Spotlight on Success

Aniece Daniels – Spring 2019 Spotlight on Student Success

Aniece (Racquel) Daniels is a senior Music Comprehensive major. She will graduate in May, 2019. What are your plans after graduation? I intend to continue my education with a masters and maybe a doctorate in Music. Where did you go to grow up and where did you go to...

Kenni Horton-Spring 2019 Spotlight on Staff Success

Kenni Horton currently serves as the Wood Hall secretary, providing administrative services to the students, faculty and administration of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Arts and Letters and the School of  Health and Behavioral Sciences. When did you...

Dr. Kay-Anne Darlington-Fall 2018 Spotlight on Faculty Success

Dr. Darlington is an Assistant Professor of Communication. She earned her BA in Media and Communication from the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Kingston, Jamaica, her MA in International Studies and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Ohio University. She has...

Mike Thompson-Fall 2018 Spotlight on Staff Success

Mike Thompson recently celebrated his 30th year as a member of the Rio staff. He has worked in a variety of offices as a member of our support staff, and also taught courses in film, radio and TV production as an adjunct professor for many years. When did you start...

Jesse Edwards-Fall 2018 Spotlight on Alumni Success

Jesse Edwards grew up in Gallipolis, and graduated from Gallia Academy High School. In 2005, he completed a Music Business degree at Rio. What made you choose Rio? A friend recommended Dr. Chris Kenney as an instructor. He was proven right-I learned everything I know...

Christopher Davis-Fall 2018 Spotlight on Student Success

What are your plans after graduation?  Work in a museum. Where did you go to grow up and where did you go to high school (and/or other colleges)? South Point High School then Alderson Broaddus University Did you grow up with siblings or pets?Three sisters and some...

Ashton Saunders – Spring 2018 Spotlight on Alumni Success

Ashton Saunders grew up in Gallipolis, and graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 2008. In 2013, she completed a BS in Art Education and a BFA in Visual Arts from Rio. What made you choose Rio? I liked the close-knit community of Rio. In our Art department, we...

Shannon Scott – 2018 Spotlight on Student Success

Shannon Scott is a Junior History major from Middleport, Ohio. He will complete an associate’s degree in History and Sociology in May of 2018, and continue on to complete a B.A. in History. He attended Meigs High School in Pomeroy, Ohio. Did you grow up with siblings...

Brenda Loucks – Spring 2018 Spotlight on Staff Success

When did you start working at Rio? August, 2004 How did you choose a career at Rio? Moving back to Ohio. My mother had passed away and my dad needed someone to live with him and keep track of what was going on. Where did you work prior to coming here? University of...

James Allen – Spring 2018 Spotlight on Faculty Success

How did you choose a career in Art?  I always tell my students that my art career began in church.  As a young boy, I would draw on the back of offering envelopes that I would find in the church pews.  With the positive encouragement I received for my drawings and my...

Dr. Kent Williams-Fall 2017 Spotlight on Faculty Success

How did you choose a career in English?  During my second college semester, Thomas David Duncan Williams, a teacher brilliant and exciting, moved around the classroom during his lectures, animated, snapping his fingers, talking about ideas and unimagined people...

Shane Shanton-Spring 2017 Spotlight on Student Success

What is your major and class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.) I’m a senior, majoring in three-dimensional art (sculpture and ceramics). What are your plans after graduation?  I plan to work in art and design building trades. When will you graduate?  May 2017 Where...

Klaire Smith-Fall 2017 Spotlight on Alumni Success

Where did you grow up? Portsmouth, Ohio Where did you go to high school?  Portsmouth High School When did you graduate from Rio? Spring of 2016 What was your major? Bachelor of Fine Art (with Honors) and a minor in Graphic Design What made you choose Rio? I wanted to...

Daniel Carroll – Fall 2017 Spotlight on Student Success

Daniel Carroll is a senior English major from Liverpool, England.  He will graduate in May 2018. What are your plans after graduation? I would like to do an MA in Philosophy. Did you grow up with siblings or pets? Two sisters (one older, one younger), and a dog named...

William Plants-Fall 2017 Spotlight on Faculty Success

How did you choose a career in History?  My parents both have a great love of history, thus I got a double dose of this like in my genetics.  As a young boy, I was fascinated about times now past and ancient creatures (such as dinosaurs).  If not for my asthma, I...

Kevin Teaford-Fall 2016 Spotlight on Alumni Success

Where did you grow up? Near Racine in Meigs County, Ohio Where did you go to high school?  Racine Southern High School When did you graduate from Rio? 1995 What was your major? It was an individualized major in Public Administration What made you choose Rio? Rio...

Jordan Lombaro-Fall 2016 Spotlight on Student Success

What is your major and class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.) Music Comprehensive Major. Second year senior. What are your plans after graduation? After graduation I am planning on attending grad school for music. I have not decided on details as to where or for...

Dr. Jack Hart-Spring 2017 Spotlight on Faculty Success

How did you choose a career in your discipline (History, English, Music, etc.)?   I was a history major at first, but I switched because English majors were smarter and more interesting! Also, I liked literature Where did you get your college degrees? My B.A. , M.A.,...

Josh Goodall-Spring 2017 Spotlight on Alumni Success

Joshua Goodall graduated in 2016 from the University of Rio Grande with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He attended Jackson High School. What made you choose Rio?  My dad had studied history and education at Rio and is one of the most historically knowledgeable people...

Dr. Elizabeth Brown-Fall 2016 Spotlight on Faculty Success

How did you choose a career in your discipline?  I was an English major in college, mostly because I liked reading and writing about literature and because I admired the English faculty. I thought I might have a career in something like publishing, but after I...

Trent Staten-Spring 2016 Spotlight on Success

Where did you grow up? Wellston Ohio Where did you go to high school? Wellston High School When did you graduate from Rio? May 2005 What was your major? Visual Art Comprehensive What made you choose Rio? Rio was close to home, I had family members attend Rio and many...

Dempsey Rupe-Spring 2016 Spotlight on Success

What is your major and class standing? I am a senior History major, but I also received my associates in political science and sociology in May of 2015. I plan to walk in May of 2016. What are your plans after graduation? I am currently training to become an officer...

Dr. Heather Duda-Spring 2016 Spotlight on Success

How did you choose a career in English? From the age of five I wanted to be a judge.  I had always planned on attending law school after I graduated.  However, I had an internship at a law firm my senior year of college and learned that I did not want to be a lawyer. ...

Chad Lambert-Fall 2015 Spotlight on Success

Chad Lambert grew up in Jackson, Ohio, graduating from Jackson High School in 1989, and came to Rio where he completed a degree in Mass Communication in 1994. He currently works as a copywriter for an ad agency, and writes comics nights and weekends. What made you...

Adam Holingshead-Fall 2015 Spotlight on Success

Adam Hollingshead is a senior History/English major, and an Honors student. What are your plans after graduation? Grad School When will you graduate (best guess!)? 2016 Where did you go to grow up and where did you go to high school (and/or other colleges)? I grew up...

Dr. Scott Beekman-Fall 2015 Spotlight on Success

How did you choose a career in the your discipline (History, English, Music, etc.)? My father was also a historian and so I developed a love of history as soon as I could read. Where did you get your college degrees?  I earned my Ph D in history from Ohio University...

Sam Proffitt-Spring 2015 Spotlight on Success

Where did you go to grow up and where did you go to high school (and/or other colleges)?   I actually grew up just 15 minutes outside of Rio Grande in Gallipolis. In 2009, I graduated from South Gallia High school. Did you grow up with siblings or pets?   I have an...

Kristin Coen-Mishlan Spring 2015 Spotlight on Success

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Glouster, a small rural town outside of Athens, near Burr Oak State Park. Where did you go to high school? Trimble High School When did you graduate from Rio? Spring 2006 What was your major? Music Education What made you choose...

Kevin Lyles-Spring 2015 Spotlight on Success

How did you choose a career in the arts??I have always leaned towards being creative. In elementary school I was the best student at drawing in my class so would often be asked to help the teachers illustrate on the boards.  This eventually led to more art classes in...

Aryn Gritter Fall 2014 Spotlight on Success

Where did you go to grow up and where did you go to high school? I grew up in a small village about 20 miles south of Columbus called Commercial Point. I graduated from Teays Valley High School in 2011. Did you grow up with siblings or pets? I have a younger sister...

Bryan Minear Fall 2014 Spotlight on Alumni Success

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Chester, Ohio—a tiny town in Meigs county. Where did you go to high school? Eastern High School,  in Meigs County. When did you graduate from Rio? May of 2009 What was your major? BFA-Graphic Design What made you choose Rio? My high...

Dr. Chris Kenney Fall 2014 Spotlight on Faculty Success

How did you choose a career in the arts? I’ve always been artistically oriented as a child, drawing, painting, writing stories, and starting in trumpet lessons in the fourth grade. So, music chose me! Where did you get your college degrees? My undergraduate degree is...