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    Interview of Charles W. Good by Hannah Stoll
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2021) Good, Charles W.
    Charles Good's interest in biology was piqued in high school, so he went on to study the subject at the University of Illinois. After earning his Bachelor's degree, he first taught high school in Chicago, but he found he was interested in doing more scientific research than the K-12 environment would allow. So he went on to earn a Master's degree in Biology from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Botany from Ohio University. He was hired in 1974 at the Ohio State-Lima campus and spent his entire career there until retirement. In addition to teaching, Dr. Good conducted research in paleobotany, even securing a National Science Foundation grant for work in which he was the sole principal investigator. Good is also an expert on the Lima campus's Tecumseh Natural Area, a small woodland area that escaped development into agricultural land during European settlement of Ohio. Good volunteers at the Lima Memorial Hospital front desk, and he has also worked with the Boy Scouts of America, taking youth on camping trips to explore nature.
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    Interview of William D. Angel by Hannah Stoll
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2021) Angel, William Daniel, 1947-
    William Angel attended Ohio State as an undergraduate, and although he first thought he would become a high school teacher, he enjoyed taking a political science course so much his junior year that he obtained a Master's degree in the subject in 1971 from Ohio State. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science in 1978 from the University of Texas. He was subsequently hired at Ohio State-Lima and spent his entire career there until he retired. He remains at as a lecturer on the subjects of Comparative Studies and Latin American politics. He served as the President of the OSU Lima Faculty Assembly twice, and he has served in the University Senate twice. Additionally, he chaired the Academic Planning Committee, updating curricula and increasing the number of majors and minors available to Lima students. Angel discusses how scheduling changes in the 1990s made commuting easier for OSU Lima instructors from Columbus or out of state, meaning that fewer professors live within the community where they teach. He also reflects on the technological advances and changes that have occurred on campus, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    Interview of David S. Adams by Hannah Stoll
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2021) Adams, David S.
    Although David Adams aspired to be a professional cartoonist when he was in high school, he loved the academic environment of his undergraduate alma mater, Piedmont College, so much that he decided to earn advanced degrees so he could pursue a career in higher education. He earned a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in the same subject at Ohio State. He then taught at Ohio Northern University from 1968 to 1971, when he was hired to teach Sociology at the Ohio State-Lima campus. He spent the rest of his career there until he retired in 1995. That year he received the Alumni Association's Award for Distinguished Teaching, which he considers the most important award he has ever received. While he was teaching he served as both the Secretary and President of the OSU Lima Faculty Assembly, and he and his wife, Estella, were involved with United Way and the Riverside North Neighborhood Association, among other charitable and local political work.
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    Interview of Temple Patton by Hannah Stoll
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2021) Patton, Temple
    Temple Patton attended the Ohio State University-Lima campus as a non-traditional student who was also working full-time and raising two sons. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college. After graduating, she began work at Ohio State-Lima in 2002, in the Office of Admissions, and she has worked for Ohio State ever since. She first helped recruit prospective students of color, then developed the D.R.E.A.M. Scholarship Program, which provides financial support to first-generation and non-traditional college students. She now serves as the Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Lima campus, and she also serves as the co-chair of the Diversity Committee and as the Coordinator of the Business Management Program. In 2018, she earned a Master's degree in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, commuting to Columbus from Lima. Patton discusses the pros and cons of a regional campus, equity issues at OSU-Lima, including wage discrepancies, and a lack of representation at Ohio State of women of color in higher leadership roles.
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    Interview of Beth Sutton-Ramspeck by Hannah Stoll
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2021) Sutton-Ramspeck, Beth, 1954-
    After receiving master's degree in English from the University of California at Irvine, Beth Sutton-Ramspeck began teaching the subject at the college level. She discusses how the sexism she encountered during her first teaching job led her to start identifying as a feminist. After earning her Ph.D. from Indiana University, she was hired in as an assistant professor in English at the Ohio State University-Lima campus. She discusses the impact feminism and the #MeToo movement have had on her education, career, and students, and she credits former OSU-Lima Dean Violet Meek for creating a more equitable workplace environment on that campus. In contrasting the Lima campus with the Columbus campus, Sutton-Ramspeck says that the resources of Ohio State in a smaller setting are "a perfect combination."
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    Interview of Karen Meyer by Hannah Stoll
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2021) Meyer, Karen Falter, 1953-
    Karen Meyer received her undergraduate degree in Education from the Ohio State University-Lima campus, then she taught elementary school children before taking a break to have her own children. When she returned to the work force, she focused on adult education, teaching GED programs at Lima Senior High School and the Apollo Career Center. She decided to return to OSU-Lima to earn a Master's degree in Education, with a focus on learning disabilities. She started the Learning Center at the University of Northwestern Ohio, then returned to her alma mater in 1998 where she has since served as an academic advisor and the Coordinator for Disability Services. Because of those roles, she serves on the campus' Diversity Committee, where she has been able to advocate for disabled members of the OSU-Lima community. She describes a supportive and respectful working environment, though she mentions certain challenges that come with working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    Interview of Violet Meek by Hannah Stoll
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2021) Meek, Violet
    After receiving her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Violet Meek taught at Mount Holyoke College. There, she met her husband, Devon Meek, who ended up on the Ohio State University Department of Chemistry faculty. After moving to Columbus, she taught at Ohio Wesleyan University, where was promoted to department chair, then eventually appointed Dean. In 1986, she became associate director of sponsored programs for the Ohio State University Research Foundation and during that time, she was asked for serve as interim dean of Ohio State University-Lima. In 1991, she was appointed Dean of that campus and retired in 2003. During her tenure at Lima, she worked to increase the number of four-year programs, advocated for Ohio State's mission as a land-grant university and pushed for more resources to be allocated to regional campuses. After retirement, Meek became a Lutheran pastor and serves in that role for smaller congregations on an ad-hoc basis.
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    Interview of Sabine Jeschonnek by Hannah Stoll
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2021) Jeschonnek, Sabine
    A native of Germany, Sabine Jeschonnek arrived at the Ohio State-Lima in 2001 as an assistant professor of Physics. She was promoted to full professor in 2011. Jeschonnek discusses her research on nuclear theory, her involvement in the creation of a new degree – engineering technology – at Ohio State-Lima and her non-academic roles as University Senator and a faculty leader for the student organization, Girls Who Code. She describes imbalances and differences in treatment in academia based on gender, and she talks about the importance of increasing the number of women in STEM fields. She also discusses her advocacy efforts for the regional campuses.
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    Interview of Maria Ignatieva by Hannah Stoll
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2021) Ignatieva, Maria
    Born and raised in Russia, Maria Ignatieva received her bachelor's, Master's and doctoral degrees there. She then moved to Lima in 1992 with her then-husband and daughter, after he was hired as a playwright-in-residence in the Department of Theatre at the Ohio State-Lima campus. The move to the United States was a difficult adjustment, but she was soon hired at Ohio State-Lima as a part-time director in the theater department. She has held various roles there over the years, including directing shows, leading workshops and teaching college courses. She also founded the children's theatre program, which is now called the Theatre for Young Audiences. She is now a full professor. Ignatieva describes how acceptance and representation of international students, staff and faculty has improved on the Lima campus since the 1990s, and she also discusses how her work through the President's Council for Women has helped improve Ohio State's culture for female faculty and staff.
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    Interview of Charlene Gilbert by Hannah Stoll
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2021) Gilbert, Charlene
    Charlene Gilbert attended Yale University as an undergraduate, and she discovered her interest in visual storytelling when she met a documentary filmmaker during an internship. She went to film school and earned a Master of Fine Arts. After graduating she created Homecoming, a PBS documentary about African-American farmers, and she taught in the Department of Media Study at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. She won a fellowship at Harvard University, then gained tenure at American University. Her first administrative role was at the University of Toledo, chairing the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and serving as the founding director of Interdisciplinary Studies. She then served as the Dean and Director of Ohio State Lima for three years, from 2014 to 2017. Gilbert recalls her work in this role as both challenging and rewarding, and she shares her passions about advocating for diversity, the students, and the Lima community.
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    Interview of Mary Wilkins by Tina Schneider
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2016) Wilkins, Mary
    Mary Wilkins describes her experience as one of the first cohort of students to graduate from the Ohio State University Lima Campus, in 1969. Wilkins, who was raising a son at the time, decided to go to college since the then-new campus was conveniently located near where she lived and because she thought it would be an exciting challenge. She describes her experiences in classes, her student teaching experience, and the experience of graduation, in 1969. At the time of this interview, Wilkins, 88 years old, still volunteered twice a week at an after-school program at Westside United Methodist Church in Lima.
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    Interview of Lvera Sprague by Tina Schneider
    (Ohio State University Archives, 2016) Sprague, Lvera
    Lvera Sprague describes her experience as one of the first cohort of students to graduate from the Ohio State University Lima Campus, in 1969. Sprague, who had attended Elkhart University and was working as a dental nurse, decided to go back to school for a teaching degree after her second child was born. She describes her experiences in classes, her student teaching experience, and the experience of graduation, in 1969. At the time of this interview, Sprague, 80 years old, still served as a substitute teacher at Elida Middle School.