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January 2019 The Ohio State University at Newark Fulfilling an American Dream Achieving his dream of obtaining a degree from an American university has been a long path for student Mustafa Alsaeedi. After arriving in the United States in 2013, he had to study the English language for three years before he could pass the placement tests to begin his academic pursuits in the autumn of 2017 at Ohio State Newark. At the end of his second semester at Ohio State Newark, Alsaeedi received the Dean’s Award in recognition of his academic excellence. “The feeling was indescribable and increased my enthusiasm to continue to work diligently toward my goals,” said Alsaeedi. The achievement didn’t come easily to him. He spent countless hours utilizing resources provided by the Center for Student Success including the Math Learning Center,Writer’s Studio and Learning Skills Specialist. “I’ve taken advantage of the resources to ensure that I maintain my academic excellence, and I can see my dreams approaching their fulfillment,” he said. “But I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the support of the campus.” Alsaeedi truly appreciates the small campus environment that allows for personal attention from faculty and staff. He notes that this is particularly helpful to him as an English as a second language student. He intends to graduate with his degree in business management in 2021. “I have had many challenges, but I did not give up,” Alsaeedi said. “I am extremely proud to be here, and I now have a bigger dream to represent this university in international events.” January seventh will be the dawn of a new era in the career of Mary Lightbody, Ph.D., senior lecturer of education at The Ohio State University at Newark. That is the day she will officially take her seat as the Representative of District 19 in Ohio’s House of Representatives. The district is one of ten Franklin County House districts and includesWesterville, New Albany, Gahanna and Minerva Park. On Nov. 6, Lightbody won the seat with 55.4 percent of the vote defeating opponent Tim Barhorst. “I decided to run because I realized that I wanted to give back in a bigger arena,” she said. “The best part of the campaign was meeting with the people of my district. I knocked on over 12,000 doors.” Lightbody learned about issues facing people in her district through canvassing and attending community events. She intends to focus her time in the Ohio House on enacting bipartisan legislation on issues such as education, healthcare and jobs. She was not the only one who learned from the campaign process. Thirty-two Ohio State students volunteered for her campaign. “I learned a lot fromMary’s approach to campaigning, especially her dedication to listening and talking to every constituent. Through this campaign mindset, I gained skills in active listening, consensus building and grassroots campaigning,” said LizWebb, public affairs major and campaign volunteer. Matina Bliss, world politics major and campaign volunteer, said, “During the campaign, I learned that hard work and dedication truly pays off regardless of how small an action might seem. It was a wonderful life and learning experience.” Lightbody also brought the skills of decision-making, goal- setting and advocacy that she strengthened throughout the campaign process into the classroom to help her students become the teachers of tomorrow. “Dr. Lightbody was my student teaching supervisor during her campaign process.While remaining dedicated to her students, Faculty Member to Take Seat in Ohio House Continued on page 3 “The best part of the campaign was meeting with the people of my district. I knocked on over 12,000 doors.” Mary Lightbody Ohio State Newark Senior Lecturer of Education Ohio House of Representatives

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