Alumni COllege COurse Schedule

Alumni College 2015Alumni College participants go back to the classroom to explore topics and issues— but with no term papers or tests! This lecture series will take place during On The Green Weekend on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature courses including:

  • Fleshing Out the Past! Bringing Dinosaurs Back to Life at OHIO by Lawrence Witmer, PhD
    The latest advances in high-tech imaging and 3D computer modeling, combined with old-school anatomy, allow us to “flesh out” dinosaurs in unprecedented ways, shedding new light on dinosaur biology. Professor Lawrence Witmer will present his research on the NSF-funded Visible Interactive Dinosaur Project that seeks to rebuild and restore the dinosaur anatomy that time has stripped away. Not only does this work reveal details of dinosaur function, physiology, and behavior, it also provides an effective vehicle to engage the public about science.
  • American Interregnum: The Coming of the American Civil War on the World Stage by Brian Schoen, PhD
    Global crises, fake news, concerns about law and order, immigrants, & borders, institutional racism, rumors of foreign intervention in domestic affairs, a deeply divided American electorate. Sounds familiar right?  Well, Americans in 1860-61 grappled with just these matters in a crisis that eventually descended into civil war. This presentation examines how America's secession crisis unfolded on the world stage and how global events informed the thoughts and actions of key individuals like Lincoln, Secretary of State William Seward, Jefferson Davis and South Carolina's, secessionist governor, Francis Pickens.  We will meet less well known figures like Charles Faulkner, an uncertain Virginian tasked with explaining events to Napoleon III and London Times war correspondent W.H. Russell, whose mere presence unintentionally shaped events. You may leave thinking differently about the context for the Civil War's coming and maybe with some new perspective on our own uncertain times.
  • Look, See, Think, Wonder: Finding and Analyzing Primary Sources from Archives and Special Collections by Bill Kimok and Miriam Intrator, MSLS, PhD
    The Mahn Center’s Archives and Special Collections curators demonstrate to alumni how they are instructing dozens of university and community classes each year. Alumni will get up-close and hands-on with special materials from the university archives and rare book collections for the purpose of providing their own analyses of the background, contents, purposes, and significance of those materials.
  • A New Game Plan: How Adopting Alternative Sport Development Models in the United States Can Prevent an Educational Crisis by B. David Ridpath, EdD
    This presentation focuses on the need to rethink sport development and delivery in America. The United States is the only country that has its elite, mass participation and even recreational and participatory sport primarily grounded in the educational system. The United States Olympic Committee recently stated it is deeply concerned about the future of sports outside of football and men’s basketball along with the ability to compete internationally in other sports. It is important to examine alternative models separate from or even part of the current educational model for sports that are finding fewer and fewer opportunities in the current system. Specifically, sport development in other countries, especially those in Europe have their primary sport development model through an extensive external competitive club sports system separate and distinct from the educational system.  Are there other systems such as Europe, that can either complement or replace the embedded athletic system? 
  • Focus on Prevention: Taking Action to Prevent Substance Use by Holly Raffle, PhD, MCHES
    Drug use is a complex problem and the solution must be multi-faceted. Research tells us that to address drug use, we must address many elements: promotion, prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery. This session will focus on the role of prevention. Effective drug use prevention must include death prevention, supply reduction, and demand reduction. Death prevention and supply reduction are commonly discussed in the media, while demand reduction is a crucial element to prevention. Demand reduction provides answers to the question – How do we reduce the public from seeking drugs – and then, of course, using them? This session will explore six strategies that are research-based and proven effective for demand reduction: information dissemination, education, alternative activities, environmental strategies, community-based processes, and problem identification and referral.
  • Lessons Learned in the Exercise Biochemistry Labs: Trust Me, I’m a Doctor! by Michael Kushnick, HFS, PhD
    This tutorial will provide details of research completed at Ohio University in the Exercise Biochemistry and Physiology Laboratories under Dr. Kushnick. It has often been said that not all contributions to science are going to change the world!  …a few minutes into this tutorial, and that will be proven! Highlighted are “contributions” made to science from a large number of OHIO students (and Dr. Kushnick).  A theme will become evident: from physical activity/exercise/nutritional strategies to improve blood glucose control/cholesterol profiles, to increasing metabolism, and, better understanding of how exercise helps those who may occasionally overeat.  More importantly, this tutorial SHOULD increase the audience’s confidence– if one of these former student researchers is encountered as your physician, physical therapist, or as a practitioner in another healthcare setting– in that the “contributions” these professionals previously made to science (albeit minimal) were more about the processes, procedures and lessons learned than the data itself.
  • Consumers and Ethical Decision Making by Ann Paulins, PhD
    How do consumers apply their values while shopping? What are the ways consumers can exercise ethical decision - making? These questions will be explored in this session which will provide insight into our "fashion supply chain" and the many decisions retailing professionals make each day that empower (and often challenge) consumers with respect to ethical consumption.
  • Sociable Sam: Mark Twain among Friends by Judith Yaross Lee, PhD
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens met thousands of people through his writing and travels as Mark Twain, and many of them turned up in his tales or shaped them in other ways. In this illustrated talk, Judith Yaross Lee draws on the Mark Twain archives to share details on the family, friends, editors, and others--including a pastor, a cook, and a delivery boy--behind “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog,” 1601, and other works by Mark Twain.

And more! This year’s edition of Alumni College will feature a wide variety of classes for Bobcats to attend as well as luncheons with Alumni College presenters and fellow attendees. Friday's luncheon will include a panel discussing "The State of OHIO Athletics" with Head Men's Basketball Coach Saul Phillips, Head Volleyball Coach Deane Webb, Head Soccer Coach Aaron Rodgers, and Assistant Soccer Coach Debs Brereton.