OSU Professor Opens Doors and Opportunities to Westerville City Schools Students

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Left:  Students admire a work by Maya Lin that is made with thousands of steel pins and accumulations of industrial glass beads, contoured to mirror Ohio waterways.  Her project considers how rivers and aquifers have both shaped and been shaped by human endeavor, asking us to question the impact of fracking and global warming.




Selected Westerville City Schools students from the award-winning Educational Opportunities for Success program and McVay Elementary School were recently invited to visit the campus of The Ohio State University by Professor Jeffrey Haase, Interior Design Coordinator within the Department of Design. 

Pupils gained valuable information about the topic of architectural design principles coupled with the utilization of technology.  In addition, participating staff and students toured the Wexner Center for the Arts to view the exhibit, HERE.  With the assistance of McVay Art Teacher Katie Wirthlin, students explored ideas of place, time, language, and perception through projects created by three highly influential, Ohio-born visual artists.  The art featured in HERE is intended to cultivate new connections to one’s surroundings.  Following the art exhibition visit, participants shared and reflected on their experiences while eating lunch at Sloopy’s Diner in the Ohio Union.

EOS Science Teacher Steve Rovtar, who helped arrange this unique opportunity, said, “We were able to experience a bit of the college life, interact with a college professor, and learn about practical applications in both graphic design and architecture.”