I’m Sheri Uhrin and I recently joined the TOPS staff as the new residential coordinator. I have lived in the Columbus area for the past twenty years but grew up in Wisconsin. I attended college at University of Wisconsin – Stout and earned my B.S degree in Vocational Rehabilitation and M.A in Rehabilitation Counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. I have a CRC Certification (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor). I was previously the Transition Services Coordinator at the Ohio School for the Deaf for over twenty years. Where I have worked with youth 14- 22 with transitioning and preparing for life after high school.
My husband Janos of 26 years met in Tucson, AZ when I was on an internship for my Masters and he was traveling and visiting the states (he is originally from Hungary). We have an adult son Riley, who is 23. Stella, is our 8 year old Australian Sheppard.
Things I enjoy in my free time are: traveling, hiking, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.
I am looking forward to being a part of the TOPS Staff and getting to know you all. 🙂
Here is an online article that is great food for thought related to skills all students need.
14 Must-Have Life Skills
If there are skills you think your student needs support with, we would love to help!
Thursday morning was filled with Orientation sessions. The videos showed were entertaining yet very informative giving a glimpse into life on campus. We captured a few photos during this time.
In the afternoon incoming students headed to the Med Center to start the process of being cleared for internships. This meant they needed to get their fingerprints taken. A few of them stopped along the way to pose with Brutus!
It was time to escape this evening to a Museum Heist and Island Escape. The group escaping the Island was able to escape with 53 seconds to spare. Here is the Museum Heist group.
After focusing on our Facebook page for outreach the past few years, we are going to be turning back to this platform for updates and goings-on for the OSU TOPS Program.
A few updates since our last post in February 2016:
- On May 3rd, the program graduated three students – Natalie, Jamie, and Megan – all of whom have paid community employment! We are so proud of our graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
- On April 27th, TOPS students and staff collaborated with the Van Buren Shelter on the bi-annual TOPS Day of Service to help prepare their Garden of Hope for the season. Students assisted with mulching, weeding, and planting of fruit bushes. Their hard work was rewarded with a delicious visit to North Market!
- In June, the TOPS program will be welcoming 13 students to campus for the annual Campus Orientation and Transition Assessment (COTA) program. Ten of the young men and women are incoming TOPS students and the program will be their first taste at campus life!
This month we are spotlighting Jack. Jack is a second year student in the TOPS program. His original career focus was childcare but he is now revisiting that for a new career path to be determined.
Jack currently works at the Schoenbaum Family Center as a classroom assistant. He has a natural knack for engaging with the students. He will be missed when he starts his new internship in the Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Center.
Jack is taking Crossing Boundaries: A Journey towards Intercultural Leadership and Identity Development this semester. Although this is not his favorite course he has taken at OSU, he believes it will be a great course for students who want to challenge their leadership abilities and better understand their disability as it relates to their identity.
Jack is taking full advantage of the resources at OSU. He has been very active with the social program, participating in the basketball game watch at BW3’s, attending the Americans with Disabilities Act Seminar with OSU senior leadership and of course attending the movies. Jack even got up really early on his day off to volunteer his time during OSU’s MLK Day of Service.
The Multiple Perspectives Conference is an ongoing exploration of disability, a conversation including many voices and reflecting perspectives gained through experience and research; theory and practice; arts and sciences.
I am very excited to announce that Think College will join Multiple Perspectives this year, featuring faculty, staff and students from the TOPS Program. Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability.
I would like to highlight 2 sessions in particular:
- Michael Kranak, LEND Trainee, will present in the session titled “Using Technology Supports to Enhance Employment Outcomes for Postsecondary Students.” The session will discuss how technological supports, such as video prompts, models and apps, can enhance and lead to better postsecondary employment outcomes for students with IDD.
- Dr. Diana Clouse, Interim Director of University of Cincinnati’s Transition and Access Program (TAP), will present a session titled “Supporting Social Competence and Dignity of Risk with Adults with Intellectual Disability in Post-Secondary Education.” The session will discuss the components of TAP, the successes and challenges involved in supporting social competence in a postsecondary education (PSE) residential setting, and potential evidence-based tools that can be utilized by other PSE programs.
The Multiple Perspectives Conference will take place from April 13th to April 14th at the OSU Blackwell Inn & Pfahl Conference Center. The Think College track will take place on the first day (4/13), and there is a $60 single-day attendance fee for non-OSU persons, including lunch! I strongly encourage you to consider attending this very exciting opportunity, and perhaps invite a friend or two.
For more information, please see the attached flyer: Think College at OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference – April 13 2016
February is already upon us! I have for you both a tip and an exciting update.
Social Activities and RSVP
Many social activities require you to make transportation arrangements; a very important thing to remember is to make these arrangements BEFORE the event. If you need help planning a bus route or others please let us know. Our social coaches are often willing to support your transportation needs. This is especially important for the upcoming events to go Bowling on the 20th and to the Capital Area Humane Society on the 27th.
RVSP, what does it mean? A RSVP is a request for a reply. When you get an invitation to an event or an email with a question you most likely need to respond somehow. Often our staff will required a response in an email or you may need to RSVP to a social event. It is important to respond even if you are saying “No, I can’t attend.” This helps with planning.
TOPS Students Sharing Their Experiences
On January 26th, two TOPS students, Megan and Shane, met with Dr. James Minor, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs in the Office of Postsecondary Education. Dr. Minor wanted to meet with students directly impacted by grants from the Office of Postsecondary Edcuation. Megan and Shane were able to speak to their experiences in the TOPS program and the benefits of the program on their futures. It was a great experience for them!