Student examines display at welcome reception
Undergraduate Research Scholar, Ellenore Holbrook, examines a display at the welcome reception

Voinovich School welcomes students to the new academic year

Daniel Kington
September 16, 2015

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs held a reception on Tuesday, Sept. 8. in the Walter Hall Rotunda to honor new and returning students, welcoming them into the coming year.

In his opening speech, Mark Weinberg, founding dean of the Voinovich School, praised new students for seizing the opportunity in joining the School, “to make a collective impact” and build a “better and more sustainable” world.

Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit suggested in a later speech that the new students “listen well, take risks, and put [themselves] forward for every opportunity to learn.”

Geoffrey Dabelko, professor and director of the Environmental Studies program, and President and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Cara Brook, who is a Voinovich School Master of Public Administration (MPA) alumna, also spoke.

Both before and after the formal portion of the ceremony, students had the opportunity to meet one another, snack on refreshments and learn about the immense variety of ongoing work within the school. Assistant professor and MPA director Jason Jolley said he thought the event was, “great to showcase the many diverse activities of the Voinovich School,” and provide the students the opportunity to network across different areas of study.

Many tables were set up throughout the rotunda, showcasing different aspects of student-led research. Displays included the Raccoon Creek Partnership, the Environmental Studies program, the health research program and TechGROWTH Ohio, as well as a table featuring a 3D printer in the act of production.

Anticipating the upcoming year, Jolley said he was most excited to work with “another great group of students.”

Anna Palmer, a first-year graduate student in the Environmental Studies program, said she was most excited to work with faculty as she researches climate resilience in the tribal lands of the American West. Undergraduate Research Scholar Jessica Roth stated she was excited to conduct interviews and “go out and collect data and research.”

Evie Roberts, another first year MPA student in the Voinovich School, stated she was excited to “give better direction to what [her] future career will be.” Roberts also expressed that she has never been in an environment that was more conducive to allowing her to explore and find herself than the Voinovich School.