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May 1, 2013
Callihan family finds calling in nursing
Tonya Callihan will continue a family tradition when she graduates from Ohio University-Chillicothe’s nursing program this spring. The nursing program will host its annual pinning ceremony Thursday, May 2.

E-greetings can add Bobcat cheer to your special moments
University Communications and Marketing is offering students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends the opportunity to personalize their e-greetings and Facebook pages with OHIO-themed imagery.

Journalism students, faculty, alumni gather for Scripps Hall farewell event
More than 100 students, faculty and alumni of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism gathered on April 26 for a "Farewell to Scripps Hall" celebration. The school's faculty and staff will move to the new Schoonover Center for Communication in August.

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.

Lancaster Campus first lady is Alumni of the Year
Debra Smith was named the 2013 Ohio University Lancaster/Pickerington Outstanding Alumni. She will be given the award on May 3.

Latest news from Ohio University Press
Check out the latest news from the Ohio University Press.

No Compass emails May 6-10
There will be no Compass emails May 6-10. The biweekly emails will resume Monday, May 13.

President reflects on academic year
President Roderick J. McDavis reflected on the 2013-14 academic year in an email to campus.

uFUND turns drug and alcohol fines into positive programming
This year, Ohio University student organizations were able to apply for the uFUND, a source of funding that provides money for events that offer an alternative to nighttime high-risk behavior.

May 2, 2013
100 universities, 100 gigabits
100 US universities will be interconnected at 100 Gbps by the end of next year. That will mean rapid advances and changes in the way things get done.

Critical Incident Response Team always at the ready
When bad things happen around Ohio University, the Critical Incident Response Team does its best to protect lives and property and keep the community informed.

Deb McAvoy appointed new chair of Department of Civil Engineering
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Deb McAvoy has been appointed chair of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Department of Civil Engineering, effective July 1. She succeeds Gayle Mitchell, who will be retiring after almost 27 years of service to Ohio University.

Former WOUB Director recognized by Board of Trustees
Former WOUB director Carolyn Bailey Lewis has been named director and general manager emerita by the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

Painting, maintenance will affect parking availability
Although many of Ohio University's residential parking garages will be open for faculty/staff and student parking this summer, each will be closed at some point for painting and maintenance.

May 3, 2013
Graduate Commencement speaker tells graduates to become a hero
Ohio University conferred more than 870 graduate degrees during its annual Graduate Commencement ceremony Friday morning in the Convocation Center. Speaker Jay Ryu, the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member, told the graduates to become heroes by following their passion.

University to create centralized calendar
Given the array of conferences, lectures, concerts, etc., those who schedule events and those who attend them would be well served if the university had a functional centralized calendar. The University is now working toward creating one.

May 5, 2013
2013 Undergraduate Commencement in pictures
For the nearly 3,300 students who received their undergraduate degrees on Saturday, it was a day of many emotions: joy, wistfulness, impatience. Here is a look at the day as captured by Compass' photographers.

Look out world—here comes the class of 2013
Ohio University sent the class of 2013 into the world during its 259th undergraduate commencement exercises on Saturday. In all, nearly 3,300 undergraduates walked across the stage in two ceremonies.

May 6, 2013
Can engineers develop a more flexible, eco-friendly plastic for packaging?
The idea of '"going green" for one person can mean anything from driving a hybrid car to simply recycling glass bottles. But Barbi Wheelden, a doctoral student in chemical engineering, is thinking more globally. She's seeking a way for manufacturers to use a more eco-friendly and biodegradable plastic in their packaging.

Sorrell family tackles college together
The Sorrell family from Cleveland tackled Ohio University together.

May 7, 2013
Sherman Rotary Club Establishes Scholarship at OU Lancaster
The Sherman Rotary Club of Lancaster has established a $1,000 per year scholarship at Ohio University Lancaster to help non-traditional students complete their degree. The scholarship will be granted to full-time, degree-seeking students in their second year at OUL.

Visiting Dance Professor Nathan Andary: The curiosity of a creator [VIDEO]
Visiting dance professor is a unique person who has a lot to give to his students. Here's your chance to get to know him better.

May 8, 2013
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.

University limits student work hours next fall
The University has established limits for student work hours because of new legislation called The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

May 9, 2013
Chillicothe campus alumna working at orphanage in Haiti
After graduating from OU-C last summer, Abby Hartley made the decision to pack her bags for Haiti to volunteer at an orphanage.

Free mediation training offered June 11-13
The Athens Area Mediation Service is sponsoring three free mediation skills training sessions for Ohio University employees and students June 11-13.

German group visits University to learn new diversity strategies
A group of 11 educators, administrators and media members from Germany visited the Athens campus on May 7 to discuss best diversity practices in student recruitment and program implementation.

Lancaster student overcomes age and arthritis to play on golf team
One of the newest members of the Ohio University Lancaster Golf team is bringing something to the green that many of his teammates don't have much of yet – life experience.

OU-HCOM to graduate 34th class of physicians & surgeons
Distinguished osteopathic physician, surgeon, educator and historic civil rights leader William G. Anderson, D.O., will deliver the keynote address at the 34th Commencement at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

May 10, 2013
University Terrace partial lane closure
Due to emergency repairs, the University Terrace south bound lane at the Park Place intersection near Scott Quad will be closed until repairs can be completed.

May 13, 2013
70 percent of OU-HCOM graduates to remain in Ohio
More than 60 percent of the OU-HCOM 109 graduates are entering a primary care residency and 72 percent plan to practice in Ohio.

Bike Rodeo rides again: Fun, safety and freebies
OU-HCOM's 12th annual Athens Bike Rodeo will roll into the Athens Community Center, Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

General Education Reform update
With the transition to semesters accomplished, the subject of general education reform can now take center stage as we continue our efforts to strengthen the undergraduate academic experience.

Melissa Thompson shatters school record in 1,500 at MAC Championships
A school-record finish from Melissa Thompson in the 1,500 meters propelled the track & field team at the MAC Outdoor Championships.

OHIO and Athens County community invited to give blood May 30 at Baker University Center
The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) and the OHIO Division of Student Affairs is teaming up with the Southeast Chapter of the Ohio Red Cross to host a blood drive May 30th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Baker University Center’s fifth floor atrium. Faculty, staff, OHIO summer semester students and the Athens County community are invited to make a donation by scheduling an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-in donations will also be accepted as the schedule permits.

President thanks alumni in state government, recognizes two alumni
More than 150 Ohio University alumni who have worked in service to the state of Ohio were honored at OHIO's 30th Annual State Government Alumni Luncheon on May 8.

Thomas-Maddox honored at Eastern Communication Association Convention
OUL Professor Candice Thomas-Maddox received the 2013 Eastern Communication Association Distinguished Service Award.

May 14, 2013
Fulbright scholar hopes village patterns in Romania will lead to answers about Austrian colonization
Timothy Anderson, Ohio University associate professor of geography, will use a Fulbright Scholarship to examine Romanian villages that were likely a product of Hapsburg central planners in Vienna but that resulted in a unique cultural landscape not seen elsewhere in Europe.

How do you find a cave you can't see?
Students in Ohio University's Department of Geological Sciences have created a video demonstrating how they used thermal imaging to identify potential landslides.

OPIE director on hand as Korean president commemorates alliance with U.S.
Gerry Krzic, director of the Ohio Program of Intensive English at Ohio University, was a guest at a May 8 dinner commemorating the 60th anniversary of the alliance between the United States and South Korea.

Professor to use Fulbright to look at women's effect on climate change
Researchers have studied the effect of climate change on women, but Ohio University professor Steve Scanlan says there’s an important question not yet examined: What is the effect of women on climate change?

May 15, 2013
Ohio University named one of continent's greenest colleges
Ohio University is one of the 322 most sustainable colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to a new publication from The Princeton Review.

Psychology grad student receives fellowship for dissertation research
Psychology doctoral candidate Nora Bunford has received the 2013 American Psychological Foundation Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship, which will provide $25,000 to support her dissertation research. Bunford is pursing a doctorate in clinical child psychology.

Scientists discover oldest evidence of split between Old World monkeys and apes
Two fossil discoveries from the East African Rift reveal new information about the evolution of primates, according to a study published online in Nature today led by Ohio University scientists.

May 16, 2013
Deadline for Concur reports looms
With the end of the 2013 fiscal year approaching, Procure to Pay Services reminds employees that all Concur reports for transactions on PCards or that are reimbursable must be created, submitted and approved before July 1. In addition, all completed travel advances must be reconciled and refunds posted before that date.

University mourns loss of undergraduate
Ohio University is mourning the loss of 20-year-old undergraduate student David K. Spyke in a skateboarding accident.

May 17, 2013
OU-HCOM approved to move forward on its northeast Ohio campus in partnership with Cleveland Clinic
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) announced today that it has received approval from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools, for its northeast Ohio extension campus located on the South Pointe Hospital campus in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic and for a class size increase. The inaugural class of 32 medical students will begin classes in July 2015.<br /><br />

Ohio University graduates its first Bachelor of Science in Nursing class
Ohio University graduates its first Bachelor of Science in Nursing class.

May 20, 2013
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.

Chillicothe campus energy conservation paying dividends
The Chillicothe Campus recently earned a certificate of recognition from American Electric Power for its commitment to energy efficiency and savings incentives among businesses in 2012.

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.

Learning Express Library and Lynda.com available to campus
Two resources for tutorials and self-directed learning are available, the Learning Express Library and Lynda.com.

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.

OIT announces 2013-14 scholarship winners
Congratulations to OIT Scholarship winners Matthew Bertoni, Ethan Kaiser, Leanne Ketchum, and Sarah Robles.

Softball player Lauren Gellerman named NFCA Second Team All-Region
First-Team All-Mid-American Conference honoree Lauren Gellerman was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mideast Region Second Team for the second year in a row.

Summer parking changes take effect Monday, May 6
Summer construction projects will reroute traffic in and around campus and affect parking for Ohio University employees, students and visitors.

Training survey available to administrators until June 3
Human Resources is interested in expanding the type of training made available to administrative staff. A training needs survey is available online until June 3.

May 21, 2013
Allosaurus fed more like a falcon than a crocodile, new study finds
The mighty T. rex may have thrashed its massive head from side to side to dismember prey, but a new study shows that its smaller cousin Allosaurus was a more dexterous hunter and tugged at prey more like a modern-day falcon.

SIDE diversity training changes lives of participants
For the fourth consecutive year, the Summer Institute for Diversity Education positively changed the lives of its participants.

May 22, 2013
Air Travel Support Program available to faculty and staff
The Air Travel Support Program is designed to assist faculty and full‐time administrative staff at Ohio University in supporting their research and creative activity.

Bacterium uses natural "thermometer" to trigger diarrheal disease
Ohio University scientists have found that a biological "RNA thermometer" monitors whether the environment is right for the bacterium to produce the factors it needs to survive within the body.

Keith Hawkins shares passion for science, prepares for Cambridge
Astrophysics major Keith Hawkins is preparing to graduate from Ohio University and move this summer to England.

Lancaster Campus Assistant Professor Awarded Emerita Status Posthumously
A Lancaster Campus assistant professor of education who passed away earlier this year has been awarded emerita status by the Ohio University Board of Trustees. Dr. Jane Johnsen was given the title of Assistant Professor Emerita of Education, Ohio University Lancaster (posthumous).

Nature's Fury: They Can See It Coming
For meteorologists, weather isn’t just a natural phenomenon. It’s a passion for protecting people—and sometimes it’s even a personal experience at ground zero.

University closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, all six Ohio University campuses will be closed on Monday, May 27.

May 23, 2013
Chillicothe Campus student researchers capture prizes at university expo
Teams of Ohio University-Chillicothe students captured honors in the recent Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo.

Peden Stadium to receive new turf
The Ohio University Football team is in the process of receiving a new playing surface at Peden Stadium that will be in place for the start of the 2013 preseason.

Six goals for IT at OHIO
Get an advance look at the top IT goals that surfaced in a recent strategic planning exercise

May 24, 2013
Lancaster campus student remembers fallen brother on Memorial Day
For Ohio University Lancaster student Linda Wright, Memorial Day is a day of pride and a day of pain. The Computer Science Technology student lost her older brother when he was serving in Vietnam on February 12, 1968.

OHIO, Red Cross host May 30th Blood Drive; Red Cross announces two blood drives on Athens campus in June
The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) and the OHIO Division of Student Affairs join the Southeast Chapter of the Ohio Red Cross to host a blood drive May 30th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Baker University Center’s fifth floor atrium.

Shaffer appointed senior associate vice president for finance and administration
Deborah Moon Shaffer has been named senior associate vice president for Finance and Administration.

May 27, 2013
Under the Elms Summer Concert Series provides free entertainment
Five nights this summer, students, community members, faculty and guests will come together both as audience members and participants to experience the Under the Elms Concert Series.

May 28, 2013
Human Resources reminds everyone to not perform union work
This summer, UHR is reminding everyone that certain work belongs only to AFSCME bargaining unit employees.

Lancaster Campus Human Services Technology students organize walk for Oklahoma tornado victims
Students in Ohio University Lancaster's Human Services Technology Student Association want to help the tornado victims in Oklahoma. So, they decided to organize a fundraising walk to do just that.

Memo from Human Resources regarding leave time usage
This is a memo from Ohio University Human Resources regarding leave time usage before the end of the fiscal year.

May 29, 2013
Facilities and Auxiliaries announce winners of Employee Attendance Incentive Pilot Program
Ohio University Facilities and Auxiliaries announced the winners of the Employee Incentive Pilot Program drawing that recognized classified employees (bargaining and non-bargaining) with excellent attendance.

Passphrases: Easy to make, hard to guess
Your password doesn't have to be cryptic to be secure.

University mourns former Football Head Coach Tom Lichtenberg
Tom Lichtenberg, former football head coach, died last weekend following an extended illness. He coached from 1990 to 1994.

May 30, 2013
Finalists for vice provost for global affairs announced
The Vice Provost for Global Affairs Search Committee has announced finalists for the position of vice provost for global affairs.

Flying Bobcats flight team soars in safety at national aviation competition
Ohio University’s Flying Bobcats team of student aviators from the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology earned a top safety award for the second year in a row at the 2013 NIFA National SAFECON aviation competition May 5-11 in Columbus, Ohio, at Ohio State University’s KOSU airport.

Media Sales Institute awards certificates to 12 graduates
Twelve participants of the Media Sales Institute at Ohio University were awarded National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation Media Sales certificates on May 23 at the finale of the 12-day course.