Compass Archives

Aug 2, 2010
Steve Skidmore takes helm of WOUB engineering
Steve Skidmore will take over the position held by David Wiseman. For the past several years, Skidmore has served as director of IT and Technical Operations and has been employed with the WOUB Center for Public Media for 26 years.

Alumni Association board gains five new members
The Ohio University Alumni Association will welcome five new members to their Board of Directors. The additions come from a diversity of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common – they are all proud to be bobcats.

University mourns David Jacoby
David Jacoby, longtime Ohio University professor of physical education and sports science, died unexpectedly on June 23 at the age of 72.

Eisenstein, Shaw win Emmy For sports feature
Russ Eisenstein, Ohio’s “Voice of the Bobcats”, and Evan Shaw, Ohio’s Director of Multimedia Marketing, have been awarded an Emmy by the Ohio Valley Region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Sports Feature.

Four Ohio swimmers to compete at National Championships
Ohio swimming and diving continues to put its face on the national swimming scene as four Bobcats will compete at the 2010 Conoco Phillips National Championships Aug. 3-7 in Irvine, Calif.

Scripps alumnus among top five in MTV Twitter jockey contest
Ryan Lytle, a 2010 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, has cleared another hurdle in his quest to become MTV’s first-ever Twitter jockey, a position that will carry a $1,000,000 salary and a one-year contract with MTV in New York.

WOUB educational series "Spaced Out" wins two Emmy awards
The Ohio Valley Regional Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) presented WOUB with two Emmy awards during the annual Emmy awards ceremony on Saturday, July 31 in Columbus.

Aug 3, 2010
OU-C students are a cut above in Locks of Love donations
Two Ohio University-Chillicothe students have used recent trips to their hair stylists to benefit others who are facing serious health challenges. Neeley Clary and Nicole Pickerrell both donated their cropped hair to the “Locks of Love” program, which weaves the ponytails into hairpieces for children who have lost their own hair because of medical conditions.

Ohio University named "A Best in the Midwest"
Ohio University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest, according to education services company The Princeton Review.

Former Ohio University police officer recovering from lightning strike
Former Ohio University police officer Nathan Van Oort was presented with the Coolville Lions Club Humanitarian Award on Saturday for his dedication to serving his country and local community before he was struck by lightning in 2006.

Aug 4, 2010
Diversity, Dialogue and Dumela
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Renea Morris was one of 31 participants in last week's first Summer Institute for Diversity Education. She took some time to share her thoughts on the Institute.

Bobcats fuel Copperheads baseball
Four of the Southern Ohio Copperheads didn’t have to travel far to play summer baseball this year. In fact, they didn’t have to travel at all.

VISCOM professor's musical passions come full circle with OU Press' latest publication
Julie Elman's passion for the mountain dulcimer traces back nearly 20 years when an undergraduate design project landed her in the living room of Anne Grimes, a noted dulcimer performer, folksinger and scholar. Today, as the proud designer for Grimes' book, Elman's story has come full circle.

Ohio University-led study uncovers skeleton of unusual Cretaceous creature
Fossils of an ancient crocodile with mammal-like teeth have been discovered in the Rukwa Rift Basin of Tanzania, scientists report in this week’s issue of the journal Nature.

Aug 5, 2010
Kennedy Museum of Art shares weavings across continents
More than twenty examples of Native American weaving from Kennedy Museum of Art’s collection will soon be traveling across continents, to South America. It is part of "Tradition and Practice," a traveling exhibition sponsored by the U.S. embassies in Guatemala and Bolivia through the Visual Arts Initiative (VAI), a part of the Cultural Programs Division of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Learning community history through Charlie Chaplin
Connections of community and poverty featured in “Charlie Goes to School” will be the foundation of an educator’s workshop held in conjunction with an international Charlie Chaplin conference coming to the Ohio University Zanesville campus. The creative community history school project educator’s program is part of the three-day conference hosted by OU-Z.

Research Matters: OHIO research reaches important milestones in 2010
The University System of Ohio recognized Ohio University’s research in the areas of “energy and the environment” and “health and wellness” as state “Centers of Excellence.” A third proposal for the Scripps College of Communication is pending approval. These centers encompass research and scholarship programs that already have made an impact on the state, national, and international stage, and have strong potential for growth.

Aug 6, 2010
OUPD vehicles to get a new look
All Ohio University Police Department patrol vehicles will receive a new paint job and graphics before the end of August.

OU-COM alumnus elected to AOA Board of Trustees
William J. Burke, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P. (’88), of Gahanna, was elected to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees during its recent annual business meeting in Chicago. He is an AOA board-certified family physician.

FEMA grant will fund purchase of Safe-T-sensors for microwaves
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a $387,848.00 grant to Ohio University in July. The majority of the funds will be used to purchase about 4,500 Safe-T-sensors for residence hall rooms.

Aug 9, 2010
Gerontologist explores the mental and physical stress of caring for HIV/AIDS orphans
Kenya hasn’t escaped the ravages of HIV/AIDS with more than one million orphaned children. Since 2002, Gillian Ice has studied the mental and physical stress that caregiving places on Kenyan grandparents.

Aug 10, 2010
OU-COM welcomes newest class of medical students
Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine will welcome 120 aspiring physicians and surgeons during the annual Convocation ceremony on Saturday.

Black bear sightings has Athens abuzz
During the last two weeks, many area residents have reportedly seen a young black bear at various locations in town, including the Ohio University Golf Course. Ohio University Environmental Health & Safety has some black bear facts and safety tips to share.

Black bear facts and tips
These black bear facts and tips are good to know if you encounter a black bear.

Residential Housing requests volunteers for move in
Move in is a big task and Residential Housing is requesting that faculty, staff and alumni of the University pitch in the help make the process a smooth and memorable ones for students and their families.

Staffer's phone app winning first lady's Healthy Kids competition
Ohio University employee Nathaniel Berger’s entry in the Apps for Healthy Kids competition, Rhythmatics Kids, was in first place by about 100 votes on Tuesday, but he needs more votes to win.

Aug 11, 2010
OU-COM to oversee medical services for students
The College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) and the Division of Student Affairs today announced that OU-COM will oversee student health services beginning Thursday.

Faculty return from program abroad
Students studying abroad is a fairly common occurrence, but what about the faculty who instruct them? The Office of Education Abroad recently sponsored two faculty members in attending workshops abroad through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

Chillicothe Campus' director of athletics to lead basketball camp in Caribbean
Ohio University-Chillicothe Director of Athletics R. David Shoemaker will direct a charity basketball camp on the Caribbean island of Montserrat from Aug. 16-20. The first-ever “Reach One Teach One – Building Bridges to Success” camp is designed for players ages 6 through 23 and is expected to include approximately 40 individuals.

Aug 12, 2010
University names vice president for finance and administration
Stephen Golding has been named vice president for Finance and Administration and treasurer for Ohio University effective Sept. 1.

CAP funding renewed
OHIO’s College Adjustment Program (CAP) breathed a collective sigh of relief last week with the news of extended grant funding. The announcement came not a moment too soon – the program’s current funding was set to expire at the end of August.

Alumnus Elected to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees
Draion M. Burch, D.O. an obstetrics and gynecology resident from Detroit, was recently elected as the intern and resident representative to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees during its House of Delegates meeting in Chicago.

A presidential summons
Recent OHIO graduate Bako Kantiok never intended to return to the United States so quickly. But just as soon as he had settled into his home country of Nigeria, he was beckoned back to the U.S. for the President's Forum with Young African Leaders.

Ohio University’s research licensing income rises to $8.2 million
Ohio University reported $8.2 million in income from its research technologies in fiscal year 2010, the majority of which came from licenses for health and medical advances for growth hormone and thyroid disorders.

Good Earth Farm provides volunteer opportunities
Good Earth Farm is a community farm at 10011 Armitage Rd. in Athens located at mile marker 5 1/2 on the Hockhocking bike path that provides food to local food pantries and soup kitchens and volunteer opportunities for students.

New school year welcomes new ventures on Eastern Campus
The upcoming new school year will bring new opportunities for students at Ohio University’s Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville. The campus library was renovated to create a new learning commons and debate and cross-country teams are being created for students.

Aug 13, 2010
First Survivor Advocacy Program director named
The Ohio University Women's Center recently hired Lindsey Daniels as the program coordinator for the Survivor Advocacy Program.

Managerial Essentials to host two fall programs
University Human Resources Leadership and Staff Development will launch two variations of its Managerial Essentials program in September. The new program, which was first offered this summer, examines leadership from an operational perspective, while enhancing managerial skills.

Aug 15, 2010
Experts write the prescription for polluted watersheds
In the mid-1990s, a small group of practical visionaries set out to do what many said couldn’t be done: save a southeastern Ohio creek considered beyond repair after decades of poisonous coal-mine runoff.

Aug 16, 2010
University adds new war and peace major and certificate
Beginning this fall, Ohio University undergraduates can major in "Global Studies - War and Peace" or earn a certificate in "War and Peace Studies." The new programs will provide students with a broad and deep understanding of war and peace from an interdisciplinary perspective.

OHIO rolls out welcome mat
The Ohio University community is braced with open arms for the flurry of suitcases and new faces that characterize its annual move-in weekend. Record numbers of students have volunteered to welcome new arrivals around this year's move-in theme: Go Green!

Aug 17, 2010
Pelotonia bikers coming to Athens this weekend
On Saturday, the number of bicycles in Athens will increase exponentially. Hundreds of cyclists will spin into town, completing the first leg of the Pelotonia bike tour, from Columbus to Ohio University's TailGreat Park.

Retired professor wins Fulbright Award
David Mould, a recently retired Ohio University professor of media arts and studies, received the 2010-2011 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to teach and conduct research at the Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Aug 18, 2010
Iconic photo taken by then-VisCom graduate student again featured by LIFE
A photograph taken in 1990 by Ohio University visual communication (VisCom) graduate student Therese Frare that showed millions the true heartache of AIDS in an issue of LIFE is again being featured on LIFE’s website along with additional photos and an interview with Frare.

Ohio University again ranked among the nation’s best
<i>U.S. News and World Report</i> released its 2011 Best Colleges rankings Monday, and Ohio University continues to be a top public university.

Ancient “terror bird” used powerful beak to jab like an agile boxer
The ancient “terror bird” Andalgalornis couldn’t fly, but it used its unusually large, rigid skull—coupled with a hawk-like hooked beak—for a fighting strategy reminiscent of boxer Muhammad Ali.

Aug 19, 2010
Seven OHIO students win Fulbright awards
Seven Ohio University students and alumni will travel abroad during the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Richland Avenue construction update
The bikeway on the Richland Avenue Bridge will open to cyclists and pedestrians on Friday, Aug. 20. The bikeway is on the west side of the Richland Avenue Bridge, and flaggers will be onsite to direct cyclists and pedestrians to use this bikeway.

Aug 20, 2010
Acclaimed jazz photographer, OHIO alumnus, Herman Leonard passed away
Herman Leonard, a celebrated photographer whose iconic images of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Frank Sinatra documented one of the most creative eras of jazz from the late 1940's through the 1960's, has died. He was 87.

New students learn about professionalism, receive white coats
The symbolic donning of the short white coat by the 120 members of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Class of 2014 means more than just learning to take care of patients: the coat transforms the aspiring physicians and surgeons.

Aug 23, 2010
Ohio Men's Golf honored by Golf Coaches Association of America
Ohio University men's golf has been honored as a 2010 Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team.

Aug 24, 2010
New firm to develop wastewater remediation technology
E3 Technologies, LLC, a new firm based in Athens, Ohio, will develop an Ohio University invention called the “GreenBox” designed to clean commercial and agricultural wastewater and produce hydrogen energy—a technology that’s been described as “pee power.”

Jeff Hill construction update
To complete the installation of the chilled water line on East Union Street, or Jeff Hill, as it is commonly called, York Paving Company will be working within the intersection of East Union Street and University Terrace on Aug. 25 and 26.

Ohio University football show returns September 3!
As the Bobcat football season draws closer and closer, viewers can expect to see major changes on screen and behind the scenes of Bobcat Blitz.

Exhibit to honor alumnus
Beginning Saturday, Kennedy Museum of Art presents an exhibition featuring eight iconic jazz images by world-renowned photographer and alumnus Herman Leonard. Leonard, who passed away on Aug. 14, was a 1947 graduate and served as the 2009 Undergraduate Commencement speaker. He received an honorary doctorate during the ceremony.

Residence hall move in begins Sept. 2
Residence hall move in begins Sept. 2 at 9 a.m. for first-year students and will continue through the weekend, with residence halls officially opening for all other students on Sept. 4.

Aug 25, 2010
My move-in experience
With the start of a new school year, and thousands of first-year students moving into the residence halls, an upperclassman offers her experiences and advice.

To buy, rent or download?
Textbooks, aside from tuition, room and board, are regarded one of the largest expenses related to college. A July article by <i>The New York Times</i> indicated the cost of college textbooks has risen 6 percent on average each year from 1986 to 2004.

Diabetes clinical trial recruiting patients
Researchers at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) are recruiting local type 2 diabetes patients for a clinical trial. The trial will look at the benefits of short-term intensive insulin therapy on long-term diabetes management.

Human Resources updates employees about Medicare benefits
Please read this notice carefully and keep it where you can find it. This notice has information about your current prescription drug coverage with Ohio University and about your options under Medicare’s prescription drug coverage. This information can help you decide whether or not you want to join a Medicare drug plan. Information about where you can get help to make decisions about your prescription drug coverage is at the end of this notice.

Aug 26, 2010
Rising to the times
President Roderick J. McDavis will commence the 2010-11 academic year with a faculty and staff fall convocation at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the Walter Hall Rotunda.

President to welcome first-year students at Convocation
On Monday, Sept. 6, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, the executive staff and student leaders will take part in the annual tradition of welcoming the newest Bobcats at the First-Year Student Convocation.

Aug 27, 2010
Jeff Hill construction to continue over the weekend
Jeff Hill construction to continue over the weekend

Edition will contain Move-In stories
Because of the break in the academic schedule the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 3, the next Ohio University Compass e-mail will be sent out on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Marching 110 to play with high school bands on Sept. 4
On Saturday, Sept. 4, approximately 1,000 high school band students from throughout Ohio will play on the field with the Ohio University Marching 110. Known as "Band Day," the collaboration is in its ninth year.