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Jun 29
Register for Homecoming 2015 and share your OHIO stories
Register for Homecoming 2015 and share your OHIO stories

More than 300 OHIO women participate in group photos (PHOTO ESSAY)
More than 300 women who work on the Athens Campus answered the call to participate in a celebratory group photo of female faculty and staff that will be featured as an online supplement to the summer print edition of Ohio Today magazine, themed “OHIO women.”

Lancaster Campus Imagine Your Possibilities: Ohio 911 Administrator Rob Jackson
The man who is currently leading the state of Ohio into the next generation of 911 service is an Ohio University Lancaster graduate.  Rob Jackson is the Ohio 911 Administrator and graduated from OUL in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Specialized Studies.

Jun 18
The Sugar Bush Foundation funds projects that benefit the environment, healthy living
The Ohio University Foundation met in Columbus June 5 for their annual summer meeting. The foundation’s Grants and Funding Committee resolved to fund five projects through The Sugar Bush Foundation, a supporting organization of the Ohio University Foundation that funds projects proposed jointly by Ohio University units and local community non-profit organizations that improve the quality of life in Appalachian Ohio.

OHIO through a Camera Lens
OHIO through a Camera Lens

Jun 17
Central Ohio Alumni Network hosts 6th annual Golf Outing on July 25
The Central Ohio Alumni Network is swinging into their sixth annual Golf Outing on July 25 to support the Central Ohio Chapter Ohio University Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship. The event will be held at the Oakhurst Country Club in Grove City, Ohio, at 1:30 p.m. Players will enjoy an exciting afternoon of golf and good times while supporting OHIO students.

Boyd Scholars benefit from faculty and staff gifts
Boyd Scholars benefit from faculty and staff gifts

Jun 15
Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication surpasses Promise Lives Campaign goal
Thanks to the generosity of more than 10,000 alumni and friends, Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication has surpassed its $40 million Promise Lives Campaign goal. The Campaign, which continues though June 30, 2015, is securing an unprecedented level of financial support for OHIO.

Jun 12
Alumni Association ends its Bobcat Family Reunion tour in Columbus
The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) hosted its final Bobcat Family Reunion event on June 4, gathering 250 members of the OHIO community in the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. Throughout the spring and early summer, three 2014 Homecoming-themed reunions took place in Ohio’s three C’s: Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus. The events brought alumni together to celebrate their alma mater.

The Promise Lives Campaign changes the face of Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Thanks to the generosity of more than 1,800 alumni and friends, Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has exceeded its $123 million Promise Lives Campaign goal – ahead of schedule – and has grown from one campus to three. The Campaign, which continues though June 30, 2015, is securing an unprecedented level of financial support for the future of medical education in the state of Ohio.

Jun 9
Ohio University women invited to gather for group photo
Attention ALL women faculty and staff of Ohio University: Show off your Bobcat pride June 23 during a celebratory group photo of you and your gender peers! The mass portrait of OHIO women will appear as an online complement to the summer print edition of Ohio Today Magazine, themed “OHIO women.”

Jun 8
Extending the Reach: Ohio University Alumni Association 2014 Annual Report
Your Ohio University Alumni Association reaches across the University and all of its campuses and out across the state, nation and world to engage OHIO's 212,000 alumni. Come along and see how the OUAA provides connections for every member of the Bobcat Family!

Jun 5
Alumni Leadership Awards celebrated the outstanding service of national and local alumni chapters
Alumni Leadership Awards celebrated the outstanding service of national and local alumni chapters

Jun 4
Bobcats storm Athens for On The Green Weekend
The final tally for this year’s On The Green Weekend— 650 strong. Alumni and friends travelled from across the country for the Ohio University Alumni Association’s second-annual spring Homecoming centered on academics and the arts, and there was something for everyone in Athens.

Jun 1
Playwriting alumnae work together on new Netflix series
Two graduates of Ohio University’s Playwriting Program served as writers for a new Netflix show starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

“OH, I dO” ceremony allows alumni couples to renew their vows during On The Green Weekend
On the morning of May 29, 18 couples settled into the pews of Helen Mauck Galbreath Memorial Chapel to renew their commitments to one another. The “OH, I dO” vow renewal ceremony celebrates couples that connected with their spouses through their experiences at Ohio University, and has become a beloved On The Green Weekend tradition.

May 29
Live Healthy Appalachia serves up healthy lifestyle info to the region
Live Healthy Appalachia serves up healthy lifestyle info to the region

May 27
Lancaster Campus Imagine Your Possibilities: South Central Power Vice President of Member Services and Community Relations Cathy Bitler
When Cathy Bitler, vice president of member services and community relations at South Central Power, graduated from Lancaster High School in 1976, money was tight.  She wanted to go to college, but needed to be able to work full-time to save money. No one in her immediate family had ever gone to college before. Ohio University Lancaster provided Bitler the opportunity she needed.

May 26
OUAA kicks off On The Green Weekend 2015
The Ohio University Alumni Association is excited to welcome alumni and friends to the second annual On the Green Weekend in Athens, a spring Homecoming centered on academics and the arts, Wednesday, May 27 to Sunday, May 31.

Lancaster Campus Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign reaches $180,000 mark
The Lancaster and Fairfield County communities have come out in a big way to support Ohio University Lancaster’s Wagner Theatre. With a little more than a month left in the Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign, about $180,000 has been raised.

May 21
Fifth annual Cruise In at the Convo raises funds to continue Marching 110 tradition
Vintage automobile enthusiasts rolled into Ohio University’s Convocation Center parking lot, popped their hoods and stood back proudly as their exceptional vehicles were judged by friends, relatives and supporters of the Ohio University Marching Band Society of Alumni and Friends (OUMBSAF). The fifth annual Cruise In at the Convo, held by the Ohio University Alumni Varsity Band (AVB), raised $1,676.20 in support of OUMBSAF initiatives.

May 20
OHIO alumni, faculty honor former civil engineering chair with endowed scholarship
Russ College students will have access to a new $100,000 scholarship thanks to a new fund established by alumni and faculty to honor Russ Professor Gayle Mitchell, former chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and current director of the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE).

May 18
OHIO administrators and their spouses establish scholarships using The OHIO Match
Ohio University’s The Promise Within Faculty and Staff Campaign urges faculty and staff to give back to OHIO in meaningful ways. As a response, two university employees have teamed up with their spouses to establish a way of giving back in perpetuity.

May 14
Bobcat family convenes at historic hotel in Cincinnati
A small piece of Athens made its way west on May 6 for an alumni gathering at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati. The event was the second of three Bobcat Family Reunions held throughout Ohio this spring.

May 13
Voinovich School Founding Dean, alumni honored at OHIO’s State Government Alumni Luncheon
More than 130 Ohio University alumni in public service for Ohio gathered at the Athletic Club in Columbus to honor two OHIO alumni for their outstanding service to the state at the 32nd Annual State Government Alumni Luncheon May 5.

OHIO alumna creates dating app focused on safety
Ohio University alumna Jo Lynn Clemens, who graduated in 1987, took knowledge from her business background and created an app that gives people the opportunity to date smarter and safer.

Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College surpasses Promise Lives Campaign goal
Thanks to the generosity of 2,380 alumni and friends, Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College (HTC) has surpassed its $1.3 million Promise Lives Campaign goal. The Campaign, which continues though June 30, 2015, is securing an unprecedented level of financial support for OHIO.

May 12
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine launches networking group for women
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has launched ohiowomen in medicine, a professional networking and mentoring group for Heritage College alumni, friends, students and employees. The Heritage College is the first to create an affiliate of Ohio University’s ohiowomen initiative, a program designed to help connect women with the university, students and each other

May 8
Screenplay by recent media arts and studies grad wins award
Kent Taylor, a recent graduate from the School of Media Arts and Studies, has just received 1st Place in the Script/Treatments category at the International Christian Film Festival for his screenplay, A Soldier’s Gift.

May 5
PGA Tour’s Ty Votaw tees up Scripps students by establishing scholarship
PGA Tour’s Ty Votaw tees up Scripps students by establishing scholarship.

May 4
Akron Association of Ohio University Women celebrates 75th Anniversary
Alumnae will gather in Canton, Ohio, on May 16 in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Akron Association of Ohio University Women alumnae chapter with an afternoon of food, fun and history.

Get Healthy with the Spring 2015 Ohio Today
The edition explores some of the many diverse efforts in wellness that drive faculty, students, and alumni. Stories, visuals, and online extras explore pillars of overall well-being: physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.

Apr 30
Theater alumnus earns Tony Award nomination
Dale Ricardo Shields has been nominated for the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award, which recognizes a K-12 theatre educator “who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession.”

Apr 29
New Veterans Center opening a highlight of spring semester
One of the highlights of spring semester was the naming of the new Veterans and Military Student Service Center in honor of two esteemed military veterans with deep OHIO connections. Check out the pictures.

Spring 2015 Ohio Today Promotes Health
The spring 2015 edition of Ohio Today celebrates manifold efforts in wellness by faculty, students, and alumni. Stories, photos, and online extras span physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.

Apr 28
Alumni College promises diverse courses during On The Green Weekend
Ohio University’s Alumni College lecture series will take place during On The Green Weekend on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of Baker University Center. One additional course will be held on Saturday, May 30.

Lancaster Campus Imagine Your Possibilities: Fairfield Co. Developmental Disabilities Individual Support Coordinator Janie Heston
Janie Heston still can’t believe that she was recently given an award by Fairfield County Developmental Disabilities for doing what she loves to do most – helping others. The Ohio University Lancaster graduate was honored with the McGhee Family Inspiration Award last month during the annual Fairfield DD “Celebration of Possibilities” banquet.

Apr 23
U.S. assistant secretary of commerce to deliver keynote at Appalachian Ohio State of the Region
Jay Williams, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, will address, “Manufacturing Workforce: Building Capacity,” in his keynote presentation at the Fourth Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference at Ohio University May 12, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., provided by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Apr 22
A tale of two Bobcats & the criminal justice system
Two Ohio University alumni and close friends—Marc Houk and Mike Swiger—talked about their careers in the criminal justice system to students in Dr. Nicole Kaufman’s Criminology and Criminal Justice classes in April.

Physics alum is president elect of the Royal Society
Ohio University alum and Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan has been confirmed as President Elect of the Royal Society. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

Apr 21
Alumnus teams with OHIO and Russ College to create new scholarship for engineering students
Alumnus teams with OHIO and Russ College to create new scholarship for engineering students

Apr 16
Cleveland Bobcats gather for first family reunion event of the year
The Ohio University Alumni Association hosted its first of three Bobcat Family Reunions on the road on April 9, bringing together 230 members of the OHIO community at Windows on the River in Cleveland.

Apr 15
Order Balfour class rings and graduation announcements during Senior Week
Graduation is a time for celebration. OHIO Graduates who want to take a piece of Ohio University with them can purchase customizable class rings and graduation announcements during Senior Week.

Columbus as last stop for Ohio University’s 2015 Bobcat Family Reunions
Columbus as last stop for Ohio University’s 2015 Bobcat Family Reunions

Fifth annual Cruise-In fundraiser to be held at the Convo
The fifth annual Cruise-In at the Convo will be held May 16, and is being hosted by the OHIO Alumni Varsity Band (AVB). Vintage automobile car owners and the general public are invited to attend the free event. There will be door prizes and raffle drawings for those in attendance.

Apr 13
Sociology-Criminology Grads Discuss Criminal Justice Careers
Three recent Sociology-Criminology graduates returned to campus in March to talk to current students about applying for internships and entering the job market.

Sociology alumni find passions in business, non-profits, education
Sociology alumni returned to campus in March to talk to current students with stories about finding their passions and applying their skillsets in the business and non-profit worlds.

Apr 8
Lancaster Men's Chorus donates to Lancaster Campus Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign
More than 40 years ago, the Lancaster Men’s Chorus started performing its annual “Ham & Eggs Show” on the Wagner Theatre stage.  Now, The Chorus is giving back to the venue that has supported them for nearly four decades.  The Lancaster Men’s Chorus recently donated $1,000 from its general fund to the Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign.

Apr 3
Senior Week to feature games, gifts, and career preparation
Every spring, the Ohio University Alumni Association and several other units within the Bobcat community work together to launch Senior Week, a week-long celebration bursting with exciting events for all of OHIO’s soon-to-be Athens and regional campus graduates. Senior Week 2015 is scheduled for April 20-25.

Faculty and staff support OHIO undergraduate research and creative activities
Faculty and staff support OHIO undergraduate research and creative activities