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Jan 26
COMP 2014 concludes with positive response from Department of Education
The Department of Education has indicated to Ohio University that all terms of the University's voluntary resolution agreement regarding the Compensation 2014 Project have been fulfilled, and that the Office for Civil Rights has concluded its monitoring activities.

Professor calls for end of current U.S. criminal justice system
Sheila Bedi, clinical associate professor of law at the Northwestern University School of Law, brought a simple message to Ohio University on Thursday evening – end the current prison system and mass incarceration.

Voinovich School Executive in Residence co-authors report for National Institute of Building Sciences
A report co-authored by Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Executive in Residence Michael Zimmer on the financing of small commercial retrofit projects for energy efficiency was presented at Building Innovation: National Institute of Building Sciences' Third Annual Conference & Expo in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Jan 25
WATH 970 AM to host President McDavis on Thursday
President Roderick J. McDavis will discuss the latest happenings at Ohio University on Athens radio station WATH 970 AM on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Jan 22
Email upgrade: What mobile device users need to know
If you use a mobile device to access your Exchange email and calendar, you will need to update your settings for Catmail.

Jan 21
Steve Howard appointed director of OHIO’s Center for International Studies
The Ohio University Office of Global Affairs and International Studies welcomes Steve Howard in his new role as director of the Center for International Studies, effective Jan. 15.

Jan 20
President's blog: A flood of memories, a day of remembrance
President's blog: A flood of memories, a day of remembrance

Jan 15
Dependent verification required for benefits enrollment
Starting January 2015, Ohio University Human Resources will require the documentation mentioned below for new hires enrolling dependents in health and welfare benefits.

OUPD seeks nominations for outstanding service
The Ohio University Police Department is seeking award nominations from the community for outstanding service performed by a police department employee during 2014.

Jan 14
Email upgrade: What Mac users need to know
Learn how the Catmail upgrade affects Mac Mail, Outlook, web and mobile devices.

OHIO Culinary Services prepares high-quality food for the masses
Though Mary Jones is the associate director of Ohio University Culinary Services and responsible for the activities that take place within the Central Food Facility, she credits the success of the large operation to its managers and employees, who make a difference within the University community every day.

Jan 12
New payroll calendar announced
The 2015 payroll calendar is now available on the payroll website, and identifies key payroll dates and deadlines, including the direct deposit dates for both the biweekly and semimonthly dates.

South Green Drive extension officially opens
A much anticipated construction project connecting South Green Drive to Mill Street on the northeast end of Ohio University’s Athens Campus officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on a chilly afternoon last week.

University addresses Modern Think 2014 Great Colleges Survey
The following email about the Modern Think 2014 Great Colleges Survey was sent by Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Campus Climate Task Force Co-Chairs Dr. Valerie Young and Colleen Bendl on Jan. 12.

Jan 11
Email upgrade begins Jan. 20; OIT hosts info sessions Jan. 12-16
The email upgrade will be completed by early March. Exchange users encouraged to attend a preview session.

Jan 9
Nominations sought for OHIO Distinguished Professor award
There is still time for Ohio University faculty members to nominate worthy colleagues for the 2015 Ohio University Distinguished Professor award. The Ohio University Distinguished Professors screening committee will accept nominations until the mid-February nomination deadline.

Jan 8
A message from Faculty Senate and the Executive Vice President and Provost
The following email about medical documentation and guidelines for students, faculty and staff in light of high levels of flu activity and hospitalizations across Ohio was sent on Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Next Bobcat Depot workshops are Jan. 12, 22
The Ohio University Bobcat Depot in partnership with the Office of Information Technology and College of Health Sciences and Professions welcome you to sign up for "how to sessions" on an array of helpful technology topics.

Ohio University mourns the death of professor emeritus of journalism
The Ohio University community is mourning the loss of Professor Emeritus of Journalism Donald A. Lambert, 82, who died on Saturday, Jan. 3.

Jan 6
Meet Sharon Romina, December Classified Employee of the Month
Find out more about Sharon Romina, the December classified employee of the month.

Jan 5
United Appeal campaign reaches nearly 60 percent of goal with three weeks to go
With more than three weeks left to give, Ohio University’s annual “United 2 Give, United 2 Help” campaign has generated more than $29,000 to support United Appeal for Athens County and its numerous partner agencies.

Dec 23
Hundreds attend WellWorks Winter Gathering
Hundreds of community members celebrated the holiday season at the annual WellWorks Winter Gathering last week, and visitors heard live music and tried delicious, local food served by area businesses.

Dec 20
Eighth annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest held
Creative minds converged in Baker University Center last week as decorators crafted gingerbread creations during Ohio University Culinary Services' eighth annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest.

Dec 18
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

Provost names new OHIO Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Innovation
Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit has announced that Bradley Cohen will begin serving as the new OHIO Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Innovation in February.

Vote now to send the Russ College to Mars
Russ Professor Gerri Botte’s innovative GreenBox technology is one of 10 national finalists in the MarsOne University Competition and now has the chance to be included on the MarsOne 2018 Mars Lander.

Dec 17
New registered dietitian helps create a healthier OHIO
Angela Bohyer was in college when she first started to realize the power of food and the positive effects that healthy eating can have on the human body, and it was a realization that would provide her with the foundation for a professional career in dietetics and nutrition education.

Dec 16
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.

Dec 15
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 12
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.

Dec 11
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.

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

Dec 10
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.

Dec 9
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.

Dec 8
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.

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.

Dec 5
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 3
Email upgrade: Personalizing Catmail
Learn how to set a custom theme and create a personalized email signature block in the web version of Catmail.

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.

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.

Dec 1
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.

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.