University College News
Tracy Evans had already been working in law enforcement for 20 years before he enrolled in the Law Enforcement Technology program at Ohio University Chillicothe in 2019. When he began work on his associate degree he was not working full-time and was able to devote himself to full-time coursework. That was before he ran for and was elected Pike County Sherriff in 2020. When Evans assumed office in January 2021 he chose to drop back to part-time enrollment at OHIO to better focus on his new elected position. He hopes to return to full-time coursework and finish his degree as he continues to settle into his role as sheriff.
Sarah Sizemore, a 2020 bachelor of criminal justice grad has earned her credentials as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Before completing her bachelor’s degree, she earned associate degrees from Ohio University in social science and in applied studies (Law Enforcement Technology). She works with people in recovery as a counselor for Mended Reeds Mental Health which is based in Grayson, Kentucky. Sizemore supports people in recovery through individual counseling, group counseling, and case management.
When Duncan Farquhar came to Ohio University in 2018, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to major in, so he entered as an undecided student in University College. By the end of his first semester at OHIO he had declared his major in information and telecommunications systems in the Scripps College of Communication. His area of concentration is project management, and he is also earning a minor in business. Next spring he’ll graduate ready to enter the work force with a resume full of practical experience thanks to his work as a student employee with OHIO’s Office of Information Technology and three internships.
Nick Freisthler has worked in law enforcement for nearly 20 years and currently serves as a detective with the Troy Police Department in Troy, Ohio. As a detective he conducts investigations of felony level crimes, processes and collects evidence, and prepares cases for prosecution.
Freisthler earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from University College in 2020 completing his coursework through OHIO Online. He appreciated the structure and flexibility of the online program. “Ohio University’s faculty takes the time to set up their courses so that the student can learn outside the traditional classroom,” he said. “Each faculty member utilizes multiple forms of media to create the best learning environment possible.”
Senior specialized studies major Ailish Stein looks forward to supporting public health efforts through her research and scholarship. Stein will earn her bachelor’s degree from University College in specialized studies with a focus in biostatistics, which incorporates math, interdisciplinary health studies, and biological sciences. When she graduates this spring, she’ll be taking her OHIO education to the University of South Carolina to pursue a master’s degree in biostatistics.