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Alumni & Friends News

Jun 28
Sugar Bush Foundation funds five projects for 2016-17 that promote environmental sustainability, education
Sugar Bush Foundation funds five projects for 2016-17 that promote environmental sustainability, education

Jun 24
Black Alumni Reunion 2016 promises to be “Straight Outta OHIO”  
Ohio University will welcome alumni and friends to Athens for Black Alumni Reunion 2016 (#OHIOBAR2016) September 15-18. More than 350 Bobcats participated via survey to select “Straight Outta OHIO” as the reunion’s theme. Taking guests back to where it all began, the Black Alumni Reunion tradition has more than three decades of history and draws more than 500 alumni and friends to Athens every three years.

Jun 23
Sitterley trusts directed to Ohio University will support scholarships for Fairfield and Hocking County students
Four charitable trusts created by Fairfield and Hocking County families – collectively totaling more than $5.1 million – are now held within The Ohio University Foundation’s endowment. Trustee William J. Sitterley, a principal member at Sitterley, Vandervoort, and Davis in Lancaster, Ohio, and his wife Sally, trust administrator, recently transferred the trusts to The Foundation to provide Fairfield and Hocking County students attending Ohio University with scholarships, as well as to continue these families’ legacies into perpetuity.

“Innovative” Ohio Today Spotlights Bobcat Ingenuity
OHIO abounds with innovations. For example, in transportation, Bobcats have assisted in the debut of a local mass-transit poetry bus, created a bus scheduling app for regional school districts, and hosted the 2016 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. In eco-friendliness, OHIO faculty, staff, and students utilize state-of-the-art technology, personal storytelling, and citizen scientists to implement wearable air quality sensors, deployable water quality sensors, and unmanned aerial environmental monitoring.

Jun 17
WOUB Public Media launches new podcast, will feature variety of topics
WOUB Public Media’s new podcast “Spectrum” will feature conversations with an eclectic group of fascinating people. Some of the interviews are from famous people, some are not, but they all have captivating stories.

Jun 16
Ohio University’s mascot Rufus to celebrate diversity at Columbus PRIDE
Rufus will travel to Columbus on Saturday to participate in the city’s 35th PRIDE Celebration. Parade step-off begins at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of S. Front Street and W. Broad Street in downtown Columbus.

University mourns death of alumnus Dick Linke
Richard (Dick) O. Linke, 98, died on June 15, in his Hawaii home. A 1941 graduate of Ohio University, the widely known entertainment manager's client list included Andy Griffith, Jim Nabors, Jerry VanDyke, Ken Berry and Frankie Avalon.

Jun 15
Ohio University mourns the loss of alumnus and enthusiastic Bobcat Alan E. Riedel
Alan Ellis Riedel passed away on June 14, 2016. Born in Bellaire, Ohio, in 1930, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.  Riedel graduated from Ohio University in 1952 and married Ruby Pearl Tignor in Newark, Ohio, the following year. They carried on a life-long love affair for 62 years with each other, with Ohio, and with Ohio University. 

Jun 13
University reflects upon George V. Voinovich’s contributions and legacy
George V. Voinovich has made a remarkable impact upon the many lives that he touched at Ohio University. As our community mourns his passing, we reflect upon the monumental legacy he leaves behind for generations of future Ohioans.

Jun 12
A message from President McDavis regarding the passing of Senator Voinovich
The following message was sent to the Ohio University community on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

Jun 9
#AlumniTakeover: Liz Doyle doles out insights on life at Whirlpool Corp.
College of Business alumna Liz Doyle, '15 told us about life at Whirlpool on our Instagram (@OHIOCollegeofBusiness) Thurs., Jun. 2. Here's a recap:

Jun 8
College of Business alumnus finalist on “America’s Greatest Makers”
Successful entrepreneur Aaron Fazulak, ’11 got his start at Ohio University’s College of Business.

Meet local College of Business alumni at upcoming city celebrations
Hosted by the OHIO College of Business Society of Alumni & Friends, the event will take place in eight cities Thurs., June 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Jun 3
Authors@Alden: A Conversation with Author Sharon Hatfield
On Thursday, June 16, alumna Sharon Hatfield, an award-winning reporter, editor and author, will discuss her book, “Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell,” in Alden Library.

Jun 1
Gear up for summer with The Bobcat Store
Nothing says summer like a day outside with family and friends. Whether you want to relax or play, The Bobcat Store is THE place for proud Ohio University students, alumni, family and friends to buy OHIO gear for all of your outdoor activities.

New blog illustrates scholarship impact on OHIO students
The Office of Donor Relations is determined to answer a common question from donors, “where does the money go?” A new blog produced by the office within the Division of Advancement shows the direct impact of giving, validating current donor’s gifts and encourage future giving.

May 25
OHIO volunteers honored at 2016 Alumni Leaders Conference
The OHIO Alumni Association hosted the 2016 Alumni Leaders Conference (ALC) Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 20 during On The Green Weekend, OHIO’s annual spring Homecoming.

Sixth annual Cruise-In at the Convo gathers crowd, funds despite rainy skies
Sixth annual Cruise-In at the Convo gathers crowd, funds despite rainy skies

May 23
Alumni swarm Athens for On The Green Weekend
The Ohio University Alumni Association hosted more than 550 alumni and friends from across the country for this third annual event.

May 19
John S. Mattox receives Austin C. Furbee Award
An award dinner was held May 18 in honor of John S. Mattox who the Eastern Ohio Alumni Chapter named as the 2016 Austin C. Furbee Award honoree in recognition of his dedication and contribution to Ohio University and the community.

May 18
COMS alumnus receives Sharjah Award for dissertation
Adil Al-Busaidi, MA ’12 and PhD ’14, received the prestigious Sharjah Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Administrative Science in the Arab Region for his doctoral dissertation.

New OHIO spirit award calls for video submissions, winner to be Homecoming 2016 guest of honor
The OHIO Alumni Association is giving alumni the chance to show off their OHIO spirit by competing in an all-new Homecoming 2016 video contest.

May 16
Spring Homecoming will celebrate academics and the arts
The long-awaited spring Homecoming, On The Green Weekend kicks off Wednesday, May 18, and it’s not the only thing that has Athens County and the entire OHIO community abuzz. After 17 years below ground, the brood V cicadas are due to emerge just in time for the festivities.

May 12
Alumnus honored for outstanding public service at OHIO State Government Alumni Luncheon
More than 130 Ohio University alumni in Ohio public service gathered at the Athletic Club of Columbus to honor OHIO alumnus Matt Evans for his outstanding service to the state at the 33rd Annual State Government Alumni Luncheon on May 3.

May 11
Haseleys travel the world as global educators, establish OHIO scholarship
Haseleys travel the world as global educators, establish OHIO scholarship

May 9
Appalachian Ohio State of the Region conference explores regional business ecosystem
Statewide public officials, regional economic development personnel and representatives from other businesses and organizations have an opportunity to learn about, “Exploring our Business Ecosystem,” at the Fifth Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference at Ohio University Baker Center in Athens, Ohio on May 17, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

John S. Mattox to receive Austin C. Furbee award
The Eastern Ohio Alumni Chapter of Ohio University has chosen John S. Mattox as the 2016 Austin C. Furbee Award honoree, in recognition of his dedication and contribution to Ohio University and the community.

May 6
Alumni College courses to cover health, culture
Alumni returning to campus for lectures from current faculty is a long-standing OHIO Alumni Association tradition. Back again for the third year in tandem with On The Green Weekend, Alumni College 2016 will feature issues of health in Appalachia, new scientific research discoveries and reflections on art, history and culture in the U.S. and at Ohio University.

Apr 29
Alumnus Robert Föehl gives back to promote ethical leadership education
Alumnus Robert Föehl brings his Business Bobcat pride to the ends of the earth – in one case quite literally, as he displayed a Bobcat flag in Antarctica.

Apr 28
May 3 is Ohio University Day in Columbus
The OHIO Alumni Association is partnering with OHIO Athletics to, in the words of “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein, ‘paint it green and white’ in Columbus on May 3. Alumni and friends will gather for various events around the city and post to social media using #OHIODAY2016.

Apr 25
One-day conference to welcome young OHIO professionals
Navigating the post-college professional realm is an uphill battle. Fortunately, the Bobcat network is throwing a lifeline to those young professionals who are determined to make their mark. The OHIO Young Professionals Conference is an all-day event scheduled for Friday, May 20, as a part of On The Green Weekend.

Apr 20
Honors Tutorial College alumna supports individualized learning, establishes scholarship
Sharon Fountain moved around the country a lot as a child. When she learned about Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College (HTC) program, Fountain knew there was no better place to settle than OHIO. As the most academically diverse tutorial-based honors college in the country, HTC emphasizes individualized learning through one-on-one or small group tutorials. To help students like her enjoy the singular benefits of an HTC education, Fountain established the Sharon Monahan and Ben E. Fountain Scholarship.

Apr 19
OHIO JSchool alumnus Wes Lowery shares in second Pulitzer Prize
Wesley Lowery, an alumnus of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, is part of The Washington Post staff that has won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Apr 18
Senior Week will offer games, giveaways and career advice to Class of 2016
With graduation weekend on the horizon, the OHIO Alumni Association and several other campus organizations are gearing up for the annual Senior Week celebration. Senior Week is a week-long series of exciting events for all of OHIO’s soon-to-be Athens and regional campus graduates scheduled for April 18-22.

Women’s symposium unifies Bobcat leaders, CSU alumnae
The OHIO Alumni Association, in partnership with Cleveland State University, broke the mold for traditional women’s conferences on April 13, packing the Women’s Leadership Symposium in Cleveland with relevant panels and programming centered on salient issues for today’s female leaders.

Apr 15
Ohio Today “reinvents” Ohio University
Fifty years ago, Ohio University revolutionized sports and business by creating a master’s degree in sports administration, the first degree-granting academic program of its kind in the world. Incarcerated students earn degrees from OHIO as a prime way to transcend their troubles. Alumna Katie Jackson Patel, BBA ’07, left behind a successful climb up the corporate ladder to work for a homeless shelter.

Apr 14
Reinvent what you know about OHIO and Ohio Today
Reinvent what you know about OHIO and Ohio Today

Apr 12
Faculty, industry professionals to work with students in summer High School Journalism Workshop
High school students considering a career in journalism have the opportunity to work with E.W. Scripps School of Journalism faculty and industry professionals during a two-and-a-half-day summer workshop held annually on Ohio University’s campus on July 13-16.

High School students to use state-of-the-art space in 2016 High School Media Workshop
The School of Media Arts & Studies will host its third annual High School Media Workshop July 13-16. The high school participants will be the first to use Schoonover Center’s new Sound Post-Production and Listening Lab, a space designed to provide real-world audio experience for media students.

Administrative Associate Becky Caesar ready for retirement after 35 years Reception is Friday in Baker Center’s 1804 Lounge
After more than 35 years of service to Ohio University – all in the Division of University Advancement – Administrative Services Associate Becky Caesar has decided to retire. Her last day in the office will be Friday, April 29.

Apr 11
Ethical Leadership Case Competition based on Apple/FBI scuffle
Imagine being asked to unlock your phone, switch devices with the person next to you, and then dig through every email, text, and photo on their phone.

Apr 8
On The Green Film Festival to celebrate decade classics
A wise young man once said, “Life moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” If you know what iconic 1980’s movie coined that phrase, you’ll be ecstatic about this year’s lineup for the On The Green Film Festival at the Athena May 19-21.

Apr 6
Ohio University Eastern alum named exceptional teacher
Ohio University Eastern graduate Erica Alexander is one of 10 exceptional West Virginia classroom teachers to receive the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.

Apr 4
Celebration of life for Director Emeritus Chuck Scott to be held April 9
Alumni and friends are invited to return to Ohio University’s Athens Campus on Saturday, April 9 for a celebration of life for Ohio University School of Visual Communication Director Emeritus Chuck Scott. The event will take place from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Schoonover Center for Communication, Room 450.

Mar 31
Students connect with alumni during inaugural DC Networking Week
Students connect with alumni during inaugural DC Networking Week

Alumnus’ strong connection to OHIO inspires scholarship
Yousef Faroniya, founder and CEO of YFM Inc., the Law Office of Yousef M. Faroniya, didn’t have any intention of practicing law when he graduated from Ohio University in 2006. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism, but soon after leaving OHIO he realized that while he loved school, he hated the type of work he was doing. With a career change in mind, he started studying family law and alternative dispute resolution.

Mar 30
Visiting faculty member establishes scholarship to support students active in social justice
Thomas Costello, Jr. has never stopped wanting to learn since discovering an interest in history and civil rights as an undergraduate in University College. He decided to pay that interest forward by establishing a scholarship for students with a similar interest.

Mar 29
Patton College to host golf trip to historic East Canton golf course
The Ohio University Patton College of Education will host a one-day golf trip to historic Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio, on Friday, April 15.

Mar 24
The power of “hello” resonates in alumnus Neelay Bhatt’s TEDx Talk
“Imagine yourself arriving in a foreign land for the first time. A place where you don’t know anybody, where you don’t speak the language, where you don’t even have a phone..."

Mar 21
Order your student a Finals Week Survival Bag
As Ohio University embarks on the final days of spring semester, the Student Alumni Board is gearing up to ease those end-of-semester blues with Finals Week Survival Bags.