Viktoria Marinova (1st Year Comm Dev student), Cristina Valderrama (1st Year Comm Dev student), Deepali Sharma (2nd Year Comm Dev student) and Gabriela Fuentes (2nd Year Comm Dev student) are shown at the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo.
The Office of Global Affairs and International Studies is proud of all of the recent award winners from the 2017 Leadership Awards Gala, the 2017 Student Research and Creative Activity Expo, and the 2017 Scripps Innovation Challenge
Ohio University’s campus is filled with amazing students, and we are especially honored to see that so many students related to our programs were recognized for their achievements at these recent events. Here are the winners who are related to our programs:
2017 Leadership Awards Gala
- Rene Grzona is one of the winners of the Charles J. Ping International Leadership Awards. Rene is pursuing a master’s degree in coaching education from the Patton College of Education. Originally from Germany, he is a graduate assistant with International Student and Faculty services. He is the graduate assistant for International Student Union and has worked with the Global Leadership Center, in addition to other roles on campus.
- Alena Klimas is also a winner of one of the Charles J. Ping International Leadership Awards. Alena is pursuing degrees in Political Science and in Global Studies: War and Peace. She is a member of the Arabic Language Association, serves on International Student Union and is very active with different organizations on campus.
- The International Student Unio n won the Outstanding Program in Spring Semester Award for its coordination of the Unity Walk. An important event on campus, the Unity Walk attracted more than 250 attendees from the campus community, representing 40 countries, 28 organizations, 8 colleges and several regional campuses. The event celebrated the diversity of the Bobcat Family and the experiences that unite our community.
- Hashim Pashtun, president of the International Student Union won the Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award. Also a doctoral student in the Russ College of Engineering, Chief Justice of Graduate Student Senate and Multicultural Leadership Ambassador, Hashim is very involved on campus and has worked with our departments on numerous projects.
- Xinyi Yan received a 2017 Outstanding Senior Leader Award. A student in the E.W. Scripps College of Communication and in the Global Leadership Center, she is also involved with International Student and Faculty Services and the International Student Union.
Student Research and Creative Activity Expo
- Viktoria Marinova and Cristina Valderrama, both Center for International Studies (CIS) graduate students, won a first place award for their documentary, “The Facilitators.” The project focused on the concept of death within the American context. The students set out to explore the lives of three characters; a funeral home owner, a monument sales coordinator, and a sexton of a cemetery. The documentary aimed to explore their work lives and how they separate what they do from their family life. It delved into what it entails to work in an industry where you are surrounded by death continuously. Marinova is studying Communication and Development Studies in the CIS and is also a graduate assistant with ISFS, while Valderrama is studying Communication and Development Studies.
- Deepali Sharma, a CIS graduate student, won a second place award for her project, "Eradicating Polio- Ethical Analysis of Social Mobilization and Polio Communication Campaign in India." The study objective was to understand the ethical dilemmas that emerged from the communication campaign, as well as it justification and its effect on the targeted population. Sharma is an AAUW (American Association of University Women) fellow and PEO International Peace Scholar in the Communication and Development Studies program. Prior to coming back to Ohio University, she worked with multi-cultural teams and governments at all levels and delivered results at scale in India, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. Sharma wants to work in the field of communication for social change with focus on women and children.
Annie Chester and Alena Klimas, both undergraduate students in the CIS, received a first place award for their project, “Urban Agriculture as a Sustainable Solution in Amman.”
The project examined how to create an urban agriculture initiative in the city of Amman, Jordan. “Alena and I are both seniors with an interest in international development, joining the Peace Corps in September following graduation,” Chester said. “For the Peace Corps, Alena is working on Youth Development in Morocco and I am working on Urban Agriculture in Senegal. I am a Global Studies and World Religions double major, French minor and Alena is a Global Studies and Political Science double major, who studies Arabic. For her senior thesis in Political Science, Alena studied citizenship in Jordan. To complete the research for the project she traveled to Amman over winter break. She had also studied abroad in Amman the summer after junior year. Therefore, this project blended Alena's knowledge about Jordan with my knowledge about food systems and urban agriculture.”
- Jessica Arnold and Julia Flint, graduate students in the CIS, received a first place award for their project, “Maternal Health Care in Rural Ecuador.” The project was the result of research the two students conducted in the summer of 2016 through Ohio University’s Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute with Communication and Development Studies graduate and current Ph.D., candidate Claudia Nieto. Arnold is in the International and Development Studies program while Flint is in the Latin American Studies program.
- Abena Agyei-Boateng, Christiana Ampadu, Freda Akosua Lekey and Mathias Aboba, graduate students in the CIS, received a first place award for their project. The four students presented research on television as a tool for health behavior change communication in Ghana. All four students are studying Communication and Development Studies.
- Gabriela Fuentes, a graduate student in the CIS, received a second place award for her project, which was a description of her implemented idea “Dancing Para Mi,” which is about Positive Body Image through Flamenco techniques. “It is based on my personal experience about how your perception about yourself and your body can affect your decisions, and can affect you in general life,” Fuentes said. “With the support of the Women's Center, I planned sessions of participative workshops where participants can learn/accept themselves with introspection exercises, at the same time that they learn how to dance the Spanish dance, flamenco. This was inside the area of international studies. My areas of study is communication for development, and my main professional goal is to apply participatory methods and art into development projects
- Xinyi Yan, Luke Deters, Madison Eblen and Rachel Hartwick are all Global Leadership Center students and their team received a first place award for their project “Mental Health Among Migrant Workers in Meigs County. "Our project provides an analysis and recommendation regarding the mental health of migrant workers in Meigs County. Through our research this semester, we have come up with a proposal that we believe is a feasible solution to combatting this issue. We believe that the partnership we hope to arrange will be beneficial for the community and help bring visibility to this problem. Oftentimes, mental health issues go untreated or unnoticed, but we believe that it is something that needs to be focused on, especially to a population that often fears seeking medical services. It is our hope that through this proposal, migrant farm workers will be provided with accessible mental health resources.” Yan is majoring in Strategic Communication & Communication Studies, Hartwick is majoring in Strategic Communication, Ebien is majoring in both Journalism and Spanish, and Deters is majoring in Communication Studies.
Scripps Innovation Challenge
- Oluwabukola (Bukky) Shaba, Ifeoluwa Adedeji, and Alena Klimas, are CIS students who formed a team for the Scripps Innovation Challenge. The team was named a finalist in the competition and received an honorable mention Award. The team chose a challenge by the nonprofit Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to encourage charitable giving to Appalachian Ohio by former residents of the region.
- Hashim Pashtun, ISU President, was also part of a team that was named as a finalist in the competition, and won the second place award. The team he was on addressed a challenge posed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an influential environmental group that is seeking innovative ways to increase its fundraising.
- Chetra Chap, a Ph.D. student who works for OGAIS and is also a CIS graduate, was also part of a team that was named as a finalist in the competition. His team received an honorable mention award and the people’s choice award from the online voters. This team took on an Ohio Association of Broadcasters challenge aimed at attracting more college graduates to broadcasting careers that are not necessarily on-air, such as telecommunications systems or advertising.