Friday, September 30, 2016

Former Chillicothe faculty earn Emeriti status at Ohio University

This month, two former Ohio University Chillicothe faculty were recognized by the Ohio University Emeriti Association for being awarded Emeriti Status at Ohio University. Former English professor Dr. Veena Kasbekar and former theater professor Dr. Ken Breidenbaugh received the recognition on September 15 during a luncheon ceremony of the association.

“Both Dr. Veena Kasbekar and Dr. Ken Breidenbaugh were dedicated faculty members during their extensive tenures at Ohio University. They demonstrated on-going commitment to the campus, the community, their profession, and, most importantly, their students,” said OU-C Dean Martin Tuck. “We are very proud they were selected for this honorable designation.”

Emeriti status is awarded to retired faculty and certain staff members upon the recommendation of the faculty, dean and upper administration. Factors that contribute to the consideration by these individuals include length of service, quality of teaching as well as research, the individual’s contribution to the University in administrative and committee work, as well as service to society beyond the University.

Dr. Veena Kasbekar and Dr. Ken Breidenbaugh are great examples of these attributes.

Kasbekar, Ph.D., professor of English, retired from OU-C following the 2014-15 academic year. She first joined the faculty in 1980. Kasbekar was known for her passion for literature and her ability to spark that interest in her students. She also served on numerous committees for associations around the state, as well as presented at conferences in Ohio and across the country.

Kasbekar recently established an annual gift, awarding $200 apiece to five students for costs such as tuition, books, and living expenses. The Veena P. Kasbekar Achievement Award continues her legacy and aims to help future OU-C students write the next chapters in their academic careers. Read more here.

Breidenbaugh, who joined the OU-C faculty in 1989 and retired following the 2012-13 academic year, was the architect behind the development of the campus' theater program. Under his tutelage, OU-C’s theater program became a staple of campus life, supporting the cultural life of the campus and community. The OU-C theater opened with its first performance in March 1997, with Breidenbaugh producing his 50th play at the Chillicothe Campus in the fall of 2009.

A Chillicothe native, Breidenbaugh earned his Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in theater from Ohio University in 1975 after spending the first year of his college career on the Chillicothe Campus, his Master’s Degree of Fine Arts in art history from the university in 1986 and his doctoral degree in comparative arts from Ohio University in 1995.  Read more here about his contributions to the campus.

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