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Ohio University commencement exercises ready to begin

ATHENS, Ohio (June 2, 2006) -- National Public Radio satirical commentator and Ohio University alumnus Brian Unger and former president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Charles Vest, Ph.D., will speak at Ohio University's undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 10, at the Convocation Center.

Unger will address undergraduates at the 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremony, comprised of the following colleges: University College, Regional Higher Education, Russ College of Engineering, College of Business, College of Communication and College of Fine Arts. Unger's satirical reports on culture and politics are featured each week on NPR's "Day to Day."  He is also one of the original correspondents and producers for "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central.

Unger began his broadcast career at WOUB while attending Ohio University, and he worked an NBC internship for David Letterman. Since then, his career and accomplishments have taken him to different networks in different facets. He began his career as a field producer for Maury Povich, then later joined CBS News in New York as an associate producer and producer.  Later, he started his TV on-air career as a correspondent and producer for the network's "Day & Date."

After "Day & Date," Unger joined the team that launched Comedy Central's award-winning "The Daily Show." His work as a correspondent and producer for the series earned him the acclaim of TV Guide and the New York Observer. Unger was listed as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Entertainment" by Entertainment Weekly.

Unger has appeared on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show," "The Man Show" and is a frequent contributor to VH1 and TV Land. Unger has hosted NBC's "Later," E!'s "Talk Soup" and the newsmagazine "Extra." He has guest starred in series for NBC and ABC, and has starred in two comedy pilots for Fox.

As a producer, Unger has executive produced and created pilots and series for Oxygen, Fox, MTV and Comedy Central. The New York Times and The Washington Post have published him. A native of Granville, Ohio, he earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Ohio University in 1987. 

Vest will address undergraduates during the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony for the following colleges: Honors Tutorial College, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health and Human Services and College of Education.

Vest chairs the U.S. Department of Energy Task Force on the Future of Science Programs and is vice chair of the Council on Competitiveness. He also sits on the board of directors of IBM and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. He is a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT and is a Life Member of the MIT Corporation, the institute's board of trustees. Vest served as president of MIT from 1990 until December 2004. Throughout his presidency, he placed special emphasis on enhancing undergraduate education and research programs, developing stronger relations with industry and enhancing racial and cultural diversity at MIT.

In February 2004, President George W. Bush asked Vest to serve as a member of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Additionally, he chaired the President's Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the Space Station and was a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the Massachusetts Governor's Council on Economic Growth and Technology, and the National Research Council Board on Engineering Education.

Born in Morgantown, W.Va., he earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1963, and his doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967.

Graduate Commencement

Ohio University Associate Professor of History Chester Pach, the 2005-06 Ohio University Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award recipient, will address the graduate commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 9, at the Convocation Center. Pach teaches courses in U.S. foreign relations and recent U.S. history and has been a Fulbright Professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He was recently named the graduate director for history and is a former director of the Contemporary History Institute (1993-98) and the John and Elizabeth Baker Peace Studies program (1997-98). He has been a professor at Ohio University since 1991. Pach has a bachelor's degree in history from Brown University and master's and doctoral degrees in history from Northwestern University.

College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement

Sister Anne E. Brooks, D.O., will address the College of Osteopathic Medicine commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 3, at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Sister Brooks began her medical mission in Mississippi's Delta region in 1983 when she and three others set up the Tutwiler Clinic, an ambulatory care clinic that was founded on the idea that quality health care is a right, not a privilege. Currently, she oversees a staff of 25 at the clinic, which sees an average of 630 patients per month. Sister Brooks has been a sister of the Order of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary since 1955.

Driving Instructions

Expect delays because of road construction for motorists traveling on U.S. 33 from the north and west (Columbus, Ohio). For the most up-to-date information on construction delays, please visit www.buckeyetraffic.org. Additional information on the university's commencement ceremonies, detailed driving directions to Athens, Ohio, and a link to the live Webcast of both undergraduate ceremonies are available on the Web at www.ohio.edu/commencement.

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