March 06, 2017 : OUC’s Ashlee Rauckhorst receives Women’s Achievement award for 2017
OUC’s Ashlee Rauckhorst receives Women’s Achievement award for 2017
Ohio University Chillicothe’s coordinator of student activities, Ashlee Rauckhorst, was recognized March 2, 2017 with an award at Ohio University’s Women’s Achievement dinner held in Athens.
The event, which was organized by the Ohio University Women’s Center, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. and the Order of Omega, highlight the achievements, success and breakthroughs of women faculty and staff at Ohio University.
Ashlee was bestowed the “making a second home” award that evening, which is designated for those who have filled familial roles on campus and have helped students adjust to college life.
In her role as coordinator of student activities and academic advisor, Ashlee meets with students on a regular basis, providing an avenue of help throughout their time at OUC. Whether she’s planning diversity events, or helping with the student activities on campus, she goes out of her way to make students feel at home here, serving as a strong advocate for them.
“I’m here for students,” she said. “That’s why I went into this field and that’s why I work here. I love helping them through their college process. When I talk to a student, I want them to leave feeling more educated. Sometimes in my job, I have to tell them difficult things, but I feel that for people who can bring students into their office and help lead them through difficult times, yet make them feel comfortable and understood at school, then I’m doing my part.”
The importance of this award cannot be underscored, as she made note that more than 70 applications were submitted for nine awards which were given out to only 17 women.
“I’m really honored…I was standing on that stage with faculty and staff from the Athens campus who have really done amazing work in their field and for other students,” Ashlee said. “It was a really humbling experience and made me feel good. It was it was very special. “
As a person who has spent her career studying education and as one who is pursuing a doctorate degree in the same field, Ashlee approaches her work each day with the mindset that she can help each student through a difficult situation, if they’re facing one. Because of this, she’s one of the women throughout the Ohio University system to receive a Women’s Achievement award this year.