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Poster session highlights university priorities
Campus community takes advantage of Founders Day event focusing on implementation of Vision OHIO goals

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2007) -- Faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to hear news of the progress of the 10 Vision OHIO implementation teams as part of today's Founders Day celebration. Attendees perused informational posters and asked questions to learn about the status of strategic university priorities at the afternoon event.

Photo by Rick FaticaThe poster session marked a milestone for Vision OHIO, the university's academic plan, which the university officially rolled out last year at this time. More than 250 university representatives have been involved in creating and implementing recommendations named as priorities for the university, and this is the first formal event in which the campus community has had the opportunity to reflect on the progress made toward its goals.

"Vision OHIO is a sort of abstract idea. This (event) makes it more concrete," said Duncan Brown, a member of the Graduate Priorities Implementation Team. "Looking at these specific recommendations shows all of the discussion that went on wasn't just discussion, there was an outcome."

Taking advantage of the opportunity to talk with the chairs and co-chairs of the Vision OHIO implementation teams, attendees looked at posters covering topics ranging from increased grants for graduate student research to the creation of learning outcomes to added child care in the area.

Anita Grant, coordinator of diversity initiatives and a microform librarian, said she appreciated the opportunity to ask questions of the Resources Implementation Team about funding allocations across campus.

"A lot of change is happening on campus," she said. "I think it's important for the university to allow faculty, staff and students to see what's happening on paper and to talk to those parties involved in the process to get ideas of what's happening."

Meryl Graybill, vice president for university outreach and regional campuses and director of university outreach, agreed on the importance for the campus community to learn about the initiatives that are informing the university's strategic direction for the next five years or more.

"People don't know what's in these plans," said Graybill, co-chair of the Partnerships Implementation Team, "but if they did know they might not feel like they disagree with it."

Also scanning the posters and gathering information at the session was Brian Bower, a junior cellular and molecular biology major, who said he wanted to get caught up on what the university has been doing.

"I hadn't heard much about it (Vision OHIO), so hearing the progress has been reassuring," he said. "Now I have an idea of what's going on at OU and what may be going on in the future."

If you missed the session but would like to learn about the priorities named by the Vision OHIO Implementation Teams, visit www.ohio.edu/vision/implementation.cfm to download the list.

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