Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny’s research involving equine therapy and Alzheimer’s patients has hit the news! Dabelko-Schoeny was recently featured in the Saturday, May 24, edition of the Columbus Dispatch, interviewed on WCMH-TV (Channel 4), and highlighted in the Huffington Post as well as other media outlets.
In the first study of its kind, Dabelko-Schoeny and co-author Dr. Gwendolen Lorch, of the College of Veterinary Medicine, determined that spending time with horses eases symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia.
The collaboration also included the Field of Dreams Equine Education Center and an adult daycare center, National Church Residences Center for Senior Health. The research found that people with Alzheimer’s were able to safely groom, feed and walk horses under supervision—and the experience buoyed their mood and made them less likely to resist care or become upset later in the day.
The small pilot study, which appears in the journal Anthrozoös, suggests that equine therapy—a treatment used today for children and teens who have emotional and developmental disorders—could work for adults, too.
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This year, the College of Social Work’s Study Abroad program traveled to Managua, Leon, and Granada, Nicaragua, as part of its international cross-cultural learning experience. Dr. Theresa Early and Dr. Scottye Cash accompanied 17 students from a variety of disciplines. The college’s study abroad program helps students become better prepared for the global work environment, gain an expanded worldview, and develop new skills for understanding others’–and their own–culture. Their focus this year is social issues and human rights.
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Nearly 300 College of Social Work graduates and their friends and families packed out Ohio State’s Mershon Auditorium on Friday, May 2 for the college’s annual Evening of Recognition, an event honoring social work graduates. Momentum soared during the ceremony as students were honored with yellow roses, students, faculty and staff received awards, and live tweets by the graduates and their guests were displayed on a big screen. These were just a few of the highlights from an evening filled with much accomplishment and excitement.
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Two days later, the graduates received their degrees during The Ohio State University’s Spring Commencement. An astounding 10,200 Ohio State students earned degrees and more than half of them participated in the ceremony.Ohio State is one of the few universities where all graduates participate in a single ceremony, and where each graduate gets his or her diploma at the ceremony.