Outliers: Students in ACTION Newsletter
March 2019
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.
Table of Contents
Reflections from the ACTION Director
Student Advisory Board
Choose Ohio First Scholar Showcase
10 th Anniversary Section - That was Then/This is Now, Grad Spotlights
Upcoming Events
Reflections from the ACTION Director
by Dr. Daniel Brahier

This month, we will once again be electing six new members to the Student Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is yet another aspect of ACTION that has changed dramatically over the past ten years. The SAB was formed in 2010 when ACTION had only two cohorts. Each cohort elected two representatives to serve for the academic year so there were four members. There were no other committees, so those four scholars did all of the legwork on projects, from set up and tear down at events to brainstorming new ideas.
 
Eventually, the mission of the SAB evolved so that the students were placed in the role of evaluating and providing advice, as opposed to being the people “on the ground” who were running all of the projects. Committees were established, including Social, Service, and Electronic Communications Committees, that were charged with the day-to-day work of organizing events. Each of the committees had at least one representative from the SAB to ensure continuity with the Board’s vision.
 
Two years ago, we began holding elections in the spring so that new members would be in place before the conclusion of the academic year so that outgoing SAB scholars could help with transitions. Each spring, we hold an SAB Planning Retreat of 1-2 days to combine the outgoing and newly-elected members in setting goals for the upcoming academic year. Then, during Summer Bridge, the incoming freshmen elect their two representatives to join the others elected in the spring so that eight new members serve throughout the new academic year.
 
I could not begin to list all of the things we do in ACTION today because of the advice of our scholars on the SAB. Students give the staff advice on programming, feedback on events, and make recommendations for future activities. Many of the 10 th Anniversary events that are being featured this year are the result of SAB brainstorming. ACTION is a heavily student-run organization in which my role as Director is assisting students in setting and meeting goals. As we all know, no one is in a better position to improve an organization than those who are part of it and can speak to how it impacts them and what they would like to see in the future.
 
I would like to thank the current Board for their amazing work in the past year and look forward to bringing a new group onboard with the planning retreat scheduled for early May. I also look forward to voting in two more of our incoming freshmen in July.
Student Advisory Board

As noted in the Director’s article, the ACTION Student Advisory Board (SAB) has remained an integral part of shaping the ACTION program since the inception of this board in 2010. We are grateful for the commitment and feedback from all SAB representatives, including the 2018-2019 board members (from left to right: Hannah Tomor, Zoe Stokes, Brooke Davis, Miranda Fox, Morgan Knight, Makenna Geise, Ashley Post, Katelyn Niehaus).
Choose Ohio First Scholar Showcase

On February 13, the Ohio Department of Higher Education hosted the 10 th Annual Choose Ohio First Scholar Showcase at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The new chancellor, Randy Gardner, along with Jon Husted, the Lieutenant Governor, took the stage to share remarks about the importance and the impact of the Choose Ohio First (COF) program. Several scholars also shared their experiences with the crowd and communicated how integral being a COF scholar was to their success.
 
Wendy was joined by Cohort 8 ACTION scholar, Morgan Knight, who had the opportunity to give a poster presentation about her first-year research for ACTION related to isolating viruses that infect E. coli. Other COF scholars from across the state, as well as BGSU students from different COF programs, also displayed posters. After the conclusion of the program, the Chancellor interacted with Morgan (to the right) before being joined by several other BGSU students for a photo (photo above).
In honor of ACTION's 10 th Anniversary, our newsletters contain a special Anniversary section each month with highlights from the past, top ten lists, spotlights on graduates, and more.
That was THEN, this is NOW...

Practicums

Then: While doing practicums, scholars posted and replied to an online discussion board. Students were required to meet on several Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm during the academic year as students in their cohorts gave practicum presentations to the whole cohort. A PowerPoint was optional.

Now: Halfway through the practicum, students meet with the ACTION Program Manager for a Mid-Project Checkpoint Meeting. This year, we are trying something new by having scholars create screencasts to replace the in-person practicum presentations. Each scholar must then view three screencasts containing details of others’ practicums and writing a short reflection on each.
Spotlight on ACTION Graduates
Mike Treon
Cohort 1
AYA Mathematics
West Carrollton Middle School teaching Advanced 7th grade math, Algebra 1, Geometry

The ACTION program benefited me by allowing me to be a part of a great community of aspiring teachers. Not only were we able to work closely together as part of the requirements of our program but having the support system of knowing each other in various classes was a tremendous help throughout the entire college experience. The Summer Bridge was some of the best memories I have of my entire time at BGSU. Working closely with faculty and other ACTION members on campus helped to jump start the high school to college acclimation.
Devoney Miller
Cohort 5
Middle Childhood Education
Oletangy Orange Middle School teaching
8th grade math and Algebra 1

The ACTION program provided me with many opportunities throughout college. These opportunities helped me stand apart during the interview process. I would have never gotten the position I am in without being in the ACTION program. My principals were very interested in the program and wanted to find out more! Now that I am in my second year of teaching I can say that the ACTION program helped with the hiring process but it also gave me the strength and ability to conduct research in my classroom.
Upcoming ACTION Events
ACTION Spring Seminar - Tues, March 12
Day of Service - Tues, April 2
COF Research Symposium - Friday, April 26
ACTION Capstone Colloquium - Tues, May 7
ACTION Graduation Luncheon - Saturday, May 18

To find out more specific details about what is happening in March, click on the image of the calendar.
As a Choose Ohio First grant program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, our goal is to produce exceptional science and mathematics teachers who will impact the next generation across the state to improve STEM areas.
Science and Math Education in ACTION
Director: Dr. Daniel Brahier
Program Manager: Wendy Standinger
Program Secretary: Cindy Fuller
Phone 419.372.6561