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For Immediate Release

April 18, 2013
Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Ohio State Lima recruiter receives distinguished staff award

Temple Patton, coordinator of minority recruiting at The Ohio State University at Lima, is one of 12 Ohio State staff members receiving the 2013 Distinguished Staff Award. Representatives from the Columbus campus presented the award in a surprise visit to the Lima campus on Thur., April 18, 2013.

The Distinguished Staff Award is presented to 12 staff members of Ohio State for their exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the university. Award recipients are selected on the merits and strengths of the following contributions: enhancing the quality of work life in ways that make a significant difference for colleagues or customers; providing outstanding and ongoing excellence in service to faculty, staff, students, community and/or other customers; developing creative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient department or university operations; and consistent demonstration of one or more of the university’s values.

"Temple exemplifies the quality of dedicated and distinguished staff we have at Ohio State Lima," said John. R. Snyder, dean and director of Ohio State Lima. "Temple’s tireless efforts to see that underrepresented students view a college degree as an attainable goal speaks to her compassion for students, her ability to work collaboratively and creatively with students, colleagues and high school guidance counselors, and her desire to make the community a better place."

Patton has worked at Ohio State Lima since 2002. As an admissions counselor and coordinator of minority recruiting, Patton developed and implemented the DREAM, or Dare to Reach Excellence, Achievement and Meaning, program. The DREAM program has helped dozens of at-risk Allen County high school students realize the dream of a college education since 2007. Each year, Patton works with these students and their parents to explore opportunities in higher education and to complete their admissions and financial aid applications. After successfully completing a series of these preparatory sessions, each student receives a renewable scholarship to Ohio State Lima. Patton also works with current students in a second campus appointment as the coordinator of the business program.

One of her nominators wrote, "Temple has touched the lives of many students and families who felt that an Ohio State education was unavailable to them. Temple truly is a pleasure and an inspiration to work with. To see her dedication to students, the community, and The Ohio State University on a daily basis is a pleasure not only to me, but also to my colleagues."

Patton will receive a crystal trophy and a cash award.