OHIO Alumni

Featured Events
Come back to campus in July for Alumni College/Golden Weekend, July 14-17.

Scripps alumni -- we have a day planned just for you on July 16 at Scripps J-School Alumni Bootcamp!

Join us on July 21 in San Francisco for the Women in Philanthropy (WIP) of Ohio University Networking Reception.

More July events

Points of Pride

Undergraduate Commencement 2011: 'Anything is possible'
Ohio University graduated more than 4,000 students on June 11 at its 257th undergraduate commencement. Atul Gawande delivered the commencement address, impressing upon the graduates the message that, "...anything is possible in this life."

McDavis approves campus-wide sustainability plan
President McDavis has approved the Ohio University Sustainability Plan, combining the goals of Vision Ohio, the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and House Bill 251 in pursuit of a more sustainable future for Ohio University. The plan, composed by the President’s Advisory Council for Sustainability Planning (ACSP), features 18 objectives, 35 benchmarks and around 100 strategies in areas including transportation, energy infrastructure, academics and research, and dining. Click here to view full text of the plan.

Mark Halliday named Distinguished Professor
English professor Mark Halliday has been named Ohio University's 2011 Distinguished Professor. Halliday has taught in the creative writing program at OHIO since 1996, and is an internationally recognized authority on poetry. A writer of both poetry and essays on poetry, Halliday’s work has been published in both Princeton and Johns Hopkins University Press. Halliday has received numerous awards for his work, including the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Foundation Writer’s Award 1998-2000 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 1996.

David Jefferies' latest feature talks about his passion
Ohio University student David Jefferies '11 graduated with more in hand than just a diploma -- he co-wrote and co-directed a full-length feature film. As a student in the School of Media Arts and Studies, Jefferies spent much of his senior year working on his film, "The Passageway," based on a play by Ohio University alumna Merri Biechler about a reluctant caregiver. With the help of co-writer and co-director Teresa Strebler, the film premiered on June 5 at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Auditorium.

Campus reduces electric usage during June 23 test
Ohio University has successfully demonstrated that it can reduce its electric usage to help combat the increasing cost of utilities. The campus participated in a Demand Response Test on Thursday, June 23 during which it initiated controlled shutdowns of air handlers, chillers and other equipment in various areas of the campus. OHIO was able to reduce electrical usage by 6.6 percent for one hour of the test, during which Facilities received no calls regarding problems from the areas affected by the shutdowns. According to Executive Director of Facilities Management Mike Gebeke, the purpose of the test was to demonstrate OHIO's ability to decrease its electrical usage by 4 megawatts to be eligible for the maximum payment to the central utility account.

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Alumni Networking in Cincinnati
Cincinnati alumni helped themselves to food, fun and lively conversations during an alumni reception held June 23 at Montgomery Inn at The Boathouse. Guest speakers were Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis '70 and Alumni Association board chair Arlene Greenfield ’71. Board members were able to enjoy networking opportunities with area alumni as part of their Summer board meeting weekend activities. More than 100 alumni attended the outdoor event on a perfect summer evening.

COFA 75th Celebration: July 8|Nov 3|April 14
Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts announces the celebration of its 75th anniversary as an Ohio University college. Several events are being planned, with alumni in mind, in honor of this milestone, beginning in July, 2011 and ending on April 14, 2012.

To kick off the year-long celebration on July 8, 2011, the College’s Kennedy Museum of Art will open the exhibition "Jim Dine: Sculpture and Large Prints" by world-renowned contemporary artist and Ohio University alumnus Jim Dine, (BFA, ’57).

Dine will return to Athens for another 75th Anniversary celebration event, "A Conversation with Jim Dine," on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Auditorium. Both the exhibition, which ends Nov. 27, and the discussion event are free.

The anniversary celebration culminates with the College of Fine Arts 75th Anniversary Gala program on April 14, 2012, at 8 p.m. at Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. The Gala is a signature event for the Ohio University Alumni Association's Spring Alumni weekend April 13-15 and will feature a program of performances by acclaimed artists as well as work by former and current faculty from each school.

College of Fine Arts alumni can hold a reservation and update their contact info by visiting ohioalumni.org/finearts75. For all 75th Anniversary event updates and schedules, and for alumni to connect with each other, visit ohio.edu/finearts/75 or facebook.com/ohioufinearts75.

San Francisco Alumni Reception
This summer President Roderick J. McDavis '70, the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees, and University personnel will travel to the west coast to meet and mingle during a networking reception at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square.

All area alumni are invited and encouraged to network, hear a compelling University update, reconnect with their alma mater, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and preview OHIO merchandise.

July 21, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Please register by July 7 at ohioalumnireception.org

Alumni College & Golden Weekend July 14-17
Whether you're celebrating your golden anniversary as a graduate of the class of 1961, your 40th anniversary as a graduate of the class of 1971, a returning Alumni College participant or a "PURRR-enial Bobcat" (graduates of the 1960s and beyond) the Alumni College and Golden Weekend (ACGW) has much to offer. Attendees are invited to participate in campus tours and socials, renew their vows during the "OH, I dO" ceremony at 18:04, and "graduate" from college in just three days with the enriching workshops presented by OHIO's faculty during Alumni College.

The weekend highlights include Alumni College classes, socials and dinners, class photos and theater and film productions. Coinciding with ACGW is the 6th annual Ohio Brew Week, a festival celebrating more than 175 craft beers from 28 Ohio breweries. For more information on the festival, visit ohiobrewweek.com.

To register for Alumni College and Golden Weekend, click here.

Patton College of Education celebration RSVP is July 31
The Gladys W. & David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services is celebrating their 125th anniversary with a bang!

Please join fellow alumni, faculty, staff, students and Dean Renée A. Middleton for a weekend packed full of special events, guest speakers, and entertainment Sept 9-11, 2011 in Athens, Ohio. The registration deadline is July 31. To see the agenda or register online, please visit cehs.ohio.edu/125/.

Spotlight on volunteers

Leaders' Advisory Council 2011
The Chapter and Society Leaders Advisory Council was developed by the Alumni Association in the fall of 2005. The Council is comprised of five chapter and five society leaders whose purpose is to give the Alumni Association feedback on operations and potential changes. The council's membership is rotated to different chapters and societies, with the exception of a few key chapters that represent the majority of our alumni. The Leaders Advisory Council aims to advance the mission of the Ohio University Alumni Association by fostering communication between alumni networks and the association, and by promoting best practices among current and emerging alumni networks. For more information, visit ohioalumni.org/leaders-advisory-council or contact Dawn Werry, Associate Director, Regional Programs at werryd@ohio.edu.

Pictured is a partial group of our dedicated volunteers: Back row: Patrick McAleer '99, Chris Hayward, '94, Matt Latham '06, Andy Barber '03 Front row: Amy Hollis '96, Kelly Baylog '04, Marcia Day '70
, Dave Abram '89

Legacy Scholarship awarded

Laura Risaliti Paige Fitzwater

The Alumni Association is pleased to announce the selection of Paige Fitzwater and Laura Risaliti as the 2011-2012 legacy scholarship winners. The legacy scholarship was started in 2003 and first awarded during the 2010-2011 school year to Laura Risalit, making this her second year to receive the scholarship.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors is asking for your help in achieving its goal of growing the endowment to $150,000. To learn more, visit ohioalumni.org/legacy-scholarship.

Upcoming Events

July 9
LA Chapter: OU Alumni Event at Hollywood Bowl
6 p.m.
Los Angeles

July 14-17
Alumni College and Golden Weekend

July 16
Scripps J-School Alumni Bootcamp
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

July 16
Denver Chapter: Denver Outlaws Game & Tailgate
5-9:30 p.m.

July 16
Family Night at the Astros
6:05-10 p.m.

July 17
Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles
1:30-5 p.m.

July 21
Women in Philanthropy (WIP) of Ohio University Networking Reception
4-6 p.m.
San Francisco

July 21
Alumni Reception with President McDavis
6:30-8:30 p.m.
San Francisco

July 21
Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England: Thirsty Third Thursdays
6-9 p.m.

July 21
Alumni and Friends July Happy Hour
5:30 p.m.

July 22
It's Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art
6-10 p.m.

July 23
Central Ohio Chapter: Picnic with the Pops
6-8:15 p.m.

July 24
Cincinnati Reds Game and Tailgate
11 a.m.–1:10 p.m.


July 24
3rd Annual Bobcat Barbecue
4-8 p.m. .
Portland, OR

July 28
Nation's Capital Chapter: Speed Networking
7-9 p.m.
Washington, D.C.

July 29
The Leaders of Tomorrow Initiative Celebrity Golf Classic
7:45-9 a.m.
Twinsburg, OH

July 30
Central Ohio Alumni Network Chapter Golf Scramble
1-7 p.m.
Grove City, OH

Visit our online Events Calendar at ohioalumni.org.
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