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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.

Communications grad gives back to beloved alma mater
Melissa Wervey Arnold, a 1999 Public Relations graduate, and her husband Kevin have established the Wervey Arnold Family Scholarship to benefit students in the Scripps College of Communication. The Wervey Arnold Family Scholarship is open to undergraduate students enrolled in Scripps College who demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Jul 8
Alumni chapter chooses Keith Sommer to receive Austin C. Furbee Award
The Eastern Ohio Alumni Chapter of Ohio University has chosen Keith A. Sommer as the 2014 Austin C. Furbee Award honoree in recognition of his dedication and contribution to Ohio University Eastern and the community.

Jul 3
Ebony Bobcat Network promotes early bird registration
Join the Ohio University Ebony Bobcat Network for the 2014 Annual EBN Alumni Weekend Aug. 14-17 in Mayfield Village, OH.

OHIO College of Business alumnus establishes scholarship for graduate students
Wesley Ward is a 2004 graduate of the Ward established The Ward Family Scholarship, which benefits graduate students enrolled in the MBA/MSA program.

Jun 26
University Trustee gives back to OHIO by supporting the arts and students
Ohio University Board of Trustees member Cary Cooper recently arranged to bestow a unique gift upon the university that will help future students fund their academic careers.

Jun 24
OUAA welcomes five new Board members
OUAA welcomes five new Board members

Jun 19
Alumna pledges scholarship to Appalachian students
When Peggy Viehweger attended Ohio University in the late 1960s, life was different. With the civil rights movement in full swing, the Vietnam War dominating headlines and the Beatles dominating airwaves, it was a far cry from our world today. But according to Viehweger, there is one thing that hasn’t changed—the struggle for students to afford to go to college.

OUAA takes “A Night in Athens” event to the Big Apple
The Ohio University Alumni Association welcomed more than 400 alumni and friends living in the Big Apple to “A Night in Athens…in New York!” a themed event that recreated the feel of Athens’-original sights, sounds and tastes.

Jun 18
Homage stores show alum's passion for storytelling
"Is that want you want to do with your life?" Sell vintage T-shirts from your parents' basement? It was a great start, actually, for a Spanish major with a passion for storytelling—through clothing.

Physics alum gets Jefferson Science Associates Thesis Prize
A young researcher who worked on software development and data analysis for a major physics experiment conducted at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility has received an award for the thesis he wrote about his efforts.

Jun 16
Urban Scholar finds harmony in Athens
A Q&A with Urban Scholar and Columbus native Taijuan Moorman, a sophomore journalism major at OHIO.

Jun 9
Keep Calm and Green On
More than 425 alumni and friends participated in a variety of events offered by the Ohio University Alumni Association during the University’s inaugural “On the Green Weekend”, May 29 through June 1, 2014.

Jun 5
Outstanding Alumni Chapter and Societies recognized during leadership conference
The Alumni Leadership Conference Awards kicked off the 2014 “On the Green Weekend” festivities on Thursday, May 29 with the return of alumni chapter and society members to their alma mater, many of whom received awards for outstanding service to Ohio University.

Jun 2
Leader of OUAA recognizes alumni, OHIO community for successful ‘On The Green Weekend’
Leader of OUAA recognizes alumni, OHIO community for successful ‘On The Green Weekend’

Why don't these monkeys grow Up? Anthropology alum asks
Why does the Capuchin monkey need an extended childhood before it's ready to become an adult? Ohio University alum Morgan Chancey '10 is going to Costa Rica to study the monkeys and look for the answer by studying the skills they need as adults.

May 28
Welcome to campus for “On the Green Weekend”
The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) welcomes the OHIO and Athens communities to campus for the inaugural “On the Green Weekend” event May 29 through June 1.

May 22
Cruise In at the Convo raises funds, welcomes classic cars
The OHIO Alumni Varsity Band joined forces with regional vintage automobile enthusiasts last Saturday at the fourth annual Cruise In at the Convo, where over $1500 was raised to support various Ohio University Marching Band Society and Friends initiatives.