Sophomore Orlando Gonzalez always wanted to go to college, but worried that he wouldn't be able to afford it. When he learned about the Cutler Scholars Program, he applied and was selected as the James E. Daley Cutler Scholar.
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During college Kirby Bowman sometimes worried about finding a sustainable career as an artist. Now she is thankful to be making art and facilitating meaningful community collaborations as a production artist and jewelry designer at Passion Works Studio, a collaborative community arts center in Athens, Ohio, where she collaborates with and supports a core group of working artists with developmental differences.
Justin Cox earned his associate degree in applied science through the Law Enforcement Technology Program (LET) at Ohio University Lancaster in 2020 and has begun work toward a Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree. In early June he was sworn in as a police officer with the Reynoldsburg Division of Police and is now enrolled in the Columbus Police Academy. Cox will take some time off from the pursuit of his criminal justice degree while he devotes his attention to police academy training, but he plans to resume work on his bachelor’s degree after graduating from the academy in January.
Dr. Jeff Russell is an associate professor of athletic training in the College of Health Sciences and Professions, but, his patients are not the typical sports athletes many imagine. He specializes in working with another kind of athlete--performing artists.
For over five years, Andie Walla and her Media Production for Community students have worked with local nonprofit organizations to produce promotional videos highlighting different organizations. This year they worked with the Dairy Barn Arts Center and Southeast Ohio History Center.
Mary Gibson earned her associate degree in applied science through the Law Enforcement Technology Program at Ohio University Lancaster in 2014. She worked at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institute in Lancaster for two years. Her interest in both corrections and nursing led her to pursue an associate degree in nursing at Hocking College allowing her to add the Licensed Practical Nurse credential to her resume. Now she is putting both her degrees to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Franklin County Corrections Center in Columbus, Ohio where she administers medication, monitors basic patient needs, provides personal care, and maintains documentation. Gibson hopes to earn her master’s degree in nursing so that she can serve patients as a forensic nurse. Forensic nurses provide specialized care to patients experiencing health issues related to violence or victimization.
Matt Kelly didn’t have far to travel when he started college. A graduate of Alexander High School, Kelly chose Ohio University for its size, its academic programs, and for the social network he knew he would have at OHIO.
A junior who plans to graduate in 2022, Kelly started off at OHIO as a political science pre-law major in the College of Arts and Sciences with the goal of becoming a lawyer. He still plans to go to law school and is already actively engaged in studying for the LSAT, but he changed his major to specialized studies with an area of focus in corporate pre-law featuring political science and business courses.
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.