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Annual gift will support biological sciences students

Parents of recent graduate make a statement about the value of an Ohio University education

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 13, 2006) -- Robert and Kathy Roesch of Westlake, Ohio, recently committed to making a $500 gift to Ohio University every year to fund the Dr. Mary E. Chamberlin Award for Honors Tutorial College - Biological Sciences students. Robert Roesch is a 1975 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor's in business administration. The Roesch's daughter Erin graduated from the university last June.

The Roesch's gift is not only about ties to alma mater, but also about thanking a professor who had a profound influence on their daughter. Erin Roesch began her studies this fall at the University of Toledo's College of Medicine (formerly the Medical University of Ohio).

The transition from undergraduate student to medical student can be exciting, but wrought with anxiety; however, Erin Roesch felt confident taking that plunge. She attributes her success and her confidence to the instruction she received -- both inside and outside of the classroom -- from Mary Chamberlin, Rush Elliot Professor of Biological Sciences at Ohio University.

"Dr. Chamberlin is one of the reasons that I am pursuing my desire to attend medical school and to continue my research endeavors," says Erin Roesch. "She taught me how clinical care and research go hand in hand. I feel well prepared and am confident entering medical school."

With a focus in biological sciences, Roesch took an animal physiology course from Chamberlin and benefited from her tutoring.

"As my Honors Tutorial tutor, Dr. C met with me one-on-one and gave me insight into her own world of research concerning renal physiology," says Erin Roesch. "She motivated me to understand concepts and attempt advanced case studies."

The $500 annual Chamberlin Award will support the scholarly or research activity, or the cost of tuition and books, for an Honors Tutorial student in biological sciences.

"Dr. C made me want to be a better student, biologist and person; and I believe that I achieved this goal while at Ohio University," says Erin Roesch.

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The Honors Tutorial College is the oldest, largest, and most academically diverse tutorial-based degree granting honors college in the country. Modeled after the tutorial traditions of British universities such as Cambridge and Oxford, it is a highly competitive college comprised of approximately 200 students who declare majors in one of 26 programs of study.

The Ohio University Foundation is the repository for all private gifts through annual giving programs, capital, and special campaigns and planned or deferred gifts. The Foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c(3) organization.

Media Contact: Director of Marketing and Public Relations Crystal Lorimor at (740) 699-2356 or Lorimor@ohio.edu/

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