Education Roundup

By Kelly Doran

July 20, 2014

Cridersville native wins American Trim Scholarship

Michaela Fisher, of Cridersville, was awarded the American Trim LLC Scholarship.

Fisher will be attending James A. Rhodes State College and majoring in early-childhood education. In high school, she participated in many activites, including F.O.R., French Club, Teen Green and the yearbook. She was also a student tutor.

American Trim is a privately owned manufacturing company headquartered in Lima.

Bluffton to offer free course for teachers

Bluffton University will be offering the final course of the five required courses for an Ohio reading endorsement for free to 30 teachers.

Ten teachers per year will not have to pay for the three-credit-hour course because of an Ohio Educator Preparation Program Performance Grant awarded to the university because of an evaluation of past performance in educator preparation, in which the university scored 19.27, compared to an Ohio teacher preparation program average of 14.39.

The grant, amounting to $144,441, will also be used to expand a recruitment and retention plan and to improve educator preparation with technological innovations and expanded placements for student teaching.

OSU-Lima students to present at psychology conference

Two Ohio State-Lima students have been invited to present their research at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., in August.

Richard Smith, of Celina, studied hypnotic responsiveness and Katharine Black, of Ottawa, studied focused attention during puzzle solving. Both of the senior psychology majors worked with Dr. Joseph Green on their research.

Smith researched time of day and hypnotic responsiveness among college students. He and Green found students were most hypnotizable around 10 a.m., which has prompted them to now look at whether time of day preference affects absorption and fantasy proneness scores.

Black and Green used previous research to create their study involving anagram-solving ability among students. They found that brief training to help students focus their attention did not improve the number of puzzles they solved correctly but did find that students, with or without brief training, were more likely to solve more puzzles during a second trial, indicating that practice has an important role.

Former athletic director to be inducted into hall of fame

A Lima Senior High School former athletic director has been picked to be inducted into the Ohio Interscholastic Administrators Association hall of fame.

Jim Offenbaker is one of 12 who will be inducted at a luncheon at the Columbus Hilton-Easton Towne Center on Nov. 17.