Friday, October 22, 2004

Relatives relive own school days

Allen Howard

Grandparents, aunts and even great-grandparents visited St. Ursula Villa School at 3660 Vineyard Place in Mount Lookout on Oct. 1 to see what the younger generation is learning.

The older relatives compared the way they were taught over a half century ago with the way Villa students are educated today.

They dabbled in math, language arts and art.

"It is a little different from the way we were taught," said Allen Groneman, a retired mechanical engineer from Montgomery. He sat with his grandson, Christopher O'Connell of Hyde Park. "We used to do mental arithmetic. We had to learn how to multiply, add, subtract and divide in your head before you wrote it on paper. But my grandson is learning it their way and is getting good grades."

Groneman was among about 160 seniors who visited the school.

Allen Groneman is interested in how his grandson, Christopher O'Connell, is learning math at St. Ursula Villa School. The school welcomed students' older relatives on a recent day.
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"They seem to have fun with it," said Marta Runnels, admission director.

"They sat with the students and were involved in class activities."

Groneman said he is particularly interested in math and the way it is taught because of his engineering background. He was the valedictorian in his class of 1942 at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell. He received his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Kentucky.

"I don't think Christopher is particularly interested in math, but he tolerates it and gets good grades. I am proud of him," Groneman said.

St. Ursula Villa is a co-educational Catholic school for students in preschool through eighth grade.

Mission control center

A $25,000 grant from the Stillson Foundation to iSPACE will fund a new Challenger Learning Center, which will serve students in 28 counties in the Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and southern Indiana areas.

The center is set to open in January 2006 on the Great Oaks campus in Sharonville.

The center will be a two-room space station simulator, complete with communications, medical and computer science equipment. It will also have a mission-control room patterned after NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and a space lab.

iSPACE is a state-of-the-art education center that uses space and aeronautics to stimulate science, mathematics and technology education for students.

Team cleans dog park

Volunteers from Cinergy Corp.'s Information Technology department spent Wednesday helping to clean up the dog park in Mount Airy Forest.

The event was part of an internal team building activity at Cinergy known as "Change at Work."

Multiple scholarships

David McIlwain was awarded a $10,000 academic-merit scholarship to attend Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn. He also received a $500 Anderson Hills Kiwanis Association scholarship and a $150 Marjorie A. Frame Scholarship. The Golden Galaxy Award nominee is majoring in music business at Belmont.

The Anderson High School graduate is the son of Vicki and Harry McIlwain Jr. of Anderson Township.

School at sea

Joshua Petit, a junior at Xavier University, is studying aboard the MV Explorer this fall in the Semester at Sea program of the Institute for Shipboard Education sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. The ship left Vancouver, British Columbia, Aug. 30 and will visit Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Tanzania, South Africa, Brazil and Venezuela before it returns to Fort Lauderdale in December.

The La Salle High School graduate is the son of Robin and Dale Petit of Colerain Township.

On dean's list

These students have been named to the spring term dean's list at their college or university:

Daniel Schrider, a freshman computer science major at Indiana University, Bloomington. The Wyoming High School graduate is the son of Ruth and John Schrider of Wyoming.

Katherine Vanover, a junior attending Northern Kentucky University. The Seton High School graduate is the daughter of Carrie and George Vanover of Price Hill.

Amy Broadus, a freshman at Elon University, N.C. The Sycamore High School graduate is the daughter of Diane and Jeff Broadus of Symmes Township.

Timothy Boland, a junior computer science major at the University of Cincinnati. The Williamsburg High School graduate is the son of Dianne and John Boland of Williamsburg.

Joshua Clark, a junior psychology major at Denison University. The Wyoming High School graduate is the son of Madelon Rudman Clark and Scott Clark of Wyoming.

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