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June 14, 2013

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Ohio State Lima presents Town and Gown Award to Joyce Tracy

Joyce Tracy of Lima is the 2013 recipient of the Ohio State University at Lima’s Violet I. Meek Town and Gown Award. Tracy attended Ohio State Lima and is a 1975 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

The Violet I. Meek Town and Gown Award honorees personify the idea of Disciplina in civitatem, or education for citizenship, the motto of The Ohio State University. Tracy is the eleventh recipient. The award is named for Violet I. Meek, who retired as Dean and Director in 2003 after 12 years in the position at Ohio State Lima. During her tenure, she was an ardent supporter and promoter of community growth and increased interaction between the University and the people and communities in its service area. As such, the Board created an award in her honor to recognize those working toward similar goals. Past winners include David S. Adams, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology; Tom Francis, a popular media personality in Lima whose activities have centered around his commitment to the University and the community; Clyde Rauch, the president of Tuttle Services who has worked diligently with Ohio State Lima and its co-located institution; Bob Schulte, co-owner and Executive President of Spherion of Lima, Inc., who is currently serving as a campaign co-chair for Ohio State Lima’s comprehensive campaign; William V. Ackerman, Associate Professor of Geography; Jaye E. McCain, a financial advisor for Edward Jones and Associates, who is currently serving as a campaign co-chair for Ohio State Lima’s comprehensive campaign; Dr. Jon E. Rockhold, a former Special Assistant to the Dean and Director with a strong record of outstanding professional leadership in the community; Ora "Bud" Winzenried, past president of Kenton Structural and Ornamental Iron Works and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio State Alumni Association; Mayor David J. Berger, mayor of the City of Lima who helped form the Joint Higher Education Task Force, which aimed to retain an Ohio State presence in Lima in the form of a four-year university; and William D. Angel, Associate Professor of Political Science.

Biography of Joyce Tracy

Degree Obtained: Bachelor of Science, Education, The Ohio State University

Joyce Tracy has stimulated personal growth and community development as the coordinator and instructor of the Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) program at Apollo Career Center since 1982. Serving more than 500 students annually, Joyce helps enable adults to master basic reading, writing and math skills, and other life skills that help them obtain employment and improve their quality of life.

In the classroom, Joyce guides students down the intensive path of obtaining a General Education Development (GED) diploma. Many of these students come to Joyce during a vulnerable phase of their lives, not knowing how to access services to further their education and employment. Joyce’s dedication to helping them reach their goals is often life-altering for these students. Ultimately, Joyce is restoring their self-confidence so they can become productive members of society. More than 120 of her students graduate annually with the GED.

Joyce’s commitment to her community is evidenced by not only her involvement with area boards and foundations, but also by her working partnerships with organizations and institutions such as the Bureau of Vocational Rehab, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, area colleges and universities, Lima City Schools, Ohio Hi-Point and the Ohio Board of Regents. Joyce is passionate about offering bridge programming for underrepresented traditional age students as well as adult learners returning to school after some time away. She understands the importance of collaboration and recognizes that no single entity can solve college and career readiness and completion issues alone.

Community involvement is not only a passion for Joyce, but also a necessity for her role. Ohio ABLE programs provide their services free of charge, which means Joyce constantly leverages her relationships with businesses and individuals to secure donations to fund the program and offset the cost incurred by Apollo. She also writes and receives numerous state grants.

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