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OUAA Board Chair Bill Hilyard

OUAA Board Chair Bill Hilyard visits with guests at the alumni reception in Alexandria, Va. Hilyard is a 1967 graduate of the Patton College of Education.

Photographer: Michelle Frankfurter

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis visits with OUAA Board member – and fellow 1970 graduate – Brenda Dancil-Jones.

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis visits with OUAA Board member – and fellow 1970 graduate – Brenda Dancil-Jones, who earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University.

Photographer: Michelle Frankfurter

Recent graduate Stephanie Shaffer.

Recent graduate Stephanie Shaffer enjoys the company and the atmosphere at historic Virtue Feed & Grain. Shaffer is a 2007 graduate of the Scripps College of Communication.

Photographer: Michelle Frankfurter

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Alumni Association Board of Directors hosts special event with “Virtue”


On June 13, the Ohio University Alumni Association’s (OUAA) Board of Directors hosted 83 alumni and friends in Alexandria, Va., for a special reception at historic Virtue Feed & Grain. Seventeen OUAA board members traveled from across the country for the Board’s summer business meeting and to provide opportunities to engage with the local chapter.

In the Washington D.C. area, the Nation’s Capital Chapter serves more than 5,000 Ohio University alumni with programming ranging from alumni sports teams to cultural events and community service projects.

“Each year the OUAA Board takes its summer meeting ‘on the road’ in order to engage more fully with alumni and hear what issues are important to them,” said Jennifer Neubauer, executive director of the OUAA and assistant vice president for Alumni Relations. “This feedback is critical to the work of the board, which recognizes that the Association’s role is to serve as the University’s primary portal of engagement for all alumni.”

Virtue Feed & Grain is an historic, Old Town Alexandria building that was used as a feed house in the 1800s. The restaurateurs’ mantra of “local and sustainable” extends beyond the menu to the recycled materials from abandoned structures used in the structure’s restoration.

The event highlighted OHIO’s The Promise Lives Campaign, which seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015, and already has secured more than $425 million toward its goal in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities.