OHIO Alumni

Featured Events
Join the Student Alumni Board and Alpha Epsilon Pi on March 6
for Bare on the Bricks, in Athens.

On March 18, the Singing Men of Ohio will kick off their Spring Break Tour in Gallipolis.

More March events

Points of Pride

Faculty members highlighted for transformative education
Ohio University Provost Pam Benoit recently gave $100,000 to the academic colleges to reward faculty whose teaching extends well beyond the classroom. Arts and Science Dean Benjamin Ogles formed a three-person faculty committee that reviewed more than 100 nominations and selected the top 10 percent of the college's instructors for the new award. Approximately 40 winners were selected. "All of our faculty are dedicated employees who do an excellent job," said Ogles." This group goes above and beyond to share their work and disciplines and perspective." Visit the link above for the list of winners.

Playwright and theatre professor continues to inspire
Charles Smith, head of the Ohio University Playwriting program, gave the distinguished professor lecture in honor of Founder's Day on February 18. Each year Ohio University selects one faculty member for the distinguished professor award. Smith's lecture addressed the value of the performing arts and theatre. Smith's newest play, "The Gospel According to James," will premiere at the Victory Gardens in Chicago, May 22.

Engineering Profs receive grants for nanotechnology research
Two Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology professors have won National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grants to advance their work in nanotechnology. Avinash Kodi and Wojciech Jadwisienczak will pursue separate research projects focused on advancing electronic and optoelectronic technologies. Kodi received a five-year, $407,000 grant, and Jadwisienczak was awarded a five-year, $444,000 grant.

Joint academic venture to educate entrepreneurs
Ohio University's new Center for Entrepreneurship will provide academic and applied learning courses, a combination of which will allow students from any college or major to earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship beginning in the fall of 2012. Courses and applied learning projects are currently being piloted at the College of Business and the Voinovich School with additional faculty from other colleges joining the program in the future, adding to the course offerings. Recommended by Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and approved by the Ohio University Board of Trustees, the new Center for Entrepreneurship is a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Women's Swimming and Diving wins 11th MAC Title
Going into the final day of competition with a slim 37-point lead on Toledo, the Ohio University Swimming and Diving team held off the competition en route to another Mid-American Conference team title. The team was propelled by conference-record performances from seniors Rachel Heim and Lindsay Hamilton. Heim won the 100 and 200-meter butterfly races and Hamilton won the 1-meter diving. Hamilton was voted MAC Diver of the Year. Coach Greg Werner was also voted MAC Coach of the Year.

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Sibs Weekend
Sibs from Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown departed from The Convo Sunday, Feb. 20, after a great Sibs Weekend 2011.

Spring Reunion Weekend: April 1-3
The Ohio University Alumni Association will host an '80s themed all alumni weekend, beginning Friday, April 1. Classes of 1986 and 2001 will celebrate their 25th and 10th anniversaries respectively; recent graduates and all graduates from the colleges of Business, Health Sciences & Professions and Osteopathic Medicine will be highlighted.

The weekend opens with dinner at Nelson including a karaoke contest and DJ until midnight, photo booths and class photos; and a haunted greens tour. Saturday boasts the "OH, I dO" vow renewal ceremony, retro pre-concert party and a free performance on South Green by '80s tribute band BonJourney.

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

OUr Day celebrates
alumni memories
and achievements
April 14 is OUr Day: a day to celebrate the success of Ohio alumni around the world, and relish the fact that we're all Bobcat alumni.

It’ll be easy to participate. Wear Green and White. Remind your friends on Facebook that you’re an Ohio University graduate by updating your status. Tweet and tell your Twitter followers that you’re a Bobcat. OUr Day will be a day for alumni to remember their time at Ohio University and reflect on how their college experience shaped their future.

For more information about what you can do or events in your area, visit our web site.

Founders Day celebration brings students and faculty together
On Feb. 17, a group of faculty, staff, students, and community members kicked off the Founders Day celebration in Baker University Center Theater. The two-evening event began with a speech from President Roderick McDavis. McDavis highlighted the recent success of students and faculty and stressed Ohio University’s history of achievement.

"We continue to be a place of promise and distinction today," he said. Following McDavis' speech, a video featuring Stan Alost, an associate professor of visual communications, Kristen Altenburger, a junior studying applied mathematics, and Keith Hawkins, a sophomore studying astrophysics was shown. All three spoke about the unique research or education they pursue at the university.

The celebration continued Friday night, when distinguished professor of theatre Charles Smith gave the faculty keynote lecture. Smith was also honored when McDavis unveiled a portrait of him that will hang in Alden library next to the other distinguished professor portraits. "It is because of his commitment to scholarship and teaching that we are here this evening," McDavis said.

Alumni invited back to campus for Alumni College and Golden Weekend
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-ennial Bobcat" (graduates of the 1960s and prior) the Alumni College and Golden Weekend has much to offer!

This annual weekend for all Ohio University alumni takes place July 11-14 on the Athens campus. Alumni College classes are offered each of the four days, cover a wide range of subjects, and are taught by Ohio University's stellar faculty. Other events for the weekend include class photos, the "OH, I dO" vow renewal ceremony, campus tours, Ohio Valley Summer Theater production of "Bye, Bye Birdie," recreation of the J-Prom dance, and Golden Society inductions.

For package deals and registration, click here.

Spotlight on volunteers

Though separated by 10 years, Jim Wikoff '61 and Jim Wycoff '71 have a lot in common. Both have been active with the Ohio University Alumni Association for over 20 years. Wycoff, a former Alumni Board of Directors member, has helped organize multiple reunions for OHIO alumni and also helped create the Financial Economics masters degree now offered by the economics department. Wikoff, meanwhile, has been an active member of the Tampa Bay, Florida Ohio Alumni chapter and recently helped bring back the Alumni College weekend.

Now the two are working to organize the 40th Anniversary of the Class of 1971 and the Golden Reunion, slated with Alumni College on July 14-17. Wikoff said those celebrating their 50th graduation anniversary are mostly senior citizens and will therefore enjoy reliving their days as students, while Wycoff said, "We always get that warm feeling as we get closer to Athens that we get younger and younger."

Thank you, Bobcats, for your support!
We're excited to announce that we have just rolled out an update to our gift-processing tool (located at ohioalumni.org/give). In addition to a few visual tweaks and some process simplification, our biggest new feature is the ability to set up an automated monthly, quarterly or annually recurring gift. This is a huge step forward for us, and we hope it makes the giving process simpler for all our supporters.

We'd be delighted if you'd send us your feedback! Please contact Sam Venable, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, via e-mail or Twitter to let him (and the annual giving team) know what you think of the changes or if you have any questions.

As always, we are grateful for your support and wish you all the best in 2011.

- The Annual Giving Team

Upcoming Events

March 3
Networking Event

4 p.m.

March 4
Thomas Ewing Society Homecoming
11 a.m.

March 4
College of Business Society: March Interview Madness
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

March 4
Austin Chapter March MAC Happy Hour
5:30 p.m.
Austin, TX

March 5
Diversity Leadership Luncheon
10 a.m.

March 5
Akron Women Book Discussion – 'The Glass Castle' by
Jeannette Walls

1 p.m.
Stow, OH

March 6
Bare on the Bricks
11 a.m.

March 10
Denver Chapter: Ohio University Alumni & Friends Happy Hour
5:30 p.m.
Denver, CO

March 10
South Florida Chapter: March
Happy Hour

6 p.m.
Delray Beach, FL

March 10-12
Nation's Capital Chapter: MAC Basketball Tournament Gamewatch
Washington, DC

March 12
Nation's Capital Chapter: ShamrockFEST
1 p.m.
Washington, DC

March 17
Chicago Chapter: St. Patrick's Happy Hour
6 p.m.
Chicago, IL

March 18-25
Singing Men of Ohio Spring Break Tour 2011

March 20
Nation's Capital Chapter: Admitted Students Reception
2 p.m.
Washington, DC

March 22
Nation's Capital Chapter: March
Happy Hour

6:30-9 p.m.
Washington, DC

March 23
Nation's Capital Chapter – Singing Men of Ohio
7:30 p.m.
Sterling, VA

March 24
Pittsburgh Chapter: March Happy Hour
6 p.m.

March 27
Alumni Friends and Family Tour of the Columbus Zoo
2-5 p.m.
Powell, Ohio

Visit our online Events Calendar at ohioalumni.org.
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