Two Groups of Students Earn Senatorial Recognition

by Rae McKee, Public Relations Writer

Two groups of students from Cedarville University will be recognized in official resolutions at the Ohio Senate on Wednesday, Oct. 14, for their dedication to pursing excellence outside of the classroom.  Students from Cedarville’s schools of pharmacy and engineering and computer science will be recognized. 

The resolutions will be introduced by Senator Chris Widener of Ohio’s 10th District, which includes Clark, Greene and Madison counties.

“We are extremely proud of the academic excellence that comes from Cedarville University’s programs,” said Widener. “The recognition of the students' ingenuity in national competition and their involvement in our community is critical to our future health and prosperity as a state. I am proud to have Cedarville in Ohio and in my district.”

Students from the school of pharmacy are being recognized for participating in a community engagement program called Students Teaching Education Plans for Success (STEPS). The group was also recognized by the American Association of Schools and Pharmacy (AACP) as one of only four schools to receive the 2014-15 Student Community Engagement Service Award. 

Students from Cedarville and Wright State University joined together to create STEPS, which provides medical screenings and medicinal information to the homeless population in and around the Miami Valley every Saturday. 
 
Ginger Cameron, Ph.D., assistant dean of assessment and assistant professor of pharmacy practice serves as the faculty advisor for STEPS, and will join the group when it is recognized by the Senate.

“These students put in so much effort to create an interdisciplinary program that was public health centered,” said Cameron. “They gathered students from nursing, psychology, pre-med and pharmacy programs to provide physical, mental and spiritual support to people who may not otherwise receive it. These students worked hard and created a sustainable program; it’s so exciting to see their efforts recognized.” 

Students from Cedarville’s school of engineering and computer science will also be recognized by the Senate for winning their third-straight Autonomous Robotics Competition at the 2015 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference in Seattle.

This year, the team overcame last-minute technical problems to finish nearly 65 points ahead of second-place Monroe Community College. Clint Kohl, Ph.D., professor of computer engineering and the team’s faculty adviser, will accompany the robotics team.

“The students spent months creating a robot that would perform well,” said Kohl. “So when we ran into difficulties just minutes before the start of the competition, they were able to problem-solve quickly and find solutions. To see them receive recognition for their hard work is extremely humbling.” 

The Senate session will be open to the public and will also be available via live stream at http://www.ohiochannel.org

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings.