OHIO Alumni

Featured Events
Join us in Athens, July 15 through 18, for Alumni College and the Class of 1960 Reunion!

An Alumni Reception with Ohio University President, Roderick J. McDavis '70 will be held July 22 in Chicago.

More July events

Points of Pride

Energy efficiency at OHIO receives $1.5 million boost
Ohio University has been granted $1.5 million toward energy efficiency projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The school will use most of the grant to double the capacity of its composting system, already the largest of its type at any college or university in the nation. Read more about how OHIO will use its ARRA grant.

Green buildings crop up on OHIO campuses
The Technical Studies building on the Chillicothe campus is the third OHIO building seeking LEED certification, and the first on any of the regional campuses to pursue this green building certification. The project involves building a 6,000-square-foot addition to the existing building, roughly doubling its size. This will provide space for OU-Chillicothe’s popular Law Enforcement Technology (LET) program.

U.S. soccer team boasts Bobcat as head coach
The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team recently competing in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa is coached by none other than OHIO alumnus Bob Bradley. In 1981, Bradley coached the Ohio University men’s soccer team. Only 22 years old at the time, Bradley says his time at OHIO was a fitting preparation for what has proven to be an immensely successful career.

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Class of 1970 celebrates 40th anniversary
Graduates of the Class of 1970 cheer prior to their commencement ceremony, June 12, outside the Convocation Center in Athens. This special weekend was planned for those who did not have a commencement 40 years ago. For more photos of the event, visit ohioalumni.org/1970.

Legacy Scholarship honors Bobcat families
The OHIO Alumni Association has awarded this year's Legacy Scholarship to incoming freshman Laura Risaliti. Risaliti was selected from a pool of 47 applicants for her leadership skills and involvement in the community. She can claim a long lineage of proud Bobcats: a grandfather, parents, her uncle, siblings and several cousins.

"OU is in my blood, and that's where I want to be," she said. Her high school's youth minister recommended Risaliti, an Education major, for her "maturity, willingness to serve and ability to lead."

The scholarship recognizes students whose parents or grandparents are alumni. The Legacy Scholarship is open to any undergraduates who maintain a 3.0 GPA and have a lineal relative (parent or grandparent) who is an alumnus.

Read more about the OHIO Alumni Association's Legacy Scholarship.

1960 Reunion

A memory-filled weekend awaits on Athens campus
Much has changed since the OHIO class of 1960 graduated, but on the weekend of July 16 those students will revisit campus and take a walk down memory lane. This year's Golden Reunion offers a variety of socials, tours, and theater and film productions for the visiting alumni. A special opportunity for married couples who met at OHIO, the "OH, I dO" ceremony, will let Bobcats renew their vows at 18:04 (6:04 p.m.). Alumni will also have the chance to relive their OHIO experience at this year’s Alumni College, from July 15 to July 18. A selection of OHIO faculty will present diverse workshops on topics in their field, such as "The Biology behind CSI" and "Greed 101."

On Sunday, the "students" will attend a graduation, where they will receive diplomas and T-shirts. Finally a class photo will commemorate the event. Read more about the Golden Reunion and the Alumni College on the OUAA web site.

Regional campuses select award recipients
For the first time ever, alumni at all five of OHIO's regional campuses were honored with awards before or during this year's graduation ceremonies.

"We thought it was appropriate to recognize alumni who have been making a difference on the regional campuses," said Graham Stewart, Executive Director of the Alumni Association. "Our office worked with the deans at the regional campuses to facilitate an award process. The outcome has been a huge success, and we look forward to continuing that tradition for years to come."

James W. Lungo was the inaugural recipient of the Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award from Chillicothe campus. Lungo has worked in education for 30 years, innovating ways to incorporate media into classroom lessons.

The Eastern campus selected Dr. Dama C. Burkhart for the Austin C. Furbee Award; Cathy Bitler, former Chair of Lancaster campus' Coordinating Council, was recognized with that campus' Alumni Leadership Award.

OU-Zanesville honored Thomas M. Lyall as the recipient of its Alumni Leadership Award, and V. Ann Newman received an Alumni Leadership Award from OHIO's Southern campus.

Grad survey

Upcoming survey will reach alumni Classes
of '08 and '09

Graduates of the class of 2008-2009 can help their college or department improve its programs by giving feedback about their career and plans since graduation. The Career and Further Education Study is designed to collect information on Ohio University graduates about one year after graduation.

This study is part of OHIO's effort to gain feedback from students and alumni for continuously improving its programs. Results from studies of graduates provide valuable information to faculty and staff about the functioning of their academic programs and as a resource for advising students’ educational and career development. Look for this survey to reach your mailbox in mid- to late July. Your participation is appreciated! Previous results can be viewed online.

Spotlight on volunteers

Matt Denhart is a recent OHIO graduate with a bright future. An Economics and Political Science major, he played a crucial role in the Alumni Association. Upon joining the Student Alumni Board his sophomore year, his leadership skills quickly propelled him to an executive position, and by his senior year he was president of the organization.

Denhart was also the student selected to deliver this year’s Commencement Speech.

He urged his fellow classmates to reject the notion that college is not part of the "real world," "I wasn't just here to go to school, but to get involved," Denhart said.

A McClure/Fuller-Cutler Scholar, Denhart earned the Rudy Award for Outstanding Student Leadership his junior year. While working at the Center for College Affordability, Denhart worked together with Dr. Richard Vedder to develop new ideas on how to finance higher education. All those who worked with him praised his integrity and friendly attitude. Dr. Vedder considered him a "superlative student" who led by example.

To get involved in a Young Alumni group near you, visit our web site.

The Phone-A-Thon

June means one thing for the "Phone-a-Thon" crew - graduation. While Sue's heading to Sri Lanka and Dan to Chicago and its "L" train, Liz and Jake discover they'll both be in Athens a bit longer. Will this mean Liz and Jake finally have a chance to connect?

Find out in the final 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 catch up on any episodes you might have missed!

To read more about this year's commmencement, click here -- and of course, we'd love it if you'd consider making a gift in honor of our graduates today!

Upcoming Events

July 1-31
Alumni Softball Tea- CAN League
Washington, D.C.

July 2
July Happy Hour: Red, White and Boom
5-8 p.m.

July 8
July Social Hour
5:30-8 p.m.

July 8
Ohio Night with Boise Hawks
6:15-10 p.m.
Boise, ID

July 9
Hiking July
10-11:30 a.m.

July 9
Happy Hour
6 p.m.
Delray Beach, FL

July 10
OHIO Cornhole Tournament
Noon-4 p.m.
Washington, D.C.

July 10
Ohio University Alumni Night
4-9 p.m.

July 10
OU Alumni Night at the Hollywood Bowl
6:30 p.m.
Hollywood, CA

July 14
July Happy Hour – DC
6:30-9 p.m.
Arlington, VA

July 15
T-cubed, Thirsty Third Thursdays, Indianapolis, Northside
5:30-7 p.m.

July 15-18
Alumni College & Class of 1960 Golden Reunion

July 15-18
Ohio Brew Week Alumni Getaway

July 17
Chicago Brunch
10 a.m.

July 17
Oregon Chapter 2nd Annual Alumni Picnic
3-7 p.m.

July 17
Picnic with the POPS
6:30 p.m.

July 22
Afternoon Tea
4-6 p.m.

July 22
Alumni Reception with Ohio University President, Roderick J. McDavis ‘70
6-8 p.m.

Visit our online Events Calendar at ohioalumni.org.
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