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Watch Bobcat basketball on ESPNU March 1
The Ohio University men's basketball team will play before a national television audience at noon (ET) on March 1. The contest against Buffalo will air live on ESPNU.

32 student teams, 48-hour contest, one great event
Forty-eight hours: That's how much time students have to write, shoot, and complete a short film for the annual "Shoot Out" video contest. Teams are assigned a genre, prop, and a line of dialogue. Hundreds filled Memorial Auditorium for the screening and judging of the completed films. Read more about this year's 'claymation' sci-fi winner.

Black history, achievements inspire reflection
OHIO's legacy of diversity is a proud one, with the University's first African American graduate earning his diploma some 35 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. In recognition of Black History Month, faculty, staff, and students reflected on the importance of diversity, higher education and mentoring among other topics. Two videos are available here and here.

Chillicothe library's award nomination, famous connections
The Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe has been nominated for the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. One of the library's points of pride is a special collection on the topic of religious tolerance, which includes a rare book edition by John Locke, whose work inspired parts of the Declaration of Independence.

Strategic plan developed to elevate OHIO Athletics in conference, nation
OHIO Athletics has unveiled a new strategic plan, developed through a collaborative process involving students, faculty, administrative staff, coaches and fans. Read more about the strategic plan in the Ohio Bobcat E-Newsletter here.

All Ohio regions, March 2009
OHIO, NAE present world's top bioengineering prize in Washington, D.C. 

Russ Prize Ohio University's Russ College of Engineering and Technology and the National Academy of Engineering presented the 2009 Russ Prize to Elmer L. Gaden Jr., the "father of biochemical engineering" on Feb. 17. Gaden's research has saved countless lives by enabling the large-scale manufacture of antibiotics, such as penicillin. Established through the generous contributions of the late Ohio University benefactors Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ, the Russ Prize is considered the world's top bioengineering award and includes a $500,000 prize and a gold medallion.

'Green Machine' largest of its kind at any university in nation

OU composterOhio University's sustainability efforts marked a key milestone with the launching of a new in-vessel composter, the largest of its kind at any college or university in the nation. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Board of Regents, and other government and community leaders witnessed the power of this green machine at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The composter is expected to divert 25 percent of Athens' campus waste from the landfill and is powered by a solar array projected to offset the equivalent of 7.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution each year.

150 OHIO award winners recognized on Founders Day

Founders DayHundreds gathered to celebrate the contributions of students, faculty and staff at the 2009 Founders Day Convocation in February. Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl and selected essayists offered reflections into the promise Ohio University has represented throughout its 205-year history. In a special address, President McDavis outlined the University's achievements and the role OHIO will play in helping the state and its citizens meet the challenges of the 21st century. More than 150 award recipients were recognized at this year's event. Watch highlights of the celebration here.

Your Alumni Association Board of Directors meets on the Athens campus

OUAA Board of DirectorsThe Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors gathered in Athens last weekend for its annual meeting. Focusing on building community by reaching out to constituent organizations on campus, the Directors hosted and participated in numerous events to promote the value of alumni fellowship. The Student Engagement Committee invited student leaders to a meet-and-greet event with the Board to help them build valuable networking skills. Partnering with the College of Fine Arts, the Directors attended the Winter Jazz Concert and mingled with student performers and Fine Arts faculty during a post-event reception. A tour of the Academic & Research and Science Center building wrapped up a weekend of strengthening the connection between our volunteer Board and the University.

To gain insight on Ohio University's alumni body, the Board attended a presentation of The Alumni Attitude Survey with more than 60 administrators and staff from across campus.  This study, focusing on feedback from alumni on their campus experiences and current interactions with the University, will be made available via link in a future story in Ohio Alumni!

Show off your license plate and show us your Bobcat pride

OU license plateDoes the license plate on your vehicle proudly proclaim your Bobcat status to the world? If so, we want to know about it! Send us  photos of your Ohio University-related vanity plates, decorated license plates and license plate holders, and we'll post the photos on our Web site, www.ohioalumni.org. Please e-mail photos to alumni@ohio.edu by March 16, and look for the link in an upcoming issue of OHIO Alumni.

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:

Gina Merlo '04, is current president of the Chicago Chapter Network and a former Leaders Advisory Council member. Gina has led her leadership team to host a successful restructuring meeting for the Chicago Chapter Network, and they are working with the Ohio University Board of Directors to host a formal reception in June of this year.

AJ Vaughan '03, is the current contact for the Jacksonville, Fla. Chapter Network. AJ is working diligently to establish a group of volunteers and alumni for the Jacksonville area. AJ hosted a wine tasting in January that resulted in many volunteers who expressed interest in further connections.

Jason Kent '94, started as a volunteer in Boise, Idaho, and has since continued working for OUAA in the thriving Portland, Ore., region. He's looking for a few good Bobcats to join him in forming a Portland chapter; if you're living nearby and are interested, contact Jason at jason.kent@hdrnc.com.

College Gate Correction: The article on Herman Leonard in our recent issue of The College Gate was written by two student writers -- Jeanna Packard and Paul Matson. We regret the omission of Jeanna Packard's name in the byline.

Bobcat Idea January 2009 

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Alumni chapter and society events.

March 6
March Bobcat Social 
6-9 p.m.

March 6
Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences Alumni and Friends Reception

9-11 p.m.

March 7
Sales Centre Alumni Society 5th Annual Alumni Experience Day
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

March 8
OHIO vs. Bowling Green Basketball Game
2 p.m.
Bowling Green

March 11
Social Hour
5:30 p.m.

March 14
34th Annual St. Pats in the Flats 

Noon to midnight

March 21
St. Pats with the Cats
7-11 p.m.

April 2
Spring Social
6 p.m.

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