Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

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Faculty & Staff News

Aug 20
Gearhart elected vice chair of WCET steering committee
Deb Gearhart, vice provost for eLearning and Strategic Partnerships at Ohio University, was elected vice chair of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) 2014-2015 steering committee.

President McDavis accepts ALS ice bucket challenge
Ohio University President Roderick McDavis has accepted an icy challenge from Kent State President Beverly Warren. With help from Rufus and the OHIO football team, McDavis will join the thousands of others across the country in the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of the ALS Association in Peden Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Aug 19
OUPD holds Active Shooter Training
The Ohio University Police Department conducted Active Shooter Response Training for its police officers at The Ridges on Aug. 14 and 15.

Aug 14
Lancaster Campus administrative associate named Ohio University August 2014 Classified Employee of the Month [VIDEO]
Merry Lee Walters is one of the first people many come into contact with at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus. As the associate dean’s administrative associate, Walters helps students, faculty, staff and adjunct faculty find out what they need to know to succeed in the academic world. Now, Walters is being honored for her hard work and dedication. Walters was named the Ohio University August 2014 Classified Employee of the Month.

Aug 13
Athens arts community mourns Bob Winters
Professor Emeritus Robert Winters, who died Aug. 12, made an impact on thousands of students, friends and colleagues as an educator, artist, administrator, theater director, mentor and tireless advocate for the arts.

New storage service offered this fall
A new free online storage service offered to students, faculty and staff this year is designed to be a collaboration tool for class projects that reduces the reliance on external hardware devices and paid storage services

OUPD to conduct Active Shooter Training at The Ridges
The Ohio University Police Department is conducting annual Active Shooter Response Training for its police officers on campus Thursday and Friday and the campus community is encouraged to avoid Piggery Lane at The Ridges and the western section of Southside Park in the City of Athens.

Aug 7
Student Affairs seeking Go Green Guides for fall move-in
Student Affairs is asking OHIO faculty and staff to fill 100 slots and serve as Go Green Guides on Thursday, Aug. 21, and Friday, Aug. 22.

University mourns death of beloved Baker University Center Post Office clerk
Former Baker University Center Post Office clerk Charles "Charlie" Tholin, 65, died July 3, 2014, after a long illness. He became known for his gregarious personality, caring demeanor and exceptional customer service.

Aug 6
Bus offered to Board of Trustees Aug. 28 meeting
The Office of the Board of Trustees and Office of the President are providing transportation to the Aug. 28 Ohio University Board of Trustees meeting in Dublin, Ohio.

Changes to expense reimbursement processing, payroll direct deposit announced 
With the implementation of the R12 upgrade, some efficiencies have been implemented to streamline the process of expense reimbursement payments.

OUPD Capt. Brian Kapple successfully completes leadership academy
Ohio University Police Department Capt. Brian Kapple has successfully graduated from the Public Safety Leadership Academy, which gave him a fresh, new perspective on leadership and management skills which he believes will benefit the overall campus community.

Aug 5
Save the date for the 2014 Faculty and Staff Convocation
Ohio University employees are invited to attend the annual Faculty and Staff Convocation to be held Aug. 27.

Aug 4
Asteroid named in honor of Professor Thomas Statler
It’s not every day you learn an asteroid bears your name. This month, Dr. Thomas Statler, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, attended the triennial "Asteroids, Comets, Meteors" conference in Helsinki, Finland, the leading international gathering in the field of small Solar System bodies, where it's a tradition to announce new asteroid names at the conference banquet. Statler was surprised and delighted to receive this professional honor, along with a few dozen other planetary scientists in attendance.

Hla chairs international conference on nanotechnology
An Ohio University physics professor is organizing the 8th International Workshop on Nanoscale Spectroscopy and Nanotechnology (NSS-8), which will be held at the Gleacher Center in Chicago from July 28-31. NSS-8 is a biennial meeting series that shares the latest research advances of science and technology in the nanometer regime.

Nance named fellow by Geological Society of America
Dr. R. Damian Nance, Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at Ohio University, has been named a Geological Society of America Fellow.

Aug 1
Meet the July 2014 Classified Employee of the Month
Meet the July 2014 Classified Employee of the Month April Butterworth.

President McDavis welcomes Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to campus
President Roderick J. McDavis welcomed Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of the media to Ohio University’s Women’s Center in Baker University Center early Thursday to discuss the University’s recent partnership with the state to provide services and support to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence throughout Southeast Ohio.

Jul 31
OHIO online courses to adapt to new Quality Matters rubric
Ohio University faculty who are in the process of obtaining Quality Matters recognition for a course taught online will need to ensure their courses meet the new Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric that will be released Aug. 1.

Ohio University’s hidden gem home to wildlife, research
Situated on the southern side of the Ohio University campus is one of Athens hidden gems, a place where students can experience research about nature through a mix of wildlife, sweeping prairie grasslands, rolling hills, forested land, valleys and ravines.

Visitor parking change underway for Baker University Center surface lot
A recommendation by the Ohio University Visitor Parking Committee, which convened in fall 2013 to create meaningful changes to accommodate visitors, guests, and prospective students across campus, is being implemented with the conversion of the Baker University Center surface parking lot to pay parking.

Zanesville Campus’ Shirvani presents at international conference
Sheida Shirvani, professor of communication studies and Academic Division coordinator at Ohio University Zanesville, recently presented her academic work in Hyderabad, India, at the International Association for Media and Communication Research conference.

Jul 30
Board of Trustees approves faculty compensation plan
At the most recent meeting in June, Ohio University’s Board of Trustees followed recommendations of the Faculty Total Compensation Task Force and set aside $2.04 million as one step in a multi-year plan to move faculty compensation levels to third among four-year public universities in Ohio.

Jul 25
Remembering Warren H. Reininga
Ohio University's College of Business, community, and friends mourn the passing of Warren H. Reininga, former chair and faculty member.

Jul 24
Al-Naeeli named National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences
The National Research Council has named Dr. Mawadda Al-Naeeli, assistant professor of biological sciences at Ohio University Zanesville, with the National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences for 2013-14.

Jul 22
Meet the June 2014 Classified Employee of the Month Andrea Holmes
Meet June 2014 Classified Employee of the Month Andrea Holmes.

OHIO receives high marks in international rankings
Ohio University has received top marks in two ranking systems designed to provide students and parents with information about the overall quality and cost of higher education.

Jul 21
National Diabetes Prevention Program starts in September
National Diabetes Prevention Program starts in September

Jul 18
Lot 122 near Baker University Center closed late Friday
Lot 122 near Baker University Center will be closed for parking beginning at 11 p.m. n Friday, July 18, to accommodate an event in the area.

Jul 17
Allison Hunter to head WOUB News
Veteran award-winning journalist Allison Hunter will head WOUB’s news operation as editor-in-chief beginning Aug. 11.

Chemical engineering professor named fellow of electrochemical society
Ohio University’s Russ Professor of Chemical Engineering Gerardine Botte has been named a fellow of The Electrochemical Society, the society for solid-state and electrochemical science and technology.

Email upgrade: Graduate students under way, employees scheduled for October
The university's faculty, staff, graduate student and emeriti email upgrade continues to move forward, but with a slightly modified timeline.

Employees urged to set secret questions for their OHIO password
In the coming months, employees will need to have secret questions associated with their OHIO password when accessing core systems.

High school students eager to learn at Junior Executive Business Program for Diverse Students
Twenty-seven high school students from the biggest cities across Ohio, and one student from California, eagerly listened to presentations delivered to them in Copeland Hall earlier this week to showcase what Ohio University and the College of Business has to offer as part of the 10th annual Junior Executive Business Program for Diverse Students.

OHIO schedules upgrade of financial systems
The University will upgrade the Oracle e-Business (financial and human resources) system to a new release level (R12), and the e-Business suite (eBiz) will be offline from noon on July 29 until 8 a.m. on Aug. 7.

Jul 14
Volunteers start training to support sexual assault survivors
Nine people of diverse backgrounds attended a session of the Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program in Baker University Center last week, the first of multiple sessions designed to educate volunteers about how to adequately respond and support victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, rape culture, and intimate partner violence in Athens, Meigs and Perry counties.

Jul 11
Oxbow Bridge Work scheduled today
Traffic on the Richland Avenue Oxbow Bridge is planned today, and traffic delays are expected.

Jul 9
eLearning advisor receives statewide excellence award
Joe Carver, an eLearning OHIO academic advisor, was presented with the Academic Advisor Excellence Award at the Ohio Academic Advising Association’s annual conference on June 20 in Columbus.

Jul 8
Ohio University Zanesville dean to participate in Harvard leadership program
Ohio University Zanesville Dean Jenifer Cushman has been selected to participate in Harvard’s 2014 Institute for Educational Management program.

Zanesville professor contributes to diabetes research resource
Mawadda Al-Naeeli, assistant professor of biological sciences at Ohio University Zanesville, published in the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Journal.

Jul 1
OHIO President launches blog to share insights, reflections
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis is adding a new skill to his repertoire: blogging.

Jun 30
Zanesville’s Al-Saghir shares expertise in cell biology and botany
Mohannad Al-Saghir, associate professor of biological sciences at Ohio University Zanesville, recently earned two distinctive honors.

Jun 27
Administrative Senate announces senator election results
Administration Senate has announced the results from May’s election, including the following:

OHIO graduate joins OUPD
An Ohio University graduate is the latest addition to the Ohio University Police Department.

Jun 26
Board honors President McDavis’ 10 years of OHIO service [VIDEO]
In honor of President Roderick J. McDavis’ 10-year anniversary at Ohio University, the OHIO Board of Trustees surprised McDavis with a video tribute during Friday’s trustees meeting at Ohio University Eastern. The video, produced by University Communications and Marketing, was commissioned by board members.

College remembers Tomoyasu Tanaka, physics professor and founder of Chubu exchange
Tomoyasu Tanaka, 94, emeritus professor of physics at Ohio University, passed away in May in his native Japan.

OHIO professor emerita tells mother’s story of helping girl escape from Nazi Germany
Fifteen high school teachers from across Ohio visited the Athens campus last week for a three-day seminar sponsored by the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities.

Jun 25
Employee appreciation event July 2
Ohio University will be providing lemonade and watermelon prior to the July 2 Concert Under the Elms event.

Jun 23
Compensation 2014 Project moves into fourth phase of project
As the Compensation 2014 Project moves into the fourth phases of the initiative, the project team continues to make progress towards implementation and meeting project objectives by the Dec. 1 deadline.

University reminds faculty, staff to submit leave paperwork by June 30
As the end of the fiscal year approaches, University faculty and staff are reminded to submit all paperwork for leave time used during the year to payroll by June 30.