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Forensics team 7th
in nation

OHIO's forensics team placed seventh in the 2009 National Forensics Association National Tournament, marking OHIO's best finish since 1982. Underscoring the team's performance, junior Dan Glaser was named national champ in rhetorical criticism. 

Bobcat player selected in NFL Draft
OHIO safety Michael Mitchell was selected in the second round (47th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Mitchell's selection is OHIO's highest since Gene Ruskowski was drafted 44th by the Los Angeles Rams in 1948.

Harris welcomed to Scripps Hall of Fame
The Scripps College of Communication took great pride in welcoming OHIO alumnus Leon Harris, BSC '83, into its Communication Hall of Fame. A longtime CNN anchor and current anchor for an ABC affiliate in Washington, DC, Harris was honored at a special event that also celebrated the accomplishments of Scripps faculty and staff.

OHIO dough wins Italian silver
A six-foot Statue of Liberty bread sculpture created by an OHIO-led team captured second-place honors at the World Pizza Championships in Salsomaggiore, Italy. Executive Chef Matt Rapposelli and Director of Exhibitions for the School of Art Galleries Petra Kralickova joined John Gutekanst, owner of Avalanche Pizza in Athens, and other team members in competing against culinary works from all over the world.

Estate gift supports scholarships
The estate of Harry W. (Bill) Rankin, '47, has donated more than $1.7 million to support Native American scholarships at OHIO. In expressing his gratitude, Vice President for University Advancement Howard R. Lipman noted, "With the decline of state funding, donor contributions are more important than ever and will continue to be a vital component to support the people and programs that make Ohio University great." For information on giving to OHIO, please click here.

OHIO volleyball, softball honored by NCAA
Ohio University volleyball and softball earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award, given to teams in the top 10 percent in their respective sports in Academic Progress Rate (APR). The APR evaluates team success through the academic development of student-athletes. 

All Ohio regions, May 2009
Vote for Bart Simpson postage stamp online:
'Check it out, man!'

Bart SimpsonLove "The Simpsons"? Vote through May 14 for your favorite Simpson -- all five will be issued as $0.44 stamps by the USPS on May 7. A vote for Bart Simpson is also a vote for OHIO pride -- Nancy Cartwright, the actor who voices Bart's character, attended Ohio University from 1976 to 1978.

"I appreciate all the votes...from any race, religion or sex -- even spikey-headed 10-year-old alumni from Ohio U," Cartwright said. To learn more and to cast your vote for the special-issue stamps, visit the USPS web site.

Event brings journalism figures to campus 

Amy Goodman The Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism and New Media recently brought key communications figures to the Athens campus, including keynote addresses by Steve Hildebrand, President Obama's deputy national campaign manager; and Amy Goodman, anchor of "Democracy Now." Phil Elliott, an OHIO graduate who covers the White House for the Associated Press, served as one of the symposium's panelists.

R. Smith "Smitty" and Patricia Schuneman's $495,000 gift to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism created the symposium, the first of which took place in April.

OHIO students star at Vegas Film Festival

OU film"The Dying Western," a film produced by Honors Tutorial College students, won Best Student Short at the 2009 Las Vegas International Film Festival. A 20-person crew, led by seniors Michael Kortlander, Wes Cronk and John Veleta, produced the film, which sprang from a media arts class assignment.

"There are hundreds of student films out there, but precious few are so well done from start to finish, especially at the undergraduate level," said Ohio University Associate Professor Frederick Lewis. "'The Dying Western' is superior to most of the work I've seen done by graduate film students."

The film has scooped up a handful of additional honors, including both Best Undergraduate Drama and the Grand Jury Prize at the Ivy Film Festival, and first place in the Young Filmmaker category at the Appalachian Film Festival.

Spotlight on volunteer, young OU alumnus

Meghann McCallMeghann McCall '04 is a great leader and volunteer for the Ohio University Alumni Association. She started the Society of Advocates three years ago and has been a tremendous help in the Leader's Advisory Council

Shane FosterAll around the world, Bobcats are doing amazing things. However, we are lucky to have a few that call Athens their permanent home. Take Dr. Shane Foster BA '04 for example -- an eye doctor at Quinn, Quinn and Associates on West Union Street. Despite traveling abroad as a student and leaving Athens to attend optometry school, Dr. Foster felt the call of home and returned last year. Click here to read more about what drew him back and how this young alumnus is making a difference.

$5 UCONN Tickets

OHIO AthleticsOhio Football hosts the Connecticut Huskies in Peden Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5. The Huskies were the 2007 Big East Co-Champions and 2009 International Bowl Champions. The first 5,000 tickets sold to the game will be $5. That's right, $5 tickets to see one of the Big East's best in Peden. The offer expires August 5, 2009. To purchase your $5 Connecticut tickets, call 800-575-CATS, or click here.

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Bobcat Idea April 2009 

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Alumni chapter and society events.

May 1
May Bobcat Social & Mid Ohio Food Bank Food Drive

6-9 p.m.

May 2
SMO & Combined Choirs Mom's Weekend Concert & Tea
2 p.m.

May 8-10
Student Alumni Board Reunion & 30th Anniversary Celebration 


May 9
The Tempest Performance and Reception 

6:30 p.m.

May 12
Social Hour
5:30-8 p.m.

May 14
2009 Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

May 15
Alden Library Rededication Ceremony
4-7 p.m.

May 16
The Post Reunion
11 a.m.

May 16
Spring Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

May 16
2nd Annual Bobcat Ball (Dance and Silent Auction)
6-11 p.m.

May 22
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumni Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m.

May 30
OU/OSU Glee Club Joint Concert
8 p.m.


June 11-12
Sales Training Opportunity presented by The Schey Sales Centre

Oct. 3-11
Romantic Rhine Tour
Special $200 off per person until May 15!


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