Ohio State Newark Takes Center Stage at Commencement
NEWARK, OH, May 15, 2018 — There were 11,907 degrees awarded at The Ohio State University’s spring commencement on May 6; only two of those degree recipients were invited to speak. Elizabeth Beattey of Nashport was one of them. Beattey started her health and rehabilitation sciences degree at the Newark campus and continued taking classes there even after she transitioned to the Columbus campus. In front of a record crowd, she demonstrated that extraordinary Buckeyes come from all of Ohio State’s campuses.
“I’m often asked why I have stayed involved at Newark when Columbus has so many opportunities. My only answer to that question is, ‘I can’t forget about the place where everything began,’” she said.
Beattey enrolled at Ohio State Newark in autumn 2014 with 1,219 other freshman. She quickly became active on campus through the Office of Student Life. Most notably, she was secretary and then president of student government in 2014-2015 and 2015-2017, respectively. She served as a student ambassador for three years and was employed as a student assistant. She was also an executive officer for the Habitat for Humanity student organization, helping to organize alternative spring break trips to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2016 and Birmingham, Alabama, in 2017.
In Columbus, Beattey was the fundraising chair for the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Student Council as well as the Health Science Club in 2017-2018. She volunteers at National Children’s Hospital and is a certified nursing assistant at Brookdale Senior Living Center.
“When I met Beth during her first semester, what struck me was she reminded me a lot of myself when I was a first year student. We were both shy and from small towns; and I could sense that Beth held a lot of potential for growth and leadership,” said Holly Mason, director of student life. “Over her four years, Beth remained involved in the Office of Student Life and continued to get involved on our campus, making the most of every opportunity. Consistently over her time here, she represented herself as a true Buckeye – committed, reliable, personable and engaged.”
“Beth took advantage of many of the opportunities our campus has to offer and showed tremendous growth as a leader during her time in Newark,” added Justin Khol, assistant director of student life. “She seemingly never turned down an opportunity to further herself through co-curricular involvement and contributed a great deal to enhancing the culture of our campus.”
In her speech, Beattey described how a smaller campus with world-class academics suited the shy, small-town girl with big goals. She was inspired by the possibilities of making an impact early and often. She networked with senior leaders on campus and mentored younger students, inspiring them to get involved as well. She shared her message with Senator Jay Hottinger and presented at a statewide collegiate leadership conference. And so, when she had to finish her major at the Columbus campus, she elected to remain involved in Newark while immersing herself in her new campus.
“My experiences at both Ohio State Newark, as well as here in Columbus, have been nothing less than extraordinary. No matter your path to Ohio State, no matter where you begin, we graduate together – and we go out in this world together – as Ohio State Buckeyes."
Beattey will attend an occupational therapy doctoral program at Indiana Wesleyan University in the fall. When she completes it in 2021, she plans to return to Columbus to practice medicine as a pediatric occupational therapist specializing in water therapy for children with special needs.
Nearly one-third of all Ohio State freshman enroll on a regional campus each autumn semester. Nine undergraduate majors can be completed at Ohio State Newark and all 200-plus majors can be started here. Regional campus students are able to transfer seamlessly to the Columbus campus after completing 30 credit hours (one year of full-time enrollment) with a 2.0 GPA. No matter the campus of enrollment, all students receive the same instruction from world-renowned faculty; the same degree upon completion; and the same opportunities for research, education abroad and student life.
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that is inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.