Mom Celebrates With New Degree
Date: June 9, 2000
By: Michele Howard
Photo by: Colleen Kelley
Archive: General News
"Get all the education you can possibly get. Never stop. Learn everything you can." This
is the advice of Beverly Mohat, and words she lives by. At the age of 47, Mohat, a member of UC's Class of 2000, will be
receiving her master's in English. Already she has obtained two bachelor's degrees: one in comprehensive bible from Cedarville College with a minor in music and another in English from UC.
"I went to Cedarville in the late 70's right out of high
school," said Mohat. Later, she wanted to continue her
education. "My family knew I was interested in books and stuff.
They thought going back to school would get it out of my
system-but it's only made it worse."
Her initial decision to
return to school was not well received. "I got some flack," she
admits. Her family worried it would cut into their time with her.
"My pastor thought I would lose my faith-but it got stronger."
Mohat is happy to say everyone is proud of her now."I hadn't
planned on getting a master's," explained Mohat, "it just worked
out that way. I've done well. I didn't want to stop."
HARDLY. Next, Mohat plans to apply for an
interdisciplinary PhD in English and drama at CCM. She is
interested in dramaturgy. "Basically, a dramaturg is a person who
advises a play director and helps the director get the
interpretation of a play that he wants... while keeping with the
A dramaturg also offers an objective viewpoint.
"Directors are often too close to the play. I can offer
suggestions such as, 'This person needs to be in this light.' I'm
like the second pair of eyes."
So what else does Mohat do?
"Everything! I raise and breed cockatiels. We hand tame them and
then sell to breeders and individuals."
Quite an accomplishment
considering she is also the proud owner of five cats. "I've only
lost one cockatiel to my cats because she got loose. My cats know
they are in big trouble if they even look at the bird cage." And
if they forget, Mohat keeps a water bottle handy.
enjoys growing and drying a variety of kitchen herbs, such as
sage. In addition, "I make my own jam and jelly in the summer...
and I bottle honey and sell it to friends and family. We also
sell the honey at Miller's fruit and vegetable market on
Galbraith. My husband, Bob, is a silk screen printer by trade,
and a licensed beekeeper."
The Mohats have five hives in their
backyard. "They have really good honey, we just have to convince
the bees to give it to us. Bob collects (the honeycombs), then he
brings them into the house and we start extracting."
plays the trumpet to accompany hymns at Madeira Baptist. In
addition, she and her daughter, Mandy, sing in ensembles, duets
and solos at church. "I can sing high soprano, high tenor, alto,
bass up and octave and second soprano. I love to sing. It's
Mandy will be a junior at Landmark Christian next
fall. "She was inducted into the National Honor Society this year
which tickles me to death! The Lord has blessed!"
Phil, is a part-time sophomore at UC. "He started in DAAP, but
now he's in English. They occasionally bump into each other.
"It's kind of weird. Sometimes I hear the professors talking in
the hall and they'll mention his name. He is doing well in his
classes... and he better."
In addition, Mohat handles two
part-time jobs. "I work at the credit center for Federated
Department stores" and at LaRosa's in Kenwood on weekends.
year, Mohat had the opportunity to teach freshman composition. "I
really enjoyed it. I probably learned more from my students than
they learned from me. They offered fresh insight on things I was
very familiar with."
With all these jobs, activities, hobbies
and a family, when does Mohat find time to study?
until 2:00 or 2:30 in the morning. I knew I had to get it done,
and well, I just did it."
She did do it. In the process, Mohat
has accrued many fond memories. In particular, three teachers
stand out: her main advisor, Jon Kamholtz, Amy Elder and her CCM
advisor, Michael Burnham. "Kamholtz is the best teacher I've ever
met in all my college experience. He tells me what I need to
hear, even when I don't want to hear it." (Elder) and I have
become friends-she also has a teenage daughter. She's very wise."
Burnham helped get her on dramatic productions. "For the first, I
was an apprentice, then for the rest, I was a
"Their classes have always been mentally
challenging. They made me think and work hard. It was an absolute
joy being in their classes and adding to my store of
"The Lord has blessed. I said that before. He gave
me talents and abilities to do what I do. It's been hard, but
it's been good. I've cried a lot, but it's been good."