Note Campus: Midwest

Taci Jones ’06

Taci Jones ’06 (Midwest, MEd) received the Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by the Springfield, OH Rotary Club, Ohio Edison, The Springfield Foundation, and the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

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Dr. Maria Gitin ’79

Dr. Maria Gitin ’79 (Midwest, BA) was the featured lecturer at Mercer University’s celebration of Women’s History Month. Her presentation, “This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight,” featured seldom-seen historical photos and stories of her experiences.

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Onita Morgan-Edwards ’17

Onita Morgan-Edwards ’17 (Midwest, BA) had her essay, “Shadows and Benefits of Doubt” published in the Wright Memorial Public Library’s Art & Literary Zine (Glide).

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Stephanie VanHouten ’14, ‘17

Stephanie VanHouten ’14, ‘17 (Midwest, BA, MEd) was selected to give a Ted Talk at TedxDayton on October 12, 2018. Her talk centered around the Reggio Emilia Approach and the current view of young children in the American educational system.

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Debra Gaskill ’04

Debra Gaskill ’04 (Midwest, MA) received the 2018 Silver Falchion Best Suspense Award at the Killer Nashville International Writer’s Conference for her latest novel, Kissing Fitz. Gaskill was an award-winning journalist for 20 years, writing for a number of Ohio

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Winona LaDuke ’89

Winona LaDuke ’89 (Midwest, MA) delivered a seminar and lecture as a University of Montana President’s Lecture Series guest, “Be the Ancestor Your Descendants Would Be Proud Of,” the annual Brennan Guth Memorial Lecture in Environmental Philosophy. She also presented,

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Stephanie Dawson ’17

Stephanie Dawson ’17 (Midwest, MA Special Education) was voted “Teacher of the Year” at Meadowdale High School in Dayton, Ohio. This was her first year teaching Special Education since graduating with her education degree and a Mild to Moderate Intervention

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LaTonya Branham ’02, ’17

LaTonya Branham ’02, ’17 (Midwest, MA Mgt., PhD Leadership & Change) was appointed University Registrar and Assistant Professor in University Studies at DePauw University.

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Oleta Fitzgerald ’16

Oleta Fitzgerald ’16 (Midwest, MA) serves on the executive committee of the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice, a collective of women leaders across Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia dedicated to lifting up Black women and families

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Megan DeBrito ’08

Megan DeBrito ’08 (Midwest, Conflict Resolution) is working at the University of California Santa Barbara as an Assistant Ombuds. Previously, she worked as a community and court mediator, facilitator, case manager and long-term care ombudsman.

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Whitney Bell ’06

Whitney Bell ’06 (Midwest, MA) recently published High Street to the Indigo Dream, a debut poetry collection of lyrics, meditations, and free verse. She was featured in the Dec. 12, 2017 issue of the Dayton City Paper discussing the new

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