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Apr 17
Bobcat Caravans 2014
Bobcat Caravans 2014

Apr 14
A Night in Athens ... in Pittsburgh is May 7
There is still time to register for Ohio University Alumni Association’s (OUAA) “A Night in Athens … in Pittsburgh!” event, a chance for alumni to enjoy each other's company at their home away from Athens.

Apr 10
OUAA celebrates in April: Senior Week, OUr Day
Each year the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) teams with various organizations and campus units to celebrate “Senior Week,” a week filled with activities and events aimed at honoring OHIO’s upcoming Athens and regional campus graduates. Senior Week kicks off Monday, April 14 with members of the Student Alumni Board driving golf carts on the Athens Campus to offer t-shirts and other OHIO clothing to undergraduate seniors.

Apr 3
HCOM doc says his support for OHIO mirrors the generosity he sees in Southeast Ohio
Faculty member Dr. Jay Shubrook gives back to OHIO in myriad ways.

Giving back is automatic for Athletics staffer [VIDEO]
Alumna and Athletics employee Tricia Drummond says giving back is a simple decision for her. It's a way she "pays it forward" to honor the transformative education and experience she received from her OHIO education.

Mar 27
Unveiling Ohio University’s 2014 Homecoming theme and logo
In anticipation of next year’s Homecoming festivities – scheduled for Oct. 6-11, 2014 – students and alumni voted on their favorite theme, and “Bobcat Family Reunion” prevailed.

Giving back to OHIO: Vogel pays her experiences forward
As a fourth generation alumnae, Megan Vogel, holds a special place in her heart for OHIO. Vogel said the positive experiences she enjoyed as a student is the reason she chooses to “pay it forward” by giving to the Campus Life Fund.

Mar 25
SAVE THE DATE: A Night in Athens…in Pittsburgh!
Ohio University Alumni are invited to “A Night in Athens…in Pittsburgh” at the Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh on May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Mar 21
Gordon Gee to visit Ohio University as part of Quality & Value in Higher Education discussion
Dr. E. Gordon Gee will consult with education leaders and the business community at Ohio University’s Baker Center on Monday, March 31 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Baker Center Room 240 to develop recommendations for improving college retention and attainment. The visit is one of several Quality & Value in Higher Education sessions scheduled across the state.

Mar 20
Russ College alumna carries on pioneering tradition of women aviators
The presence of women on the flight deck has gotten a bit of recent national attention on social media, but Captain Connie J. Tobias, AAS '77, BGS '78 has made aircraft her professional home for nearly 40 years.

Emeriti Day previews how campus will look in five to 10 years
President Roderick McDavis will speak at the Emeriti Day Reception, being held April 3 at 10 a.m. in the Schoonover Center lobby regarding building and renovation plans that will change the campus’s appearance considerably.

Mar 17
OHIO Alumni Tom and Jan Hodson establish LGBT Support Fund
Tom and Jan Hodson created the Tom and Jan Hodson LGBT Support Fund to support LGBT students facing unexpected financial needs.

Physics: Ohio University alum and ‘digital alchemist,’ March 21
The Physics & Astronomy Colloquium Series presents Serge Nakhmanson of the University of Connecticut on “Computational Design of Multifunctional Complex-oxide Materials Across Length Scales” on Friday, March 21, at 4:10 p.m. in Walter 245.

Mar 14
Father establishes scholarship to honor alumna’s love of teaching and of Athens
Father establishes scholarship to honor alumna’s love of teaching and of Athens

Mar 13
The Promise Within 2014: Annual Faculty & Staff Campaign kicks off in support of OHIO
The Promise Within 2014: Annual Faculty & Staff Campaign kicks off in support of OHIO

4th Annual Ebony Bobcat Network event benefits OHIO's Urban Scholars
More than 100 Cleveland-area Ohio University alumni and friends attended an "Afternoon at the Theatre with EBN" in Cleveland Heights on Sunday, February 23.

Mar 10
Welcome to your Winter/Spring 2014 issue of Ohio Today Online
Is it possible to run a mile at 94 years old? Can a happy marriage last 64 years? Is there hope for all of us who can't sing? In this special issue of Ohio Today Online, our student and alumni writers asked a group of talented, unique alumni, “How’d you do that?”

Feb 27
Rock for Tots scholarship endowment continues event’s theme of assisting area youth
A local musical fund-raising endeavor is extending its impact in a manner that strikes a chord with area youth by utilizing higher education to open doors for prospective students. The Rock for Tots, Inc. OU-C Scholarship Endowment, housed within The Ohio University Foundation, will provide financial support for an incoming Ohio University-Chillicothe freshman student from the region who demonstrates financial need and academic aptitude.

Feb 26
Contemporary history: The Cross and the Sword, Feb. 27
The Contemporary History Institute welcomes one of its own, alumni Dr. Jeremy Hatfield, who will speak on Thursday, Feb. 27, in Baker 242 at 4:30 p.m. to open the Spring Semester Lecture Series.

Feb 24
Electrical engineering alumnus crosses the country to give back and re-energize Ohio industry
A Silicon Valley venture capitalist and distinguished electrical engineering graduate of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology recently visited campus for a week as part of his mission to revive industry in Ohio.

Russ Prize recipient details breakthrough technology behind LASIK  and its future as smart scalpel for skin
In a Stocker Lecture presented by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, 2013 Russ Prize recipient James J. Wynne discussed his contribution to the discovery of laser ablative photodecomposition, the technology behind LASIK and PRK vision correction surgeries, on Thursday at Baker University Center Theatre.

Feb 20
Scripps alumni support of innovation, ideas
Ohio University couple Andy Alexander and Beverly Jones, both seasoned professionals in the communications industry, believe one thing will always be constant: change. That’s why they recently committed to establishing three funds through their estate that will help OHIO’s Scripps College of Communication and The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs keep pace with the future of innovative thinking, projects and technology.

Alumni Association successful with A Dinner with 12 Strangers
Students gathered on February 9 to discuss their host’s past and the students’ future. A Dinner With 12 Strangers, a reoccurring event sponsored by the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA), is an opportunity for students to strengthen their ties with alumni, learn about the possibilities after their time at Ohio University, and network with these professionals to help make their transition into the “real world” a bit easier.

Feb 17
Alumnus supports OHIO's Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Program and continues a tradition of community service
The restaurant, hotel and tourism industry is one of today’s fastest growing industries. To keep pace with the demand for industry professionals, Ohio University alumnus Rennick Andreoli and his wife, Dee, established the Rennick A. and Dee Andreoli Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Scholarship and have also provided support funding for the Patton College of Education’s Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Program.

OHIO’s Impact: Power of Bobcat Nation reflected in alumni’s contributions to the University and the state
Ohio University’s recently released economic impact report illustrates that OHIO’s economic impact is strengthened by its alumni, many of whom opt to stay in the state of Ohio after graduation and continue to support the University and its students.

1804 Fund Projects Provide Opportunities, Research
Seed funding for innovative projects opens the door for new possibilities to impact students’ academic experiences. OHIO’s 1804 Fund grant program provides the resources to get these unique ideas and initiatives off the ground.

Feb 13
Alumna with strong ties to OHIO, Athens, supports University’s Appalachian Scholars Program
Susan Ackerman, who graduated in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in education, has established the Ackerman Appalachian Scholarship. The funds will support students accepted into the Appalachian Scholars Program.

Feb 6
Dedicated OHIO Alumnus gives to unique program to establish scholarship
When Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) Board of Directors member Dustin Starkey graduated from Ohio University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in forensic chemistry, he never thought he would be able to endow a scholarship.

Jan 31
From Cleveland to California: Class of ’63 celebrates Golden Reunion
The Ohio University Alumni Association hosted two events celebrating the class of 1963’s Golden Reunion, a term used to mark 50 years since graduating from OHIO. Bobcats gathered in Cleveland and Newport Beach, Calif. to celebrate this milestone.

Jan 30
Economics & political science alum becomes executive director at Coolidge Foundation
Ohio University alum Matthew Denhart ’10 joined the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation in late 2013 as Executive Director leading operations at the foundation’s headquarters in Plymouth, VT. He previously helped launch and was an Immigration Fellow at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Journalism alumna shines as CBS sideline reporter
Ohio University alumna Allie LaForce stole the stage Jan. 12 as CBS’ sideline reporter for the Colts-Patriots game.

Journalism alumna Allie LaForce shines as CBS sideline reporter
Ohio University alumna, Allie LaForce, stole the stage Jan. 12 as CBS’ sideline reporter for the Colts-Patriots game. This nationally televised NFL divisional playoff game proved to be the highest-profile assignment of LaForce’s career. She is currently a co-host for the nightly talk show “Lead Off” on CBS Sports Network.  - See more at: http://www.ohio.edu/scrippscollege/news-story.cfm?newsItem=EC29B7CB-5056-A81E-8D65FE05CB5312EB#sthash.VmmLQo4b.dpuf

Jan 27
Charlotte Networking Week
The Ohio University Alumni Association’s Greater Charlotte Chapter Network is hosting the 11th Annual Charlotte Networking Week on February 20-22. This program, taking place in Charlotte, N.C., is open to both current students and alumni.

Alumni will meet “On the Green” during inaugural reunion weekend May 30-June 1
The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) will host an all-alumni reunion weekend in Athens from May 30 through June 1. The weekend will feature activities for the entire OHIO community, alumni and their families, and those celebrating class milestones and special reunions. Currently, reunion activities are planned for members of the Golden Classes of 1963 and 1964, Gospel Voices of Faith, the Department of Aviation and OHIO’s Emeriti Faculty.

Rebuilding a Tributary
Just months after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Christopher Thompson – associate professor of Japanese language and culture, and executive director of Japan Relations – organized a group from Ohio University to partner with Iwate Prefecture University (IPU) in relief efforts for northern Japan.

Jan 23
OHIO benefactors establish arts program for regional K-12 students
Athenians Marc and Ellen Fultz met while studying music at the Chautauqua Institution, a not-for-profit community in New York that hosts a unique mix of fine and performing arts each summer. Their shared passion for the arts moved them to establish a new fund at Ohio University that aims to expose K-12 children to the performing arts.

Jan 21
Alumni Factor ranking places OhioUniversity 18th among large, public universities
Ohio University ranks 18th among 55 large, public universities included in the 2013-14 edition of The Alumni Factor, a college-ranking platform.

Jan 13
President Roderick McDavis Visits Lancaster
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis expressed thanks to supporters of the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center Thursday while meeting with alumni, donors and community leaders who have given their time, talent and financial support to the campus.

Jan 6
OHIO Alumni - January
OHIO Alumni January newsletter now available

Couple Giving to OUL Theatre to Support Arts in Lancaster
Arts and culture are very important to Dean and Cathie DeRolph. The couple believes that music, theatre and art are what makes Lancaster a special place to live. So, supporting the fundraising effort for the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre was something that they both knew was right for them.

Scripps College dean and wife establish Excellence in Undergrad Education fund
Dean and professor in the Scripps College of Communication establish fund that benefits communication studies undergraduates and honors Scripps College faculty and staff

Dec 19
"A Night in Athens...in Chicago" [Photo Essay]
More than 400 Ohio University alumni and friends gathered at the Chicago Marriott Downtown on the Magnificent Mile on Dec. 12 for a special alumni event developed by the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) and co-hosted by the Chicago Regional The Promise Lives Campaign Committee.

Cooperative energy partners pilot a microgrid in Athens County
The Sugar Bush Foundation has funded a pilot project that will link the electrical energy systems for a cluster of about six low-to-moderate income households in Athens County, enabling them to work cooperatively to reduce their use of electricity and share the costs. Called a microgrid, this technology is often used on university campuses and at industrial parks and increasingly in developing countries to bring solar energy access to villages without reliable electricity. The pilot project aims to inform a greater movement toward the Appalachian region’s transition toward using renewable energy.

Dec 16
Moving forward: Guest artists prepare dance students for the future
In a special issue recently produced by Ohio Today Online, success stories about Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign were shared, five in all, each one focused on one of the Campaign’s five fundraising priorities.

Dec 9
Lessons in Leadership: The answer is yes!
Cameron Mitchell's take on leadership, entrepreneurship, and the importance of an action-oriented culture

Faculty member honors mother by establishing J-School internship
When Director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Robert Stewart learned that some journalism students had a passion for reporting on culture and religion abroad, he decided to establish the Maxine Stewart Foreign Correspondence Internship for Coverage of Culture and Religion Scholarship.

Dec 5
Year-End Gift Processing: Ohio University Winter Closure Update
Ohio University will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, and will re-open on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Campus mail will not be delivered. If you have any questions about making a year-end gift, please visit www.ohio.edu/yearendgift, call 740-593-2636 or e-mail giving@ohio.edu.

Nov 25
Ohio University Alumni Association to host Golden and Silver Regional Reunions
Attention 1963 and 1988 OHIO graduates! The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) will honor Bobcats celebrating their Golden and Silver anniversaries since graduating by hosting regional events in Ohio and California in January.

Nov 21
Endowed Scholarship Wall Dedicated at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington
The new Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Endowed Scholarship Wall is a symbol of the lives that have been changed by scholarships on campus and the lives that will be changed in the future. The wall was dedicated on Friday evening in front of many donors and is a permanent way to thank those who have funded those scholarships.

Nov 19
Political Science alum named AdvaMed EVP of payment and healthcare delivery Policy
The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) announced Ohio University Political Science alum Donald May as its new executive vice president, payment and health care delivery policy.