Dec. 20, 2007
From staff reports | Photo by Rick Fatica
Ohio University senior Bob Arnold, winner of a 2008 Marshall Scholarship, will receive one of the biggest and most unusual holiday presents around: a billboard to be erected in his honor Friday near his home in Dayton.
The 11- by 23-foot sign at the corner of Wilmington and Irving avenues in the Shroyer Park section of Dayton features a smiling Arnold and says, "The Marshall goes to 40 of America's top college scholars ... OHIO's Bob Arnold is one of them."
An Honors Tutorial College student pursuing joint bachelor's and master's degrees, Arnold recently won a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, an honor in the same league as a Rhodes scholarship. He is the only 2008 Marshall Scholar from an Ohio institution. The political science major will attend the London School of Economics and Political Science next fall to earn two fully funded master's degrees in philosophy of the social sciences and political theory.
"I'm terribly impressed with his capacity for curiosity," Honors Tutorial College Dean Ann Fidler said when Arnold's Marshall Scholarship was announced earlier this month. "He really, truly wants to know a lot about a lot of things in a serious way."
Others who speak about Arnold do so in the same superlatives.
Arnold's mentor, Distinguished Professor of Economics Richard Vedder, said, "Bob is probably one of the best students that I've had in 42 years of teaching at Ohio University -- and I've had over 10,000."
"Our selection ... indicates that we believe he has the potential for achieving national or international recognition," said James Shapiro, professor of microbiology at the University of Chicago and a member of Arnold's Marshall interview committee.
"He was one of the best students I've worked with because of his willingness to learn, his interest in learning new things (and) his positive attitude," added Sara Boyd, a team leader in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, where Arnold was among the school's select group of undergraduate scholars.
The billboard was donated by Lamar Advertising Co. as part of an effort by the outdoor advertising industry to recognize academic achievement. In September, a similar billboard in Canton, Ohio, honored Ohio University Forensics Team champion Dan Glaser.
The unveiling of Arnold's congratulatory billboard took place Friday, Dec. 21. Arnold, his mother, Mary Pat Arnold, and representatives from Lamar Advertising Co. were present.
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