As Newark’s economic development matures, The Ohio State University at Newark graduates are using their degrees to contribute to the expansion of local businesses. Jessica Carrington, an August 2017 graduate, has been helping the NEWORK Space in downtown Newark grow its clientele. Her degree in English with a focus on professional writing is helping her help the local business that is still in its first fewmonths of service to the community. As an assistant community manager, Carrington gives tours, helps people choose a membership, reaches out to potential members, manages events and writes blog content. “The education that I received at Ohio State Newark has helped me a lot with my work at NEWORK Space. I’ve used the skills I gained through the professional writing minor while composing written content for the blog and emails reaching out to current and potential members,” she said. Carrington also noted that her education taught her a number of soft skills such as professional communication and problem solving making her a more well- rounded employee and person. “I chose Ohio State Newark for a lot of reasons, but most significantly because of the small class sizes and closeness to home,” said Carrington. “By the second semester of my sophomore year, I had found the right major for me and found a group of friends, too. Having friends in the same major and knowing the professors really made for a unique and more personal education experience that truly ensured my success.” NEWORK Space is a shared space where people can work and network. “It’s a great place for small business owners, professional freelancers, students and anyone who needs a productive space to get work done,” said Carrington.Wi-Fi, printing, coffee andmeeting rooms are all available for users of the space. The Ohio State University at Newark is pleased to announce the promotion ofWesley Grunden to assistant director of admissions. Grunden joined the Office of Admissions staff in 2016 as an admissions counselor and staff assistant. “I am thrilled that Wes has accepted this leadership role within our office,” said Director of Enrollment Diane Kanney. “He has contributed in many ways to the success of our office since his arrival to campus in 2016, and we believe this new role will allow for his continued professional growth.” As assistant director, Grunden will be responsible for assisting the office’s migration to a new customer relationship management (CRM) system and the implementation of new office operations policies and procedures to provide more efficiency and enhance the outreach and service to students. He will also coordinate group visits to campus, manage communication to high school counselors and other college access organizations, and oversee enrollment of military veterans and foster students, among other duties. In 2017 Grunden received the Julius S. and Joette Greenstein Award. The Greenstein Award is presented annually to a regular staff member, administrator or faculty of Ohio State Newark and/or Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) whose efforts, deeds and behavior made a major contribution toward the perpetuation of a genuine spirit of mutual respect and cooperation between Ohio State Newark and COTC. Grunden received a bachelor’s degree in history fromOhio University, where he is now pursuing a Master’s of Education. Prior to coming to Ohio State Newark, Grunden worked as an admissions counselor and then graduate coordinator at Marietta College. In addition to his regular job responsibilities, Grunden currently serves as the staff advisor for the Ohio State Newark and COTC Collegiate 4-H Club, and he volunteers with Pelotonia and Newark City School’s Reality Store. Grunden Named Assistant Director of Admissions Ohio State Newark Alumna Helps Local Business Grow March 2018 The Ohio State University at Newark