These are exciting times for Lynsey Beros and Austin Warehime.
The two accomplished Ohio University Eastern alumni are slated to earn their terminal degrees this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. Beros will be awarded a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree from Belmont University. Not to be outdone, Warehime will graduate with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Belmont College of Law.
Moreover, celebrating the accomplishment of meeting their academic goals is only part of the story. Their journey together began in 2009 at Buckeye Trail High School, and continued at Ohio University Eastern, where they both graduated with honors. Austin earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History in fall 2016, and Lynsey graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Exercise Physiology in the spring of 2017. They matriculated together to Nashville, achieved all of their academic goals, and most recently, announced their wedding engagement to family and friends.
“We are so thankful for how our lives together have progressed, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate our graduations, while planning our upcoming wedding at the same time,” said Lynsey and Austin.
While in graduate school, both enjoyed great success. Austin was elected as the student representative for his class, made the Dean’s List each semester, and will graduate in the top 10% of his class. He was also a member of the Belmont Law Review, where he served as the Executive Submissions and Transcript Editor.
Most recently, Austin became a published scholarly author when his research work, Death by Crosspollination: The Uncontrollable Natural Occurrence that Could Kill Organic Farming and the Legal Solutions to Save an Industry, was chosen for publication in the Belmont Law Review. Additionally, his paper won the Jon E. Hastings Environmental Law Memorial Award Writing Competition, which is sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association.
Lynsey was also selected by her peers to be a representative of the Belmont OTD Class of 2020, became a member and Community Service Chair of the Belmont Student Occupational Therapy Association, and a member of the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association (TNOTA), and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Lynsey also achieved great academic achievements during her occupational therapy education. She and five classmates had their research poster, Incidence and Relationship between Tactile Sensitivity & Self-Regulation in Six- to Eight-Year-Old Children, accepted to present at the 2020 AOTA Annual Conference and Expo.
After two years of didactic coursework, she completed her 12-week, Level 2, Fieldwork experiences at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, working in inpatient rehabilitation and with Metro Nashville Public Schools. Most recently, Lynsey completed her Doctoral Capstone project, by providing an occupational therapy perspective to Nurses for Newborns, a nonprofit organization that provides in-home nursing services to at-risk infants, and their families in middle Tennessee.
The couple credits much of their academic success to the skills they obtained during their time at Ohio University Eastern. Austin stated that all of his professors at the Eastern Campus pushed him and sharpened the reading and writing skills he needed to succeed in law school. Specifically, he cited his academic advisor, recently retired Assistant Professor of History Dr. David Castle.
“Dr. Castle pushed me further than any professor. He ran his class similar to a law school classroom. We had readings for every class, then he would call on us to discuss what we read. This is exactly what was required of me in law school. He helped develop the skills I needed to read dense and challenging material, and then discuss what I read in an intellectually challenging way.”
As for Austin’s interest in agriculture and environmental law, he credits Associate Professor of English Dr. Pamela B. June. Austin recalls his interest coming from his first-year writing class at OHIO Eastern when Dr. June used the documentary, Food Inc., in one of her lessons about persuasive writing and rhetoric. “The documentary discusses the effects that genetically-modified crops have on farmers and farming communities, which became the backbone of my research during law school.”
Lynsey also asserts that Ohio University Eastern played a prominent role in her graduate school success. “The Eastern Campus provided me with an excellent undergraduate education. Plus, with the help of scholarships and grants, I was able to graduate debt-free and continue my education at Belmont University.”
As an exercise physiology major, Lynsey gives great credit to Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology Dr. Robert Galbreath, and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Mark Waters. “These professors, along with others, helped to shape me into a successful student. Their high expectations and academic support prepped me for success.”
Lynsey is also thankful for Dr. June and Associate Professor Emeritus of English Dr. Thomas Flynn. “The writing and rhetoric courses taught by Dr. June and Dr. Flynn were exceptional,” she said. “I can actually remember writing about occupational therapy topics in both of those courses. In summary, it is evident to me that the faculty at the Eastern Campus are top-notch and determined to help students get the most out of their education. Personally, I know that I did.”
Outside of school, the couple enjoys being involved in the Nashville community. Lynsey and Austin are both board members of the child-focused, philanthropic community foundation, The Tomorrow Fund. Additionally, Austin is a board member of the budding start-up Nashville Food Cooperative, which seeks to bring a locally-supplied, cooperatively-owned grocery store to Nashville.
They also enjoy running with their friends at Fleet Feet Nashville. With the training assistance of Fleet Feet, Austin qualified for the Boston Marathon by running 2:54:14 at the Indianapolis Marathon in November.
As for the future, Austin looks forward to taking the bar exam in July, and starting as an associate attorney at the Ortale Kelley Law Firm in downtown Nashville. Lynsey hopes to obtain a school-based, occupational therapy position and begin working with children of all abilities, to promote access to, and success in, their educational activities.
“Life is coming at us fast,” said Lynsey and Austin. “But, one thing is certain, wherever our journey takes us, we will always cherish our education and experiences at Ohio University Eastern. Our future together is bright, in large part, because of the strong foundation that was formed at the Eastern Campus. We could not be more thankful for OHIO Eastern.”