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April 2020

Recognize healthcare's #BobcatHeroes in the fight against COVID-19

To all those on the front lines fighting the battle against COVID-19, especially our CHSP healthcare professionals, we salute you.

Help encourage other healthcare professionals by posting a HIPAA-compliant photo of yourself in your healthcare setting along with a message of support to your fellow CHSP Bobcats using the hashtag #BobcatHeroes.

You can also send your images and notes directly to, and we’ll post them to our @CHSPOhio Facebook and Instagram accounts on your behalf.

Ohio University provides guidance, updates on coronavirus preparedness

Relying on guidance from national, state and local health authorities about how to slow the spread of COVID-19, OHIO has made the decision to move to remote and online instruction through at least the end of spring semester for all campuses and locations.

All college events — including alumni and donor events — have been postponed, canceled or converted to virtual meetings until May 15, 2020; this includes activities that were to be held on any of OHIO’s campuses as well as alumni chapter and society events scheduled in cities across the U.S.

Additionally, we ask that you reconsider plans to visit campus at this time, or please call before making a trip to ensure we will have someone available to assist you.

For more information on OHIO’s COVID-19 action plan and response, please visit

On March 19, Ohio University launched the “Bobcats Take Care” campaign.

This online campaign is a space where members of the OHIO community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends – can share messages of support and comfort to Bobcats near and far, as well as donate to the newly created COVID-19 Ohio University Student Emergency Fund.

In true Bobcat spirit, numerous #BobcatsTakeCare messages of support have already been posted, and, in less than 24 hours, more than $15,000 was donated to help students on our Athens and regional campuses who are experiencing financial hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

For those who are able to donate, a crowdfunding campaign page is active at

'Experiencing Health Professions' event demonstrates lasting impact of faculty research, teaching at OHIO

The Gait Lab, Healthy Village and interdisciplinary virtual reality experiences were just a few of the highlights of Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions’ (CHSP) first-ever “Experiencing Health Professions: From Science to Practice” event on Thursday, Feb. 27.

The free event welcomed participants to Grover Center to view research presentations, engage in interactive demonstrations, guided and unguided tours and more.

Learn more about this unique event.

Study intends to improve rehabilitation techniques of ACL injuries in the military and beyond

While ACL injury rehabilitation programs often focus on the physical recovery of the knee and the muscle groups around it, research from Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions indicates the brain also plays a major role in successful returns after an ACL injury.

Dustin Grooms, PhD, associate professor in OHIO’s School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, and his team recently completed the first phase of a $750,000 research grant from the United States Department of Defense with the goal of improving the orthopedic healthcare for the war fighter and civilian populations.

Phase II of Grooms’ research project is underway; upon completion of the study, Grooms believes rehabilitation techniques will “drastically” change and its results will benefit many population types.

Learn more about this groundbreaking research.

White House Senior Adviser for Rural Affairs takes part in School of Nursing's Narcan simulation

Anne Hazlett, senior advisor for rural affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, visited Ohio University's Athens Campus on Friday, Jan. 24, to learn about OHIO's efforts to combat substance misuse.

Hazlett's first stop was OHIO's Game Research and Immersive Design Lab (GRID Lab), where she viewed a virtual reality (VR) segment focusing on administering Narcan in the case of an overdose.

Afterwards, Hazlett met with community officials and several faculty and staff from around the University, including those from the College of Health Sciences and Professions, the School of Nursing, and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

New SON nursing scholarship established by Jerry and Sue Mann

Jerry Mann, a 1961 graduate of Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and his wife, Sue, recently completed a generous donation of $700,000 to OHIO’s School of Nursing program within the College of Health Sciences and Professions.
The Manns’ donation, which was eligible for the University’s matching gift scholarship program, will ultimately amount to an endowment worth $1,050,000.  
The Dr. Jerry M. Mann and Mrs. Sue Johnson Mann Endowment is just one example of the Manns’ commitment to encouraging careers in nursing in support of both individual and community service.

Learn more the Manns and their gift.

CHSP's new exercise physiology track will prepare students for numerous career paths

One of Ohio University’s newest academic programs within the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) has also developed one of the more unique exercise physiology curriculums when compared to its national peers.

CHSP’s Human Performance track, part of its Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program within the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, is a new summer-to-summer, 34-hour program that will prepare students for a variety of possible careers, including strength and conditioning for sports and tactical populations, sports analytics, coaching, sport technology, performance equipment sales and more.

The program, which prides itself on bridging the gap between classroom knowledge and meaningful professional application, is especially unique because of its targeted focus on human performance.

Find out more about this unique track and learn how to apply.

Ohio University awarded national grant to study community-benefit investments made by for-profit healthcare organizations

Ohio University’s Cory Cronin and Berkeley Franz have been awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to study the community-benefit efforts conducted by for-profit hospitals in the United States.

The national grant, titled “Understanding For-Profit Hospitals as Community Anchors: Does a Corporate Mission Detract from a Social Responsibility to Contribute to Community Health,” was awarded in the amount of $237,966 over a period of 18 months. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the largest foundation dedicated solely to health in the United States.

Both Cronin, an assistant professor in the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and Franz, an assistant professor in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, will serve as co-principal investigators on the project.

Find out more about the impact of this study.

Master of Social Work celebrates 20 years

The Department of Social Work celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018, and the master’s program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Ohio University has had a long-standing commitment to social work education. 

Nearly 70 years ago, the University instituted courses related to the provision of social services through the Department of Sociology. Included was the opportunity for field experience. Students and their professors established “centers” to provide recreation, counseling, referral and other services in mining and rural poverty areas. 

By 1939, the program had expanded to include not only courses related to almost every social service but also supportive courses in sociology, psychology, economics, government and home economics. These were required courses designed to prepare students to function as social workers in public and private agencies.  

Learn more about the history of the MSW.

Teresa Tyson-Drummer recognized
for 25 years of service

Teresa Tyson-Drummer, administrative specialist in Communication Sciences and Disorders, was recognized for her 25 years of service to the unit during the 27th Annual Classified Staff Service Awards Ceremony Oct. 2, 2019.

Since starting at Ohio University in 1994, Tyson-Drummer has worked for the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders throughout her entire OHIO career. 

According to Associate Director, Dr. Jim Montgomery, “Teresa is a vital and integral cornerstone of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). Much of the success of CSD is owed to Teresa’s tireless commitment and efforts. Through her endless hard work and good humor, the work of faculty, students, and staff is always made easier. Our heartfelt congratulations and gratitude go to you Teresa!”

BSIHS furthers educational goals of graduates

Tonianne Carpenter stared down the Zane Trace High School track and eyed each hurdle. She bent down and burst from the line as the race began. When she finished, a friend approached and told her she needed to see a doctor right away.

At age 14, Carpenter, of Chillicothe, Ohio, was unaware of how the next few weeks would ultimately impact and change her career path — helped also by the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Healthcare Studies in Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions.

Find out more about Carpenter's journey to a career in healthcare.

OHIO alumnus honors late wife
with nursing scholarship

Ohio University alumnus Kyle Michalek, BSIT ’07, turned tragedy into hope when he announced a gift that will establish a $100,000 scholarship endowment in Ohio University’s School of Nursing in memory of his wife.

The Michalek family was devastated in February by the loss of Kyle’s wife, Stephanie, BS ’07, who unexpectedly passed away giving birth to their son, Andrews. Although Andrews was born prematurely, he fully recovered. Kyle, who owns Michalek Brothers Racing with his brother Corey Michalek, BSVC ’10, took a step back from his competitive hobby of racing nitromethane-fueled dragsters to focus on family.

But, on Aug. 10, Michalek Brothers Racing hit the track again at the 41st Kelly Services Night Under Fire drag race. This time, the team was joined by College of Health Sciences and Professions Dean Randy Leite during the pre-race ceremony for a special announcement.

Learn more about the inspiration behind this scholarship.
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CHSP alumna awarded Ohio University's Medal of Merit

As Mona Miliner immersed herself in all the sights and sounds of Grover Center and Ohio University during the 2019 Homecoming weekend, she couldn’t help but notice how the campus had changed since her time as a student more than 20 years ago.

However, even though the scenery had evolved since the mid-1990s, Miliner noted that the feeling of being home away from home and her immeasurable gratitude for Ohio University was stronger than ever.
Such feelings and memories percolated to the surface for Miliner when she returned to campus to receive OHIO’s Medal of Merit award at the 2019 Alumni Awards Gala in October.

The Medal of Merit award is presented to alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields.

Find out more about Mona Miliner.

Ride the Rivalry kicks off on July 25

Ride the Rivalry, a national cycling event designed for both the casual and advanced rider, kicks off July 25 with Ohio University and Ohio State University. Riders will start at their respective campuses and meet at the Lancaster Festival where participants will be provided a free concert ticket. 

A portion of proceeds will be sent to The Ohio University Foundation to support the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

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