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Faculty & Staff News

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.

School of Music mourns the death of Lisa Foerster
The School of Music mourns the passing of faculty member Lisa Foerster, assistant professor of voice, who died Wednesday in an automobile accident, on Route 56 in northern Vinton County, along with her two children, Emma C. Hamel, 19, and Thomas J. Hamel, 18, and her sister Lorraine E. Alsterberg, 57, of Oregon.

May 18
COMS Professor Judith Yaross Lee named 2016 Distinguished Professor
On Friday, April 29, during Graduate Commencement, Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit announced that Dr. Judith Yaross Lee, professor of communication studies and director of Honors Tutorial Studies in the Scripps College of Communication, was one of two faculty awarded a 2016 Distinguished Professor Award.

Four Ohio University teams selected for I-Corps@Ohio 2016 cohort
Four Ohio University research teams have been selected for the second I-Corps@Ohio cohort. For seven weeks beginning on May 13, the OHIO teams will join 20 teams representing universities from across the state to validate the market potential of their own proposed technologies and to learn about launching startup companies.

May 13
CCN Expo educates, celebrates OHIO’s communication, marketing specialists (PHOTOS)
Ohio University Communications and Marketing hosted its second annual Campus Communicator Network (CCN) Expo on May 11, providing OHIO's communication and marketing specialist an afternoon filled with education, socialization and commendations for colleagues whose efforts to champion OHIO, its people and its programs have risen above their day-to-day responsibilities.

May 12
Patton College advisors recognized as leaders in appreciative advising
While Patton College of Education professors have done an excellent job educating students, the college's professional academic advisors have played an indispensable role in getting them there.

May 11
Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards recognize faculty and alumni
The College of Fine Arts celebrates the exceptional faculty and alumni recently recognized by the Ohio Arts Council with Individual Excellence Awards for the state fiscal year 2016.

May 10
Authors@Alden with Hwa-Wei Lee and interviewer Charles Ping
On Thursday, May 19, Ohio University Libraries will host the Authors@Alden series featuring Hwa-Wei Lee, dean emeritus of Ohio University Libraries, and interviewer Charles J. Ping, president emeritus of Ohio University, for a conversation about Lee’s life and journey as an international Chinese American librarian.

May 9
Cynthia Kabat King retirement party is May 13
A retirement reception for Cynthia Kabat King will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 13 in the Friends of the Library Room in Alden Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Ombudsperson provides support, guidance and resources to Ohio University community
Students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff can sometimes face unique challenges as they navigate through a large university’s policies, procedures and personnel. It’s the responsibility of one person to provide confidential support and resources for Bobcats as they move through their educational and professional journeys at Ohio University – and it belongs to the University’s ombudsperson.

Health care premium credit to be provided to eligible faculty and staff
The premium refund is scheduled to be processed with the May 15 semi-monthly pay and the May 25 bi-weekly pay. The amount of the credit will be approximately $279 per eligible employee.

May 6
Benefits Open Enrollment period closed on May 3
Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity OHIO employees have to make changes to their benefits coverage plan options. This year, the annual Benefits Open Enrollment period began on April 11 at 12:00 pm and closed on Tuesday, May 3 at 5:00 pm.

May 5
University mourns sudden death of custodial worker Connie Bruker
Ohio University employee Connie E. Bruker, 60, of Coolville, Ohio, died on Monday, May 2, at her home.

Ohio University mourns loss of Chubu University Chairman Emeritus Ryozo Ohnishi
Ohio University has lost a friend and partner with the passing of Chubu University Chairman Emeritus Ryozo Ohnishi.

Area first responders to hold fire training exercises at Brough House May 14 and 15
Area first responders to hold fire training exercises at Brough House May 14 and 15

May 3
IT Service Desk extends summer hours to match early classes
In response to requests from faculty, the Service Desk has adjusted its summer support hours to start at 7:00 am.

Meet OHIO's new vice president for student affairs
Jason Pina will join the Division of Student Affairs on June 13 and recently sat down for a question-and-answer session on his new role and much more.

May 2
Sherman reappointed as College of Business Dean
Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit has announced the reappointment of Hugh Sherman as dean of the College of Business. The reappointment is effective from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2021.