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Faculty & Staff News

Feb 26
New political science faculty researches Muslims and legal identity in France
The faculty affiliated with the Center for Law, Justice & Culture are all interested in connections between law and cultural, political, and social life. Exploring those connections often falls under law and society studies. For Dr. Jennifer Fredette, Assistant Professor of Political Science and one of the newest faculty members of the CLJC, law and society studies are “about going beyond texts themselves.”

Ohio University Zanesville Dean Jenifer Cushman named president of AIEA
Ohio University Dean Jenifer Cushman was named the president of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) during the 2015 AIEA annual conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 15-18.

Feb 25
OUPD celebrates accomplishments with badge pinning ceremony
The OHIO Police Department (OUPD) held their annual badge pinning ceremony on Monday, Feb. 9, where many employees, including both K9 units, were recognized for a number of different achievements, such as retirement, years of service, and employee of the year

Paperwork for retiring administrators needed by March 1 to be recognized at ceremony
Ohio University administrators who are considering retiring prior to July 1 are reminded that their retirement paperwork must be submitted to University Human Resources by March 1 in order to be recognized at this year’s Outstanding Administrator and Administrative Service Awards Ceremony.

Feb 23
Catmail tip: Finding folders in OWA
Follow these three steps to display your inbox folders in the web version of Catmail.

Faculty tackle comparing myths, monsters and metaphors across cultures, March 12
The Gawande Speaker Series and the Becoming Human Theme Present "Epic Fail?: Comparing Myths, Monsters, and Metaphors Across Cultures," an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion with Dr. Shubha Pathak of American University, on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in Ellis 111.

Information from Human Resources about Personalized Medical Guidance
Learn more about PMG and what it can offer you and your family members.

Feb 20
Preview of May 2015 Blackboard upgrade now available
Instructors are encouraged to log into the preview server and try Blackboard's new features.

Feb 19
Work Center serves as starting point for all of OHIO’s Facilities needs
The responsibility of maintaining the grounds and more than 200 buildings on Ohio University's approximately 1,800-acre Athens Campus falls on the roughly 400 individuals employed in the University’s Facilities Department, including the nine staff members who operate the Facilities Work Center.

Feb 18
New beginnings for Southern Campus interim associate dean
Recently appointed as interim associate dean for Ohio University’s Southern Campus, it is clear that Miki Crawford is quite adept at shifting gears to get things done in a way that is equal parts efficient and competent.

State authorization workshop set for Feb. 24
eLearning OHIO is sponsoring a two-part workshop tailored to the Ohio University community’s specific state authorization questions. The discussion will focus on offering distance education and on-the-ground field experiences, recruiting and marketing to students, and employing faculty and staff members who perform work in other states.

Feb 16
An important announcement about final exams and final grades
This message from the University registrar contains important information about final grades and final examinations.

Feb 15
A reminder from University Human Resources about I-9 compliance
This message contains an annual reminder about the University's I-9 compliance.

Feb 12
University shares update on Anthem data breach
Ohio University Human Resources is sharing updated information from health and dental insurance company Anthem, following an announcement last week the company had experienced a data security breach that could affect Ohio University employees.

Feb 10
A reminder from UHR about leave usage policies
In an effort to recruit and retain talented faculty and staff, Ohio University provides several ways to help individuals manage their professional responsibilities along with their personal commitments.

A reminder from UHR about performance evaluations
Annual performance evaluations are required for all A&P and classified staff. For the A&P staff, the deadline for completion of the performance evaluations is March 16.

Contemporary History: Dependency and the Demobilization from WWII, Feb. 12
The Contemporary History Institute speakers series will host Laura McEnaney on “The Problem of Caring: Dependency and the Demobilization from World War II” on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Meet Distinguished Professor Christopher France
From his undeniable love for teaching to his intense desire to make the perfect bagel, Christopher France is nothing short of passionate.

Scripps Professor Judith Yaross Lee receives Fulbright Award
Judith Yaross Lee, a communication studies professor in the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research as Senior Professor of American Culture at Leiden University in The Netherlands during the 2015-16 academic year.

Feb 9
College of Business names new COO
OHIO alumnus Phillip Taylor III brings diverse background to new role.

Feb 6
2014 W-2s available online
Ohio University has released W2s for calendar year 2014. While the W-2s were mailed to employees’ homes, electronic versions of the W-2s are available online through the My Personal Information web portal.

Feb 5
Benefits director issues statement on Anthem data breach
Greg Fialko, director of benefits at Ohio University, issued a message this morning to the University's faculty and staff regarding a data security breach at Anthem.

Watch out for scams in wake of Anthem breach
If you receive an unsolicited email or phone call that asks you to provide personal information or directs you to log into a website to protect or verify your account, do not respond.

Feb 4
Branding OHIO through its principles: Part 2
Whether it’s the letterhead used to communicate with a prospective student or the language used to reach out to an alumnus, each of us plays an important role in shaping OHIO’s brand.

Event to explore opportunities, experiences in international development
The Offices of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies are hosting a presentation and reception on the topic of “Opportunities and Experiences in International Development" from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Baker University Center Ballroom A.

Nearly 200 OHIO administrators to be celebrated at awards ceremony
Nearly 200 Ohio University administrators will be recognized for their exceptional and dedicated service to the University during the 2015 Outstanding Administrator and Administrative Service Awards Ceremony, scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Feb 3
OHIO hosting Employee Appreciation Tailgate Feb. 21
Ohio University is showing its appreciation for all OHIO employees by hosting a pre-game tailgate beginning at noon Saturday, Feb. 21, for employees and their families. Each OHIO employee is also eligible for one free admission to the OHIO vs. Kent State men’s basketball game that begins at 2 p.m. that day.

OIT hosts second round of Catmail preview sessions Feb. 9-13
Employees and retirees who would like to learn more about how the  email upgrade will affect them are encouraged to attend.

Feb 2
University hires seven new student success advisors
First- and second-year students now have more options in academic advising. Ohio University recently hired seven new student success advisors to serve them.

Jan 30
Call for proposals: Tech Ability workshop on accessibility and IT
Submit your presentation proposals for OHIO's Tech Ability workshop by Feb. 16.

OUPD welcomes four officers in 2014-2015
The Ohio University Police Department has welcomed four new officers since the start of fall semester, including a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former border patrol agent, and two recent college graduates, including one from OHIO.

Office of Sustainability facilitates discussion about sustainable building design, demolition
Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability is working towards creating a more sustainable, energy-efficient campus by helping Design and Construction project managers and Facilities employees navigate and integrate sustainable practices into the institutional planning process.

Jan 29
Professor Emerita returns to OHIO to share experiences of non-violent protests
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s six principals of non-violence have resonated with Ohio University Professor Emerita of African American Studies Francine Childs for decades, including when she participated in marches across the country to protest inequality and injustice in America.

United Appeal campaign within $9,000 of its goal
Ohio University’s annual “United 2 Give, United 2 Help” campaign officially ends on Saturday, Jan. 31, and the University is within $9,000 of reaching its goal.

University ranked among institutions with top online graduate engineering programs
The Russ College of Engineering and Technology has placed 36th on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best online graduate engineering programs for 2015, a significant jump from last year’s rank of 46.

Jan 27
Community enjoys free coffee, conversation with OUPD
Officers from the Ohio University Police Department enjoyed meeting members of the community over coffee at The Front Room in Baker University Center on Thursday, Jan. 22.

OHIO project helps local children gain knowledge about eating healthy and exercising
Ohio University Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology Cheryl Howe and her dedicated team of graduate and undergraduate students have developed and implemented a research study geared toward enhancing the knowledge and habits of a healthy, active lifestyle in young children and their parents.

OUPD Badge Pinning and Employee Recognition Ceremony planned
Officers and staff of the Ohio University Police Department will hold their second annual Badge Pinning and Employee Recognition Ceremony at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9 in the Baker University Center Theatre.

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.