RIO GRANDE — The Alpha Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) recently met for their February meeting Feb. 10 at Wood Hall at the University of Rio Grande (URG).
Dr. Michelle Johnston, the president of the university was the featured speaker along with Dr. Denise Shockley of the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center (ESC) which is housed in Wood Hall at the university.
Johnston spoke to the group of teachers about the challenges of teaching, how educators must evolve to meet the changing demands in education and constantly be searching for new ways or ideas to positively impact the lives of their students. She came to URG as president in 2014. She cited the people in this area, their sense of community and how they value education, along with a talented staff, and a wonderful base to build upon as several of the deciding factors for her decision to locate here in this rural area. She spoke regarding the URG master plan which outlines how state and other resources will be used to move the institution forward.
The University of Rio Grande currently offers classes in Vinton County Schools but has plans to expand by opening a new facility soon on State Route 50 between Athens and Chillicothe. Recent renovations and improvements in Wood Hall, technology, and residence halls. The university will host the Southern Ohio Science Day for 570 fifth through 12th grade students from Gallia, Lawrence, Scioto, and Adams counties.
Johnston commended Jake and Josie Bapst for their work on the archives. She closed by opening the floor to questions from the audience.
Dr. Denise Shockley of the Gallia-Vinton ESC spoke to the group next. She said that the ESC has a service area of 11,500 students from five school districts. The ESC currently administers 17 after school grants at 20 sites for 2,700 students from Chesapeake to Wellston and in between. It also provides support for beginning teachers going through the residency program (RESA) to obtain full licensure. Through the ESC there are 160 teachers being mentored by 125 trained mentors. The ESC collaborates with the University of Rio Grande in providing science training to teachers in grades 3-8. Social studies, language arts, and school media specialists from 11 school districts are participating in one of two regional history fellowships called Five Star and Landmark Moments. The ESC obtained a Straight A grant to build a centralized transportation center on property owned by the Gallipolis City Schools near Green Elementary. The shared services facility to be named Gallia Fleet Services will be able to provide maintenance to area school and county owned vehicles.
At the conclusion of both presentations, DKG President Lynn Arnott presented both speakers with a small gift to show our appreciation. She thanked the program chair, Debbie Rhodes; the hostess chair, Mary Withee; and, hostesses Karen Wright, Minda Walker, Sue Ruff, Dorothy Ruff, Doris Lanham, and Mary Lynn Jones for the program, festive Valentine decorations, and the preparation of the meal. President Arnott also thanked Shockley for providing the ESC office for the February meeting.
Doris Lanham led devotions and read a story based on Ephesians 4:32 which emphasized that our reaction is what will long be remembered after all else is forgotten.
The State DKG Convention will be March 24 – 25. Arnott would like to make an Ohio Proud basket. A motion was passed to take a collection at the meetings in which we do not have to pay for our meal to help fund this basket, other such charitable donations, and the scholarship fund.
The March DKG meeting is a joint meeting with other counties. It will be held on March 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Building in McArthur. Arnott will send more information to members when she receives it.
DKG members present were: Lois Carter, Kay Adkins, Gail Belville, Donna DeWitt, Debbie Rhodes, Jane Ann Slagle, Patsy Schuldt, Vicky Powell, Beth Hollanbaugh, Lynn Arnott, Karen Wright, Karen Waugh, Doris Lanham, Mary Withee, Sue Ruff, Cathy Greenleaf, Josie Bapst, Jeri Howell, Emily Dailey and Dr. Shockley and Dr. Johnston.
After door prizes were given out, the meeting concluded with the singing of the Delta Kappa Gamma song.
Submitted by Delta Kappa Gamma.