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Making the Difference


The purpose of the “Making the Difference” series is to highlight the ways in which OHIO staff and faculty are making a difference – on campus, in the community, in their fields and around the world. Its aim is the recruitment, retention and engagement of OHIO faculty and staff. OHIO community members are invited to submit nominations. Six articles were published in the 2013-14 editorial year and the series will continue in the 2014-15 editions of Compass.


Jan 17, 2018
Faculty member uses paint and plates to cope with grief after death of her sister
The overwhelming feeling of loss was what Lori Esposito said led her to take a special walk to honor the memory of her late sister, Renee Esposito. That day was the birth of the Evaporation Walks, a performance piece that makes a painting while you walk.

Sep 11, 2017
OHIO’s first-generation mentors: Serving students while building connections, community
What started out as a Compass article seeking Ohio University employees’ input in crafting a campus-wide support system for first-generation students has flourished into a mentoring program that has gone beyond serving students and is facilitating connections and creating a community throughout OHIO.

May 22, 2017
Impact of faculty-secured research funding can be found throughout Ohio University and beyond
The benefits of Ohio University faculty and staff efforts to secure research funding ripple throughout OHIO’s campuses and into the communities they serve and the world as a whole, providing an academic environment that feeds the passions of both faculty and staff, that cultivates the next generation of scientists and great thinkers, and that promotes the University both at home and abroad.

Mar 1, 2017
Voinovich School and Ohio Department of Natural Resources survey public outdoor recreation participation
Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs has partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Office of Real Estate to survey Ohio households about their use of public land for outdoor recreation activity now through March 8 at http://ohiostateparks.org/research.

OHIO Zero Waste Initiative supports Culinary Services’ coffee refill program
Save money and the environment by bringing your own mug to campus cafes through Culinary Services’ new coffee refill program, supported by the OHIO Zero Waste Initiative at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Feb 27, 2017
Landscape coordinator’s efforts preserve, protect native trees and plants on OHIO’s Athens Campus
For nearly 30 years, Susan Calhoun, landscape coordinator with the grounds maintenance department, has been listening to the stories of the trees on the Athens Campus – and protecting them for future generations of Bobcats to hear.

Jan 20, 2017
Paid undergrad research scholar positions available offering valuable applied experiences
The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is offering Undergraduate Research Scholar funded positions for the­ 2017-2018 academic year. ­ Highly motivated students from any school or department are encouraged to apply for these competitive positions.

Dec 6, 2016
The Future of Environmental Politics and Communication
Since the results of the 2016 United States presidential election, many students at Ohio University are concerned about the direction of their future careers. Conversations in environmental studies classes in particular have left students "clamoring for more" -- more spaces and more opportunities to openly discuss what the future may hold for those pursuing a career in environmental services under a Trump Administration.

EDA awards Voinovich School $144K in funding to impact regional economic development
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently awarded Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs $144,000 to advance regional economic development, while identifying rising industries in Appalachia to retrain workers in declining industries — such as coal mining — to fill those jobs.

Nov 21, 2016
Shaping the Future of Activism on Campus
OUC is taking a new approach to analyzing activism .

Nov 1, 2016
Battelle for Kids and Voinovich School expand relationship to create school-to-workforce pipeline
Battelle for Kids honored the Voinovich School with the ‘Friends of Battelle for Kids’ award, and the relationship between the two entities is continuing and growing as the Voinovich School and Battelle for Kids undertake a new project.

Oct 31, 2016
Two Scripps professors use speaker series to tackle nation’s social justice issues
In an effort to foster public discussions on America’s most polarizing social issues, two Scripps College of Communication professors created the “90 Minutes Series” this fall.

Oct 14, 2016
“Campus feminist” creates long legacy at OHIO with work in advocacy
When Beverly Jones, BSJ ’69 MBA ’75, began her college career at Ohio University years ago she didn’t realize the impact and legacy she would leave at her alma mater. Jones consistently broke down barriers and blazed her own trail, allowing women behind her to follow for decades.

Oct 4, 2016
Symposium to address solving environmental monitoring problems with new technology
Innovations in environmental monitoring and the incorporation of technology will be the theme for the upcoming symposium hosted by the Partnership for Digitally Connected Environmental Monitoring at Ohio University.

Sep 9, 2016
MSES graduate returns to Athens to give horses a Second Chance
Environmental Studies alumus Lucian Spataro, Jr. has returned to Athens to build his dream of renovating his family lands to become an extension of Last Chance Corral a non-profit haven for unwanted horses..

Aug 31, 2016
Campus Rec staffer develops program aimed at making OHIO women strong(her)
Under Joe Schillero’s leadership, the fitness staff at Ohio University's Ping Center launched Bobcat BarBelles, a strength training program that is empowering women throughout the Athens Campus.

Aug 26, 2016
Celebrating 100 Years of the National Parks Service: Alum combines art and cartography across all 59 national parks
When Karla Sanders came to Ohio University from Cincinnati to study art, she never imagined that she would fall in love with geography. But her undergraduate general education requirement in geography opened the door to a new world,  and she quickly found herself uncovering the treasures of an interdisciplinary career in art and environment.  Ultimately, she earned a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) degree from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, along with master’s degrees in geography and cartography.

Aug 19, 2016
Future Educators of Ohio University Zanesville (FEOUZ) volunteer
Education majors reflect on course content through volunteerism

Jul 22, 2016
Photo Slideshow: Junior Executive Business Program a hit once again
8 days. 32 students. 7 teams. A world of difference.

Jul 21, 2016
Ohio University SBDC named Excellence & Innovation Center of the Year
Following an enormously successful fiscal year, the Ohio University Small Business Development Center (Ohio University SBDC) was honored with the Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award from the Ohio Small Business Development Centers.

Jun 14, 2016
Voinovich School hosts return of statewide prevention and recovery conference
Nearly 500 prevention and recovery professionals from throughout Ohio will soon return to Athens as the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs hosts the Ohio Promoting Wellness & Recovery (OPEC) Conference for the second time, June 27 – 29, 2016 at the Ohio University Baker Center.

Jun 7, 2016
New Grants Fund Continued Research, Outreach for EM's Portsmouth, Paducah Sites
The Office of Environmental Management (EM) recently awarded grants to Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the University of Kentucky to develop publicly available information related to the cleanup of the Portsmouth and Paducah gaseous diffusion plant sites in Ohio and Kentucky.

On- and Off-Campus Student Move Out Recycling and Reuse Efforts a Huge Success
This year’s Ohio University Move Out provided students with more opportunities to recycle and donate unwanted items than ever before.  For four months leading up to graduation weekend, a planning committee convened with the goal of improving the Move Out process.

May 12, 2016
Alumnus honored for outstanding public service at OHIO State Government Alumni Luncheon
More than 130 Ohio University alumni in Ohio public service gathered at the Athletic Club of Columbus to honor OHIO alumnus Matt Evans for his outstanding service to the state at the 33rd Annual State Government Alumni Luncheon on May 3.

May 9, 2016
Appalachian Ohio State of the Region conference explores regional business ecosystem
Statewide public officials, regional economic development personnel and representatives from other businesses and organizations have an opportunity to learn about, “Exploring our Business Ecosystem,” at the Fifth Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference at Ohio University Baker Center in Athens, Ohio on May 17, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Apr 25, 2016
College of Business students team with world experts to tackle deadly mosquito-spread diseases
Vaylenx, a business run by Ohio University students, earned the Founder’s Award at the Texas Christian University (TCU) Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition for having the boldest idea with the widest impact.

Apr 8, 2016
Ohio University Lancaster Kicks Off Social Justice Week with Series of Awareness Events
Social Justice Week is an opportunity to bridge gaps between various student organizations and bring together diverse individuals and student leaders, as well as the greater Ohio University community, to shed light on their passions and educate others on today’s pressing social issues. The week’s events are free and open to the public.

Mar 14, 2016
Tickets on sale now for Schey Talks
Schey Talks, a Bobcat take on TEDTalks, are happening on Wed., Mar. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Athena Cinema.

Feb 18, 2016
MPA student combats human trafficking, applies experience from the Voinovich School
Mike Crispen is still working on his master of public administration degree, but he is already applying his knowledge in his career as an Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) captain to develop a campaign against human trafficking.

Dec 11, 2015
Voinovich School project promotes smoking cessation intervention in SE Ohio
The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs recently received two additional years of funding from the Ohio Department of Health to work with six counties in Southeast Ohio to promote an evidence-based smoking cessation intervention.

Nov 10, 2015
OHIO to celebrate Zero Waste Week with series of campus events
Ohio University will join thousands of local organizers to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, with a Zero Waste Week of events from November 14 – 20, 2015, to raise awareness about recycling and waste on campus.

Oct 30, 2015
Athens campus asked to complete Zero Waste survey
Check your inbox, as an email with a link to a Zero Waste survey is being sent to all Athens campus faculty, staff and students to help assess recycling patterns and identify ways to improve waste efficiency on campus.

Oct 28, 2015
OHIO community successfully rallies for GameDay Recycling Challenge
On Oct. 17, Ohio University competed against colleges and universities across the nation in the 2015 GameDay Recycling Challenge, a waste reduction and recycling competition. More than 22,000 football game attendees recycled and composted 7,225 pounds of materials for a 96 percent diversion rate from landfills. That’s almost a third of the weight of the entire Bobcat football team.

Oct 1, 2015
MSES student awarded Graduate Student Senate travel grant
Karie Whitman knew her professional development in Madagascar last summer was too fruitful to not return.  However, she also knew she would need to find significant financial support for future research. Thanks to a Graduate Student Senate travel grant, she is one step closer to that goal.

Apr 27, 2015
Volunteering for Commencement is an annual tradition for two OHIO staffers
Ohio University employees Kevin Witham and Brian McCoy have given a combined more than 40 years of service volunteering to help with Commencement.

Apr 22, 2015
CCCE leading efforts to engage faculty in community engagement
Since the the Center for Campus and Community Engagement’s founding in the fall of 2013, more than 120 OHIO faculty members from several campuses have participated in introductory service learning training, with 16 of those individuals recently completing an eight-week intensive training. These efforts have been spearheaded by two faculty members who are serving as OHIO’s service learning experts – Pete Mather from the Patton College of Education and Julie Paxton from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Apr 9, 2015
Scripps College administrator developing app to battle online trolls
Michelle Ferrier, associate dean for innovation at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, is developing an online tool to combat a growing problem for women news journalists and entrepreneurs – cyberharassment.

Feb 19, 2015
Work Center serves as starting point for all of OHIO’s Facilities needs
The responsibility of maintaining the grounds and more than 200 buildings on Ohio University's approximately 1,800-acre Athens Campus falls on the roughly 400 individuals employed in the University’s Facilities Department, including the nine staff members who operate the Facilities Work Center.

Feb 4, 2015
Let "Super Lawyer" Harry Greenfield Tell You How to Plan for Your Financial Future
Let "Super Lawyer" Harry Greenfield Tell You How to Plan for Your Financial Future

Jan 14, 2015
OHIO Culinary Services prepares high-quality food for the masses
Though Mary Jones is the associate director of Ohio University Culinary Services and responsible for the activities that take place within the Central Food Facility, she credits the success of the large operation to its managers and employees, who make a difference within the University community every day.

Dec 8, 2014
Campaign initiated by OHIO employee generates nearly $50K for workers affected by Athens fire
A gofundme campaign created by Pete Shooner, associate director of communications for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, has raised nearly $50,000 for the dozens of employees affected by the Nov. 16 multiple structure fire in uptown Athens.

Oct 6, 2014
From Bobcat Nation to the Navajo Nation to Capitol Hill: Bob Klein inspires, empowers, advocates for math teachers and learners
Bob Klein’s hours outside of the classroom are spent inspiring, empowering and advocating on behalf of math students and educators throughout the nation – efforts that in the past year have taken him from Bobcat Nation to the Navajo Nation to Capitol Hill.

May 20, 2014
Heritage College's James works with Ohio panel on strategies to increase diversity in health care workforce
What are the most effective ways of recruiting more minorities into Ohio’s health care workforce? Calvin James, who for more than two decades has been involved in such initiatives at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, shared some successful strategies with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio recently.

Apr 2, 2014
Lancaster Campus educator Sandy Doty is building the future – one science fair at a time
Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Associate Professor of Physics Sandy Doty and The Works museum in Newark created the Licking County Local Science Fair.

Feb 19, 2014
Terri Green: Teaching children to learn to read so they can read to learn
Ohio University Lancaster Lecturer of Education Terri Green and Ohio University Lancaster are partners in a state grant project to help area elementary school students read at their grade level by the third grade.

Jan 30, 2014
Carolyn Bailey Lewis: Actively inspiring others
When a group of Ohio University employees from the President’s Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility Planning (PACDAP) travels to Bowling Green State University in March to present a panel discussion on disability accessibility planning at the annual State of the State conference, among them will be Carolyn Bailey Lewis.

Dec 16, 2013
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.

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.

Nov 7, 2013
Faculty, staff behind summer program give incoming students a fresh start and a head start
Ohio University employees throughout the Athens Campus contribute to the Summer Transition Program experience, making it a truly collaborative effort.

Oct 24, 2013
OHIO faculty and staff make the difference
UCM works with group of faculty and staff to establish a pathway toward a more consistent approach to communications with prospective and current employees through a brand position that is unique to the OHIO experience.