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Jan 3, 2011
50 CAT scholarships available for future math and science teachers
Students with a passion for math and science can now receive one of 50 scholarships, available through the Choose Appalachian Teaching program.

Study shows how invasive species stop new life
An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events, according to Ohio University research published in the journal PLoS ONE.

Jan 4, 2011
Interim leadership and search committee named for government relations
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis informs the OHIO community about who will be taking over the responsibilities of the Government Relations position and who is on the search committee to fulfill the position.

First wave of fire Safe-T-Sensors installed in residence halls
The installation of more than 4,500 new Safe-T-Sensors in Ohio University residence halls is underway and their presence will make the rooms safer while saving the university and city thousands of dollars each year.

Jan 5, 2011
Vision in Action: Listening to the signs
Many are surprised to learn that American Sign Language (ASL) is the fourth most common language in the United States. But this little-known fact is common knowledge for students in Ohio University’s Deaf Studies Interpreting (DSI) program on the Lancaster campus.

Emeritus professor dies at 92
Richard V. Walker, Ohio University professor emeritus of zoological and biomedical sciences, died in Marietta on Dec. 9 at the age of 92.

OHIO sees success in the media
The External Relations team in University Communications and Marketing (UCM) has had another successful quarter getting Ohio University's name in the media.

What you missed over winter
Though the weather outside was, at times, frightful, Ohio University kept busy during winter intersession. Through the slush and chill there were still many newsworthy events. Below are a few highlights.

Leroy Hood wins 2011 Russ Prize
Ohio University and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announce that the bioengineering profession's highest honor, the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, has been awarded to Leroy Hood of Seattle, for his discoveries related to the sequencing of the human genome.

Author Stephen Dubner to talk Freakonomics
Stephen Dubner, co-author of international bestsellers "Freakonomics" and "Superfreakonomics" will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Executive Vice President and Provost Benoit welcomes OHIO back
Executive Vice President and Provost Benoit welcomes OHIO faculty, staff and students back to all of the University's campuses from winter intercession.

Human Resources matters: Stopping stress
Chief Human Resource Officer Linda Lonsinger reminds OHIO employees about the University-sponsored stress reducing options that are available.

Branding OHIO: Using e-mail to reinforce our identity
E-mail is quick and easy to use and has become a necessary form of business communication. It is important to remember that despite its alacrity, e-mail should follow the same guidelines as any written communication.

Jan 6, 2011
2010 MAC Championship Banner to be Unveiled vs. Miami
Ohio Athletics will honor the 2009-10 MAC Championship team at this Sunday's home game versus Miami at 2 p.m. on Champions Day. The 2010 MAC Championship banner will be dropped from the rafters at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Ohio Volleyball Places Three on MAC All-Academic Team
Ohio Volleyball had three student-athletes, Sue Jacobi, Michelle Jantsch and Katie Post, named to the 2010 MAC All-Academic team on Monday. The Bobcats, along with Western Michigan, had the most players on the squad.

Ohio University Research Committee funds five faculty research projects
The Ohio University Research Committee (OURC) awarded $39,000 during its fall cycle of funding to five faculty research, scholarship and creative activity projects.

Viscom senior scores winning design for OU Press series
Last fall, Ohio University Press challenged 22 OHIO design students to come up with a cover design for its Continental Thought series. For senior Elissa Roberts, the assignment will soon result in two published book covers.

Students challenged to "Watt it up!" at Ping
Ohio University students are being challenged to “Watt it Up!” this winter, generating electricity through 20 elliptical machines connected to the ReCardio system at the Ping Center.

OU-COM to host AOA President Karen J. Nichols, D.O.
The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine proudly hosts Karen J. Nichols, D.O., the first woman president of the American Osteopathic Association, during a visit to campus Jan. 10 and 11.

Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute, OU-COM awarded grant for research on rare balance disorder
Brian C. Clark, assistant professor of physiology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute at the of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, has received a $20,000 grant from the Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) Balance Disorder Foundation to conduct a research study on MdDS, a rare balance disorder.

Jan 7, 2011
University to celebrate MLK with week of activities
Ohio University will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the second consecutive year with a weeklong celebration, Jan. 17-21.

'Avenue Q' musical returns to Ohio University
Tickets for three-time Tony Award winning musical "Avenue Q" will go on sale Jan. 12 for an April 12 encore performance in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Jan 10, 2011
Branching Out: Swimmer Rachel Heim
Ohio University senior Rachel Heim knows that hard work is essential to success. A biochemistry major, she balances her schoolwork with the demands of being a student athlete.

Janetta King appointed to Board of Trustees
Janetta King was recently appointed to the Ohio University Board of Trustees. The former deputy chief of staff for policy for former Gov. Ted Strickland replaces Yvette McGee Brown, who was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Jan 11, 2011
Great Job! Lori Walter
Meet October Classified Employee of the Month Lori Walter.

Surveys aim to enhance Twitter, Facebook experiences of OHIO users
University Communications and Marketing (UCM) welcomes input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends as it strives to continue enhancing the user experience on OHIO's social media Web pages.

WOUB brings “Down and Dirty Science” to schools through educational project
WOUB’s new educational project tackles the part of science that is normally overlooked by the mainstream media.

Second Year Graduate Student Exhibition shows off student talent
The School of Art’s annual exhibition put on by second year graduate students will begin on Jan. 18 and will run until Feb. 17.

Jan 12, 2011
‘Cat Counsel: Getting involved
Grace Austin, a senior and University Communications and Marketing intern, shares her experiences getting involved on campus and why she took the leap.

Stephanie Alleyne fights diabetes with online play
When it comes to diabetes research, Barbados native Stephanie Alleyne is all work and a lot of play.

University to close Monday for MLK Day
Ohio University will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Street Corner Symphony to open Ben Folds concert
Street Corner Symphony, the season two runner-up in NBC's talent competition "The Sing Off", will be the opening act at the Jan. 26, Ben Folds concert in Athens, Ohio.

Study finds that some school social workers don’t feel prepared to manage cyberbullying
A new Ohio University-led survey of 399 members of the 11-state Midwest School Social Work Council found that while nearly all agreed that cyberbullying can cause psychological harm, just more than half felt empowered to deal with the issue.

Alumnus allows "The Promise Lives" campaign to reach Maryland
Alumnus Perry Sook recently donated commercial time valued at more than $11,500 on his Hagerstown, Md., NBC-affiliate station, WHAG-TV. From Dec. 13 to Dec. 30, four "The Promise Lives" commercials ran 98 times.

Jan 13, 2011
Residence Challenge begins Jan. 18
Seven weeks of energy conservation efforts kick off Jan. 18 as part of Ohio University’s Residence Challenge competition.

OHIO creates gender neutral housing option
This fall, Ohio University will be one of at least 55 other universities in America to offer students the option of applying to live in gender neutral housing (GNH).

Vice President for Research announces staffing changes
Vice President for Research Rathindra Bose announces key staffing changes in the areas of technology transfer and strategic project management.

Ohio University Press books win more awards
The American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) chose"Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland, 1914–1929," by Neal Pease as a recipient of the 2010 John Gilmary Shea Prize for a best book on the history of the Catholic Church.

A nontraditional support system
Lori Dunlap and Jennifer Seifert know what it’s like to return to school as adults with job and family responsibilities. These Lancaster Campus seniors formed Adults Belong in College (ABC) to support returning adult students and to share their experiences and methods of coping with the challenges and rewards of the college experience.

Jan 14, 2011
Budget timeline update announced
On Friday, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding sent an all-campus e-mail informing the campus about revisions to the budget timeline.

Common Experience Project focuses on "The Hunger Games"
Ohio University's Common Experience Project (CEP) will be hosting an online discussion of the No.-1 New York Times’ best seller, "The Hunger Games," by Suzanne Collins. The forum is part of CEP's 2010-12 series titled, "Apocalypse: Dark Future/Bright Future."

Dads coming to campus
Each year, dads are able to experience all that Ohio University has to offer for one winter weekend. Dads Weekend, which has been one of the most popular family events at the University for decades, will take place Jan. 21-23.

Test of emergency notification systems rescheduled for Jan. 21
Test of emergency notification systems rescheduled for Jan. 21

Jan 18, 2011
Man wanted for public indecency
On Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, a female student reported to Ohio University Police (OUPD) that a male exposed his penis to her.

Rob Riggle to crack up Dads Weekend
Rob Riggle will perform stand-up comedy at Ohio University on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. His performance at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium will include improvisational comedy.

Jan 19, 2011
RecycleMania kicks off Jan. 23
OHIO is preparing to compete against more than 600 schools across the nation and abroad to reduce waste and increase recycling.

Diversity Day of Learning to broaden perspectives
The Office of Diversity, Access and Equity will combine efforts with University Human Resources to host the Diversity Day of Learning on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

MLK Day speaker says do not oversimplify MLK legacy
R. L’Heureux Lewis served as the keynote speaker at Ohio University's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Brunch on Monday. He said don't oversimplify King's legacy.

First Senior Class Gift Challenge starts Jan. 24
Ohio University will begin its First Senior Class Gift Challenge on Monday, Jan. 24. All seniors are encouraged to join the competition to beat rival Miami University of Ohio.

Faculty member serves as consultant for Asian Games
Professor Ming Li recently traveled to his hometown of Guangzhou, China, to serve as a consultant for the 2010 Asian Games.

Jan 20, 2011
Administrative Senate Matters: Outstanding Administrator nominations being accepted
Administrative Senate Chair Lisa Kamody discusses what the organization does and calls for nominees for the Outstanding Administrator of the Year.

Faculty Senate Matters: Chair urges participation in forums, discussion
Faculty Senate Chair Joe McLaughlin discusses ways that faculty and staff can make a difference at Ohio University.

Classified Senate Matters: Classified Senate has a full 2011 planned
Classified Senate Chair George Cheripko discusses the services his organization offers and what the year holds for Classified Senate.

Polar Plunge set for Feb. 12
Ice cold water will be in abundance on Saturday, Feb. 12, during the fourth annual Ohio University Polar Plunge charity event at the Stroud's Run State Park beach in Athens.

Then and Now: A look into the changes in men’s basketball
Length of shorts, socks and hair are obvious differences when comparing an OHIO men’s college basketball game of the 1970s and those now. Others take some more detective work to discover.

Branding OHIO: Stationery can make a lasting first impression
When you receive a letter from an organization or peruse a brochure, is your first impression based on content or visual appeal? While the quality of the content is certainly important, it must be presented in a manner that piques – and keeps – the attention of your audience.

Jan 21, 2011
Did you miss your Compass Points?
Due to a technical glitch, many members of Ohio University’s faculty and staff did not receive their copy of the employee e-newsletter Compass Points.

Phantoms, Shadows and Phenomena exhibit to open at Kennedy Museum
The Ohio University Kennedy Museum of Art will bring together the work of eight visual artists from around the world in its new exhibition "Phantoms, Shadows and Phenomena," which will be displayed Jan. 28-June 19.

Alumni Association to host first Spring Reunion Weekend
On April 1-3, the Alumni Association is hosting its first Spring Reunion Weekend. With the eventful spring quarter approaching, former OHIO graduates are encouraged to begin booking their hotel rooms now.

Jan 23, 2011
Meningitis: Causes, symptoms and prevention tips
Since January 2009, there have been eight cases of bacterial meningitis on Ohio University’s Athens campus. Here, Athens City-County Health Commissioner Dr. James Gaskell discusses the disease's causes, symptoms and prevention.

Jan 24, 2011
Grammy winner honors late professor with trip to Ohio University
The recent passing of Howard Beebe, professor emeritus of, sent a wave of sadness through the music world. The professor, who passed away in early January after a long battle with cancer, taught a multitude of talented students throughout his career.

Ben Folds to perform on campus Wednesday
Recording artist Ben Folds will perform at Ohio University at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Branching Out: Front Room employee Christy Illius
Meet Christy Illius, Front Room employee! One day she might be serving your morning cup of java, the next she's on the water sailing!

MLK Celebration of the Arts
A brief look at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of the Arts held in Baker University Center Theater on January 19, 2011.

'Exile in Poverty' exhibit features globetrotting artist
At the age of 12, Abdala Faye had his first art showing in Paris and successfully sold all his paintings. And last week, his lifelong journey as an artist brought him to Ohio University.

Engineering Profs Receive NSF CAREER Grants for Nanotechnology Research
Two professors in Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology have won National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants to advance their work in nanotechnology and to support student research opportunities.

Jan 25, 2011
Alumni working hard to put KegFLY site on map
In its first four months of operation, KegFLY has offered 25 successful discount deals to Ohio University students and has reached an online audience of nearly 6,000.

Draft of Q2S Transition Student and Program Guidelines released
Yesterday, Ohio University officially released the Draft of the Q2S Transition Student and Program Guidelines. The document will be open for comments until Feb. 7.

Jan 26, 2011
Longtime WOUB director, general manager retires; interim named
Carolyn Bailey Lewis, director and general manager of the WOUB Center for Public Media since 1997, has retired, effective Jan. 24. Tom Hodson, former director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, has been appointed interim director of the center.

Jeff Kallet to show artwork at Ohio University Eastern Campus gallery
Jeff Kallet, marketing associate for Ohio University Press and artist, will be exhibiting his work at the Ohio University Eastern Campus’ art gallery Jan. 27 through Feb. 24. The exhibit, "Collected, Cut and Composed," will display his talents in collage. 

Jan 27, 2011
Vision in Action: Transformative teachers
Extraordinary teaching occurs each day across Ohio University’s six campuses. But transformative teaching – teaching that deeply impacts the lives of students and the local community – requires an extra measure of passion and dedication. A small cross-section of these transformative faculty members are highlighted here.

Jan 28, 2011
Making the most of the Winter Quarter Career and Internship Fair
The Winter Quarter Career and Internship Fair will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the Baker Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open to students and alumni and will be the largest Winter Career Fair yet, with 86 confirmed employers in expected to attend.

Athletics to celebrate women leaders
Ohio Athletics is teaming with the Ohio University Women's Center and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies for a celebration of female leaders. The event will take place during the Ohio Women's Basketball game vs. Northern Illinois on Saturday.

STO adds second Ohio game to TV schedule
The Feb. 15 men's basketball game between Ohio and Buffalo has been selected for the MAC basketball TV package on SportsTime Ohio.

Paintball team sets aim at national title
The Ohio University team has had its eyes on a national title since 2006, when they finished sixth in the nation. The team feels that this could be the year.

Diversity Day of Learning provides forum for dialogue
Diversity can be a difficult word to define and even harder to discuss, but Ohio University faculty and staff did that and more during Wednesday's Diversity Day of Learning.