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2018 News Atwood
March 06, 2018 : Bobcat Alumna Commended For Spirit Of Ohio


It’s not unusual for a Bobcat enthusiast to go above and beyond for their campus and community. But, it’s not every day that one of our own alumna is commended on behalf of their spirit for Ohio. That is why Joyce Atwood, Director of Resource Development and the Child Development and Family Services Center at Ohio University Chillicothe, was recognized at the 52nd annual Ohio Statehood Day Prayer Breakfast on Mar. 3, 2018.


Atwood has been named this year’s recipient of the annual Ohio Statehood Day Achievement Award. Each year, a local community member is selected based on their spirit of Ohio and Atwood is the essence of this stipulation.


Atwood shared, “It is truly an honor to receive this achievement award. However, I must reflect on the true meaning of Statehood celebration. The achievement award represents leaders and many residents though the years who have made a difference in guiding all citizens to live a life full of spiritual love and happiness. The many organizations each have a purpose and desire to better the lives they embrace.”


Each year the Prayer Breakfast is held to celebrate the founding of Ohio. In 1802, the Constitution of the State of Ohio was drafted in Chillicothe, in which Ohio was approved and admitted into Statehood. It was then on Mar. 1, 1803, Ohio’s governing officials were sworn into office and a special service was held to celebrate the occasion. The celebration was led with a prayer asking for direction supporting all negotiations and decisions made by the officials.


“We must give gratitude to our churches who encourage us to look for the good in others, as well as assist us in this journey of life. Our educational systems grounded us with the wisdom to make good decisions to improve our quality of life as well as our families that started us on this wonderful journey,” shared Atwood.


Congratulations, Joyce!