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Ohio University Southern celebrates 50th anniversary on Sept. 30

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 29, 2006) -- The crowning jewel of the Ohio University Southern  50th anniversary celebration is a gala and benefit on Saturday, Sept. 30. The evening begins with a 7 p.m. reception at the Collins Building on its Ironton campus. 

The event will feature remarks from Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, Vice President for University Outreach and Regional Campuses Charles Bird and Ohio University Southern Dean Dan Evans. 

Title IX, a 16-member women's a cappella group from the Ohio University Athens campus that sings a variety of tunes, will perform as well as the Russell (Ky.) Chamber Orchestra. 

The night will also include video presentation, the revealing of a time capsule that will be placed at the Proctorville Center and opened in 2056 and a reenactment of the first fundraiser for the campus in 1969. WSAZ-TV newsanchor Tim Irr will serve as the master of ceremonies.

The 50th anniversary celebration has already included a Memorial Day parade, a graduate recognition and the Festival of the Hills, which is a community-wide artisans' event. Other events included a back to school party, an alumni event and a "Back to the 50's" celebration.

Ohio University Southern became a part of the community in 1956 by offering evening classes at Ironton High School. Construction was completed on the Collins Center, the campus' first building, in 1985.

For more information on the gala, call (740) 533-4611.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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