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Sep 26
15th Annual Lonsbury Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic raises funds for ITS students
The 2016 Lonsbury Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic was held on Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Athens Country Club. The event has raised nearly $200,000 to date to use for student scholarships.<br />

George Voinovich honored with tribute at Federal Government Alumni Luncheon
Ohio University alumni came together at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Sept. 22 to reconnect with the University and honor one of their own for outstanding service to the nation, Senator George V. Voinovich.

Sep 23
Dressing up rocks: Gawande Lecture addresses relationships with nonhuman world
Dressing up rocks: Gawande Lecture addresses relationships with nonhuman world

Homecoming 2016 promises to Paint the Town Green
Homecoming 2016 promises to Paint the Town Green

Sep 22
Support our troops and #BleedGreen for Bobcat Heroes Day
Support our troops and #BleedGreen for Bobcat Heroes Day

Sep 21
Black Bobcats represent and are “Straight Outta Athens”
The OHIO Alumni Association checked in more than 1,000 alumni and friends who registered to attend one or more of the 32 events that took place between Thursday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 18. Add students, faculty and staff attending the events, and the total guest count made #OHIOBAR2016 the largest on record.

In the studio with alumni artists
The inspiration and process behind artwork from The Bobcat Store.

Sep 20
Scripps College of Communication hosts Black Alumni Reunion reception, panel
On Friday, Sept. 16 the Scripps College of Communication welcomed Black Alumni Reunion attendees to the college for a reception and hosted a panel entitled “Black in Athens”. Alumni from all colleges were in attendance and were able to socialize in the Schoonover lobby before the panel began.

Sep 16
Alumnus gives $5 million to support departments of Chemistry and Physics
Alumnus gives $5 million to support departments of Chemistry and Physics

Sep 15
Communication alumni: Join us for a Homecoming reception!
The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication once again invites alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to visit the Steven L. Schoonover Center for Communication during Ohio University’s Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Ohio University Southern hosts Donor, Alumni Reception
Good food, good music and a room full of fellow Bobcats drew more than 50 alumni and donors together Sept. 9 for the annual Ohio University Southern Donor and Alumni Reception.

Sep 14
2016 Ohio University Homecoming parade scheduled for Saturday, October 8
Ohio University’s 2016 Homecoming Parade will celebrate this year’s theme, “All Roads Lead Home,” with spirited floats, banners and displays representing both the OHIO and the surrounding community.

Welcome to Black Alumni Reunion Sept. 15-18, 2016 [VIDEO]
Built on partnership and collaboration – beginning with a planning committee comprising 11 alumni and one student and extending to college and campus partners – this weekend OHIO will host more than 500 alumni and friends in Athens during Black Alumni Reunion 2016.

Ohio University mourns the passing of Kathryn D. Sowle
The Ohio University community mourns the passing of Kathryn D. Sowle, former University first lady and wife of Ohio University’s 16th president, Claude R. Sowle. She was 84 years old.

For Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration alumni, NFL isn’t fantasy, it’s reality
For Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration alumni, NFL isn’t fantasy, it’s reality

Sep 9
MSES graduate returns to Athens to give horses a Second Chance
Environmental Studies alumus Lucian Spataro, Jr. has returned to Athens to build his dream of renovating his family lands to become an extension of Last Chance Corral a non-profit haven for unwanted horses..

Sep 8
Two hearts give as one
Starkey and Holtz met in Columbus through the Ohio University Young Alumni of Columbus, a subchapter of the OHIO Alumni Association’s Central Ohio Alumni Network. They wed in Athens this past June. But, true to their philanthropic nature, they replaced a traditional wedding registry with a request that guests support a scholarship endowment they established, the Holtz/Starkey Endowed Scholarship for Arts and Sciences.

Sep 7
Recent alumnus Will Drabold completes internship at Time magazine
This summer, Will Drabold covered national politics at Time’s Washington DC bureau. His articles were published online at time.com and some appeared in the print magazine as well.

Alumnus Drew Wathey takes a swing at a novel after sports broadcasting, PR careers
After spending years as a broadcast journalist and later taking on positions in sports public relations and marketing, Drew Wathey, a 1979 graduate of the School of Communication Studies, has published his first novel, “A Season With Hope”.

Scripps College announces Black Alumni Reunion reception, panel on Sept. 16
The Scripps College of Communication, with support from the Ohio University Association of Black Journalists, invites you to attend a reception and panel discussion in honor of Black Alumni Reunion.

Aug 31
BAR to honor alumni with Trailblazer and Diversity and Inclusion awards
Ohio University’s Black Alumni will return to the Athens’ campus for the 2016 “Straight Outta Ohio”-themed Black Alumni Reunion (BAR) Sept. 15-18 to reconnect, raise funds, and recognize those among them who have laid the foundation for future Bobcats.

Aug 29
Memorial, reception for JOUR alumnus Richard Linke to be held September 4
Friends of Ohio University alumnus Richard O. Linke, BSJ ’41, are invited to return to campus on Sunday, September 4 for a memorial and reception for the legendary graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. The memorial will take place from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Galbreath Chapel, with a reception and refreshments following from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Scripps Hall.

The Class Gateway renovation nears completion; ribbon cutting scheduled for Homecoming Week
Ohio University invites the Athens and Bobcat community for a formal ribbon cutting and grand re-opening of the Class Gateway on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. as part of Homecoming Week 2016. The ceremony will showcase the Class Gateway throughout the years and feature special remarks from university officials. The Homecoming Parade immediately follows the event.

Versatile and in style: Fall into fashion 2016
The phrase “beauty is pain” is now in the past because looking your best is never a pain with The Bobcat Store. Get ready for head turning fashions that make you feel as good as you look.

Aug 26
Celebrating 100 Years of the National Parks Service: Alum combines art and cartography across all 59 national parks
When Karla Sanders came to Ohio University from Cincinnati to study art, she never imagined that she would fall in love with geography. But her undergraduate general education requirement in geography opened the door to a new world,  and she quickly found herself uncovering the treasures of an interdisciplinary career in art and environment.  Ultimately, she earned a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) degree from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, along with master’s degrees in geography and cartography.

Aug 24
President McDavis shares personal reflections after Faculty Staff Convocation
The following message was sent by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis to faculty and staff on August 24, 2016.

Aug 18
Alumna travels world to benefit others
Reagan, a 1978 graduate of the Scripps College of Communication, trekked the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago in Sept. 2012. The journey is a network of mountainous routes across Spain and Europe that leads to the tomb of the apostle St. James in northwestern Spain. As she prepares to repeat the trek in Sept. 2016, she reflects on her first journey, which raised funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions.

Aug 17
Multicultural Greek organizations celebrate milestones, reflect on legacy
Three Ohio University multicultural greek organizations celebrated milestone anniversaries during the 2015-16 academic year. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Psi Lambda and Kappa Alpha Psi commemorated landmark years with alumni-filled events. Current and former Greek members reflected on their chapters’ milestones and the legacies they leave behind.

Aug 12
Bobcat lands an Olympic scheduling feat
If you’re one of the 5 billion people around the world estimated to be watching the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, chances are you’ve watched a broadcast transmission scheduled thanks, in part, to Ohio University alumnus Jamie Stutz.

Jul 22
Top 10 reasons to get an MBA from Ohio University
Top 10 reasons to get an MBA from Ohio University

Photo Slideshow: Junior Executive Business Program a hit once again
8 days. 32 students. 7 teams. A world of difference.

Jul 21
Ohio University SBDC named Excellence & Innovation Center of the Year
Following an enormously successful fiscal year, the Ohio University Small Business Development Center (Ohio University SBDC) was honored with the Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award from the Ohio Small Business Development Centers.

Ohio Sports Administration Night breaks Southern Ohio Copperheads attendance record
2,017 fans attended the Copperheads’ Ohio Sports Administration Night to celebrate 50 years of sports administration program excellence.

Jul 19
Ebony Bobcats to pay it forward to Urban Scholars during Black Alumni Reunion 2016
In 2010, the Ebony Bobcat Network (EBN), in support of Urban Scholars, established the Ebony Bobcat Network Urban Scholars Endowment. According to the Office of Annual Giving, EBN has raised approximately $130,000 for the scholarship, and more than 380 individual donors have made over 780 gifts to the endowment.

Jul 15
The Bobcat Store offers OHIO care packages for incoming students
The Bobcat Store offers OHIO care packages for incoming students

Jul 12
Giving back to OHIO ‘a given’ for mid-90s grads
Kemelgor and his wife Leslie, AB ’96, established the Kemelgor College of Business Endowed Scholarship, which supports fulltime undergraduate students in or accepted to the College of Business who demonstrate academic merit and financial need. Scholarship endowments lessen the financial burden of college costs and allow students to focus more on their studies.

Jul 8
OHIO Alumni Association wins international award for collaborative Instagram campaign
The OHIO Alumni Association and its partners have won the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Silver Award for the 2015 Homecoming Instagram campaign #OHIO6Words.

OHIO alumnus George Kontogiannis creates new scholarship to support students in recovery
Ohio University alumnus George Kontogiannis has established a new scholarship to support students in recovery from alcohol, other drugs and addictive behaviors.

Jul 6
Alumni reminisce, honor educators at Center for International Studies reunion
The Ohio University Center for International Studies celebrated its past, present and future with alumni during a reception held May 12 in Washington, D.C.

Jul 1
Bobcat chosen as CASE ASAP district representative
Tracy Kondrit, an Ohio University sophomore studying middle childhood education, has been selected as the District V representative for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Affiliated Student Advancement Organizations (CASE ASAP).

Jun 30
Summer Ohio Today Applauds Bobcat Innovations
Summer Ohio Today Applauds Bobcat Innovations

Jun 29
OHIO Alumni Association selects three new Board members
The Ohio University Alumni Association is pleased to announce the selection of three new members to its Board of Directors. Damian J. Clark of Chicago, Illinois, Shara A. Glickman of Arlington, Virginia, and Gregory T. Moore of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, begin their terms July 1, 2016.

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.