OHIO Alumni

Featured Events
This month, visit Athens for the Cruise In at the Convo on May 21!

Join us in Chicago for a reception and play, "The Gospel According to James" by playwright Charles Smith, taking place on May 22!

More May events

Points of Pride

Two student Fulbright winners bound for Germany
Ohio University seniors Christina Matzen '11, a history major, and Matt Wagner '11, a journalism and German major, were each recently awarded 2011-12 Fulbright Awards. Both students will travel to Germany in September for about 10 months to conduct research. Matzen's research project is titled "(En)Gendering Nazi Crimes: Researching Aufseherinnen in Germany's Zentrale Stelle Archives." Wagner's research project is titled "German National Identity through Soccer."

Leite appointed to four-year term as dean
After serving as interim dean for the College of Health and Human Services and then College of Health Sciences and Professions, Randy Leite has been appointed as the dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions for a four-year term beginning July 1. Leite has been instrumental in overseeing such developments as the launch of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree on the Athens campus, the expansion of E-Learning programs, and assisting in the completion of the successful proposal to establish a University System of Ohio Center of Excellence in Health and Wellness.

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OUr Day
On April 14, we celebrated Ohio University alumni with OUr Day. It was great to read so many heartwarming tweets tagged #OUrDay, watch as Facebook profile photos switched to OHIO graphics and see photos like the one above (Lindsay Crick, BSJ '05 in Columbia, S.C.). We're already looking forward to next year. (We've kept our OUr Day web page of links and ideas; find it at www.ohioalumni.org/our-day.)

Salutations to the Centennial: Two Greek organizations turn 100
Both the Beta chapter of Phi Kappa Tau and the Pi chapter Alpha Xi Delta will be celebrating their centennials this spring. During the weekend of May 6-8, the Alpha Xi Delta sisters will once again be donning blue and gold as the Fuzzies reunite on campus to reminisce. The sisters will be enjoying meals together, as well as campus tours and an open house. On Saturday there will be a centennial dinner celebration.

May 20-22, the Phi Kappa Tau brothers will flash their Greek letters. The Honorable George V. Voinovich, AB '58, LLD '81 will serve as the Honorary Chairman for the centennial celebration. The Phi Kappa Tau centennial celebration banquet will be held on May 21, along with an array of activity ranging from a golf outing to the campus and house tours and an initiation ceremony.

Emeriti to have their day
Saturday, May 21, will be declared Emeriti Day by both University President Roderick J. McDavis and Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl. Emeriti Day is a day to recognize and highlight the presence and role of all Emeriti. This esteemed group is composed of faculty and administrative presidential appointees who have completed a period of meritorious service to OHIO and have been granted Emeritus or Emerita status by the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

The Emeriti Association is comprised of those Emeriti choosing to be annual or life-time members whose contributions include raising money to build the Emeriti Park, located north of Peden Stadium, as well as sustaining the park and providing volunteer assistance at The Kennedy Museum and The Dairy Barn.

Emeriti Association president George Weckman said Emeriti Day will take time to reflect on challenges, transformations and memories of the university. There will be a panel discussion, “How the University Has Changed in 40 Years,” at Alden Library at 1 p.m. followed by a reception at Konneker Alumni Center at 3 p.m.

For more information visit ohio.edu/emeriti or email alumni@ohio.edu.

2011 Alumni Leaders Conference planned
Chapter and society leaders will be back on campus during the 2011 Alumni Leaders Conference, May 12-14. The conference provides sessions on best practices, ways to monitor finances, social media and goal-setting.

Alumni leaders will interact with students on the the Student Alumni Board and administrative staff from the university and the 10-member Leaders Advisory Council. This face-to-face interaction is central to the weekend goal: networking. Leaders will be able to compare strategies with each other. Current students can ask fellow Bobcats for career and networking advice. Graduating students will also be able to get the personal scoop on the best or most affordable places to live, where to find jobs, and where to locate the best eats.

A celebration dinner and awards ceremony will be held Friday evening to acknowledge the leaders' efforts. Awards include Outstanding Chapter and Society, Most Innovative Chapter and Society Program, Best New Chapter and Society, Best Reorganized Chapter and Society, and the Alumni Outreach Award.

Holding on to what's golden with the Alumni College and Golden Weekend
The Golden anniversary of the Class of '61 and the 40th anniversary of the Class of '71, will be celebrated during Alumni College & Golden Weekend, July 14-17. Returning OHIO Alumni and "PURRR-ennial Bobcats" (graduates of the 1960s and prior) are welcomed back.

The weekend will present opportunities to relive the OHIO experience with Alumni College. Alumni can "graduate" again -- but this time, in just four days. Distinguished OHIO professors such as Dr. Scott Titsworth from the School of Communications Studies and Dr. Roger Cooper from the school of Media Arts and Studies will lead a variety of workshops all weekend.

Those who also want to relive their campus crush and say "OH, I dO" again can renew their vows during a ceremony at 18:04 in Galbreath Chapel. The military time 18:04 is in honor of Ohio University's founding year. Catch up with friends and former classmates at any of the weekend's festivities, which include campus tours, an Ohio Valley Summer Theatre production of "Bye, Bye Birdie," and more. Register before June 1 for Early Bird specials on rooms and accommodations. All other registrations must be received by June 24.

Spotlight on volunteers

Being a college student is not always easy, many times it is a juggling act. Throw in being a student organization president, an active member of Accounting Club, working as the accounting assistant in the Scripps College of Communications Dean’s office, and playing intramural broomball, softball and flag football, one seems bound to either drop a ball or say "goodbye" to a social life. However, accounting major and Student Alumni Board (SAB) President Sarah Burkhart '12 finds the time to not only soak up all Athens has to offer, but also give back to the community.

As the new SAB President, Burkhart will be running the Executive Board and full board meetings as well as overseeing the SAB-related philanthropic and university events. She will also serve as the student liaison for the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors from the Student Engagement Committee. Burkhart's input will guide the committee's interactions on campus.

To date, her favorite events have been "Bare on the Bricks," a clothing drive co-hosted with Alpha Epsilon Pi and the "Diversity Leadership Luncheon" collaborated with CONNECT, a College of Business organization.

Thank you, Bobcats, for your support!
After a cold and breezy April, we're ready for spring here in Athens! The weather is finally starting to turn, the blossoms just began to fall, and the students have already started to bust out the grills and volleyballs.

This month, we thought you'd enjoy a quick history lesson about one of our campus' signature features: the Yoshino and Double Weeping cherry trees that line the Hocking River. These trees were part of a gift from Chubu University in commemoration of our 175th and 200th anniversaries (in 1979 and 2004, respectively). Each spring they grace the riverfront with their beautiful and aromatic blossoms, and we have to say they're one of our favorite features on campus.

It's a visible example of the lasting effect of giving on our university. If you'd like to make a gift to help keep our campus beautiful, please click here and designate your gift to "campus beautification."

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

- The Annual Giving Team

P.S. If you like the picture we've included, please click here to download the full-sized version; feel free to use on your desktop, phone, or even print out a copy for the fridge. We hope it brings back warm memories of spring here at the university!

Upcoming Events

May 2
Bobcat Caravan
6-8 p.m.

May 3
OU Jazz Night at the Blue Wisp
7:30 p.m.

May 4
Oregon Chapter: May Happy Hour
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Portland, OR

May 6-8
Alpha Xi Delta, Pi Chapter 100th Anniversary & Reunion Weekend

May 6
Austin Chapter May MAC Happy Hour
5:30 p.m.

May 7
The Ohio University Athletes in Action Triathlon
7:30 a.m.

May 7
Akron Women "Life After Honors Tutorial College"
1-3 p.m.
Wadsworth, OH

May 7
School of Music: Celebrating the Lives & Legacies of Howard Beebe & Leighton Conkling
3 p.m.

May 8
LA Chapter: Cleveland Indians V. Anaheim Angles OU Alumni Outing
12:35 p.m.
Anaheim, CA


May 10
Air Force ROTC Detachment 650: Pass In Review & Military Ball
5-6 p.m.

May 11
Bobcat Caravan
6-8 p.m.

May 12
Denver Chapter: Ohio University Alumni & Friends Happy Hour
5:30-8 p.m.

May 12
Bobcat Caravan
6-8 p.m.

May 13
Giving Dreams Wings
11:30 a.m.

May 14-15
The Post Alumni Society Reunion: Keynote Speaker and Presentation

May 14
St. Louis Chapter: Ohio Day at Lake Forest
12:45 p.m.
St. Louis

May 18
Bobcat Caravan
6-8 p.m.

May 19-21
Schey Sales Centre Alumni Society 1st Annual Reunion

May 19
Cocktails at the Conservatory:
Happy Hour

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Columbus, OH

May 19
Thirsty Third Thursdays
6-9 p.m.

May 20-22
Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau Turns 100

May 21
Cruise-In at the Convo
9:30 a.m.

May 21
"Trailerpark" Movie Screening
7-9 p.m.

May 22
"The Gospel According to James" Playwright Reception and Play
3-7 p.m.

May 24
Bobcat Caravan
6-8 p.m.
Lancaster, OH

May 25
Bobcat Caravan
6-8 p.m.

May 26
Bobcat Caravan
6-8 p.m.

May 26
Bobcat Caravan
6-8 p.m.

Visit our online Events Calendar at ohioalumni.org.
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