Compass Archives

Jun 1, 2011
OHIO Travel Program to be updated this summer
Ohio University Finance will perform a full review and update of the OHIO Travel Program, policy, and processes this summer.

Street fair concludes International Week 2011
Between May 14 and 22, Ohio University celebrated its global heritage through music, food, crafts and speakers, as a part of International Week 2011. The celebration culminated with the annual street fair, depicted here.

OHIO HTC senior gets head start on the job hunt
Contrary to many fellow graduates, senior Caroline Johnson has remained fairly unruffled by the economic state. That's the beauty of clinching a job fall quarter of senior year.

Jun 2, 2011
Heim, Robinson named Ohio Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Rachel Heim of the swimming and diving team and Ridge Robinson of the men's cross country team were named senior scholar-athletes of the year.

Electrical engineering students unveil capstone designs
Senior electrical engineering students from the Russ College demonstrated their original design projects this week, ranging from innovations for the healthcare industry to autonomous robots.

University recognizes top administrators and retirees
Ohio University held its annual Outstanding Administrator and Service Awards ceremony on Wednesday in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Scripps students launch two multimedia sites
Students in the Scripps College of Communication have churned out two dynamic multimedia sites, both of which have launched online in the past week.

Students receive nationally competitive scholarships to travel abroad
Six Ohio University undergraduates have been selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards for 2011 summer or fall study abroad programs.

Graduate student Damiano Cinque captures Latin American story on film
Damiano Cinque, a Venezuelan graduate student in film production, hopes to raise awareness about his native culture through his new film, “The Decapitated Chicken.”

Registrar shares important dates
Ohio University Registrar Debra Benton sent several important dates regarding PeopleSoft systems to faculty and staff on Thursday.

OU-COM graduates continue to choose primary care specialties
More than one-half of this year’s graduating class at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) will be entering primary care residencies this summer, bucking a national trend for new physicians to choose specialty medical fields.

Shields chosen to lead Research and Creative Activity and Graduate College
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced the appointment of Joseph Shields as interim vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College.

Jun 3, 2011
Titsworth named interim dean of Scripps College
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit named Scott Titsworth as the Interim Dean of the Scripps College of Communication effective July 1.

Ohio University Research Committee supports six faculty proposals
During its winter cycle of funding, the Ohio University Research Committee (OURC) awarded $45,919 to six faculty research, scholarship and creative projects.

A second chance: Cancer-survivor Ryan Graham graduates on time
Despite a yearlong battle with cancer, Ryan Graham expects to complete his degree on time later this month, overcoming cancer and college with a new appreciation for life.

Graduate student earns outstanding teaching award
Award winning graduate student John Lopez uses humility and confidence to earn Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award.

Ten students win competitive Fulbright awards
Ohio University is celebrating the fact that 10 of its students won Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards in an extremely competitive scholarship environment.

Jun 6, 2011
OHIO launches revamped employees' website for review
Ohio University remodeled the employees' website to bring its appearance in line with other University websites. The new look website was made available June 2.

President and mayor thank community for spring behavior
President Roderick J. McDavis and Athens City Mayor Paul Wiehl thanked the Athens community for their efforts to increase safety and civility this spring.

Soul of Athens website launched
The fifth edition of "Soul of Athens," the annual award-winning digital publication created by students at Ohio University’s Scripps School of Communication launched June 1.

The 2011 graduation ceremony is a family affair
Many graduates receive ceremonial hoods from parents, other family members during OU-COM’s 32nd Commencement

Presidential Teacher Award recipients announced
The four winners of the 2011 Presidential Teacher Award have been announced by the selection committee.

Human Services Technology students sponsor 'Interview-ready' clothing closet
Human Services Technology (HST) majors at Ohio University's Lancaster campus are making sure their fellow students feel confident and look good as they head out to job interviews.

The 2011 OU-COM graduation ceremony is a family affair
Many graduates receive ceremonial hoods from parents, other family members during OU-COM’s 32nd Commencement

The Jethro Project has College of Education students mentoring, tutoring area youth
The idea is a simple one. Help tutor children and watch their grades improve. Patton College of Education and Human Services students are doing just that.

Yo-yo dieting vs. obesity? Dieters may be healthier, live longer, study finds
Mice that switched between a high-fat and low-fat diet every four weeks during their approximate two-year lifespan lived about 25 percent longer and had better blood glucose levels than obese animals that ate a high-fat diet.

President McDavis shares news regarding budget proposal to Board of Trustees
On Monday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an email to the entire OHIO community regarding his budget proposal to the Board of Trustees.

Spring Veteran's Reception celebrates good news for Vets
University College and its affiliated Office of Veterans' Academic Services hosted the Spring Veteran's Reception on Thursday to celebrate the progress being made in helping veterans make an effective transition to Ohio University.

Jun 7, 2011
OHIO engineers develop new autopilot controller for flight safety
Tony Adami, an engineering graduate student and Avionics Engineering Center research engineer, and Professor J. Jim Zhu are designing a new and improved autopilot controller that could dramatically reduce the cost of this technology and increase the safety of flying airplanes.

Jun 8, 2011
McDavis appointed to MAC Executive Committee
President Roderick J. McDavis was recently appointed to serve on the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Executive Committee.

Great job Debi Tallman!
Debi Tallman from the School of Art is April's Classified Staff Employee of the Month. Find out more about her in Compass.

Mechanical engineering seniors win national design competition
A team of five senior mechanical engineering students from Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology has won first place in the national 2011 Ability One Network Design Challenge.

Deadline extended for PLAY SOCCER camp
The deadline for the June 20-23 PLAY SOCCER camp for area youth has been extended. Registration will now be open for children in grades 1-8 until June 20.

Athens County LEPC to hold functional training exercise on Friday
The Athens County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) has scheduled a functional training exercise for Friday at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens and Doctors Hospital in Nelsonville.

MPA students earn first degree from Voinovich School
On Friday, a group of 25 students will be the first ever to receive a degree from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Jun 9, 2011
WOUB and Ohio University staff garner Emmy nominations
The Ohio Valley Regional Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced Emmy nominations today and WOUB and Ohio University staff received several nominations.

'Cat Counsel: Senior advises to stay fit and feel great in college
Graduating senior David Talmage will join the U.S. Navy this summer to become a Navy Seal. He wants students to know about the many opportunities to stay fit while going to college.

Brazilian student reflects on financial struggles en route to graduation
Brazilian student Bruno Vieira graduates on Friday with a master's degree in finance and his path was not easy. He also has done everything in his power to inspire his family and friends.

Jun 10, 2011
Lights! Camera! Graduate!
David Jefferies may just be graduating college but the Media Arts and Studies major has one leg up on many of his peers -- he has already co-written and co-directed a full-length, feature film.

This summer, Kids on Campus will be focusing on fitness
Kids on Campus (KoC) is hoping to sow seeds that lead to healthier lifestyles among the youngsters who take part in the community organization’s sixteenth year of summer programming that will begin June 20.

Going Underground: Gregory Springer explores regional caves
Geologist finds clues to Earth’s history of flooding, droughts, and climate change deep inside Appalachian caves.

Jun 11, 2011
Undergraduate Commencement 2011: 'Anything is possible'
Gray skies gave way to more than 4,000 bright futures Saturday as Ohio University's 257th undergraduate commencement exercises got underway.

Graduate commencement speaker says work together and explore new cultures
More than 800 Ohio University students were conferred graduate degrees during the annual graduate commencement ceremony Friday in the Convocation Center.

Jun 13, 2011
No Compass email on Thursday
The Ohio University Compass email will not be sent out on Thursday. Bi-weekly distribution of the email will resume Monday, June 20, the first day of Summer Session classes.

Great job Amy Meeks!
Meet May Classified Employee of the Month Amy Meeks.

Slideshow from Commencement 2011
Ohio University celebrated its 257th commencement last weekend. Take a look at some of the memorable moments.

Junior Executive Business Program graduates 13
The College of Business' Junior Executive Business Program graduated 13 students last weekend. Read this story to find out more about them.

Jun 14, 2011
University participating in Demand Response Reduction Initiative starting June 14
Facilities Management pleased to announce that Ohio University has enrolled in a Demand Response program with Energy Connect, a nationwide company that will pay the University for the ability to reduce power during the summer.

Jun 15, 2011
Mandela Rhodes Scholar brings new perspective to OU-COM research
In April, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed researcher Aalyia Sadruddin, a 2009 Mandela Rhodes Scholar, who for the next two years will work on research related to health care in Kenya and the Kenyan Grandparents Study, a project that examines the impact of caregiving for orphaned children on the health and well-being of Luo elders in rural western Kenya.

"Under the Elms" Summer Concert Series begins June 22
The "Under the Elms" Summer Concert Series will present eight free concerts this summer, beginning Wednesday, June 22, and each consecutive week until Wednesday, July 20, with an additional performance on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

McDavis approves campus-wide sustainability plan
President Roderick J. McDavis today approved the Ohio University Sustainability Plan. The plan combines the goals of Vision Ohio, the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment and House Bill 251 in pursuit of a more sustainable future for Ohio University.

Jun 16, 2011
Athletics announce 2011 football game times
Ohio Athletics announced game times for its 2011 football schedule on Wednesday.

Athletics' Evan Shaw receives another Emmy nomination
Evan Shaw, Ohio's Director of Multimedia Marketing, has been nominated for another Emmy by the Ohio Valley Region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Sports Editing.

With a rare 18th century Milanese cello, Michael Carrera makes beautiful music
Carrera, an Ohio University associate professor of cello, produces an ambitious recording, tour, or other major creative project about once a year.

Alden Library policy changes begin June 20
Alden Library staff is closing the book on their late fines policy. Effective July 1, fines for returning overdue materials will be abolished.

Jun 17, 2011
First Demand Response Test a success
Executive Director of Facilities Management Mike Gebeke said the first Demand Response Test on June 14 was a big success. Second test is June 23.

Jun 20, 2011
Board of Trustees to meet Thursday and Friday
Several buildings will be getting new names and the Early Retirement Incentive Plan (ERIP) and Voluntary Employee Separation Program (VESP) will be reviewed during this week's Board of Trustees meeting. has new resources; new look
The website , operated by the University System of Ohio (USO) Board of Regents, has recently been updated and revamped. The new features provide even more information to students, parents, faculty, and staff.

Zanesville campus’ Slovak named outstanding professor
Karen Slovak, associate professor of social work at the Zanesville campus, has been named Ohio University’s Regional Higher Education Professor of the Year for 2011. 

Jun 21, 2011
Managerial Essentials cohort runs July 22-June 15
The Human Resource Department (UHR) will host the Managerial Essentials Program, which begins on July 22 and ends in June 2012. The training sessions examine leadership from an operational perspective, while enhancing managerial skills.

Jun 22, 2011
Innovation Center opens new biotechnology facility
The Ohio University Innovation Center invites the university community to the grand opening of its new Biotechnology Research and Development Facility, to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29.

Demand Response test Thursday
On Thursday, June 23, the final test for the Demand Response Program will be performed.

Jun 23, 2011
Mark Halliday named Distinguished Professor
Mark Halliday, English professor, has been named the 2011 Distinguished Professor.

FAQ available regarding new parking fee
Parking Services has released a set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the proposed parking fee for Athens campus employees of Ohio University.

Jun 24, 2011
Strength in Numbers: Scientists explore the secrets of pain, muscle weakness
Millions of Americans suffer pain and weakness from injury, aging, and disuse. Two dozen Ohio University scientists explore the secrets behind our muscles, brain, and nervous system to provide relief.

Campus reduces electric usage by 6.6 megawatts during Thursday test
Executive Director of Facilities Management Mike Gebeke wrote the following letter to the Athens campus community after Thursday's Demand Response reduction test.

OHIO Board of Trustees approves budget for FY12
The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved a $750.9 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year and discussed strategic investments at meetings Thursday and Friday.

Jun 27, 2011
Ohio University trustees approve medical college name change
The Ohio University Board of Trustees today officially changed the name of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM).

SIDE adds community members in second year
Ohio University's second annual Summer Institute for Diversity Education (SIDE) had a different look this year – it added an Athens community component.

Ohio University College of Fine Arts Kicks Off 75th Anniversary with Jim Dine Exhibit
Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

University changes Diversity Initiative hiring process and applicant tracking software
This memo is to inform campus hiring managers of two important changes that affect the hiring process used by both academic and academic support units.

Jun 28, 2011
Athens full of fun summer activities
Ohio University’s first summer session is already entering its second week, but luckily, students have more to look forward to then blistering walks to Bentley and grinding heat crossing the greens.

Paul Jones' new book uncovers how antebellum authors pushed for capital punishment reform
Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of many American novelists, poets, and essayists whose writing reflected the public’s growing anxiety about the death penalty during the 19th century.

Scripps’ exclusive ‘Today’ show internships enriching student experiences
The 2011-2012 student interns and alternates for one of the Scripps College’s most coveted exclusive internship programs at the “Today” show have been selected.

Board of Trustees approves emeriti awards
The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved a host of faculty members for emeriti awards. Three administrators also received awards in November.

Jun 29, 2011
Mill Street Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project update
Construction of the Mill Street Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project will continue throughout this week and next week within the McKinley Avenue and Elliot Street Section of Mill Street.