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Presidential Teacher Awards announced at commencement

ATHENS, Ohio (June 26, 2006) -- Ohio University President Roderick McDavis presented associate professors Mary Rogus and Jennifer Chabot with Presidential Teacher Awards at this year's commencement exercises.

Mary RogusRogus is an associate professor of broadcast journalism in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.  In 2003, she was awarded the International Radio and Television Society Coltrin Professor of the Year, and the Radio Television News Directors Foundation Educator in the Newsroom Fellow in 2005.

Rogus worked for 20 years in local television news as a reporter, producer and executive producer before instructing at the Scripps School.  Her news teams have won multiple Associated Press Best Newscast and Best News Operation awards and one National Headliner award for Best Newscast.

"I continue teaching because I love it.  The time I spend with students takes me right back to my first days in the business -- the enthusiasm, the desire to make a difference and the jazz of breaking news," Rogus said.  "There's nothing like that moment when you see the spark and you know that a student gets it."

Chabot is an associate professor of Child and Family Studies in the School of Human and Consumer Sciences.  She has been at Ohio University since 1998. 

Jennifer Chabot photo by Rick FaticaChabot has instructed courses, advised and placed senior family studies majors in their final internship experiences.  In 2001, Chabot's work was recognized, and she was awarded the University Professor Award and the College of Health and Human Services Outstanding Teaching Award.

This fall, Chabot will complete her research and internship sabbatical at Philadelphia Children's Hospital.  After completing this project, she will have a child life specialist certificate and will lead the new child life certification program in family studies at Ohio University.

"I love that being a professor gives me the privilege of teaching about topics I am so passionate about.  I love being in the classroom and setting and building relationships that happen within.  It is incredibly energizing.  As time goes on, I find myself enjoying the teaching experience more and more," Chabot said.

The Presidential Teacher Awards program honors faculty for their excellence as teachers both inside and outside the classroom.  Rogus and Chabot will receive a three-year stipend and hold the title "Presidential Teacher" for that time.

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