Compass Archives

Dec 1, 2017
Graduating seniors: Celebrate your final days at OHIO during Senior Week
Graduating seniors: Celebrate your final days at OHIO during Senior Week

Dec 2, 2017
Food Matters students host Women Grow Ohio panel discussion, Dec. 5
Join Food Matters to celebrate female leaders in the local agriculture and food economy of Athens with Women Grow Ohio, a panel discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Alden Library 319.

Castillo models granular systems on the move, like crowded subway cars
Ohio University Physics & Astronomy professor and Nanoscale & Quantum Phenomena Institute member Dr. Horacio Castillo is working to understand phenomena happening in dense granular matter. To Castillo, dense granular matter are like crowded subway cars.

New faculty Spriggs has 'a toe in literature, creative writing, and rhetoric'
“OHIO seemed like a place that welcomed diversity in scholarly and creative work. That’s what really caught my eye,” says Dr. Bianca Spriggs, who describes herself as “having a toe in literature, creative writing, and rhetoric.” She notes that the English Department’s interest in multi-genre work was a real draw.

German honor society Delta Phi Alpha inducts new members
Delta Phi Alpha members, guests, and  German faculty from the Modern Languages Department gathered over food and conversation to celebrate the new pledges’ academic success and witness their initiation.

Dec 3, 2017
Coat and boot drive being conducted by Kids on Campus
Kids on Campus is hosting a winter coats and boots drive on campus, with proceeds to benefit area children in need. In addition to tabling at various spots on campus including Grover and Baker centers, the group has also placed donation baskets in administrative offices around campus. The drive is scheduled to end Dec. 6.

Dec 4, 2017
Contemporary History ¦ Steve Miner on new perspectives of the Soviet Union at war, Dec. 7
The Contemporary History Institute presents a lecture by Dr. Steven M. Miner on “The Furies Unleashed: New Perspectives of the Soviet Union at War” held on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 pm in Baker 242.

School of Visual Communication Fall Student Show opens Dec. 4
The opening reception of the School of Visual Communication’s Fall Student Show will be held on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the School of Visual Communication Gallery on the first floor of Schoonover Center 140. The show will be on display from Dec. 4, 2017- Jan. 16, 2018.

Ohio University Lancaster guitar club to perform December 6th
STRUM or Students Teaching Rookie Undergraduate Musicians will present a free concert on Wednesday, December 6, from 2 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts.

Student Affairs to honor Clara Ledford at Dec. 8 reception
After a more than four-decade-long career at Ohio University, Clara Ledford will be retiring from Ohio University's Department of Housing and Residence Life.

Division of Student Affairs collecting items for Kids on Campus coat and boot drive
New or gently used coats and new boots are being collected at the following Student Affairs drop-off locations: Jefferson Hall, West Green Market, Ping Center, Aquatic Center, Bird Arena, Nelson Commons, the Living Learning Center and Baker Center.

Nominations sought for Leadership Awards Gala
The nomination process is underway for OHIO's 35th annual Leadership Awards Gala, to be held April 18 in the Baker University Center Ballroom on the Athens Campus.

Career Closet receives gift, seeks donations
The Career and Leadership Development Center’s Career Closet equips Ohio University students with second-hand professional clothing free of charge for job fairs, interviews, conferences and other professional events.

MDIA student’s photos win in International Education Week Photo Contest
Logan Fouss, a senior screenwriting and producing major in the School of Media Arts & Studies, recently won in the Office of Global Opportunities’ (OGO) International Education Week Photo Contest that took place Nov. 13-17. Fouss’ photographs won in three of the five categories: People, Sense of Place and Crossing Cultures.

Catering to host annual Gingerbread Contest, Holiday Bake Sale on Dec. 13
Ohio University Catering’s 11th annual Gingerbread Contest and its Holiday Bake Sale are slated for Wednesday, Dec. 13, and the deadline to register for the contest is Wednesday, Dec. 6.

iCUE Spotlight: Dec. 4-10, 2017
iCUE Spotlight highlights what's happening this week at Ohio University. All information is taken from the official OHIO Calendar of University Events found at

Football headed to the Bahamas Bowl
After compiling an 8-4 regular season record, the Ohio football team has accepted an invitation to the 2017 Bahamas Bowl and will be matched up against Alabama-Birmingham on Dec. 22.

MLK Jr. Celebration Planning Committee wants you to save the dates for 2018 events
Ohio University will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January on the Athens Campus. The annual celebration is coordinated by the University's MLK Jr. Celebration Planning Committee.

January course design studio accepting applications
The Office of Instructional Innovation is offering another week-long, intensive workshop on (re)designing online and blended courses. Apply by December 19.

Ridges Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for December 15
Ridges Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for December 15

Dec 6, 2017
Fruth Family funds scholarship at Ohio University Southern
Pharmacy owners Jack and Frances Fruth wanted to use their family-owned company to impact the quality of life in the Ohio and West Virginia communities served by their business. Nearly three decades later, their daughter, Lynne Fruth who serves as the company’s president, said hundreds of students have been assisted with scholarship funds established in the Fruth name.

‘Profiles in Faculty Achievement’ video highlights Fine Arts’ Roger Braun
Ohio University Communications and Marketing presents the seventh installment in its “Profiles in Faculty Achievement” video series with a feature on Roger Braun, a professor and director of percussion studies in the College of Fine Arts’ School of Music.

Industrial and systems engineering students develop assistive technology for local children
Three youngsters got the ride of their lives last week when engineering students delivered children’s electric cars they had modified for safe play, movement and learning.

Retirement celebrations held for three faculty, staff members
The Scripps College of Communication celebrated the retirement of three long-time employees last week.

Electrical engineering alumna honored by NASA
Russ College alumna Cynthia Calhoun was recognized by NASA for inspiring underrepresented students to become future engineers and scientists.

EDA funds Voinovich School to show businesses how to do well by doing good
Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs has received $70,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to measure the impact of social enterprises and inform regional planning for local economic resiliency and prosperity across 10 counties in Ohio and West Virginia.

Students named Stanford University Innovation Fellows
Two students have been selected as Stanford University Innovation Fellows, a program that empowers students to become leaders of change and create opportunities for entrepreneurship.

Women of Netflix documentary ‘Heroin(e)’ speak at Southern Campus
Ohio University Southern's Council for Diversity and Inclusion recently hosted a viewing of the Netflix documentary “Heroin(e),” which highlights three women in Huntington, West Virginia, who are making a difference in the battle against the opioid crisis, including Huntington Fire Chief and Ohio University Southern alumna Jan Rader. The event included a discussion with two of the women featured in the film.

University celebrates Kwanzaa holiday early
More than 100 people attended the annual Pre-Kwanzaa Variety Show and Celebration last week. Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration to reconnect Africans and African Americans to their heritage.

Dec 7, 2017
OHIO alumni encourage students to be open to opportunities, take chances when starting careers
Ohio University alumni offered students career advice during the “Getting a Job: The Global Professional in Today’s World” event that was held as part of the Global Professional Development Series during International Education Week.

Recyclemania will kick off Feb. 6 with basketball Game Day Challenge
Ohio University will kick off this year’s Recyclemania during the basketball Game Day Challenge at the Tuesday, Feb. 6, game against the University of Akron. Campus Recycling has set a University-wide goal of at least a 95 percent diversion rate – meaning 95 percent of trash will be diverted to recycling.

This week's #TBT features Kennedy Museum of Art opening
Take look back at the opening day of the Kennedy Museum of Art in historic Lin Hall at The Ridges with this #TBT video, part of a series from Ohio University.

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis shares audit findings to improve diversity and inclusion
Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis shares audit findings to improve diversity and inclusion

Dec 8, 2017
Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication calls for inaugural Communication Fellows applications
The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication is proud to launch the Communication Fellows Program that will focus on curriculum development in communication across PK-12 levels of instruction and invites teachers from throughout Ohio to apply.

AECOM Center for Sports Administration announces gift from Eaton
Ohio University’s AECOM Center for Sports Administration announced a gift commitment made by Eaton, power management company and leader in high-output LED lighting solutions for sports and entertainment venues worldwide.

Scripps clothing drive adds to CLDC’s Career Closet inventory
Unfortunately, a college student’s uniform—T-shirts plastered with Scripps College of Communication logos—is not appropriate attire for a career. This can leave some students scrambling for professional attire come graduation. Fortunately, the Career and Leadership Development Center is here to help with their Career Closet.

Stroll Patrol unites the community with the police department [VIDEO]
Stroll Patrol is a joint program that allows OHIO students, faculty and staff as well as area citizens the opportunity to have casual conversations about things in the community over an approximately one-mile walk.

OHIO students team up for governor's opioid technology challenge
They say teamwork makes the dream work and the dream right now is to end opioid abuse and addiction. To that end, 18 students from a variety of different studies at Ohio University banded together on Monday, Dec. 4 to take part in the OHIO Over Opioids Ideathon sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

Dec 9, 2017
Free guide training for students interested in working in museums, national parks
The College of Arts and Sciences is offering a free training opportunity for Ohio University undergraduate students interested in working in a museum or national park, thinking about a career in education, or wanting to improve their public speaking.

Ping Institute celebrates 20th anniversary
This year, the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities celebrated an important milestone—its 20th anniversary of providing cutting-edge continuing education for secondary teachers and humanities faculty.

New observatory draws visitors skyward
Since the opening of the Ohio University Observatory last May, numerous groups have attended stargazing events. “While most people stopping by were from Athens and the surrounding counties, we also had visitors from California, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Malaysia.”

Sophomore's photo is 2018 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp
Ryan Wagner: "As I picked the snake up, it whipped around to glare defiantly at me. I placed the little garter among the leaf litter where it coiled and tongue flicked. I had just a few moments for photos before I had to return to work.”

Molina Herrera wins first place in OPIE writing contest
Ricardo Molina Herrera won first place in the Ohio Program of Intensive English Writing Contest, organized this semester by the OPIE Ambassadors.

Dec 10, 2017
Alumni investigate campus well with geology students
Members of the Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board visited campus Nov. 17 to engage students in a hands-on field day involving the evaluation of a groundwater production well located in the Convocation Center parking lot.

Outgoing director of Cutler Scholars Program retiring after 33 years of service
Herman "Butch" Hill, the director emeritus of the Cutler Scholars Program will be retiring at the conclusion of the fall semester. The community is invited to his retirement celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in the Baker Center 1804 Lounge.

Dec 11, 2017
Meyers' plant biology experiment goes to space this week
“HEY EVERYBODY— I’M GOING TO SPACE!! Well, not me personally… but the launch of SpaceX-CRS13 resupply mission to the International Space Station will be carrying the materials I'll be using for the remainder of my Ph.D. research," says graduate student Alexander Meyers.

iCUE Spotlight: Dec11-17, 2017
iCUE Spotlight highlights what's happening this week at Ohio University. All information is taken from the official OHIO Calendar of University Events at

Scripps Innovation Challenge team visits Natural Resources Defense Council
Prize money is nice, but sometimes face-to-face networking is more valuable. Just ask members of the Green Mappers team that won a hefty cash prize as one of the winners of this past year’s 5th annual Scripps Innovation Challenge. The nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, a giant environmental advocacy group, selected the three-student team as having the best solution to its “challenge” to find an innovative and effective way for NRDC to increase donations.

Facilities Management and Safety staff showcases talents to create new bobcat weathervanes
Before Homecoming, Facilities Management and Safety staff installed two new bobcat weathervanes on campus. The largest bobcat was installed atop Wray House on Oct. 3 and one day later, a smaller bobcat was mounted atop Claire Ping Cottage.

Civil engineering student to conquer 4,000-mile run for cancer awareness
One student will run across America to raise money and awareness for The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Ohio University mourns the death of Avionics Engineering Center program engineer
The Russ College of Engineering and Technology mourns the death of Avionics Engineering Center Program Engineer Robert James “Rob” Thomas, Jr.

Russ Professor appointed as adjunct professor at Australian university
Srdjan Nesic has received a four-year appointed professorship at Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

Ohio University Libraries nears the top nationally in interlibrary loan materials
The Ohio University Libraries system is in the top 15 nationally ranked institutions in regard to the number of materials provided to other libraries, as well as materials received, a recent study by the Chronicle of Higher Education showed.

Dec 12, 2017
Gain Another Family – Join Bobcat Student Orientation
BSO is hiring for summer 2018

Faculty and staff eligible for four free tickets to Dec. 20 men's basketball game
Please join us on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. to cheer on the Bobcats against Prairie View! As a holiday gift to faculty and staff, OHIO Athletics is offering four (4) FREE tickets to this game.

Dec 13, 2017
Student Global Professional Development program to be offered this spring
Ohio University’s Center for International Studies will be continuing its Global Professional Development program during spring semester with a series of workshops and events designed to engage students on critical issues related to the global dimension of professional development.

Journalism school partners with Fudan University to host international conference
In order to promote a more global perspective for its students, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s Institute for International Journalism (IIJ) recently collaborated with Fudan University for the “Future of Media and Communication Research: Media Ecology and Big Data” conference this November. The conference, which took place in Shanghai, China, aimed to explore the ever-changing environment of digital and social media.

New curriculum to boost nutrition education, addressing need found in recent study
A recent study suggests many osteopathic medical students know less about nutrition than they think they do. The good news is that a new curriculum at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will put increased emphasis on the role of diet in health.

OHIO’s Ebony Bobcat Network wins prestigious award for expansion
OHIO’s Ebony Bobcat Network wins prestigious award for expansion

Dec 14, 2017
Global Professional Development Series featured distinguished alumni at fall semester events
Ohio University’s Center for International Studies was honored to welcome alumnus David Crane back to campus during the fall semester, along with several other distinguished graduates.

Dec 16, 2017
OHIO campuses, centers to be closed Dec. 25-Jan. 1
All Ohio University campuses and centers will be closed during the annual winter closure period that runs from Monday, Dec. 25, through Monday, Jan. 1. The University will officially reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Dec 17, 2017
OHIO homepage makes early move to new WebCMS
Change was made to improve accessibility, mobile compatibility, and reliability.

University Human Resources issues Winter Break Closure reminder
Ohio University will be closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, 2018, during its annual Winter Break Closure. UHR provides guidelines for classified, administrative hourly and administrative salaried employees.

Office of Emergency Programs announces spring semester training opportunities
Brown bag lunch sessions and the tabletop training exercises offered by the Office of Emergency Programs will help further develop and mature your unit’s business continuity plan while further establishing a built in cultural awareness of the need to be prepared.

Dec 18, 2017
Fox professor of business leads OHIO’s renowned sports management program
Fox professor of business leads OHIO’s renowned sports management program

Southern Campus hosts 2017 Fall Graduate Recognition Ceremony
With long nights of studying behind them for now, summer and fall graduates were all smiles Thursday night as Ohio University Southern held its Graduate Recognition Ceremony in Bowman Auditorium.

Ohio University Eastern honors fall graduating class
Ohio University’s Eastern Campus honored 16 local graduates at the Fall Honors and Recognition Convocation Friday evening at the OUE Theater in St. Clairsville.

OHIO Bobcats Football energized for Dec. 22 Bahamas Bowl [VIDEO]
OHIO Football will play Alabama-Birmingham in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl at 12:30 p.m. ET Friday, Dec. 22 in Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN.

David Descutner to step down as Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis sent the following message to OHIO faculty and staff on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.

iCUE Spotlight: Dec. 18, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
iCUE Spotlight: Dec. 18, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018

Dec 19, 2017
Photo of iconic Cutler Hall to be featured in holiday greetings from Inside Higher Ed
A photograph of Ohio University’s historic Cutler Hall, which is located on College Green on the Athens Campus, was recently chosen as the winner of Inside Higher Ed’s winter campus photo contest. The photo will be featured as part of the higher education news publication’s holiday card and holiday greetings on its social media pages.

Fall Commencement 2017 celebrates newest Bobcat alumni
Ohio University’s newest alumni celebrated their achievements on Saturday afternoon during OHIO’s Fall Commencement ceremony at the Convocation Center on the Athens Campus.

Ridges Advisory Committee meets for final time in 2017, provides recommendations for best use of Tier 1 land, Ridges building renovations
Ridges Advisory Committee meets for final time in 2017, provides recommendations for best use of Tier 1 land, Ridges building renovations

President Nellis shares message regarding FY19 strategic direction, Unit budget guidance
FY19 Strategic Direction and Unit budget guidance

Advancement Communications and Marketing team wins big at OHIO Gingerbread Contest
Icing, gumdrops and other sweet treats were transformed into edible architecture on Dec. 12 at Ohio University’s 12th Annual Gingerbread Contest.

Dec 20, 2017
Sophomore education major credits small classes and affordability as key to choosing Ohio University Lancaster
Sophomore education major credits small classes and affordability as key to choosing Ohio University Lancaster

Minutes and information from the Dec. 15 Presidential Policy Advisory Group meeting
The following message with information and minutes from the Dec. 15 Presidential Policy Advisory Group meeting was sent to Ohio University students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.

Dec 21, 2017
Chubu University delegation visit was one highlight of Fall 2017 at OHIO
Ohio University (OHIO) was honored to welcome Chubu University President Osamu Ishihara and a delegation from the Japanese university to campus during the Fall Semester.

Ohio Football gives back to community at Bahamas Bowl
Following practice, Bobcat football players visited the Ranfurly Homes for Children to shoot some hoops and provide some motivation. You couldn't help but notice the glow on the faces of the kids and student-athletes.

Southern Campus releases updated version of EOP plan, convenes critical response team
Ohio University Southern recently updated its Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and convened its first meeting of the campus Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

Dec 22, 2017
OUL Theatre’s "Moon Over Buffalo" Selected for Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
Admission is free for sendoff performance  Friday, January 12 at 7 pm in the Wagner Theatre

New assessment highlights growing impact of diabetes in southeast Ohio
A recent needs assessment by the Diabetes Institute at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine shows that the prevalence of diabetes in the southeastern Ohio region is even higher than was estimated by the Centers for Disease Control just a few years ago.

Five years after OHIO merged career, leadership development, CLDC reflects on University-wide impact
Five years after becoming the first higher education institution in the country to merge student leadership development and career services efforts, Ohio University's Career and Leadership Development Center has served tens of thousands of Bobcats, providing opportunities for students and alumni to cultivate co-curricular skills, engaging hundreds of employers in that process and weaving together a University community dedicated to students’ post-graduation success.