Founder’s Legacy Continues to Open Doors Great leaders know that when you open the door for others, doors open for you. John Gilbert Reese, an extraordinary supporter of the Licking County community and a founding benefactor of the Newark campus, had a passion for philanthropy, community service and education. To honor his legacy and to inspire the next generation of community leaders, COTC, Ohio State Newark and the Newark Campus Development Fund established the Next Generation Community Leadership Award. Ashley Moore, a psychology major at Ohio State Newark from Pataskala, whose passion for community service echoes that of Reese, became the inaugural winner of the award for her exceptional campus leadership and passionate community involvement. For Moore, helping others has always been second nature. Growing up, she was the kid who would bring home stray dogs and cats, share her lunch with the hungry kid at school who did not have enough to eat, and speak up for the classmate who could not find their voice. This inherent part of her nature created a passion for community service that she shares with Reese and brought with her when she enrolled at Ohio State Newark. On campus, Moore works in the Office of Retention and Student Success Initiatives as an academic peer coach for engineering and first-generation college students. In her role, she tutors and supports students from diverse backgrounds as they navigate academic challenges.When she started the position in her sophomore year, she did not consider herself The Ohio State University at Newark January 2020 Continued on page 3 Jill Leonard-Pingel, PhD, isn’t just a geology teacher. She’s a paleontologist, a detective, an advocate and a traveler. And while the word “paleontologist” might conjure images of wizened academics who spend long hours in labs and scrape away at fossils, Leonard-Pingel’s academic journey has taken her from California to the Caribbean to India and beyond — and then, full of enthusiasm and new discoveries, back to the classroom. “I do talk about my research with my classes because I want my students to see the diversity of things you can do. That you can do all kinds of projects that are not only fun and exciting but also very important to our understanding of conservation,” Leonard-Pingel says. “Geology isn’t just, ‘Oh, we’re going to identify a rock.’” Leonard-Pingel has found that The Ohio State University at Newark has provided the perfect setting for her to teach and interact with her students, encouraging teamwork and active participation in classes. “In my classrooms, we’re able to do a lot of group work and a lot of discussion, so I feel like everyone gets to know each other in the classroom,” she says. “Everyone knows me, too, and knows that they can come talk to me.” While her official title is assistant professor of earth sciences she didn’t grow up determined to become a geologist, but she fell in love with the field early in her college career, and it’s been her passion ever since. “The geologic past is kind of like a puzzle or a mystery, where you run out and you can look at the rocks and find clues, but it’s not like the story was just given to you,” she says. “You have to figure out how the clues fit together.” Faculty Member Working on the Puzzle of Climate Change Continued on page 3 “I’m engaged in my community because I am passionate about helping people, and I want to be a part of progressive change in their lives.” Ashley Moore Psychology Major Ohio State Newark