Outliers: Students in ACTION Newsletter
February 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
Grades are in from the Fall Semester for all ACTION students.  With 115 scholars in the program, 106 of them made the Dean's List (earning at least a 3.50 GPA).  Collectively, they had a 3.84 GPA for the semester, with 66 of our 115 students earning a perfect 4.00 GPA.  And while freshmen at most universities struggle to establish themselves in their first year of college, our 28 first-year students in Cohort 9 averaged a 3.86 GPA, with 16 earning all A's.  This performance is extraordinary and speaks to the talent and work ethic of our ACTION scholars.
 
Strong academic performances do not happen by themselves.  Instead, our scholars spend hundreds of hours studying, attending classes, and completing projects.  The design of the ACTION program has been established for success.  For example, all of our scholars attend the Summer Bridge program in July before their freshman year.  In the Summer Bridge, students explore  the campus, meet key faculty and staff members, take classes, and examine their working and learning styles.  Our scholars come to campus each fall prepared and ready to learn.  They have already met friends they can work with and are familiar with the campus, knowing where to go for the help they need.  They have already established a family-like community to support one another.
 
If you ask our ACTION scholars, they will m ost likely be able to name every other ACTION student in each of their classes.  They will seek out peers from the program to form study groups and will know who to ask if problems arise.  Scholars who live on the ninth floor of Offenhaur West (in the ACTION Theme Community) can frequently be seen spending time in each other's rooms or gathering in the study lounge to compare  notes from classes and to ask questions of one another.

The strength of ACTION lies in the collaboration among our scholars that is built into the design of the entire program.  Students are being prepared for a working world in which 
Dr. Brahier joins scholars for a recent "Dining with the Director" lunch
teachers rarely work on their own any more; but instead, act as part of instructional teams and c ollaborate across departments and content areas.  As we review applications and interview high school seniors for this year's freshman class (Cohort 10), I am excited and energized by the next wave of enthusiastic future teachers that will join the program.  They will experience an educational program that is unlike any other in the State of Ohio, and we continue to be proud of our scholars' performances.

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Studying Abroad
On January 16, one junior and six of our sophomore scholars set off on an adventure.  These seven ACTION scholars will be studying abroad this semester at Keele University in Keele, England. We are excited for them to have this incredible opportunity and yet we will miss seeing them in person. Of course, technology will enable us to keep in touch even though they are across the ocean until June. 

In addition, Bekkah Gresh from Cohort 5 is doing her student teaching in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  These amazing experiences will no doubt be beneficial to all these future teachers in numerous ways. 

On campus in Keele (L to R): Kyle Timmons, Sydney McQuate, Lauren Rosier, Ally Rudolph, Emma Blevins, Gail English, Christian McKnight.