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August 31, 2015 : Bateson Named 2015 Emerging Athena
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – An Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington student has been recognized for her work helping those in our community. Alyssa Bateson is majoring in Social Work and plans to pursue a career helping women and children get their lives back on track after battling addiction.  Bateson was honored with the Emerging Athena award at a Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce dinner last week.
Internationally, Athena Leadership Awards honor professional excellence and community service.  They also recognize female leaders for actively assisting other women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. The Emerging Athena recognizes an up-and-coming community leader for her efforts.
“Being named this year’s Emerging Athena is a true honor,” said Bateson.
Bateson is 20 years old. In that short time she has already won impressive awards and dedicated herself to outstanding organizations.  Last school year, Bateson was named an Outstanding Female Student Leader and Student of the Month. She has made the Dean’s List at OUL three times. Bateson is Vice President of Fellowship for Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, and is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a national honors society.
Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Dean Dr. Jim Smith was at the dinner and presented Bateson with the award.  He said that all of Bateson’s community service is impressive.  However, there is one part of Bateson’s volunteer work that stands out.
“Alyssa has been a member of the Remnant Expressive Signing Team since she was 13 years old.  Remnant is a group of young females from different schools and churches who travel to various places in Ohio to perform through expressive sign language to music,” said Smith. “Some of the performances the group does yearly include Relay for Life, Earth Angels Foundation Super Cruise-In, Rickenbacker Military Christmas party for service men and women and their families and the Fairfield County Foundation dinners.”
“It’s a way of ministering and it makes me feel closer to God,” said Bateson. “Signing music is something I relate to, and I can touch other people with it.”
Bateson will start an internship this fall at Maryhaven’s Women’s Center. The center is specifically designed to reintegrate women into a sober lifestyle.  Bateson hopes to manage a similar center one day in Fairfield County that will help women and children get back on their feet in a Christian-based atmosphere. She is passionate about giving women the emotional strength and physical tools they need to start their lives over.  It’s something she sees as a great need in our community.