Alumni Spotlight: Eleanor (Ellie) Yeager Gilmore '72

By Erika Nisbet, Student Writer for Office of Communications

Ellie Gilmore on a cruiseEleanor (Ellie) Yeager Gilmore began her journey at Miami University Regionals' Middletown campus in January of 1970. As a first generation college student, Ellie believes that, if not for MUM, she would not have been able to go to college.

When talking about the impact the Middletown campus had on her life, tears began to form in Ellie's eyes. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom, and her father first worked at Armco, then as a firefighter for twelve years, before eventually retiring from Monsanto in Miamisburg. When Ellie decided she wanted to attend college, her father refused to fill out the financial aid work, but that did not stop her. Ellie persevered and ended up receiving the Ellie Murstein Scholarship worth $300 (valued at roughly $1894 today).

While at Miami Middletown, Ellie loaded up on classes, taking 21 to 23 credit hours each term along with classes each summer. She was an active member of the Beta Sigma Tau Sorority and on the Communications Board.

Ellie felt that her time at the Middletown campus, was an experience that has had a lifelong impact on her life. She believes the professors and staff members are the ones that made all the difference. Ellie said, "I felt that they were the campus. The relationships I had with them, their remarkable knowledge, their teaching, their compassion: that was what made the difference." Among those professors that made a difference to Ellie were Harold Nadel (English), Dr. David Bergstrom (Science), John Schuller (Spanish), Dr. Adolph Greenberg (Anthropology), and Dr. Elizabeth Krukowski (English). Those and many others challenged Ellie to think critically, to think "outside the box," and test herself.

Ellie Gilmore HeadshotAfter earning her bachelor's degree in English in August 1972 from the Middletown campus, Ellie started to pursue her Master's in English and even took some graduate classes at Miami Middletown. She received her master's degree in December 1973 from Miami University. During her graduate studies, Ellie achieved what she believes to be one of her greatest accomplishments. Thanks to the her mother and (local attorney and MU Board of Trustees member) Mary Lord persistent advocation, she became the first person from MUM to become a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Sorority in Oxford.

Ellie had a distinguished thirty-five year career in education. She taught high school English, adult education, GED courses, tutored ESL students, and was an adjunct professor at MUM. Currently retired from teaching, Ellie works at BookFactory, a Dayton company owned by her husband (Andrew), that specializes in printing laboratory books and log books, as well as elementary school materials for an international consumer base.

Ellie Girlmore sitting on a merry-go-round in the park

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ellie is an accomplished writer and embroiderer, and an involved alumna. She has written an award winning grammar book, Desktop Grammarian, and has co-written two pieces of fiction with Dr. Robert Rhode, Maggie Quick and Flyways. She has also won many awards for her embroidery. She has stayed connected to her alma mater campus over the years, most recently as a member of the 50th Anniversary Committee.

Ellie concluded that if she could give advice to incoming students it would be this: "Miami Regionals offer a quality education with diverse classmates. I learned from my classmates as well as from my professors and instructors. One advantage of coming here is that you have people who bring more life experiences than students would bring to a traditional campus. My classmates included Vietnam soldiers returning from duty as well as teachers who were working on a four-year degree to meet the changing curriculum."

Contact Us
Oxford
E-Campus
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
  • Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • E-Campus

    E-Campus at Miami Regionals

    Miami University Regionals' online programs are designed to offer students the richness of a premier education and the flexibility of learning at the location of their choice. Whether you are interested in a single course or an entire degree, we have a path to success for you.

    ECAMPUS Facebook ECAMPUS Twitter ECAMPUS YouTubeI am Miami

    Offices

    Hamilton: 559 Mosler Hall 
    Middletown: 101 Thesken Hall 
    Elearning@MiamiOH.edu 
    513-217-4003

  • West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu

    MiamiOH.edu/regionals

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/regionals/emergency

    Directions

  • Middletown

    Miami University Middletown Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Miami University Middletown Campus
    4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042

    Greentree Health Science Academy
    5757 Innovation Drive
    Middletown, Ohio 45005

    MiamiOH.edu/regionals

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/regionals/emergency

    Directions

  • Hamilton

    Miami University Hamilton Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011

    MiamiOH.edu/regionals

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/regionals/emergency

    Directions