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Learning Community award recipients recognized

Published: April 13, 2022 Author: Staff reports

Ohio University Learning Community Programs celebrated their instructors, Learning Community Leaders and advocates at the annual Learning Community Programs Awards, held virtually Friday, April 1.

Outstanding Learning Community Instructor awards were presented to Larry Hayman, Dr. Morgan Vis-Chiasson, Vernon Keneedy, and Holly Seckinger. 

The Outstanding Learning Community Leader awards were presented to Catrina Beasley, Alexis Karolin, Skylar Chinn, and Meg Gidley.  

MaryKathyrine Tran, interim director of the Women’s Center, received the Outstanding Learning Community Advocate award.  

The award for Outstanding Learning Community was presented to the Journalism A Learning Community led by Instructor Tim Sharp and Learning Community Leader Juliana Colant.  

“Through the Learning Community Programs, we work to ensure that students will learn about who they are as individuals and that they interact with and learn from one another,” said Director of Learning Community Programs Barb Remsburg. “With the support of the colleges, instructors and Learning Community Leaders, they share their time, energy and talent to make an impact on students’ lives.” 

Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs provided the opening remarks during the virtual event. She thanked the Learning Community instructors and Learning Community Leaders, “I don’t know if you always get a chance to see how deep and broad the impact that you have really is, but if not, I hope this event gives you a glimpse of how critical your work is to our students.” 

“I am so grateful that we can still celebrate together, not just the well-deserving award winners that we will be recognizing today, but the positive impact that you all have had on the lives of our students,” Sayrs said. 

Nominations for the Learning Community Awards are submitted by Ohio University faculty, staff and students. 

A learning community is a group of students who take a common set of courses together or share a common experience around their academics. Through participating in learning communities, Ohio University students develop a deeper understanding of the courses' subject matter while they build relationships and learn together outside of the classroom. This fall, most first-year students at OHIO’s Athens campus were enrolled in a learning community. 

For more information about learning communities at Ohio University, visit ohio.edu/learning-communities or contact us at learningcommunities@ohio.edu or 740-593-1953.