Compass Archives

Jun 1, 2012
Assistant dean of students for career and leadership development candidates to visit campus
Four candidates for the position of assistant dean of students for career and leadership development will interview on the Athens campus next week.

President announces Parental Leave Pilot Program
On Friday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an email to all faculty and staff about the Parental Leave Pilot Program.

Ohio University, Athens spotlighted as entrepreneurial hot spot
Why do Ohio University and Athens excel at entrepreneurship? “It’s part of the regional DNA. It’s part of our culture,” said Ohio University alumnus and venture capitalist David Wilhelm.

Graduate College announces 2012-13 Named Fellowships
Graduate College announces 2012-13 Named Fellowships

Student Enhancement Award recipients announced for 2012-13
Student Enhancement Award recipients announced for 2012-13

Quarters to semesters transition opens more doors to international opportunities
The University's new academic calendar will enable more study abroad opportunities and more bang for the buck.

Plan ahead for move-out and graduation parking
As move out and commencement approach, Ohio University students, friends and family members are advised to plan ahead and recognize parking regulations for the allotted weekends on campus.

Russ College students present project at national sustainability expo
Russ College students recently showcased their ongoing research as part of a national competition in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It was the second phase of the competition, after the team was awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea.<br /><br />

Mechanical engineering students take home national honors for senior design project
A team of five senior mechanical engineering students from the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology have taken home third-place honors from the Ability One Network Design Challenge for their capstone senior design project.

Jun 4, 2012
Associate professor makes connections between past and modern world
Time is a circular entity. The past, present and future create loops and arches that eventually turn to recognizable patterns repeating throughout time. And for Alycia Stigall, associate professor of geological studies, it's not just another fact of life, but part of her job.

Ohio University announces first recipient of Crowl Professorship
Dean Howard Dewald of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University, and the department of English, today announced Marsha Dutton as the first recipient of the Samuel and Susan Crowl Professorship in English Literature.

First class of medical students graduates with college’s new name
The 33rd Commencement of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine signals a new era for the prestigious medical school.

Lancaster student self-publishes two books
For 35-year-old Adam Farley, the journey to getting his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Ohio University Lancaster spanned 15 years and included a few trips off the beaten path.

Provost and VPFA offer Printer/Copier Initiative guidance
On Monday Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Finance and administration Stephen Golding sent an email to all Ohio University employees offering Printer/Copier Initiative guidance.

Mandatory supervisor training available online
On Monday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an email to all faculty and staff informing them that mandatory supervisor training was available online.

University mourns loss of junior business major
Ohio University mourns the loss of junior student Stephen Rung Meno, 21, who was found deceased in his Palmer Street residence on Sunday evening.

Jun 5, 2012
OUPD to remove abandoned bikes in July
The Ohio University Police Department will remove all abandoned bikes on the Athens campus in mid-July. The department will mark all bikes on campus with orange streamer paper in late June.

UHR offers training message clarification
On Tuesday, University Human Resources sent an email clarifying the details of yesterday's supervisor training message.

Compass e-mails to take one-week hiatus
Ohio University Compass e-mails will take a one-week hiatus the week after Commencement. There will be no e-mails the week of June 11.

Jun 6, 2012
University community to demonstrate energy reduction capability June 13
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. The power reduction test is scheduled for June 13.

Weaver sisters earn Academic All-MAC Honors
Ohio's Megan Weaver and Meryl Weaver were named to the 2012 Women's Golf Academic All-MAC Team, the Mid-American Conference announced Wednesday. Also recognized were Kara Brinkmann, Kristen Helmsdoerfer and Sarah Tranelli, who each earned Honorable Mention nods.

Women's Basketball summer camps approaching
With summer just around the corner, Ohio Women’s Basketball prepares to host its annual camp series at the Convocation Center. The action begins with individual day camps running from June 12-14 and ends on June 16 with the Bobcat Team Shoot-Out. Registration is available on the “Camps” page of

WOUB wins Ohio AP Broadcasters awards
The WOUB Center for Public Media has won two second-place awards in the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters radio and television contest.

Chillicothe Campus theater to present comedy double header
The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present a doubleheader of comic entertainment with scenes from Hat Tricks and the one-act play Art at 8 p.m. on June 8 and June 9 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

CO2 remediation, unmanned aerial vehicle research at Ohio University gets boost from Ohio Third Frontier Commission
Two projects at Ohio University’s Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology recently received start-up funding from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission – and one project will be licensed. <br />

Senior electrical engineering students display final designs
Eight teams of electrical engineering seniors at Ohio University’s Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology displayed their final capstone design projects May 23-24 in the Academic & Research Center living room atrium.<br /><br />

Civil engineering chair lends advice in Thailand
Leading engineers in Thailand heard from an expert all the way from Appalachian Ohio during the 17th National Convention on Civil Engineering in May. Neil D. Thomas Professor Gayle Mitchell, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Ohio University, was a distinguished guest during the annual convention in Udon Thani.<br />

Seth Streich selected in the sixth round of the MLB Draft
Ohio University right-hander Seth Streich was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball first-year player draft on Tuesday.

Bobcats celebrate 2011-12 year at the Catspys
The Ohio University Student-Athlete Advisory committee held the first Catspy Awards Sunday evening inside Baker Center. More than 400 student-athletes, coaches, administrators and staff members attended the ceremony, which celebrated the 2011-12 Ohio Athletic season.

Senior Ashanti Murdock excited to join Teach for America after graduation
Teach for America wasn't Ashanti Murdock's first post-graduation career choice. This summer she will begin training for a job in Indianapolis with the national education program.

VPFA offers mainframe retirement information
On Wednesday, Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding sent an email to all Ohio University faculty and staff about the mainframe retirement.

Double major awarded Fulbright to Jordan
The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Nadine Ajaka, a senior broadcast journalism and global studies double major, will spend the next year teaching English in Jordan with her most recent accolade: a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Teaching Assistantship.

Non-traditional student succeeds in reinventing himself
After working in construction for 25 years, Rich Wolfe did not fit the typical mold of a college student chasing a bachelor's degree. He will receive his degree in computer science with a bioinformatics certificate and math minor on Saturday.

Alleged LinkedIn hack highlights importance of password protection
Earlier today, Internet security firm Sophos released a news item about a possible LinkedIn hack that may have exposed as many as 6 million LinkedIn user passwords. Anyone with a LinkedIn profile should change their password as soon as possible. <br />

Jun 7, 2012
College of Fine Arts names new School of Music director and three interim directors
College of Fine Arts Dean Chuck McWeeny has named a new director for the School of Music and three new interim directors for the Schools of Dance, Theater and Interdisciplinary Arts.

Jenny Hall-Jones named interim associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students
Jenny Hall-Jones has been named the interim associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students effective June 11.

Joint police cruiser design contest winners announced
The Joint Police Advisory Council (JPAC) announced the winners of its joint police cruiser design contest on Tuesday. Scott Oancea, a graphic designer at Printing Services, and his student assistant and Athens native Stanislav Semukhin won the contest.

Open forums scheduled for university spokesperson candidates
On June 19 and 20, the Ohio University community to have an opportunity to meet with the candidates for the university spokesperson position during public open forums.

Jun 8, 2012
Deadline for grade submission is June 13
On Thursday, Ohio University Registrar Dabra Benton sent a message to all instructors about the deadline to submit grades.

Alumna and emeriti professor pioneers giving at The Patton College’s Department of Human and Consumer Sciences
Beulah Sellers-Davis established department’s first scholarship and faculty fund in 1969

John Kopchick named 2012 Distinguished Professor
Today at the Master's and Doctoral Commencement Ceremonies, John Kopchick, the Milton and Lawrence H. Goll Eminent Scholar and professor in molecular and cellular biology, was named the 2012 Distinguished Professor.

Provost commemorates final quarter and recognized transition team
On Friday, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit sent an email to all Ohio University faculty and staff commemorating the end of quarters and recognizing the efforts of the transition team.

Graduate Commencement speaker says make meaningful acts in life
More than 700 Ohio University students were conferred graduate degrees during the annual graduate commencement ceremony Friday morning in the Convocation Center.

Jun 9, 2012
Ay, caramba! OHIO sends off Class of 2012, with help from the voice of Bart Simpson
Emmy award-winning actress Nancy Cartwright encourages graduates to follow their passions.

Jun 10, 2012
University to sponsor Ohio River Basin Symposium in July
Ohio University will host the 2012 Scientific Symposium of Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education in Walter Hall from July 18-20. It will highlight several of the Ohio river basin’s water and environmental related problems.<br />

Jun 11, 2012
Graduate College relaunches Individual Interdisciplinary Program
The Ohio University Graduate College has relaunched the long-running Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP) for master’s and doctoral degree students. The college is accepting applications for the first cohort of students, who will begin fall semester, through July 1.

Ohio University and Cleveland Clinic to open medical school extension campus in northeast Ohio
Cleveland Clinic and Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) announced today they have signed an affiliation agreement to develop a northeast Ohio regional extension campus of the medical school to be located on Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital campus.

Scientists find new genetic path to deadly diarrheal disease
Scientists have found new genetic information that shows how harmful bacteria cause the acute diarrheal disease shigellosis, which kills more than a million people worldwide each year. The research, which could lead to the development of future treatments, was published today in the journal PLoS ONE. The study was led by Ohio University scientist Erin Murphy and doctoral student William Broach.

Jun 13, 2012
Gearhart appointed vice provost for e-learning and strategic partnerships
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced the appointment of Deborah Gearhart as vice provost for e-learning and strategic partnerships. Gearhart was selected for the position after a national search.

Diana Hisey appointed to Ohio University Board of Trustees
Gov. John Kasich recently appointed Diana Hisey to a nine-year term as a member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, in the position vacated by Robert Kidder. She will begin her term with the Board’s June 21-22 meetings in Athens.

Athens 'Under the Elms' Summer Concert Series kicks off June 20
The College of Fine Arts will present the "Under the Elms" Summer Concert Series with six free concerts, beginning Wednesday, June 20, and each consecutive week until Wednesday, July 18, with an additional performance on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Kids on Campus plans another healthy summer for youngsters
Kids on Campus (KOC) will launch its 17th year of summer programming next week with the help of a $15,000 gift from Bob Evans Farms Inc.

Jun 14, 2012
Former journalist explores how African media can play a stronger role in emerging democracies
For his book African Media and Democratization: Public Opinion, Ownership, and the Rule of Law, Yusuf Kalyango interviewed thousands of Africans about their perceptions of government and the media

President approves new homecoming parade route
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis recently approved a new homecoming parade route recommended by a committee of University and Athens officials.

Jun 15, 2012
Peter Mather named secretary to the Board of Trustees
On Friday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an email to the entire University community informing them about the new secretary for the Board of Trustees.

Alumnus earns international accolades for innovation, shines spotlight on Ohio University’s Center for International Studies
Ohio University graduate Aggrey Otieno is transforming obstetric care in the slums of his native Nairobi, Kenya, where maternal mortality rates are currently more than 50 times higher than those of the United States.

Jun 18, 2012
OVST premieres local translation of Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard'
OVST's "The Cherry Orchard" will open June 21 and close July 1 at The Forum Theater in Athens. The play was translated by local theater artist Lyrr Descy, who is directing and acting in it.

Jun 19, 2012
Afghan graduate student will assist radio version of Sesame Street at home
The popular Sesame Street TV program has provided educational and entertaining programming for American children for more than 40 years. This summer, Ohio University graduate student Muhammad Shafiq will help bring this same resource to children in Afghanistan.

Summer Institute for Diversity Education expands advertising area
Ohio University's third annual Summer Institute for Diversity Education (SIDE), which will take place July 8-11, enters its third year with the goal of expanding the geographic area of its participants.

Anti-virus RFP finalists announced
As part of the university's process to choose a new anti-virus provider, RFP finalists McAfee, Sophos, and Symantec have been invited to give technical overviews and controlled-environment demonstrations of their products during the month of June.

Jun 20, 2012
Biologists study how Ohio’s forests respond to climate change
Jared DeForest received funding from the National Science Foundation to study the soil dynamics of two different forests in eastern Ohio to determine how life—from the tiniest microbes to the tallest maple trees—survives climate change.

President's address to Board of Trustees to be streamed June 22
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis' address to the Board of Trustees on June 22 will be streamed live on the president's website.

Jun 21, 2012
$100,000 gift will help recruit high-achieving graduate students to the College of Health Sciences and Professions
Former Ohio University Dean Gary Neiman and his wife, Margalit, have committed $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship that will help recruit high-performing graduate students to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program in the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP).

Ohio University Lancaster - Pickerington holds Promise Lives Campaign kick-off event
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis believes Ohio University Lancaster - Pickerington can exceed its $3.5 million fundraising goal by June 2015.

Fulbrights awarded for Malaysia, Germany and Spain
Senior Katie Schmittauer is a self-described "language geek," who has studied five languages during her time at Ohio University. The linguistics major’s goal is to know one language per continent, except for Antarctica. Her devotion to languages helped her to earn a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to teach English in Malaysia.

Boren winner heads to Turkey
Even though he doesn’t know a word of Turkish, senior biological sciences major J.J. Reagh will spend the next year in Turkey studying biodefense. Reagh won a National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship, which provides up to $20,000 of support.

Protecting OHIO’s brand through identity
Identity, which represents the visual aspects that help shape the overall brand, usually starts with a logo. The logo is an important part of the brand in its role to identify the organization. There are a number of logotypes, including word marks, emblems, pictorial, abstract, and symbolic marks. Ohio University’s logo is a combination of a word mark and an emblem.

Alumni College and Class of 1962 Golden Reunion July 19-22
The Ohio University Alumni Association’s Alumni College and the Class of 1962 Golden Reunion Weekend is July 19-22, 2012.

Benefits office offers health care flexible spending accounts update
On Tuesday, the Benefits Office sent an email to all faculty and staff about health care flexible spending accounts.

OIT announces planned PeopleSoft and related services outage
On Wednesday, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) sent an email to all faculty and staff about a planned outage of PeopleSoft and related services.

First responder training to take place at Wolfe Street Apartments June 28-29
The Ohio University Police Department, along with Athens City police and fire departments, will be conducting first responder training June 28-29 at the Wolfe Street apartment complex on the Athens campus.

Jun 22, 2012
Innovation Engine announces digital media participants for summer boot camp
Innovation Engine announces digital media participants for summer boot camp

OHIO trustees approve FY2013 budget, discuss community engagement initiatives
The Ohio University Board of Trustees held in-depth discussions about town/gown relations and academic quality and approved the University’s fiscal year 2013 budget at meetings yesterday and today.

Jun 25, 2012
Total compensation update for fiscal year 2013
On Friday, Human Resources sent an email to Ohio University staff about total compensation for fiscal year 2013.

Lancaster campus exterior improvement project begins
They're digging in the dirt near the parking lot of the Ohio University Lancaster Campus.That's because the first phase of an estimated $500,000 project for exterior improvements including adding spaces to the parking lot is underway.

Governor, Senate and House of Representatives laud Men's Basketball Team's accomplishments
The Men's Basketball Team was recently recognized by the state's legislators for its Sweet 16 run in the NCAA Tournament last spring.

Bobcats help raise more than $16,000 for Cancer research
Ohio Football Graduate Assistant Mike George along with football interns Colin Woodall and Jake Orr-Zody recently joined more than 110 other college coaches for the third annual Lauren´s First and Goal Football Camp at Otterbein University. Nearly 500 high school student-athletes attended the camp, which raised more than $16,000 for pediatric brain tumor research.

Healthy Habits: Medical student explores how families can sustain changes in nutrition, exercise
A growing number of programs designed to boost the health and wellness of American families often are short-term, intensive courses in nutrition and exercise. While adults and kids may enjoy immediate benefits, do these programs help families form long-lasting healthy habits?

Jun 26, 2012
Ohio University mourns professor emeritius
A retired Ohio University Lancaster Political Science Professor has died after a six-year battle with Multiple System Atrophy.  According to her obituary in the Marietta Times, Carol Christy passed away June 13.

Jun 27, 2012
Jennifer Kirksey named chief of staff and special assistant to the president
On Wednesday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an email to all faculty and staff informing them that a new chief of staff and special assistant to the president had been selected.

Jun 28, 2012
Lancaster production of Chicago one of only 23 in nation
The Ohio University Lancaster Theatre Department is doing one of only 23 licensed productions of Chicago in the United States this year. The actors and dancers are primarily from Fairfield, Hocking and Franklin Counties. It's a rare opportunity for aspiring actors and actresses in the region to do such a famous musical.

OHIO's Meg Roussos wins Hearst National Photojournalism Championship
Meg Roussos, a senior in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, recently won the Hearst National Photojournalism Championship and earned a $5,000 scholarship.

Atlanta-area Bobcats join OUAA Board for successful alumni event
The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) Board of Directors conducted its annual summer meeting June 14-16 in Atlanta, Ga.

Schoonover Professorship makes Lynn Harter's work 'Possible'
Schoonover Professor of Health Communication Lynn Harter, her students and her co-workers are able to create "The Art of the Possible," a documentary about families struggling with pediatric cancer, thanks to the endowment that supports her professorship.

Seven new members to join the OUAA Board of Directors
The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) Board of Directors elected its seven newest members, as five other members conclude their terms.

Inside Higher Ed article on presentation by OU-C faculty member
A session that Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty member Lisa Wallace and a colleague led at the recent annual conference of the American Association of University Professors is featured in a recent edition of Inside Higher Ed.

Keynote speaker Justice McGee Brown urges graduates to pursue lives of significance to others
The Chillicothe Campus saluted its most recent alumni as members of the class of 2012 prepared to make their mark on the world during the recent Recognition of Graduation event in the Shoemaker Center.

Historian takes new look at the Old South, Civil War
In two recent books, Ohio University historian Brian Schoen examines the impact of the Southern cotton trade on the global economy, as well as how Southern planters factored global markets into their decision to secede from the Union.

Swimmer Lauren Funk to compete at Olympic Trials
Senior swimmer Lauren Funk will represent the Bobcats on Sunday in the 50 freestyle at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Frank Solich chosen for Nebraska National Football Foundation Hall of Fame
OHIO football head coach Frank Solich is the recipient of The Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Coaching Award for his 29 years on the Nebraska coaching staff. Solich is the first person to achieve Hall of Fame status both as a player (1962-65) and head coach (1998-2003).