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Dec 1, 2014
Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is December 17
The eighth-annual Ohio University Gingerbread House Decorating Contest will take place Wednesday, December 17 in the Maggie Davis and West 82 seating area on the first floor of the Baker University Center.

Annual campaign to provide funds to local agencies, support Athens County residents
Ohio University is kicking off its annual “United 2 Give, United 2 Help” campaign in support of United Appeal for Athens County and its numerous partner agencies.

Justin Holub to discuss nature’s impact on innovation at Dec. 3 Science Cafe
Nature's form and function have inspired countless innovations throughout recorded history, from architecture and engineering, to art and sculpture and even therapeutics and medicines. Justin Holub, an Ohio University assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, looks for inspiration from nature at the macro-, micro- and nanoscale levels.

Lancaster Campus guitar club to perform holiday concert Wednesday
Ohio University Lancaster’s Guitar Club (STRUM) will present a holiday concert on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, from 2:15-3:00 p.m. in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts.  The concert is free and open to OUL faculty, students, friends, family and the general public.

Mechanical engineering seniors rack up more national design wins
For the third time in four years, Ohio University mechanical engineering senior design teams have won top national design awards from the James F. Lincoln Foundation (JFLF), bringing their total contest winnings in recent years to more than $100,000.

New evidence shows link between brain function and muscle strength
Researchers at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine have found that mental imagery exercises can prevent muscles from getting weaker after not being used for extended periods of time. This finding has potential implications for patients undergoing neurorehabilitation, such as those who have suffered a stroke. It is also a major breakthrough for scientists and clinicians because it offers encouraging, new evidence about the role of the nervous system in muscle weakness.

Postdoc Xilin Zhang advances nuclear theory   
Xilin Zhang, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Physics & Astronomy,  recently completed an Intensity Frontier Fellowship co-sponsored by Fermilab, a U.S. Department of Energy particle physics and accelerator laboratory in Illinois.

Southern Campus Equestrian Team making its mark
The Southern campus equestrian team recently had a strong performance at the second annual Western Dressage World Championships competition.

Dec 2, 2014
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival internship exciting opportunity for Lancaster Campus student
An Ohio University Lancaster student is now positive that she chose the right major and career after a special summer internship.  Senior Monica Sherry, a Communication Studies major, interned with AC Entertainment in Knoxville, Tennessee, and helped put on the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Brody joins OUPD as second explosive-detection dog
The newest addition to the Ohio University Police Department is an explosive-detection dog named Brody, who was introduced to the campus community and Southeastern Ohio during a special ceremony in the Human Resources and Training Center last week.

Electrical engineering student team one of six chosen for international design competition
A team of five electrical engineering seniors from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology is one of six semifinalist teams competing in the 2015 Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Antenna Design Challenge.

Engineering and physical therapy students collaborate to make space studies program more accessible
Ohio University engineering and physical therapy students are assessing campus accessibility in preparation for International Space University’s (ISU) 2015 Space Studies Program (SSP15), to be hosted by Ohio University this summer.

Ryan Felice explores how bird tails evolved and aided hunting
Forty-nine million years ago, a freshwater bird known as Limnofregata azygosternon lived in the ancient lakes of what is now Wyoming. Leaving behind only a few skeletons, it is hard to imagine how this extinct bird once looked and lived.<br />Thanks to the research of Ryan Felice, a doctoral student in biological sciences at Ohio University, we can now envision the tailbones and feathers of this ancient bird, revealing important information about how Limnofregata flew, hunted and lived.

Dec 3, 2014
Holiday gifts and gear offered at The Bobcat Store
The holiday season is here. And what better way to say “Happy Hol-OU-days” to Bobcat friends and family, than with a gift from The Bobcat Store?

Human Resources, Payroll remind faculty and staff about Winter Break Closure deadlines
Ohio University Human Resources and Payroll would like to remind faculty and staff about the upcoming Winter Break Closure and associated deadlines with regard to job postings.

OHIO Campus Recycling, Culinary Services, and Lambda Chi Alpha team up to fight hunger this holiday season
Ohio University Campus Recycling, Culinary Services and Lambda Chi Alpha have teamed up for an annual winter break food drive to help fight hunger this holiday season.

The colorful and the messy, the delfin bautista story
In the year since delfin bautista* took over the Ohio University LGBT Center, quite a bit has changed. The center has expanded its safe-zone offerings to include several diverse aspects of university life in an effort to promote cohesion between LGBT students and their peers.

University holiday greeting now available
Ohio University is proud to present its annual holiday greeting for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. This year’s holiday greeting depicts the three College Green buildings – Cutler Hall, McGuffey Hall and Wilson Hall -- in an animated green and white snow globe.

Winter Break energy saving tips
Throughout the year, Ohio University faculty, staff and students are reminded of the steps they can take to help the University save energy while they are away.  The upcoming Winter Break Closure provides an excellent opportunity to save energy, reduce environmental impacts and minimize costs during the time the University will be closed and classes will not be in session.

Zanesville Campus’ Choral Union to present annual fall concert
The Ohio University Zanesville Choral Union will be presenting its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the Elson Hall auditorium on the Zanesville Campus.

­­Students attend Hands Up, Walk Out Summit as follow-up to Occupation Baker
Emotions ran high as students from Ohio University attended a follow-up conversation called the Hands Up Walk Out Summit, or #handsupwalkout Summit, in Baker University Center Theatre Tuesday evening.

Dec 4, 2014
OU-C nursing students make the grade
BASE program students achieve 100 percent pass rate on licensure exam, Gough memorial collection to be dedicated and more news from Chillicothe Campus

Dec 5, 2014
Ice carvers visit Athens Campus [PHOTO ESSAY]
The Campus Involvement Center hosted a team of professional ice carvers who created ice sculptures at three locations on the Athens Campus.

President McDavis encourages students to enact change in new blog post
Dr. McDavis writes in his most recent blog post, "The events that are unfolding across our nation concerning grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island have struck a deep chord for me and for our community."

University offers de-stress events and counseling services during finals week
Events on Monday, Dec. 8 at Baker University Center and Alden Library offer students free counseling and ways to ease their anxiety.

WATH 970 AM to feature President McDavis Dec. 11
President Roderick J. McDavis will discuss the latest happenings at Ohio University on Athens radio station WATH 970 AM at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11.

Dec 7, 2014
Word on the Street - Winter [VIDEOS]
In this segment of "Word on the Street" Bianca Hillier asks students what they like about winter and what they plan to do for winter break.

Dec 8, 2014
Business Forum scheduled for Dec. 10
Ohio University Finance and Administration will conduct their next Business Forum on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre.

Campaign initiated by OHIO employee generates nearly $50K for workers affected by Athens fire
A gofundme campaign created by Pete Shooner, associate director of communications for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, has raised nearly $50,000 for the dozens of employees affected by the Nov. 16 multiple structure fire in uptown Athens.

Drug developed at the Heritage College offers potential hope for patients with type 2 diabetes
A drug developed at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine shows promise in halting the onset of obesity-related type 2 diabetes. Lab results from preclinical studies found the drug made treatment groups, which were on a high fat diet, more insulin sensitive, halted an increase in fat mass, and prevented the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Email upgrade: Personalizing Catmail
Learn how to set a custom theme and create a personalized email signature block in the web version of Catmail.

Employee appreciation event is Thursday
Ohio University employees are invited to join President Roderick J. McDavis and first lady Deborah McDavis for live music and hors d'oeuvres from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11.

Lancaster Campus PTK adopts family of student in need for holidays
Ohio University Lancaster’s student organization Phi Theta Kappa is in the process of collecting items for the annual Adopt-A-Family Drive. Each year the group collects items for the family of an Ohio University Lancaster student in need.

New club pairs undergraduates with OHIO medical student mentors
The Ohio University Medical Mentoring Club has been formed to connect pre-medical undergraduate students at both OHIO and partner universities with current Heritage College medical student mentors to help them prepare for, apply to, and get accepted into medical school.

Storyteller entertains and enlightens crowd during Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration
Musician and storyteller Madafo entertained the crowd on Dec. 3 during Ohio University's annual Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration.

Two students chosen to visit Israel as part of Caravan for Democracy
Students Alexis Chambers and Alexis Apparicio have been chosen to visit Israel as part of the Jewish National Fund’s ‘Caravan for Democracy.’

Dec 9, 2014
Actor to portray MLK on Lancaster Campus January 28 [VIDEO]
Ohio University Lancaster ¦ Pickerington will celebrate Black History Month and the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr., with a special presentation on January 28.  Actor Darryl Van Leer will perform his one-man show where he portrays Martin Luther King Jr. at 3:30 p.m. in the Wagner Theatre.  The event is FREE and open to the public.

Appalachia literacy—Stories of history and self-sufficiency
Writing and literacy are splintered worlds in Appalachia.

Electrical work on Athens Campus may cause momentary outage
Scheduled electrical work may cause some or all of the Athens Campus to experience a short duration power outage (or blink).

Meet Brenda Nelson, the November Classified Employee of the Month
Meet Brenda Nelson, the November Classified Employee of the Month.

New Kopchick awards support OHIO scientific and medical research
Ten Ohio University students and one faculty member have received funding from three new research awards programs supported by a gift from John and Char Kopchick and contributions from five academic colleges and administrative units.

OUPD chief offers Winter Break safety tips
In the following message, Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers offers tips to help the University community avoid being the victim of theft during Winter Break.

Resources under development for new tobacco-free policy
As Ohio University moves toward fully implementing its “Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus” policy on the Athens Campus by fall2015, various important resources will support the transition for University employees, students, visitors, volunteers, patients, and customers.

Dec 10, 2014
'Snapped Cats' captures interesting faces on campus
Check out the first edition of "Snapped Cats," a new Ohio University Communications and Marketing produced photo essay series that captures some of the interesting faces and thoughts of people found on or around the beautiful Athens Campus.

Blast off: T-Minus and counting for Team Gravitron launch
After more than a year of preparation, Ohio University's Team Gravitron plants-and-gravity experiment launches for the International Space Station on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 2:31 p.m. EDT aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Lancaster Campus students donate to refugees after International Education Week
Students from Ohio University Lancaster ¦ Pickerington took the lessons they learned during International Education Week and helped the refugee community in central Ohio.  The theme for OUL’s International Education Week in November was “Safe Haven: Refuge in Ohio.” Students had the opportunity to learn about refugees and different cultures that have come into central Ohio from places like Rwanda and Somalia. OUL students then decided to conduct a supply drive on campus for refugees in need.

OHIO graduate student awarded collegiate recovery community’s first scholarship
RISE, the official collegiate recovery community of Ohio University, has awarded its first-ever scholarship to OHIO graduate student Danielle S. Roberts.

One gift establishes scholarship and recognizes alumnus’ OHIO mentor
Sometimes when you least expect it, you become the first to do something unique. Larry Small became such a person. He established the Larry H. Small Audiology Scholarship in the College of Health Sciences and Profession’s (CHSP) School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, the first scholarship at OHIO specifically for students headed for their first year in OHIO’s doctorate of audiology program.

Online tool designed to collect input for Comprehensive Master Plan 2016
Ohio University is collecting information for the Comprehensive Master Plan, which will provide a road map and long-term vision for the University during the next decade.

President informs campus of Board Secretary transition
In a message sent Wednesday, Dec. 10, President McDavis announced a change in the role of secretary to Ohio University's Board of Trustees.

Residential Housing video outlines residence hall closing procedures
Ohio University Residential Housing has released another episode in its video web series – this one dedicated to reminding students about move-out procedures for winter break.

WOUB hosts 'A Roaring '20s Soiree' inspired by Downton Abbey
WOUB hosts 'A Roaring '20s Soiree' inspired by Downton Abbey

With the finish line in sight, goals are set for the final year of the Promise Within Campaign
With the final year of the OHIO faculty and staff’s the Promise Within Campaign underway, those in charge take pride in the success of the program thus far and have set goals for the final six months of the campaign.

Year-end giving update
Information on making year-end gifts to Ohio University.

Dec 11, 2014
Ohio University Central Receiving to close December 19 – January 5
Ohio University’s Central Receiving Area and Warehouse will close Friday, December 19, 2014 at 3 p.m. until Monday, January 5, 2015.

Student Zainab Kandeh featured on MSNBC website
Ohio University senior journalism major Zainab Kandeh was recently featured in MSNBC's "Women in Politics: College Edition 2014" series. Since March, the online series has highlighted women leaders in student government on college and university campuses

Winter weather emergency procedures announced
With winter weather approaching, Ohio University Human Resources has announced the University's policy on emergency closings.

Dec 12, 2014
Byham gift to increase graduate support for Industrial/Organizational Psychology
This spring, the College of Arts and Sciences received a significant gift that will further enhance extra-curricular programming in the Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology program. The alumnus responsible for the gift is William C. Byham.

Fire safety tips highlighted in latest Safe-T-Gram
The December 2014 issue of Safe-T-Gram gives readers a list of fire safety tips to follow during the holiday season.

NIH-funded Heritage College study examines how nerve damage affects eating
A $445,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund an Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine study to more closely examine the effects of nerve damage that sometimes occurs during routine dental procedures. The lingual nerve, which runs in the floor of the mouth to enter the tongue, can be crushed or severed during dental work, particularly when molars are removed, causing intense pain, burning or numbness.

OHIO Alumni head to Washington D.C. for Policy Forum about 114 Congress
OHIO Alumni head to Washington D.C. for Policy Forum about 114 Congress

Sexual assault on college campuses top issue for Scripps Innovation Challenge
With sexual assault on college campuses dominating the news in recent weeks, nearly half of this year’s Scripps Innovation Challenge teams at Ohio University will be creating solutions to address this issue.

Dec 15, 2014
A Dads Weekend 17 years in the making: Photos highlight family’s OHIO legacy
Ohio University hosted its annual Dads Weekend Nov. 7-9, but for first-year OHIO student Catherine Graff and her father, Frank, annual opportunities for the two to explore the campus together began long before she became a Bobcat.

CIRS, Patton College offering area children free Saturday day camps in January
Ohio University’s Center for Intervention Research in Schools and the Patton College of Education are partnering to provide free day camps that are designed to be an enhanced training experience for student teachers while also providing a fun Saturday activity for area youth.

Economics class donates $10,000 to Community Food Initiatives
A unique new course is enabling Ohio University students to become philanthropists in a venture designed to teach them ways to effectively contribute to their communities.

Lancaster Campus releases new commerical [VIDEO]
A new commercial for Ohio University Lancaster ¦ Pickerington tells the story of two graduates who have used their degrees to make their communities better places to live.  The Imagine Your Possibilities video commercial is currently featured on the OUL website and its YouTube page.

OHIO Hockey players, coach to participate in Winter World University Games
Four members of the Ohio University Hockey Team will be traveling to Spain in February to represent the United States and Bobcat Nation at the 2015 Winter World University Games.

WellWorks Winter Gathering set for Dec. 16
An annual tradition at Ohio University that draws hundreds of community members to celebrate the holiday season is promising to create another fun-filled experience when it gets underway on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Dec 16, 2014
A rundown of Winter Break closing information
Many University offices are altering hours to take advantage of the Winter Break. This is a partial rundown.

Book edited by Zaneville Campus’ Lisa Stein Haven recognized as new, notable
“A Comedian Sees the World,” a publication edited by Ohio University Zanesville’s Lisa Stein Haven, received accolades from American film critic and historian Leonard Maltin.

Electrical outages anticipated during scheduled Athens Campus work
As electrical work continues on the Athens Campus as part of Ohio University’s Utility Master Plan, Facilities Management is sharing dates with the University community when power outages are anticipated.

Kieliszewski named National Academy of Inventors fellow for drug delivery innovation
Ohio University Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Marcia Kieliszewski has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for her development of an innovative suite of drug delivery technologies based on the glycoproteins in plants.

Dec 18, 2014
Five OHIO professors honored for outstanding achievements in education
Five Ohio University professors are being recognized in Ohio Magazine’s annual “Excellence in Education” section for their exceptional achievements in and dedication to the field of higher education

Lancaster Campus "Yarncrafters" donate handmade animals to Child Protective Services
Ohio University Lancaster’s philanthropic organization “Yarncrafters for Lancaster” gave children in Fairfield County a handmade friend to hold on to this holiday season.  The group donated 18 stuffed animals to Fairfield County Child Protective Services.