Janelle James of greater Riverdale used the tools of science, education and conservation to become a leader in the conservation community as she earned her masters degree through a special program at Miami (of Ohio) University.
In December she completed her biology degree through Project Dragonfly.
The project is based only in the department of biology in Miami and Ohio State University. It reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits and graduate programs.
Since joining the Advanced Inquiry Program, James participated in field studies at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. At the same time, she conducted a project that has made a difference in the Bronx. She presented a master plan called “Understanding Uncharismatic Animals Through Poetry.”
The inquiry program was offered online by Miami with experiential learning and community engagement.
Miami University is a public institution with a student body of nearly 19,000 students.
The Jaspers started off the holiday season with Christmas carols on Dec. 4 that featured music by a student orchestra and vocalists. Guests also enjoyed assorted liturgical readings.
Father Thomas Franks, a member of the campus community for the past five years led the event. As the college’s chaplain, he provides sacramental and spiritual life to the community.