OHIO Alumni

Featured Events
Please join President Roderick J. McDavis '70 and First Lady Deborah McDavis, and other alumni for the inaugural benefit dinner supporting the Urban Scholars Program, Dec. 11 in Independence, OH.

Join the Akron Women on Dec. 4 for their Christmas Luncheon!

More December events

Points of Pride

New technologies help bridge the communication gap
Ohio University communication sciences and disorders professor Brooke Hallowell has been working for the last 20 years to discover how those with neurological condition aphasia can be better understood through alternative means of communication. Through eye-tracking technology studies with those suffering and a control group, eye movement patterns were discovered corresponding with various stimuli and instructions.

Two research groups showcased in Washington, D.C., event
The first national science festival, USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., featured two research groups from Ohio University. The "Science and Technology Enrichment for Appalachian Middle-Schoolers (STEAM)" helps students understand science concepts through computer games and software. OHIO chemistry and biochemistry professor Glen Jackson and a professor from Georgia Institute of Technology created the other exhibit, "You Can Be a Forensic Scientist!" which allows students to use miniature instruments to identify and analyze case evidence.

Stage Directions - Distinguished Professor of playwriting Charles Smith
Charles Smith, a distinguished professor of playwriting and head of the Ohio University professional playwriting program, has worked to capture racial issues in American through creation of a play around an iconic photograph exploring the 1930 lynching in Marion, Indiana. The story revolves around James Cameron, the only known survivor of a lynching and his life thereafter as an elderly man. An alumni event will take place in support of the play in Chicago on May 22; details coming soon!

OHIO faculty and alumni honor dance innovator in New York City
Alwin Nikolais is being honored by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in its Vincent Astor Gallery. His works, in the exhibit "Alwin Nikolais' Total Theater of Motion," are largely loaned from the Ohio University libraries and many OHIO friends, faculty and alumni were present for the opening of the opening of the exhibit which will run through Jan. 15.

McDavis appointed to NCAA Academic Performance committee
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Academic Performance recently appointed Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis to their committee to ensure OHIO maintains standards of academic excellence among student-athletes. The committee works to ensure student-athletes are provided with the opportunities and environments available to have academic success and increase their ability to earn a four-year degree.

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Academy Little Theatre in L.A. hosts film event
Alumni, faculty, students and friends gathered in Los Angeles on Oct. 28 for the School of Media Arts and Studies MDIA 419 Third Annual Alumni Screening. Held at The Academy Little Theatre, the evening began with a short pre-reception at the theatre with a variety of hors d'oeuvres and cocktails for everyone to mingle before the screening. The evening was set to showcase the short films produced by MDIA 419 students as well as the School of Media Arts and Studies' first-ever stop-motion animation film, "Treeshakers Worry." Sixty people attended the event. In addition, Professor Frederick Lewis and Director of the School of Media Arts and Studies Roger Cooper were in attendance. For more information about the School of Media Arts and Studies, click here.

37th Sarasota Luncheon with Dr. and Mrs. McDavis
The 37th Annual Sarasota Holiday Luncheon sponsored by the Ohio University Alumni Association will take place at The Field Club in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday, Dec. 4 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

This annual event is held in honor of former hostess and prominent alumna Leona Hughes. Women in Philanthropy (WIP) Chair Barbara Strom Thompson, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and First Lady Deborah McDavis will be present to make remarks and as special guests at the event.

For more information or to register for this event, click here. To get involved with the Southwest Florida chapter, contact Dawn Werry at werryd@ohio.edu.

John Dempsey wins Chicago Art Loop Open $25K
Chicago artist and OHIO alumnus John Dempsey '88, known to some as Billy Tokyo, recently won the 1st place prize in an Art Loop Open contest for his work "The Great American Landscape." It was a tight race until the day before the contest was over. Dempsey's success was highly attributed to support he received from the Ohio University Chicago Alumni Chapter who provided great assistance with text message voting.

The contest had around 800 applicants who were narrowed down to 190 finalists by a jury of curators and then showcased around the city of Chicago and left to public voting. Dempsey's work was displayed at Lot 37 on State Street in Chicago through Nov. 12. Dempsey graduated with a degree in journalism and advertising and spent time working in advertising after graduation. Notable work of his includes designs for music festival Lollapalooza and South by Southwest. For more information on the Chicago Art Loop open click here or for more information on John Dempsey's work, click here!

Get OHIO gifts for the upcoming holidays!
Just in time for the holiday season, we have some new additions to The Bobcat Store! Be sure to look for our custom ornaments as well as special Harry and David featured items and more traditional favorites.

There's still time to order your Bobcat Bobblehead, pick up a "Made in Athens" gift set or buy a class ring and diploma frame for your favorite Bobcat alumus, fan or even yourself!

Can't decide on a holiday card to send to friends and family? The Ohio University Alumni Association Print Store has a variety of designs for something fun and creative to meet your individualized needs. Cheer in this season with a little Bobcat pride!

VP for Advancement transition Dec. 1
Howard Lipman, Ohio University Vice President for Advancement and President and CEO of the Ohio University Foundation, has announced he will be leaving the University. Effective Dec. 1, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis will step in as interim while a nation-wide search is held for Lipman's replacement. A committee including members of Ohio University faculty, staff, alumni, Board of Trustees and Foundation Board, will identify possible candidates for Lipman's successor.

Lipman will be leaving to accept a position with Florida International University as their Senior Vice President for University Advancement and President and CEO of the Florida International Foundation. Lipman previously worked for Florida International University from 2002 to 2006.

For more information:
The Post

Spotlight on volunteers

Not many students at Ohio University can say they've dined with the president of the University, but senior and Student Alumni Board (SAB) President Sarah Kelly can. Originally from Hudson, Ohio, Kelly was selected to join SAB fall quarter of her freshman year and by winter was elected to serve on the executive board as Vice President of Philanthropy. She held this position for two years before being elected President, her current position. SAB provides a variety of services to make the University at large aware of the Ohio University Alumni Association and encourage students to participate in the educational and social functions of the Student Alumni Board.

As SAB president, Kelly oversees all eight Vice President positions, 60-plus general board members and represents the organization on a university-wide level. Recently, the SAB President has been given a unique opportunity to provide a student perspective with a seat on the Ohio University Alumni Board of Directors. Kelly says this new appointment is a position she cherishes and is "the coolest thing I've been able to do so far" with SAB. Additionally, Kelly brings her experience as a university tour guide, which allows her to see the process of admissions in addition to her roles as a current student and development of relationships with alumni and the entire student process at OHIO from a distinctive perspective.

SAB alumni can view the organization's Facebook page here.

Thank you, Bobcats, for your support!
Fall quarter is wrapping up, and winter break is just getting started. It's hard to believe the year has gone by so quickly!

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you for your support over this past year. Your gifts of time, talent and treasure all contribute to making Ohio University a special place. Thank you to all the members of the Bobcat family!

If there's anything we can help you with, please send us a note to giving@ohio.edu -- and of course, if you'd like to make a gift before the end of the year, please click here.

Enjoy your December and have a Happy New Year!

Upcoming Events

Dec. 1
Dine for Dollars at California Pizza Kitchen
All day

Dec. 2
December Happy Hour
5 p.m.

Dec. 4
Akron Women Christmas Luncheon
1-4 p.m.

Dec. 4
Alumni Volunteer Day at Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
8:30 a.m.-noon
Vernon, CA

Dec. 4
3rd Annual Flipping for Toys Flip Cup Tournament
6 p.m.-midnight
Columbus, OH

Dec. 5
Got Swabbed? Bone Marrow Drive
1 p.m.

Dec. 8
December Happy Hour/Holiday Party – DC
6:30-9 p.m.
Washington, D.C.

Dec. 8
Take a Break for Bobcat Bowling
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Independence, OH

Dec. 11
Urban Scholars Holiday Benefit
6 p.m.-midnight
Independence, OH

Dec. 11
1st Annual MAC Holiday Dinner & Operation Blue Santa Drive
6-10 p.m.

Dec. 12
Nation's Capital Chapter: Ohio Women's Basketball vs. George Mason
2-5 p.m.
Fairfax, Va.

Visit our online Events Calendar at ohioalumni.org.
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