Outliers: Students in ACTION Newsletter
September 2017

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

It's official - ACTION has now completed its move to the third floor of University Hall.  The process was exciting, as we packed up all of our furniture and materials and left the Math Science Building that has served as the home of our program for the past eight years.  The move was completed in early August, and we hosted an Open House for students during the first week of classes for Fall Semester. Our program's new home also houses the AIMS
Members of Cohort 9, 8, 7 and 6 spend time together in the new ACTION/AIMS Student Center in University Hall
program (Academic Investment in Mathematics and Science), CURS (Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship), and the Northwest Ohio (NWO) Center for Excellence in STEM Education.  Our new location provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with other organizations that share similar interests in the STEM fields.
 
Meanwhile, we welcomed 28 new freshmen into Cohort 9 during the Summer Bridge Program in July.  Scholars had an opportunity to free themselves from a locked room at Trapped Toledo and to experience an overnight adventure at the Toledo Zoo, in addition to engaging in countless other learning opportunities back on campus.  ACTION now boasts a total of 115 scholars, and due to varying program lengths and chosen minor areas of study, we have students spanning Cohorts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 this year!  Collectively, our scholars have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.81, and approximately 60% of our scholars earned a perfect 4.00 GPA for the Spring Semester.  I am always impressed at their ability to work together, to form study groups, and to seek out the resources necessary to perform with excellence in their coursework.  

Proud of our recent grads who pose during our ACTION graduation celebration in May 2017
We graduated 19 ACTION seniors in May - of these scholars, 4 decided to return to graduate school, and all 15 of the others secured teaching jobs - a 100% placement rate!  We will continue with the popular Peer Mentoring Program that was instituted for freshmen (paired with juniors) two years ago, as well as building on our successes in the MATH (Mathematics in ACTION Tutoring Hub) center in Olscamp Hall, in which ACTION scholars tutor high school mathematics students from around the State of Ohio.
 
I look forward to another year with Science and Math Education in ACTION - a signature program of Bowling Green State University that serves as a model of teacher preparation for other institutions around Ohio and the country.  If at any time my staff or I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.  I wish our scholars and their families all the best as we begin the 2017-18 Academic Year!

Welcome Back Spaghetti Dinner

Students appreciate the food
Pasta was overflowing at the annual ACTION Welcome 
Back Spaghetti Dinner and the 75 students who attended were excited to have dinner as a "family."

These Cohort 8 members did a fantastic job coordinating the meal

Hosted the second week of fall classes, this dinner is an annual event that allows students to connect after the summer break and to meet the new incoming scholars. A large team of sophomore Cohort 8 students did all the planing, shopping, prep, cooking and clean up. 

Dr. B enjoys catching up with Christine, Janelle and Sarah

This Welcome Back Dinner is always a great way to start the year to provide the chance to catch up with people and reconnect before the school year gets into full swing.

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Summer Bridge
I ncoming Cohort 9 freshman scholars have now become part of the ACTION family after they completed the July Summer Bridge. We look forward to working with these 28 new top scholars over the next four years as we help them prepare to be the best science and/or mathematics teachers they can be.  Below is a glimpse of what Cohort 9 experienced during Summer Bridge 2017.
Investigating fingerprints in the chemistry lab

Dr. Farver assists Brooke with  a soil sample for a geology session

Zoe & Logan watch as alum, Sarah Sayre, explains a math activity

Team building activity at Camp Miakonda

Lauren is excited to hold a starfish in the marine bio lab

Group preparing to test surface temperature for Dr. Haney's weeklong sessions

Shantel & Casey interact with  lizards during the reptile session