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May 11, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Happy Beginnings | Lynsey Beros and Austin Warehime Earn Graduate Degrees in Nashville

Austin Warehime and Lynsey Beros, portrait with Nashville skyline

Austin Warehime and Lynsey Beros

Editor’s Note: The Happy Beginnings series features recent College of Arts & Sciences graduates who are getting started in careers, graduate school and service.

These are exciting times for Lynsey Beros and Austin Warehime.

The two accomplished Ohio University alumni are slated to earn their terminal degrees in May in Nashville, Tenn. Beros will be awarded a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Belmont University. Not to be outdone, Warehime will graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from Belmont College of Law.

Moreover, celebrating the accomplishment of meeting their academic goals is only part of the story. Their journey together began in 2009 at Buckeye Trail High School and continued at Ohio University Eastern, where they both graduated with honors. Warehime earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in fall 2016 from the College of Arts & Sciences at OHIO, and Beros graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Exercise Physiology in the spring of 2017 from the College of Health Science and Professions.

They matriculated together to Belmont University, achieved all of their academic goals, and most recently, announced their wedding engagement to family and friends.

“We are so thankful for how our lives together have progressed, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate our graduations, while planning our upcoming wedding at the same time,” they said.

Warehime Excels in Law School

While in graduate school, both enjoyed great success. Warehime was elected as the student representative for his class, made the dean’s list each semester, and will graduate in the top 10 percent of his class. He was also a member of the Belmont Law Review, where he served as the executive submissions and transcript editor.

Most recently, Warehime became a published scholarly author when his research work, Death by Crosspollination: The Uncontrollable Natural Occurrence that Could Kill Organic Farming and the Legal Solutions to Save an Industry, was chosen for publication in the Belmont Law Review. Additionally, his paper won the Jon E. Hastings Environmental Law Memorial Award Writing Competition, which is sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association.

Beros Completes Fieldwork at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital

Beros was also selected by her peers to be a representative of the Belmont occupational therapy Class of 2020, became a member and Community Service Chair of the Belmont Student Occupational Therapy Association, and was a member of the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Beros also achieved great academic achievements during her occupational therapy education. She and five classmates had their research poster, Incidence and Relationship between Tactile Sensitivity & Self-Regulation in Six- to Eight-Year-Old Children, accepted to present at the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo.

After two years of didactic coursework, she completed her 12-week, level 2, fieldwork experiences at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, working in inpatient rehabilitation and with Metro Nashville Public Schools. Most recently, Beros completed her Doctoral Capstone project by providing an occupational therapy perspective to Nurses for Newborns, a nonprofit organization that provides in-home nursing services to at-risk infants and their families in middle Tennessee.

Warehime Thanks Professors Castle, June

The couple credits much of their academic success to the skills they obtained during their time at Ohio University Eastern. Warehime stated that all of his professors at the Eastern Campus pushed him and sharpened the reading and writing skills he needed to succeed in law school. Specifically, he cited his academic adviser, recently retired Assistant Professor of History Dr. David Castle.

“Dr. Castle pushed me further than any professor. He ran his class similar to a law school classroom. We had readings for every class, then he would call on us to discuss what we read. This is exactly what was required of me in law school. He helped develop the skills I needed to read dense and challenging material, and then discuss what I read in an intellectually challenging way,” he said.

As for Warehime’s interest in agriculture and environmental law, he credits Associate Professor of English Dr. Pamela June. He recalls his interest coming from his first-year writing class at OHIO Eastern when June used the documentary Food Inc. in one of her lessons about persuasive writing and rhetoric. “The documentary discusses the effects that genetically modified crops have on farmers and farming communities, which became the backbone of my research during law school.”

Beros Thanks Professors Galbreath, Waters

Beros also asserts that Ohio University Eastern played a prominent role in her graduate school success.

“The Eastern Campus provided me with an excellent undergraduate education,” she said. “Plus, with the help of scholarships and grants, I was able to graduate debt-free and continue my education at Belmont University.”

As an exercise physiology major, Beros gives great credit to Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology Dr. Robert Galbreath, and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Mark Waters. “These professors, along with others, helped to shape me into a successful student. Their high expectations and academic support prepped me for success.”

Beros is also thankful for June and Associate Professor Emeritus of English Dr. Thomas Flynn.

“The writing and rhetoric courses taught by Dr. June and Dr. Flynn were exceptional,” she said. “I can actually remember writing about occupational therapy topics in both of those courses. In summary, it is evident to me that the faculty at the Eastern Campus are top-notch and determined to help students get the most out of their education. Personally, I know that I did.”

Outside of school, the couple enjoys being involved in the Nashville community. Beros and Warehime are both board members of the child-focused, philanthropic community foundation, The Tomorrow Fund.  Additionally, Warehime is a board member of the budding start-up Nashville Food Cooperative, which seeks to bring a locally-supplied, cooperatively-owned grocery store to Nashville.

They also enjoy running with their friends at Fleet Feet Nashville. With the training assistance of Fleet Feet, Austin qualified for the Boston Marathon by running 2:54:14 at the Indianapolis Marathon in November.

As for the future, Warehime looks forward to taking the bar exam in July and starting as an associate attorney at the Ortale Kelley Law Firm in downtown Nashville. Beros hopes to obtain a school-based, occupational therapy position and begin working with children of all abilities, to promote access to, and success in, their educational activities.

“Life is coming at us fast,” they said. “But, one thing is certain, wherever our journey takes us, we will always cherish our education and experiences at Ohio University Eastern. Our future together is bright, in large part, because of the strong foundation that was formed at the Eastern Campus. We could not be more thankful for OHIO Eastern.”

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