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Faculty & Staff News

Jul 22
Meet the Professor: Heather Lawrence-Benedict
Meet the Professor: Heather Lawrence-Benedict

Ohio University Southern geography instructor explores Alaska, Arctic Circle
Gary Belcher, physical, environmental and human geography instructor at Ohio University Southern, spent part of the summer exploring Alaska.

Jul 18
Kids on Campus celebrates 20 years
Kids on Campus celebrated its 20th "birthday" with a ceremony for the kids on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

The Patton College partners with Tri-County Career Center to advocate for college and career transition
In partnership with Tri-County Career Center, The Patton College’s Associate Professor in Teacher Education Leena Landmark received a $77,700 grant to help TCCC students with disabilities achieve success during high school.

Jul 17
WOUB Public Media announces leadership structural changes
In order to meet the expansion needs of WOUB Public Media, Mark Brewer has been named general manager and Tom Hodson will act as director.

Jul 13
Chart of Account Redesign and other Financial System Enhancements awareness sessions scheduled
These sessions will increase user understanding of the project timeline and goals, the COA segment structure, the new Grants Accounting module, and provide an overview of the communication and training support that users can expect.

OUPD welcomes Captain George Harlow
George Harlow has joined Ohio University Police Department as its newest captain. Harlow began duty on July 11, 2016.

Jul 12
Benefits Office prepares to offer qualifying events changes through MPI
The Human Resources Benefits Office is working to enhance the Self Service Benefits option of My Personal Information (MPI) that was used to conduct the annual Benefits Open Enrollment in April.

Jul 11
Second round of EXCEL training offered to OHIO staff
Second round of EXCEL training offered to OHIO staff

Jul 7
MyHR access changes in response to new phishing trends
To help protect individuals who may inadvertently share their credentials in response to phishing scam emails and to minimize the impact of such lost individual credentials, the University has restricted off-campus access to W2s and direct deposit via MyHR until two-factor authentication becomes available later this year.

Jul 5
Bobcat Depot update: Simplified purchases for individuals, new way of issuing receipts for departments
Single point-of-sale system gives customers consistent experience, changes how departments handle receipts

Community remembers Norman Cohn, distinguished professor emeritus
Dr. Norman Cohn, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental & Plant Biology, passed away on June 29 at his home in Pittsburgh, age 86, died on June 29, 2016, at his home in Pittsburgh, PA, where he lived with his wife of 60 years, Margaret "Peggy" Cohn

Division of Student Affairs names Survivor Advocacy Program director, survivor advocate
Ohio University’s Division of Student Affairs announced that Kimberly Castor has been named director and Kristin Waltz has been appointed survivor advocate/case manager of the Survivor Advocacy Program (SAP).

Jul 1
Changes to STRS Faculty contribution rates effective July 1
As communicated in June via email and the Faculty Contributions article in Compass, the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) announced a 1% increase to employee retirement contributions for work performed on or after July 1, 2016. This is the final year of the three-year phase-in period, increasing the member contribution rate to 14%.

Greg Newton appointed interim associate dean for graduate studies, research, and creative activity
Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth announced the appointment of Greg Newton as the interim associate dean for graduate studies, research, and creative activity for the 2016-17 academic year. The appointment will begin on July 1.

Jun 30
Request for First-Gen Mentors
Inviting OHIO faculty and staff to volunteer as mentors for the OHIO First Scholars program

Jun 28
College of Health Sciences and Professions mourns loss of Brian Phillips
Health services administration lecturer Brian Phillips passed away on Wednesday, June 22, after a one-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jun 24
Trustees announce presidential search committee, launch website
The Board of Trustees announced today the names of the 21-person search committee charged with finding Ohio University’s 21st president.

Molly Johnson named associate director of nursing at Ohio University Southern
Associate Professor Molly Johnson has been named associate director of nursing at Ohio University Southern.

Jun 23
College of Business receives second honor from SportBusiness International
Professional Master of Sports Administration program ranked #1 online postgraduate sports program.

Master of Business Administration students learn more than accounting from Dr. Kirch
Dr. Kirch’s lectures inspire students to become honorable professionals

Jun 22
Human Resources will host employee appreciation event June 29
Ohio University faculty and staff are invited to join executive staff and leadership for lemonade, popcorn and watermelon on Wednesday, June 29 from 6:15 – 7 p.m. on College Green in advance of the “Under the Elms” concert.

Jun 20
AEP Ohio recognizes Ohio University for commitment to energy efficiency and the environment
AEP Ohio has recognized Ohio University for its commitment to energy efficiency, the environment and taking part in AEP Ohio’s savings incentives programs for businesses in 2015.

Study finds that students in Appalachian Ohio lag behind the rest of the state in technology access
A recent study conducted by Ohio University Associate Professor John Hoag revealed that students living in Appalachian Ohio have a clear disadvantage when it comes to availability to broadband service and the attainment of school-issued computers and tablets.

Mac Stricklen named new Ohio University ombudsperson; will begin role July 6
Mac Stricklen has been named Ohio University’s next ombudsperson after an internal search chaired by Dianne Bouvier, director of equal opportunity and accessibility and former ombudsperson. Stricklen will begin his new role July 6.

Jun 17
Greg Moeller appointed assistant dean for student success
Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth announced the appointment of Greg Moeller, BSC ’04, MED ‘09, as the assistant dean for student success. The appointment will begin on July 1.

Jun 16
UHR announces sick leave donation pilot program will end on June 30, 2016
In July 2014, Ohio University Human Resources (UHR) in collaboration with the Administrative and Classified Senates unveiled a sick leave donation pilot program. However, the University recently received an Ohio Attorney General legal opinion stating that sick leave donation programs at public colleges and universities are not authorized by the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). To comply with the ORC, the sick leave donation pilot program will end effective June 30, 2016.

Jun 15
Chart of Accounts project activities for Spring 2017 go-live
The Chart of Accounts Redesign Project Team is completing a series of mapping activities with representatives from each Planning Unit with a completion date scheduled for mid-July.

Innovation Strategy announces plans for second cycle of funding
Planning for the Innovation Strategy Cycle 2 funding process is now underway.  Ohio University anticipates releasing the Cycle 2 Request for Proposals (RFP) in September 2016.

Jun 14
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 13
New executive director for equity, civil rights compliance, and accessibility named
Sara L. Trower, J.D., has been appointed executive director of Ohio University’s Office for Equity, Civil Rights Compliance, and Accessibility. She will oversee and monitor all activities relating to civil rights compliance.

Robertson named associate vice president for architecture, design and construction
Gregory S. Robertson will join Ohio University as the newly appointed associate vice president for architecture, design and construction on June 14.

Jun 10
Stigall honored with prestigious 'Best Paleontologist under 40 Years of Age' award
Dr. Alycia Stigall, Professor of Geological Sciences, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Charles Schuchert Award from the Paleontological Society.

Jun 9
Upcoming Changes to Faculty Contributions to STRS and the STRS Mitigating Rate
Upcoming Changes to Faculty Contributions to STRS and the STRS Mitigating Rate

A message from President McDavis in advance of the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting
President Roderick J. McDavis discusses items on the agenda for the upcoming June Ohio University Board of Trustees meeting.

Judy Piercy retirement party will be held June 21
A retirement reception for Judy Piercy will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the 1804 Lounge in Baker University Center.

Jun 8
WOUB, its staff, & Storytelling Institute garner seven regional Emmy nominations
Evan Shaw of WOUB Public Media and the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact garnered seven different Emmy nominations today by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Ohio Valley Chapter.<br />Dr. Lynn Harter, the co-director of the Institute received two nominations and a Scripps College of Communication student Brett Maszczak was named in one category.

Jun 7
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.

Jun 3
A message from University Human Resources regarding updated FLSA overtime regulations
The U.S. Department of Labor has released regulations to become effective December 1, 2016, regarding the salary threshold for employees to be considered exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Jun 1
Nancy Love troubleshoots financial barriers to college education
Last semester alone, Nancy Love, an administrative specialist with the Department of Housing and Residence Life, worked with approximately 2,700 students who found themselves at risk of not being able to return to campus due to prior term balances.

Zanesville Campus dean appointed chancellor at Penn State Beaver
Jenifer Cushman, dean of Ohio University’s Zanesville Campus, has been appointed chancellor of Penn State Beaver, effective July 1, 2016.

New Partner Groups Website
To further improve communication and develop a collaborative partnership between the OHIO Finance and Administration Division and Campus, Partner Groups were established in late Spring 2015. Partner Groups are co-chaired by a member of the RC Strategy Group and the leader of the relevant functional area. The Partner Groups include a maximum of five campus stakeholders including the co-chair from the RC Strategy Group. The only exception is the Budget Partner Group which will have a member from each Planning Unit. The Partner Groups are purposely kept small to ensure that they remain agile and responsive to timely issues. Recommendations of the Partner Groups will be vetted with the RC Technical Group and/or the Human Resource Management Group prior to being implemented.

OHIO community mourns loss of journalism visionary Guido Stempel
The Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, home to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, mourns the passing of Guido H. Stempel, III, 87, on Tuesday, May 31. Stempel passed away at the James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University in Columbus.

May 31
Ohio University administrators present at Multiple Perspectives conference at Ohio State University
Several Ohio University administrators recently presented at Multiple Perspectives in Access, Inclusion and Disability, an annual conference held at Ohio State University in April to discuss accessibility- and inclusion-related topics and provide workshops and resources for businesses, educational institutions and communities.

May 26
Absence Management enhancement: planned absence requests can now cross the fiscal year in My Personal Information
Absence Management enhancement: planned absence requests can now cross the fiscal year in My Personal Information

May 25
OHIO hospitality expert offers summer travel tips
Hospitality expert Sandy Chen, an associate professor in the Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Program within Ohio University’s Patton College of Education, offers five tips that can help travelers save money, and stay comfortable, during summer vacations.

OHIO hosts seventh annual SIDE diversity education training
Nearly 30 individuals participated in the seventh annual Ohio University Summer Institute for Diversity Education (SIDE), which was held May 17-20 at the Athens Campus.

May 24
Meet the Professor: Deanna House
From information technology to teaching, House found her niche in management information systems.

May 19
Meet Barbara Wright, the May Classified Employee of the Month
Patton College of Education Administrative Specialist Barbara Wright loves working with students, reading the Bible, vacationing at the beach and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Find out more about her here.