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OHIO to celebrate faculty recipients of research and teaching excellence awards

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July 6, 2020
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You're invited to celebrate the 2019 recipients of the Presidential Research Scholars, Presidential Teacher Award and Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at a special recognition event on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

New scholarship established for OHIO-in-LA program

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July 6, 2020
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Pat and Roger Cooper in Los Angeles

ATHENS, Ohio (August 1, 2019) — The Scripps College of Communication announces a new scholarship established by Media Arts & Studies professor Roger Cooper and his mother Euva Cooper in honor of Patricia Butcher Cooper, Roger’s wife. The Patricia Butcher Cooper OHIO-in-LA Scholarship celebrates Pat’s strong advocacy for students who wish to begin careers in the entertainment industry.

Established in 2014, the OHIO-in-LA program allows Ohio University students to spend a semester studying and participating in the media industry in Los Angeles. Through classes, internships, access to mentors and networking opportunities, participants gain hands-on experience in the entertainment industry. The scholarship will provide financial assistance for rising seniors majoring in Media Arts & Studies to participate in OHIO-in-LA.

Roger is the director of the OHIO-in-LA program. In his donor statement, he credits Pat’s  “enthusiastic support and endorsement” for OHIO-in-LA’s success. Pat often visited Roger in Los Angeles while the program was running, becoming a welcome and familiar presence.

Jen Jones Donatelli, an instructor with OHIO-in-LA and a former co-director of the program, said she admires Pat and Roger’s selflessness and sense of adventure.

“It’s easy to see what attracted them to each other—both are kind, caring people who are committed to education, helping youth, and making the world a better place,” Donatelli said. “Their support and love for each other is truly inspiring, and I can think of no better way to honor Pat’s legacy than a scholarship in her name.”

Those wishing to contribute to the Patricia Butcher Cooper OHIO-in-LA Scholarship can visit ohio.edu/give, where instructions can be found for designating the specific fund and submitting a gift by postal mail.

  

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Roger Cooper, director of the OHIO-in-LA program run by the School of Media Arts & Studies, and his mother Euva, established the Patricia Butcher Cooper Scholarship in honor of Roger's wife and her commitment to helping students pursue careers in the entertainment industry.

Visiting scholar shares her positive experience in the Scripps College of Communication

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Magda Ospina consults with her mentor Dr. Saumya Pant
Visiting scholar Magda Ospina consults with her mentor Dr. Saumya Pant

Magda Ospina has been a visiting scholar at the Scripps College of Communication since August. During her time at OHIO, Ospina said she improved her doctoral thesis and received exceptional guidance.

“The most important thing for my thesis dissertation was the extraordinary mentorship that I received,” Ospina said. “It was really an honor for me (to receive) mentorship from Dr. Saumya Pant, who is a global expert in the strategic integration of entertainment education programs.”

Pant, lecturer in the School of Media Arts & Studies, said most of her research is international and working in the developing world, so it gave her the confidence to help Ospina in her dissertation.

“It's always a pleasure to meet people like that, who are mature, who have come from lot of experience of not just academia, but real life,” Pant said of Ospina. “So she's a very humble, modest (person) and an a very eager learner here, that makes the work so much easier.

Ospina is a communication PhD candidate at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, and has been an adjunct professor for about fifteen years. During that time, she also founded and directed her own consulting firm in human management.

Her dissertation focused on the effects that an entertainment-education audiovisual program had on strengthening the social skills of the Caribbean youth in Colombia.

Entertainment-education is a communication strategy used for social change. With focuses in theories such as parasocial interaction and social learning, Ospina determined what is necessary to strengthen skills and eliminate barriers within the adoption of healthy attitudes and behaviors in youth.

“The Scripps College has experts in strategic integration of entertainment education programs who have taught me that if you have a right diagnosis of a world problem,” Ospina said. “You can find the strategy to solve them.”

Among many other interests, Ospina said she is very passionate about researching the development of personal skills and wants to find strategies for a better world through communication for social change.

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During her time at OHIO, visiting scholar Magda Ospina said she improved her doctoral thesis and received exceptional guidance.