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Faculty & Staff News

Oct 24
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.

ModernThink Climate Survey results available online
Results from the ModernThink Climate survey that was designed to create a cooperative, community-wide effort to make Ohio University a better place by strengthening its employees is now available online at http://www.ohio.edu/instres/climate.

OHIO holds summit for community college partners
Ohio University’s first Community College Partners Summit, presented by eLearning OHIO and Undergraduate Admissions, was Friday, October 17, in the Baker Center Ballroom. Around 50 OHIO and community college faculty and staff attended the event.

Radiation Safety Office newsletter available
The Radiation Safety Office recently released its fall 2014 newsletter. This edition has information about transatomic power, cell phones relationship with male fertility and a Chernobyl site update almost 30 years after the disaster.

Oct 20
OHIO employees will receive benefits survey this week
Ohio University employees will receive a survey this week which will solicit feedback about which benefits are most valued, as well as possible approaches to making changes in programs.

Ohio University receives almost $500,000 for navigation system contract
The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University has received a contract worth almost half a million dollars from the Federal Aviation Administration for research on alternatives to the global positioning system, for use in aviation.

‘Profiles in Faculty Achievement’ video spotlights Zanesville’s Tarig Higazi
Tarig Higazi is the first Ohio University faculty member to be featured in University Communications and Marketing’s “Profiles in Faculty Achievement” video series, designed to highlight and celebrate outstanding educators and researchers on the Athens and regional campuses.

Oct 17
History professor to present "Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939"
Thomas Doherty, a cultural historian with a special interest in Hollywood cinema, will present "Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.

OHIO progresses toward Century Bond debt management strategy
Ohio University has proposed an innovative debt management strategy designed to create an estimated $1.4 billion for deferred maintenance projects during the next century without taking on additional debt.

Susie Abbott named October Classified Employee of the Month
Susie Abbott said she was "very surprised" on Wednesday when she was presented with the Classified Employee of the Month Award by Classified Senate members Jennifer Romero and Patricia Palmer.

Oct 15
Email upgrade: Employee pilot scheduled for end of month
Work continues to make free/busy times visible for all users of both systems. Employee pilot expected to start by end of October.

Libraries accepting nominations for 1804 Special Library Fund
The OHIO Libraries is now accepting proposals for the 1804 Special Library Endowment Fund. The award is designed to allow the Libraries to purchase specialized books, databases and other rare resources that ordinarily would not be accessible through regular funding.

Libraries accepting nominations for Arts and Humanities Junior Faculty Fund
The OHIO Libraries is accepting proposals for the Arts and Humanities Junior Faculty Endowment Fund. The award is designed to assist tenure-track faculty in acquiring materials and collections that are critical to their research.

Mapping the Ohio Country: Re-enactor to discuss Colonial-era map making
On Thursday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. the Ohio University Libraries’ Diversity Committee will host Tony Holbrook, an 18th century re-enactor and surveyor. He will speak about Colonial-era cartography and surveying.

Meet the September 2014 Classified Employee of the Month
Find out more about the September 2014 Classified Employee of the Month Michael Bump.

OHIO faculty embracing service learning initiative
The Center for Campus and Community Engagement is looking at expanding a service learning workshop being offered in November after faculty and instructors filled the available spaces within weeks.

President McDavis seeks candidates for honorary degrees
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis seeks suggestions for candidates of honorary degrees in a message to faculty and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Registrar Debra Benton elected president of state registrars association
Registrar Debra Benton was sworn in as the president of the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Offices at the association’s annual conference on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Wood named OHIO executive director for facilities management
Steve D. Wood will join Ohio University as the newly appointed executive director for facilities management on Monday, Oct. 20.

Oct 13
EthicsPoint® available for fraud reporting
In February 2006, Ohio University demonstrated its commitment to promoting a culture of ethics and integrity by contracting with EthicsPoint®, a third-party provider located in Portland, Ore., to manage the Ohio University Ethics Hotline.

Marketing Advisory Council to present first Marketing Symposium
Ohio University community members eager to increase their knowledge and understanding of digital marketing strategies and the OHIO brand are invited to participate in an upcoming symposium hosted by the Marketing Advisory Council and University Communications and Marketing (UCM).

Ping Center extends program offering parents a day off, night out
Ohio University’s Ping Employee Relations Club has extended its Parents’ Day Off and Parents’ Night Out programs throughout October and November.

Oct 10
Faculty & Staff Resource Fair is Oct. 15
Ohio University Human Resources Benefits Office will host the 2014 Faculty/ Staff Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15.

OHIO Experience Days are Monday
High school junior and seniors will visit Ohio University’s Athens Campus on Monday, Oct. 13, to participate in two programs intended to provide a closer look at academic programs in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and the College of Fine Arts.

Oct. 28 event highlights new Blackboard features coming in May
New features include a Student Preview mode, improved SafeAssign integration, and a new user interface.

Oct 8
Test Score Office moves to Haning Hall Oct. 14
On Oct. 14 the Test Score Office will move to Haning 018d. The new location will offer the same services as the old, while being slightly more accessible.

Oct 7
American Ways of War in the 20th & 21st Century? Oct. 14
The Contemporary History Institute welcomes back David J. Ulbrich, lecturing on “American Ways of War in the 20th & 21st Century?” on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Political geographer from University of Melbourne to visit OHIO Friday
A political geographer focused on the social impacts and responses to environmental change will present “Climate Change and Human Security” at a public address in Ohio University’s Walter Hall 235 on Oct. 10 from 3:05 to 4:30 p.m.

Oct 6
Classified Service Awards Ceremony honors 170 staffers
Ohio University paid homage to about 170 employees on Thursday, Oct. 2, during the 45th annual Classified Service Awards Ceremony. Classified Senate and University Human Resources sponsored the Baker University Center Ballroom event.

From Bobcat Nation to the Navajo Nation to Capitol Hill: Bob Klein inspires, empowers, advocates for math teachers and learners
Bob Klein’s hours outside of the classroom are spent inspiring, empowering and advocating on behalf of math students and educators throughout the nation – efforts that in the past year have taken him from Bobcat Nation to the Navajo Nation to Capitol Hill.

Oct 3
Study of escalator at Baker University Center underway
A study underway at Baker University Center will determine if there is a benefit to turning off the escalator after the building closes in the evening.

Oct 2
Culinary Services customer satisfaction survey conducted through October
Ohio University Culinary Services is currently conducting a campus wide customer satisfaction survey.

Faculty, staff 'Green Jackets' needed for Halloween street party
In an effort to keep Ohio University and surrounding areas safe, the University utilizes a program known as "Green Jackets" during the annual Halloween celebration.

First Interprofessional Education Day held Friday
Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine are hosting the first Interprofessional Education Symposium from 7:45 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 3, in Grover Center.

First bomb-sniffing dog starts work at OUPD
It’s just a few hours before the first home football game of the season, and Alex, the first bomb-sniffing dog working for the Ohio University Police Department, is using his keen sense of smell to assist OUPD Officer Tim Woodyard inside the stadium.

OHIO hosts Ebola panel discussion
Scholars and doctors from Ohio University held a panel discussion Friday, Sept. 26, to discuss the Ebola epidemic as the death rate across West Africa continues to grow.

Sep 30
OHIO receives USDOE grants for additional security at Konneker and Edwards
The Office of Risk Management and Safety has been awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Energy totaling $210,000 to upgrade security systems at the Konneker Research Center and Edwards Accelerator Laboratory.

University Registrar releases report on final grades, examinations for fall semester
University Registrar Debra Benton has released a report to faculty and staff about final grades and examinations for fall semester.

Sep 29
Classified employees to be honored for service on Oct. 2
Ohio University's Classified Senate will host its annual Service Awards event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Culinary Services’ Steam Station Café now open in the West Union Street Office Center
Grabbing a fresh coffee, snack, sandwich or salad just became a little easier for Ohio University employees and students near the West Union Street Office Center.

Dabelko, Conca create fifth edition of Green Planet Blues
International environmental politics are constantly changing, and even experts sometimes struggle to keep up with the latest developments. Since its first publication in 1995, however, "Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics" has been a foundational resource for understanding the scope of environmental issues.

OHIO offices to show Homecoming spirit with decorating contest
In an effort to get Ohio University students, faculty and staff in the spirit of Homecoming, the Campus Involvement Center and the Alumni Association are encouraging all University offices to decorate their space as part of the 2014 “Paint the Office Green” decorating contest.

OUPD hosts active shooter training sessions for community
The Ohio University Police Department is hosting two active shooter training sessions for community members

Quad Rugby fundraising event set for Saturday, Oct. 4
Wheelchairs and rugby might not be an obvious connection to many sports fans, but for members of the Buckeye Blitz quad rugby team, it is a part of daily life.

Sep 25
Employees to receive letters, emails about COMP 2014 Project
Letters will be provided to 1,900 classified non-bargaining unit and administrative employees in the next few days that contain detailed information about the Compensation 2014 Project and how it will directly affect them. Hard copy letters will be distributed within the planning units, followed by an email version on Oct. 2.

Faculty receive Presidential Teacher Awards
Ten faculty members were honored Wednesday afternoon as recipients of the Presidential Teacher Award, which recognizes full-time tenured faculty who consistently inspire students and colleagues through academic excellence inside and outside the classroom.

Program at Ping Center offers parents a day off, night out
For the first time ever, the Ping Employee Relations Club is offering a program designed to lend a helping hand to busy parents while raising funds for the club. The Parents’ Night Out program is being held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, while the Parents’ Day Off program is being offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.