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The above presentation was presented at the Student Success Assessment Summit at The Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center on June 23, 2009.  I presented on a panel with other individuals from the realm of higher education (although I was representing high schools).  On the panel with me was Renay Scott of Owens Community College, Rich Robles of the University of Cincinnati, and Joyce Gromko of Bowling Green State University.  The panel was exceptional, informative, and highly involved in the on-going work of bringing ePortfolios to education; all for the purpose of supporting student learning and growth.



Thesis Paper PUBLISHED!!!

Finally!! It’s published!! The thesis paper, full text, is finally on-line and I couldn’t be happier!
I would like to thank my wife, my family, and my friends. And the academy for believing in me.
Just kidding.

But seriously, this is amazing and I can’t believe that it’s over! I mean, I am so pleased to be done and happy to have contributed to our scientific understanding. Ahem.

Anyways, check it out, if you wish. A bit dry but maybe the abstract would be interesting to you.

The following link is the primary data for my M.S. thesis paper.  This, apparently, does not mean that it is published, only that this is where it will live, electronically, for all of time.  I guess that this also means that instead of sitting on a bookshelf gathering dust, that it’ll sit unaccessed on a server somewhere as bits of data.  Anyways, I don’t truly care where it is, but I have made a contribution to scientific understanding and that’s pretty cool!




Thankfully, mercifully, unexplainably… I’m done with my Master of Science work.  I have all of the forms signed, I have submitted all of the paperwork, and even handed in my $12.00 binding fee.  I cannot believe it, but it is complete!!  I am excited to get my life back.  I have been taking classes, nearly non-stop (except for a semester here and there) since 1999 when I began my undergraduate work.  Now, 9 years later, I have not only completed myundergraduate degree, but have a Master of Science degree to my name and have a very successful teaching career.  

Nine years out and I have had many significant life events.  My mother has passed away, I am married, and I have had two significant honors bestowed on me as a science teacher.  I am leading a blessed existence and am so excited to see what the future holds for me.

I will keep putting the significant teaching and learning events on this blog.  Thanks for reading!


Just waiting…

… just waiting. The final draft of my thesis on honeysuckle has been submitted and now my advisor is going to read it and put his signature on it, maybe. He could ask for one final draft, but I sense that he’s interested in finishing this up too. Anyways, if/when he signs it, I’ll submit the signed front page, a form, and the final draft to the grad school and I’m done!! I am very much ready to have this process over and to go explore other passions and interests in life.

Clicking on this link will lead you to a Google map of my sampling sites in central Ohio.  My study examined the effectiveness of removal efforts by community groups of Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle).


I PASSED!! Somehow, miraculously, I passed my Masters of Science examination. It was perhaps the most bewildering and mind boggling two hours of my life but the committee only took 15 minutes to arrive at a decision.

The process of earning a Masters in Science degree has been the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life! The amount of hours spent on the thesis alone was beyond my initial comprehension. I should not be surprised, however.

I think back on the many hours that I have spent reading scholarly journal articles, time in labs, and time in the field. I have learned from some of the best and brightest individuals in the world and have sat next to some brilliant people who are changing the world around them in amazing ways. I am humbled to have attained such a prestigious honor and know that now more is expected of me.

I am excited to finish my final edits on my thesis, turn my attention to building the community garden and finishing my teaching year off strongly. I cannot wait to have some recoup time, a chance to volunteer some time to a good cause during the summer, and hopefully be working on growing vegetables in a garden behind our first home!! Plus, it’ll be great to spend more time with my beautiful and very patient wife! 🙂

I am about ~20 hours away from completing my thesis and look forward to being completely done. Just in time for spending the holidays with family and friends. Life is good!