Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gift by retired faculty member Veena Kasbekar continues her legacy of helping students succeed

   
A recently-retired Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty member is creating a restricted account to ensure that her concern about the success of OU-C students continues. The Veena P. Kasbekar Achievement Awards will provide $200 apiece to five students annually for costs such as tuition, books, and living expenses.

The awards will be presented to full-time students with junior or senior academic rank with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2. First preference will be for students majoring in English, followed by middle childhood education language arts students and those majoring in integrated language arts.

Kasbekar, Ph.D., professor of English, retired from OU-C following the 2014-15 academic year. She first joined the faculty in 1980. She was known for her passion for literature and her ability to spark that interest in her students. Upon retirement, Kasbekar noted that her fondest OU-C memories are “the absolute pleasure of discussing British and world literature, from ancient to modern times, with eager, intelligent, motivated students.”

Now, in continuing that theme of literature, she is helping future OU-C students write the next chapters in their academic careers.

“As a dedicated professor of English at OUC for the last 35 years, I want to show my appreciation of English majors and language-arts education majors who consistently get high grades by their junior year,” she said. “High GPAs show motivation, ability, and perseverance, qualities that I believe will serve them well in teaching English literature and rhetoric.”

Beyond a skilled classroom teacher, Kasbekar was a renowned scholar and was president and a board member of the College English Association of Ohio’s executive council. She has delivered several talks and presentations throughout her career.

The first awards will be given in the spring of 2016. To apply for an achievement award, contact the OU-C Development office.

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