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May 4, 2021
Specialized Studies major prepares for law school
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...
April 28, 2021
Law Enforcement Technology student Tracy Evans balances public service and education

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.

April 13, 2021
Alumna Spotlight: Sarah Sizemore

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.   

March 29, 2021
From undecided to experienced: Duncan Farquhar’s Bobcat journey

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.  

March 29, 2021
Criminal justice degree helps Troy detective

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.”  

March 26, 2021
Specialized Studies major to advance her biostatistics education

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. 

February 25, 2021
2020 community-based interns demonstrate impact of virtual community engagement
Undeterred by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the students and community partners working together through the Ohio University Center for Campus & Community Engagement’s Community-Based Internship program successfully transitioned to remote partnerships and achieved tangible, mutually-beneficial outcomes for both the students and community. On Tuesda...
February 24, 2021
OHIO Army ROTC grad supports pandemic relief
Ohio University graduates and students have been on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 as communities across Ohio and the country work to ensure that their citizens have the resources they need. In this video shared in December by Ohio Governor Mike Dewine, Second Lieutenant Jonnierah “JonJon” Smith, a 2020 graduate of the College of Ar...
February 24, 2021
Student and Alumni Spotlight: Lucas Stemen
Lucas Stemen earned his associate’s degree in applied science in law enforcement technology from Ohio University in fall 2019 and is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Lucas lives in Lancaster, Ohio and has completed most of his coursework at Ohio University Lancaster. In his new position as a visitation monitor for Fai...
February 24, 2021
Meet the Cadets: Joey Flesch
Year: First Year Hometown: Springfield, Illionois What brought you to Ohio University? Ohio University was one of the few colleges that had everything I wanted and it had the added bonus of being near a state park and other wooded areas. Why did you choose Air Force ROTC? I have always been interested in the military, and it gives m...

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April 29, 2021
University College is excited to announce the recipients of the Richard K. Brackin Scholarship to specialized studies majors Mercadies George and Ghaelyn Gold Grimes.
April 27, 2021
Sarah Lifer, an Ohio University senior from Jeromesville, Ohio, has been selected by Ohio Campus Compact as a recipient of the Charles J. Ping Student Service Legacy Award.
April 15, 2021
Ohio University is proud to announce that it has been named one of the nation’s top military-friendly schools for the tenth consecutive year.