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Featured Events
The Office for Diversity, Access and Equity will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a week-long celebration of events, beginning on Jan. 5.

On Jan. 21, the College of Business Society of Alumni & Friends will host a Bobcats Basketball Bus Trip from Columbus to Athens.

More January events

Points of Pride

Southeast Asian Studies gift given at Malaysia visit
During a December visit to Malaysia, Yayasan Sime Darby presented a check for $750,000 to University representatives for the Southeast Asian Studies Tun Abdul Razak Chair. Photos can be found online.

Southern campus alumnus lands an Emmy
Ohio University alumnus Ernie Hall received his first Emmy this year for his work as a photojournalist with Action News in Jacksonville, Fla., on the local CBS/Fox affiliate station. Hall graduated from the Southern campus in 2006 with an associate's degree from the Electronic Media Program.

Vampire Cowboys coming to Athens
Two School of Theater alumni, Robert Ross Parker, MFA '02, and Qui Nguyen, MFA '02, formed a theater company called Vampire Cowboys in NYC. In the last 10 years, it has taken off and garnered rave reviews from the New York Times and The Village Voice and won the prestigious Obie Award. For more information visit vampirecowboys.com. This spring, through an 1804 and other grants, they are coming back to Athens to develop and produce a new work with OU students.

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OHIO wins its first bowl game in football program history on Dec. 17. Trailing 23-17 with 2:21 remaining, OHIO put together a nine-play, 61-yard touchdown drive to win at the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Not only was the victory a first bowl win for the university, but it also marked head coach Frank Solich's 50th win at OHIO and the first time the football team won 10 games in a season since 1968. To see OHIO's College Superfans in Sports Illustrated, click here.

Save the Date for MLK Week, Jan. 5-16, 2012
Ohio University's Office for Diversity, Access and Equity will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a week-long celebration of events. The celebration, coordinated by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, carries the theme, "The dream lives on in you: Service, community, teaching."

This year's goal is to address the needs of the Appalachian region and the community in Athens County. Events include a Community Faith Leaders Breakfast, a "Celebration of Creativity," community panel discussion, "It Takes A Village" Children’s Workshop, the MLK Day of Service and the 12th Annual MLK, Jr. Silent March and Brunch. For information and updates, "Like" the OU Diversity, Access, and Equity Office on Facebook or Twitter.

Sibs Weekend: Check out the GoBus option!
Cincinnati and Columbus sibs: Want to visit your sibling (or cousin or friend) on the Athens campus to enjoy college life for a weekend? Check out GoBus — a new inter-city transportation initiative connecting rural areas and urban centers. Deluxe motor coaches link Athens and neighboring cities to Columbus and Cincinnati. The cost is $20 round trip.

To make your GoBus reservation or for ticket information, bus schedule and stop locations call 888-95-GOBUS or visit RideGoBus.com. The Ohio University Alumni Association assumes no responsibility for any sibling while he or she is traveling with GoBus.

Two OUAA chapters are sponsoring buses for sibs in Cleveland and Akron, visit ohioalumni.org/sibs for bus details.

Host a 'Dinner with 12 Strangers'
Dinner with 12 Strangers is a new event for Ohio University! This great program is growing at colleges and universities all over North America. The idea is simple: attend a dinner with students, faculty and alumni to share a good meal, good conversation and a good time.

OHIO alumni will host dinners at their homes or at local restaurants. The goal is to strengthen the OHIO community by connecting current students with Bobcat alumni. Faculty members will also attend the dinners to help facilitate conversation and contribute experiences. The program provides an opportunity for a great evening of socializing and networking. To sign up to host a dinner, visit ohioalumni.org/dinner.

Spring Alumni Weekend
Join us for this all-alumni spring event! Visit the Athens campus April 13-15, 2012, and help celebrate the College of Fine Arts 75th Anniversary, the Honors Tutorial College 40th Anniversary, The Post 100th Anniversary, attend campus tours, open houses, alumni receptions, interact with students and more!

On Friday, April 13, from 5-6 p.m., the Honors Tutorial College will host an Ellery Golos Lecture by Journalism Educator and Poynter Institute Fellow Adam Hochberg. The College of Fine Arts 75th Anniversary Celebration on April 14 at 8 p.m. is the culminating event for the college's anniversary, and The Post will offer tours of its offices for alumni and friends.

In addition, the Ohio University Alumni Association will host its Alumni Leaders Conference for chapter and society volunteers.

Hotel registration with discounted rates and bus transportation are available until March 12, 2012. For information or to make hotel reservations, click here.

Spotlight on volunteers

Ohio University Alumni Association
Chapter and Society Leaders Advisory Council

Created in 2005, the council provides suggestions for Alumni Association programming, including the annual Alumni Leaders Conference held in Athens, and marketing input for the alumni website and publications.

Matt Latham '06,
ACRN Alumni Society & Central Ohio Chapter

Betsy Reese '03,
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Society of Alumni and Friends

Mike Easterday '05
Central Ohio Chapter Network

Katie Arnold '05,
Chicago Chapter Network

Kristen Jensen '05,
Society of Advocates

TJ Simonik '07,
College of Business Alumni Society

Andy Barber '03,
Marching Band Society of Alumni and Friends

Kelly Baylog '04,
Ohio University Women's Club of Greater Cleveland

Amy Hollis '96,
Cleveland Chapter Network

Kevin Clingaman '85
Toledo Chapter Network

Alumni are encouraged to reach out to their regional chapter and society leaders – visit ohioalumni.org/get-involved. For more information, contact Dawn Werry at werryd@ohio.edu.

Upcoming Events
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