Compass Archives

Mar 1, 2019
Registration open for Digital Humanities events in March
Miriam Posner of the University of California will give a keynote address and workshops about Digital Humanities on the Athens Campus. She also will lead a colloquium for graduate students.

Kari Gunter-Seymour to serve second term as Athens Poet Laureate
Three times a pushcart nominee, Gunter-Seymour’s chapbook "Serving" was chosen runner up in the 2016 Yellow Chair Review annual Chapbook Contest and nominated for a 2018 Ohioana Award. She is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project and an instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Cincinnati Reds’ director of Sports Science Initiatives discusses technology in sports
Visit the annual Consumer Electronics Show and you’ll likely see a man scoping out any number of technological advances. He’s always looking for an edge. It’s his job. While the venue may be a bit of a surprise considering his position, Charles Leddon — the director of Sports Science Initiatives for the Cincinnati Reds — told an audience at Ohio University that he looks everywhere for tools that can increase his players’ performance.

President Nellis shares March 2019 'First Fridays' message with campus community
President Nellis shares March 2019 'First Fridays' message with campus community

Registrar announces report of final grades and final examinations schedule
All grades must be submitted by the scheduled deadline of noon on Wednesday, May 8, without exception. Final examination schedules for Athens and Regional Campuses are final.

Presidential Research Scholars awards program seeks 2019-20 nominations by April 18
Presidential Research Scholars awards program seeks 2019-20 nominations by April 18

Nominations being accepted for Sugar Bush Foundation Board of Directors
Online nominations are being accepted now through April 15 for an upcoming open position on the Sugar Bush Foundation Board of Directors.

Mar 4, 2019
Chuck D of Public Enemy to keynote second annual Ohio University Music Industry Summit
Legendary rap icon Chuck D from Public Enemy will headline the second annual Ohio University Music Industry Summit, which features more than six hours of panels and discussions by music industry leaders, along with live performances, at Baker University Center in Athens, Thursday, March 28.

New bioethics lecture series kicks off March 28 with keynote speaker Bruce Jennings
The Jennifer Horner Lecture in Bioethics Series will debut on March 28 from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ohio University’s Grover Center in rooms E234 and E238 featuring a lecture from Professor Bruce Jennings of Vanderbilt University titled “Bioethics as Civic Learning: Rethinking One Another in a Time of Interdependence.”

Call for applications for Kohei Miura Professorship
Established in 1973, the Kohei Miura Visiting Professorship allows for an Ohio University faculty member to spend a semester in residence at Chubu University in Kasugai City, Japan.

Environmental Studies faculty wins inaugural Janet and George Voinovich Faculty and Staff Leadership Award
Natalie Kruse Daniels, an associate professor of Environmental Studies, received the inaugural Janet and George Voinovich Faculty and Staff Leadership Award for her research in reclamation and water quality.

From Athens to the Supreme Court: Alumnus is making U.S. legal history
As a staff attorney for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Ohio University alumnus William Messenger has argued three cases before the nation’s highest court.

PRSSA students host panel to 'make it DIVERSE.'
Members of the Athens community and diversity experts from the communications field discussed the lack of diversity and inclusion in the communications industry at a panel in Schoonover Center on Feb. 26. The “make it DIVERSE.” campaign aims to open discussion about the challenges communications professionals from diverse backgrounds face every day.

Electrical engineering professor named fellow of international navigation institute
Chris Bartone, Ph.D. ’88, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received the honors for his contributions to research, applications and teaching in the areas of electronic navigation, Global Navigation Satellite Systems and antenna technologies.

Chemical Engineering doctoral candidate wins best presentation at national meeting
A Russ College doctoral candidate’s work on cleaning up waste leftover from hydraulic fracturing won best presentation at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2018 meeting. Chemical engineering Ph.D. student Chad Able performs research alongside Jason Trembly.

Computer science graduate student wins best poster at Ohio computing conference
Kristen Masada won the chance to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Florida this fall after recently placing first in the poster competition at the 2019 Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing conference.

Mar 5, 2019
OHIO helps host nationwide gathering on future of fraternity and sorority life
The event brought vice presidents for student affairs and fraternity and sorority life advisors from more than 70 institutions around the country together to dig into issues surrounding fraternity and sorority life.

Dining court information during spring break
The last meal before spring break will be lunch on Friday, March 8, at The District and Nelson Court. The first meal after spring break will be lunch on Sunday, March 17. Meal plans will be pro-rated the week before spring break.

Bromley Hall slated for infrastructure upgrade
Bromley Hall will get new a heating and cooling upgrade, among other improvement, as part of an infrastructure project set to begin in March.

Football opens 2019 Spring Practice March 4
The OHIO Football Team held the first of 15 spring practices on March 4 inside Walter Fieldhouse, signaling the unofficial beginning of the 2019 season. After starting the day with position meetings, the Bobcats took the field in shorts for individual, positional and team drills.

Ohio University researcher Khairul Alam elected Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Dr. Khairul Alam, an Ohio University professor of mechanical engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, to the inaugural class of NAI Senior Members.

OHIO Ready Staff program welcomes new cohort
OHIO Ready Staff welcomed four new employees in March. Becky Arnold, Kathleen Riggs, Elisabeth Shaner, and Kate Wilkinson are the newest members of the program, run by the Finance and Administration Business Service Center, which provides temporary office and accounting staffing assistance to departments across campus.

Dr. Susan Burgess honored during distinguished professor portrait unveiling and lecture
“We typically honor individuals, but we all know that good work really takes places in communities,” Dr. Burgess said. “It sees the light of day only because creative people working together challenge orthodoxies and make ideas that once seemed heretical more visible, more known — eventually, even more accepted.”

Mar 6, 2019
University Accessibility launches new online process to request American Sign Language interpreters
To streamline requests for American Sign Language interpreters, the Office for University Accessibility has developed a new online process. Employees who request an ASL interpreter as an accommodation for their employment will complete the online process themselves.

Ridges Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for March 7
Ridges Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for March 7

Nominations for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award due March 29
Established in 1972, the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award recognizes an OHIO professor who has demonstrated exemplary performance as an instructor, researcher and faculty member. The award is bestowed annually with the recipient announced at the Graduate Commencement ceremony held each spring.

Dr. Brian McNulty named CORAS Hicks Executive in Residence
The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS) is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Hicks Executive in Residence, Dr. Brian McNulty. McNulty has 35 years of experience as a nationally recognized educator in leadership development. March 19, he will present, “How do schools get better? A research and field-based review of what we have learned in Ohio.”

OHIO executive in residence honored with Ohio History Leadership Award
Tom Johnson has long been a staunch advocate for the preservation of historic venues and information. His efforts have earned him the Ohio History Leadership Award, for which he was honored on Feb. 27 in Columbus, Ohio, at the Ohio Statehouse during the 2019 Statehood Day luncheon.

Mar 7, 2019
Spring break email and login security updates part of larger plan
On March 9, OIT will enable a security feature in Catmail called Safe Links and will release a new version of the OHIO login page that requires users to enter their full email address instead of just their OHIO ID to login.

iCUE Spotlight: March 8-21, 2019
This week's calendar preview includes a St. Patrick's Day celebration in the Ping Center, a Fulbright Awards panel discussion and the annual Women's Achievement Dinner.

Compass and OEN emails to take 2019 Spring Break hiatus
In observance of Ohio University's 2019 Spring Break, which will be observed March 11-15, Ohio Employee News (OEN) and Compass emails will not be distributed.

Tantrum Theater announces 2019-20 season, big changes
Tantrum Theater announces 2019-20 season, big changes

Reception for retiring Russ College of Engineering and Technology dean is March 18
Since 2002, Dean Dennis Irwin has facilitated the largest charitable gift ever made to a public engineering college, crafted a vision for the Academic and Research Center, developed several new programs and helped bring the world’s premiere space education program to Ohio University. 

Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Seminar is March 19
Dr. David Bayless, the OHIO Office of Sustainability’s new Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Coordinator, will discuss his Hub initiatives at the Sustainability Hub Seminar at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Baker University Center’s Front Room.

Sign up for Active Shooter ALiCE Training this spring
One goal of this free training is to help you to be more prepared should an active shooter incident occur. The next training is Friday, March 29, so register today.

OHIO's Budget Planning Council shares FY20 planning update
OHIO's Budget Planning Council shares FY20 planning update

Mar 8, 2019
Heritage College researcher leverages Ecuadorian partnership to assist efforts to protect vulnerable populations in Venezuela
As scientists call for a campaign to avert a public health disaster in Venezuela and nearby countries, a partnership between the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and a university in Ecuador is proving invaluable to their efforts.

CLDC to host Teacher Job Fair on April 1
Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the Baker University Center Ballroom, the Teacher Job Fair provides students interested in pursuing education as a career a chance to connect with potential employment opportunities.

Tickets for March 20 OHIO Women's Achievement Dinner on sale now
The dinner highlights the successes of women in a variety of roles and lifts up those who are doing work that may go unrecognized as "women's work" or more feminized labor. Tickets cost $25. All proceeds will benefit OHIO’s Survivor Advocacy Program.

Mar 11, 2019
Ridges Advisory Committee convenes for first meeting of Spring Semester 2019
University officials provided an update on renovation plans for Ridges Buildings 13, 14 and 18, the demolition of Building 20, scheduled repairs to the Ridges Circle roadway and more from Ridges Master Plan during the Ridges Advisory Committee’s first meeting of the semester, held March 7.

Heritage College researcher leverages Ecuadorian partnership to assist efforts to protect vulnerable populations in Venezuela
As scientists around the world call for a regional campaign to avert a public health disaster in Venezuela and neighboring countries, a partnership between the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and a university in Ecuador is proving invaluable to their efforts.

Board of Trustees to consider expanding Ohio University’s Nursing program during March meetings
The Ohio University Board of Trustees will consider extending the University’s nursing program to the Eastern Campus and hear an update on the Small House Strategy during its meetings on March 21 and 22 at Walter Hall in Athens.

Ohio University study states that information literacy must be improved to stop spread of ‘fake news’
It’s not difficult to verify whether a new piece of information is accurate; however, most people don’t take that step before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a new Ohio University study has found.

Ohio University named one of the best places in the U.S. to see Cherry Blossom trees by National Geographic
Ohio University was recently named one of the best locations in the United States to see Cherry Blossom trees according to National Geographic. The 217 cherry trees that line the bike path along the Hocking River were living gifts from OHIO’s sister institution, Chubu University in Japan.

Mar 12, 2019
Ohio University marks Severe Weather Awareness Week
Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 17-23, 2019. Ohio University will participate in the Ohio Statewide Tornado Drill on March 20, 2019 at 9:50 am, by testing the campus wide emergency notification system, which includes outdoor siren, text message and email alert.

Heritage College selects alumna with vast emergency medicine experience as dean of Athens Campus
Beth A. Longenecker, D.O., an emergency medicine physician and alumna of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, will become the new dean of the college’s Athens campus effective June 1.

Three OHIO colleges show gains in latest U.S. News rankings
Several of Ohio University colleges and programs showed improvement in U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools rankings.

OHIO’s Swimming and Diving women’s team selected for CSCAA’s Scholar All-America award
Ohio University’s Swimming and Diving women’s team, coached by Mason Norman, has been selected as the winner of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America’s (CSCAA) Scholar All-American award.

OHIO furthers its commitment to sustainable practices through investment in University Sustainability
Ohio University has launched a new, innovative sustainability model across the institution. Led by the Office of Sustainability, OHIO has created three faculty-led Sustainability Hubs to advance initiatives in 12 thematic areas to further progress the University’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plans.

Mar 14, 2019
Facilities Management and Safety recognizes March Employees of the Month
Ohio University Facilities Management and Safety (FMS) recently launched an Employee of the Month program to recognize exceptional performance by Facilities employees. Chief Facilities Officer Steve Wood presented the first set of awards on March 1, 2019 to Anthony Pennington, Stephanie Pennington, Dan Sheets, and Debra Sherman.

Jacqueline Wolf to discuss “A High Cesarean Rate and a Low Breastfeeding Rate: How Did We Get Here?” at Science Café
Jacqueline Wolf to discuss “A High Cesarean Rate and a Low Breastfeeding Rate: How Did We Get Here?” at Science Café

Mental health fair to be held March 19
A variety of mental health service providers, campus resources and campus and community organizations will be at the event, such as My Sister’s Place, Health Recovery Services, National Alliance on Mental Illness, OHIO Campus Recreation, Better Bystanders and others.

Jessica Lynch to give keynote at Ohio University Eastern’s “Celebrate Women” event
Ohio University’s Eastern Campus invites the community to attend “Celebrate Women 2019,” featuring an inspiring keynote address by PFC Jessica Lynch, U.S. Army, on Thursday, March 21 in the Shannon Hall Theater on campus.  The theme for the third annual event is “Bravery, Courage and Determination.”

Ohio University Eastern to host "What Were You Wearing?" exhibit March 18 - 29
Ohio University Eastern will be hosting the survivor art installation, "What Were You Wearing?" March 18 - 29 in the Shannon Hall Art Gallery.<br /><br /> <br /><br />The exhibit will be open for public viewing from 10am – noon and 4pm – 6pm Monday through Thursday and from noon – 2pm on Fridays.  The lone exception is Thursday, March 21.  On this particular day, the exhibit will be open from 7pm – 8:30pm.  Private showings are also available by contacting E.J. Schodzinski, director of external relations, by email at for a scheduled appointment.

How to prepare for the transition to the University's new travel provider
The University’s upcoming travel program is aimed at delivering clear processes, improved services to travelers, and providing access to discounts that save the University money by partnering with Christopherson Business Travel (CBT). This program, which will launch on April 1, 2019, will include an updated travel policy and procedures and will be supported by a University travel manager.

Mar 15, 2019
Alumnae team up to create scholarship honoring women in business through The OHIO Match
The Patricia A. Pae ’90 and Monique Means McDonough ’95 Scholarship for Women Business Leaders was established through The OHIO Match, through which Ohio University is providing $0.50 for every dollar committed to eligible undergraduate scholarship endowments.

Graphic Designers break boundaries in BFA Exhibition “Off the Grid”
Ohio University’s School of Art + Design graphic design students will present “Off the Grid,” a thesis exhibition on view March 25 to 30 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, with an opening reception that is free and open to the public on Tuesday, March 26, at 5 p.m.

50 years of the Convo: A keeper of OHIO memories, moments and milestones
Over the past 50 years, the Convocation Center has emerged as a gateway to OHIO’s Athens campus, a stunning focal point for aerial views of the community and a keeper of memories shared among those who have experienced this singular place.

March Board of Trustees meeting to be streamed
The Ohio University Board of Trustees’ March 22 meeting will be streamed live from the Athens Campus.

Online voting for 2019 Homecoming theme runs March 18-25
Cast your vote, from 8 a.m. March 18 through 5 p.m. March 25, for OHIO’s 2019 Homecoming theme.

WellWorks improves facility, announces changes to membership offerings
After nearly $200,000 invested in its Grover Center facilities in the past three years, WellWorks staff are now working to provide improved, unique wellness experiences for Athens County.

Travel guidance due to Federal Aviation Administration Grounding of 737 MAX Aircraft
Travel guidance due to Federal Aviation Administration Grounding of 737 MAX Aircraft

Mar 17, 2019
Ohio University Athletics Names Boals Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Former team captain Jeff Boals has been named the 19th head coach in the history of the Ohio University men's basketball program, as announced by Director of Athletics Jim Schaus today.

Mar 18, 2019
Neil Romanosky named OHIO’s new dean of University Libraries
Neil Romanosky will become the new dean of libraries at Ohio University, effective Sept. 1. He comes from the University of Toronto Libraries, where he served as the associate chief librarian for science research and information and director of Gerstein Science Information Centre since 2015.

Rukwa Rift Basin Project names new Cretaceous mammal from East African Rift System
Ohio University researchers announced a new species of mammal from the Age of Dinosaurs, representing the most complete mammal from the Cretaceous Period of continental Africa, and providing tantalizing insights into the past diversity of mammals on the planet.

Take Back the Night event to be held April 4
“This event encourages community support for all survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and domestic violence,” said Dr. M. Geneva Murray, director of OHIO’s Women’s Center. “With that in mind, we encourage all students, community members, faculty and staff to attend the event and walk with survivors in solidarity. This march is exempt from mandatory reporting to allow for full campus participation.”

Volunteers needed for 2019 Spring Commencement
Spring Commencement volunteer sign-ups will remain open through April 19. Registered volunteers will receive email communications from Event Services staff regarding assignments and volunteer training opportunities.

Libraries Hosts Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Ohio University’s Alden Library is set to host an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon that will take place on March 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Alden Library, room 323. Participants will have the opportunity to create, improve, edit and add content to articles about cisgender and transgender women as well as non-binary folks.

Science Education meets the big screen for the 2019 Science on Screen events at the Athena Cinema
Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts is proud to announce the Athena Cinema has once again received a nationwide grant by the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supporting its 2019 Science on Screen® events.

Comedies, campfires and crafts highlight Moms Weekend activities
The last of this year’s OHIO Family Weekends, and one of the most popular, is here. With events spanning from 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, moms and Bobcats will find no shortage of activities to fill their weekend.