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Jul 1, 2015
A message from President McDavis regarding the passage of Ohio's state budget
The following message was sent by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis to OHIO students, faculty and staff on July 1, 2015.

CREATE Space receives 1804 Fund grant money for upgrade
The CREATE_space, an interdisciplinary research facility at Ohio University, soon will be getting an upgrade, thanks to a recently approved grant for undergraduate research.

New offices formed through Institutional Equity reorganization
Two new offices have been established in place of the former Office for Institutional Equity as part of a proactive approach to best serve the needs of the Ohio University community with increased focus and support. OHIO Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit explained this is the result of a reorganization effort that responds to current and future needs with regards to accessibility, equity, and civil rights compliance.

Project restores famed Seigfred mural
A restoration project has been underway this summer to preserve a storied mural on the Ohio University campus. Printmaking students Barry O’Keefe and Amanda Morris took on the task of restoring the mural outside of Seigfred Hall.

The Promise Lives Campaign exceeds goal by $50 million
The following message was sent by President McDavis at the conclusion of Ohio University's The Promise Lives Campaign.

Jul 2, 2015
A message regarding fiscal year 2015-16 raise pools
The following message was sent to Ohio University faculty and staff on July 2, 2015.

Athletics announces partnership with Spectra
Athletics has announced an upgrade to its online ticketing and donation systems that begins July 1.

CREATE_space connects space studies participants, OHIO Fine Arts for exploration of space humanities
Doing their part to make a place for the Arts in STEM, a group of International Space University’s (ISU) 28th Space Studies Program (SSP15) participants gathered at Ohio University’s CREATE_space on Monday for the program’s space humanities departmental activities.

Eduroam WiFi access now available on all OHIO campuses
Easy access to OHIO WiFi now available for visitors from other eduroam.org member schools.

Emotional space studies panel humanizes Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
On Tuesday, two ISU faculty members shared their experiences as NASA employees who served on the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia accident response team.

Governor appoints Athens native Peggy Viehweger to board of trustees
Peggy J. Viehweger was recently appointed to a nine-year term to the Ohio University Board of Trustees by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Grant awarded for new theater projectors
The Theater Division at Ohio University will receive new theatrical projectors—plus a state-of-the-art software package—as part of a successful 1804 Fund grant proposal.

International space policy leaders discuss humanity’s future exploration of space
Space policy leaders tackled tough questions on Monday at a distinguished panel titled “The Future of Human Spaceflight.”

Ohio University Zanesville Dean Jenifer Cushman is featured speaker at the British Columbia Council for International Education Summer Seminar
Campus Dean and Associate Professor of German at Ohio University Zanesville Dr. Jenifer Cushman delivered the luncheon plenary address and served on the Global Experts panel at the BCCIE 2015 Summer Seminar in Whistler, Canada.

Two students participate in elite summer leadership program
Two students were selected for an elite national summer leadership program designed to address the underrepresentation of women in American politics.

Jul 5, 2015
Institute of Chinese Academic Leaders held at Athens Campus
From July 26 through August 7, 2015, Ohio University Libraries is hosting the first Institute for Chinese Academic Leaders: Valuing the Best of Tradition While Strategically Managing Change.

Jul 6, 2015
Lancaster Campus American Sign Language Club offers Kids in College scholarship
Lancaster Campus American Sign Language Club offers Kids in College scholarship

Jul 7, 2015
Chillicothe Campus to offer program at Adena Health System
Partnership combines resources of two organizations and benefits the region, plus OU-C to offer equestrian program

Exciting enhancements made to OHIO’s promotional items purchasing landscape
Exciting enhancements made to OHIO’s promotional items purchasing landscape

Tickets on sale now for John Fullbright at Lancaster Campus September 12
Tickets on sale now for John Fullbright at Lancaster Campus September 12

Jul 8, 2015
Marcy Keifer Kennedy named to National Commission on Clinical Practice in Teacher Preparation
Marcy Keifer Kennedy, director of The Center for PDS Partnerships, has been named to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education new Clinical Practice Commission.

OUAA appoints three new Board of Directors members
The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) is proud to announce the selection of three new board members. Central Ohioan Bryon H. Carley, New Philadelphia native Kyle W. Triplett and Julia B. Righter from Columbus began their terms on July 1, 2015. The OUAA Board of Directors is comprised of 28 OHIO graduates who uphold the association’s mission to connect, inform, serve and engage alumni with their alma mater.

Jul 9, 2015
Catmail will stop accepting executable attachments on Jul 16
Use Box, FileLocker or OneDrive instead of email to share an executable file.

Center Lucas Powell named To Rimington Trophy Watch List
Ohio senior center Lucas Powell was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List announced the Rimingtom Trophy committee Wednesday. 

Clarifying changes to retirement plan contributions to OPERS and ARP plans
The biennial budget bill recently passed by the State Legislature included language that freezes the mitigating rate at its current level of 0.77% for two years or until a long term solution regarding the mitigating rate is enacted.

Clarifying upcoming changes to employee contributions to STRS and the STRS mitigating rate
We recently communicated upcoming changes to retirement contributions announced by the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS), including changes to employee contributions and to the mitigating rate applied to the Alternative Retirement Plan. The following serves to further clarify upcoming changes to retirement contributions for STRS and ARP plans.

President Roderick J. McDavis honored by Asian Indian Alliance
During an event held in his honor, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis was recognized by the Asian Indian Alliance for representing the highest standard of excellence and integrity in all areas of leadership in higher education institutions.

Southern Campus students gain valuable experience in productions
Ohio University Southern electronic media students produced two recent events, Russell Railroad Days and Summer Motion held in Ashland, Kentucky.

Three golfers named WGCA All-American Scholars
Jessica McRae, Julie Lechner, and Lauren McKinzie of the Ohio Women's Golf team have received recognition as All-American Scholars by the Women's Golf Coaches Association.

University awarded $60,000 grant to help former foster care students
Ohio University hosted a reception on Wednesday to announce that it has received a $60,000 grant over three years from the Ohio Attorney General's Office to support its new Ohio Reach Scholars Program.

Jul 10, 2015
Southern Campus’ Charles Jarrett hits a home run with Storyboard narrative
Charles Jarrett’s story, titled “Clark Gable Smile,” was written for Storyboard, a national project that inspires individuals to tap into memory and write about the defining moments of their lives using innovative, unorthodox and playful methods in standard workshop format.

Zanesville students realize benefits of research firsthand
Abu-Baker encourages students to engage in research that impacts their communities.

Jul 13, 2015
Alumnus recalls launching engineering career with historic Gemini project
<br />Decades before Ohio University hosted International Space University’s 28th Space Studies Program (SSP15), the Russ College of Engineering and Technology welcomed one student who had already learned how to create for good by helping design one of the first American spacecraft.

Alumnus recognized by Kappa Delta Pi: Lifetime membership in Eleanor Roosevelt Honor Chapter
Ohio University alumnus Art Stellar has been selected to lifetime membership in the honorary chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.

Cleared for liftoff: Space studies participants to launch rockets at OHIO Airport
For one of its final public event of the summer, International Space University’s 28th Space Studies Program invites the public to the OHIO Airport near Albany to witness participants launch their mid-powered rocket designs on Saturday, July 18.

From prisoner to physicist: Alumnus stays positive in life after lockup
Sean Bearden started taking print-based classes through Ohio University's Correctional Education while he was incarcerated. Education transformed his life, and it put him on the path to redemption.

Incoming medical students are welcomed with a gift to be held close to the heart
In what has become a tradition of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Society of Alumni and Friends sponsored a Student Welcome Dinner July 6, at which members of the incoming class of 2019 each received a stethoscope as a gift.

Meet Paula Carpenter, June 2015 Classified Employee of the Month
Paula Carpenter, administrative coordinator in the Scripps College of Communication, is the June 2015 Classified Employee of the Month. Find out more about her here.

Optics and photonics society honors Ohio University electrical engineering professor with senior status
<br />The visiting Stocker Professor for Ohio University’s Russ College School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has been recognized as a senior member of The Optical Society.

Russ College dean named president of Ohio Society of Professional Engineers
Dennis Irwin, dean of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, has been named president of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.

School of Media Arts & Studies hosts 62 students for High School Media Workshop
School of Media Arts & Studies hosts 62 students for High School Media Workshop

Space studies program staffer travels unconventional path to space industry
Participants, faculty and staff of International Space University’s 28th Space Studies Program took a break from family, friends and careers to travel to Ohio University this summer for nine weeks of intense space education.

University and medical school launch new campus in Cleveland
In a day that Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine leaders are calling a major milestone for the 40-year-old college, 51 new medical students arrived for their first classes on Wednesday, July 8, at the new Ohio University campus in the Cleveland area.

Update from Human Resources regarding change for missed premiums
Human Resources recently updated the benefits module of the Oracle HRIS system. Included in the update is a change to how missed premiums for benefits will be handled.

Jul 14, 2015
2015 Lancaster Campus Kids in College ties record enrollment at 327 [VIDEO]
There’s something about the number 327. For the second year in a row, 327 students attended Kids in College. That means the 2014 and 2015 seasons are tied for the highest enrollment ever during the 36 years of the three week program.

OHIO hosts SUSI on Journalism, Media for sixth straight year
The Institute for International Journalism in Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is hosting the Study of the U.S. Institute on Journalism and Media program, bringing together 18 journalism and media scholars from 17 different countries to foster a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society.

University, city to celebrate Bicycle Friendly Community honor, completion of bikeway renovations July 21
Community members are invited to celebrate the reopening of Ohio University’s portion of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway and the City of Athens’ designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community with a celebration from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 21.

Voinovich School founding partner in I-Corps@Ohio program to accelerate commercialization of university research
In an effort to accelerate commercialization of research at Ohio’s universities, the Ohio Department of Higher Education is launching the I-Corps@Ohio program, modeled after a similar program launched by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2012.  Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is serving as a founding member of the governing board.

Jul 15, 2015
A message from Human Resources regarding FY16 raise pool guidelines
The following email was sent to all benefits eligible faculty and staff on 7/14/15.

Innovation Strategy receives 49 pre-proposals
Funding program attracts broad interest from OHIO faculty and staff.

Lancaster Campus OSEA president attends national conference
The president of the Lancaster Campus Ohio Student Education Association (OSEA) recently returned from the National Education Association’s Student Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. Rachel Longnecker is the Southeast Representative on the Ohio Student Education Association Board and attended the conference to make professional connections and learn ways to help grow the OSEA chapter at Ohio University Lancaster.

School of Nursing to host Athens Race for the Cure
Susan G. Komen Columbus is partnering with Ohio University’s School of Nursing to host a Race for the Cure in Athens on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Jul 16, 2015
David Colagiovanni named director of Athens Film Festival
David Colagiovanni has been named director of the Athens Center for Film and Video, a role that includes running the annual festival, a weeklong event that started in 1974.

MIS professor presents findings to Canadian Information Processing Society
Recently, Nadège Levallet, a management information systems professor in the College of Business, was invited to present her thesis findings to the Canadian Information Processing Society. Her research centered on the role that information technology and systems play in helping leadership seize unexpected business opportunities.

Ohio University Press had five books place on Library Journal’s African studies bestseller list
Ohio University Press had five books place on Library Journal’s recent African studies bestseller list, more than any other press, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Yale university presses.

Patrick Roden named student trustee
Ohio Gov. John Kasich appointed rising junior Patrick J. Roden as a student trustee to the Ohio University Board of Trustees on June 11. His term runs June 11, 2015 to May 13, 2017.

Southern Campus’ art students showcase experiences, achievements
Tom Suter, senior lecturer of art and campus program liaison at Ohio University Southern, along with two of his students, Kelsey Dillow and Valerie Windhorst, had the opportunity to spotlight the associate in arts degree program during the Ohio University Board of Trustees meeting held on the University’s Southern Campus.

“Hidden mother” portraits reveal a historic moment in American photography
Laura Larson curates exhibit of late 19th century images of children.

Jul 20, 2015
#AskAnAstronaut: A backstage Q&A with the first South Korean in space
Soyeon Yi talks about her time in space and her life on the ground.

3D artist, space studies participant hopes to launch spaceflight career through OHIO-hosted program
Tihomir Dimitrov of Bulgaria, a 3D artist and sculptor for a video game producer, is attending ISU to further his dream of becoming an astronaut.

Candidates for director of Women's Center visiting campus
Meetings and lunches with the four candidates are being held this week in Athens.

Cleveland’s NASA Glenn welcomes international space studies program participants
Representing 30 countries, the group got a rare peek into the diverse, world-class research being conducted there.

Lancaster Campus athletics wins Ohio Regional Campus Conference All Sports Award
The Ohio University Lancaster Athletic Department was awarded the 2014-2015 Ohio Regional Campus Conference All Sports Award. The All Sports award is given to to the school that accumulates the most points competing in the eight conference sports. Points are awarded according to how each school finishes in the standings of their respected sport.

Space studies program puts on spectacular rocketry display at OHIO Airport
Ohio University’s Airport transformed into a miniature Kennedy Space Center on Saturday as hundreds of community members gathered on its tarmac to witness the rocket launch of International Space University’s 28th Space Studies Program.

Two new staff members hired in Diversity and Inclusion
Alicia Chavira-Prado has joined the staff at Ohio University as the special assistant to the vice provost for diversity and inclusion while Marlene De La Cruz-Guzman has been named the new director of the Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR).

Jul 21, 2015
Data visualization expert John Grimwade to join OHIO VisCom faculty
John Grimwade, a renowned expert in infographics, began his tenure as an assistant professor in the Ohio University School of Visual Communication on July 15, 2015.

Faculty/Staff volunteers needed to help first-gen Bobcats
Are you an Ohio University faculty or staff member who was a first-generation college student (meaning you were the first person in your family to attend college)? Are you interested in volunteering to help support the success of first-generation students at OHIO?

Playwriting alumnus wins playwriting competition
Nathan Ramos, a 2009 graduate of Ohio University, earned first place in the "2042: See Change" playwriting competition organized by East West Players, an Asian American theater organization.

Thompson Square to play on Lancaster Campus Saturday
Thompson Square and Blues Traveler have more in common than being the headliners of this year’s Lancaster Festival. The duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson co-wrote and sang two songs on Blues Traveler’s latest album.

Tree tales: Ohio University’s campus canopy plays important role in sustainability efforts with its roots in history
Just as Ohio University’s history can be traced back to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the trees that pervade the campus landscape have a history and purpose all their own.

Jul 22, 2015
Chillicothe Campus students embrace community service
From hosting football camp to a yard sale and discussing Shakespeare, OU-C is involved with its region

Culinary Services unveils new mobile app
It’s now easier than ever to find the nearest on-campus café, eatery or market from your iOS or Android device.

Keffer named enrollment, student services director at Southern Campus
Kim Keffer is the new enrollment and student services director at Ohio University Southern.

Lancaster Campus adjunct professor's play chosen for New York film festival
A play by an Ohio University Lancaster adjunct professor has been chosen for the New York New Works Festival in New York City. "The Flower Stand" by Robert Cooperman will be rehearsed in Columbus and taken to Manhattan in mid-August.

Jul 23, 2015
Coveted photo by alumnus now available on the Bobcat Store
Coveted photo by alumnus now available on the Bobcat Store

Ebony Bobcat Network to hold 5th Annual Breakfast Meeting and Dance in Euclid, Ohio
Ohio University’s Ebony Bobcat Network (EBN) will host their Annual Breakfast Meeting and Dance on August 14-15 at The Manor of Euclid in Euclid, Ohio. This year’s weekend will mark the fifth anniversary of the anticipated event, and will include activities for students, alumni and friends.

Fundraiser planned for Russ College administrative specialist
A fundraiser for Tammy Jordan, an administrative specialist in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology who is battling cancer, will be held Aug. 2.

President’s Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility Planning discusses upcoming projects with Athens City Commission on Disabilities
The President’s Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility Planning (PACDAP) met with the Athens City Commission on Disabilities July 15 to initiate their collaboration under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed by Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl and Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis in 2014.

Southern Campus’ Academy of Excellence celebrates 35th year
From July 20-24, children in grades 1-6 are participating in an array of hands-on classes at Ohio University Southern.

Victim advocacy training to be held on Lancaster Campus July 31
The Ohio University Lancaster Campus and community organizations are coming together to make sure the needs of crime victims in our region are met.  The Gender Equality Solidarity Society, an Ohio University Lancaster student group, The Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter, and the Justice League of Ohio are organizing a Victim Advocacy Training for Friday, July 31, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. – noon at Ohio University Lancaster in Brasee Hall, Room 414.

Jul 24, 2015
Ayesha Hardison examines the black female writers of the mid-20th century
The Ohio University scholar is the author of the recent book "Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature."

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism welcomed 141 students for High School Journalism Workshop
Students interested in a career in journalism received an intensive four-day lesson in the profession during the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s 2015 High School Journalism Workshop.

Journalism instructor Nerissa Young honored with SPJ Adviser Award
The Society of Professional Journalists has named Nerissa Young as the David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award recipient. Young teaches in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where she advises the student SPJ chapter.

Jul 27, 2015
Eastern Campus announces several changes in student services
Changes include the promotions of Diann Nickerson, manager of enrollment services, and Jennifer Kellner-Muscar, manager of advising and retention, and the announcement of three new team members, Lisa Jeffries, recruitment coordinator; Lori Poch, records management associate; and Nicole Dawson, veteran’s affairs work study.

Former federal health leader prescribes ‘intentional kindness’ for record-setting medical school class
This past weekend, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed its class of 2019 – the first in its history to represent its three campuses in Athens, Dublin and Cleveland.

Lancaster Campus professor returns for leading first Chautauqua Writers' Festival songwriting workshop
Ohio University Lancaster Professor of English Scott Minar’s first experience teaching songwriting at the Chautauqua Writers' Festival is one he says he’ll never forget.  The festival was held in Lake Chautauqua, New York, June 18 through June 21.

Maurice Ndour signs with Dallas Mavericks
Former Ohio men's basketball forward Maurice Ndour has signed with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, the organization announced on July 21.

Ten Bobcats named MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes
The Mid-American Conference announced today the Distinguished Scholar Athletes from 16 winter and spring sports during this 2014-15 academic season as 359 student-athletes were voted by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions representing the ‘best of the best’ from each sports Academic All-MAC Teams.

Jul 28, 2015
Lancaster Campus Imagine Your Possibilities: NCAA Championship Public Address Announcer Molly Haynes
Lancaster Campus Imagine Your Possibilities: NCAA Championship Public Address Announcer Molly Haynes

Jul 29, 2015
Libraries digitize The Post
The Ohio University Libraries is pleased to announce the completion of a new digitization project that brings issues of The Post dated from June 17, 1999 through June 3, 2011 online.

Ohio University announces new director of Utilities
Steve Wood, executive director for Facilities Management, announced that Joel Baetens has been appointed as the director of Utilities in the department of Facilities Management.

Rathindra Bose memorial service is Aug. 11 in Houston
The University of Houston will host a memorial service on Tuesday, Aug. 11, for former Ohio University Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and Dean of the Graduate College Rathindra N. Bose, who died on July 10 after a short illness.

Southern Campus preparing for tobacco-free initiative
Effective Aug. 1, 2015, Ohio University Southern will implement its tobacco-free initiative, which will be enforceable on all property owned, leased or shared by the campus.

University adopts new student preferred names policy
In an attempt to meet the changing needs of its students, faculty and staff, Ohio University recently adopted a new policy that will allow students to choose a preferred name and/or gender pronoun for self-identification.