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Faculty & Staff News

Apr 23
A message regarding employee reappointment processes for fiscal year 2015-16
A message from the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Blackboard upgrade: Student Preview mode
The new version of Blackboard lets instructors view and interact with their courses from a student perspective.

Charles Jarrett featured in ‘Profiles in Faculty Achievement’ video series
An associate professor of sociology at Ohio University’s Southern Campus, Charles Jarrett has spent more than 15 years researching the Gullah/Geechee population and its culture – efforts he has used to challenge his students to explore cultures outside of their own.

Faculty and Staff support a tobacco-free campus
Ohio University supports a tobacco-free policy as a major wellness initiative for all members of the OHIO community.

Joseph Slade retirement party is April 27
The Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies will host a retirement reception Monday, April 27 for longtime professor Joseph Slade.

Apr 22
Retirement party for Joe Adams is April 27
A retirement reception for Joe S. Adams, Ohio University associate vice president of risk management and safety, will take place at 2 p.m., Monday April 27.

A life-long passion for language and culture: Linn Forhan
Linn Forhan, Assistant Director of the Ohio Program of Intensive English, tells us her exciting story of teaching international students at Ohio University, which spans over four decades. She has been a witness to the myriad of changes and transformations in OPIE and the university, and now willingly shares her lifelong passion for culture and language with her students and colleagues.

CCCE leading efforts to engage faculty in community engagement
Since the the Center for Campus and Community Engagement’s founding in the fall of 2013, more than 120 OHIO faculty members from several campuses have participated in introductory service learning training, with 16 of those individuals recently completing an eight-week intensive training. These efforts have been spearheaded by two faculty members who are serving as OHIO’s service learning experts – Pete Mather from the Patton College of Education and Julie Paxton from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Human Resources provides guidelines for summer hours
To further support the work/life balance of Ohio University staff members, the University encourages departments to offer staff members flexibility in their hours of work during the summer term.

Meet Sheree Lucas, April Classified Employee of the Month
Meet April Classified Employee of the Month Sheree Lucas. She said she likes Alaska, riding motorcycles and Mustangs. Read more about her here.

Retirement reception for Vicki Butcher is April 30
Faculty and staff are invited to a retirement reception for Vicki Butcher, Executive Assistant for the College of Arts & Sciences, on Thursday, April 30, from 1 to  3 p.m. in the 1804 Lounge in Baker University Center.

Apr 21
Benefits open enrollment closes April 27
The annual benefits open enrollment period will close Monday, April 27 at 11:59 p.m.

Faculty and staff invited to appreciation event April 24
Ohio University faculty and staff are invited to an ice cream social at the Baker University Center Bobcat Student Lounge & Patio on Friday, April 24.

Apr 20
Meet the March Classified Employee of the Month
Meet the March Classified Employee of the Month Pam Douglas! She likes vacationing in Tennessee, country music and "American Sniper."

Apr 19
Mary Weems addresses sensitive topics during first Najee E. Muhammad Lecture
No sensitive social topic was off the table during Mary Weems' one-woman performance at the inaugural Najee E. Muhammad Memorial Lecture on Wednesday.

Apr 17
Down time for May 6 Blackboard upgrade to be shorter than expected
OIT has shortened the anticipated down time for the May 6 Blackboard upgrade from four days to two.

Apr 16
Branding OHIO through its principles: Part 7
If you've kept up with University Marketing and Communications’ (UCM) 80’s style Throwback Thursday video series, which began in January, hopefully you’ve noticed a running theme – we’re all about branding!

OMSAR's Cecil Walters says goodbye to students
Walters’ students and colleagues gathered on April 9 in the Baker University Center to thank him for all of his contributions to Ohio University and to their lives and to wish him the best of luck in the future.

Apr 14
Center for PDS Partnerships receives Spirit of the PDS Award
Ohio University’s Patton College of Education’s Center for PDS Partnerships has received the Spirit of the PDS Award. This prestigious national honor recognizes “leadership in, and significant contributions to, the building and sustaining of Professional Development Schools and consistent support for, and participation in, the annual NAPDS Conference.”

Seann Dikkers a key player in Microsoft-funded summit
Seann Dikkers recently participated in a Microsoft-funded research project that analyzed how teachers are using Minecraft in the classroom.

Apr 13
Berenson awarded music teachers service award
Gail Berenson, Professor Emerita of Piano at Ohio University, has been awarded the Music Teachers National Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Inaugural Najee E. Muhammad Memorial Lecture is Wednesday
Mary E. Weems, a poet, playwright, scholar and friend of late Ohio University Associate Professor of Education Najee E. Muhammad, will perform in his honor at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Galbreath Chapel.

Memorial concert for Richard Syracuse is April 18
The Ohio University School of Music will host a memorial concert to celebrate the life and legacy of Emeritus Professor of Music Richard D. Syracuse on Saturday, April 18.

Apr 10
Human Resources releases IMPACT on Wellness April newsletter
This edition features information on workplace ethics, accomplishing tasks on your to-do lists and giving feedback to your boss.

Jeremy Webster named 2015-16 ACE Fellow
Ohio University Honors Tutorial College Dean Jeremy Webster is one of 47 college and university leaders chosen as a 2015-16 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

Apr 9
Libraries’ rare books used for research on 'Moby Dick'
Professor Kevin Haworth has formulated some interesting observations about “Moby Dick” using the multiple editions of the texts available in the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections.

Matthew Vetter to discuss Wikipedia research April 15
Matthew Vetter, will discuss his research on Wikipedia as the Spring 2015 speaker in the Libraries’ Graduate Research Series. His talk will take place April 15.

Scripps College administrator developing app to battle online trolls
Michelle Ferrier, associate dean for innovation at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, is developing an online tool to combat a growing problem for women news journalists and entrepreneurs – cyberharassment.

Apr 8
The Syrian Tragedy Four Years On ¦ Bassam Haddad, April 9
In his April 9 Baker Center lecture on “The Syrian Tragedy Four Years On,” Bassam Haddad will address the causes and dynamics of the Syrian uprising turned civil and regional proxy war.

Apr 7
Eastern Campus’ McMurray-Schwarz recognized for publication
Paula McMurray-Schwarz, associate professor and coordinator of early childhood education at Ohio University Eastern, has been recognized for her recent publication in the “Handbook of Research Methods in Early Childhood Education – Volume 1.”

Apr 6
Communications and Marketing conducting perception survey
Chief Marketing Officer Renea Morris is inviting all University faculty and staff to participate in the 2015 University Communications and Marketing Perception Survey.

Apr 2
Branding OHIO through its principles: Part 6
This installment of Branding OHIO shows how to become a champion for OHIO’s brand.

Donna Coleman piano residency ends tonight with lecture and performance
Renowned pianist Donna Coleman of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Australia’s University of Melbourne will close her residency with OHIO’s Central Region Humanities Center in a lecture-performance featuring piano works by Ohio-born composer Ruth Crawford on Thursday, April 2.

Longtime Communication Studies professors to host retirement receptions
The Ohio University School of Communication Studies will host retirement receptions next week for two of its longtime professors, Claudia Hale and Raymie McKerrow.

Apr 1
WATH 970 AM to interview President Roderick J. McDavis on Friday
President Roderick J. McDavis will discuss the latest happenings at Ohio University on Athens radio station WATH 970 AM on Friday, April 3.

Mar 31
Campus conversation, guided tour to launch ‘Little Cities as a Classroom Learning Community’
The Ohio University community is set to explore its relationship with the surrounding boom-to-bust coal mining lands known as the Little Cities of Black Diamonds/Little Cities of the Forest microregion. An on-campus conversation is set for the Walter Hall Rotunda on Friday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a guided tour of the region on Saturday, April 11.

Longtime director of Athens International Film + Video Festival to step down (AUDIO)
This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Athens International Film + Video Festival and Ruth Bradley's final year as director of the event, a position she's held for 28 years.

University announces three candidates for chief information officer
The three candidates for the position of chief information officer will have an opportunity to speak with the University community in a series of open forums.

Mar 30
A message from OHIO Human Resources regarding benefits enrollment
The annual benefits enrollment period will begin on April 1, 2015.

Professor explores female executions in the media
Professor Emerita Anne Cooper-Chen explored media coverage of women executed for murder on Thursday during the Women’s Center’s weekly Brown Bag Lunch and Learn series.

Mar 26
Business Forum scheduled for March 31
Ohio University Finance and Administration will conduct their next Business Forum on Tuesday, March 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Morton Hall 237.

Mar 24
Registration opens for Campus Recreation’s summer day camp
Ohio University’s Department of Campus Recreation is currently accepting registration for its one-week summer day camps, being offered June 15-July 24 for children ages 6-12.

Mar 23
Meet the February Classified Employee of the Month
Find out more about Barb Thomas, the February 2015 Classified Employee of the Month. The administrative associate in the Academic Advancement Center likes Elvis, the Hallmark Channel and her 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee and can't wait for retirement.

Registrar updates faculty and staff on spring semester final grades and exams
The following information was provided by University Registrar Debra Benton to OHIO faculty and staff as a reminder about final grades and final examinations.

Mar 20
Administrators celebrate accomplishments, milestones at Outstanding Administrator and Administrative Services Awards Ceremony
Colleagues, family and members of the Ohio University community gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of nearly 180 administrators during the 2015 Outstanding Administrator and Administrative Services Awards Ceremony March 17.

William Phillis named Hicks Executive in Residence awardee
The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools announced William L. Phillis as the 2014-15 recipient of the Hicks Executive in Residence at The Patton College of Education at Ohio University.

Mar 19
Branding OHIO through its principles: Part 5
In “Keep OHIO’s Tradition Shining Brightly,” one of UCM’s employees, Video Editor Todd, shows one way to ensure OHIO’s brand continues to shine.

Ten digit dialing takes effect for 740 area code on Mar. 21
Learn how the new dialing requirement will affect University wired telephone lines.

Transnational education and Learning Society Inc. accepting conference submissions
Transnational education and Learning Society Inc., announced today its 2nd annual conference and is now accepting submissions. The deadline is March 31.

University mourns loss of Professor Emeritus Donald Roberts
Ohio University is mourning the death of Professor Emeritus of Art Donald Roberts who died on March 16 at his home in Athens. He served as a professor of art in the Ohio University School of Art from 1953 to 1991.