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Nov 1, 2010
Holiday expenditures memo
With the holiday season comes the natural desire to provide gifts, cards and other social amenities. As a public university, faculty and staff are expected to manage funds with special care.

Online professional development program to focus on new teacher residency requirements
The Southeast Ohio Teacher Development Collaborative (SEOTDC) member institutions are offering a series of free online professional development sessions titled, "Ohio's Seven Standards for Teaching Residency."

Primatologist tracks the chimpanzee communities of Africa
For the last 10 years, Hogan Sherrow has focused on chimpanzees—just as he’s wanted to do since the ripe old age of eight, when he read about Jane Goodall in an issue of National Geographic.

Nov 2, 2010
American Sign Language comedian entertains Lancaster
Keith Wann’s “Fistfuls of Laughter” became a theater full of laughter as soon as he took the stage Friday night, Oct. 22, at the Lancaster Campus. The stand-up comedian and producer of the ASL Comedy Tour and ASL Across America entertained more than 300 audience members at Ohio Friday night in Wagner Theater.

Chillicothe student at Ohio House of Representatives
Through his position as majority legislative page with the Ohio House of Representatives, Taylor Beeler is acquiring valuable on-the-job training for his ambitious career aspirations. Taylor, an Ohio University-Chillicothe student, began his current position in September after serving as an intern with Ohio Rep. Ray Pryor’s office.

Community Disposal Day and Drug Drop Off a success
The environmental health and safety are the big benefactors, thanks to the second Community Disposal Day and Drug Drop Off at Lancaster Campus. Anyone who cleared out a medicine cabinet or a desk likely feels positive about the effort as well.

Marching 110 to perform annual shows in Athens and Columbus
Ohio University's Marching 110 will close out the quarter by playing all of its fall musical selections during its annual Varsity Show and Ohio Theatre performances.

No Car … No Problem
Students now have an alternative way to travel. On Nov. 1, GoBus began offering two daily roundtrips between Athens and Columbus or Cincinnati.

Ohio University Press publication wins Polish Studies book prize
Two Ohio University Press books were singled out for honors during October. Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland, 1914–1939, by Neal Pease, is the co-winner of the ASEEES/Orbis Book Prize for Polish Studies.

School of Dance seniors take their creations to the stage
Seniors from the School of Dance have prepared for the upcoming Senior Dance Concert with months of rehearsals that tested the students’ original choreography.

Sexecologists come to marry the mountains
Former adult film star turned activist Annie Sprinkle and artist Elizabeth M. Stevens are traveling to Athens for a wedding to the Appalachian Mountains. Their week-long residency at Ohio University will provide a plethora of events for students and community members to attend.

Six myths of study abroad debunked
Many students let myths about study abroad keep them from the potential experience of a lifetime. Here, the Office of Education Abroad addresses six common excuses.

Nov 3, 2010
Faces in the Crowd: Jellison bids students to vote, despite frustration
Citizens are frustrated with the state of our nation, and many are feeling hopeless. But that’s no excuse for Americans to take their right to vote for granted, according to OHIO history professor Katherine Jellison.

VisCom students, faculty unite for Dawn to Dusk 2010
Students and faculty in the School of Visual Communication (VisCom) at Ohio University have once again put on their creative caps for Dawn to Dusk, the 12th annual event that captures a place and theme on camera from early morning light to sunset.

Nov 4, 2010
Croatian filmmaker Rajko Grlic tells powerful human stories
As a director, producer, or writer of nearly 50 films, Rajko Grlic has earned a reputation in his native Croatia as someone who hasn't flinched from telling honest and real stories.

Football team hosts Buffalo Thursday on ESPNU
Ohio Football plays its final home game Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against Buffalo in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Lindsey selected for NWCA All-Star Classic
Ohio senior Germane Lindsey has been selected to wrestle in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic on Sunday, Nov. 21 in Fresno, Calif.

OHIO mourns loss of student
The Ohio University community is mourning the loss of Matthew Morris, a second year sociology-criminology major at Ohio University.

Scholarship giveaway part of Green and White Night at Zanesville Campus
Green and White Night, scheduled for Tues., Nov. 16, will feature dynamic presentations featuring the various programs offered at the Zanesville campus.

The Interlink Alliance will host student leaders this weekend
The Interlink Alliance will sponsor the Student Leadership Development Conference this weekend at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Two research exhibits showcased in Washington D.C. event
Two Ohio University research groups were recently featured at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Nov 5, 2010
Charles Stuckey Receives John C. Baker Founder’s Award
Today, The Ohio University Foundation bestowed its greatest honor, The John C. Baker Founder’s Award, upon alumnus Charles Stuckey.

Meet September Classified Employee of the Month Deborah Brewer
This is a Q&A with September Classified Employee of the Month Deborah Brewer.

OU-COM administrator tapped for medical advisory board
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appointed D. Keith Watson, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., senior associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of surgery at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, to serve on the 17-member Council of Graduate Medical Education (COGME).

Ohio University Press to reissue Amish mystery series
Early in 2010, Ohio University Press was approached by the trade publisher Plume, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), for the right to reissue in paperback the first six Amish mysteries written by P. L. Gaus.

Opera scenes explores the elixir of love
The School of Music will present their annual opera scenes performance, titled “Aspects of Love: Through the Eyes of Opera Composers" at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 in the Ridges Auditorium.

Strategic Enrollment Management Plan completed
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit speaks to the University community about the newly completed Strategic Enrollment Management Plan.

University closed Thursday for Veterans Day
Ohio University will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of the national Veterans Day holiday.

University providing transportation to calling hours for Matthew Morris
Ohio University will be providing transportation on Tuesday, Nov. 9 for those wishing to attend the calling hours for recently deceased OHIO student Matthew Morris.

Nov 7, 2010
Branching Out: Beauty queen goes green
Kylie Johnson is more than a Miss Ohio Pageant winner – she's a sustainability advocate and an OHIO Ecohouse resident as well.

Eastern Campus schedules unveiling of Emeriti Wall
The public is invited to attend the unveiling of the Emeriti Wall at Ohio University’s Eastern Campus on Tuesday, November 9, at noon, in the first floor lobby of Shannon Hall, adjacent to the new Learning Commons.

Lancaster alumnus funds scholarship
On Thursday evening Lancaster Campus alumnus and Lancaster entrepreneur Mark Sells issued a challenge, along with a $10,000 check, to kick off a drive for increased scholarship funds at the Lancaster Campus.

New technologies bridge gap for patients with language impairments
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to determine how much individuals with aphasia understand. Brooke Hallowell, professor of communication sciences and disorders, has been working for the last 20 years to change that.

The Post's Holiday Wish Book available Monday
The Post will use proceeds from The Holiday Wish Book, which will be distributed inside the Ohio University student newspaper on Nov. 8, to assist Athens County tornado victims.

Nov 8, 2010
Patton College art auction benefits The Plains students
The Patton College of Education and Human Services Art Extravaganza and Silent Auction raised more than $1,500 for The Plains Elementary art program and its students.

Rufus the Bobcat makes a new friend
Ohio University mascot Rufus is more than just a mascot for the athletics teams -- he’s also a symbol of the Bobcat community whose presence can make a lasting impression on those who admire him.

Transportation engineer Deb McAvoy reflects on her career
Deb McAvoy has a new, state-of-the-art driving simulator to incorporate into her research and teaching.

Nov 9, 2010
Burgraff celebrates induction as Chillicothe Campus dean
Donna L. Burgraff was officially installed as the dean of Ohio University-Chillicothe during an induction ceremony on Nov. 5 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. She also used the occasion to officially launch the Gary Justice Memorial Scholarship, which is named for Burgraff's cousin.

India Today Symposium to feature husband, wife art lectures
Two lectures on art in India art will take place at noon, Friday, Nov. 12, in the Baker University Center Multicultural Center.

Update: UCM to schedule headshots for winter quarter
In an effort to make better use of its resources, University Communications and Marketing (UCM) will begin the practice of shooting portraits during the sixth and seventh weeks of each of the academic quarters, starting winter 2011.

Nov 10, 2010
Air Force ROTC to hold 24-hour vigil on Veterans Day
Cadets of the Air Force ROTC will hold a 24-hour vigil on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, outside of the fourth floor entrance of Baker University Center.

Biologist explores how icefish survive the climate of Antarctica
When her father died in 1978, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Lisa Crockett vowed to visit the continent that he had loved. Now she studies icefish, an extraordinary group of fishes with blood as white as snow.

Branding OHIO: Reinforcing the brand through design
A brand is only as strong as its parts. Design and graphic elements, which can make up a large part of a brand, can add as much value as words. The sum of all components of a brand, when used in a consistent manner, has the ability to reinforce the identity for your audience.

December workshop prepares faculty for quarters to semesters shift
OHIO will host a workshop, “Extreme Course Makeover, Q2S Edition: Creating the Blueprint,” on Dec. 6-7 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The workshop will aid instructors in the transition from quarters to semesters, as well as enhancing their classes. The event will be open to all faculty.

Employee Assistance Program offers variety of support programs
Each year, Human Resources encourages employees and their family members to take advantage of the resources available through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), known as Impact Solutions. Impact Solutions offers a variety of work/life balance programs and counseling by professional providers.

Enlight Foundation gives $1.9M to Scripps at Ohio University
The Enlight Foundation, a California nonprofit directed by Ohio University alumna Xin Liu, and her husband Yong Ping Duan, has given a total of $1.9 million to students and programs in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

New winter weather emergency procedures
With winter weather approaching, Linda Lonsinger, chief human resource officer, provides the University community with a review of the University’s policy on emergency closing, as well as inform you of several new procedures.

Presidential Matters: United Appeal supports our community
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis discusses the United Appeal campaign and why it is vital to the Athens community.

President’s address to Board of Trustees to be streamed live
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis’ address to the Board of Trustees on Nov. 19 will be streamed live on the president’s website.

Professor serves as committee member for United Appeal
Over the course of his life, Don Flournoy has held many titles, including director, dean, advisor, editor and professor. He has worked in developing countries in Africa, Asia and in Central Europe, been a consultant to both governmental and non-governmental organizations, and served on advising boards to think tanks. So, it is no surprise that Flournoy has gained yet another title: committee member of United Appeal for Athens County.

Revised furlough policy and FAQs posted
On Oct. 15, President Roderick J. McDavis and Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced that the University would present a furlough policy to the Ohio University Board of Trustees for approval. There are no plans to institute a furlough in the current fiscal year, but McDavis and Benoit indicated that they viewed the establishment of a policy as a prudent measure. In the event of an operating deficit, a furlough could be used as a short-term solution for balancing the University’s budget.

Nov 12, 2010
College of Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding alumni
Earlier this fall, the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences recognized some of its most distinguished alumni at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner and Ceremony.

Crime alert issued for sexual imposition
On Nov. 10, a female student reported to the Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) that on Saturday, Nov. 6, she and a female friend were accosted by three men.

Dining Halls increase reliance on local farmers
Does your dining hall produce taste especially flavorful and fresh this year? According to Ohio University Executive Chef Matt Rapposelli, much of the produce and other products at the dining hall are “as fresh as it gets,” thanks to this year’s increase in locally-grown fare.

Eastern Campus unveils Emeriti Wall
A standing room only crowd of faculty, staff, community members and special guests were on hand to celebrate the distinguished careers of 16 honorees with the unveiling of the Emeriti Wall at Ohio University’s Eastern Campus on Tuesday afternoon.

Former Hungarian ambassador addresses OHIO students
Andras Simonyi, the former Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S., held two lectures on business and diplomatic relations at Ohio University on Nov. 8 and 9.

Innovation Center cultivates entrepreneurial spirit in the face of economic downturn
Jennifer Simon has been cultivating seeds for as long as she can remember. First as a child, growing up on her family’s Washington County farm. And today, as director of the Innovation Center, Ohio University’s business incubator. Here, Simon discusses the economic landscape, regional entrepreneurship and OHIO’s Innovation Center.

Kennedy Museum needs help naming new café
Ohio University’s Kennedy Museum of Art, located in the historic Lin Hall at The Ridges is excited to announce the addition of a new campus café experience and wants you to name it!

University hires nationally renowned alternative energy expert
Ohio University has welcomed its fourth eminent scholar, Sunggyu K.B. Lee. He is the Russ-Ohio Research Scholar in Coal Syngas Utilization.

Nov 15, 2010
Athens Foundation planning a Young Professionals Group
The Athens Foundation, a philanthropic organization committed to enhancing the quality of life of Athens County community members through endowments and grants, is planning a Young Professionals Group.

BSCPB to host annual 'K is for Kwanzaa' event
The Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) will host its annual community service project, "K is for Kwanzaa," Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Baker University Center.

Patton College prepared for emergency situations
The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services has strengthened its commitment to safety in the past two years and is the only college at Ohio University that conducts emergency evacuation drills.

Nov 16, 2010
'Cat Counsel: My finals routine
Ohio University student Anne Cummings shares the secrets to her finals studying successes.

A family affair
If you didn’t know better, you’d think Senior Gabe Ross was a staff member at the WOUB Center for Public Media. A video/production major in the School of Media Arts and Studies, Gabe has immersed himself in all functions at the Center, including hosting the award-winning educational project “Spaced Out: A Cosmic Scene,” being the weather producer and performing other functions for “Newswatch” the daily news program, audio person and producer for “Gridiron Glory,” the student-produced football program and regularly working shifts in the digital master control room, which monitors all six of the television stations to make certain they are operating as they should.

Benoit and Golding address budget concerns
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding addressed the OHIO community about the University's budget. The message was distributed via e-mail on Nov. 15, 2010.

Chemical engineering students win national safety design award
A team of chemical and biomolecular engineering students won the Inherent Safety in Design Award at the National Chem-E-Car Competition.

Final 2010 Third Thursday Event at Zanesville
Ohio University-Zanesville and the Pioneer and Historical Society of Muskingum County have teamed up to present “How Zanesville Won the Capital and then Lost It.”

Former OU professor featured in PBS' "The President's Photographer"
Pete Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he's ahead of him. As the president's chief White House photographer, Souza is the president's shadow.

Poverty Simulation gives students a new perspective
The Poverty Simulation project, which was sponsored by the university's Campus Involvement Center, attempted to give students a real sense of the issues that millions of Americans are forced to live with on a daily basis.

Six new study abroad programs approved for summer
Six new Ohio University study abroad programs were recently approved, enabling students to spend summer 2011 in Israel, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, South Africa and Slovakia.

Southern Campus faculty study the effects of energy drinks
Nicole Pennington, director of nursing at Ohio University Southern chose to research the effect of energy drinks on young adolescents after she noticed her own children becoming interested in these types of beverages.

Student aviators land in top spots at regional competition
Two Ohio University aviation students from the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology placed in top positions at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) regional SAFECON competition in October.

Student donation stations aid local communities
On- and off-campus collections sites are accepting food and clothing donations now through Nov. 23.

University hosts workshop on recycling asphalt shingles in pavement
hio University’s Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE) and Flexible Pavements of Ohio (FPO) held a workshop last week to help educate Ohio’s asphalt industry on the use of recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) in pavement.

Nov 17, 2010
Bobcats counsel their cohorts
A new series, “’Cat Counsel,” has joined the Ohio University Compass lineup. The series will give University Communications and Marketing students a chance to share the life lessons they learned during their college experience.

Five myths of donating to the United Appeal debunked
As giving letters and pledge cards filter through the University community, Ohio University Compass and Jessica Wingett, United Appeal committee member and manager of the Office of Research and Grants at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, have set out to clear up some myths about the United Appeal campaign.

Nov 18, 2010
ARP vendor change
Participants in the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP) at Ohio University are entitled to change their ARP vendor once per calendar year.

Nov 19, 2010
Budget principles and revised budget timeline posted
The budget update sent on Monday from Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding indicated that a set of budget principles and a revised budget timeline would be posted on the Executive Vice President and Provost’s website by Friday, Nov. 19. The documents are now available.

Event Services establishes new Baker Ballroom fees
Ohio University Event Services has established new usage fees for internal users for the Baker University Center Ballroom effective January 2011, including new and existing reservations.

First osteopathic psychiatry residency offered in Ohio
William Resch is the program director for the CORE system’s first psychiatry residency program: the result of a partnership between the residency’s sponsoring institution, Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, the Chillicothe VA Medical Center and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The four-year program’s first residents, Sarah Cullison, and Julius Paul Roberts, began training in July.

OHIO trustees focus on long-term goals
Members of the Ohio University Board of Trustees engaged in discussions surrounding long-term strategies to ensure the institution’s academic and fiscal strength at meetings yesterday and today. 

Pickerington Center celebrates tenth anniversary
Dan Evans, executive dean of regional higher education and vice provost for e-learning and strategic initiatives, noted that at ten years old, “The center is a mere kid compared to a grandparent of over 200 years.”

Nov 21, 2010
Girl crush inspires cosmic research
Student Keith Hawkins discovered his passion for galaxies at age 11 when he started checking out books on astronomy from his school’s library. But it wasn’t an inherent love of science that initially drove him. “It was because of a girl,” he admits.

Volleyball team captures third-straight MAC championship
The volleyball team captured their third-straight conference championship on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 win over Northern Illinois.

Nov 22, 2010
Search committee appointed to select Vice President of Advancement
In an e-mail to the entire Ohio University Community on Monday, President Roderick J. McDavis announced the University community members who have been appointed to the Vice President of Advancement search committee.

Sweet skills: Registration for gingerbread house contest is Dec. 7
Celebrate the season with West 82’s annual gingerbread house decorating contest.

University to close Thursday and Friday
Ohio University will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Nov 23, 2010
Rachel Mummey named College Photographer of the Year
Rachel Mummey, a master's student in the School of Visual Communication (VisCom) has been named the 65th College Photographer of the Year (CPOY).