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Faculty & Staff News

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.

Sep 24
Lancaster Campus professor and poet to lead Chautauqua Songwriting Workshop
Lancaster Campus professor and poet to lead Chautauqua Songwriting Workshop

OHIO prepares for 2015-2016 accreditation
To prepare for the next accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission in 2015-2016, Ohio University is working with an independent consultant who is completing a mock visit to help the University uncover its strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Women staffers take Columbus ALS Walk for loved ones
Ohio University employees Tracy Galway and Tina Lenigar individually recently became involved in raising money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis after loved ones became affected by the disease.

Sep 22
Emerita professor combats negative stereotypes of singles
Bojinka Bishop, an OHIO associate professor emerita of public relations, has a new mission in life – to combat the negative image of singles. More than half of the adult population in the U.S. is single.

OHIO hosts first Sustainability Summit
Ohio University hosted an innovative two-day Sustainability Summit on the Athens Campus on Sept. 16 and 17 that allowed 12 different colleges and universities across Ohio to collaborate and learn about each other’s sustainability efforts and challenges across the state.

Sep 21
Academic technology professionals host training at Zanesville Campus
Nine Ohio University Zanesville faculty members took part in a hands-on training to enhance the teaching experience. Facilitated by the Academic Technology Department within the Office of Information Technology at Ohio University, participants were introduced to 12 principles of multimedia learning considered best practices.

Sep 19
Cranes at Alden Library necessary to replace air handlers
The University is replacing two air handling units in Alden Library, which will result in interruptions and closures to pedestrian traffic at various times.

Joan Mace receives Award of Achievement for Contribution to Aviation
Joan Mace, former and first woman chair of the Department of Aviation, was recently presented the Award of Achievement for Contribution to Aviation from the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots.

Sep 18
Relationship between diversity, success among topics at first Cultural Conversation
Diversity is a key component in most successful companies, including colleges and universities. That was the key message relayed to the audience during the inaugural Cultural Conversation on Sept. 16 in the Baker University Center.

Sep 17
Instructional innovation survey continues through September 22
Faculty members have until September 22 to complete an instructional innovation survey that was sent by email on Sunday, September 7.

Sep 15
Food and nutrition sciences celebrates 100th anniversary
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the first graduating class of food and nutrition sciences, Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions is hosting keynote speaker Lori Sigrist, who will lead an interactive workshop that will explore leadership and ethics on a personal level.

OHIO Sustainability Summit starts Sept. 16
Ohio University will be at the forefront of sustainability initiatives next week as it hosts an innovative Sustainability Summit on the Athens campus, featuring twelve different colleges and universities across Ohio in an effort to educate, collaborate and learn from each other about different sustainability efforts underway across the state.

OHIO faculty, staff transform into student personas for OHIO Guarantee learning event
Faculty and staff who often serve as the cornerstone of student learning at Ohio University took full advantage of an opportunity to further educate their students about the new OHIO Guarantee by participating in a creative event designed to be as unique as each of the students they advise.

University employees should update demographic information
Ohio University is required to update employee demographic reporting related to both disability and veteran status.

Sep 11
Email upgrade: Work begins Sep 20 to make free/busy calendar times visible across both systems
On Sep 20, OIT will enable a hybrid Exchange/Catmail server that will allow users of both systems to see each other's free/busy calendar times.

University Human Resources issues official list of holiday observance dates
As indicated in Ohio University’s Policy and Procedure 41.125, University Human Resources annually issues an official list of holiday observance dates.

Zanesville Campus Chaplin expert instrumental in celebrating 100 years of Chaplin
Lisa Stein-Haven, associate professor of English at Ohio University Zanesville, has been selected as the keynote speaker at three-day Charlie Chaplin celebration held in Bologna, Italy

Sep 10
Kennedy Art Museum parking changes underway
Parking Lots 200 and 201 across from The Kennedy Museum of Art at The Ridges will soon be converted to multiple-use parking for faculty, staff, and students, with additional spaces available for visitors during the day.

Nominations for 2015 Distinguished Professor underway
Nominations for 2015 Distinguished Professor underway

Sep 9
'Challenges in Teaching' Faculty Learning Community seeks applicants
The "Challenges in Teaching" Faculty Learning Community is open to tenure-track, recently-tenured, and Group II faculty. Applications are due by Oct. 1.

Heritage College has major presence at historic AOA assembly
Several physicians and educators connected to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine were named to leadership positions within the American Osteopathic Association during an annual meeting of AOA’s House of Delegates in Chicago. As one of the appointments made by incoming AOA president Robert S. Juhasz, D.O., Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., was named to a two-year term as chair of AOA’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools.

Mda's New Novel Begins at Athens Farmers Market
Rachel's Blue, a new novel by Dr. Zakes Mda, Professor of Professor of Creative Writing: Fiction and Ohio University alum, was released in August. This time Mda sets his scene very close to home—at the Farmer's Market in Athens and in nearby Rome Township.

Singh on a Fulbright-Nehru Award to India
Dr. Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University, is on a Fulbright-Nehru Award at the University of Delhi in India this academic year.

Two OUPD officers join criminal investigation unit
Two officers at the Ohio University Police Department have joined the criminal investigation unit, which is tasked with solving complex crimes that range from theft, burglary, sexual assault, illegal drugs, Internet crimes, and crimes involving analysis of financial records.

Sep 8
OHIO Promotional Items Now Available Through BobcatBUY
ASW Global Promotional items are now available online through BobcatBUY.

Sep 5
Bike path traffic detoured at Mill Street construction
Mill Street access to the bike path is currently under construction, and pedestrians and cyclists utilizing the bike path will be detoured.

Bobcat Depot now taking pre-orders for Adobe Creative Cloud
The university has reached an agreement with Adobe to provide Creative Cloud to employees and graduate appointees at a discounted rate.  The Bobcat Depot currently is accepting pre-orders for the service.

Meet the August 2014 Classified Employee of the Month
Meet Merry Walters, an administrative assistant at Ohio University Lancaster Campus. She is the August Classified Employee of the Month.

Meeting serves as guide to getting book published
Ohio University Press is pleased to announce its first informational session on scholarly publishing for the 2014–2015 academic year.

Sep 4
Engineering dean named president elect of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers
Dennis Irwin, dean of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, has been named president elect of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.

Healthy OHIO program celebrates seven years with Fitbit giveaway
Ohio University’s WellWorks is celebrating 7 years of the popular Healthy OHIO screening program again this year, and will reward participants with a Fitbit device to track their activity and wellness.

Presidential Teacher Award nominations accepted through Sept. 8
Students, faculty, and alumni from all Ohio University campuses are welcome to nominate a tenured, full-time faculty member from any campus for the prestigious Presidential Teacher Award.

University Communications and Marketing earns more national awards
Ohio University Communications and Marketing continues to be internationally recognized for its outstanding work. In the past two years, UCM staffers have won at least 10 national industry awards from professional organizations in the communications field.

Sep 3
Email upgrade: Five Catmail features you should know about
OIT will resume the faculty and staff email upgrade on Sept 20. Here are five important features of the new system you won't want to miss.

Faculty, staff meal plan options now available for 2014-2015
Ohio University faculty and staff can purchase a meal plan for the upcoming school year.

OUPD receives funding for K-9
The Ohio University Police Department will soon have its first K-9 that’s trained to detect explosives, and will be available should the need for a bomb detection dog arise throughout the region.

Park Place closed Sept. 4-5
Park Place will be closed on Sept. 4 and 5 for construction purposes in support of the Ohio University Lindley Hall project

Aug 29
Kids on Campus leaves mark on OHIO sophomore
The annual six-week Kids on Campus program that offered 250 school-age children from six local school districts an opportunity to visit campus and participate in fun learning activities wrapped up earlier this month, and at least one assistant team leader who helped lead the program called it a unique experience that gave her a chance to help local kids.

Aug 28
Financial Aid staff honors ill co-worker with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge [VIDEO]
The Ohio University Office of Student Financial Aid decided to get cold and wet in the name of ALS awareness. On Wednesday, 19 people accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of an ill co-worker.