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Special presentations slated for university's recognition ceremony

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (June 9, 2004) -- Each year, Ohio University - Zanesville recognizes students graduating with their Master's, Bachelor's or Associate's degree, as well as Dean's and Honors List recipients and students named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. While that tradition continues this year, there are two other special presentations slated for the university's Recognition Night, located in the Littick Hall gymnasium at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 11.

Gladys Rider, a 94-year-old resident of Crooksville, will receive a certificate of appreciation from the College of Education on the Athens Campus for dedicating over 60 years of her life to teaching. A member of the Class of 1928 in Athens, life circumstances required Rider to suspend her education with only 2 terms remaining to receive her bachelor's degree.

This year, a member of the Zanesville Campus faculty was chosen to receive the university-wide "Student Affairs Faculty Recognition Award." A committee based in Athens selected Adjunct Associate Professor of Spanish Karen Brown in recognition of her willingness to foster the growth and development of students. Each year, Brown coordinates an intensive trip to Spain in which local college students join over a hundred other students from all over the world at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo to learn Spanish.

The keynote speaker for the event is Jennifer Stewart, elected member representing District 9 of the Ohio State Board of Education for K-12. Stewart, whose district covers an area from Ashland to Marietta, was formerly a teacher in Zanesville as well as past President of the Zanesville School Board and the Mid-East Ohio Vocational School Board.

Claire Goins, a Middle Childhood Education Major from Zanesville, will provide the student address. This year's recipient of the Jordan/Brown Fund for International Study and Internships is Daniel Ross, a junior from Blue Rock majoring in Spanish and Political Science.

The recipient of this year's Milman Linn Academic Award is Sandra Hamrick, a senior from Dresden. Each year the Linn family makes a financial award to the most improved student, selected by university faculty.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and the reception immediately following. For more information, contact the Office of Students Services at (740) 588-1439 or e-mail to ouzservices@ohio.edu.

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