OHIO Alumni

Featured Events
Join us Feb. 18-19 for Charlotte Networking Week! The goal of this event is to give OHIO students an opportunity to visit with various companies and school districts in the Charlotte area. Learn more.

Join the St. Louis Chapter for Year of the Tiger Chinese New Year on Feb. 6, starting at 6 p.m.

More February events

Points of Pride

Athens-based DHI purchased for $130 million
Athens-based company Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. (DHI) has been purchased by Quidel Corp. for approximately $130 million. The Ohio University Foundation will receive more than $35 million from the acquisition due to its role as a major stakeholder in the company. Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. produces and sells cellular and molecular diagnostic kits for various applications in detecting a range of diseases.

Alumnus' film premieres at Sundance Film Festival
The first feature film from 2002 graduate of the School of Media Arts and Studies Anthony Deptula, "One Too Many Mornings," is getting a world premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Competition to be screened at the festival is extremely tight -- according the Sundance Web site, only 200 of the 9,000 submitted films are selected. The movie is a comedy that follows a young man (Deptula) who flees home and his girlfriend. He takes sanctuary with an estranged friend from high school who lives in a church.

Researcher gets $3 million to study ADHD intervention
With the support of two federal grants totaling more than $3 million, Ohio University Professor of Psychology Steven Evans is examining how to help children with serious behavioral disorders succeed in school. Evans, who joined the Ohio University faculty in June, recently received a $1.25 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study interventions for middle-school age students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Learning by doing good in Latin America
Ohio University's service learning program allows instructors to include an element of community service and reflection into their curriculum. Trips to El Salvador, Honduras and Ecuador offer students time to work intensively on their Spanish while gaining a better cultural understanding through immersion and participation.

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Sibs Weekend

Feb 19-21 – Sibs Weekend

Sibs Weekend was one of the first family weekends; bring your little sibs, cousin, family member or friends to campus to be a part of this tradition! Charter buses will be departing from the following Ohio cities on Friday, Feb. 19 for the Ohio University Athens campus:

For registration and important details, visit ohioalumni.org/sibs.

Arts donation

'38 alumna donates $13.3m towards art education
An Ohio University alumna recently made a significant contribution towards the advancement of arts education both at OHIO and in Southeast Ohio.

OHIO president Roderick McDavis announced on Jan. 11 that 1938 alumna Viola L. Patton gave the university $13.3 million to be put towards the construction and development of a new community arts education center.

The center, to be named the Viola L. Patton Center for Arts Education, will provide a cultural outlet for students of all ages. OHIO students will benefit from the many opportunities it will provide for professional work experience, while children from surrounding counties will be able to nurture their interest in the arts.

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Former OHIO VisCom photographers cover Haiti crisis
Baltimore Sun photographer and former Ohio University student Kim Hairston is aboard the USNS Comfort, a Naval ship treating victims of the Haitian earthquake. She, along with reporter Bob Little, is producing a blog, "Bringing Comfort to Haiti."

More OHIO alumni covering this story for print are Carolyn Cole, MA '09, with the LA Times; Jack Gruber, BSVC '89, now with USA Today, Pulitzer finalist Chris Hondros, MA '06, now with Getty Images; Dina Rudick Jacobs, BSVC '03, with The Boston Globe; David Swanson, BSJ '88, with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and former graduate student and Pultizer Prize-winner Ruth Fremson, now with The New York Times.

OUAA Legacy Scholarship

Astrophysicist Clowe has discovery of the decade
The confirmation of dark matter's existence, made by Ohio University Assistant Professor Douglas Clowe, was ranked at number eight on the Top 10 Discoveries of the Decade list by Discovery News.

Although research cannot yet determine what exactly dark matter is, Clowe's discovery put an end to the notion of dark matter as a theoretical concept. His discovery also confirms preconceived perceptions of gravity in astrophysics. He and fellow researchers announced the discovery in August 2006.

To read more about Clowe’s amazing discovery and what his colleagues are saying, click here.

Bobcat Travel

Download the Ohio University toolbar
Stay connected with Ohio University every time you are online! The Alumni Association’s OHIO Toolbar adds a splash of Bobcat pride to your IE or Firefox browser and includes links to many great "OU" web pages.

Visit the Toolbar web page to download and learn more: ohioalumni.org/toolbar.

Spotlight on volunteers

Connie Lawson-Davis '67 is a dedicated alumna of Ohio University who has offered her assistance to the Alumni Association for many years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in English.

A retired educator and librarian, Lawson-Davis was a member of the OHIO Women's Alumnae Chapter of Greater Cleveland for seven years. For many years, she organized Sibs Weekend buses and served as a chaperone on those trips. She participated in the Alumni Leaders Conference and has also served as an interviewer for the Urban Scholars Program since its inception.

While at OHIO, she was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She is currently an esteemed member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter.

She says being an involved OHIO alumna is as much a family affair as it is a social one. Her brother, nephew and five of her cousins all attended OHIO. Her brother, Dr. J. Ranaldo Lawson '65, is also a former member of the Alumnae Board.

The Phone-A-Thon

There's a smell in the air -- and no, it's not the "biomass" Sue and Dr. Botte are experimenting with to create energy. It's the lingering odor of drama. In this episode, we learn more about Sue's involvement in on-campus research and that chemistry isn't always about the elements on the periodic table.

This is the latest installment of "The Phone-a-Thon" -- a "mockumentary" series that takes a lighthearted look at the student experience through the eyes of four callers. Click here to learn more about the project and catch up on any episodes you might have missed!

Upcoming Events

Jan. 11-March 29
Alumni Volleyball Team - CAN League
Chantilly, VA

Feb. 2
February Social Event
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 2
Oregon Chapter Organizational Meeting
7 p.m.

Feb. 4
OHIO vs. UT Basketball Game and Pre-Game
5-7 p.m.

Feb. 6
OHIO vs. Eastern Michigan Basketball Game and Pre-Game
2-4:30 p.m.
Ypsilanti, MI

Feb. 6
Year of the Tiger Chinese New Year
6 p.m.
St. Louis

Feb. 10
February Happy Hour-MD
6-9:30 p.m.
Savage, MD

Feb. 14
1-3 p.m.

Feb. 14
Valentine's Day Wine Tasting
4-6 p.m.
Independence, OH

Feb. 18-19
Charlotte Networking Week-Student Sessions

Feb. 18
Annual Alumni Banquet (Part of Charlotte Networking Week 2010)
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 18
T-cubed, Thirsty Third Thursdays, Indy, Southside
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18
Monthly Happy Hour
5:30 p.m.

Feb. 18
February Happy Hour
6-9 p.m.

Feb. 19-21
Sibs Weekend Bus Schedule
Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, Youngstown

Feb. 19
Alumni Happy Hour-as part of Charlotte Networking Week 2010
5-9 p.m.

Feb. 19
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Cleveland CAVS (as part of Charlotte Networking Week 2010)
7-11 p.m.

Feb. 20
ESPN Bracketbusters Game Watch
Washington, DC

Feb. 24
OU Happy Hour - San Diego
6-9 p.m.
San Diego

Feb. 25
College of Business Columbus Networking Event
4 p.m.
Dublin, OH

Feb. 25
Knitting for Warm-Up America
6:30-8:15 p.m.

Feb. 26
Winter Jazz Concert
7:30 p.m.

Visit our online Events Calendar at ohioalumni.org.
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