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Faculty & Staff News

Nov 26
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announces two candidates for Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Innovation
Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit has announced that two candidates for the position of Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Innovation will present in Baker University Center on Dec. 3 and 4.

Human Resources announces retirement of longtime payroll staff member
Longtime payroll staff member Marti Crabtree is retiring Nov. 26 after 22 years of service at Ohio University.

International Space University leaders hold SSP15 planning session at Ohio University
Nearly 20 space professionals from around the world convened in Athens, Ohio, last week to coordinate International Space University’s (ISU) 2015 Space Studies Program (SSP15), which will be hosted by Ohio University June 8–Aug. 7.

Nov 25
Director of E.W. Scripps School of Journalism to receive Medal of Honor
Robert Stewart will be awarded the Medal of Honor from Leipzig University in Germany during its Founder's Day celebration on Dec. 2.

OHIO takes top honors at national orientation, transition, retention conference
Ohio University has much to celebrate after taking top honors in several categories at the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education’s national conference, held earlier this month in Orlando.

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Nov 24
International Thanksgiving Lunch hosted by College of Health Sciences and Professions
The College of Health Sciences and Professions is hosting a free International Thanksgiving Lunch for its international students and their families from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Atrium Café in Grover Center.

Public workshops will collect input for Comprehensive Master Plan 2016
Ayers-Saint Gross, the architectural and planning firm chosen to create a road map and long-term vision for Ohio University, will hold a series of workshops on the Athens Campus from Dec. 1 to 5.

University mourns death of emeritus music professor
The Ohio University is mourning the loss of Emeritus Professor of Music Richard D. Syracuse, 80, who died on Friday, Nov. 21.

Nov 20
Human Resources hosts Benefits Open Forums
Ohio University faculty and staff are invited to attend one of the upcoming Benefits Open Forum sessions to learn about the impact of the Affordable Care Act and have questions answered about the recently conducted benefits survey.

University begins Comprehensive Master Plan process
Ohio University has started a 15-month endeavor to complete Comprehensive Master Plan 2016, which includes the strategic and physical development of the Athens and Dublin campuses.

Nov 19
Medical guidance doctors visit Athens Campus Dec. 1
Personalized Medical Guidance doctors will be on Ohio University's Athens Campus on Dec. 1 for a lunch and learn session in Baker University Center’s Multipurpose Room 242.

TechGROWTH Ohio calls for nominations for third annual Innovation Awards
TechGROWTH Ohio is seeking nominations for its third annual Innovation Awards, which celebrate innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in Southeast Ohio. Nominations must be made by Dec. 31.

Nov 17
Heritage College faculty member named top mentor to D.O. students
Timothy Law, D.O., M.B.A., was named 2014 Mentor of the Year by the American Osteopathic Association during the group’s annual OMED Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition, which took place Oct. 25-29 in Seattle.

OIT security analyst available to train OHIO departments, units to keep information safe
Staying up-to-date on the latest security threats and viruses that have the potential to harm laptops, tablets, smart phones, and other devices is a challenging task.

Nov 14
Nominate a deserving colleague for the Outstanding Administrator Award
President Roderick J. McDavis sent this message to OHIO faculty and staff requesting nominations for this year's Outstanding Administrator Award.

OHIO Scholars Day welcomes prospective Bobcats to campus
Some high-achieving prospective Bobcats and their families will arrive on campus Thursday, Nov. 20 for Ohio University's Scholars Day.

Nov 13
Email upgrade: Mobile device setup
When faculty and staff are migrated to Catmail, mobile users will need to adjust settings on to connect to the new system.

Email upgrade: Pilot under way
OIT currently is testing the Catmail upgrade process on its own staff.

GIS Open House in Baker University Center to feature experts in GIS research and mapping
On Nov. 19, Ohio University will join the worldwide celebration of International GIS Day and Global Entrepreneurship Week with the “Where in the World is OU? GIS Open House.”

Nov 12
Patton College Instructional Technology Program receives iNACOL Innovator Award
The Patton College IT program has received the 2014 iNACOL Innovator Award for Innovative Research in Blended and Online Learning.

Nov 10
General Education Task Force provides update to faculty, staff
The following letter from the General Education Task Force was emailed to Ohio University faculty and staff on Friday, Nov. 7.

Task force studies general education requirements
A task force established by Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit will facilitate conversations this academic year to study the role of general education at the University.

Nov 7
SPSS now free for university-owned computers
Researchers and lab managers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of the popular statistics analysis package.

Nov 6
Learn how to control diabetes with technology
Anyone studying or interested in learning more about technology used to help control diabetes can find out about new bolus wizards, pattern analysis meters and an artificial intelligence program from 6 to 7 p.m., Nov. 6, in Grover Center W115.

OHIO delegation celebrates Chubu University’s 50-year legacy and 40-year partnership
Celebrations abound in Kasugai City, Japan this week, marking the 50th anniversary of Chubu University, one of Ohio University’s three international partners.

eLearning OHIO launches redesigned eCampus website
The redesigned eCampus website, available at www.ohio.edu/ecampus, was launched Monday, November 3. eCampus is a virtual campus of information and services for online and distance students, many of whom never come to one of Ohio University’s bricks-and-mortar campuses.

Nov 5
Kanawha Project on climate change literacy seeks faculty participants
Kanawha Project on climate change literacy seeks faculty participants

Meet Susie Abbott, the October Classified Employee of the Month
Meet Susie Abbott, the October Classified Employee of the Month.

Rota to read from 'Origins and Destinations – A Bilingual Book of Poems,' Nov. 6
The Contemporary History Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Josep Rota on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 pm in Baker 242 for a reading from his latest work, "Origins and Destinations—A Bilingual Book of Poems."

Nov 3
Cathy Waller celebrates 120-pound weight loss and improved health on Halloween
With the help of Ohio University WellWorks and too many friends and colleagues to name, administrator Cathy Waller has reclaimed her happiness and health by losing 120 pounds.

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism's Tom Suddes inducted into Journalism Hall of Fame
The Press Club of Cleveland’s Hall of Fame will honor Tom Suddes, an assistant professor in E.W Scripps School of Journalism, on Nov. 7.

First marketing symposium unites University communicators
The event, hosted by the Marketing Advisory Council and University Communications and Marketing (UCM), aimed to foster collaboration and partnership between marketers and communicators in their roles as advocates for OHIO.

Josep Rota to discuss bilingual book of poems Nov. 6
Josep Rota, professor emeritus of communication and associate provost emeritus for international studies, will present "Origins and Destinations - a Bilingual Book of Poems" on Thursday, Nov. 6.

Last date for The OHIO Guarantee Passport event coming up Nov. 12
The event is open to all members of the University community – faculty, staff and students.

Peter Kornbluh to deliver annual Latin American Studies lecture Nov. 6
Peter Kornbluh will deliver this year's Latin American Studies annual lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 in Baker University Center 240. He is a senior analyst with the National Security Archives and director of the Archive's Cuba and Chile Documentation Projects.

Oct 31
OHIO students, faculty join others to restore American chestnut tree
On Saturday, Oct. 25, nearly 90 volunteers, including Ohio University students and faculty, planted approximately 750 American chestnut trees on Wayne National Forest property in Athens County.

Patton College faculty members receive federal grant
The Patton College of Education’s Christine Suniti Bhat, associate professor, and Andrew Byrne, assistant professor, were awarded a federal grant of $563,116 in September 2014 for a three-year period from the Health Resources & Services Administration.

President McDavis to chair NCAA Committee on Academics
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis has been selected to chair the NCAA’s Division 1’s new Committee on Academics, a 20-person academic body that replaces both the Committee on Academic Performance and the Academic Cabinet.

Oct 30
Employee benefits survey available through Oct. 31
Ohio University employees received a survey last week designed to solicit feedback about which benefits are most valued, as well as possible approaches in health plan design and programs.

Flu shots available to OHIO employees and their families
Nearly five hundred employees received vaccines at the Resource Fair held on Oct. 15, and in an effort to create additional convenient opportunities for employees to receive free flu shots, Human Resources has partnered with Anthem/Express Scripts.

Oct 29
College of Health Sciences and Professions professor posthumously honored with creation of first communication sciences and disorders library in mainland China
Last month, Jinan University, one of China’s oldest colleges, received a gift that they never expected – an in-kind donation of approximately $12,000 worth of books, which created a new communication sciences and disorders library at the university. The books were donated to Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) by Plural Publishing and CHSP then collaborated with Jinan and Professor Brooke Hallowell to establish the library.

Event sets stage for July 2015 opening of Heritage College, Cleveland
As preparations accelerate for its new campus in Cleveland, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine unveiled symbolic artwork that will greet visitors to its new site during an Oct. 21 reception at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The work, a glass wall etched with a mural of a Yoshino cherry tree, will grace the entrance to the Heritage College medical education building on Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital campus in Warrensville Heights. The first class of 50 students will begin their studies on the new campus in July 2015. <br />

Oct 27
Business Forum scheduled for Oct. 29
The next Business Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Bentley Hall 140.

Faculty Senate meeting includes visit from Board of Trustees chair, vice chair
In demonstrating its commitment to shared governance, representatives from the Ohio University Board of Trustees attended this month’s Faculty Senate meeting to hear from the University’s educators.

Oct 24
Blackboard staff to showcase new Blackboard features
Oct. 28 event gives faculty a chance to see what's new with Blackboard.

Computer engineering researcher wins National Science Foundation grant for high performance computing systems
A computer engineering professor at Ohio University’s Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology has been awarded $200,000 by the National Science Foundation for his work on improving the reliability of the communication fabric on chips used in computers and other devices.

Oct 23
OHIO welcomes new executive chef
Since becoming Ohio University’s Executive Chef for Culinary Services in August, Jeffrey Arthur’s primary focus has been familiarizing himself with food options across the Athens Campus.

Voinovich School researchers submit study to Department of Energy
After months of hard work, a research team from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs submitted a Primary Headwater Stream and Wetland Mitigation Conceptual Design report to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Oct 22
Heat returning to Ohio University
Crews from Facilities Management have been switching the buildings from cooling to heating since mid-October, and the switch is expected to take approximately two weeks.