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Alumni & Friends News

May 27
Lancaster Campus Imagine Your Possibilities: South Central Power Vice President of Member Services and Community Relations Cathy Bitler
When Cathy Bitler, vice president of member services and community relations at South Central Power, graduated from Lancaster High School in 1976, money was tight.  She wanted to go to college, but needed to be able to work full-time to save money. No one in her immediate family had ever gone to college before. Ohio University Lancaster provided Bitler the opportunity she needed.

May 26
OUAA kicks off On The Green Weekend 2015
The Ohio University Alumni Association is excited to welcome alumni and friends to the second annual On the Green Weekend in Athens, a spring Homecoming centered on academics and the arts, Wednesday, May 27 to Sunday, May 31.

Lancaster Campus Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign reaches $180,000 mark
The Lancaster and Fairfield County communities have come out in a big way to support Ohio University Lancaster’s Wagner Theatre. With a little more than a month left in the Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign, about $180,000 has been raised.

May 21
Fifth annual Cruise In at the Convo raises funds to continue Marching 110 tradition
Vintage automobile enthusiasts rolled into Ohio University’s Convocation Center parking lot, popped their hoods and stood back proudly as their exceptional vehicles were judged by friends, relatives and supporters of the Ohio University Marching Band Society of Alumni and Friends (OUMBSAF). The fifth annual Cruise In at the Convo, held by the Ohio University Alumni Varsity Band (AVB), raised $1,676.20 in support of OUMBSAF initiatives.

May 20
OHIO alumni, faculty honor former civil engineering chair with endowed scholarship
Russ College students will have access to a new $100,000 scholarship thanks to a new fund established by alumni and faculty to honor Russ Professor Gayle Mitchell, former chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and current director of the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE).

May 18
OHIO administrators and their spouses establish scholarships using The OHIO Match
Ohio University’s The Promise Within Faculty and Staff Campaign urges faculty and staff to give back to OHIO in meaningful ways. As a response, two university employees have teamed up with their spouses to establish a way of giving back in perpetuity.

May 14
Bobcat family convenes at historic hotel in Cincinnati
A small piece of Athens made its way west on May 6 for an alumni gathering at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati. The event was the second of three Bobcat Family Reunions held throughout Ohio this spring.

May 13
Voinovich School Founding Dean, alumni honored at OHIO’s State Government Alumni Luncheon
More than 130 Ohio University alumni in public service for Ohio gathered at the Athletic Club in Columbus to honor two OHIO alumni for their outstanding service to the state at the 32nd Annual State Government Alumni Luncheon May 5.

OHIO alumna creates dating app focused on safety
Ohio University alumna Jo Lynn Clemens, who graduated in 1987, took knowledge from her business background and created an app that gives people the opportunity to date smarter and safer.

Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College surpasses Promise Lives Campaign goal
Thanks to the generosity of 2,380 alumni and friends, Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College (HTC) has surpassed its $1.3 million Promise Lives Campaign goal. The Campaign, which continues though June 30, 2015, is securing an unprecedented level of financial support for OHIO.

May 12
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine launches networking group for women
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has launched ohiowomen in medicine, a professional networking and mentoring group for Heritage College alumni, friends, students and employees. The Heritage College is the first to create an affiliate of Ohio University’s ohiowomen initiative, a program designed to help connect women with the university, students and each other

May 8
Screenplay by recent media arts and studies grad wins award
Kent Taylor, a recent graduate from the School of Media Arts and Studies, has just received 1st Place in the Script/Treatments category at the International Christian Film Festival for his screenplay, A Soldier’s Gift.

May 5
PGA Tour’s Ty Votaw tees up Scripps students by establishing scholarship
PGA Tour’s Ty Votaw tees up Scripps students by establishing scholarship.

May 4
Akron Association of Ohio University Women celebrates 75th Anniversary
Alumnae will gather in Canton, Ohio, on May 16 in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Akron Association of Ohio University Women alumnae chapter with an afternoon of food, fun and history.

Get Healthy with the Spring 2015 Ohio Today
The edition explores some of the many diverse efforts in wellness that drive faculty, students, and alumni. Stories, visuals, and online extras explore pillars of overall well-being: physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.

Apr 30
Theater alumnus earns Tony Award nomination
Dale Ricardo Shields has been nominated for the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award, which recognizes a K-12 theatre educator “who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession.”

Apr 29
New Veterans Center opening a highlight of spring semester
One of the highlights of spring semester was the naming of the new Veterans and Military Student Service Center in honor of two esteemed military veterans with deep OHIO connections. Check out the pictures.

Spring 2015 Ohio Today Promotes Health
The spring 2015 edition of Ohio Today celebrates manifold efforts in wellness by faculty, students, and alumni. Stories, photos, and online extras span physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.

Apr 28
Alumni College promises diverse courses during On The Green Weekend
Ohio University’s Alumni College lecture series will take place during On The Green Weekend on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of Baker University Center. One additional course will be held on Saturday, May 30.

Lancaster Campus Imagine Your Possibilities: Fairfield Co. Developmental Disabilities Individual Support Coordinator Janie Heston
Janie Heston still can’t believe that she was recently given an award by Fairfield County Developmental Disabilities for doing what she loves to do most – helping others. The Ohio University Lancaster graduate was honored with the McGhee Family Inspiration Award last month during the annual Fairfield DD “Celebration of Possibilities” banquet.

Apr 23
U.S. assistant secretary of commerce to deliver keynote at Appalachian Ohio State of the Region
Jay Williams, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, will address, “Manufacturing Workforce: Building Capacity,” in his keynote presentation at the Fourth Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference at Ohio University May 12, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., provided by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Apr 22
A tale of two Bobcats & the criminal justice system
Two Ohio University alumni and close friends—Marc Houk and Mike Swiger—talked about their careers in the criminal justice system to students in Dr. Nicole Kaufman’s Criminology and Criminal Justice classes in April.

Physics alum is president elect of the Royal Society
Ohio University alum and Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan has been confirmed as President Elect of the Royal Society. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

Apr 21
Alumnus teams with OHIO and Russ College to create new scholarship for engineering students
Alumnus teams with OHIO and Russ College to create new scholarship for engineering students

Apr 16
Cleveland Bobcats gather for first family reunion event of the year
The Ohio University Alumni Association hosted its first of three Bobcat Family Reunions on the road on April 9, bringing together 230 members of the OHIO community at Windows on the River in Cleveland.

Apr 15
Order Balfour class rings and graduation announcements during Senior Week
Graduation is a time for celebration. OHIO Graduates who want to take a piece of Ohio University with them can purchase customizable class rings and graduation announcements during Senior Week.

Columbus as last stop for Ohio University’s 2015 Bobcat Family Reunions
Columbus as last stop for Ohio University’s 2015 Bobcat Family Reunions

Fifth annual Cruise-In fundraiser to be held at the Convo
The fifth annual Cruise-In at the Convo will be held May 16, and is being hosted by the OHIO Alumni Varsity Band (AVB). Vintage automobile car owners and the general public are invited to attend the free event. There will be door prizes and raffle drawings for those in attendance.

Apr 13
Sociology-Criminology Grads Discuss Criminal Justice Careers
Three recent Sociology-Criminology graduates returned to campus in March to talk to current students about applying for internships and entering the job market.

Sociology alumni find passions in business, non-profits, education
Sociology alumni returned to campus in March to talk to current students with stories about finding their passions and applying their skillsets in the business and non-profit worlds.

Apr 8
Lancaster Men's Chorus donates to Lancaster Campus Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign
More than 40 years ago, the Lancaster Men’s Chorus started performing its annual “Ham & Eggs Show” on the Wagner Theatre stage.  Now, The Chorus is giving back to the venue that has supported them for nearly four decades.  The Lancaster Men’s Chorus recently donated $1,000 from its general fund to the Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign.

Apr 3
Senior Week to feature games, gifts, and career preparation
Every spring, the Ohio University Alumni Association and several other units within the Bobcat community work together to launch Senior Week, a week-long celebration bursting with exciting events for all of OHIO’s soon-to-be Athens and regional campus graduates. Senior Week 2015 is scheduled for April 20-25.

Faculty and staff support OHIO undergraduate research and creative activities
Faculty and staff support OHIO undergraduate research and creative activities

Mar 30
Professor of food and nutrition to bust myths about obesity at Alumni College in May
Dr. Darlene Berryman, a professor of food and nutrition at Ohio University, hopes to inspire alumni’s interest in the obesity epidemic the same way the epidemic inspired her career.

OHIO’s ohiowomen launches to praise and excitement
To kick off the launch of ohiowomen, an extension of the Women in Philanthropy (WIP) program, women from all over Central Ohio gathered with students, alumnae, faculty and friends to celebrate all of Ohio University’s alumnae at the historic Worthington Inn in Worthington, Ohio.

Lancaster Campus Imagine Your Possibilities: South Central Power Communications Specialist Cole Willis
It’s been nearly a year since Cole Willis of Canal Winchester walked across the stage to get his degree at Ohio University Lancaster.  Now Willis is using the skills and knowledge he acquired at OUL to help a local company tell its story to its employees and the community. Willis works at South Central Power as a Communications Specialist.

Mar 26
OHIO alumni establish scholarship to honor daughter’s legacy and love of athletics
Rebecca “Becky” Schultz died of cancer in 2012. To honor her enthusiasm for athletics, Michael and Ellen Sostarich established the Rebecca Sostarich Schultz Memorial Scholarship, which supports female athletes graduating from Athens High School who are enrolling at OHIO.

Mar 25
Scripps alumnus, stalwart supporter inducted into Ohio Communication Hall of Fame
Ohio University alumnus Michel du Cille and Mike Philipps, a longtime supporter, partner and friend of the Scripps College of Communication, were officially inducted into the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame during a March 23 ceremony.

Finals week survival bags back for spring semester, available now
During finals week, a pick-me-up is a welcome gift for stressed students writing papers, finishing projects, and studying for final exams. Thanks to the Ohio University Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Board (SAB), Finals Week Survival Bags provide that much-needed study-time support.

Mar 20
Student design selected for Homecoming 2015 logo
The theme for Homecoming 2015, scheduled for Oct. 5-10, is “Same Bricks, Different Stories.” The logo that was selected to illustrate the theme was submitted by junior music production major, Nathan Bodiker.

First-ever Bobcat Dash 5k will feature obstacles, special guest
An exciting new On The Green Weekend event, the Bobcat Dash, is a springtime 5k run and walk full of color and obstacles, scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 at Pepsi Tailgreat Park.

Social Bobcats Reconnect Alumni With OHIO
Social Bobcats Reconnect Alumni With OHIO

Mar 17
Alum wins Einstein fellowship, studies black holes
Ohio University alum Dr. Jack Steiner (B.S. HTC Astrophysics, B.S. Applied Mathematics, 2006) has been named an Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow.

Next stop for Ohio University’s Bobcat Family Reunion: Cincinnati
Ohio University’s Bobcat Family Reunion is back at it with this year’s second homecoming-themed celebration scheduled for May 6, 2015 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jefferson County native gives back to Appalachian Scholars
Jefferson County native gives back to Appalachian Scholars.

The Promise Within 2015: Annual Faculty & Staff Campaign kicks off third year, in support of OHIO
Ohio University has re-launched The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign, once again, to great success and support from OHIO’s faculty and staff.

OHIO alumnus Clarence Page presides over annual Gridiron Club dinner
More than 650 journalists, media executives, diplomats, Cabinet secretaries, White House officials, and leaders of the Congress and the military came together for a night of satirical musical skits and biting political humor.

Mar 12
OHIO student trustees return to campus
Ohio University’s Board of Trustees will welcome student trustee alumni to campus for a series of events in order to celebrate their service to the Board.

Mar 11
Alumnus discusses his turn as visiting professor on the Athens Campus
Ohio University alumnus and Robert and Rene' Glidden Visiting Professor Harry Greenfield visits WOUB AM-1340, part of the WOUB Center for Public Media, and talks about alternative careers for accountants, financial literacy for college students, and what it’s like to teach to millennials.

On Tour with the Singing Men of Ohio
The Singing Men of Ohio (SMO) spent their spring break captivating and entertaining alumni, friends and fans across the Midwest.