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Jun 1, 2010
Move out and graduation parking changes
With the school year coming to a close, Ohio University will soon see an influx of parents and guests visiting campus. Whether for move out week or commencement, parents and guests will have to work around parking rules and numerous construction projects and delays when entering the city.

Ohio University celebrates the Class of 1970
Forty years have passed, but Ohio University has not forgotten the Class of 1970, a class infamous for never having been able to experience their own commencement and (officially) graduate from OHIO. This June, over 125 members from the class of 1970 are returning to Athens, Ohio, to finally take part in their own commencement ceremony, an opportunity many thought would never come.

Chillicothe Campus Theater play shines spotlight on John Barrymore
The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present Barrymore, a play about great stage and film actor John Barrymore, at 8 p.m. on June 4 and June 5 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

Professor examines how ergonomics can improve the lives of older people
Diana Schwerha knows that people think ergonomics is just about posture: Sitting up straight at your computer desk so your back doesn’t ache. Holding your hands correctly as you type so you don’t get carpal tunnel syndrome. But, as it turns out, it’s much more than that.

Open forum held Thursday
On Thursday, Ohio University Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA) candidate Stephen Golding met and spoke with OHIO faculty, staff and students during an open forum. Golding discussed his professional past and career motivations for the first half of the forum. Afterward he was asked to discuss matters ranging from how he dealt with budget cuts at other institutions to student involvement with the VPFA office.

Jun 2, 2010
University issues communication survey to students
Ohio University Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi has issued a survey that is aimed at improving the way the university communicates news to students.

Baker University Center to reduce operating hours in fall
Ohio University Event Services announced that Baker University Center operating hours will be reduced beginning fall quarter.

James Lungo to deliver keynote remarks at OU-C Recognition of Graduation event [OU-C Blog]
James Lungo has been named the recipient of the initial Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award and will deliver the keynote remarks at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on June 11 in the Shoemaker Center on campus.

Schoonover Center to be largest LEED project
Formerly the Radio and Television building and the old Baker Center on North Green, the new Schoonover Center for Communication will be Ohio University's second and largest building to pursue LEED-certification.

Jun 3, 2010
Information on Commencement
Approximately 1,600 students are participating in the Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. The Graduate Commencement ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. on June 11 for both master’s and doctoral degrees. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 12.

111 medical students to participate in June 5 ceremony
The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine hosts a noted orthopedic surgeon and alumnus as the keynote speaker at the college’s 31st commencement ceremony Saturday, June 5, in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Ohio University Compass e-mails to take one-week hiatus
As the end of spring quarter approaches, Ohio University Compass e-mails will take a one-week hiatus the week after commencement. The final regularly scheduled Ohio University Compass e-mail before the hiatus will be distributed Thursday, June 10.

University to provide faculty development opportunity
Ohio University will provide faculty the opportunity to learn about university administration in order to develop future faculty leaders and academic administrators beginning in the fall.

OHIO to honor multicultural graduates on June 11
Ohio University's Kushinda/Ritos de Pasaje celebration will occur at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, in Baker University Center Ballroom.

William Day: a curious mind, lifelong learner
A keen intellect and ever-curious mind are qualities that William “Bill” A. Day will be remembered for, according to College of Business Dean Hugh D. Sherman. Day, 79, of Athens, former dean of Ohio University's College of Business, died unexpectedly Sunday at Columbus' Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Voinovich School receives Department of Energy grant
The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University has been awarded a $500,000 Department of Energy grant for a public outreach project. The grant will fund a community-driven effort to identify alternatives to the end use of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Jun 4, 2010
Maddox earns all-America honors from Collegiate Baseball
Ohio junior left fielder Robert Maddox III was named a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Thursday afternoon.

Jenielle Hunt qualifies for NCAA meet in steeplechase
Jenielle Hunt qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships on the final day of the East Regional on Saturday, placing 11th in the 3000 meter steeplechase. The senior set a program record in the process, running a very impressive time of 10:31.98. She beat the next qualifier by almost a full second, as Anne Lovelace of Yale snagged the final spot with her 10:32.92.

African-American student achieving her dream of flight
Mary Smith, a graduating Ohio University senior from Cincinnati, is one of the few African-American women in the field of aviation. She said she was inspired to fly by the story of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot and the first African-American to hold and international pilot's license.

Jun 7, 2010
Web Advisory Group launches website
This week, the Web Advisory Group (WAG) will launch their new website. It will provide information and transparency about the group’s resolutions and activities to the rest for the OHIO community.

Consulting group presents facilities report
In a presentation last Thursday, Sightlines Consulting Group, commissioned by the Ohio Board of Regents to analyze the facilities investment of the state's public universities, shared the findings of their research with the Ohio University community.

SIS replacement on schedule, under budget
The university remains on target to replace its aging Student Information System (SIS) with PeopleSoft’s Campus Solutions for the 2011 academic year.

Senior has helped create a sustainable irrigation business in Columbus
Gordon "Gordy" Smith didn't spend much of his college career thinking in terms of sustainability or environmentally friendly initiatives, but now sustainability is a the heart of his business.

OU-COM graduates 111 new physicians and surgeons
Charles T. Mehlman, D.O. MPH, FAOAO, and keynote speaker at the 31st Commencement of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, reminded the 111 graduates that physicians are not made in a day or a single year.

Annual "Under the Elms" concerts begin June 23
The annual “Under the Elms” summer concert series begins June 23 and will feature an exciting line up of music, guest conductors, soloists and a special guest ensemble.

Richland construction: Phase 2 to begin June 14
The second phase of the Richland Avenue/SR 682 Intersection Improvements Plan, also referred to as the roundabout construction, will begin Monday, June 14.

Branching Out: Bill Rawlins
Whether in the classroom or on stage with his band, Broken Ring, Bill Rawlins is passionate about his work in Athens, Ohio.

Jun 8, 2010
Ohio University Press books earn accolades
May was the month of the memoir for Ohio University Press and its imprint, Swallow Press, as two titles published in 2009 won book awards.

Jefferson Hill to close for construction in July
Beginning in early July, Jefferson Hill will close for the summer for major renovations. The city of Athens and Ohio University are partners in the construction project.

OHIO senior to appear on OPRAH
Chantay Jordan, an Ohio University senior from Cleveland majoring in online journalism and specializing in political science, has recently been invited to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show thanks to her ingenious idea.

New laundry facilities save water, money
Ohio University residence halls are conserving more water and money than ever, thanks to new, high efficiency laundry facilities.

Students talk about Greek life
In this edition of Ohio University's Word on the Street, Lo Martinez asks students why they joined Greek Life.

Gauntlett Eldemire drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies
Junior center fielder Gauntlett Eldemire (Shaker Heights, Ohio) was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with the 201st overall selection Tuesday.

Molly Shea: Intentions to change the world
A diploma in environmental geography will mark the final check on senior Molly Shea's list of quarterly intentions, but her mark on the field has only just begun.

OU Press publishes history of African soccer
As excitement for the World Cup reaches fever pitch, a new history of soccer in Africa has been published by Ohio University Press.

Jun 9, 2010
OHIO graduates first class of Online Bachelor Completion Program students
This week Ohio University will graduate its first class of students who have completed their degree through the Online Bachelor Completion Program. There are 22 students in the program’s class of 2010.

Faculty Senate meets for final time this academic year
Faculty Senate concluded its work for the 2009-10 academic year on a high note, passing nine resolutions in less than two hours at its June 7 meeting. Though the second readings and votes went quickly, all of the passed resolutions were the result of much debate and deliberation at previous meetings.

Crime alert issued for sexual assault
The Ohio University Police Department issued a crime alert after a female student reported around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, that she was raped earlier that day between 2:15 and 3 a.m. at an unknown location.

Athletics multimedia team is honored
Ohio’s Director of Multimedia Marketing Evan Shaw and Director of Broadcasting and “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein were both honored this week.

Chillicothe campus next in line for large LEED-certified project
The third OHIO building seeking LEED certification is the Technical Studies building on the Chillicothe campus, the first building on any of Ohio University’s regional campuses to pursue this green building certification.

Appalachian Scholars first class to graduate on Saturday
The first class of Appalachian Scholars presented their capstone project on June 3 in Baker University Center and will graduate on Saturday.

Jun 10, 2010
Academic Calendar announced for 2011 through 2014
The approved academic calendar for 2011-12 through 2013-14 has been posted at http://www.ohio.edu/q2s/ Ohio University will transition from quarters to semesters during the time period covered by the calendar.

Alumni Association recalls successful 150th Anniversary year
What an incredible year it has been for the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA)! Not only have we continued to build upon our long record of success in serving more than 200,000 alumni world-wide, we are concluding a year of recognizing the 150th anniversary of our founding in 1859—making the OUAA one of the oldest alumni associations in the country.

Summer Sessions start June 21
Ohio University's Summer Sessions starts Monday, June 21 and continues, in two sessions until Aug. 27. The first session goes from June 21 through July 23 and the second from July 26 through Aug. 27. With the shorter sessions, it is recommended that students register for classes before June 21.

Colleges to adopt new names and structures July 1
Ohio University's College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) and College of Education (COE) will take on new names and new academic structures on July 1.

Eastern Campus class of 2010 honored
Ohio University’s Eastern Campus, friends and family honored graduates June 4 at the Honors and Recognition Convocation. Sixteen students earned associates degrees, while 72 were candidates for Ohio University bachelor’s degrees.

Class project demonstrates art of sustainability on Chillicothe Campus
An outdoor exhibit in the area between Bennett Hall and Stevenson Center shows the artistic properties of reusable items. Designed by students in an OU-C art class taught by Margaret McAdams, it combines the disciplines of both art and conservation and shows the beauty of sustainability and preserving the planet.

Event showcases growing regional biotechnology industry
Ohio University co-sponsored the third annual BioVenture Showcase today to highlight the growing biotechnology industry—sparked, in part, by its faculty research and technologies—in southeastern Ohio.

OUPD suggests alternate routes for graduation
Visitors to the City of Athens and Ohio University for Commencement are encouraged to use the following alternate routes to help alleviate some of the traffic congestion and make their your visit a more pleasant one.

Congratulations, you’re a mother—and a doctor!
As a former emergency medicine technician, Lisa Clayon, D.O., knows that urgent medical situations require quick adaptability and sound decision-making. But when she went into labor the same morning as her commencement ceremony at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM), Clayton’s medical instincts had to compete with her emotions.

All in the family
For the seniors of Ohio University, graduation is a time a great excitement. It is a chance to start a new chapter of their lives. Many have probably already planned out which friends they want to sit next to for the ceremony. But two graduating seniors will be sitting side-by-side with their moms.

Jun 11, 2010
Farina So: Breaking the silence on the Cambodian genocide
Despite her slight frame and unassuming demeanor, there is strength about Farina So. Some might say it is a strength born of oppression, brought about during the Democratic Kampuchea regime – an era that witnessed the death of an estimated 21 percent of Cambodia's total population.

Q2S transition activity on target
A milestone celebration took place at the University Curriculum Council meeting this week as the group approved the first two departmental binders containing semester-based curriculum. The university’s switch to semesters will take place in fall 2012.

OU-C senior Adam Hammond beats the odds to regain mobility, new lease on life
Ohio University Chillicothe student Bruce “Adam” Hammond has a new lease on life and a perspective to match his situation. Hammond, a former member of the Army’s elite Golden Knights parachuting team, nearly lost his life in a skydiving accident near Xenia, Ohio in September 2006.

Alumnus to walk in commencement after 67-year wait
On a weekend when Ohio University's class of 1970 is getting most of the attention, retired Brigadier General James M. Abraham will receive his diploma on Saturday morning – 67 years after he earned it.

Research using Google topic of Zanesville's third Thursday event
The Ohio University-Zanesville 3rd Thursday event for June features Reference and Instruction Librarian Janelle Hubble who will share information about using Google as a springboard for academic research as well as family research for vacation locations, homework assignment and other informational purposes.

Robert Culp recognized with Sustainable Livelihood Award
Robert Culp, lecturer in chemistry and environmental science and director of the Nature Center at Ohio University Southern Campus, has been recognized by Rural Action for his innovative collaboration with area schools to help educate children about environmental issues. The non-profit organization presented Culp with the Sustainable Livelihood Award at the group's annual meeting on June 5.

Chillicothe forms partnerhsip to offer classes at Teays Valley High School
Ohio University-Chillicothe is entering into a partnership with Teays Valley High School to expand the campus' outreach mission of making higher education accessible to area residents.

Jun 12, 2010
Graduate student commencement looks to past, forward to future
Community, laughter and a few whoops of celebration were in the air on Friday, June 10, as OHIO conferred graduate degrees on more than 700 men and women.

Classes of 2010 and 1970 walk together
Aside from a few soggy gowns, Saturday's downpour did little to dampen the mood at Ohio University's 256th undergraduate commencement ceremonies.

Jun 13, 2010
University provides budget update to faculty and staff
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Michael Angelini provided a university budget update to faculty and staff via e-mail on Friday. The update contained information about the FY 2011 budget, Faculty Merit Pool, Phase 1 Projects, and Summer Multi-Year Planning Work.

Jun 14, 2010
Thomas W. Smith Foundation commits $300,000 to the George Washington Forum
The way that the American people understand citizens’ freedoms and free institutions is often shaped by what is taught in colleges and universities. In its first year of operation, the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions (GWF) at Ohio University has provided opportunities for individuals to become educated on America’s foundational principles in their Western intellectual, political and institutional contexts.

Ohio University fundraising report: May
During May, Ohio University received $2,116,000 in new gifts and commitments. This brings OHIO’s fundraising total for FY 2009/2010 to $51,360,000 against a “to date” goal of $19 million, 270 percent of the “to date” goal.

Ohio University May fundraising report
Ohio University May fundraising report

Ohio University May fundraising report charts
Ohio University May fundraising report charts

Voinovich School and Foundation for Appalachian Ohio partner to bring youth entrepreneurship into local schools
Believe it or not, students from Morgan County and Logan high schools were eager to give up some of their free time to attend the ICAN! Youth Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management Seminar.

OHIO granted $1.5 million for compost expansion and new solar array
Ohio University has been awarded $1.5 million toward energy efficiency projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Jun 17, 2010
Former OHIO head coach, alumnus, leading World Cup Team
Bob Bradley, the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team currently competing in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, is not just an OHIO alumnus, but a former OHIO soccer head coach.

Jun 21, 2010
Highlighting the Green: Spring 2010
This edition of "Highlighting the Green" recaps a few of the recent remarkable academic, artistic, and athletic achievements of OHIO faculty, staff, and students.

Environmental Scan Team begins work and blog
The nine-person University Environmental Scan Team appointed by President Roderick McDavis began its task on June 9.

OHIO Plays Key Role in Informing Regional Healthcare Development
The Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Earl Gohl, capped the first day of a three-day tour of Appalachian Ohio with a roundtable discussion on health care in Marietta, Ohio on Monday afternoon. Susan Isaac, Voinovich School Senior Health Researcher and Fred Deel, Director of the Ohio Governor’s Officer of Appalachia facilitated the discussion focusing on ARC investments in health care and their local impact.

Stimulus program pumps in $7.1 million to date for faculty research, airport improvements
From a study on climate change in Antarctica to an examination of how diabetes impacts kidney disease, Ohio University faculty members are using federal stimulus dollars to advance their research.

Student Enhancement Award offers more than $100,000 for research and creative work
With childhood obesity on the rise in the United States, Ohio University graduate student Jana Hovland is exploring how digital short stories might help young students make healthier food choices.

Jun 22, 2010
Ohio University Press to reorganize
Executive Vice President and Provost Benoit announced yesterday her decision to begin a three-year reorganization of the Ohio University Press. The goal of the reorganization is to ensure that the press is financially sound and to better integrate it into the academic life of the university.

Charles Smith named 2010 Distinguished Professor
Charles Smith, professor of playwriting and head of the Professional Playwriting Program, has spent much of his career in Athens – a seemingly great distance from the stages of Chicago and New York. But, while he has trained students to illuminate those stages with their words, he has been doing the same.

Brazill adds another preseason all-America honor
Ohio punt returner LaVon Brazill was named a 2010 preseason third-team All-American at punt returner by Sporting News on Tuesday.

Jun 23, 2010
Dairy Lane to remain closed through Friday
On Wednesday, the City of Athens announced that the Diary Lane and Richland Ave. intersection will remain closed through Friday, due to ongoing construction.

Governor appoints Kevin Lake to board of trustees
Kevin B. Lake, D.O., was recently appointed to a nine-year term to the Ohio University Board of Trustees by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. He replaces Athens businessman Larry Schey on the board.

Jun 24, 2010
Innovation Center creates jobs, income for Athens County
The businesses incubated by the Ohio University Innovation Center generated 152 jobs and $9.4 million in labor income in Athens County in 2009, according to a new economic impact study.

OU-C to offer courses leading to bachelor’s degree in health services administration
Students taking classes at Ohio University-Chillicothe will soon be able to pursue a bachelor’s degree in health services administration beginning this fall.

OU-C holds "Recognition of Graduation"
The latest graduating class of students who pursued their college aspirations on the Chillicothe campus was honored during the eighth annual Recognition of Graduation event in the campus’ Shoemaker Center on Friday, June 11.

OHIO trains SOCHE on sustainability literacy
Select Ohio University faculty and staff recently offered training in environmental and sustainability literacy to members of the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE). Twenty one participants from 11 institutions of higher education attended the two-and-a-half day workshop, held June 13-15 on OHIO's Athens campus.

Jun 25, 2010
Scott Minar and Frank LoSchiavo recognized with Regional Higher Education Outstanding Professor Awards
One teacher has been referred to as the Pied Piper of education and the other has been described as making numbers fun, practical and engaging for students. Bottom line, the 2010 Regional Higher Education Outstanding Professors—Scott Minar and Frank LoSchiavo—help regional campus students succeed while epitomizing the qualities of the best regional campus faculty: competent scholars, good campus citizens dedicated to service, and excellent teachers.

New dean appointed at Chillicothe campus
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced the appointment of Donna Burgraff as the new dean of Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective Aug. 1. 

Jun 26, 2010
Board of Trustees holds summer meeting
The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the operational budget for FY2010 and applauded and discussed developments, including a vision statement for the university.

Jun 28, 2010
Scientists developing compounds to help treat diseases
Scientists at Ohio University are developing compounds that one day could lead to new medical treatments for disease, from cancer to diabetes

June 28 events mark Chillicothe's emphasis on serving the region
Two events on June 28 will highlight projects involving Ohio University-Chillicothe that promise to benefit the region by making higher education more accessible and by supporting the campus’ role as an economic driver for the region. The public is invited to attend both events.

Classified Senate has new executive staff, senators
On July 1, former academic year chair George Cheripko will succeed Jordan as president. Joining him as executive officers are Secretary Amy Meeks and Treasurer Tami Walker.

Jun 29, 2010
Alumnus returns to Athens as GOBA director
Welcome to the 22nd Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, when nearly 2,450 bike enthusiasts embark on a 350-mile two-wheeled journey through Southeastern Ohio. With this many cyclists—of all ages—medical issues, from dehydration to road rash to heart palpitations, are sure to arise. Luckily, Thomas L. Pommering, D.O. (’91), is there to coordinate the care they need.