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Faculty & Staff News

May 21
Scripps journalism professor to visit C-SPAN as part of AEJMC program
Hans Meyer, an assistant professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, is one of six members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), selected as 2015-16 Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors in Social Media.

May 20
CLDC staff presenting at national, regional conferences
Employees at Ohio University's Career and Leadership Development Center have been invited to present a total of seven times at three of the nation’s largest professional development association conferences.

Ohio Quality Matters Consortium visits campus for annual meeting
Members of the Ohio Quality Matters Consortium came to Walter Hall on May 15 for the group’s annual member meeting. Around 75 attendees participated in information sessions focusing on online course design using the Quality Matters (QM) rubric.

May 18
Dance professor wins Presidential Teacher Award
A professor in the School of Dance, Film, and Theater has won Ohio University’s Presidential Teacher Award. Tresa Randall, associate professor of dance, was named a Presidential Teacher for the year 2015.

Expo provides resources, connections for campus communicators
In response to feedback expressing a desire for more opportunity to network with colleagues and research resources, Ohio University Communications and Marketing (UCM) hosted the 2015 Campus Communicator Network (CCN) Expo on Wednesday, May 13 in the Walter Hall Rotunda.

May 15
Site license update: Adobe, Microsoft and Smartsheet
Find out which software packages are free and which are discounted.

May 14
Branding OHIO with "it's you" and brackets
The following guidelines provide a basic primer on how the “it’s you” brand theme and related brackets should be used to promote Ohio University as well as its units and programs.

May 12
Meet the May Classified Employee of the Month Michelle Allison
Find out where Accounting Specialist Michelle Allison likes to vacation in this month's Classified Employee of the Month Q&A.

May 11
Students, faculty to travel to Ghana for concert
A group of Ohio University students and professors will perform in Ghana in June for an international concert that will bring some 200 performers on stage.

May 8
Study seeks women to help find out how early life experience affects adult stress response and health
Researchers from Ohio University’s medical school are seeking local women to help them study how stress experienced by children can still affect their health once they’ve grown up.

UN event hopes to continue fight against cyber bullying
This weekend, Ferrier was part of a panel presentation at the United Nations World Press Freedom Day, where she joined three others, all of whom aimed to promote better reporting, gender equality and media safety in the digital age.

May 4
Bantz appointed as associate vice president of the Office of Information Technology and CIO
Senior Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Administration Services Joseph Lalley announced May 4 that Craig Bantz has been appointed as the associate vice president for the Office of Information Technology and chief information officer.

Ohio University awarded 2015 Communicator Award of Excellence for ‘OHIO Guarantee’ video
Ohio University’s office of University Communications and Marketing received a Communicator Award of Excellence from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts April 26. The award recognizes creative excellence in online video production.

Scripps administrator receives Knight Prototype Fund grant for anti-cyberbullying service
Scripps College of Communication Associate Dean for Innovation Michelle Ferrier recently received news her anti-cyberbullying online and mobile service, Trollbusters, was named one of 20 projects to be granted funding from the Knight Prototype Fund.

May 1
Leading woman electrochemical engineer named 2015 Distinguished Professor
During Ohio University’s annual Master’s and Doctoral Commencement ceremony on May 1, Gerardine “Gerri” Botte, Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was recognized as the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Professor award.

Upcoming changes to OPERS plans including the mitigating rate
The following information was sent by Ohio University Human Resources to OHIO administrative and classified staff regarding upcoming changes to OPERS.

Upcoming changes to STRS including employee contributions and mitigating rate
The following information was sent by Ohio University Human Resources to OHIO faculty regarding upcoming changes to STRS.

Apr 30
Blackboard offline for upgrade May 6-8
Blackboard will be down from 5pm on May 6 through 5 pm on May 8 for its annual upgrade.

Blackboard upgrade: SafeAssign and Calendar improvements
After the May 6 upgrade, SafeAssign will be compatible with group assignments, and the Calendar will be easier to use.

Apr 29
University adds Nissan Leafs to fleet
Ohio University Transportation and Parking Services recently purchased three new all-electric Nissan Leafs®. The three automobiles will be available for daily rental in the fall.

Apr 27
Help shape OHIO's central calendar
OHIO faculty, staff and students, your help is needed to take the central OHIO Calendar of University Events (CUE) to the next level. Please complete an information-gathering survey by May 8.

Ohio University professor wins international printmaking award
Art Werger, professor of printmaking at Ohio University’s School of Art + Design, has been named a winner of the 2015 Guanlan International Print Prize as part of the exhibition at the Guanlan International Print Biennial.

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 23
A message regarding employee reappointment processes for fiscal year 2015-16
A message from the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Blackboard upgrade: Student Preview mode
The new version of Blackboard lets instructors view and interact with their courses from a student perspective.

Charles Jarrett featured in ‘Profiles in Faculty Achievement’ video series
An associate professor of sociology at Ohio University’s Southern Campus, Charles Jarrett has spent more than 15 years researching the Gullah/Geechee population and its culture – efforts he has used to challenge his students to explore cultures outside of their own.

Faculty and Staff support a tobacco-free campus
Ohio University supports a tobacco-free policy as a major wellness initiative for all members of the OHIO community.

Joseph Slade retirement party is April 27
The Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies will host a retirement reception Monday, April 27 for longtime professor Joseph Slade.

Apr 22
Retirement party for Joe Adams is April 27
A retirement reception for Joe S. Adams, Ohio University associate vice president of risk management and safety, will take place at 2 p.m., Monday April 27.

A life-long passion for language and culture: Linn Forhan
Linn Forhan, Assistant Director of the Ohio Program of Intensive English, tells us her exciting story of teaching international students at Ohio University, which spans over four decades. She has been a witness to the myriad of changes and transformations in OPIE and the university, and now willingly shares her lifelong passion for culture and language with her students and colleagues.

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.

Human Resources provides guidelines for summer hours
To further support the work/life balance of Ohio University staff members, the University encourages departments to offer staff members flexibility in their hours of work during the summer term.

Meet Sheree Lucas, April Classified Employee of the Month
Meet April Classified Employee of the Month Sheree Lucas. She said she likes Alaska, riding motorcycles and Mustangs. Read more about her here.

Retirement reception for Vicki Butcher is April 30
Faculty and staff are invited to a retirement reception for Vicki Butcher, Executive Assistant for the College of Arts & Sciences, on Thursday, April 30, from 1 to  3 p.m. in the 1804 Lounge in Baker University Center.

Apr 21
Benefits open enrollment closes April 27
The annual benefits open enrollment period will close Monday, April 27 at 11:59 p.m.

Faculty and staff invited to appreciation event April 24
Ohio University faculty and staff are invited to an ice cream social at the Baker University Center Bobcat Student Lounge & Patio on Friday, April 24.

Apr 20
Meet the March Classified Employee of the Month
Meet the March Classified Employee of the Month Pam Douglas! She likes vacationing in Tennessee, country music and "American Sniper."

Apr 19
Mary Weems addresses sensitive topics during first Najee E. Muhammad Lecture
No sensitive social topic was off the table during Mary Weems' one-woman performance at the inaugural Najee E. Muhammad Memorial Lecture on Wednesday.

Apr 17
Down time for May 6 Blackboard upgrade to be shorter than expected
OIT has shortened the anticipated down time for the May 6 Blackboard upgrade from four days to two.

Apr 16
Branding OHIO through its principles: Part 7
If you've kept up with University Marketing and Communications’ (UCM) 80’s style Throwback Thursday video series, which began in January, hopefully you’ve noticed a running theme – we’re all about branding!

OMSAR's Cecil Walters says goodbye to students
Walters’ students and colleagues gathered on April 9 in the Baker University Center to thank him for all of his contributions to Ohio University and to their lives and to wish him the best of luck in the future.

Apr 14
Center for PDS Partnerships receives Spirit of the PDS Award
Ohio University’s Patton College of Education’s Center for PDS Partnerships has received the Spirit of the PDS Award. This prestigious national honor recognizes “leadership in, and significant contributions to, the building and sustaining of Professional Development Schools and consistent support for, and participation in, the annual NAPDS Conference.”

Seann Dikkers a key player in Microsoft-funded summit
Seann Dikkers recently participated in a Microsoft-funded research project that analyzed how teachers are using Minecraft in the classroom.

Apr 13
Berenson awarded music teachers service award
Gail Berenson, Professor Emerita of Piano at Ohio University, has been awarded the Music Teachers National Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Inaugural Najee E. Muhammad Memorial Lecture is Wednesday
Mary E. Weems, a poet, playwright, scholar and friend of late Ohio University Associate Professor of Education Najee E. Muhammad, will perform in his honor at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Galbreath Chapel.

Memorial concert for Richard Syracuse is April 18
The Ohio University School of Music will host a memorial concert to celebrate the life and legacy of Emeritus Professor of Music Richard D. Syracuse on Saturday, April 18.

Apr 10
Human Resources releases IMPACT on Wellness April newsletter
This edition features information on workplace ethics, accomplishing tasks on your to-do lists and giving feedback to your boss.

Jeremy Webster named 2015-16 ACE Fellow
Ohio University Honors Tutorial College Dean Jeremy Webster is one of 47 college and university leaders chosen as a 2015-16 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

Apr 9
Libraries’ rare books used for research on 'Moby Dick'
Professor Kevin Haworth has formulated some interesting observations about “Moby Dick” using the multiple editions of the texts available in the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections.

Matthew Vetter to discuss Wikipedia research April 15
Matthew Vetter, will discuss his research on Wikipedia as the Spring 2015 speaker in the Libraries’ Graduate Research Series. His talk will take place April 15.