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Sales Centre team wins national championship
OHIO's Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre team bested 54 other universities -- including Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, and Texas A&M -- in the National Collegiate Sales Competition held last month in Atlanta. OHIO junior Jasmine Merith and senior Bob Redd finished first and third, respectively, in a field of 110 competitors to help OHIO claim the top prize.

Business Caucus founder returns to deliver keynote
OUAA board member Byron Ward '89, founder of the Black Student Business Caucus and a graduate of the College of Business, delivered the keynote address at the group's 20th anniversary dinner.

OHIO project among best online publications
Ohio University's Soul of Athens has won the Award of Excellence for Best Online Publication at the Pictures of the Year international competition. OHIO's School of Visual Communication team finished fourth behind National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times.

Engineering student to join elite Navy program
Russ College mechanical engineering senior Bryan Crosby has been admitted into the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program, where he will be trained in nuclear carrier operations after graduating from Ohio University in 2010.

OHIO teams up with Smithsonian
A collaboration between OHIO's Virtual Immersive Technologies and Arts for Learning (VITAL) Lab and the Smithsonian Institution has resulted in the creation of an online, virtual museum for Latino culture and art. It opened March 19 with an online ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Another Bobcat wins state photography award
Diego James Robles, a senior in the School of Visual Communication, has been named the 2008 Student Photographer of the Year by the Ohio News Photographers Association. Robles is the fifth OHIO student to win the award since 1999.

All Ohio regions, April 2009
College of Business ranks with nation's best

College of BusinessOhio University's College of Business has earned a spot on BusinessWeek's 2009 list of the top 50 undergraduate business programs in the nation. OHIO has climbed 15 spots since 2007 and now sits at No. 47. The University is ranked even higher in selected metrics, including No. 6 in the category of hardest-working students. In the placement category, the College earned an "A," with statistics indicating that the majority of undergraduates have jobs upon graduation.

OHIO supports student's bone marrow drive 

Bone Marrow Drive OHIO junior Erica Cohen wanted to help a 16-year-old leukemia patient. Her idea resulted in 2,300 potential bone marrow donors participating in the University's first-ever "Got Swabbed?" event. The initial test for potential bone marrow donors is a simple procedure consisting of swabs of the insides of each cheek. The event, which organizers believe is the largest-ever college bone marrow drive, boosted possible numbers for the National Marrow Registry. "I'm excited for the many lives that will potentially be saved by our donors," Cohen said.

Alumni Attitude Survey provides important feedback to OUAA

Graham Stewart"Our alumni rank Ohio University much higher in terms of the positive impact campus aesthetics, history and tradition had on them compared to other alumni rating their respective institutions," said Graham Stewart, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Ohio University Alumni Association. 

During the February meeting of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Rob Shoss, a principal at the Performance Enhancement Group of Houston, presented findings from the 2008 Ohio University Alumni Attitude Survey. Nearly 6,000 of our alumni responded to the survey.

Among the findings:

  • 95 percent of alumni rate their student experience as good or excellent
  • 96 percent rated their decision to attend Ohio University as good or excellent.
  • 96 percent promote Ohio University to others on a regular basis
  • 94 percent currently have a good to excellent opinion of Ohio University

We also learned that your opinion of Ohio  University is most influenced by the perceived value of your degree, determined in part by the accomplishments of current students and faculty, and the support you receive in the area of professional development after graduation. In response to this and other suggestions, our immediate focus will be:

  • Career services and development for both students and alumni;
  • Admission recruiting and retention;
  • Strengthening collaborative relationships on and off campus;
  • Generation-specific programming and marketing;
  • Better engagement for alumni who live out of state.

Thank you for providing valuable feedback to the Alumni Association. As your input shows, you care about Ohio University and want to be a part of its future success. We will work to make your participation easier than ever before.

Calling OHIO technology entrepreneurs:
Free assistance available!

TechGrowth OhioIf you are an entrepreneur, a start-up company or an existing business looking to new markets for technology products or services, then TechGROWTH Ohio wants to help you connect with the resources you need to start and grow your business.

TechGROWTH Ohio is a State of Ohio Third Frontier program helping entrepreneurs and early-stage, technology companies grow sustainable business enterprises in southern and eastern Ohio. The program delivers everything from professional no-cost operational assistance, to mini-grants for purchased services, to actual "pre-seed" investment for qualifying companies. 

Visit www.techgrowthohio.com to sign up for TechGROWTH Ohio's free services.

Spotlight on our volunteers

We'd like to extend a thank-you to one of OUAA's many volunteers, who contributes time and energy to the Alumni Association and to Ohio University:

Dustin Starkey '98 is the new Central Ohio Chapter President. Along with David Boroi and Duke Burns, Dustin co-founded the now-thriving Central Ohio Young Alumni group. With Dustin's leadership, the Young Alumni of Central Ohio group is flourishing, and we expect good things to come from his stepping into the Central Ohio Chapter presidency. He will soon be traveling abroad for his profession as a scientist.

Bobcat Idea January 2009 

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Alumni chapter and society events.

April 2
Spring Social 

6-9 p.m.

April 2
Red, White and Green -- Keeping OU Out of the Red in Hard Economic Times 
6:30 p.m.

April 3
CANCO Alumni Trivia Challenge -- April Bobcat Social

8-11 p.m.

April 4
Chapter Meeting -- Meet Our New Alumni Director
1-3 p.m.
Cuyahoga Falls

April 13
Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University: OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference
8 a.m.-9 p.m.

April 13
Ohio University Lyric Duo Concert
8 p.m.

April 24-26
Golden Reunion - Class of 1959

April 24-26
Sigma Kappa 60th Reunion 


April 25
Army ROTC Reunion and Military Ball


April 27
Cleveland Area Beer  Tasting
6-8 p.m.

April 29
Expanding yOUr Connections -- Speed Networking
6-9 p.m.

July 31 - Aug. 2
Alumni College
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