ohio State Lima and graduated not more than 10 years before the award.

George M. Brooks

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, 1978

“George has had a very successful career in the financial industry as he has helped many businesses/owners with their financial needs. He has helped companies grow, providing jobs in the communities, and has volunteered hundreds of hours serving the organizations that he has been involved with. George is truly a ‘Buckeye at Heart’ as he has supported the university through his effort to make the Lima campus the best it can be.” Daniel J. Moening, nominator

George M. Brooks began his Buckeye career at The Ohio State University at Lima before transitioning to the Columbus campus to finish his degree in agricultural economics. After graduation, he returned to the Van Wert area where he launched a successful career in the financial industry, raised a family and helped to build his community through economic development and community involvement. Mr. Brooks served three terms on the Ohio State Lima Advisory Board, a term as board chair, and six years as an Alumni Advisory Council member. In 2015, he was awarded the Violet I. Meek Town and Gown Award, recognizing his lifelong personification of the university motto, Disciplina in civitatem, or education for citizenship.

Ryan Kraner

Bachelor of Science in Biology, 2015

“Of the dozens of undergraduates I have mentored, Ryan shows amazing ability in his chosen line of work and outstanding commitment to the buckeye spirit. Ryan is the embodiment of everything it means to be a buckeye: hard-working and dedicated to helping others.”
Jacqueline Augustine, associate professor of biology

Ryan Kraner embodied the Buckeye spirit during his four years at The Ohio State University at Lima and beyond. While he worked to earn his degree in biology and graduate cum laude, he was also working hard to help others. He was a physics and organic chemistry tutor, an honors student and active in a variety of clubs. Through one of the clubs he formed, Kraner and his fellow students raised nearly $20,000 for life-saving cancer research through Pelotonia, an effort he continued after graduation with awareness campaigns like his “88 Mile Script Ohio Ride.” After graduation, Kraner entered Officer Candidate School for the US Navy and progressed through training to earn his “wings of gold” and the status of Naval Flight Officer.

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