Lancaster – Ohio University's Executive Dean of Regional Campuses was given the Outstanding Administrator Award at this year's Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio Conference (AURCO). The conference was held at Ohio University Lancaster this past weekend.
Jim Fonseca has served the past two years as executive dean and served as dean at O.U. Zanesville for 15 years. Fonseca was given the award because of his commitment to AURCO over the years. He hosted two AURCO conferences during his tenure. Fonseca was also commended for his financial support and advocacy for AURCO and Ohio's regional campuses.
The theme of this year's AURCO conference was "Investing in Our Future." Interim Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents Dr. Stephanie Davidson was the keynote speaker. Davidson spoke about the future of the regional higher education in the State of Ohio. Davidson joined the Board of Regents in December 2007 as the Director of Academic Programs. She was named Associate Vice Chancellor of Program Development and Approval in January 2009 before being named Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. Davidson was named Interim Chancellor in February after Jim Petro's retirement.
AURCO is a multi-disciplinary conference featuring pedagogical workshops, faculty research, and student presentations. This year's event featured 25 workshops, panels and sessions presented by 116 faculty and students from across the state.
Two Columbus high school students, John Michael and Mark David Wright, won the award for Student Poster Presentation.The students from Tree of Life Christian High School presented a research study titled "Does playing chess improve academic scores?"The two found that chess instruction and playing did significantly impact reading scores of students. They worked with Dr. Debra Dunning of Ohio University Lancaster on this research. Dr. Dunning presented research titled "Realigning the Research Process to work with high school students" at the conference.
Several topics were discussed at the conference including online classes, history and culture and the evolving regional campus experience.