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Michael Whitely, right, of ...
Michael Whitely, right, of Painesville, wrestles with his trainer Jeff Streu at John Carroll University.
A retired Ashtabula County sheriff's deputy, Whitely, 50, is preparing to go to the World Police and Fire Games next month in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
You might think that a college wrestling room is an unlikely place to conduct a study on multiple intelligence learning theory in middle adulthood.
But it's proven to be an ideal setting for Painesville resident Michael Whitely
, who happens to be the focus of an MI learning theory study being conducted by Kent State University researchers.
For about the past six months, Whitely
has worked out a few nights every week with the wrestling team at John Carroll University
in University Heights.
During those workouts, he's
observed by his
personal wrestling coach and a neurologist, who are helping to record Whitely's
ability to reconnect neural pathways in his
brain that have gone dormant during his
In addition to the case study, the workouts are preparing Whitely
, 50, to wrestle next week in the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
"It's been a real hard road," Whitely said as he reflected on the wrestling practices and other physical conditioning he's done for the past six months, in addition to serving as an adjunct college professor for two Northeast Ohio colleges.
For Whitely, the road to enlisting in a three-year study on MI learning theory in middle adulthood began at Kent State, where he serves as an adjunct professor in educational psychology.
"About a year, year and a half ago I was talking to some colleagues who were working with me for a young adulthood video that was put together regarding my intelligences in my earlier life and so it was just a thought, let's relook at this and look how things change through the life course," he
"Let's now look at middle adulthood and see where your abilities may have changed, especially because you haven't utilized a good number of them for some time."
Whitely, who holds a doctorate degree in educational psychology, is the only person being analyzed for this particular case study.
"I always looked at it as I was a convenient sample," said Whitely, who also is an adjunct professor of educational psychology for ITT Technical Institute at three of its Northeast Ohio campuses.
said researchers also thought he
'd be a good study subject because of his
"eclectic" background and the fact he recorded careful observations about his
early life for the MI learning theory case study for young adulthood.
Back to the mat
Over the next three years, Whitely
will be tested in the nine different intelligences that make up the human brain, according to the multiple intelligence learning theory.
Those include areas such as logical-mathematical, verbal-linguistic and visual-spatial.
But right now, researchers are evaluating the 50-year-old for bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, and that's where wrestling comes in.
Whitely wrestled for Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, where he graduated in 1981.
After entering law enforcement in the mid-1980s, Whitely
eventually returned to the mat.
Representing the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office, where he worked as a deputy, Whitely won gold medals in the Ohio Police Olympics in 1990 and 1991.
To monitor his mental reconnections during wrestling practices, Whitely reached out to Dr. Dariush Saghafi, a Parma-based neurologist who is also assistant wrestling coach at John Carroll.
Along with compiling observations for the bodily-kinesthetic part of the study, Whitely
is using the practice sessions to sharpen his
skills for when he
competes in the 97 kg (or about 213 pounds) weight class for Greco Roman and freestyle wrestling at the World Police and Fire Games on Aug. 6 and 7.
Whitely, who retired from the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office in January to cap a 27- year law enforcement career, also will compete in some track and field events in Belfast.
"But my focus in on the wrestling," he
About the IMPROVE Program Designer/Director Michael J. Whitely, Ph.D.
With a passion for reducing violence, Michael Whitely found himself working as an undercover narcotics agent fresh out of the police academy.
passion soon led to an appointment as 'violence prevention' community outreach officer for the Ashtabula County Sheriffs Department
But it wasn't until a gun accident took the life of a local six-year old student that Officer Whitely wholeheartedly embraced his passion.
Following the gun fatality, Whitely
initiated a program to melt down unwanted and criminal weapons as part of the non-profit organization IMI he
co-founded years before.
The meltdowns were coupled with violence prevention dialogue sessions.
The name given the program was IMPROVE
(International Model of Partnerships for the Reduction Of Violence through Education).
The program's objective was to empower students, educators, police and other community leaders to actively engage in violence prevention dialogue while creating 'peace monuments' made from the 'criminal' scrap metal.
became an international initiative following the terrorist events of 2001 when Whitely
(also a former fireman) and other search and rescue workers at Ground Zero discussed life beyond 9-11.
Whitely's references to IMI
's local violence prevention work triggered emotional responses calling for IMI
to also engage American allies.
and his IMI
colleagues attempted this undertaking overseas by contacting police agencies throughout Europe.
Despite many roadblocks, Whitely received commitments from national leaders in six countries who agreed to meet with his
American delegations, address international issues of violence, and melt down their illegal firearms as symbolic "peace monuments" for the American initiative.
The success of these six international gatherings would later prompt the president of Interpol
to encourage its 182-member countries to join IMPROVE
has grown to include dialogue sessions with judges, prosecuting attorney's, law enforcement personnel (at the local, state, and federal level) and a host of other violence prevention specialists.
The program recently received the National Community-Based Organization Of the Year Award
from the National Society for Experiential Education
continues to direct the program and is now preparing to bring IMPROVE
to the continent of Africa.
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Bethlehem Town Board names Michael Whitely detective (Albany County, Bethlehem, New Scotland, Voorheesville)09/02/09
Bethlehem middle schoolers will see a new face on campus next week as the town has promoted Michael Whitely to replace Bruce Oliver, who retired earlier this summer, as the school's newest resource officer.
6th Grade Program
IMPROVE Program Designer/Director: Dr. Michael J. Whitely
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From left are Anthony Reyes, 10, Brianna Knapp, 12, Michael Whitely, Ashtabula Counnty Sheriff's Department; Dana Warsing, 5, Carol Carraher, teacher; Carol Prill, teacher; Montana LaRusch, 10, and Kylee Kaplan.
...Dr. Michael Whitely, deputy sheriff of the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department and a professor at Kent State University Geauga Campus, heard the school had collected the supplies and took the donation down south, Carraher said.
has been coordinating weekly trips since early September, taking volunteers from the area down south to help, she
was on a search and rescue mission in New Orleans and then asked to coordinate volunteer efforts, he
It was Whitely
who told Carraher hangers were needed for all the clothing that has been donated, Carraher said.
Donated clothing was just laying around in parking lots because there were no hangers to properly hang the items, Whitely
said.The clothing was getting ruined.
Not only did the hanger collection drive come from what Whitely saw, but his
idea to take mobile homes and convert them into large closets.
"I was the one who proposed the idea of using mobile homes to FEMA
(Federal Emergency Management Agency)," Whitely