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More February events

Points of Pride

Renowned singer to honor former OHIO music teacher
In honor of the late Howard Beebe, an Ohio University professor emeritus of music, Grammy-award-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair will teach a master class for vocal students on Friday, Feb. 4 in Glidden Hall from 4 to 6:30 p.m. McNair studied under Beebe and described him as, "one of the greatest musicians I have ever worked with."

Alumnus brings "The Promise Lives" campaign home
Ohio University Foundation Trustee and alumnus Perry Sook '80 recently donated commercial time valued at more than $11,500 on his Hagerstown, Md., NBC-affiliate station, WHAG-TV to Ohio University. OHIO "The Promise Lives" commercials ran 98 times from Dec. 13 to Dec. 30, reaching viewers in western Maryland, south central Pennsylvania and eastern West Virginia.

Hood wins 2011 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize
Leroy Hood of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle was awarded the 2011 Russ Award on January 5. The award was established in 1999 on behalf of OU alumni Fritz '42 and Dolores Russ, and is considered the bioengineering profession's highest honor. Hood developed an automated DNA sequencer which has played a major role in the human genome project.

OHIO worldwide: Our ties with Ghana
In November 2010, University President Roderick McDavis and a group of delegates traveled to Ghana to visit alumni and strengthen strategic ties in the region. President McDavis gave the commencement speech for the African University’s College of Communication and also helped set up an alumni chapter in the country.

Listening to the signs
The Deaf Studies Interpreting (DSI) program that began on the Ohio University Chillicothe Campus recently expanded its availability to the Ohio University Lancaster Campus, where its popularity has continued to grow as membership in the American Sign Language Club is now over 200 combined at the campuses. Students in the DSI program recently created educational board games for elementary and middle school hearing impaired children.

Sports Admin head brings Asian Games experience to class
Professor Ming Li recently served as a consultant for the 2010 Asian Games in his hometown of Guangzhou, China. The Asian Games is the second largest sporting event in the world behind the Olympics. "I wanted to gain more experience so that I can share what I learn from the event with my students," Li said.

'Exile in Poverty' art exhibit showcases world-traveled artist
The Ohio Multicultural Center Art Gallery featured work by Abdala Faye, who has shown paintings around the world and co-founded Art Express, a program that helps disabled persons to create art. Faye's work was part of the gallery's celebration of Martin Luther King Day.

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OUr Day
Mark you calendars for OUr Day on April 14. All day long we'll be celebrating you -- Ohio University alumni. Please join us in celebration of more than 200 classes of OHIO students and the contributions you've made to the university and the world. Don't worry, we'll make it easy to get involved! In the meantime, share your ideas about what Bobcats can do on OUr Day.

Sibs Weekend buses available until Feb. 5
Big and little sibs of OHIO students are invited to spend a weekend on campus and bond with their brothers or sisters as part of Sibs Weekend, Feb. 18-20. Attendees can get a student's eye view of Ohio University or get a personal tour of Athens from their sibling. The weekend will include events such as stargazing and a bonfire at The Ridges and a performance by Athens folk music mainstay Bruce Dalzell.

Chaperoned charter buses will run round-trips from the Cleveland area, Akron, Toledo and Youngstown to Athens on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. The fare is $75 ($70 for Akron) and proceeds benefit the respective alumni chapters.

Housing accommodations for siblings should be handled in advance by the parent or OHIO student. Siblings staying in residence halls must be registered with Residence Life Staff. Registration must be completed by Feb. 5. Registration forms and a list of bus schedules are available online.

Thomas Ewing Society weekend planned
The Ohio University Alumni Association invites all Thomas Ewing Society members to a special TES weekend on March 4-5 to show its appreciation for their contributions. This special event will take place during the OUAA Winter Board Meeting.

Named after Ohio University's first graduate, the Thomas Ewing Society includes all former members of the Board of Directors who provide leadership and service in support of the Ohio University Alumni Association.

Attendees will participate in sessions during the regular Board meeting, which includes an update from President McDavis '70, be part of a focus group regarding upcoming TES initiatives and enjoy social time with the current Board members. A shuttle bus will be provided from the OU Inn throughout the weekend's activities. All interested TES members, please contact Dennis Minichello '74 at dminichello@mmr-law.com. Please RSVP by Feb. 10.

Singing Men of Ohio prepare for spring tour
The Singing Men of Ohio will begin their annual spring break tour March 18 in Gallipolis. The tour will include stops in Knoxville, Tenn. (March 19), Charlotte, NC (March 20-21), Virginia Beach, Va. (March 22), Sterling, Va. (March 23), Lancaster, Penn. (March 24) and finish in Harrisburg, Penn. (March 25).

The Singing Men of Ohio includes undergraduate and graduate students from all majors at Ohio University. Though formed as an ensemble within the School of Music, SMO functions more like a student organization by sponsoring multiple service projects, as well as getting to choose what songs they sing.

For more information and a list of tour dates, click here.

Return to campus for the first annual Spring Reunion Weekend
The Ohio University Alumni Association will host an '80s themed class reunion weekend, beginning Friday, April 1 for the 1986 (25th Anniversary) and 2001 (10th Anniversary) classes, as well as recent graduates and all graduates from the colleges of Business, Health Sciences & Professions and Osteopathic medicine.

The weekend will include an opening night dinner and DJ jam, a Haunted Greens Campus Tour, the OH I dO! Vow Renewal Ceremony in Galbreath Chapel and a free performance on South Green by '80s tribute band BonJourney.

Check-in for the weekend will begin Friday morning at Konneker Alumni Center. Alumni may register for events and order official Spring Reunion Weekend t-shirts online. Please RSVP by March 15.

Spotlight on volunteers

Barbara Gazella '60 has been a mainstay member of the Akron Association of Ohio University Women since she graduated Ohio University 51 years ago and she remains one of the Alumni Association's most active members. As former president of the John Hunter Society (former alumni chapter leaders), Gazella set-up a scholarship fund for Honors Tutorial College students, organized charter bus routes from Akron to Athens for Sibs Weekend and even received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1992.

Gazella said she loves traveling to Athens for Sibs weekend every year and is particularly proud of the fundraising she has done for the association scholarship.

"Once we switched to the honors kids, [the scholarship] worked really well…these kids are really going places," she said.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 4
Austin Chapter February MAC
Happy Hour

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 17
Women in Philanthropy – Gracie Mansion Conservancy Tea Tour
1-3 p.m.
New York City

Feb. 18-20
Sibs Weekend

Feb. 24
Greater Charlotte Chapter Annual Alumni Banquet
5:30 p.m.
Charlotte, N.C.

Feb. 24-25
Charlotte Networking Week 2011
Charlotte, N.C.

Feb. 25
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Sacramento Kings
5 p.m.
Charlotte, N.C.


April 1-3
Spring Reunion Weekend

April 14
OUr Day

July 14-17
Alumni College & Golden Weekend

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