Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Former OU-C student Caleb Marhoover to study architecture at Harvard


By student public relations writer Leah Sternberger

Caleb Marhoover, a Chillicothe native and former OU-C geology student, has been accepted to the graduate program at Harvard University’s College of Architecture. Since Marhoover left OU-C’s campus after earning his associate degree in social sciences in 2009, he has been busy continuing his education. In 2010, Marhoover moved from Chillicothe to Cincinnati in where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Cincinnati.

Like many high school students, Marhoover got an early start at OU-C by taking classes through the university’s post-secondary program as a student at Eastern High School. When he received his high school diploma in 2008, he began studying geology. Even with taking a full course-load and working as an English tutor and athletic photographer, he made exploring his other interests a top priority.

“I did a large amount of dabbling,” said Marhoover. ”I took any course that sounded interesting like music theory, anthropology and listening. I ended up liking Professor John Reiger so much that I took enough history courses to earn a degree in social sciences quite by accident.”

Gary Haynes, Marhoover’s former geography instructor, said students should consider taking a wide variety of classes to fully develop their personal interests.

“Caleb's success in a number of academic programs can serve as a model for students who have broad academic interests,” said Haynes. “Accomplishments in one academic area can cross over and actually reinforce studies in another area.  This is part of the justification for the broad-based undergraduate degrees offered at Ohio University.”

Reiger also remembers Marhoover as an outstanding student.

“Caleb was always enthusiastic about the study of history, exhibiting a wide breadth of knowledge on my long essay examinations and (leading) in class discussions,” Reiger said. “In addition, I have seen his superb photographic work and know how creative he is. It comes as no surprise that he has been admitted to Harvard. Caleb is a wonderful example of what a dedicated student can accomplish at OU-C.”

Currently, two pieces of Marhoover’s artwork are featured in an exhibition at the The Carnegie in Cincinnati. The exhibition, Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes, features artists who create environments that, though grounded in reality, suggest altered sensibilities. His pieces Petrosyllabic Resonator II and Specimens will be on display through April 18.

Marhoover’s many interests, authentic curiosity and commitment to hard work will serve him well in Boston this fall as he continues his education at Harvard.

 “As I explored many other disciplines, it became clear that what I’m truly after is not just place, but how we relate to wherever we find ourselves,” said Marhoover. “This is how I have been led to the field of architecture – by pursuing, exploring, and questioning my passions thoughtfully and relentlessly.”

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