Outliers: Students in ACTION Newsletter
April 2018

Outliers: Students in ACTION  is a monthly publication during the academic year highlighting students and events in the Science and Math Education in ACTION Choose Ohio First grant program at BGSU. 
Reflections from the ACTION Director
by Dr. Daniel Brahier
This time of year is what I often refer to as "letter writing" month.  Since the semester began, I have written more than 30 recommendation letters for ACTION scholars and still have a list to complete.  Of course, seniors are compiling letters for job interviews as they prepare to begin their teaching careers.  Meanwhile, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are applying
Dr. Brahier meets with senior Jessie Huot to gather info for her recommendation letter
for scholarships and for summer jobs.  We have scholars who are interested in spending their summers as teachers, lifeguards, camp counselors, and coaches, as well as volunteering to work in the community and abroad.  We have students who have been accepted to be Resident Advisors in residence halls next year that are taking classes to prepare them for the experiences.  And many have been elected or appointed to serve next year in leadership positions, such as being officers in organizations from the Bowling Green Council of Teachers of Mathematics to the BG Science Education Council and the College Middle Level Association.
 
In the midst of reviewing schedules, advising our scholars, and writing these letters, I am reminded of the myriad experiences our students engage in as they prepare to be classroom teachers.  While I am very proud of the fact that the cumulative grade point average of all ACTION scholars today is 3.89, I am equally pleased at the many activities the students engage in outside of the classroom, from clubs and organizations to employment and volunteer experiences.  ACTION is all about producing well-rounded individuals who take advantage of opportunities for personal and professional growth, and our scholars are clearly demonstrating their ability to do this.
 
In the month of April, we prepare for much transition in the membership of our program.  We will be graduating 26 seniors on May 5 and bringing in roughly the same number of freshmen and sophomore transfer students for Summer Bridge beginning on July 5.  Between now and then, the seniors are completing their Capstone Projects and will be presenting them later this month, while freshmen finish their yearlong research projects to present their results this month as well.  It is an exciting time for the program, and I want to wish all of our scholars the best as they complete the semester.

Outstanding Senior Nominee
Congratulations are in order to ACTION scholar Sarah Adams who has been nominated and selected as one of the top ten candidates for the Outstanding Senior Award.  The Outstanding Senior Award is presented to a senior that has been an active member of the Bowling Green community, and has demonstrated a commitment to BGSU through community
Sarah Adams (center) poses with two ACTION friends
and campus involvement. This award is a long-standing tradition and is based on academic achievement, service hours, and recommendations. 

All top 10 finalists are honored at a reception on April 16 and then escorted to 101 Olscamp Hall for the "Beyond BG" event from 6:00-8:00 pm where the winner of the Outstanding Senior Award will be announced. 
 
Sarah is extremely grateful for this opportunity to represent BGSU and appreciates her friends, faculty members, and ACTION family that have come alongside her the past four years. Everyone is invited to come attend the "Beyond BG" event to show support for Sarah and the other outstanding seniors.

ACTION Spring Dinner
As has now become tradition, seniors and the Student Advisory Board help plan a spring dinner for all ACTION 
A group of juniors and seniors enjoy the meal 
scholars.   The recent taco potluck dinner held in Offenhauer was a big success and provided a nice break from class work during this busy time of year. 
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Student Advisory Board Planning Retreat
The ACTION staff enjoyed an extended time with the current and incoming Student Advisory Board members on March 23. This group of scholars (pictured below) worked hard on a Friday night to offer suggestions and valuable feedback on many areas related to ACTION.  

Excellence Award
Our own ACTI ON D irector, Daniel Brahier, has been chosen to receive the BGSU Excellence in Advising and Mentoring Award. 
This award recognizes individuals who contribute to the educational development of undergraduate students through effective academic advising and mentoring. In support of his nomination, the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Dr. Dawn Shinew, highlighted his impact on hundreds of students he has mentored over the years. And, as Director of ACTION, she noted that he not only has a critical role in recruiting some of Ohio's best and brightest to science and mathematics education, but he also challenges them to be better and supports them during times of struggle. She sums up her comments with the statement: "I cannot imagine a more compelling example of excellence in advising and mentoring than Dr. Daniel Brahier."
 
Dr. Brahier will be honored at an award ceremony in April hosted by the BGSU President and Provost to acknowledge his exemplary work with ACTION scholars and beyond. The ACTION program has always prided itself in the individual attention given to students by the staff, and this award is a public recognition of the work done every day for our scholars.