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June 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

Sociology Alum Publishes Book, Has Movie in Production

A Ohio University alum Mary Kay Slesinger Rich ’58, ’62M authored a new book on You’re It: How to enjoy a successful life through creative attitudes. She also has a movie in production, My Dream Beside Me.

She earned a bachelor’s in Sociology from the College of Arts &  Sciences at Ohio University, followed by an M.A. in Social Work.

“Mary Kay Slesinger Rich hopes to inspire the reader to review his or her life, and take the steps necessary to invigorate the life that he or she is living. The author shares a lifetime of experience, and many valid tips that go against the norm; such as ‘forgoing popularity, and realizing it is not nearly as empowering as loving yourself.’ Much of this insight will impact many of readers’ life decisions for the better,” according to a news release in the Business Journals.

“My hope is that readers will take away a new sense of self awareness of how and why to honor the gift of your life; to treat life as a constant opportunity for growth,” states the author. “I hope they receive an intention to take each experience and use it as an opportunity to be more, not less.”

Mary Kay Slesinger Rich holds a B.A. Degree in social work and my M.A. Degree in human relations and psychology from Ohio University. She has been an educator and professional scout director, but predominantly a realtor in Ohio. Mary Kay owned her company for forty-eight years as one of the earliest women realtors. The author has had three wonderful husbands, and has been widowed three times. She is currently blessed with three wonderful children and eight grandchildren. Her recent career is filmmaker and actress for her movie, which is in production, entitled My Dream Beside Me.

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corp., is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Salem Communications is the country’s leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet and magazine publishing. Retailers may order You’re It through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through, and

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