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Ohio University, Scripps Howard Foundation to celebrate partnership during Sept. 12 commemoration

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 7, 2006) -- Ohio University, the Scripps Howard Foundation and The E.W. Scripps Company will commemorate their partnership and the opportunities it continues to create for students during a day of celebration Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Ohio University.

The event at Ohio University will include a series of workshops by The E.W. Scripps Company executives for Ohio University students, faculty and staff in Baker University Center and Kantner Hall during the morning and by Ohio University alumni at 2:10 p.m. in Baker. At 3:15 p.m. Scripps President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth W. Lowe will deliver the keynote address in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. If you are unable to attend in person, a webcast will be available at http://streaming.cns.ohiou.edu/scrippscollege/

Watch VideoThe day culminates with a concert performed by country music rising star Blaine Larsen at 8 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium.

The public is invited to attend the keynote address and concert. Admission is free to both. A full schedule of the day’s events is available online at www.ohio.edu/scrippscollege.

“The day’s events, which focus on professionals sharing their expertise with our students, embodies the spirit of the long-time relationship between the university and the Scripps Howard Foundation and The E.W. Scripps Company,” Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said.

In April, the Scripps Howard Foundation announced a $15 million gift to Ohio University’s College of Communication. The gift, which brings Scripps’ total support of Ohio University to more than $20 million over 40 years, will support a variety of programs and initiatives, from diversity enhancement and cutting edge technology to teaching fellows and scholarships.

Ohio University’s College of Communication was recently named the Scripps College of Communication.

The focus of the affiliation between Scripps and the university continues to be on enhancing the educational opportunities for Ohio University students. Through Scripps’ support, future communication professionals are receiving the classroom and experiential training they need to become leaders in their fields.

“We remain committed to helping talented young people reach their goals and aspirations, and the support of Scripps bolsters our efforts to provide the best possible learning opportunities,”  Scripps College of Communication Dean Greg Shepherd said. “It will, for example, allow us to expand our supported internship opportunities for students, increase the numbers of scholarships we can provide, fund innovative initiatives that bring faculty and students together outside the boundaries of traditional classrooms, and sponsor a program of visiting professionals through which students will have the opportunity to engage with leading practitioners in their chosen fields of study.”

The Scripps College of Communication offers more than 40 programs through five schools: the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the J.Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Telecommunications and the School of Visual Communication.

The Scripps Howard Foundation started in 1962, dedicated to improving journalism. Today, it is the largest corporate foundation in Greater Cincinnati. It is responsible for The E.W. Scripps Company’s corporate contributions through the Greater Cincinnati Fund and in 1999 began a program to award grants in all the communities in which Scripps does business through the Community Fund.

The foundation strives to advance the cause of a free press through support of excellence in journalism, quality journalism education and professional development. The Foundation helps build healthy communities and improve the quality of life through support of sound educational programs, strong families, vital social services, enriching arts and culture, and inclusive civic affairs, with a special commitment to the communities in which the company does business.

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Media Contact: Media Relations Coordinator Jessica Stark, (740) 597-2938, or Director of Media Relations Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793

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