OHIO Alumni

Featured Events
On June 16 in Cincinnati, join us for an Ohio University Networking Reception with the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors!

We're welcoming fellow Bobcats to Columbus with a Casino Night Networking Event, taking place on June 24!

Golfers and non-golfers alike can enjoy the Nation's Capital Chapter: Ohio Golf Scramble in South Riding, VA on June 25.

More June events

Points of Pride

OHIO joins teaching fellowship program
Ohio University recently joined the Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship program. Fellowship recruits at participating universities are accomplished career changers and outstanding recent college graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM fields), who will prepare for math and science teaching positions in Ohio's urban and rural schools.

Arun Gandhi speaks on campus
Arun Gandhi, grandson of Indian spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi, came to Ohio University bearing a message of nonviolence for students, staff, faculty and community members. His lecture, titled "Lessons learned from my grandfather: Non-violence in a violent world," served as the keynote address for International Week 2011.

International education center now open
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and the university and surrounding communities gathered Saturday, May 14, to celebrate the grand opening of the Walter International Education Center (WIEC). The center occupies the former Sigma Chi fraternity house at 15 Park Place. Ohio University alumnus and Sigma Chi member Robert D. Walter '67 and his wife, Margaret M. Walter '67 generously provided $2 million through the Walter Family Foundation for the project in partnership with the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the university. Building renovations began in January 2009 and were completed earlier this year.

OU-COM celebrates $105 million gift
The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations recently awarded a record-breaking and transformative $105 million gift to Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. The gift will be used in part to create an OU-COM extension campus in Columbus. The campus is slated to accept its first class in August 2014. The college will, pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees, be named the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

OHIO professors inspiring their fellow professors
Thanks to the generosity of Jim Bruning and his wife Marlene, Ohio University faculty and graduate students have a new source of help as they strive to improve their teaching -- The James Bruning Teaching Academy and the associated Bruning Teaching Fellows.

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What a weekend – 27 chapter 23 society volunteers returned to campus for the annual Alumni Leaders Conference!
2011 Awardees
| Outstanding Network of the Year: Charlotte Chapter; E.W. Scripps School of Journalism SAF | Most Innovative Program: Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England; Sales Centre Alumni Society | Best Reorganized: Chicago Chapter; Society of Alumni and Friends for Teacher Education | Philanthropic: Ohio University Women's Club of Greater Cleveland | Community Service: Portland, Oregon Chapter | Alumni Networking: Central Ohio Chapter; ACRN Alumni Society | Alumni and Student Networking: Society of Alumni and Friends for Teacher Education

Programs and services under way for OHIO veteran students, alumni
The proposed Office of Veterans' Services at Ohio University is close to becoming a reality. With an estimated 550 student veterans enrolled at OHIO, the need for awareness and support of these services is growing.

The Office of Veterans' Services will be a "one-stop shop" for student veterans providing both programs such as peer mentoring and scholarships.

The total annual cost to operate the facility will be $129,000; however, a one-time cost of $25,000 is required to create the physical space on campus. University College will continue to provide annual operating support. Vietnam veteran Ken Peak, BS '67, has pledged to double any donation up to $65,000. As of May 18, $50,000 had been contributed.

If you are a veteran, visit ohioalumni.org/veteran-alumni to participate in a new alumni network for Ohio University veterans. An "Alumni Meet and Greet" is planned for Thursday, June 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the Baker Center Theater Lounge.

To make a donation, visit ohio.edu/give, click "Make a one-time gift" and select "Veterans' Services Funds." Checks can be made payable to The Ohio University Foundation, to P.O. Box 869, Athens, Ohio, 45701. Please write "Veterans' Services" in the memo. For information, call 800-592-FUND or e-mail giving@ohio.edu.

Theater tradition continues with a weekend at Monomoy
For the 54th time, Chatham, Mass., will become home to a troupe of university thespians and about 75 OHIO alumni from June 24-26 as they gather at the 260-seat Monomoy Theatre to watch the opening summer season production of "Man of La Mancha."

For about 36 years, Greater New England Chapter President Emeritus Bob Axline, BSCOM '57, with his wife and chapter treasurer Jean Axline, have not only organized the event, but also offered their home for some of the theater festivities.

Other weekend highlights include a reception with university leaders such as President Roderick McDavis, who will applaud the theater tradition and the Axline's continued service, as well as delivering university updates. Ohio University Alumni Association Executive Director Graham Stewart will also attend.

The cost for the weekend is $75, which includes a reception, dinner and the show. For more information on tickets, dining, and accommodations, click here.

Benchoff named vice president of University Advancement
J. Bryan Benchoff has been named vice president for university advancement for Ohio University effective July 15.

Benchoff has extensive prior experience in higher education. He is currently the president and CEO of the University of South Dakota Foundation, a position he has held since 2008. Benchoff will be responsible for leading the University's $450 million "The Promise Lives" capital campaign and all aspects of University Advancement, which includes leadership of The Ohio University Foundation, Alumni Affairs and Development.

Prior to the University of South Dakota, he served a variety of positions with the West Virginia University Foundation. From 1990-2007 he has served such positions as director of development (1992-1990), senior director of development for major gifts (1997-2001) and associate vice president for development (2004-2007).

Benchoff also has extensive work experience in development and fund raising. Earlier in his career, he worked for the American Red Cross, the Arthritis Foundation and the American Heart Association, among others.

Leadership Gala honors many of OHIO's finest
The hard work and service of more than 50 individuals and student organizations were honored during the 28th Annual Leadership Gala on May 18, hosted by Ohio University's Division of Student Affairs.

The event was established in 1983 to recognize the outstanding work of individuals and student organizations. Faculty and staff from a broad representation of disciplines, as well as community leaders and past winners, meet to review applications and nominations.

President Roderick J. McDavis, Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi were attendees and award presenters. Paul Brailsford, founder and CEO of Brailsford & Dunlavey provided the keynote address.

Among the awards, sophomore journalism major Allison Arnold was announced as the newest student trustee.

Other honorees walked away with multiple awards, such as Brittany Hills, who was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Leadership Award and also the John Newton Templeton Award that is given in honor of the first African-American graduate of Ohio University. Two Student Alumni Board members also received the Outstanding Senior Leader Award -- Ashley Laber and Sarah Kelly.

Spotlight on volunteers

Three valued board members will be serving off the Ohio University Alumni Association board in June. We extend a most heartfelt 'thank you' to them for their years of service and wish each all the best in their future endeavors.

Troy J. Kirkpatrick BSJ '97
Troy served on the board from 2009-2011. He received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism in '97 while also earning the Outstanding Public Relations Graduate from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Before starting his own company, he served as the Vice President of Public Relations for Cardinal Health in Powell, Ohio. Among his accomplishments and service are One Cardinal Health Award and the Firefighter Award.

Monique L. Patterson-Ceasor BSJ '90
Monique's term of service for the Board was from 2007-2011. She is also a 1990 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She went on to get her M.Ed at Kent State. Since then she has made an impact in Cleveland Heights, Ohio where she is the Curriculum Specialist/Assistant Principal for East Cleveland Schools and Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland. Monique has been recognized as "outstanding educator and aspiring administrator" in Catalyst Cleveland magazine as well as a 2004-2005 "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."

Mark E. Simons BBA '86, MBA '87
Mark served the board from 2007-2011. He received his BBA from OHIO in 1986 and his MBA in 1987. Currently he resides in Clarksville, Md., where he is the Vice President of Professional Services for a2z, Inc. Mark has kept busy with other endeavors such as being a member of both the Howard Corridor Technology Forum as well as the Howard Community College Technology Advisory Board.

Thank you, Bobcats, for your support!
It's hard to believe spring quarter is almost finished in Athens. As difficult as it is to watch the academic year end, it's a time filled with hope and excitement. Our seniors, your newest fellow alumni, are eager to graduate and move to the next stage of their lives -- whether it's graduate school, beginning an entrepreneurial venture, starting a new job or taking some time to explore the world.

Their promise is in large part due to your continued support. Your gifts of time, talent and treasure are immensely important; they have made and will continue to make a huge difference in the lives of our students. Thank you, so much! If you'd like to make a gift in honor of our newest graduates, please do so by clicking here.

As always, thank you for your constant support and we hope you have a wonderful start to your summer!

- The Annual Giving Team

Upcoming Events

June 4
2nd Annual
Bobcat Classic

7 a.m.

June 12
Nation's Capital Chapter: Potomac Nationals vs. Salem Red Sox
Noon-4 p.m.
Woodbridge, VA

June 15
Oregon Chapter: June Happy Hour
4:30 p.m.

June 16
Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England: Thirsty Third Thursdays
6-9 p.m.

June 16
Networking Reception with the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors
6:30-8:30 p.m.

June 18
Akron Women Potluck Picnic
12:30-3 p.m.
Cuyahoga Falls

June 21
Ohio University Athletic Trainers' Reception
7-10 p.m.
New Orleans

June 22
Greater Cleveland Chapter: Indians vs. Rockies w/ OU Alumni
5-10 p.m.

June 24
Charlotte Chapter: Charlotte OU Group Golf Lesson
5:30-7 p.m.

June 24
Welcome to Columbus Casino Night - Networking Event
7-10 p.m.
Columbus, OH


June 24-26
54th Anniversary of the Ohio University Players at Monomoy Theatre
Chatham, MA

June 25
Nation's Capital Chapter: Ohio Golf Scramble
11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
South Riding, VA

June 25
Tinis for Tinies: Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Chapter
7 p.m.
Willoughby, OH

June 26
Akron/Canton Chapter: Ohio Colleges & Universities Night at Canal Park
Noon-1 p.m.

Visit our online Events Calendar at ohioalumni.org.
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