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Oct 1, 2010
Alden Library offers mobile information site and text-a-librarian service
Alden Library is going mobile, thanks to its new mobile information site and text-a-librarian service.

Celebrating 75 years of Vision: Kevin Crist reflects
Kevin Crist loves coming to work every day. After working in the engineering industry for 10 years, he wanted to explore teaching and research.

Dinosaurs significantly taller than thought
Researchers at the University of Missouri and Ohio University have found that dinosaurs had thick layers of cartilage in their joints, which means they may have been considerably taller than previously thought.

Environmental Studies Program receives 1804 Grant and Environmental Achievement Award
The Ohio University Environmental Studies Program has received an 1804 Grant for its Kanawha Project, and was awarded the Ohio Environmental Council’s (OEC) 2010 Environmental Achievement Award for Innovation in August 2010.

From plate to plate, compost initiative comes full circle
The hard work of many university members was put into action over the summer when the first load of compost was used in the Environmental Plant Biology Gardens.

Latest campus crime statistics released
The Ohio University Police Department has released its 2009 campus crime statistics and a few categories are notable.

School of Music offers week of eclectic performances
Next week, the School of Music will host an eclectic array of events, showcasing the talents of students, faculty and visiting artists. The diverse mix of concerts also will feature the school’s biggest ensembles in their first concert of the year. All of these events are free and open to the public.

Students ready to welcome parents to campus
Parents from around the country will arrive at Ohio University to attend the annual Fall Parents Weekend festivities, Oct. 8-10.

University partners with Lane Aviation to offer charter flights
Ohio University recently announced a partnership with Lane Aviation of Columbus to offer chartered flights on the university's King Air 350 airplane.

Oct 3, 2010
Classified employees honored at service awards luncheon
Diana Pugh and Irene Weigly took different paths to 35 years of service at the university, but each one thanked the people who made it possible on Thursday.

Oct 4, 2010
Film screening shows off the work of film students
First-year film students experience an extensive process during their inaugural year in the film program at Ohio University. A way to test the students’ passion and drive for movie making, this process is often referred to as the film production boot camp. Eleven students will be presenting the results of this hard work during the First-Year Screening at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Athena Cinema.

Oct 5, 2010
Call for employees to volunteer on Halloween
Please consider volunteering to be a Green Jacket. Each pair of volunteers walks designated areas equipped with a flashlight, two-way radio and a clearly marked OHIO staff jacket and hat.

Energy Days teaches local students about sustainability
More than 800 elementary students from Athens City Schools filled Baker University Center Sept. 29-30 for Ohio University’s ninth annual Energy Days.

OHIO intern covers police riots in Ecuador
While reporting for the Ecuadorian national newspaper, OHIO intern Gail Burkhardt witnessed Ecuador's recent police riots first hand and even covered part of the protest.

Scripps College of Communication named a Center of Excellence
The Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University has been named a Center of Excellence in Culture and Societal Transformation for the state of Ohio, the only college of communication to receive such a designation.

Study Abroad Fair set for Oct. 11
Students interested in traveling abroad will have access to a multitude of resources at Ohio University’s 22nd annual Study Abroad Fair.

Oct 6, 2010
Annual International Dinner brings new food to the table this Saturday
Ohio University’s annual International Dinner will be held this Saturday at 6 p.m. in Nelson Banquet Hall. The event is themed “Taste Global, Eat Local”, encouraging individuals to taste a variety of international dishes that they might never have had a chance to otherwise.

Beatrice Mary Selotlegeng: Leveraging international understanding
So just how does a former president find his way to the heart of Appalachian Ohio? That story lies with one of OHIO’s own, Academic Advisor Beatrice Mary Selotlegeng. Selotlegeng recently took time to speak with Compass about her penchant for leveraging her connections to the benefit of the Ohio University community.

Celebrating 75 years of Vision: Monica Burdick reflects
Monica Burdick feels she found a special place at the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, saying the “leadership, faculty, staff and students” are the best part of her job.

Homecoming week kicks off Monday
This year’s Homecoming Week, titled "Homecoming 2010: Let the Games Begin," offers something for everyone.

OHIO Director of Compliance qualifies for U.S. Olympics marathon trials
Craig Leon, Ohio’s Director of Compliance and a former Bobcat student-athlete, finished 10th at Sunday’s United States Marathon Championship in Minneapolis. He finished in 2:18:29 to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in January 2012.

Opening reception for Multicultural Center art exhibit is Friday
The opening reception for the Ohio University Multicultural Center's exhibit, "Transitions: The Culture from Within," will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, at the Multicultural Center Art Gallery.

Piercy coaches residents on college adjustment
When surveying freshmen at Perkins Hall, adjusting to college life was noted as a concern among many. And what better person to talk to first-year students about this adjustment than Judy Piercy, associate director of Residential Housing?

Tubas provide the soundtrack to October with annual Octubafest
School of Music concerts throughout the month of October provide an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to enjoy performances by musical ensembles that are not typically showcased.

Oct 7, 2010
Alumni Association to celebrate Homecoming
The Ohio University Alumni Association will be providing a variety of fun-filled activities, beginning Friday, Oct. 15 to make this year’s Homecoming weekend packed with entertainment.

Common sense and vigilance encouraged Halloween weekend
Halloween weekend is typically one of the biggest events in Athens. While Ohio University does not sponsor or endorse the festivities, the safety of OHIO students and community members is always the highest priority.

Halloween weekend rules and regulations
Halloween weekend in Athens is unlike any other weekend of the year. Ohio University has guidelines to keep students and residents safe during this busy time. From restricted parking to wristbands in the residence halls, knowing and abiding by all the regulations is important and can spare later headaches.

OU Press highlights creative works in recent publications
Ohio University Press has published a wealth of creative works in addition to the scholarly studies that make up the bulk of the seasonal book lists. This September, two titles promoted during the month were short story collections.

Oct 8, 2010
Driving simulation lab to improve traffic, construction zone safety
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology is now home to one of only two driving simulators in Ohio.

October is LGBT History Month
October is National LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History month and Ohio University has plenty of events planned for celebration.

Oct 10, 2010
Alumni ready to recruit students
Members of the Ohio University Volunteer Alumni Admissions Network are using the Homecoming trip back to campus as an opportunity to help future Bobcats learn more about OHIO through the VAAN High School Visit Program.

Branching Out: Meet first lady Deborah McDavis
First lady Deborah McDavis shares her experiences and daily activities with the viewers. She hopes to build a legacy during her tenure.

Homecoming gala to recognize outstanding alumni on Friday
The Ohio University Alumni Association will recognize the 2010 alumni award recipients and the newest inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame at its annual Alumni Awards Gala on Friday.

Oct 11, 2010
Alden Library to host Homecoming archives exhibit
Alden Library will host a special Homecoming archives exhibit from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. An Amazon Kindle will be awarded to one lucky attendee.

Great Job!
Meet Jill Bean, non-bargaining Classified Employee of the Month for July.

Phil Bates is MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Ohio quarterback Phil Bates was named Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week Monday by the league office following the Bobcats' 49-25 win over Bowling Green on Saturday.

Preventive medication, behavior management skills help combat frequent migraines
The combination of preventive medication and behavioral changes offered significant relief for 77 percent of the individuals enrolled in a study aimed at combating frequent, disabling migraine headaches, according to new Ohio University research published this week in the British Medical Journal.

Russ College to host 75th anniversary events this week
The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology will host the following events this week to coincide with Homecoming activities.

School of Music provides major concerts during Homecoming
The University Symphony Orchestra and a group of alumni jazz musicians will entertain audiences during Ohio University’s Homecoming weekend on Friday, Oct. 15.

Oct 12, 2010
Athletics to Help Athens County on Homecoming
Ohio Athletics, including the department's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), have teamed up with the American Red Cross and the Athens County Food Pantry to provide relief for Athens County.

Beyond the meter, Transportation and Parking Services
While revenue from fines and citations play a vital role in funding Transportation and Parking Services, Director Marty Paulins said his department is much more than parking enforcement.

Russ College anniversary profile: Aviation professor Bryan Branham reflects
Branham -- a school-trained test pilot in both helicopters and airplanes -- says he incorporates real-life situations into his teaching philosophy, often drawing from his own experiences.

Survivor Advocacy Program open house is Wednesday
The Ohio University Women’s Center will host an open house for its new Survivor Advocacy Program at from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the McKee House.

Oct 13, 2010
Assistant secretary for fossil energy to address challenges of coal
United States Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy James Markowsky will be keynoting a two-day conference on advanced energy Oct. 18-19 at Ohio University’s Walter Hall.

First international Charlie Chaplin conference in America comes to Zanesville Campus
Charlie Chaplin’s genius is being honored close to home from Oct. 28-30 when the Ohio University Zanesville campus hosts “Charlie in the Heartland: An International Charlie Chaplin Conference.”

Flu shot options for employees and their families
Flu season is approaching, and University Human Resources is offering several opportunities for employees and their family members to receive free flu vaccines.

Human Resources offering learning opportunities in October
Human Resources offering learning opportunities in October

Our Mission and Vision: Being and Becoming
Ohio University adopted a new vision statement recently. A vision statement is a lofty goal that is meant to inspire and direct. In other words, it’s not yet attained but rather describes a desired state.

Returning alumni to participate with WOUB radio and TV programs
Homecoming week is a time for Ohio University's alumni to return and honor their roots. This year, many of them will be spending time at WOUB to celebrate their broadcasting roots and the chance to do it all again.

Ryan Lombardi to appear on WATH radio Thursday morning
Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi will appear on WATH 970 AM’s “Party Line” show at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Vegan cuisine throwdown: Vote for OHIO in PETA competition
Ohio University is competing against 32 other colleges and universities to be named the Most Vegan-Friendly College for 2010 by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Vice President Steve Golding letter on SSI funding
New Vice President for Finance and Administration Steve Golding wrote a letter to faculty and staff to update them on the latest State Share of Instruction (SSI) news.

Oct 14, 2010
Appalachia rising: Fueling renewable energy
With support from Ohio University's Innovation Center, alumni Geoff and Michelle Greenfield are eliminating energy bills for clients across the state through the installation of clean energy systems.

Creative Writing Program welcomes fiction writer for reading
The Creative Writing Program within the Department of English will present a reading by visiting fiction writer Rob Roberge at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at Galbreath Chapel with a reception following. The event is free and open to the public.

Dean touts triumphs, promises ‘unbelievable’ future
Despite uncertainty about state funding, the future of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine promises dramatic changes and advancements, Dean Jack Brose, D.O., said during his annual State of the College address.

Diversity Matters: Faculty and staff can become more involved
Every month is significant in the celebration of diversity. October holds resonance because it is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, October 11 is National Coming Out Day, and the first half of the month is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Forum to air concerns about Blackboard 9
In response to faculty concerns about the usability of Blackboard 9, the Office of Information Technology has scheduled an open forum on October 20, 2010 in Baker Center 240.

How to use advanced search
Searches on the Ohio University website with no results happen to everyone, and they can be frustrating. However, to the right of the search bar is a link that reads “Advanced Search,” and that link can be a big help.

OHIO to compete in Game Day Challenge
The stakes have been raised for this Saturday’s Homecoming football game. Not only will fans cheer on the Bobcats, they also will be taking part in Game Day Challenge, a national competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their football games.

School of Theater presents first production of the year
The School of Theater will launch into its mainstage series with the comedic production of “Well” by Lisa Kron.

Slots available for emotional intelligence workshop
A professional development workshop on emotional intelligence will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 22, in the Human Resources Training Center 154.

WOUB Matters: October is a full month for the station
WOUB Matters: October is a full month for the station

Oct 15, 2010
Human Resources issues holiday observance memo
As indicated in Ohio University’s Policy and Procedure #41.125, University Human Resources annually issues an official list of holiday observance dates. The following is the schedule for the remaining holidays in 2010 and the years 2011 and 2012.

NSF grant enables purchase of state-of-art flow cytometer
The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering, College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) and College of Arts and Sciences have received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase a state-of-the-art flow cytometer with cell-sorting capabilities.

President and Executive Vice President and Provost share draft policy
President and Executive Vice President and Provost share draft policy

Two new professorships awarded from $95 million Russ gift
Two additional engineering faculty members at Ohio University are being recognized with new professorships as a result of a $95 million Russ family estate gift.

Word on the Street: 2010 Career Fair
In this video, Ohio University students talk about the 2010 Career Fair and how they will use it to find employment.

Oct 18, 2010
2010 recipients of 1804 funds
2010 recipients of 1804 funds

Conference focuses on experimental writing
The Department of English is hosting a conference Oct. 22 and 23 titled “Defining the New - Experiments and Innovations in English Studies.”

LGBT Spirit Day is Wednesday
In honor of LGBT people who have died due to homophobic abuse and torment, Wednesday, Oct. 20, has been nationally designated as Spirit Day.

Ohio University Foundation announces 1804 Fund awards
The Ohio University Foundation has awarded $208,198 from its 1804 Fund to 13 new research and educational initiatives. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the 1804 Fund, bringing awards granted to $14.8 million for more than 500 projects since its inception.

Oct 19, 2010
Environmental Scan Open Forums and University Environmental Scan Update
On behalf of the University Environmental Scan Team*, I would like to provide some information on the environmental scanning process. The goal of conducting university and planning unit scans is to identify the trends that we believe are most likely to influence our continued progress over the next six years.

OHIO reaffirms commitment the LGBT community
OHIO's top administrators address the University's continuing commitment to members of the LGBT community.

President McDavis joins American Council on Education
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis has been named to the American Council on Education (ACE) Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement.

Sugar Bush Foundation funds zero waste initiative
The Sugar Bush Foundation’s mission is to “work with Ohio University and local communities to improve the quality of life in Appalachian Ohio by encouraging civic engagement and by fostering sustainable environmental, socioeconomic, and human development.” According to Ed Newman, director of campus recycling and waste and a director of the Sugar Bush Foundation, this project fits perfectly with the foundation’s goals.

Third annual IT Security Seminar scheduled for Friday, October 22
The Office of Information Technology will be sponsoring its third annual IT Security Seminar on Friday, Oct. 22, in Baker Center's 2nd floor conference area.

Oct 20, 2010
Classified employee taking love and hope message behind bars
Ohio University classified employee Libby Dudding has been busy recently. She has been satisfying prison inmates' sweet tooth with dozens of cookies. 

Great job Patricia Palmer!
Learn more about August Classified Employee of the Month Patricia Palmer.

Homecoming 2010 Highlights video
Ohio University alumni from around the world returned to Athens last weekend for Homecoming. Here's a glance at some of the highlights from the 2010 Homecoming celebration.

Poverty Simulation to bring awareness to OHIO
As part of the Campus Involvement Center’s community service efforts, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks has been invited to Ohio University to co-facilitate an exciting real-life event in Baker Center Ballroom A, Monday, Nov. 8 from 6– 9 p.m. The event accommodates up to 70 participants.

Oct 21, 2010
Anthropologist studies how Kashmiri people use nonviolent means to advocate for human rights
Anthropologist Haley Duschinski studies how the Kashmiri people use nonviolent means to advocate for human rights and justice in an occupied state.

Faculty and Staff Resource Fair is Oct. 26
Human Resources, in partnership with Classified Senate, invites all faculty and staff to attend the Faculty & Staff Resources fair on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Baker University Center.

Hallowpalooza will bring the hills to life
The Ohio University School of Music will present “Hallowpalooza III – The Hills Are Alive” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium.

Student senate president triumphs disability
More than 2.6 million students nationwide have a learning disability. Among these is senior communication studies major Jesse Neader, president of OHIO's student senate.

Oct 22, 2010
Fun fall activities abound
Between academics, extracurricular activities and social activities, it can seem hard to balance. However, pull your hand out of the Halloween candy bowl, because Ohio University provides dozens of activities that are perfect for the fall weather and will keep you healthy.

Spooky, silly Halloween fun
While some may enjoy the crowds and costumes, other people may opt for a tamer Halloween. OHIO has a solution, with activities celebrating Halloween all week.

Oct 24, 2010
A view from inside the Homecoming Parade
Singing Men of Ohio President Kyle Raffel shares the special moments from his Homecoming Parade experience.

Oct 25, 2010
Branching Out: Ohio University Police Department protects and serves
This Branching Out video takes a closer look at the role of the Ohio University Police Department on campus.

Dean of Students addresses student's probable case of bacterial meningitis
Junior Lindsay Harris is under observation for a probable case of bacterial meningitis. After being treated at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital on Saturday, she was transferred to a hospital in Columbus where she remains in stable condition.

Grant expands OU-COM research on Chagas disease
A five-year, $750,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will significantly expand research efforts by the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) into the transmission, diagnosis and treatment of Chagas disease in Ecuador.

Individuals can sink their teeth into vampire discussion at Chillicothe Library
Individuals from the campus and area community can explore the vampire phenomenon during the salon discussion series from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Quinn Library, located in the Stevenson Center, at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Students and faculty will present sociological, literary and fanatical perspectives on the topic to begin the conversation.

International honorees reflect on shattered stereotypes
Friday's annual Sponsored Student Reception was punctuated by lively debate on how international exchange helps break down stereotypes.

NIH grant to fund research at OU-COM into possible causes, prevention of type 1 diabetes
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) announced today it was awarded a $221,250 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study molecules related to the onset of type 1 diabetes and evaluate the effectiveness of a potentially novel new drug for the treatment and prevention of the disease.

OHIO awarded UNICEF contract to develop communication for development courses
Ohio University’s Communication and Development Studies Program has been awarded a two-year, $940,000 contract to create a blended learning course for 200 of UNICEF’s country and regional officers working in Communication for Development (C4D) related programs and activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

OHIO students weigh in on the flu vaccine
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That is the question. Here, OHIO students sound off regarding their vaccination decisions.

Playwright Charles Smith uses historical lens to explore race
James Cameron and the events that led to the 1930 public lynching of his friends are the subjects of Charles Smith’s new play, The Gospel According to James.

University community assembles to support LGBT community
Last Wednesday , Ohio University students gathered on College Green to participate in a candlelight vigil to honor the memories of the young members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community who have taken their own lives in recent months because of harassment and bullying.

Oct 26, 2010
Ceramics professor to host talk at Kennedy Museum of Art
Ohio University Assistant Professor of Ceramics Tom Bartel will discuss the style influences on his sculptures at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Kennedy Museum of Art in The Ridges.

Anatomy of a tornado
The Ohio University Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis and the Department of Geography will co-host a discussion on the recent tornado activity in southeast Ohio at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in Walter Hall 135.

Copeland Cares to send care packages to soldiers
The Copeland Cares campaign is looking for the names and military addresses of Bobcats currently serving in the armed forces overseas in order to send them care packages in December.

Elementary school students' artwork to be auctioned at McCracken
The fourth annual Art Extravaganza and Silent Auction will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in the McCracken Hall Gallery.

Foil the flu: OHIO launches health alert on seasonal flu
Ohio University recently launched a new website dedicated to educating students, faculty and staff about influenza. The site features updates on H1N1 and flu vaccination information for the OHIO community.

Howard Lipman leaving University for Florida
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis announced in an e-mail to faculty and staff today that Howard Lipman, vice president for advancement and president and CEO of the Ohio University Foundation, would be leaving the University.

One man, 60 miles for the cure
Like many people, Kevin Smith has been touched by breast cancer. Not content with wearing pink or donating money, Smith has decided to show his support in a bigger way. Nov. 19-21, he will participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for a Cure in San Diego to raise money for breast cancer research.

Psychology professor receives APA award
The American Psychological Association (APA) recently announced G. Daniel Lassiter, professor of psychology at Ohio University, as the recipient of the 2010 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research and Public Policy.

Oct 27, 2010
Athletics excels in NCAA graduation rate statistics
OHIO athletics teams boasted a graduation success rate (GSR) of 83 percent, which was four points higher than the national average according to the latest NCAA statistics.

Branding OHIO: A tagline is a powerful sound bite
Executive Director of University Communications and Marketing Renea Morris explains the University's new tagline, and how it was chosen.

McDavis appointed to NCAA Academic Performance committee
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis was recently appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Academic Performance.

Staff member donates kidney to stranger
Rollie Merriman, storekeeper for the Department of Chemistry Department, donated one of his kidneys to a stranger in need. He was inspired by a public service announcement.

Oct 28, 2010
Appalachia Rising: Free services fight diabetes scourge
The Diabetes Clinic began in November 2006 when local demand for diabetes care led OU-COM to specialize their free community health care.

Lancaster Campus student wins "Get to Know your OHIO" photography contest
Sarah Milam’s favorite place to study is the Hannah V. McCauley Library at the Lancaster Campus. Her smiling self portrait taken among the stacks earned her a top prize among regional campus entries in a "get to know your OHIO" photography competition sponsored by University Communications and Marketing.

Ohio University police react quickly to threat
The Ohio University Police Department responded swiftly late yesterday afternoon to a report that a former Ohio University employee, Mark Hopton, had made threatening comments against current employees. Hopton was arrested yesterday evening and charged with making terroristic threats, a third-degree felony.

This month in the senates: October
A brief recap of the three OHIO employee senate meetings

Oct 29, 2010
Alwin Nikolais: A Life Worth Remembering
This November is the 100th birthday celebration of the legendary modern dance choreographer, designer and teacher, Alwin Nikolais. Coined the “father of multimedia,” Nikolais’ career spanned 55 years and included everything from choreographing dance to composing music.

Comedian Mo Rocca to perform on Wednesday
Comedic personality Mo Rocca will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Faculty and staff come together to kick off United Appeal campaign
On Monday, Nov. 8, from noon until 3 p.m., Ohio University will host an event at the Honors Collegium in Baker University Center to kick off OHIO’s participation in the United Appeal of Athens County’s annual fund drive.

Host Greg Glasser leads crew of ‘Gridiron Glory’
When Senior Greg Glasser started his freshman year at Ohio University he spent his first Friday night on campus a little differently than everyone else. Glasser spent his time with the crew of the award-winning high school football television show “Gridiron Glory.”

Major discovery: Finding the right path
Hannah Meiser shares her difficult decision whether to switch sequences or her major and shares some lessons learned with her fellow students.

Pilot group prepares for PeopleSoft transition
The Rufus Initiative team currently is working with 21 faculty and staff from four campuses to pilot the use of PeopleSoft and Astra Schedule to build the Schedule of Classes for this coming summer and fall quarters.