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Alumni & Friends News

Oct 15
The Bobcat Store provides quality products through local and alumni partnerships
As the Ohio University Alumni Association’s online shop, it is The Bobcat Store’s mission to provide topnotch OHIO gear for past, present and future Bobcats—a goal shared by its team members and partners.

Introducing ohiowomen, powered by Women in Philanthropy
University Advancement is launching ohiowomen, an initiative designed to inform and engage all women of Ohio University – students, alumnae, faculty and friends. Grown out of the Women in Philanthropy (WIP) program, ohiowomen will provide access to news and information, events and other opportunities to become involved with and support OHIO’s students, faculty and programs.

Oct 14
OHIO alumnus inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
After more than half a century in professional baseball, Ohio University alumnus Murray Cook was honored this past June when he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

Headline: 2014 Homecoming Slideshow
Ohio University’s 92nd Homecoming celebration was a “Bobcat Family Reunion.” Watch highlights from the week's events...

Oct 13
Students, alumni celebrate Homecoming 2014 [PHOTOS]
Students, alumni celebrate Homecoming 2014

Awards gala honors distinguished OHIO alumni and friends
This year’s annual Alumni Awards Gala honored 15 individuals who have made a significant impact on Ohio University, whether by their own professional accomplishments, service to the university—or both.

Oct 9
OHIO alumnus establishes scholarship to honor HS math teacher
In December 2013, alumnus Randall Grossman established the Robert Rudroff Memorial Honors Tutorial College Scholarship to honor the memory of his beloved teacher and mentor who died unexpectedly. The scholarship is part of the OHIO Match program.

Paint the Town Green 2014 winners announced
Local businesses and OHIO offices showed off their Bobcat pride by competing for best Paint the Town Green Homecoming decorations while raising food and funds for the Athens Food Pantry.

Oct 5
Bobcat mascot is focus of Homecoming Selfie Project
The 1990 version of the Ohio University Bobcat mascot will be made into a life-size cardboard cutout as a part of the upcoming Homecoming Selfie Project.

Oct 1
Passing down the Pawprint: Legacy Scholarship offers awards to children of alumni
For Legacy Scholars, attending Ohio University is a family affair. OHIO boasts high ratings of families who pass along their green and white pride to their posterity. To honor these legacies, the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) established the Legacy Program. The program offers special events and provides scholarships, access and discounts for legacies.

Sep 30
Homecoming 2014 is a Bobcat Family Reunion
Ohio University’s 92nd Homecoming celebration is sure to make Bobcats feel right at home, with family reunion-themed events, décor and entertainment all week long. This year’s theme “Bobcat Family Reunion” echoes a familiar OHIO sentiment, once you return to Athens; it feels like you never left.

Sep 29
Induction of new Emeriti Association members
Thirty-two members of the OHIO community were granted emeritus or emerita status by the Ohio University Board of Trustees at its June meeting, and 13 of these attended the Emeriti Association’s September 18 meeting for the formal induction program.

Lancaster Campus Imagine Your Possibilities Series: Lancaster Economic Development Director R. Michael Pettit
R. Michael Pettit took the road less traveled when he graduated from Sheridan High School in Somerset in 1974.  He didn’t go straight to college, he signed up for the U.S. Marine Corps. After his service, Pettit got married, started a family and then started taking classes at Ohio University Lancaster.  It’s funny how life works sometimes because Pettit’s trip down the road less traveled led him to a career where a road was named after him.

Sep 25
Alumni in federal government gather at Washington D.C. event to honor outstanding service to the U.S.
Ohio University alumni gathered at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. September 18 to reconnect with each other and OU officials and to honor one of their own for outstanding service to the nation.<br /><br />The annual Federal Government Alumni Luncheon brings together Bobcats who hold positions serving the U.S. government. The event, which is in its third year, includes the presentation of the Outstanding Federal Government Alumni Award. This year’s honor went to 1990 alumna Lt. Col. Gretchen Dietrich.<br />

Sep 24
Ohio University Eastern grad receives fellowship at Purdue University
Ohio University Eastern graduate Wes Bishop has started PhD studies in American history at Purdue University on a Ross Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship.

Sep 22
The Ohio University Foundation 1804 Fund awards 2014 recipients
This year, the Grants and Funding Committee of The Ohio University Foundation has awarded $359,415 from the 1804 Fund to invest in 6 new graduate/faculty research initiatives and 12 undergraduate learning proposals.

Sep 19
Alumni honor father and distinguished professor with gift to OHIO
Dwight “Chip” and Carol Mutchler, who both graduated in 1958 with degrees in economics and fine arts, respectively, have donated his parents’ former home to Ohio University through the Ohio University Foundation in honor of Chip Mutchler’s late father.

Sep 17
Sook family lays groundwork for new academic center
Ohio University announced today a fundraising campaign for a new state-of-the-art academic center, which will be located in the north end zone of Peden Stadium. The Ohio University Foundation received a lead gift commitment of $2.25 million from Perry and Sandy Sook in support of this project.

Sep 12
Fall into Bobcat Fashion with the Bobcat Store
Fall into Bobcat Fashion with the Bobcat Store

New scholarship established by three Athens native siblings
A love of learning and a childhood spent engaging with the culture and diversity of Athens, Ohio, were the most important gifts the parents of Brent and Chip Howard and Rebecca Spainhoward gave to them. To honor their parents for this fulfilling childhood, the siblings established The Lowell B. and Jeanetta T. Howard Memorial Scholarship at Ohio University.

Sep 9
Students say 'Thank You' for Walter Fieldhouse donor support
Student representatives from Intercollegiate Athletics, Campus Recreation, Academics, Army ROTC and others gathered to say “Thank You” to donors during the dedication of Walter Fieldhouse on Aug. 25.

Sep 4
Greenfield Memorial scheduled for September 21
As the Greenfield family awaits confirmation from the Arlington National Cemetery for a formal burial date with full honors, they have organized a memorial tribute to Arlene Greenfield’s life and legacy on Sunday Sept. 21, 2014—a date that would have been her 65th birthday.

Sep 2
Limited edition Koller “Winter at Ohio University” prints now available
Koller’s tribute to Appalachia and her honorary alma mater Ohio University takes form in “Winter at Ohio University,” the second installment in a four-part series, with each painting depicting a season on the College Green. Limited edition prints of the work are now available to the public for purchase at The Bobcat Store. All proceeds from the sales will support the Appalachian Scholars program, a merit and need-based scholarship program for graduates of Appalachian Ohio high schools.

Aug 28
University community stunned by death of energetic, philanthropic alumna
Retired Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield died suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia at the age of 64. The 1971 graduate of The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education was known for her robust leadership presence, generosity and vivacious personality. She was a woman with high expectations and was always quick to recognize the work of others.

Aug 27
Annual Giving to host “Thank You” event for faculty and staff
All Ohio University faculty and staff are invited to stop by the Honors Collegium on the Baker University Center fourth floor on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a Faculty/Staff Appreciation Event hosted by the Office of Annual Giving. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

Ebony Bobcats celebrate “Trailblazers,” give to Urban Scholars
Philanthropic Ohio University black alumni gathered in Cleveland, Ohio, for the Ebony Bobcat Network’s (EBN) 4th Annual Alumni Weekend from Aug. 14-17 to reconnect, raise funds in support of OHIO’s Urban Scholars Scholarship and recognize those among them who have paved the way for their fellow Bobcats.

Aug 26
Alum joins Columbus law firm Bricker & Eckler
Ohio University alum Aaron Bruggeman '08 has joined Bricker & Eckler LLP as an attorney on the firm's Shale, Oil & Gas team, according to a news release from the Columbus-based law firm.

Political science alum appointed to Muskingum County Court of Common Pleas
Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, on Aug. 8 announced the appointment of Ohio University alum Judge Eric D. Martin of Zanesville to serve as a judge on the Muskingum County Court of Common Pleas, Probate in the Juvenile Division.

Retired colonel, math alum helped Keep Fort Gordon open
U.S. Army Retired Col. Thom E. Tuckey '72, an Ohio University alum and former Garrison Commander at Fort Gordon, gives the keynote speech for the CSRA Home Connections Networking Breakfast and Success Seminar on Aug. 13.

Alum's search firm Is 'King of the Hill' in higher ed
When it comes to filling the highest posts of higher education, Bill Funk is the reigning king of the hill.

Physics Alum Is a Digital Alchemist Transforming Matter
Ohio University alum and condensed matter physicist Serge Nakhmanson '01PhD, a self-described "digital alchemist," returned recently to his alma mater as a guest colloquium speaker.

Alum and lawyer is Ohio University's new pre-law adviser
Ohio University alum Larry Hayman '03 is the Center for Law Juctice & Culture's new pre-law adviser.

Alum Alison Stine dreamed her story a long time ago
Alison Stine dreamed the story on a train ride a long time ago. At the Harper Voyager offices in England, the publishers must have been doing a little dreaming, too. Wondering what would happen if they bypassed all the agents hawking this author and that one—and went on a talent search across three continents to discover some new authors.

Aug 25
Students, alumni, faculty and staff gather to dedicate Walter Fieldhouse on OHIO’s Athens Campus
Hundreds of students, alumni and donors, faculty and staff gathered on Walter Fieldhouse’s full-sized football field to dedicate the 89,000 square-foot facility. Cutting the ribbon were lead donors Robert D. and Margaret “Peggy” M. Walter, and Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis.

Aug 22
Eglie gift to enhance patient advocacy programming
Herbert Eglie, former food service director for 32 years at Aramark (formerly ARA Services), has committed $1 million to The Ohio University Foundation to establish the Herbert E. Eglie Patient Advocacy Fund, which will enable the College of Health Sciences and Professions to devote more time and resources to train their health care students to be devoted patient advocates.

Aug 8
Alumnus inspired to support Schey Centre legacy
The Scott Durcanin Sales Centre Endowed Scholarship Fund will benefit students accepted into the Schey Sales Centre Sales Certificate program in the College of Business.

Aug 6
Honorary alumna unveils newest painting in OHIO series
A new painting by Betsy Ross Koller titled “Winter at Ohio University” was unveiled at an intimate gathering in the President’s Dining Room on July 14.

Aug 5
AEP teams continues partnership with Voinovich School to promote healthier watersheds in southeast Ohio
The American Electric Power Foundation (AEP) has continued its dedication to healthier watersheds in southeast Ohio through a new gift to the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.

Aug 4
Physics alum, professor explore optical constraints of semiconductor zinc oxide for first time
"Recently, an extraordinary effort has been directed toward group II–VI semiconductors such as zinc oxide (ZnO) material ... because of its potential applications in the fields of electronic and optoelectronics," including solar cells and renewable energy storage, write an Ohio University alum and Physics & Astronomy professor who co-authored an Applied Surface Science journal article on "Multiple oscillator models for the optical constants of polycrystalline zinc oxide thin films over a wide wavelength range."

'Morgan are you there? The monkeys are here'
"Morgan, Morgan, Morgan — are you there?" My radio's staticky transmission cuts the serenity of the forest like a buzzsaw, startling me out of a meditative hike as I search for my troop. It's been around seven hours since I set out, and fatigue is starting to wear on me in a holistic kind of way: in my muscles, in my mind. "Yes, I'm here," I respond.

Jul 30
Ebony Bobcat Network’s alumni weekend to take place Aug. 14-17
The Annual Alumni Weekend and Meeting hosted by Ohio University’s Ebony Bobcat Network (EBN) will take place Aug. 14-17 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Mayfield Village, Ohio. This year’s weekend marks the 4th anniversary of this special event and includes activities for students, faculty, alumni and friends.

Your summer 2014 issue of Ohio Today Online is now available
The summer 2014 issue of Ohio Today Online is now available.

Jul 28
The summer 2014 issue of Ohio Today Online is now available
In this issue, read about Patton College alumnus Joel Greenlee, whose master’s degree in coaching education through the college’s Department of Recreation.

Martins Ferry attorney Keith A. Sommer receives Austin C. Furbee Award
The Eastern Ohio Alumni Chapter of Ohio University has named Keith A. Sommer as the 2014 Austin C. Furbee Award honoree, in recognition of his dedication and contribution to Ohio University and the community.

Jul 25
Remembering Warren H. Reininga
Ohio University's College of Business, community, and friends mourn the passing of Warren H. Reininga, former chair and faculty member.

Jul 24
Engineering alumnus and wife establish scholarship fund for Russ College students
Entrepreneur and engineering alumnus David Pidwell, BSEE ’69, MSISE ’70, and his wife, Tina, have committed $300,000 to establish the David and Tina Pidwell Russ Vision Scholarship Fund for students of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology  at Ohio University.

Jul 23
1804 Society sponsors Walk with a Doc
Ohio University’s 1804 Society is hosting Walk with a Doc on August 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the Athens City Pool Pavilion on East State Street.

Jul 22
Alumni survey project underway
Ohio University's Office of Institutional Research is conducting an online survey of alumni who graduated fall 2012 to summer 2013 or earned undergraduate degrees in summer 2007 to spring 2009 in order to gain a better understanding about job placement, average salary, graduate school attendance, satisfaction and more.

Jul 18
An Intentional Tourist - an interview with Frederick Schwartzman
Ohio University’s first foreign-exchange student to post-World War II Germany: Frederick Schwartzman, 1954/1955.

Jul 11
Emeriti continually offer significant service to Ohio University
The Ohio University Emeriti Association is a non-profit association consisting of faculty and administrative presidential appointees who have completed a period of meritorious service to the University, and have been awarded Emeritus or Emerita status by the Ohio University Board of Trustees.