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It wasn't that long ago that you were walking the same brick paths as today's Bobcats. 

Consider sending the price of a few coffees to your alma mater in support of the next generation of Bobcats. By giving to OHIO, you're helping to educate the leaders of tomorrow.


Jane Balbo D.O. '07

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

When I was applying to medical schools, I thought, “What kind of doctor do I want to be?” I really wanted to be a D.O. – I wanted to use my hands as part of my patient care skills. I knew the school here, and I loved it.

I think the biggest impact of the Heritage College is found in the surrounding communities – a lot of services are available to people who would not otherwise have access.

Giving back to the place that helped you become who you are is very important. Supporting opportunities for today’s medical students is important to me. If I want the world to be a better place, and if I want new doctors to have a good education, then I want to financially support these things I believe in.


Lt. Col. Mike ’68 and Karen ’69 Jackson

What made you decide to create an endowed scholarship?
We both came from families of modest means, but our parents valued education. The education and skills we acquired when we received our bachelor’s degrees from Ohio University set us both on a path for success in our careers. We want to pay this forward to future generations. The endowment we have established will help students now and for generations to come.

What is the best thing about Ohio University?
There is more than one “best thing” about Ohio University. A quality education, a fun environment, a small-town feel, and the sense of community that exists for both students and alumni.

Why give?
The reasons people give are as numerous and diverse as the donors themselves, but every gift – large and small – helps secure the promise of Ohio University. Whether it’s one inspired moment or a series of experiences culminating in the desire to give back to OHIO, one thing is certain: Your generosity is a measure of our success.

Parker and Genevieve Walter

Children of Rob ’90 and Meghan Walter

Our dad gives because he appreciates everything he has received from OHIO. Since deciding to attend, the things he learned and connections he made have shaped his life. As an alumnus, he wants to make sure his giving enables future Bobcats to receive the same quality experience as he did.

Why is OU special to your parents? My dad says that the campus culture and feeling of welcome and home is special to all Bobcats. His favorite quote about OHIO is “While you may leave Athens, Athens never leaves you…”

Whenever he runs into a fellow Bobcat outside of Athens, there is a sense of excitement and love for their college experience. For OHIO alumni, returning to Athens is almost like a pilgrimage – Bobcat alumni wish you well on the journey, talk about places to visit while you are there, envy you for going, and also make requests that you bring back items from their favorite places.

Why do our parents think it’s important for others to give back to Ohio University? Dad thinks alumni giving back to the University helps preserve the environment for future generations. Athens is a special experience and most alumni agree with that statement.

We hope it remains as special for us when we arrive on campus in Athens in the fall of 2027 and 2030!

Tyree Winters D.O. ’07

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ambulatory Pediatrics

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has been, and will continue to be, a leader in Ohio and the nation as the premier training institution for primary care providers. The College continues to produce leaders in osteopathic medicine who bring recognition to the University, region, state, and nation.

I decided to support the Heritage College to pay forward the support, both emotional and financial, that I received during my medical training. I also wanted to ensure that financial support will be provided for minority students to attend my alma mater.

Philanthropic support from alumni is especially important, since it shows College and University leadership that we are still invested in the future of our institution.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • The 2013 Baker Peace Conference, sponsored by the Contemporary History Institute focused on the theme “A World at Peace? Lessons from the End of the Second World War.”
  • The conference investigated the possibility of pacifism through the lens of the successes and failures of WWII’s settlements.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences’ George Washington Forum brought former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton to campus during the 2012-13 academic year.
  • The Center for Law, Justice & Culture is an interdisciplinary academic community in the college that is dedicated to advancing scholarship and teaching by integrating programs and uniting faculty and students who share a common interest in law’s role in cultural, political, and social life.
  • Student research enriches an individual student’s education as well as brings recognition to OHIO. For example, two doctoral students in physics participated in the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureates in physics meeting this past year.

College of Business

  • Rather than teach core subjects as isolated units, OHIO's Business Cluster combines traditionally independent classes - management, marketing, management information systems, and finance - into one integrated class taught by a group of professors. Working in teams, students solve authentic business problems and get a taste of what it's like to work in the real world.
  • The College of Business' Global Consulting Program offers students an opportunity to work in another country (including China, Spain, Brazil, Greece, Italy, France, Slovakia, Germany, and Argentina) for two to four weeks. Working with teammates from the College of Business and from foreign partner universities, students conduct analyses and present recommendations to a foreign client company.
  • The Ohio University Student Equity Management Group (OUSEMG) manages a $2.1 million equity fund for The Ohio University Foundation. Student managers research companies and present their findings to fellow student managers in order to make investment decisions. The OUSEMG has consistently outperformed the S&P Index for eight consecutive years.
  • The Management Information Systems program was ranked 6th in Bloomberg Businessweek specialty rankings.

College of Health Sciences and Professions

  • Realizing that no health care provider truly practices alone, the College of Health Sciences and Professions began offering interdisciplinary classes for students to explore problem-based learning concepts in a team setting. Students from CHSP and the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine apply these concepts to case studies of patients at a local long-term care facility.
  • The Diabetes Certificate Program is a new, 17-credit hour program that offers a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity for undergraduate students to learn more about diabetes and its management. This program reaches beyond the classroom to give students a deeper understanding of the disease and its prevalence both locally and nationally.
  • The Global Health Initiative (GHI) promotes community-based health care and research by expanding collaborative opportunities to understand health from a global perspective. GHI strives to build awareness of global health issues; prepare students to work with diverse and underserved populations; and foster an understanding of how sociocultural, political, and environmental factors impact health policy.

Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education

  • In the 2014 US News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, the Patton College placed in the top 6 percent
  • of all colleges of education nationwide.
  • The Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development Program is ranked 34th in the nation.
  • The Patton College helps meet the need for STEM teachers in Southeast Ohio and beyond by joining the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship Program and participating in the Choose Appalachia Teaching Program.
  • This year, we are offering the first online program in the nation for soccer coaching, with 18 students in the inaugural class.

College of Fine Arts

  • The Ohio University College of Fine Arts offers study abroad programs in eight different countries, including Hungary, Italy, Ghana, and Great Britain.
  • Nationally ranked and recognized departments include ceramics, printmaking, film production, dance, playwriting, and theater production design and technology.
  • The College of Fine Arts celebrated its 75th anniversary in April 2012.
  • "Arts for Ohio" is a University-supported initiative that provides all students with free admission to the College's events and funds expanded arts offerings on campus.
  • The newly-renovated Lincoln Hall on East Green houses students in the Fine Arts Residential Learning Community so that they may learn and grow together.
  • The School of Art + Design combined the majors of ceramics, printmaking, painting, photography, and sculpture into one studio art major to provide students with interdisciplinary study opportunities.

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is the only college of osteopathic medicine in the state, and the planned campuses in Dublin and Cleveland will help meet the needs for more primary care doctors in Ohio.
  • Though based in Southeast Ohio, the Heritage College's education programs reach statewide through our collaboration with 27 teaching hospitals around the state. The Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) is recognized as one of the largest, most advanced, and best-supported osteopathic medical education consortiums in the country.
  • The Heritage College is the community leader in providing services that make life better for our neighbors. Services are developed in response to community needs, including health screenings, navigator programs for families, childhood immunizations, bus driver physicals, and health education for community members and regional health care providers.
  • Our medical research initiatives are advancing diagnostics, treatments, and cures for some of the most pervasive health care issues both here and abroad, including diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

Honors Tutorial College

  • Incoming Honors Tutorial College freshmen have an average ACT score of 30 - significantly higher than the nation's average.
  • The retention rate for HTC students is typically above 95 percent.
  • HTC is based on the Oxbridge method of tutorial education, enabling students to foster one-on-one relationships with faculty and receive individual attention.
  • The HTC Research Apprenticeship Program is one of the premier undergraduate research experiences at Ohio University, and more than 260 research projects have been supported through the program.
  • Each year, HTC students win some of the nation's most competitive awards, including Fulbright, Goldwater, and Marshall Scholarships.

Center for International Studies

  • For the past 50 years, Ohio University's Center for International Studies (CIS) has been a national interdisciplinary academic leader, transforming OHIO students into global leaders and citizens.
  • CIS offers students access to a distinctly OHIO program in international development, African, Asian, Latin American, and South East Asian Studies and in War and Peace Studies. Historically a purely graduate degree granting unit, CIS is excited to now offer undergraduate programs as well.
  • CIS students experience the opportunity to study abroad, learn new languages and make connections with Ohio University partners and over 70 collaborators around the world, including Botswana, Ecuador, Germany, Japan, and Malaysia.
  • Over 160 faculty members from other OHIO Colleges have worked to enhance the Center's programs. Currently there are over 2,000 CIS alumni making a difference in over 100 countries around the world.
  • Today, the Center for International Studies is vibrant place situated in the Yamada International House with over
  • 250 graduate and undergraduate students coming and going as they experience the Center and all that Ohio University and its partners have to offer.

Ohio University Libraries

  • Ohio University's Alden Library has nearly 2 million distinct patron visits every year.
  • Alden Library is the 29th largest media library in the country.
  • Alden Library will celebrate 200 years of operation in 2014!
  • Notable collections include The E.W. Scripps Collection of Journalism, the Cornelius Ryan WWII Contemporary History Collection, and the new photojournalism archive.
  • Ohio University Libraries is ranked #33 on's 100 Most Social Media Friendly College & University Libraries for 2013.
  • Margaret Boyd, OHIO's first female graduate, kept a diary chronicling her daily life on campus in 1873. While the Libraries host her original diary in the Archives and Special Collections, the Libraries also created a social media identity for Maggie, and showed that her writings remain relevant to the daily challenges and delights that students experience today.

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

  • The Russ College is the first engineering and technology college to articulate its goal: to Create for Good. By this, we mean our students, researchers, faculty, and staff look for ways to make a sustainable mark on the world through engineering. Whether they're developing alternative energy sources, making our national airspace safer, or building cars that can see, our graduates are dedicated to improving the world, for the future, for good.
  • Strong faculty prepare students to make an impact in their chosen fields. Recent faculty accolades include Gerri Botte's recognition as a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and Sunggyu "K.B." Lee's induction into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame.
  • The Russ College of Engineering and Technology is honored to steward the transformational $124 million estate gift from Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ, for whom the college is named. The gift enables the Russ College to provide funds for scholarships, student leadership, professorships, and other areas to help the college reach its goal of becoming a top choice nationally for students, faculty, and prospective employers.

Scripps College of Communication

  • The Scripps College of Communication offers nearly 3,000 internship opportunities at companies such as Procter & Gamble, National Geographic, NBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and, The Ohio News Network, The Cincinnati Post, Scripps Howard, The Columbus Dispatch, The Cleveland Clinic and The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  • In October 2010, Scripps College of Communication was named a Center of Excellence - the only college of communication to receive this statewide designation.
  • The J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems is the only non-NASA site in the world hosting two NASA ACTS Satellite Earth Stations.
  • The Institute for International Journalism hosts internationally known speakers and oversees foreign correspondence internships with the Associated Press in Rome, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Caracas, and Jerusalem.
  • With the help of 200 student workers, the WOUB Center for Public Media operates five public radio stations, two public television stations, and one cable television station, serving more than 60 counties in Southeast Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.
  • Support from the Scripps Howard Foundation creates exclusive opportunities in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, including internships with the Scripps Howard News Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Division of Student Affairs

  • Since 2010, over 1,400 OHIO students have attended Career Fairs, gaining professional exposure to over 255 potential employers.
  • The OHIO Career and Leadership Development Center has facilitated 166 student outreach programs.
  • During winter and spring semesters in 2012, over 82 percent of OHIO students used the campus recreation facilities.
  • Over 4,984 OHIO students have participated in intramural sports since 2010.
  • OHIO students completed more than 1,140 community service hours through the "Project of the Week" series.
  • 3,500 students participated in our various leadership programs, an increase of over 13 percent from past years.
  • Since 2010, 228 health promotion programs have been presented, reaching over 7,192 OHIO students.

University College

  • Founded in 1935, University College is the oldest college of its kind in the nation. We continue to provide exemplary academic services for all students at Ohio University, beginning with Bobcat Student Orientation and continuing through all four years of the student experience.
  • This fall, University College's Learning Communities Program, a signature program for Ohio University, has 3,400 first-year students enrolled, which is more than 80 percent of the first-year class and an increase of nearly 600 students over fall 2012.
  • In the last three years, University College has become the new home for the Student Writing Center, the Office of Accessibility Services (formerly the Office of Disability Services), and the Graduate Writing and Research Center.
  • University College awards the third-highest number of degrees of the 10 degree-granting colleges at Ohio University.