OHIO Alumni

Featured Events
On Aug. 6, join the Tampa Bay Chapter for Rays Baseball – Ohio Alumni Night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Aug. 12-13 in Cleveland, Ebony Bobcat Network Presents "Sip & Soul" on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., with the OU Ebony Bobcat Network Annual Breakfast & Meeting on Aug. 13.

More August events

Points of Pride

Highlighting the green: Spring 2011
Whether by participating in Earth Month or winning nationally competitive awards, Ohio University students, faculty, staff and alumni are contributing their knowledge and talent to the university community. Watch the video encapsulating a few of the recent triumphs that have added new chapters to OHIO’s legacy of excellence.

Board of Trustees Emeriti Awards
In June The Ohio University Board of Trustees awarded OHIO faculty members emeriti status based on the recommendation of those individuals’ supervisors and colleagues. The list also includes three administrators who were approved for emeriti status in November. The status is conferred upon a faculty member or presidential contract administrator at the time of his or her retirement or posthumously. Click here for a list of the recipients.

Scripps welcomes international scholars
Ohio University's Institute for International Journalism (IIJ) in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the Scripps College of Communication hosted the second Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Journalism and Media program this summer, welcoming a diverse and talented group of SUSI journalism and media professors/scholars from 17 countries. The SUSI scholars participated in journalism and mass communication academic sessions featuring scholars and journalism practitioners from across the country, while visiting cultural locations and national media outlets.

eLearning thrives at OHIO
Across OHIO's six campuses, courses are adapting technology to meet the demands of all students. Geared toward nontraditional and special needs students, online education offers the ability to integrate the professional world and provides opportunities for networking while providing convenience to those with full-time jobs and other commitments.

Institute for Contemporary Art gives tribute to OHIO alumna
On July 17, the Institute for Contemporary Art hosted a tribute to Betty Milhendler, '45, who passed away last December. The OHIO alumna was a Professor Emerita at the Boston University School of Social Work and an accomplished dancer, establishing the Betty Milhender Dance Scholarship for an OHIO dance student. The tribute included t
he Prometheus Elder Ensemble, of which she was a member, and various other performers.

Summer Institute adds community members
OHIO's second annual Summer Institute for Diversity Education (SIDE) extended participation opportunities to Athens community members. In addition to OHIO faculty and staff, this year's 23-member class included City of Athens Chief of Police Tom Pyle and John Schmieding, chair of the Athens Community Relations Committee. After completing the four-day training sessions, each participant received a certificate in diversity training and three continuing education units (CEU).

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Alumni College and Golden Weekend 2011
Alumni College "graduates" mark the completion of three-days of classes with this class photo. More than 50 Bobcats and friends returned to campus to take part in Alumni College, an annual tradition held each July.

A new look for YOUR Ohio Today alumni magazine!
The summer issue of Ohio Today will arrive in your mailbox soon -- if it hasn't already! A committee of Ohio University faculty and staff worked for more than a year to redesign the magazine while also searching for ways to make it more eco-friendly. The result? A fresh, modern look, the use of chlorine free, 100 percent recycled Enviro 100 paper, and a publication with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry.

This October, Ohio Today begins a fall and spring publishing schedule. Want to go even greener? Sign up for getting the digital version e-mailed to you at ohioalumni.org/digital-only-ohio-today. Same magazine, same stories -- just green! And every Bobcat knows it's cool to be green.

Oct 14-16 is Homecoming 2011!
OUAA invites you to join thousands of fellow Bobcats returning "home" for this year's Homecoming Weekend. Cheer on the Bobcats at Friday night’s pep rally, and stick around for this year's "Rock the Block," from 7-11 p.m. featuring music from Shallowtail and Dave Rave. Saturday’s events kicks off with a free Coffee Hour at the Front Room in Baker University Center sponsored by OUAA, followed by the annual Homecoming parade. Don't forget to check out the Nationwide Insurance tent at Tailgreat Park to pick up some giveaways and learn all about the OUAA/Nationwide partnership. Come out to the pre-game Bobcat Bash at Grover Center and get pumped up to cheer on the Bobcats as they take on Ball State, and be sure to visit OUAA's table set up at Peden Stadium. Following the football game, check out the OHIO Volleyball match at the Convocation Center with a performance by the OHIO Alumni Varsity Band. The Ohio University Alumni Association will offer the "OH, I dO" vow renewal ceremony at 18:04. For more information, click here.

OUAA offers 5 Bobcat Bashes for the 2011 football season
Join your fellow Bobcats at any of this year’s five pre-game Bobcat Bashes! They’re a great opportunity to reconnect -- and this season of Bashes kicks-off on Sept. 24 for the OHIO vs. Rutgers Game. Caravan with fellow alumni to Rutgers to connect with the DC Chapter, NY Metro Chapter and local alumni for the Bobcat Bash and game. Registration is also available for the Oct. 15 Bash before the Homecoming game against Ball State. Click here for more details.

Sept. 24 - OHIO vs. Rutgers: Sponsored by OUAA

Oct. 8 - OHIO vs. Buffalo: Sponsored by the Buffalo Chapter

Oct. 15 - HOMECOMING Bobcat Bash: Sponsored by OUAA

Oct. 22 - OHIO vs. Akron: Sponsored by the Akron Chapter and the Akron Association of Ohio University Women

Nov. 16 - OHIO vs. Bowling Green: Sponsored by the Toledo Chapter

Homecoming Weekend Getaway Packages Available Aug. 1
Take full advantage of your Homecoming weekend with OUAA's Homecoming Getaway Package. The package includes a 2-night stay for two at the Holiday Inn Express, the Hampton Inn, or the Ohio University Inn. Shuttles will be provided from the hotels to the weekend's events, along with one on-campus parking pass.

Additionally, the Homecoming Getaway Package provides Bobcats with two tickets to the pre-game Bobcat Bash and the Homecoming game at Peden Stadium, as well as two T-shirts! Purchase your Homecoming Weekend Getaway Package beginning Aug. 1; limited availablility.

Packages at the OU Inn and Hampton Inn are $600 and packages at the Holiday Inn can be purchased for $550. Additional packages can be added for $75/person for a third and fourth person. Tickets for Friday’s Alumni Awards Gala are also available. For more information, visit ohioalumni.org/homecoming/.

Spotlight on volunteers

Dr. Roy Blinn, BS '50 and Mrs. Connie Blinn have been attending Alumni College every year since the 1990s, and continue to advocate the annual weekend of socials, lectures and entertainment to OHIO alumni of all ages.

Dr. Blinn encourages prospective OHIO students to visit the campus, as he first did more than 60 years ago. Similarly, he promotes Alumni College with the hopes that OHIO alumni will come back for the "OU fix," as he likes to call it.

Mrs. Blinn, a Bobcat at heart, says it's the connections with OUAA staff and Alumni College attendees that keep them coming back year after year. "The Alumni Association is so enthusiastic... and that means a lot. You meet people there, renew and make friendships, and it's a wonderful camaraderie occasion. You can learn from the lectures and walk away feeling like you can't wait until next year."

Dr. and Mrs. Blinn stay on campus during their time at Alumni College for the campus experience, they say. "If you loved it when you went, you won't be disappointed [by coming back for Alumni College]," says Mrs. Blinn.

The Blinns have been married for almost 50 years, and live in Canton, Ohio. As for his fondest memory, Dr. Blinn says that after he had left OHIO he realized more than ever what a wonderful place it is, and how much he missed it. The Ohio University Alumni Association expresses its gratitude to Dr. Roy Blinn, B.S. '50, and his wife, Connie, for their continuous generosity and involvement with Alumni College and for their commitment to OHIO, its vision and its students.

To learn more about Alumni College, visit ohioalumni.org/alumni-college.

Newest Bobcats get comfortable on campus

Aside from heat and humidity, summer is an amazing time in Athens. And no, it's not because you can find a parking spot uptown -- it's because this is when our newest batch of Bobcats and their parents are on campus for orientation. There's so much hope, excitement and nervousness in the air!

This month, we hope you'll take some time to think back on what it was like to come to campus for the first time: getting lost walking between sessions, meeting new people, making friends, taking that first math, science and language placement test and boldly taking those first few steps at college. Looking back, it's amazing we all made it -- isn't it?

The Division of Student Affairs helps make the orientation experience possible, and they do a fantastic job. They're responsible for much more than just orientation, though; they work hard throughout the year to ensure every student has an amazing experience at OHIO. To learn more about what they do, please click here. If you'd like to make a gift to support their efforts and invest in our students' experience, you can do so by clicking here.

Stay cool, Bobcats!

— The Annual Giving Team

Upcoming Events

Aug. 4
Greater Cleveland Chapter Forum
6-8 p.m.
Independence, OH

Aug. 5
OUMBSAF and Central Ohio Young Alumni: Family Feud Game Night and Happy Hour
6-10 p.m.

Aug. 6
Tampa Bay Chapter: Rays Baseball – Ohio Alumni Night
5-11 p.m.
St. Petersburg, FL

Aug. 10
Nation's Capital Chapter: August Happy Hour – MD
6:30-9 p.m.
Silver Spring, MD

Aug. 12
Ebony Bobcat Network Presents "Sip & Soul"
7 p.m.-Midnight

Aug. 13
OU Ebony Bobcat Network Annual Breakfast & Meeting
10 a.m.-Noon

Aug. 17
Cleveland Women: Concert at Wade Oval - Cats on Holiday
6-9 p.m.

Aug. 18
Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England: Thirsty Third Thursdays
6-9 p.m.

Aug. 18
Cincinnati Reds vs. Nationals Game
7-10:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C.

Aug. 20
Carter Nedley Golf Classic: Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Chapter
Mentor, OH

Aug. 20
Charlotte Chapter: 23rd Annual OU/OSU Lake Norman Picnic
Noon-7 p.m.
Cornelius, NC on
Lake Norman

Aug. 20
Denver Chapter: Alumni Day at Coors Field
Noon-9 p.m.

Aug. 21
Bobcat Family Picnic & Incoming Freshman Reception
Noon-3 p.m.
Arlington, VA

Visit our online Events Calendar at ohioalumni.org.
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