Compass Archives

Dec 2, 2013
President Emeritus Charles J. Ping to discuss new book Dec. 5
President Emeritus Dr. Charles J. Ping will discuss his new book, "A Conversation about Ohio University and the Presidency," on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Patton College dean elected to national board for Professional Teaching Standards Board of Directors
Renée A. Middleton, dean of Ohio University's Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Ohio Volleyball to play Michigan State in NCAA Championships
The OHIO volleyball team will take on Michigan State on Dec. 6 in Lexington, Ky.

Tim Ryan tests new method of detecting mold in buildings
Tim Ryan, an Ohio University occupational health and safety professor, smells potential in predicting hidden mold by testing for MVOCs, the molecular metabolites released from mold as it grows.

Donna Washington to tell stories of Kwanzaa Dec. 4
Professional storyteller, recording artist and author Donna Washington will lead a Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Baker University Center Ballroom.

University Human Resources memo on emergency closing
This memo from Interim Chief Human Resource Office Paul Sundberg contains information regarding the University's emergency closing policy.

Word on the Street: Staying Active [VIDEO]
With finals week right around the corner, Rachel Bailey asks Ohio University students how they take a break from the books and stay physically active on campus.

Dec 3, 2013
Media students to celebrate persons with disabilities
Ohio University media students are collaborating with the Athens County Commission on Disabilities to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Dec. 3-4.

Brian Bowe chosen as Assistant CIO for Application Information Services
OIT welcomes Brian Bowe as Assistant CIO for Application Information Services. Bowe will oversee three OIT areas: Business Applications and Information Services, Academic Information Services, and Web Services and Departmental Applications.

OIT hosts online file sharing/storage demo, Dec 3
Faculty, staff and students who have a need for cloud storage are encouraged to attend an upcoming demo of's file storage and sharing service.

Nick Kellogg named to All State Good Works Team
Men's basketball senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) is a nominee for the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team, as announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches Tuesday.

Seventh-annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is Dec. 18
The seventh-annual Ohio University Gingerbread House Decorating Contest will take place Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the Maggie Davis and West 82 seating area on the first floor of the Baker University Center.

University Terrace to temporarily close Dec. 16 – Jan. 10
The Ohio University community and visitors to the Athens Campus are advised University Terrace will temporarily close for a period of approximately four weeks due to scheduled work at the Master Housing Plan project site. The closure will be in place beginning Dec. 16, 2013 and will continue until Jan. 10, 2014.

Dec 4, 2013
Save the date: Founders Day Symposium at Alden Library
As part of the celebration of the Ohio University Libraries 200th anniversary, the University community is invited to save the date for the Founders Day Symposium, March 25, 2014.

University Libraries Save the Date
A PDF version of the Save the Date invitation sent to the University community for the Libraries' Founders Day Symposium.

Sculptures spark discussion about how shelter shapes us
Buildings are much more than just homes, shelters, or workplaces, says Ohio University graduate student Joey Behrens. They shape us as much as we shape them.

Dec 5, 2013
Employees behind coalition seek to extend opportunities to make a difference
The Suicide Prevention Coalition's goals are to reduce the stigma of mental health counseling, to increase the utilization of mental health resources on campus and to provide OHIO’s students, faculty and staff with the knowledge, skills and awareness needed to help those in distress.

Important reminders from Finance
Information regarding Winter Break Closure, PCard application and more.

OHIO launching bedbug awareness campaign
Ohio University is launching an informational campaign aimed at educating the Athens Campus about bedbugs, bedbug prevention and how the University addresses bedbug occurrences.

Sell fall textbooks for cash, purchase for spring with Bobcat Essentials
Bobcat Essentials (4th Floor, Baker University Center) has expanded its on-campus services by opening an online bookstore with the help of MBS Direct, a strategic partner and nationally recognized textbook distributor.

OIT's Ron Williams wins design award
IT design specialist Ron Williams has been honored for his lecture hall and conference room touch screen control panel designs.

Blackboard upgrade: New assessment & grading options
The summer 2014 Blackboard upgrade includes new options for exporting test questions, grading assignments without downloading, and controlling how and when students see grade feedback.

Year-End Gift Processing: Ohio University Winter Closure Update
Ohio University will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, and will re-open on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Campus mail will not be delivered. If you have any questions about making a year-end gift, please visit, call 740-593-2636 or e-mail

Telephone upgrade: New office phones & features coming
During spring semester, Ohio University will begin replacing its aging office telephone system with a state of the art Voice over IP (VoIP) service. 

Sell and buy textbooks with Bobcat Essentials
Bobcat Essentials, located on fourth Floor of Baker University Center, has expanded its on-campus services by opening an online bookstore with the help of MBS Direct.

Dec 6, 2013
Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington assistant professor’s research inspired by Mandela
An Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington assistant professor of Political Science, whose research was inspired by Nelson Mandela, believes Mandela's legacy is one of a global leader who broke down racism and oppression around the world.

University Human Resources unveils new recruitment video [VIDEO]
A new video created by Ohio University Human Resources (UHR) and University Communications and Marketing (UCM) taps into the perspectives of OHIO employees to share why they love their community and chose Ohio University for their careers.

Nominations, registration open for 2013 Innovation Awards
Nominations are open for the 2013 Innovation Awards, which honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship and innovation in southeastern Ohio.

OHIO professor remembers Mandela in New York Times op-ed
The online edition of The New York Times includes an op-ed piece published Dec. 5 by Creative Writing professor and Ohio University alumnus Zakes Mda reflecting on the death of South African icon Nelson Mandela.

Dec 9, 2013
Faculty member honors mother by establishing J-School internship
When Director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Robert Stewart learned that some journalism students had a passion for reporting on culture and religion abroad, he decided to establish the Maxine Stewart Foreign Correspondence Internship for Coverage of Culture and Religion Scholarship.

Football team to play in Dec. 23 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
Ohio Football has accepted an invitation to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg marking its fifth consecutive bowl game appearance and sixth in eight years. 

Lessons in Leadership: The answer is yes!
Cameron Mitchell's take on leadership, entrepreneurship, and the importance of an action-oriented culture

Media Educator Dr. Jean Kilbourne keynote speaker at Lancaster Campus Celebrate Women in March
Internationally recognized media educator Dr. Jean Kilbourne will be the keynote speaker at Ohio University Lancaster ¦ Pickerington's Celebrate Women event in March. The theme for this year's event is "Stand Up, Stand Out."

Ohio Volleyball falls to No. 20 Michigan State in NCAA First Round
The Ohio University volleyball team's season ended Saturday with a three-set loss to 20th-ranked Michigan State.

Galbreath Memorial Chapel to reopen with Dec. 10 open house
Ohio University's Helen Mauck Galbreath Memorial Chapel will reopen with an informal open house reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Ridges Advisory Committee meeting set for Friday
The first meeting of the newly appointed Ridges Advisory Committee will be held this Friday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Chillicothe Campus fosters sense of learning community
'Coffee with Colleagues,' faculty feats and other news from the first regional campus in the state

Wednesday Science Café with John Kopchick to discuss athletes' growth hormone
Kopchick will explore the misuse and abuse of growth hormone by athletes in hopes of enhancing their performance on Dec. 11.

Political Science class fights puppy mills through activism
Students in an introductory-level political science course are engaging with the local community to raise awareness about the detriment of puppy mills.

OUPD chief offers Winter Break safety tips
In the following message, sent Monday, Dec. 9, Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers advises Athens Campus faculty, staff and students on ways to avoid being the target of thieves while away from campus this Winter Break.

Ohio University mechanical engineering student reaps experience with algae-harvesting robotics research
With a focus on microscopic, bright-green algae as a fuel source, Ohio University senior mechanical engineering student Collier Fais’s research in green energy is more literal than most.

Benefits allows mid-year election changes due to Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The IRS recently issued guidance that employees can make changes to their health plan elections during a plan year due to an employee or covered family member obtaining health insurance coverage through one of the State insurance exchanges.

Dec 10, 2013
Bayless named National Academy of Inventors fellow for engineering innovation
Ohio University Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Bayless has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his development of engineering technologies that seek to address the nation’s energy and environmental problems.

Winter Break food drive already shows success
As students vacate the residence halls for the winter break, Ohio University Campus Recycling and Sustainable Ohio University Leaders (SOUL) have partnered to organize a holiday season donations drive.

University mourns death of mechanical engineering major
Ohio University mourns the loss of student Kyle Terrian, 21, who died on Sunday, Dec. 8, after a nearly three-year bout with a rare form of cancer called desmoplastic small round cell tumors.

Association for Cultural Exchange's “Spirit of the Season” full of American holiday traditions
Snow blanketed all of Athens as the Association for Cultural Exchange (ACE) came together to show students from other countries what celebrating the holidays mean in the United States during their “Spirit of the Season” event Dec. 6.

Dec 11, 2013
Steven L. Schoonover Center for Communication now open
The state-of-the-art Steven L. Schoonover Center for Communication is now open to the public on the main campus of Ohio University in Athens.

University mourns death of political science professor
Lewis A. Randolph, 61, former Ohio University associate professor of political science, died on Nov. 21, after a lengthy illness.

Student bus trip offered for Beef O'Brady's Bowl
All current Ohio University students are invited to join the Bobcat football team in St. Petersburg for the Beef O'Brady's Bowl on Monday, Dec 23. The cost for the trip is $50.

Reminder: parking restrictions in place at Convocation Center during events
Ohio University police (OUPD) would like to remind the University community and visitors to the Athens Campus that changes to parking under and around Ohio University’s Convocation Center are now in effect. 

Dec 12, 2013
Residence hall association ‘adopting’ 19 local children for the holidays
Through tRAC, 17 OHIO residence halls have been raising funds for Athens County Children Service’s 26th annual Santa Tree Project, which provides holiday gifts to area children in need.

Six OHIO professors recognized in magazine’s ‘Excellence in Education’ edition
Six OHIO faculty members are being featured in Ohio Magazine’s annual “Excellence in Education” section, which showcases professors from Ohio’s universities and colleges.

Lancaster Campus cast of "To Kill a Mockingbird" selected to perform scene at Kennedy Center festival
Another honor has been bestowed upon the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre program. The entire cast of "To Kill a Mockingbird" has been asked to perform one scene from the show at the Kennedy Center College Theater Festival in January.

6 tips for securing a tablet
Follow these simple steps to keep your tablet - and the data on it - secure.

Coming soon: Free access to Qualtrics survey tool
The university has purchased a site license for Qualtrics that covers all faculty, staff and students. Access will be available soon.

Blackboard upgrade: Content Editor completely redesigned
The updated Content Editor will support external copy/paste, image resizing, full frame editing, and LaTeX math equations.

COMCorps’ outstanding service award celebrates community impact
COMCorps, the AmeriCorps program at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, received the 2013 Outstanding National and Community Service Program award as part of the ServeOhio Awards.

Dec 13, 2013
Innovation Center receives $350,000 in Third Frontier funding for southeastern Ohio business support
The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded Ohio University's Innovation Center $350,000 to help grow technology businesses in southeastern Ohio.

Global Health Initiative summer programs registration available
The Global Health Initiative has partnered with OHIO faculty, OHIO alumni, the Office of Education Abroad and third-party organizations to offer a variety of international global health opportunities. Applications are being accepted for the summer programs.

Dec 16, 2013
Ohio University Central Receiving to close Dec. 23 – Jan. 1
Ohio University’s Central Receiving and Warehouse area will be closed from Dec. 23, 2013 through Jan. 1, 2014.

Lancaster professor’s class assignment yields multi-year anti-bullying campaign at local school
Ohio University Lancaster Communication Studies Assistant Professor Nicole Blau is making a difference in the community by taking away the power of bullies in one local middle school.

UCM releases this year’s electronic OHIO holiday greetings
Back by popular demand, University Communications and Marketing (UCM) has released this year’s downloadable holiday greetings available for the University community and OHIO alumni to incorporate Bobcat pride into their seasonal well wishes.

Moving forward: Guest artists prepare dance students for the future
In a special issue recently produced by Ohio Today Online, success stories about Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign were shared, five in all, each one focused on one of the Campaign’s five fundraising priorities.

Dec 17, 2013
Making the Connection Between Climate Change and Security
Geoff Dabelko has been studying the links between the environment and security for most of his career.<br /><br />"When we investigated possible connections between the environment and instability in the wake of the Cold War, climate change was not part of the discussion," he said. "That is no longer the case. Climate change now dominates the environmental security landscape."<br /><br />Dabelko, professor and director of environmental studies at Ohio University's Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, now heavily focuses his research on climate change and security links.  He thinks one important question has been largely overlooked: How will our responses to climate change affect peace?<br />

Dec 18, 2013
Applications for Kohei Miura Visiting Professorship due Jan. 31
The Ohio University-Chubu University Relations Committee (CRC) of the Center for International Studies is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Kohei Miura Visiting Professorship.

WOUB hosting an evening of jazz, inspired by 'Downton Abbey'
Join WOUB Public Media for a Jazz Age Cocktail Reception inspired by "Downton Abbey" on Jan. 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Baker University Center.

Galbreath Memorial Chapel reopens with open house
Members of the Ohio University community celebrated the reopening of the Helen Mauck Galbreath Memorial Chapel on College Green on Dec. 10.

#SustainableOU: Electronic Waste
Technology rapidly changes and people want the newest product, leaving many people with devices that go unused but are not necessarily useless. After all, one man’s trash may be another man’s treasure.

Lancaster Campus student's grandmother out of Syria
Thanksgiving at the home of Ohio University Lancaster Student Khalid Abdulsalam, 19, was one of true thanks this year. Abdulsalam's grandmother is now living with his family in Sugar Grove after fleeing her home in Syria last September.

Dec 19, 2013
Cooperative energy partners pilot a microgrid in Athens County
The Sugar Bush Foundation has funded a pilot project that will link the electrical energy systems for a cluster of about six low-to-moderate income households in Athens County, enabling them to work cooperatively to reduce their use of electricity and share the costs. Called a microgrid, this technology is often used on university campuses and at industrial parks and increasingly in developing countries to bring solar energy access to villages without reliable electricity. The pilot project aims to inform a greater movement toward the Appalachian region’s transition toward using renewable energy.

Ohio University team named finalist in the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge
Archer Technologies recognized for developing range extender technology for electric cars

Football lends helping hand at Southeast Ohio Food Bank [VIDEO]
The Ohio University football team took time out of its 2013 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl preparation to lend a helping hand at the Southeast Ohio Food Bank this week.

Compass emails to take holiday hiatus
In observance of the holiday season, Ohio University Compass and Compass Points emails will take a two-week hiatus and will not be distributed Dec. 23 through Jan. 5.

Jan. 2 power outages to affect several buildings on Athens Campus
An electrical power outage related to the Walter Fieldhouse project has been scheduled for Jan. 2. Affected buildings include Porter and Walter Halls, Grover and Ping Centers, and the Golf and Tennis Clubhouse.

Team from College of Arts and Sciences wins annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
A team from the College of Arts and Sciences’ tribute to the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” took top honors at this year's Gingerbread House Decorating Contest.

"A Night in Chicago" [Photo Essay]
More than 400 Ohio University alumni and friends gathered at the Chicago Marriott Downtown on the Magnificent Mile on Dec. 12 for a special alumni event developed by the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) and co-hosted by the Chicago Regional The Promise Lives Campaign Committee.

First Ridges Advisory Committee meeting outlines Master Plan process
The advisory committee charged with providing feedback and recommendations on the 2014 Ridges Master Plan update, which will detail future uses of the Ohio University buildings and land located at The Ridges, began their work Friday with their first meeting.

President and First Lady send OHIO faculty and staff holiday greeting
As the calendar year comes to a close and many Ohio University faculty and staff take part in holiday season festivities, University community members received well wishes from President Roderick J. McDavis and First Lady Deborah McDavis in a special e-mail holiday greeting.

Dec 24, 2013
Lancaster Campus "Imagine Your Possibilities" Story: Director of Strategic Business Development Brian Billingsley
Ohio University Lancaster ¦ Pickerington Graduate Brian Billingsley will be the first one to tell you that he often takes the road less traveled. Billingsley is currently the director of strategic business development for a company called Alliance Data Systems in Columbus. The job is not one he would have named when someone asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. But, it's the perfect fit for him now.