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Watch OHIO's Founders Day celebration live Feb. 6
This year's Founders Day convocation, marking the 205th anniversary of Ohio University, will feature an address by President Roderick McDavis, recognition of outstanding student scholars, and special readings by faculty, staff, and students reflecting on what Ohio University has meant to them. You can watch the event live on the Web, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. by clicking here.

OHIO professor selected as White House photographer
Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Pete Souza has been named the Obama administration's official White House photographer. Souza's book of photos, "The Rise of Barack Obama," debuted at No. 16 on The New York Times Best Sellers list last year and was highlighted in the December edition of OHIO Alumni.

OHIO launches online grad program
Advancing its commitment to providing educational access to residents across the region, Ohio University has launched its first fully online graduate program. Offered through the University's College of Health and Human Services, the program gives students the opportunity to earn a Master of Health Administration degree.

Chillicothe Campus expands access for regional students
Ohio University-Chillicothe and Southern State Community College are collaborating to expand educational access for students in southern Ohio. Beginning in fall 2009, a new program provides students who earn associate's degrees at Southern State with the opportunity to pursue bachelor's degrees through Ohio University's Chillicothe Campus.

New Year's resolutions: Bobcat-style
What do our students hope to achieve in the new year? What do they expect President Obama to accomplish? Two OHIO students recently asked classmates, professors, and alumni about their resolutions and their expectations of our country's new president. You can watch the resulting video here.

All Ohio regions, February 2009
Video recaps OHIO's year of achievement 

From the accomplishments of award-winning student-scholars to nationally recognized faculty engaged in research endeavors that will help shape our future, the past year has been a remarkable one for Ohio University. As the campus prepares for the annual Founders Day celebration, this special video retrospective recounts the highlights of the past year. These achievements serve as proud new chapters in our University history and continue the fulfillment of the promise envisioned when Ohio University was established in 1804.

President Obama presented with gift from Ohio University

OU giftOn the eve of his inauguration, President Barack Obama was presented with a unique gift from Ohio University's Center for African Studies. Cornel West, a keynote speaker at OHIO's recent conference on progressive Islam, delivered a specially made kente to Obama on behalf of the University on Jan. 19. The kente is a Ghanaian ceremonial cloth historically reserved for royalty; today it symbolizes pan-African culture and heritage. The gift was embroidered by Interior Services staff with the Ohio University logo and personalized with a congratulatory message.

Spotlight on our volunteers

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

Julie MannJulie Mann '02, served the University as former Charlotte Chapter president and former president of the College of Business Society of Alumni and Friends, Leaders Advisory Council member. She also received the Claire O. and Charles Ping Recent Graduate Award. Her involvement, leadership and collaboration with the College of Business Society of Alumni and Friends created the "Charlotte Networking Week," which was awarded the Association's 2004 Most Innovative Program. The proceeds of this event go to the Ohio University Carolina Fund, which provides a scholarship for a North Carolina student to attend Ohio University. Julie's dedication, perseverance and philanthropy led to the endowment of this scholarship in 2006.

Dee Wirkiowski '62, served as a member of the OUAA Board of Directors, former president of the Ohio University Women's Club of Greater Cleveland, and was involved with Women in Philanthropy. Thanks to Dee's tremendous passion and dedication, the Cleveland women's club is as strong today as it was when it was first established in 1939.

Kevin Clingaman '85, has served as president of the Toledo Chapter and attendee of the annual Alumni Leaders Conference. Kevin's commitment to Ohio University is strong; he worked with former president of the Toledo Chapter Earl Apgar to revitalize this once-thriving network of Bobcats.

Bobcat Idea January 2009 

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Alumni chapter and society events.

Feb. 6
February Bobcat Social 

6-9 p.m.

Feb. 6-8
Sibs Weekend 

Feb. 14
2nd Annual Winter Homecoming 


Feb. 16
Ohio University Jazz Ensemble Alumni Performance
7:30 p.m.

Feb. 21
Black Student Business Caucus -- 20th Year Celebration
5-8 p.m.

Feb. 24
Board of Directors Meeting - OU-COM Society of Alumni and Friends
8 a.m.

Feb. 26-28
Singing Men of Ohio Alumni Weekend 


Feb. 26
College of Business  Networking Reception
6-9 p.m.

March 1
Wine Tasting
1-3 p.m.
Fairview Park

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