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Mar 1, 2013
AFSCME reaches new contract agreement with University
On Friday, University Human Resources announced that the University has reached a new collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Local 1699.

University leadership explains guaranteed tuition approach
Ohio University leadership explained the guaranteed tuition approach in an email on Friday.

Mar 4, 2013
Office of Sustainability moves to Bingham House
The Office of Sustainability has relocated to the Silas Bingham House on the corner of Richland Avenue and Shafer Street.

International Women's Day Festival is March 17
International Women's Day Festival is Sunday, March 17. This year's theme is "A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women."

Mar 6, 2013
Black Girls Rock event honors outstanding women of color
The Black Student Union hosted an award show to recognize outstanding women of color

Mar 7, 2013
What sets friendship apart from our other relationships—and why it matters
Bill Rawlins, Stocker Professor of Communication Studies, has become a leading expert on a topic so familiar to us that few have pursued it academically: how we build and maintain friendships. He's the author of the books Friendship Matters and The Compass of Friendship.

Mar 8, 2013
Innovation Engine Accelerator seeks applicants for 2013 digital media program
Up to $20,000 in funding is available for selected companies

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.

Top 5 tricks to protect your Facebook profile
Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites pose unique risks. Here are five simple tricks that will help secure your social network profiles.

University Hosts Conference Featuring Activists from the Front Lines of African Women and Children’s
Africa today accounts for more than half of the maternal and child deaths in the world, and Nigeria, with two percent of the world’s population, currently has 10 percent of the world’s maternal deaths.

Professor to discuss the free markets and Neoliberalism on Thursday
Angus Burgin, assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, will present, "Planning Against Planning: The Mont Pelerin Society and the Origins of Neoliberalism," Thursday, March 14.

Mar 11, 2013
Students network “family style” with Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors
During the winter meeting of the Ohio University Alumni Association, Board of Directors mingled with more than 33 students during an Italian-style “Dinner en Famiglia.”

The Scripps College of Communication
For many people, the Scripps College of Communication is Ohio University. Its divisions—the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the J.W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems, and the schools of Communication Studies, Media Arts and Studies, and Visual Communication—are renowned as some of the finest centers of communications learning and scholarship in the world.

WOUB Public Media the favorite payroll deduction designation of OHIO contributors
WOUB Public Media, the PBS and NPR affiliates licensed to Ohio University, has two important purposes: serving the community and training journalism students. That doesn’t come cheap; programming costs reach around $1.25 million a year. Asking for the community’s financial support through membership campaigns helps to offset those costs. WOUB is the largest recipient of employee payroll deductions.

“Party Legal” campaign revs up for spring fests
Ohio University and the City of Athens are once again teaming up to remind students to “Party Legal” during the spring block party season.

Meet Distinguished Professor John Kopchick
John Kopchick is a world-renowned molecular biologist known for his discovery of a compound that became the basis of a drug called Somavert. It treats acromegaly, a disorder causing the excessive growth of organs and bones that can lead to a premature death. On March 18, Ohio University will honor Kopchick during the Distinguished Professor Reception and Lecture.

Ohio University Southern Campus celebrates nursing program’s 10th anniversary
More than 150 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered for the Ohio University Southern Campus “Dean’s Gala” on February 23, 2013, to celebrate 10 years of nursing education on the campus.

Bone marrow recipient encourages fellow students to become a donor
When OUL student Sarah Secoy was six years old she was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Thanks to a bone marrow donor, she's pursuing her degree and encouraging her fellow students to save a life.

Performance management webinars available online
Leadership and Staff Development office and University Human Resources Compensation are offering seven performance management webinars.

Mar 12, 2013
Business conference focuses on students' financial literacy
Two College of Business student organizations, CONNECT and OU’s Student Equity Management Group (OUSEMG), recently hosted the first 401(K)nowledge financial literacy conference. The event, held in the Walter Rotunda, was open to all OHIO students.

John Kopchick to deliver Distinguished Professor Lecture on March 18
John Kopchick will deliver the Distinguished Professor Lecture titled "Growth Hormone, Mini Mice, Football, Dirty Shorts and A New Drug" on Monday, March 18.

Quilts on display at Lancaster campus for Women's History Month
Quilts line the walls in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts on the Lancaster Campus. The display is in honor of Women's History Month.

Graduate ceramics program ranks fifth by U.S. News & World Report
Ohio University's Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics ranks fifth in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. Other programs and colleges also ranked.

Meet Christi Lee, December Classified Employee of the Month
Meet December Classified Employee of the Month Christi Lee.

Three basketball Bobcats named All-MAC
Senior guard D.J Cooper was named to the All-MAC First Team, while fellow seniors Reggie Keely and Walter Offutt earned All-MAC Third Team accolades.

Mar 13, 2013
African Hero's Day celebration is March 16
The African Student Union's annual African Hero's Day celebration is at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16. This year's hero is Professor Francis B. Nyamnjoh, chair of the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town.

Candy Crowley, Leon Harris to headline Communication Week
Communication Week 2013 will kick off on Monday, March 18. CNN’s Candy Crowley and alumnus Leon Harris are the headliners.

Forum to focus on Khmer identity
The Fifth Annual Khmer Studies Forum will be held March 15–17 in Scripps 111.

Form I-9 revised
On March 8, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Ohio University has 60 days to be in full compliance with the new form. Please begin using the new form immediately.

University to host leading international space education program in 2015
The International Space University, the world's premier international space education institution, has chosen Ohio University as the host site for its 28th annual Space Studies Program session during summer 2015.

Center for International Collections to host "Devoid of Presence" exhibit
The Center for International Collections will host an exhibit by artist Seoun Som beginning March 15, with an opening event for the exhibit the same day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Women's History Month celebration continues
Ohio University's 2013 celebration of Women's History Month in March will feature many events from the Women's Center as well as the Women's Affairs Commission of the Ohio University Student Senate.

Dwelling on stressful events can increase inflammation in the body, study finds
Dwelling on negative events can increase levels of inflammation in the body, according to a new study led by Peggy Zoccola. Researchers discovered that when study participants were asked to ruminate on a stressful incident, their levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of tissue inflammation, rose.

Branding OHIO through shared experiences
When you think about the brands you encounter everyday, there is an emotional tug or connection that draws you to that brand and guides your decisions about trusting and supporting it.

Innovation Awards honor eight regional inventors, entrepreneurs
TechGROWTH Ohio, a public/private partnership administered by Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, presented its first annual regional awards in six categories. Ohio University also announced the first two recipients of the Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, which will be presented annually to outstanding faculty members, alumni or students.

Baker Peace Conference to explore world peace
The 2013 Baker Peace Conference will investigate the possibility of pacifism through the lens of the successes and failures of World War II's settlements. The conference is set for March 21-22.

Slots available for annual Summer Institute for Diversity Education
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host its fourth annual Summer Institute for Diversity Education, May 14-17. SIDE is open to faculty, staff, students and community members.

Mar 14, 2013
Report of Final Grades and Final Examinations – Spring Semester
Registrar Debra Benton issued deadlines for final grades and examinations for spring semester on Wednesday.

President McDavis will be guest on WATH-AM 970 March 28
President Roderick J. McDavis will discuss the latest happenings at Ohio University on Athens radio station WATH-AM's "The Party Line" at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 28.

Police advise students of stringent party law enforcement
Ohio University students attending block parties this spring can expect to see a stricter enforcement of the Athens city nuisance party ordinance by police.

Student to student: Be smart this fest season
With Mill Fest officially kicking off Fest season this Saturday, some OHIO students offer their tips to ensure safety during Fest season.

The Promise Within: OHIO launches Faculty and Staff Campaign in support of the University’s top priorities
Ohio University has launched The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign, which is intended to demonstrate OHIO faculty and staff’s collective power, strength and belief in the mission and vision of Ohio University. Leading the charge for The Promise Within Campaign are three OHIO faculty and staff members who were selected to serve as tri-chairs: Trustee Professor of English Sam Crowl; Senior Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences Howard Dewald; and Executive Assistant in the Office of Regional Higher Education and eLearning Kim Hayden.

OHIO’s first Tag Day supports the 2013 Senior Class Gift, culture of philanthropy
On March 11, Ohio University students were invited to participate in the University’s first annual Tag Day. The event educated OHIO students about the importance of philanthropy and charitable giving.

Stalwart OHIO supporters give challenge gift to 1804 Fund
Longtime supporters of Ohio University Larry and Sheila McHale are helping to launch the The Promise Within Faculty & Staff Campaign by committing $25,000 in matching funds to encourage gifts to the 1804 Fund by faculty, staff and any donor. The McHales have pledged to match each gift to the 1804 Fund up to $2,500. For example, if a donor gives $100, the McHales will contribute an equal amount to the Fund.

Chino and Wellington earn at-large bids to NCAA Championships
Wrestlers Spartak Chino and Phil Wellington each received at large bids to the 2013 NCAA Championships, which will be held March 21-23.

Mar 15, 2013
Alumnus establishes scholarship, gives gift in memory of past OHIO professors
Two gifts by an alumnus in honor of three professors in the Department of English will support graduate students as they write their theses and dissertations and also help fund a lecture series hosted by the department. Through a $500,000 bequest, Ohio University alumnus Stuart Blersch created the Roma King & Neville Rogers scholarship. The scholarship will allow graduate students to take a break from their teaching duties so they can focus on writing their theses and dissertations. Blersch’s bequest will also benefit the John W. Hollow Memorial Fund, which supports the annual Hollow Lecture hosted by the Department of English.

Physics professor elected American Physical Society fellow
Physics Professor Alexander Govorov joins an elite group of physicists, having been elected this fall as a fellow in the American Physical Society.

Annual ITS Day: Connected Everywhere
On Thursday, March 21, the McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems hosts its annual ITS Day with keynote speaker Linda Kenworthy of Intel Americas.

War and Peace Lecture on March 28: How Did the Soviets Survive 1942?
Steve Miner delves into "Why Did the USSR Not Crack in 1941-42?" as he gives the inaugural War and Peace Studies lecture from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in Baker Center, Room 242.

Mar 18, 2013
Word on the Street - Internships [VIDEO]
Rachel Bailey talks with OHIO students in Baker University Center about internships. Find out the benefits of being an intern in this episode of "Word on the Street."

Atrium Café receives national recognition as “green” restaurant
Ohio University's Atrium Café receives national recognition as "green" restaurant from the Green Restaurant Association.

Local foods featured at West 82 for Customer Appreciation Day
Visit West 82 Food Court on Thursday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Customer Appreciation Day! Experience one-of-a-kind dishes made fresh with local ingredients at every West 82 venue. Plus, local business representatives from Frog Ranch, ShagBark Seed and Mill, Vino De Milo and White Feather Farms will be in attendance with free product information and samples.

University releases 2013-14 special weekend dates
Ohio University recently released the Homecoming and Family Weekend dates for the 2013-14 academic year.

Ohio Basketball to play NIT game in Denver Tuesday
The men's basketball team has earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament and will play at Denver on Tuesday.

International Women's Day Festival a hit
Women of all ages and cultures gathered Sunday to celebrate the fifth annual International Women's Day Festival sponsored by the Ohio University Women's Center.

Mar 19, 2013
University reports decrease in student high risk drinking behavior
Over the past six years, Ohio University has seen a consistent reduction in high risk drinking behavior by an overall 15 percent, according to a 2013 survey from the Division of Student Affairs.

OU-C to host education students across university at Rural Urban Collaborative event
About 225 students will attend the Rural Urban Collaborative (RUC) Symposium at Ohio University-Chillicothe on March 22.

Spelling Bee competitors enjoy unique academic experience at University
The Scripps College of Communication hosted the Ohio Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday. Contestants attended one of three "More Fun at OU" sessions put together by Scripps.

Mar 20, 2013
Distinguished Professor Lecture entertains while it educates
In a rollicking presentation that included snippets of songs by Dean Martin and Garth Brooks and a lesson in OHIO football history, 2012 Distinguished Professor John Kopchick revealed not only the brilliance that earned him the honor, but also a great sense of humor.

MEDTAPP funding prepares healthcare professionals  to serve Ohio’s Medicaid population
Ohio University’s Health Sciences Center was awarded $813,930 in Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) funds secured by the Ohio Office of Medical Assistance/Ohio Medicaid to support  several projects designed to recruit, train and retain healthcare professionals to better serve the needs of Ohio’s Medicaid population.

Orientation Programs staff recognized at regional conference
Ohio University Orientation Programs staff received multiple awards for presentations at the Region VII conference of the National Orientation Directors Association held in Toronto in early March.

Personalized Medical Guidance to be focus of Brunch or Lunch session
Discover how Personalized Medical Guidance—a free program open to all OHIO employees—can help you navigate the healthcare system at a March 27 Brunch or Lunch sponsored by Ohio University Benefits and Impact Solutions, the provider of Ohio University’s EAP/ Work life program.

Flash nonfiction guide is 2012 book of the year finalist
A handbook on flash nonfiction edited by Ohio University Creative Writing Director Dinty W. Moore is a finalist for the ForeWord Reviews' 2012 Book of the Year Awards.

School of Art 2013 MFA and BFA Thesis Exhibitions start in March
The College of Fine Arts and the School of Art are pleased to announce 17 MFA and BFA Thesis Exhibits for the 2013 Spring Semester.

Concert by the world-renowned Anderson & Roe Piano Duo March 24
School of Music announces a concert by the world-renowned Anderson & Roe Piano Duo March 24

Professor will discuss the Koran and its history March 27
Loren Lybarger, an Ohio University professor of classics and world religion, will lead a discussion on the Koran, an Islamic religious text, on March 27.

PORTSfuture Vision Video Documentary Screening at the 21st Annual Washington D.C. Environmental Film Festival
On Friday, March 22, faculty and staff from Ohio University will present a documentary titled "Vision: The Portsfuture Project" at the 21st annual Washington D.C. Environmental Film Festival.

Mar 21, 2013
Nationally acclaimed engineering historian to discuss engineers and scientists March 28
Join Henry Petroski, Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University, on Thursday, March 28, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre for a discussion about the similarities and differences between engineers and scientists.

Meet the Dean: Robert Frank, Arts and Sciences [VIDEO]
This edition of the "Meet the Dean" video series profiles Robert Frank of Ohio University's College of Arts and Sciences.

Student public relations organization hosts regional conference
The Hugh M. Culbertson Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America held Beyond the Basics, a regional conference of public relations students and professionals at Ohio University on March 16. The chapter has not hosted a regional conference for more than five years.

Meet OUPD's newest officers
The Ohio University Police Department has welcomed five new officers to its ranks in recent months. Meet the new faces on the beat around campus.

Business students to deliver consultancy services to global corporations
College of Business students will gain consulting experience and knowledge through the Ohio International Consulting Program, a unique new initiative launched by the Center for International Business Education and Development.

Mar 22, 2013
RecycleMania art installation to be built at Howard Hall site
On Monday, March 25, a visual representation of four weeks of #1 and #2 plastics collected on campus will be built between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the former Howard Hall site.

Technical issues extend Your OHIO Film Festival
University Communications and Marketing wants everyone to have a chance to submit a video in the Your OHIO Film Festival. Submit your 30-second video highlighting your love of Ohio University to by March 29.

Midwest physicists to talk big and small — from quarks to superclusters
The Department of Physics and Astronomy will host the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society on the Athens campus March 29-30.

Inside the OHIO Women Making A Difference Conference
More than 100 alumni, students, faculty and staff attended the OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference at Baker Center on Thurs., March 14. Hosted by Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University (WIP), the all-day event provided opportunities for attendees (the majority of whom were women) to network, to learn and to give some of their time, talent and treasure to Ohio University. Take a look at some of the day’s memorable moments.

InterArts Visiting Artist Robert Sember
Visiting Artist Robert Sember (of sound art collective Ultra-red) will be at Ohio University March 27-29 to conduct a listening and field recording workshop, a listening session (in Shawnee, Ohio), and a public lecture.

UCLA professor to talk about the world's water problem
Agnew, a professor of Italian and geography at UCLA, will speak about the world's water problem at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, in Walter Hall 235. The speech is part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program and is free and open to the public.

School of Theater's Bianca Sams to speak in the Graduate Research Series at Alden
The Graduate Research Series @ Alden will kick off on March 26 with a presentation by School of Theater graduate student Bianca Sams.

Executive Vice President and Provost announces job searches
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost announced ongoing job searches in an email.

Physicist to discuss 'Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin' March 29
Physicist Lawrence Weinstein will talk about "Solving the World’s Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29.

Mar 24, 2013
Historian discusses the world after the end of World War II during Baker Peace Conference
Gerhard L. Weinberg, a retired college professor and author, came to Athens to discuss the politics of the world following the end of World War II.

Workshop focuses on how IT can enhance opportunities for people living with disabilities
Tech Ability 2013 takes place on Wednesday, March 27 in the Baker Center Ballroom.

Mar 25, 2013
Ohio University Southern Campus staff member honored for 30 years of consecutive giving
Southern Campus Administrative Coordinator Pam Porter made her first gift of $30 to OHIO on Nov. 22, 1982, and has been giving ever since. When payroll deductions became an option in the early 1990s, Porter signed up without hesitation.

Race for a Reason strives to raise $60,000 for Athens community
The largest charity-based race event in Athens—the O’Bleness Health Systems Race for a Reason—will draw hundreds of Ohio University community members for three different races on April 27.

OHIO food scientist explores the promise of the pawpaw
Rob Brannan studies the nutritional profile of the pawpaw, a tropical-tasting, oblong fruit that grows wild in 26 states across the eastern half of the country, including Ohio. What is the commercial potential of this native fruit?

Nutrition course serves students a helping of history along with fine food
In a nutrition course called ”Gardener and Gastronome,” Ohio University students are discovering that Jefferson was something of a Colonial foodie.

Cody Walters earns All-America honors in wrestling
Wrestler Cody Walters earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships in the 174 weight class.

Ohio University and Afghanistan partner on engineering training
Ohio University has established a formal relationship with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to share engineering information and resources as the country addresses the rebuilding of its infrastructure.

"Sakura Watch" website to track progress of cherry blossoms
For more than 30 years, the blossoming of the Somei Yoschino cherry trees—sakura—on the Ohio University campus have heralded the arrival of springtime in Athens. Now you can watch the trees change from first budding to peak flowering via a new OHIO website.

Women of Vision Award named after late OU-L professor
The first "Women of Vision" award was given in honor of the late Jane Johnsen, who helped women reach their full potential on the Lancaster Campus for 25 years.

OUPD recognized for support for people with disabilities
The Ohio University Police Department was recognized at the Disability Awareness Festival on Tuesday, March 19, at Beacon School for its support of people with development disabilities.

Committee seeks input on campus parking recommendations
An Ohio University committee that reviews and makes recommendations on all aspects of transportation and parking on campus is asking for your feedback.

Tom Hodson to discuss future of media in Café Conversations
Ohio University Associate Professor of Journalism Tom Hodson will host a Café Conversations discussion titled "The Future of Media" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Baker University Center Front Room.

Khmer Studies Forum expands in fifth year
The Fifth Annual Khmer Studies Forum took place March 15, 16 and 17. This three-day event was hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University and expanded even further from previous years to include a cooking demonstration, dance workshops and a workshop on genocide education.

Mar 26, 2013
The Interlink Alliance to host African American Male Roundtable April 2
Presidents and chancellors from the nine Interlink Alliance member institutions will address "African American Males in Higher Education: A Policy Discussion," Tuesday, April 2.

Muslim Journeys continues in Alden Library April 3
The Culture Showcase Series titled "Muslim Journeys" continues with a discussion led by Ohio University Director of African Studies Steve Howard. The presentation, titled "Islam in Africa," will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Friends of the Libraries room (room 319).

McAfee updates to end, Sophos switch urged
The university's McAfee update server will go offline on March 31. Anyone still using McAfee should switch to Sophos before then.

Mar 27, 2013
Green and White Scholarship Fund receives $40,000 boost to help OHIO students facing emergencies
Ohio University is justly proud of the support it provides for its students in all facets of their education. However, there are times when students need additional assistance to help them weather the effects of a personal or family emergency that impinges on their ability to stay enrolled.

Mar 28, 2013
Phi Theta Kappa members stuff Easter eggs for annual Big Brothers Big Sisters hunt
Phi Theta Kappa, a national honors society on campus, sponsors an Easter egg hunt each year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairfield County. Easter egg hunt to be held Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m.

Folk artist with critical acclaim for writing inspired music to play at OUL
Four years ago, Joe Pug was a carpenter. Today, Pug is an up-and-coming folk artist and will play at the Ohio University Lancaster Wagner Theatre May 4.

End is near for RecycleMania 2013
As the 2013 RecycleMania competition comes to a close, Ohio University wants students, faculty and staff to participate in hopes of winning the MAC title. The final day for the tournament is Friday, April 5.

University hires first professional ergonomist
On March 1, Marty Dagostino joined Environmental Health and Safety as the University's first professional ergonomist.

David Koonce named associate dean of the Graduate College
David Koonce has been appointed associate dean of the Graduate College, effective July 1. He was hired for the full-time, permanent administrative post following a national search.

Bob Boldon Named Ohio Women's Basketball head coach
Director of Athletics Jim Schaus has named Bob Boldon as the new head coach of the Ohio Women’s Basketball Program at a news conference on Thursday.

Common Experience Project on Sustainability to host film April 3
The Common Experience Project on Sustainability will sponsor the film "Last Call at the Oasis" at 7 p.m. April 3, at the Athena Cinema.

Former Olympian Cindy Noble Hauserman to deliver keynote address at OU-C Recognition of Graduation event
Olympic basketball standout Cindy Noble Hauserman will deliver the keynote address at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. May 3.

27 ROTC cadets earn prestigious German Proficiency Badge
A number of Army and Air Force ROTC cadets earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge on the weekend of March 15-17.

Mar 29, 2013
Meet Carma West, November Classified Employee of the Month
Meet November Classified Employee of the Month Carma West.

Response Options for Armed Intruders training is April 9
Response Options for Armed Intruders will occur 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 9 in Baker University Center 240/242.

Digital Dinosaurs: How do scientists reconstruct the anatomy of ancient beasts?
Using modern animals to re-create ones that have been extinct for millions of years is the focus of the lab run by Larry Witmer, whose early pioneering of CT scanning of fossils has moved dinosaur research out of the badlands and into the high-tech science lab.