Sunday, Jun 24, 2018

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Appalachia Rising


The Appalachia Rising series features the programs and initiatives through which Ohio University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are realizing their promise as they elevate lives across the region. These people-focused success stories take you behind the scenes and highlight the many meaningful ways OHIO serves society by supporting educational, economic, creative and wellness endeavors, as well as other humanitarian efforts.

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May 14, 2018
Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region conference to focus on rural wealth creation
The Seventh Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference will gather public officials, regional economic development practitioners, and representatives from businesses and organizations to discuss rural wealth creation in southeast Ohio.  Titled, “Changing the Narrative: Using Rural Wealth Creation to Transform the Region,” the conference will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Ohio University’s Baker University Center Ballroom in Athens, Ohio.

Jan 3, 2018
Appalachian Watershed Research Group mines data in unique study to protect water quality in southeast Ohio
Tapping into its water-quality expertise, Ohio University's Appalachian Watershed Research Group (AWRG) is assessing data collected from regional mining operations in a first-of-its-kind study, to better predict how groundwater levels will respond to mining.

Mar 1, 2017
OHIO Zero Waste Initiative supports Culinary Services’ coffee refill program
Save money and the environment by bringing your own mug to campus cafes through Culinary Services’ new coffee refill program, supported by the OHIO Zero Waste Initiative at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Jan 25, 2017
MSES candidate develops innovative research on campus renewable energy choices for Ohio University
Behind Building 22 on The Ridges, nine brand new solar panels are capturing the sun’s energy - all in part of one student's determination: Alex Burke.

Common Experience Project on Sustainability film series continues into Spring 2017
The Common Experience Sustainability Film Series, hosted at the Athena Cinema, is returning for the spring semester to inspire greater environmental awareness. On selected Wednesday evenings this spring, bring a friend to watch free documentaries and discuss their impact in earth’s shifting ecosystems.

Dec 6, 2016
EDA awards Voinovich School $144K in funding to impact regional economic development
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently awarded Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs $144,000 to advance regional economic development, while identifying rising industries in Appalachia to retrain workers in declining industries — such as coal mining — to fill those jobs.

Nov 1, 2016
Battelle for Kids and Voinovich School expand relationship to create school-to-workforce pipeline
Battelle for Kids honored the Voinovich School with the ‘Friends of Battelle for Kids’ award, and the relationship between the two entities is continuing and growing as the Voinovich School and Battelle for Kids undertake a new project.

Oct 14, 2016
“Campus feminist” creates long legacy at OHIO with work in advocacy
When Beverly Jones, BSJ ’69 MBA ’75, began her college career at Ohio University years ago she didn’t realize the impact and legacy she would leave at her alma mater. Jones consistently broke down barriers and blazed her own trail, allowing women behind her to follow for decades.

Oct 4, 2016
Symposium to address solving environmental monitoring problems with new technology
Innovations in environmental monitoring and the incorporation of technology will be the theme for the upcoming symposium hosted by the Partnership for Digitally Connected Environmental Monitoring at Ohio University.

Sep 9, 2016
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..

Jul 21, 2016
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.

Jun 7, 2016
New Grants Fund Continued Research, Outreach for EM's Portsmouth, Paducah Sites
The Office of Environmental Management (EM) recently awarded grants to Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the University of Kentucky to develop publicly available information related to the cleanup of the Portsmouth and Paducah gaseous diffusion plant sites in Ohio and Kentucky.

On- and Off-Campus Student Move Out Recycling and Reuse Efforts a Huge Success
This year’s Ohio University Move Out provided students with more opportunities to recycle and donate unwanted items than ever before.  For four months leading up to graduation weekend, a planning committee convened with the goal of improving the Move Out process.

May 9, 2016
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.

Dec 11, 2015
Voinovich School project promotes smoking cessation intervention in SE Ohio
The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs recently received two additional years of funding from the Ohio Department of Health to work with six counties in Southeast Ohio to promote an evidence-based smoking cessation intervention.

Oct 16, 2015
Ohio University Voinovich School, APEG partner on $2.5M SBA award
On Oct. 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Deputy Administrator Douglas Kramer held a news conference in Athens to announce a new $2.5 award for the creation of the Appalachian Ohio Wood Products Cluster, which will be administered by the APEG in partnership with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Sep 9, 2015
TechGROWTH Ohio Wins Statewide Excellence Award for Outstanding Finance Program
TechGROWTH Ohio was recently awarded the 2015 Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Ohio Financing Roundtable Excellence Award for Program.

Apr 23, 2015
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.

Oct 22, 2014
Local elementary school partners with OHIO students to inspire reading
Photojournalism students in OHIO’s School of Visual Communication partnered with Amesville Elementary School to create a photomural for the school’s library.

Jun 20, 2014
Food boxes powered by OHIO volunteers
Linda Klinebriel of Nelsonville was blessed with three children and a good job at Goodyear Tire & Rubber in Logan until closure of the plant in 1999 sent she and hundreds others scrambling to find work.

May 7, 2014
OHIO creates diverse influence in community
When Athens native Teresa Montle moved from the country and into the city of Athens three years ago, it was so her young daughter Annamarie could attend East Elementary and experience a more diverse student population. The diverse environment is created largely in part by Ohio University, she believes.

Apr 2, 2014
Community open forums to discuss education in Appalachia
Elementary schools, high schools and colleges are joining forces to benefit southeast Ohio's children. The Southeast Ohio Teacher Development Collaborative will be collaborating with the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools in sponsoring three regional community forums.

Feb 20, 2014
Finalists announced for southeastern Ohio’s 2013 Innovation Awards
Forty-six entrepreneurs and innovators are finalists for the 2013 Innovation Awards, which celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. The winners in each of the six categories will be announced on Tuesday, March 18.

Dec 13, 2013
Innovation Center receives $350,000 in Third Frontier funding for southeastern Ohio business support
The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded Ohio University's Innovation Center $350,000 to help grow technology businesses in southeastern Ohio.

Nov 13, 2013
Biology conference unites students from Appalachian universities
More than 35 Ohio University student scientists attended the second annual Appalachian Regional Cell Conference in Charleston, West Virginia in October. The event drew several dozen additional participants from West Virginia University, Marshall University and the University of Kentucky.

Oct 31, 2013
Local teacher discovers OHIO’s resources aren’t just for Bobcats
A fifth-grade science teacher at Nelsonville-York Elementary School brought her students to OHIO’s Athens Campus for a day full of experiments, activities and real-life lessons on weather and meteorology.

Oct 29, 2013
Power restored to campus following heating plant fire
Electricity on Ohio University’s Athens Campus is fully operational following a system fault in the Lausche Heating Plant and small explosion within a chilled water pump in the plant at around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28.

Sep 10, 2013
Six startup companies emerge from Ohio University’s digital media accelerator
Six startup companies founded by students and alumni of Ohio University and West Virginia University emerged from an Ohio University summer entrepreneurship program aimed at keeping business and technology talent in the state of Ohio.

Aug 16, 2013
Canada Fulbright recipient to study link between poverty and poor nutrition
David H. Holben, Ohio University professor of food and nutrition sciences, will spend fall 2013 studying links between poverty and poor nutrition on Canada’s Prince Edward Island as part of a Fulbright Award project.

Aug 5, 2013
'Appalachia Rising' books re-stocked
Copies of “Appalachia Rising: Stories of Hope and Achievement from Ohio’s Appalachian Hills and Valleys” are once again available at Bobcat Essentials.

Jun 20, 2013
Food pantry’s garden grows with the helping hands of Kids on Campus
The Friends and Neighbors Community Choice Food Center in Coolville received a serenity garden this month thanks to a service-learning project spearheaded by students in Kids on Campus.

Apr 29, 2013
Mission Possible: Conference explores the changing landscape of volunteerism in Appalachia
More than 80 attendees of the Mission Possible conference last week at the Athens Community Center learned about effective strategies for recruiting, training and evaluating volunteers for Appalachian community organizations.

Apr 18, 2013
STEM Day brings prospective students to campus
On Thursday, April 18, Ohio University welcomes more than 200 prospective scientists, engineers, mathematicians, medical specialists, and technology experts to campus as high school students and their families attend STEM Day.

Mar 8, 2013
Child-advocacy organization and Ohio University form partnership to serve at-risk children
Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) has taken on another community partner, the Athens County Child Advocacy Center, in its widening effort to improve the health and well-being of families in rural southeast Ohio.

Feb 7, 2013
Award-winning Ohio University series now a published book
Ohio University today announced the publication of a book showcasing the relationship of the University with the surrounding region - "Appalachia Rising: Stories of Hope and Achievement from Ohio’s Appalachian Hills and Valleys."

Dec 13, 2012
New book highlights partnerships between Ohio University and the Appalachian region
University Communications and Marketing have teamed up with Ohio University Press to publish "Appalachia Rising: Stories of Hope and Achievement from Ohio's Appalachian Hills and Valleys," due out in February 2013.

Dec 5, 2012
Patton College's art auction inspires regional youth
Leah Brudno has always been personally interested in art, encouraged by her school district's art education programs. But her involvement with a recent Ohio University-hosted art auction inspired her to delve even deeper.

Nov 27, 2012
OHIO Libraries helps Meigs High School students transition to college
Following a visit to Alden Library, Meigs High School Students are a few steps closer to their transition into college.

Sep 21, 2012
Appalachian Health Summit provides inspiration for healthy living
When Kira Slepchenko attended the Appalachian Health Summit Live Healthy Workshop last spring, she gained much more than tips. The workshop empowered her to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

Sep 6, 2012
Shots to smile about: Free immunization clinics deliver gift of health to community doorsteps
Free immunization clinics at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine deliver gift of health to community doorsteps

Aug 30, 2012
Global insights strengthen non-profits' services to area children
With the help of OHIO and UNICEF, Barb Campagnola encourages an appreciation for Nelsonville's budding cultural identity

Jul 16, 2012
Feeding children's bodies, minds and spirits
Big dreams, empowerment, and the nutrition needed to fulfill a child's limitless potential are just some of the results of Kids on Campus.

May 9, 2012
Engineering students design to make a difference for local businesses
This Saturday, Ohio University's senior mechanical engineering majors will showcase their capstone design projects – the culmination of an entire academic year's worth of research, planning and development. But their final student contribution will far outlast their days at Russ College.

Apr 22, 2012
OHIO physician adds daughter's cause to Race for a Reason charities
Lilly's Sunshine is one of about 20 charities that the Ohio University community will be fundraising for during the O'Bleness Health System Race for a Reason events on April 28.

Nov 5, 2011
Community clinic provides uninsured patients with fresh, local foods
Balancing healthcare and nutrition can be a difficult task for some Southeast Ohio residents. The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (OU-HCOM) Heritage Community Clinic is working to address both needs by providing medical services as well as access to healthy, local foods.

Oct 20, 2011
'Child of Appalachia' Bev Wyatt reflects on 29-year career
Since her arrival at Ohio University in 1982, Bev Wyatt has been promoted 13 times – from a night shift custodian to her current role as associate director of operations for Event Services.

Oct 17, 2011
Making cancer survivors of the uninsured
According to the American Medical Association, 46 million Americans are uninsured, which can lead to a cycle of self-diagnosis, self-neglect and self-denial that can be fatal.

Oct 12, 2011
Student initiative brings future sustenance to Appalachia
A fruit planting and mapping initiative, led by former Ohio University graduate student Lori Gromen, aims to provide fresh fruits to the community free of charge.

May 25, 2011
Students take 'LEED' role in native landscaping plan for University's newest center
Earlier this month, crowds gathered at the front of the Walter International Education Center (WIEC) for its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. But it's the building's backyard that is now garnering attention from the University's most ecologically-minded students.

Apr 20, 2011
'Sisterhood of the Traveling Dresses' reaches out to local high school girls
On Saturday and Sunday, a previously vacant store at The Market on State was transformed into a formal dress shop for the first "Sisterhood of the Traveling Dresses" event, a project led by local women and Ohio University’s Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA). The women worked together to collect prom and graduation dresses for high school girls in need.

OHIO seniors help local business green its practices
As eco-friendly business owner of Athens Own, Constantine Faller needed a more sustainable power source to grind coffee and blend smoothies at the Athens Farmers Market. Thanks to a team of OHIO student engineers, he'll soon have a pedal-powered alternative.

Appalachia Rising: Drawing inspiration from the Appalachian woman
The annual Women of Appalachia art exhibit is on display in the Multicultural Art Gallery in Baker University Center through June 14. "Women Speak," its verbal and performance art sister program, will be presented May 12. In its third year, the project celebrates all artistic expression of Appalachia women, with many pieces of art available for purchase.

Mar 9, 2011
Appalachia Rising: OHIO partnership provides vital care for area children
The Southeastern Ohio Interdisciplinary Assessment Team team takes a family-centered, multidisciplinary approach to assess local children who are at risk for behavioral or development disorders.

Feb 16, 2011
From coal mines to the classroom, OHIO grounds technician receives gift of literacy at 53
Marvin Nichols has devoted 38 years to the workforce – 11 years in the coal mines and 27 years at Ohio University. But at 53 years old, Nichols’ work is far from over. First, he intends to earn his high school diploma.

Feb 2, 2011
Invisible hunting blind hits the mark with TechGROWTH Ohio support
Based on its potential to attract a large market, create jobs and contribute to the regional economy, GhostBlind Industries was a prime candidate for TechGROWTH Ohio support.

Oct 28, 2010
Appalachia Rising: Free services fight diabetes scourge
The Diabetes Clinic began in November 2006 when local demand for diabetes care led OU-COM to specialize their free community health care.

Oct 14, 2010
Appalachia rising: Fueling renewable energy
With support from Ohio University's Innovation Center, alumni Geoff and Michelle Greenfield are eliminating energy bills for clients across the state through the installation of clean energy systems.

Sep 29, 2010
New student organization supports women of the region
Two OHIO Appalachian Scholars recently founded Future Women of Appalachia, a student organization whose mission is to help Appalachian girls discover the potential for a bright future.