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OHIO community invited to grand opening of Walter International Education Center

A recap of the center, its benefactors and its planned contributions to international education


Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis has invited the entire OHIO community to participate in the grand opening of the Walter International Education Center, to be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday at 15 Park Place.

The center was made possible with the generosity of Robert D. and Margaret M. Walter, who provided $2 million through the Walter Family Foundation for this project in partnership with the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the University. It is the new home of the Office of Education Abroad and International Student and Faculty Services.

Read on for a recap of Compass coverage on the center, its benefactors and its planned contributions to international education at Ohio University. 

President invites OHIO to Walter International Education Center grand opening: On Thursday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an e-mail to the entire OHIO community inviting them to participate in the grand opening of the Walter International Education Center.

Supporting our Transformative Learning Community: Since making their first gift to Ohio University in 1988, Alumni Robert D. and Margaret M. Walter have committed more than $17 million in support of OHIO and have left an indelible mark on the University.

Walter Center seeks to become OHIO's first LEED certified building
: The newly-opened Walter International Education Center is set to become the first Ohio University building to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, pending approval by the U.S. Green Building Council.

International offices find new home: This week, Ohio University’s Office of Education Abroad (OEA) and International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) will begin moving into the Walter International Education Center. The newly renovated building at 15 Park Place will serve as a one-stop shop for OHIO’s international and internationally-bound students.

Walter International Education Center to facilitate international community
: Last week, the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) and International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) moved into the newly renovated Walter International Education Center at 15 Park Place. As the staff continues to unpack and settle in, their directors are forging ahead with plans for collaboration under one roof.

Former Sigma Chi fraternity given new life with LEED renovation: Formerly the Sigma Chi fraternity house, 15 Park Place is the first of three Ohio University buildings to undergo the LEED certification process. The renovation will cost roughly $2.3 million, funded in part through a $2 million gift by Ohio University alumni Robert and Margaret Walter.

International Week kicks off May 14: The campus community is readying itself for International Week 2011, an annual celebration of cultural diversity on Ohio University's Athens campus. The week will kick off with the grand opening of the Walter International Education Center on May 14. Home to the Office of Education Abroad and ISFS, the newly renovated building at 15 Park Place will serve as a one-stop shop for OHIO’s international and internationally-bound students.

International Points of Pride
: Between May 14 and 22, Ohio University will celebrate its global heritage during International Week 2011. Read on for highlights of OHIO's century-old tradition of international education, outreach and hospitality.