|Annual Baker Fund Awards $32,083 to three outstanding research projects|
The Baker Fund awards for the 2013 spring cycle have been announced and $32,083 will fund three projects that will assist OHIO faculty in completing active research projects. Awardees are Associate Professor of Music Therapy Kamile Geist in the College of Fine Arts; Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Associate Professor Bonita Biegalke in the Department of Biomedical Sciences; and Associate Professor Harvey Ballard in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. The proposals were chosen from nine entries.
|100 Missouri and North Carolina Bobcats gather for spring alumni events|
Two cities. One hundred guests. Countless memories. On May 17, 52 alumni and friends gathered in St. Louis, Mo., for a special event at the historic Algonquin Golf Club. Then, on June 1, 48 Bobcats boarded the Catawba Queen in Mooresville, N.C., for a Charlotte Alumni Dinner Cruise. The Ohio University Alumni Association hosted both events, which were made possible by the efforts of alumni volunteers in both regions.
|Gift Reviving and Enhancing a Tradition of Research in Africa|
Professor Emeritus Milton Ploghoft believes in the power of research in public education. He believes in it so deeply that he has spent his life working from Athens to Africa to ensure that public education is strong globally. And he believes in it so strongly that he has made a $30,000 gift to endow the Milton E. and Zella M. Ploghoft African Educational Research Development Fund in support of the African Educational Research Network (AERN).
|Annual Faculty Emeriti Induction luncheon recognizes 35 new members|
The annual Faculty Emeriti Induction luncheon on May 16 ushered in a new class of 35 Emeriti Association faculty and administrators.
|Heart & Soul: Across generations, black alumni create community, celebrate ties to Ohio University|
The Black Alumni Reunion is the largest formal alumni reunion at Ohio University, and for good reason: African-American students and faculty have forged strong bonds unique to their experiences, said Francine Childs, professor emerita of African American studies.
“When I came here, there weren’t that many African-American faculty and staff and no administrators,” said Childs, who was a popular professor and student ally in the 1970s and ’80s.
|OHIO’s Washington Forum talks Cyber Security while connecting alumni, University|
Just over 60 Ohio University alumni attended the Washington Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 14 at the Capitol Visitor Center. The event, focusing on cyber security and homeland defense, was the 2nd in a series aimed at reconnecting alumni in the nation’s capital to Ohio University.
|Alumna gives back to Ohio University for a half century|
As an alumna with a passion for education, teaching and Ohio University, Phyllis Relyea has given selflessly back to OHIO. Since her graduation in 1961, Relyea has given back to OHIO consistently for over 50 years. She is dedicated to giving back to a university she feels has given her so much.
|Konneker Fund supports programs with wide impact and best practices in mind|
Trustees of The Ohio University Foundation approved funding for projects that benefit OHIO faculty and students at the Athens and regional campuses through the Konneker Fund for Learning and Discovery Endowment at their March meeting. Konneker Funds are aimed at supporting projects that have University-wide impact and align with best practices documented in national research.
|Spring 2013 issue of Ohio Today now available|
Think you know everything about your colleagues on campus? Well, have you heard of the aquatic ape? Do you know which professor can build a whale puppet in one night? And who has a plant with a brain – or at least, once claimed to have one? Read about these unique moments in the classroom and more in the feature story “The Dean Came to Visit … And I Lectured on the Aquatic Ape” in the Spring 2013 issue of Ohio Today.
|Alumni recruiting high school students via The Postcard Project|
Ohio University alumni from across the nation are reaching out to newly admitted students to encourage them to attend their alma mater through The Postcard Project.
|Senior SAB members select winner of Faculty Excellence Award|
When the Ohio University Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Board (SAB) holds its annual ceremony to induct new members, they always take time to recognize one of the things that sets OHIO apart: the excellent instruction OHIO students receive from the University’s faculty.
|Lancaster Campus' past and future on display at arts fundraising event|
The sounds of Section 8, a men’s a cappella group from Ohio University, filled the Wagner Theatre on the Lancaster Campus Saturday to mark the end of an evening where the past and present came together. A special fundraising event for the arts was held on Sat., April 13. The event was called “Ohio University Lancaster Celebrates the Arts: A Reflection and A Glimpse.”
|OHIO Eminent Scholar creates scholarship for outstanding history seniors|
Professor Emeritus of History and Eminent Research Professor of Contemporary History from 1990-2011 Alfred Eckes, Jr. has established an award for outstanding rising seniors majoring in history who display a high level of achievement at OHIO. Called the Eckes Prize in History, the $5,000 award will be given annually for 10 years and recognizes these well-rounded students who have the highest overall grade point average in all courses taken at Ohio University.
|OHIO’s Chi Omega Celebrates 100 Years|
Ohio University welcomes back to Athens the Tau Alpha Chapter of Chi Omega alumnae April 26-27 for the sorority’s 100th anniversary. Over 200 alumnae from 23 states and the District of Columbia will be attending the centennial celebration.
|Inside the OHIO Women Making A Difference Conference|
More than 100 alumni, students, faculty and staff attended the OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference at Baker Center on Thurs., March 14. Hosted by Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University (WIP), the all-day event provided opportunities for attendees (the majority of whom were women) to network, to learn and to give some of their time, talent and treasure to Ohio University. Take a look at some of the day’s memorable moments.
|Alumnus establishes scholarship, gives gift in memory of past OHIO professors|
Two gifts by an alumnus in honor of three professors in the Department of English will support graduate students as they write their theses and dissertations and also help fund a lecture series hosted by the department. Through a $500,000 bequest, Ohio University alumnus Stuart Blersch created the Roma King & Neville Rogers scholarship. The scholarship will allow graduate students to take a break from their teaching duties so they can focus on writing their theses and dissertations. Blersch’s bequest will also benefit the John W. Hollow Memorial Fund, which supports the annual Hollow Lecture hosted by the Department of English.
|Stalwart OHIO supporters give challenge gift to 1804 Fund|
Longtime supporters of Ohio University Larry and Sheila McHale are helping to launch the The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign by committing $25,000 in matching funds to encourage gifts to the 1804 Fund by faculty, staff and any donor. The McHales have pledged to match each gift to the 1804 Fund up to $2,500. For example, if a donor gives $100, the McHales will contribute an equal amount to the Fund.
|OHIO’s first Tag Day supports the 2013 Senior Class Gift, culture of philanthropy|
On March 11, Ohio University students were invited to participate in the University’s first annual Tag Day. The event educated OHIO students about the importance of philanthropy and charitable giving.
|The Promise Within: OHIO launches Faculty and Staff Campaign in support of the University’s top priorities|
Ohio University has launched The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign, which is intended to demonstrate OHIO faculty and staff’s collective power, strength and belief in the mission and vision of Ohio University. Leading the charge for The Promise Within Campaign are three OHIO faculty and staff members who were selected to serve as tri-chairs: Trustee Professor of English Sam Crowl; Senior Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences Howard Dewald; and Executive Assistant in the Office of Regional Higher Education and eLearning Kim Hayden.
|PBS’s Ifill participates in Q&A with OHIO Emeriti Association|
Ohio University’s Emeriti Association welcomed PBS NewsHour senior correspondent, Gwen Ifill on February 25 for an informal Q&A session with the group. Ifill’s visit came before her appearance as the keynote speaker for the Scripps School of Journalism’s Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism & New Media.
|10th annual Charlotte alumni event links students with alumni for professional development and career networking|
The Ohio University Alumni Association’s (OUAA) Greater Charlotte, N.C., Chapter Network hosted its 10th annual Charlotte Networking Week Feb. 21-23, 2013. The three-day event connected 43 current OHIO students with 80 OHIO alumni who provided professional shadowing opportunities, employer site visits, panel discussions, networking sessions and a “Living in Charlotte” tour.
|Schuneman honored with induction into Ohio Communication Hall of Fame|
R. Smith “Smitty” Schuneman, an accomplished Ohio University alumnus and the benefactor of a $495,000 gift to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, was inducted into the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame.
|“Power of the Purse” silent auction offers unique way to give back|
Amid many other interesting events during the March 14 OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference, one activity will offer a fun and fashionable way to give back. “The Power of the Purse” silent auction will feature more than 50 themed purses, ranging from designer handbags and vacation package bags to handcrafted items, clutches and coin purses. Each purse will contain accessories and other goodies that compliment the bag’s theme. The purses will vary greatly to fit the desires of any conference attendee, on any budget.
|Ebony Bobcat Network theater event benefits OHIO’s Urban Scholars|
Nearly 90 Cleveland-area Ohio University alumni attended an “Afternoon at the Theatre” at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square on Sunday, Feb. 17. The special event featured a performance of The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith – a musical set in 1937 during Smith’s final performance. The event was developed by Cleveland-area residents Connie Lawson-Davis and LaWanna McKinley White to benefit the Urban Scholars Program.
|OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference offers “something for everyone”|
On March 14, 2013, Women in Philanthropy (WIP) of Ohio University will host their fourth biennial OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference at Baker University Center. Open to all members of the Athens and University communities, this full-day conference will feature a number of interesting sessions and events, from a display of historical fashion items from the Mary C. Doxsee Historic Clothing and Textile Collection presented by doctoral student Trina Gannon, to a “Power of the Purse” silent auction, “there will truly be something for everyone,” said Dorothy Schey, director of development for OHIO’s Division of Advancement.
|Newest Foundation Board trustees visit campus March 1-2|
The Ohio University Foundation Board’s newest trustees will be in Athens March 1-2 to attend the regularly scheduled Foundation Board meeting. Foundation Board trustees are chosen based on their strong ties to Ohio University, a demonstrated ability to give and raise funds for the University, and their commitment to the University through involvement with a school, campus or program. Ohio University Foundation Board members are highly valued in their profession and/or community.
|The Winter 2013 issue of Ohio Today Online is now available|
In this issue, you’ll meet some Bobcats who may not wear a team jersey but still fill key positions: as athletic trainers in the NFL and in college and high school sports. You'll also view never-before-seen photos of President Obama’s historic visit to the Athens campus before the November 2012 elections.
|Brother and sister Bobcats establish scholarship for siblings who come to OHIO|
Younger siblings sometimes follow in their older sibling’s footsteps and become students at Ohio University. They share their experiences together as Bobcats on campus and for the rest of their lives. TJ and Liz Simonik, both recent OHIO graduates, established the Simonik Sibling Scholarship “to assist and reward families when students follow in the footsteps of their siblings onto the campus of Ohio University.” Even though they only shared one year on campus together—TJ’s senior year and Liz’s freshman year—they made the most out of it every Sunday while dining at Jefferson Hall for brunch.
|Alumnus gives back, establishes three scholarships|
Columbus architect George Kontogiannis contributed $45,000 to The Ohio University Foundation to establish three scholarship endowments in three different Ohio University colleges. With his gift, Kontogiannis established: The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education Scholarship in Honor of Margaret Koren; The William A. Goolie Memorial Scholarship in the College of Fine Arts; and the George J. Kontogiannis Osteopathic Medicine Scholarship.
|College of Business hosts First Sports Management Night|
Numerous Ohio University undergraduate Sports Management students gathered in the lobby of the Computer Service Center building on February 4 to hear talks from professors, graduate students, and alumni for the program’s first Sports Management Night. Topics ranged from details on the major sports management organizations to the importance of getting involved in the field while still in college.
|Charlotte Networking Week 10th Anniversary|
The Ohio University Alumni Association's Greater Charlotte Chapter Network will host the 10th Annual Charlotte Networking Week (CNW) Feb. 21 – 23 in Charlotte, N.C. Ohio University alumni and current students are encouraged to attend.
|New scholarship opportunity for geological sciences majors|
Ohio University alumnus A. Allen Middleman has established a new scholarship to support geological sciences students. Middleman, who earned his master’s of science in geology from OHIO in 1976, has committed more than $100,000 to The Ohio University Foundation to create the Travis C. Middleman Scholarship.