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Alumni & Friends News

Feb 5
Survey results for 2016 Homecoming theme, logo competition now open
This fall, Homecoming will celebrate Ohio University for the home it has been for many generations of Bobcats. Between twitter and the online survey sent to alumni, faculty, staff and students, 2,236 votes were collected to decide this year’s theme; “All Roads Lead Home.”

Feb 4
Upcoming event to celebrate notable OHIO alumna’s book release
In celebration of Ohio University alumna Beverly Jones’ new book, “Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO,” the campus and community are invited to a book release party from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at The Ridges, Building 21, hosted by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Scripps College of Communication and ohiowomen.

Feb 3
OHIO’s Washington Policy Forum connects and engages alumni in presidential election discussion
Around 60 Ohio University alumni attended a Washington Policy Forum kickoff event in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Capitol Visitor’s Center. Organized by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Scripps College of Communication, the Ohio University Alumni Association and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the forums, held quarterly, aim to reconnect alumni in the nation’s capital to Ohio University. 

Feb 2
CLJC and economics alum ¦ Minichello practices civil litigation in Chicago
Ohio University alum Dennis Minichello is currently a shareholder in the Chicago law firm of Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C.

Alum finds inspiration and puts skills to work in Turkey
The cries of a street vendor, riding through the early morning street on a bicycle cart, peddling a Turkish bread ring covered in sesame seeds, mingled with the early morning call to prayer from a nearby mosque frequently serves as Lydia Deakin’s wake-up alarm.

Jan 27
Graduates make sure Food Matters for next crop of students
Food Matters, the campus student organization focused on food, was founded by recent graduates Anna Chleboun and Janice Brewer in Spring 2014 to enhance student and community experiences with the Food Studies theme at Ohio University.

CLJC alum ¦ Stember practices labor & employment litigation, teaches law
A native of Brooklyn, NY, John Stember was a Cutler Fellow when he was an Honors student at Ohio University. He was in the last class of Cutler College, a 1960’s era program for self-designed majors.

Ohio University Lancaster taking student proposals for tenth annual Celebrate Women Conference
Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus is encouraging undergraduate and graduate students to submit their research papers and posters to be included in the 10th annual Celebrate Women event. This year’s event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, in Brasee Hall on the Lancaster Campus.

Cast your vote for the Homecoming 2016 theme
The OHIO Alumni Association and the Division of Student Affairs need your input regarding this year’s Homecoming theme selection! Cast your vote and help determine the look and feel of all 2016 Homecoming endeavors.

Students prepare to dance through the decades at second annual BobcaThon
On Feb. 13, students and members of the Ohio University community will dance until they drop at the second annual BobcaThon, a 12-hour dance marathon that supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

Jan 25
Center for International Studies alumni recruit new students into the program
Alumni from Ohio University’s Center for International Studies are proud of their ties to OHIO, and many of them are encouraging future generations of students to also consider the University.

Jan 20
Say it best when you say nothing at all
Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift is a lot of pressure. How do you declare your love to your significant Bobcat? No matter what stage in your relationship, The Bobcat Store has the right gifts to tell your sweetheart how you feel. Now through Feb. 14, save 14 percent on all orders of OHIO champagne flutes, Keith Chapman jewelry, and Loralie’s Minis OHIO Brownies by using promo code “LOVE2016,” so you can treat yourself to a sweet deal as well!

Pride Society of Alumni and Friends presents Broadway in Columbus: 'The Sound of Music.'
Warm up those singing voices and join the Ohio University Pride Society of Alumni and Friends on Jan. 26 for an evening of theatrics, sing-alongs and fun at a Broadway event featuring “The Sound of Music.”

Author, VisCom alumna Alysia Burton Steele awarded 2016 Humanities Award
Alysia Burton Steele, MA ’10, an Ohio University School of Visual Communication graduate and author of Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom, received the 2016 Mississippi Humanities Council Public Humanities Preserver of Mississippi Culture Award for her work to document and save the culture of the state.

Jan 19
Alumna in Arizona promotes Ohio University to her third-grade class
In 1981, not long after graduating from The Patton College of Education, Deena Charnofsky moved to Arizona. Now a third-grade teacher in Mesa, Arizona, she is leading an Advancement Via Individual Determination program at Edison Elementary.

Entrepreneur Nauman Saeed reaches career goals with help from OHIO’s PMBA program
Entrepreneur Nauman Saeed reaches career goals with help from OHIO’s PMBA program

Jan 14
Ohio University mourns the death of Wilfred R. Konneker
Ohio University alumnus Wilfred (Will) Konneker died Thursday, Jan. 7, in St. Louis, Missouri, surrounded by his family.

Jan 13
Schedule announced for On The Green Weekend
The eagerly anticipated On The Green Weekend, OHIO Alumni Association’s spring Homecoming featuring academics and the arts, will host many of the usual programming suspects, with some exciting new events scheduled to join the fold.

DC Networking Week invites students to network, connect with industry professionals
The Ohio University Alumni Association’s Nation’s Capital Chapter will host the first annual DC Networking Week on March 24-26. The program will provide an opportunity for students to network with alumni working in Washington, D.C. and explore the various career opportunities the nation’s capital has to offer.

Jan 11
MDIA student, alumnus selected for Disney Imaginations finalist team
In a few short weeks Courtney Irby, a senior in the School of Media Arts & Studies studying games and animation, and Media Arts & Studies alumnus Geoffrey Backstrom, BSC ’15, will be traveling to California to participate in the 2016 Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition.

Scholl family aims to develop OHIO leaders with academic center and Cutler Scholars gift
The Ohio University Foundation has received a $600,000 commitment from Dave and Valerie Scholl and The Scholl Family Foundation (donor-advised fund through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio) to support both OHIO Athletics’ Campaign for Academic Excellence and the Wilfred R. Konneker-Charles J. Ping General Endowment for the Cutler Scholars Program.

Jan 6
ITS alumni family give back to new graduates in a unique way
A family of J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems alumni are aiding graduate students who have completed the program in their job search process by providing them with a unique gift.

Jan 5
OHIO Alumni College heads to Florida
Alumni in Fort Myers, FL will head back to the classroom on Jan. 30, as the OHIO Alumni Association takes its popular Alumni College event on the road.

Dec 15
Alumna Judy Dashiell gives back to OHIO through time, talent
Alumna Judy Dashiell, BSJ ’86, has a long history and multifaceted relationship with Ohio University and honors that bond with professional service and resources.

College of Business' top read stories of 2015
Happy (almost) new year, #BusinessBobcats! What’s our gift to you? A recap of our most read articles of the year. Happy reading, and happy holidays!

Dec 14
Chemistry alum gets entrepreneur award for work on Hepatitis C drug
Ohio University alum Dr. Milind Deshpande was one of two recipients of a Connecticut Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his company's work in developing a new drug targeting the Hepatitis C virus.

Chemistry alum gets lifetime achievement award from HHV-6 Foundation
Ohio University alum Philip E. Pellett, Ph.D. '80 received a lifetime achievement award from the HHV-6 Foundation in November.

Dec 8
Pioneer and champion of women at OHIO establishes scholarship
Ohio University’s first female dean of University College Patricia Bayer Richard has been passionate about providing new opportunities for women and students throughout her career on OHIO’s Athens campus. This passion led the retired professor of political science to establish the Patricia Bayer Richard Scholarship, which will benefit undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrate financial need.

Become an OHIO Legacy Scholar
Ohio University is currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 OHIO Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship, a distinctive award for all children and grandchildren of Bobcat alumni. Listen to an interview with this year’s Legacy Scholars here.

OHIO Alumni Association claims 4 CASE V district awards
To say the OHIO Alumni Association is having a banner year would be an understatement. Not only has the OHIO affinity champion hosted more successful signature and chapter events throughout the country than ever before, OHIO Alumni initiatives are among those leading the district in best practices. This fall, the Association has been recognized with four CASE V district awards, bringing the final tally for 2015 industry nods to seven.

Registration opens for 2016 international MDIA High School Media Workshop
The School of Media Arts & Studies has launched registration for its 2016 High School Media Workshop which offers high school students the opportunity to interact with MDIA faculty while learning the latest techniques in audio, video, games & animation, storytelling/producing, and social media, as well as specializations in many additional academic areas. The workshop is slated to take place in Athens from July 13-16, 2016 and interested students are encouraged to register today as space is limited!

Dec 7
Late VisCom Director Emeritus Chuck Scott given Congressional recognition
Ohio University Scripps College of Communication Visual Communication Director Emeritus Chuck Scott, who passed away Nov. 20, 2015, was recognized by Hon. Steve Stivers of the Ohio House of Representatives on Dec. 2.

History alum named CEO of AccessData Group
Ohio University history alum Keith James '94 has been named Chief Executive Office of AccessData Group.

Physics alum assumes presidency of London's Royal Society
Ohio University alum Venkatraman ‘Venki’ Ramakrishnan started his five-year term as President of the Royal Society in London on Dec. 1.

Alum's law firm does business litigation, criminal defense
Center for Law, Justice & Culture’s alum Yousef Faroniya is the founder and CEO of YMF Inc., the Law Office of Yousef M. Faroniya, where he serves client’s interests in business litigation, criminal defense, landlord-tenant law, and other matters.

Dec 4
Fall Ohio Today racks up “milestones”
Fall Ohio Today racks up “milestones”

10 do's and don'ts of starting your own business
Want to become a successful entrepreneur? Read these top tips from Ohio University alumnus Brian Grady.

Dec 2
A “milestone” Ohio Today for fall
A Nobel Prize-winning Bobcat. An OHIO team with 62 national titles and 108 state championships in the last decade. A fundraising campaign that resulted in $500 million in generosity for the University. A beloved OHIO movie theater’s centennial. The first legal same-sex marriage in Athens County.

Dec 1
Translational Medicine Helps To Better Prepare Med Students For Career
Dr. Sonsoles De Lacalle, director of the Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (HCOM) Office of Advanced Studies, sat down with WOUB Public Media “Conversations from Studio B” host Kelee Riesbeck to unpack HCOM’s dual degree program and explain how it represents a sea change in how students are trained to become clinician-scientists. She also discusses the importance of communicating scientific discovery to the public, especially to K-12 students.

Nov 30
Gifts for every Bobcat at The Bobcat Store
The holiday season is said to be the most wonderful time of the year, but busy stores and shopping lists can also make it the most stressful time. This season, avoid fighting the crowds for the perfect gifts. Finding gifts for each Bobcat on your list is as easy as one stop at The Bobcat Store and the elves at the store have compiled gifts for even the most hard-to-buy-for Bobcat.

Nov 23
Ohio University mourns the loss of alumnus and stalwart volunteer Charles R. Emrick Jr.
Charles R. (Chuck) Emrick Jr. died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease on November 16, 2015. A long-time Ohio University volunteer, Emrick had served on the Ohio University Board of Trustees from 1992 through 2000 (chair: 1996-97) and as a Trustee of The Ohio University Foundation from 1979 through 2001.

Nov 19
Instructions for Year-End Gift Processing
Ohio University will be closed from Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, through Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, and will re-open on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. During this period, the Division of Advancement is working to ensure that all donors are able to transact gifts to The Ohio University Foundation.

Gawande Lecture Series delves into ancient Indian texts
On Nov. 12, Stephanie Jamison presented “Adulterous Woman to Be Eaten by Dogs: Women and Law in Ancient India,” a lecture about ancient Indian sources pertaining to women and law. The event took place in Ellis Hall as a part of the biannual Ohio University Gawande Lecture Series.

Nov 17
OHIOs Tadeusz Malinski receives major gift for Down syndrome research
A private donor’s passion to support research that may improve the daily lives of those who suffer from Down syndrome led to a major gift for one of Ohio University’s premiere scholars and researchers.

Nov 16
Upcoming events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with two renowned speakers
Ohio University will host two events on campus, on Monday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 19 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theater, featuring renowned speakers on entrepreneurship in celebration of the eight annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

Finals Week Survival Bags now available
The Student Alumni Board’s Finals Week Survival Bags are back! These survival bags help OHIO students during the tough week of Finals Week to study harder and making their grueling week less stressful. This semester’s bags include a stainless steel mug, a stress ball, vanilla chapstick, gum, great study tools (post-it notes, highlighters, etc.) snacks/candy and more! 



Sheila and Larry McHale receive John C. Baker Founder's Award
On Thursday, November 12, The Ohio University Foundation bestowed its greatest honor upon alumna Sheila McHale and her husband Lawrence “Larry” McHale, The John C. Baker Founder’s Award. The award recognizes individuals who have provided exemplary service to The Foundation. The inaugural Baker Awards were presented in 1995 during a special dual celebration in the life of Ohio University: the 50th anniversary of The Foundation and the 100th birthday of its founder, the late President Emeritus John C. Baker

Nov 12
University mourns distinguished engineering alumnus, decorated WWII vet
Ohio University is mourning the loss of distinguished alumnus and decorated World War II veteran Ret. Brigadier General James M. Abraham. He died Sunday at the age of 92 after a second battle with cancer. <br />

Nov 10
Ohio University Foundation welcomes four new board trustees
The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees is proud to welcome four new Trustees to the Bobcat family this year. Sandra “Sandy” J. Anderson, Donald “Donny” L. Harrison Jr., Jeffrey M. Loewy, and William “Bill” D. Hilyard were elected during the June, 2015 Foundation Board meeting in Columbus. The first official board meeting for the new Trustees is Nov. 12-14, 2015.

Open house to celebrate all OHIO women Nov. 19
The Ohio University Women’s Center is teaming up with ohiowomen to host an open house celebrating all OHIO women on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Baker University Center 403.