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Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

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Oct 24
Activities capture spirit of Chillicothe Campus Oct 24
OU-C rededicates memorial stone, recognizes scholarship recipients and helps students find their college compass

Chemical engineering, osteopathic medicine alumni couple creates scholarship for Russ College students Oct 24
Alumni Bill and Debbie Burke have made a commitment of $50,000 to establish the George and Sally Wenner Russ Vision Scholarship Fund for Russ College of Engineering and Technology students.

Computer engineering researcher wins National Science Foundation grant for high performance computing systems Oct 24
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.

Interprofessional Education Symposium highlights growing Ohio University collaborations on health education Oct 24
Reflecting a nationwide trend toward a more team-based approach to health care, faculty and students in Ohio University’s health-centered colleges are engaging in a growing number of interprofessional education and research initiatives.

New student organization designed for those committed to sober lifestyle Oct 24
Sober Bobcats offers an opportunity for students to connect with other students with similar interests in a fun and sober environment.

Ohio University Eastern hosts chamber gala Oct 24
Approximately 200 people attended the inaugural St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner held recently at Ohio University Eastern to hear former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier deliver a riveting keynote speech.

Sugar Bush Foundation announces start of 2015 funding cycle Oct 24
The Sugar Bush Foundation, a supporting organization of The Ohio University Foundation, is currently accepting letters of inquiry for the 2015 funding cycle.

Oct 23
Alum has her own 'Battle Cry' for living life—& slaying demons Oct 23
"In 1986, I dropped out of high school in the 11th grade. I was a 17-year-old bride with a baby a year later. One day while standing in a food stamp line and holding my screaming daughter who had a loaded diaper, I dropped to my knees in tears. My life had to change…" writes Marjorie McKee, Ohio University alum.

Culinary Services’ new food truck to take center stage on West Green Oct 23
Beginning Spring Semester 2015, those in search of exciting new food options will need to look no further than just outside of Boyd Dining Hall.

Food for Thought: Global crisis & food scarcity in West Africa, Oct. 23 Oct 23
The Food for Thought Speaker Series presents Dr. Bill Moseley on “The Causes and Consequences of the 2008 Global Food Crisis: Neoliberal Policy Reform and Food Scarcity in West Africa” on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. in Ellis 111.

Lancaster Campus Computer Science Technology student builds unmanned aerial vehicle to help with family farm [VIDEO] Oct 23
Ohio University Lancaster Freshman Trevor Swackhamer is flying high. The Computer Science Technology student, who plans to eventually pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering, is showing his classmates what he’s been up to lately during his spare time. Swackhamer is building an unmanned aerial vehicle.

OHIO welcomes new executive chef Oct 23
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.

School of Art + Design Hosts Second Annual State of the Arts Exhibition Oct 23
Over 1330 high school art teachers currently working in Ohio and the surrounding region were invited recently to submit their art to Ohio University’s Second Annual juried ‘State of the Arts Exhibition.’

Softball participates in team-building activities Oct 23
The Ohio softball team participated in team-building activities on Saturday, Oct. 18 in which members participated in a number of challenges.

University and City of Athens urge safety, civility during Halloween weekend Oct 23
The City of Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl and President Roderick J. McDavis have issued a joint statement with regard to the upcoming Halloween festivities.

Voinovich School researchers submit study to Department of Energy Oct 23
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
Alden Library opened vault for Women’s Center event Oct 22
Ohio University students and faculty gathered at Alden Library’s fifth floor Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections on Oct. 16. OHIO’s Women’s Center hosted a vault tour led by Miriam Intrator, the special collections librarian.

Another fiscal year gone, OHIO Faculty and Staff keep giving back Oct 22
Faculty and Staff at Ohio University are second to none. The Promise Within Campaign, which was established in 2008 as a part of OHIO’s Promise Lives Campaign, proves that their commitment to the University and its students is unwavering. For 2014 fiscal year, faculty and staff gave $348,211.92 to The Promise Within Campaign, bringing the total raised to $3,706,537 from donations by more than 900 OHIO faculty and staff members.

Heat returning to Ohio University Oct 22
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.

Honors Tutorial College receives top rating Oct 22
The Ohio University Honors Tutorial College received a top rating in the most recent edition of "A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs."

Local elementary school partners with OHIO students to inspire reading Oct 22
Photojournalism students in OHIO’s School of Visual Communication partnered with Amesville Elementary School to create a photomural for the school’s library.

ModernThink Climate Survey results available online Oct 22
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 Oct 22
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.

Ohio University to host Washington Policy Forum Nov. 13 Oct 22
Ohio University will host its third Washington Policy Forum on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the offices of Nixon Peabody LLP on Ninth Street NW in Washington D.C.

Radiation Safety Office newsletter available Oct 22
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.

Scripps Day 2014 crowns top students, celebrates partnership Oct 22
Two Scripps College of Communication students tied for first place in the Scripps Next Top Intern contest, which was held during Scripps Day on Oct. 14.

Voinovich School Researchers Submit Study to Department of Energy Oct 22
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 earlier this month.<br /><br />This report is a part of the School’s work related to the ongoing cleanup activities at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) in Piketon, Ohio.<br /><br />This mitigation report provides information that the DOE, its contractors, and the public can use as decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the site progresses. It’s possible that the cleanup process may affect natural water features in the area like streams and wetlands, and under the Clean Water Act, the DOE must find ways to offset any potential destruction.<br />

Women’s Center seeks undergraduate women for spring mentorships Oct 22
The Ohio University Women’s Center is seeking motivated, compassionate undergraduate women to serve as mentors to Athens Middle School girls for their pilot year of the Young Women’s Leaders Program. The program strives to boost self-esteem and leadership skills in young girls.

Oct 21
African-American mother, daughter discussion of health, womanhood and HIV risk scheduled for Thursday Oct 21
Michele Berger, an associate professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present "Keeping it in the Family: African-American Mother and Daughter Discussions of Health, Young Womanhood and HIV Risk," in Walter Hall 135 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23.

Lancaster Campus history students paticipate in Civil War Symposium [AUDIO] Oct 21
History students at Ohio University Lancaster are learning about Lancaster’s rich Civil War history and earning class credit.  Students earned one credit hour in Assistant Professor Mark Nevin’s History 4900 class this fall by attending a two day Civil War Symposium in Lancaster sponsored by the Fairfield Heritage Association (FHA).

Oct 20
Acclaimed author, Nobel Peace Prize nominee to speak at OHIO on Nov. 19 Oct 20
Nobel Peace Prize nominee and internationally-acclaimed author Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish will speak at Ohio University on Nov. 19 as part of the University’s International Education Week and its Kennedy Lecture Series

Boyd Dining Hall renovations slated to begin next semester Oct 20
Ohio University Culinary Services submitted the following letter to the campus community via Compass on Monday, Oct. 20.

Campus Sustainability Day is Oct. 22 Oct 20
Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability is hosting Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 22, which will include a live Twitter chat during a tour of the Athens Campus, followed by activities in Baker University Center.

Fundraising campaign underway for Lancaster Campus Wagner Theatre Oct 20
Fundraising campaign underway for Lancaster Campus Wagner Theatre

Geologic testing to occur for two weeks Oct 20
Part of the Ohio University Energy Infrastructure Projects Initiative includes a commitment to stop burning coal by the end of 2015. This requires improvements to the local gas distribution system owned and operated by Columbia Gas.

Kanawha Project on carbon neutrality seeks 15 faculty participants Oct 20
University College and the Environmental Studies Program are recruiting 15 faculty and five undergraduate scholars to participate in the Kanawha Project during the 2014-15 academic year.

OHIO employees will receive benefits survey this week Oct 20
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 Oct 20
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.

Risk Management and Safety fall newsletter available Oct 20
The October 2014 Risk Management and Safety newsletter features a Q&A with Jill Harris, emergency programs manager, and Halloween safety tips.

‘Profiles in Faculty Achievement’ video spotlights Zanesville’s Tarig Higazi Oct 20
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
Another 2,000 cardboard boxes needed to break Guinness World Record Oct 17
Ohio University Campus Recycling’s world-record breaking attempt at creating the largest cardboard structure ever constructed is three weeks away, and 2,000 boxes are still needed from students, local businesses, and members of the Athens community in order to surpass the goal of collecting 15,000 boxes.

Baker Center Post Office announces new hours Oct 17
The Baker University Center Post Office has changed its operating hours in an effort to accommodate students’ needs.

History professor to present "Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939" Oct 17
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.

NIH awards $1.4 million to Heritage College to study muscle strength loss in seniors Oct 17
Weakened muscles in people over the age of 65 may not be caused by a loss of muscle mass. Provocative results from several studies suggest that reduced muscle function may be tied to brain and nervous system activity. Now, a $1,376,867 grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will allow researchers to more closely examine that connection.<br />

OHIO progresses toward Century Bond debt management strategy Oct 17
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.

October Board of Trustees meeting to be streamed Oct 17
The Ohio University Board of Trustees' Oct. 16-17 meeting will be streamed live from the Athens Campus.

President McDavis announces efforts to closely monitor Ebola Oct 17
In light of recent confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in the U.S., tensions surrounding the global health crisis are understandably high. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families and communities who have been impacted and lost loved ones to this terrible virus.

Susie Abbott named October Classified Employee of the Month Oct 17
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.

Trustees hear update on future of The Ridges Oct 17
The Ohio University Board of Trustees discussed a wide range of topics with a focus on reviewing the progress of major planning efforts surrounding The Ridges and the fiscal year 2016 budget.

“Fed Up,” a three-night screening @Athena Oct 17
The OHIO Libraries, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Food Studies Theme, the College of Health Sciences and Professions’ Division of Food and Nutrition Science and the Athena Cinema have partnered to bring the film “Fed Up,” a documentary which centers on the reasons behind obesity in the U.S.