Scholars debate issues, take action
HIV/AIDS a focus for Templeton Scholars this year
Oct 17, 2008
By Quadia Muhammad
For Ohio University's new Templeton Scholars, debating issues is a good thing. Acting on those talks is even better.
Among items on their agenda is a forum to discuss HIV/AIDS in hopes of raising awareness and making a difference in the fight against the disease. In collaboration with this year's Cutler Scholars, the students will develop and implement a project relating to the disease that they will present to the university and Athens community.
They hope the project will help them raise money to sponsor a school either locally or abroad.
"These students demonstrate a willingness to be involved, and rather than just talking about issues, they want to be active participants in making a difference," said Greta Oliver, who oversees the program for the Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention.
Of this year's 10 Templeton scholars, seven are students in the Scripps College of Communication, a record high. Also noteworthy: Forty percent of the new class is from outside Ohio, a testament to the eight-year-old program's increased visibility, Oliver said.
The Templeton program attracts students from underrepresented groups and fosters their success at Ohio University through various academic and support offerings. It promotes personal, social, cultural and academic excellence through creative programming, including roundtable discussions, undergraduate research projects, community service, and faculty and peer mentoring. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, books and room and board.
The program is named for Ohio University's first African-American graduate, John Newton Templeton, who in 1828 became the fourth African-American to graduate from college in the United States and the first in the Northwest Territory.
Here's what this year's Templeton Scholars have to say about themselves.
|My name: Christopher Born|
My hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
My major: Computer science
What I am most excited about at Ohio University: Being part of the Marching 110
Movie I think everyone should see: "Dead Poet's Society," because it shows just how valuable personal independence and freedom are
Qualities of my favorite teacher: Funny, personal, interesting
What I hope to achieve in my first year at Ohio University: Completion of all general education requirements
I am most nervous about: An overly busy schedule
What I will miss from home: Free food and getting my laundry done for me
Book I think everyone should read: The Bible, because it shows how to lead a good life based on positive morals and helps establish good values in any person, regardless of religion
If I could have any superpower, I would choose: Teleportation
|My name: Nate Boyer |
My hometown: Ashland, Ohio
My major: Video production
Academic accomplishment I am most proud of: Getting a 32 on my ACT
Why I chose Ohio University: The Scripps College of Communication is amazing -- plus the scholarship I obtained is great.
What I hope to achieve in my first year at Ohio University: A good base GPA, friends and deciding on a major
My dream job: Film director
If I could have any superpower, I would choose: The ability to bend time and space
|My name: Stephanie Del Rosal|
My hometowns: Jupiter, Fla./Hoover, Ala.
My major: Communication
Qualities of my favorite teacher: Humor, sarcasm, irony, intelligence. He teaches, and you can either listen or not. He is awesome!
Why I chose Ohio University: Great communication program, the Templeton scholarship and Athens, where I will have a chance to grow and learn in a new environment.
What I will miss from home: My family and two adorable dogs, all my friends, and wearing flip flops in the winter
I am most nervous about: The snow and giving people the right impression
Current issue that is most important for my generation: Getting people to care about .. everything? Anything? People are uninformed and apathetic (I am as well). The future is ours, but we don't know what to do with it.
|My name: Awele "Christine" Nwajei|
My hometown: Canton, Ohio
My major: Chemistry/pre-med
What I hope to achieve in my first year at Ohio University: 3.6 or higher GPA
Class I am most looking forward to: My math classes
Book I think everyone should read: "Cane River," because I learned about the history of African-Americans during the late 19th century
Current issue that is most important for my generation: The election, because the health-care system, the environment and the war on terror will be decided by the person we elect as our next president.
My dream job: Having my own medical practice because I could work for an organization such as "Heal the Children" and help children from war-torn countries with their plastic surgery needs.
|My name: Ugonna Okpalaoka|
My hometown: Pickerington, Ohio
My major: Magazine journalism
Academic accomplishment I am most proud of: Being a National Achievement Scholarship winner
I most admire: Those who came before me -- my parents and my grandparents -- because it's not an easy task to come to a new country and start over. They did it and have been nothing but great examples for me and my siblings.
What I will miss from home: My family; I'm very close to them
If I could be the ambassador to any country, I would choose: Nigeria, because I was born there and that's where my family's from. I've grown up surrounded by the culture, and I think it'd be cool to be an ambassador for the country.
|My name: Brittany Oliver|
My hometown: Albany, Ohio
My major: Visual communication
Academic accomplishment I am most proud of: Graduating with a 4.0 GPA and with Spanish honors
Best advice anyone has given me: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. You cannot control what other people say, but you have complete control over how you feel about yourself.
I am most nervous about: Procrastination inhibiting my success
What I will miss from home: I will miss my puppy Coco because she's cute, and my parents are not sure if they will keep her now that I am gone.
If I could research any topic, I would research: Martha Jane Hunley-Blackburn -- Ohio University's first female African-American graduate -- because there is little information about her, although she made a magnificent accomplishment at this very university.
|My name: Jermain Onye|
My hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
My major: Mechanical engineering
Qualities of my favorite teacher: Patient, determined to help others, smart, willing to explain
What I am most excited about at Ohio University: The study abroad program, because traveling opens your mind to a new way of life
Current issue that is most important for my generation: To explore the uses of renewable sources of energy
If I could be the ambassador to any country, I would choose: Nigeria, because my visit to Nigeria showed me all of the opportunities that it will have to offer to the world in the future
My dream job: United States diplomat, because I enjoy interacting with people of different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. I also enjoy traveling, and being a U.S. diplomat would allow me to do all of these things.
|My name: Eudora Peterson|
My hometown: Millburn, N.J.
My major: Broadcast journalism
Why I chose Ohio University: The Templeton Scholarship and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
What I am most excited about at Ohio University: Meeting other vegetarians and new people
Movie I think everyone should see: "Minority Report"
Current issue that is most important for my generation: Environmental issues
My dream job: Journalist and comedian
|My name: Eric "Max" Rodriguez|
My hometown: Pittsburgh
My major: Video production
My unknown talent: I have been playing the piano for 10 years.
Best advice anyone has given me: All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.
What I hope to achieve in my first year at Ohio University: Keep my scholarship, develop good habits for future years
Current issue that is most important for my generation: Volunteer service, because of the growing tide of poverty and hunger in developing nations
Book I think everyone should read: "Gates of Fire," the story of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae
|My name: Eric White|
My hometown: Pittsburgh
My major: Advertising
Qualities of my favorite teacher: Humorous and understanding.
Class I am most looking forward to: Bowling
Book I think everyone should read: "Kite Runner," the story of a man's attempt to right the wrongs of his childhood
What I hope to achieve in my first year at Ohio University: To obtain above a 3.5 GPA and have an easy transition
If I could have any superpower, I would choose: The ability to regenerate health, because no matter what happened to me, I would be able to come back just as strong
Coming up: Outlook will introduce this year's Appalachian, Cutler and Urban scholars over the next three weeks.
Templeton Scholars Program: http://www.ohio.edu/diversity/templeton/
Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention: http://www.ohio.edu/diversity/
Published: Oct 17, 2008 12:03 PM