ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 15, 2004) -- Ohio University and sorority Chi Omega dedicated the new north overlook addition at Emeriti Park on Nov. 13 in a morning ceremony. The north overlook project, which began in June, was completed this fall.
The main addition in the north overlook is a covered structure that will be affixed with a dedication plaque in honor of the late Ruth Ann Robinson Picard. It was built with the help of a $100,000 gift from Chi Omega given to The Ohio University Foundation in her honor.
"I am gratified that so many people came to honor Fred and Ruth Ann Picard," said Ohio University President Roderick McDavis. "I want to thank the members of the local Chi Omega chapter for their part in making the most generous gift by any Greek chapter to Ohio University. I hope it is an inspiration to other organizations and students to give back and honor those who tirelessly contribute to students and insure the continued success of student organizations."
Picard, who earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology in 1939 from Ohio University, served as a Chi Omega adviser for more than 50 years. She was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Bellaire, Ohio, and entered Ohio University as a freshman in 1935. During her college career, she held the offices of secretary and president of the Chi Omega Tau Alpha chapter and was elected to Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa. In her honor, the sorority established the Ruth Ann Picard Scholarship, which was given in 2003 for the first time. Picard died on Dec. 21, 1999, at the age of 80.
"What a privilege it is to be asked to speak here today," said Doug Picard, son of Fred and Ruth Ann. "Mom and Dad were extremely active in the community for 60 years and mom was extremely dedicated to Chi Omega. I still have the memory of her riding around town in her car with the Chi Omega Owl license plate."
A walkway on the south overlook of Emeriti Park is also named in honor of Picard and her late husband, Fred Picard, a longtime Ohio University economics professor. Ohio University's Tau Alpha chapter has approximately 130 student members and more than 1,200 alumni.
"I'm extremely excited about the north overlook addition because it is the final key element to Emeriti Park," said Director of Grounds, Recycling and Refuse Mark Whitney. "This project ties everything together."
Pires Construction was the contractor on the north overlook project, while James Burkart Associates was the architectural firm.
Emeriti Park, which was dedicated in November 2000, honors Ohio University's distinguished former faculty and staff and recognizes the impact that they have had on the university. The four-acre site on South Green includes ponds, flowerbeds, benches, trees, fountains, a waterfall and, its most recent addition, the north overlook.
To make a gift to Emeriti Park, contact The Ohio University Foundation at 800-592-FUND or firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks may be made payable to The Ohio University Foundation (be sure to write "Emeriti Park" in the notes section) and sent to the foundation at P.O. Drawer 869, Athens, Ohio 45701. Gifts also can be made online at www.ohio.edu/give.
The Ohio University Foundation is the repository for all private gifts through annual giving programs, capital, and special campaigns and planned or deferred gifts. The Foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c(3) organization.
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