Sept. 11, 2006
From staff reports
Photos by Rick Fatica
Members of the Ohio University community gathered on the College Green Monday afternoon for a fall-quarter welcome event featuring music by Los Viejos Blanquitos and a chance to meet and greet colleagues and friends.
President Roderick McDavis and Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl extended a welcome to new faculty members, who number more than 90 this year, and dozens of new staff members. "You have chosen wisely coming to the finest university in the United States," McDavis said. "We are, we believe, a family. There is a connectedness here."
Here are sentiments shared by a few individuals in attendance -- some newcomers, some not:
"I'm looking forward to being associated with Ohio University and to settling into Athens. It's like a microcosm of a big city: It has an international flavor because of all the people who live around the university. I was really impressed in terms of the reputation and quality of this institution and the fact that there is a lot of support for lifelong and distance education." -- Marsha Ham, the new executive director of lifelong and distance learning, on her impressions of Ohio University and Athens
"It's nice that now the big, up-front promotion is undergraduate education. It's what we do 99 percent of the time." -- Associate Professor Emeritus of Classics and World Religions George Weckman on the university's priorities
"The main reason I wanted to come to OU is the wonderful balance between teaching and research. I just love the area; the campus is just beautiful." -- Laurie Hatch, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, on why she chose to make a nearly coast-to-coast move from California State, Monterey Bay
"The Office of Information Technology is very interested in the collaborative options we might have with other state institutions." -- Todd Gardner, systems administrator in the Office of Information Technology, on what he sees as the University System of Ohio's positive emphasis on collaboration between state institutions
"I thought this was a wonderful opportunity and I didn't want to miss out. Also, I've been in private education, and I really wanted to get into a big public education institution. I'm looking forward raising the visibility of the Women's Center on campus." -- Susanne Dietzel, director of the Women's Center in Baker University Center, on her decision to come to OU from New Orleans and her goals for the academic year
"I think it's exciting; it's good to have some external stimulus that can push us to make changes we might have been considering anyway." -- Doug Orr, an academic adviser with University College, on the motivation provided by the University System of Ohio effort
"It was a dream come true. I just love OU, and I really want to be a part of it." -- Joe Foley, a 2004 graduate of the Sports Administration Program, on landing his new job as director of development for the College of Health and Human Services after two years at the University of Richmond
Jennifer Krisch, Katie Quaranta and Mary Alice Casey compiled this report.