july 2017

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Behind the Images | Pete Souza

Former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza returned to Ohio University on Tuesday, March 28 for Communication Week at Scripps College. During his visit, he sat down with colleague and fellow photojournalist Marcia Nighswander to discuss several photos of President Barack Obama from Souza’s collection. [VIDEO]

Read the new issue of Ohio Today magazine, themed "Creativity."

OHIO’s artistic and entrepreneurial alumni tour America 

Ohio University’s alumni live all over the country, yet some spend their days traveling across the US. he summer issue is themed "Creativity," and Ohio Today and ohiotoday.org caught up with alumna Lisa Beggs, an artist who learned how to turn her talent into a business. Beggs and her boyfriend, artist Victor Ving, live in an RV that they drive across America for their project, “Greetings Tour.” The project has them team with community members in myriad cities to paint murals based on the iconic, mid-century “Greetings from” postcards. Find Lisa’s story in the print issue. The story continues online on ohiotoday.org.

Lobster Fest commemorates founding father with food, fun

Lobster Fest is the perfect event for Bobcats who love tasty food and learning about OHIO’s rich history. This annual event, which will be held on July 15 in Rockport, Massachusetts, honors Ohio University’s historic connection to the New England state. Remember the University’s founding father, Manasseh Cutler, by visiting his church and final resting place, and mingle with fellow Bobcats over a delicious lobster dinner afterward. The historical event wraps up with a cocktail reception. View event details and reserve your space here.

Davis named Advancement interim vice president and interim president of university foundation

Ohio University named Tom Davis the new interim vice president of Advancement and interim president/CEO of The Ohio University Foundation. Davis has more than 30 years of experience working in higher education. He begins with the Advancement team on July 7 and beforehand will be working closely with outgoing Vice President of Advancement, Bryan Benchoff, to ensure a smooth transition. The University will immediately begin to search for the next Vice President of Advancement and President/CEO of The Ohio University Foundation.

Take OHIO on a road trip with new travel-friendly Bobcat Store products

The Bobcat Store stocked up on travel-friendly OHIO gear just in time for summer vacation. From packing for the trip to arriving at the well-awaited destination, the Bobcat Store has everything you need. Check out the Paw Tote Bag that comes in a classic chevron print for easy storage or the insulated OHIO affinity water bottles that can keep a beverage cold for up to 16 hours. You don’t want to miss these newly launched items! Find these picks and more at The Bobcat Store

OHIO Alumni Association introduces four new noteworthy members to Board of Directors

The OHIO Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes four new members who begin their term on July 1. Timothy Neal, Jeff Reed, Jillian L. Causey and Jeff S. Wright will soon be a part of the 30 OHIO graduates that comprise the board of directors. These new members will help to advance the Association’s mission to represent and connect more than 220,000 Bobcats worldwide. 


Q: Ohio University has been visited by 11 past United States presidents. Which former president did not make an appearance in Athens? 

A) Jimmy Carter 
B) Lyndon B. Johnson
C) Harry S. Truman 
D) Barack Obama

Think you know the answer? Click here to find out.

Ebony Bobcat Network will hold sixth annual meeting in Columbus

The Ebony Bobcat Network (EBN) Annual Meeting will be held August 10-13 in Columbus, Ohio. This four-day event allows attendees to learn how to get involved with EBN and the Urban Scholars Endowment Program. Be sure to RSVP to the event by Aug. 1! 

OHIO professor challenges mathematics stereotype with creative projects

Gurgen Hayrapetyan, an OHIO assistant mathematics professor, is changing the way students think about mathematics. He sees the importance of introducing more creativity into the subject, which is why he introduced self-driving cars into his lesson plans. Watch Hayrapetyan’s unique teaching method in action at ohiotoday.org

OHIO rugby club founding member inducted into Hall of Fame 

Steve Finkel, a 1975 OHIO graduate, will be inducted into the United States Rugby Foundation Hall of Fame on June 30 for his roles as a player and a coach. Finkel was a founding member of the OHIO Men’s Rugby Club and played throughout all four years of college. Read more about Finkel here.

Alumna strikes a yoga pose with thousands in Times Square

Thousands of yogis found an hour of inner peace and tranquility in bustling Times Square in June. One of those yoga practitioners was Bobcat Catherine Gignac. Gignac was one of several instructors to lead a session of yoga that welcomed the summer solstice right in the middle of the New York City’s famed entertainment district. If you weren’t able to make it to Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga presented by Aerie, watch the video here.

Patton alumna puts fashion first

Ellen and the late Phillip Goldsberry have a love for the University and Athens. In order to give back to the Patton College of Education and to pay tribute to her late husband, Ellen recently established the M.E. and P.E. Goldsberry Scholarship and the Dr. Ellen and Phillip Goldsberry Distinguished Professorship, which will benefit the retail merchandising and fashion product development program. Read more.

Make plans to enter the Cheermeister Spirit Award contest

OHIO’s President Nellis enjoys busy first day

Nominate global, culturally conscious leaders

upcoming events


July 9
College of Business Society of Alumni & Friends – OHIO at a Clippers Game
2 – 6 p.m.
Columbus, OH

July 13 - 24
Highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland

July 13
Greater Cleveland Chapter: 2nd Annual Bobcat Cruise on the Nautica Queen

6 – 9:30 p.m.
Cleveland, OH

July 14-21
Oceania Cruise - Awe Inspiring Alaska

July 15
3rd Annual Manasseh Cutler Lobster Fest 
11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Rockport, MA

July 18
WOUB Golf Tournament
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Athens, OH

July 18
San Francisco Chapter - Tribe Time in the Bay Area

7 – 10:30 p.m.
San Francisco, CA

July 20-30
England's Castles, Cottages & Countryside

July 26
Ohio University Lancaster - Alumni College

4 – 7:30 p.m.
Lancaster, OH

July 28
Akron-Canton Chapter - OHIO Gathering at HiHO Brewing Co.
6 – 9 p.m.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

July 29
Oregon Chapter - Wine Tasters Tour

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Portland, OR

July 29
Central Ohio Alumni Chapter - 8th Annual Golf Outing
1:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Grove City, OH

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