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Annual Spring Celebration

On April 24, 2019, we introduced the new cohort of Ohio Fellows and celebrated our Class of 2019 graduates. 

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Ohio Fellows alumni Ralph Haberfeld and Bill Saviers joined us at the Dairy Barn to celebrate.

Ohio Fellows class of 2019

2019 Ohio Fellows graduating class 

Front Row L-R:

Khabonina Beresford
Khabo is graduating with majors in Psychology and Sociology with a certificate in Women’s Gender and Sexualities Studies. While at OHIO, Khabo coached figure-skating for adults at Bird Arena. In her senior year she served as a social work intern at UCM (United Campus Ministries) and has been primarily focused on the weekly meals, interfaith impact, and showing up for racial justice. Khabo has also been involved with the Athens Community Relations Committee working to improve diversity education and experiences in the Athens schools and has met and worked with the superintendent to help improve implicit bias and race relations within the public schools. 

Kasey Haynes
During her undergraduate career, Kasey was involved in Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society, and served as twice-elected president of Ohio University's Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Fraternity. She served for two years as a student leader for Athens High School Service Learning Day where she worked closely with the Southeast Ohio Food Bank. Kasey also served as a Bobcat Student Orientation Leader and College Representative for two summers and a writing tutor for the English Language Improvement Program during the school year. She has also studied abroad in Jamaica, Ecuador, and Mexico. And of course, she has been involved in Ohio Fellows which has helped support her involvement in campus and community efforts. 

After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish, Kasey will take some time off to explore her career options before moving to Seattle in the fall. She is particularly interested in exploring the realm of non-profit work and focusing on LGBTQ and women’s rights.  

Jordan Washington
After graduation Jordan will travel to New Delhi, India for a three-week immersion experience. She will then travel throughout Europe for seven weeks. Jordan will return to Ohio University in the fall to finish degrees in Environmental Health Science and Business Administration while working as a Resident Assistant in Bromley Hall. Jordan will graduate with a bachelor's degree in occupational hygiene and safety. At Ohio University, Jordan was involved in the Industrial Hygienist Club and served as a study aboard ambassador and resident assistant. 

Second Row:

Katie Kemp
Katie will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and minors in Spanish and studio art. Her post-graduation plans are not concrete yet, but she plans to move to Columbus where she is seeking employment.

Katie has been a member of the Ohio University Hunt Seat Equestrian Team for four years. She served as the community service & fundraising officer, and later, as the president of the team. 

For three years Katie has been an Undergraduate Voinovich Research Scholar at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. She has completed a variety of mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention work, and graphic design work. Within the department of psychology Katie completed two years of research regarding the effectiveness of infographics in helping participants make more accurate sugar content judgements when choosing bottled drinks. 

Imani Evans
Imani is graduating with a communication studies major. She plans to go home and work for the summer before moving to LA with hopes to write stories of diverse people, for film or television. 

While at OHIO, Imani was involved in Links Peer Mentors, Diversity Leadership Ambassadors, Student Senate, Outstanding University Professor Award Search Committee, Outstanding Graduate Teaching  Award Search Committee, Golden Key International Honors Society, and Being Black in College Advocates. 

Brendan Hogan

Brendan is graduating Fall 2019.

Keagan Giordano

After graduation Keagan will move to Orange, Connecticut to accept a job with Colony Hardware for six months. Colony is a multimillion-dollar distribution safety company. They are located across the Eastern seaboard and are expanding in the South and West. He will be working in their management program with a focus in marketing. After this six-month program Keagan will move to Jacksonville, Florida to help head their newly-acquired businesses in the Florida area.  

At OHIO he was a part of the OMSAR program, the Ohio Fellows Program, the Communication Resource Center, and has been working with TrafFix devices in California over Spring Semester. He looks forward to keeping in touch with this program that has fostered his abilities, given him such amazing mentors and friends, and provided him with so many opportunities to expand his thinking. Keagan says, “Thank you for the honor of being a part of the Fellows. I look forward to being an alum and helping future members find their way.” 

Ryan Severance 

Donte Brown
Donte is graduating with a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in bioarcheology and a museum certificate. After graduation, he will attend the University of Exeter, England, in the pursuit of a one-year Master’s degree in bioarcheology. Once he obtains his Master’s degree, he will begin working towards his PhD in paleopathology or evolutionary medicine. Ultimately, he hopes to become a research curator at a natural history museum. 

At OHIO, Donte was involved in We Are First, the Anthropology Society, Housing and Residence Life, University Professor Selection Committee, and earned the Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.  

Ohio Fellows highlights

Ohio Fellows share their perspectives on this unique program in this short video by student, Liz Moughon.

Spring Semester Highlights

The sophomore cohort met with faculty Pete Mather and Lori Marchese to discuss their spring semester.  

Alumnus visits Athens

Donte Brown, Claire McGee, and Lexi DeBord spoke with 2015 Ohio Fellow graduate Grant Hesser while he was back in Athens for a couple of days. Grant talked about the different internship experiences he had. Grant currently works as a Healthcare Equity Research Associate at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Anita Hill

Anita Hill speaks at OHIO

Anita Hill met with Ohio Fellows students on Monday, April 1 prior to her Kennedy Lecture Series lecture at Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. Her lecture,"From Social Movement to Social Impact: Putting an End to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," discussed ways to combat sexual harassment in the work environment. 

OHIO Fellows News

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Ohio Fellow Winter Wilson accepts the White House Correspondents' Association Scholarship during the White House Correspondence Dinner.

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Faculty Jerry Miller and Pete Mather traveled with eight Ohio Fellows to attend the Teton Science Schools in Jackson Hole, WY. This week-long place-based educational program is an annual educational opportunity for the Ohio Fellows. Learn more about Teton Science Schools at https://www.tetonscience.org/.

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On May 7, 2019 Ohio Fellows and Margaret Boyd Scholars visit Ralph and Louise Haberfeld while in Jackson Hole, WY. Eight Fellows and seven Boyds were able to attend this year. 

Alumna authors children's book

Cristina Sicard, Ohio University Class of 2018 and a graduate of the Ohio Fellows program, recently published a children's book titled "Harmony."

Find Christina's book on Amazon.

Farewell message

I have accepted a position as the Associate Director, Critical and Underserved Student Success in the Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) at Ohio University. My last day as Ohio Fellows director is May 17. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as the Ohio Fellows director, working with our passionate alumni and amazing students. 


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