Outliers: Students in ACTION Newsletter
May 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 past year has been a time of change for the ACTION program.  In August, we moved our operations to University Hall, uprooting from our original office space that was established eight years ago.  But the new area has been wonderful, as our scholars are enjoying a new Student Center and are sharing it with the AIMS (Academic Investment in Math and Science) program members.  As I write this article, we are preparing to meet Cohort 10 this summer and to spend the 2018-19 academic year celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of ACTION.
In April, I had the pleasure of attending three important academic events. The first was an award ceremony at which time President Rogers presented me with the Excellence in Academic Advising and Mentoring award for my work in the ACTION program.  I accepted the award with special thanks to Wendy and Cindy in our office who make all of our work come together.  At another event, ten BGSU seniors were honored as the Top 10 Outstanding Senior Award finalists.  One of the finalists was Sarah Adams, a Cohort 6 senior graduating this month.  This was the first time that an ACTION scholar has placed in the Top 10 for this prestigious award.  A week later, 17 ACTION scholars were awarded additional scholarships by the College of Education and Human Development.  At this ceremony, Sarah was once again recognized by the Class of 1926 by another Senior Award.  Also, this year as in the past, multiple ACTION scholars are being recognized for carrying perfect 4.00 grade point averages throughout their four years at BGSU.  It was an exciting month for the program and spotlighted the type of work we do in this program - caring for each of our scholars and watching them perform among the best at the university.
This month, we say goodbye to 25 undergraduate scholars.  Several have already accepted teaching positions for next year, while others are actively interviewing or have decided to pursue an advanced degree.  Meanwhile, we will be welcoming more than 25 new scholars into ACTION as Cohort 10 members and as transfers from other institutions. 
As we finish the academic year, I want to take this opportunity to thank Wendy and Cindy for all of their hard work again this year - ACTION would not be what it is today without their efforts.  I also appreciate the advice and leadership of Drs. Rodney Rogers, John Fischer, Bob Midden, and Mike Ogawa throughout this year.  I hope that all of our scholars and their families have a restful summer and return in late-August with renewed energy to begin the 2018-19 academic year.

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Incoming Scholars
We are excited about the new top scholars from across the state who have already committed to being part of the ACTION family starting in July for Summer Bridge. Congratulations to:
Sydney Burns, Aurora
Kaitlyn Clampitt, Dayton
Danielle Deutsch, Fairview Park
Kyleigh Finn, New Albany
Ashtyn Gill, Clyde
Camryn Hale, Batavia
A.J. Ihnot, Fairview Park
Zachary Kneisel, Westlake
Hattie Meyer, Fort Loramie
Megan Moore, Grover Hill
Katelyn Niehaus, Eaton
Claire Pachiano, Centerville
Samantha Partin, Millbury
Ashley Post, Celina
Noah Silver, Youngstown
Kaitlyn Solymosi, Rocky River
Alyssa Strebelow, Strongsville
Taylor Thien, Fort Recovery
Nichole Wente, New Bremen
Mackenna Whitacre, Archbold
Trevor Wintermantel, Salineville
Mackenzie Yates, Delaware
Emma Zesing, Archbold
In addition to our incoming freshmen scholars, three students transferring to BGSU have also been selected to become members of ACTION as rising sophomores. Join us in welcoming:
Brittany Hartman, Wellington
Stephanie Ravas, Perrysburg
Taylor Weickert, Lindsey