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Faculty & Staff News

Dec 14
Nominations deadline for women’s achievement awards is Feb. 1
Ohio University will shine a spotlight on its own outstanding women during the third annual Women’s Achievement Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. The dinner highlights the successes of women in a variety of roles.

Ohio University Eastern faculty member co-publishes new book
Dr. Kevin R. Spiker, associate professor of political science at Ohio University Eastern, and Dr. James B. Whisker, professor emeritus of political science at West Virginia University, have published a new book, ‘The Alien Tort Claims Act.’  This is the first in a series of peer-reviewed works that will examine numerous topics in the fields of international law and U.S. military policy.

Dec 13
Free Audio Conferencing now available in Microsoft Teams
New feature adds a call-in phone number to online meetings; can also be used to host audio conference calls.

Phi Delta Theta partners with the Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Program to provide a unique brotherhood experience
The Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism program within the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences in The Patton College of Education hosted the men of the Ohio Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Theta for a Brotherhood Cooking Class on Trying New Foods on Sunday December 2nd from 6-9 p.m. in the McCracken Hall Demonstration Kitchen and Kitchen Laboratory.

Violet Patton Lecture Series features expert in immigration and education
The Patton College of Education is hosting its bi-annual Violet Patton Lecture Series on Thursday, Jan. 31. The featured speaker is Matt Matera, an expert in immigration and education practices.

OHIO professors’ 3D visualizations of fossils highlighted in National Science Foundations’ ‘Bits and Bytes’ newsletter
The work of two Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine professors was recently featured in the National Science Foundations’ “Bits and Bytes” newsletter.

Dec 12
President Nellis announces search committee for new Vice President for University Communications and Marketing
President Nellis has announced the members of the search committee for the new Vice President for University Communications and Marketing. The search is scheduled to be concluded by June 1.

Ohio University celebrated International Education Week (PHOTOS)
Ohio University’s International Education Week (IEW) celebration in November featured international visitors, dynamic presentations from alumni, faculty, students and visiting experts, and a wide range of events on the Athens and regional campuses.

Dec 11
Inaugural Langston Hughes Lecture features Henry Box Brown story
Dr. Martha J. Cutter, professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut, shared the amazing story of Henry Box Brown, who in March 1849 escaped slavery by being mailed in a wooden postal crate from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia.

Meet November 2018 Classified Employee of the Month Michelle Ruble
Michelle Ruble, the December 2018 Classified Employee of the Month, likes knitting, crocheting, country music, WWE wrestling and following the British royal family. Find out more about her here.

2018 Academic Innovation Accelerator proposals released
Project proposals for this year’s cycle of the Academic Innovation Accelerator are now visible on the Office of Instructional Innovation's website.

Dec 7
Facilities Website User Survey deadline is Dec. 21
Facilities Management and Safety is preparing to begin the website migration to the new content management system. Prior to the migration, they would like to better understand if, how, and why you use the websites.

OHIO staff learn and practice emergency preparedness
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, a group of Ohio University staff gathered in Baker University Center for a lunchtime business continuity training session titled, “Playing with Disaster,” led by Bev Wyatt and Jill Harris.

Ohio University announces travel program implementation
As announced in October 2018, Ohio University has partnered with Christopherson Business Travel (CBT), to implement a comprehensive travel program with goals of implementing user-friendly processes, improving service to the traveler, and providing access to discounts that save the University money. This program is expected to launch in early April 2019.

Global Perspectives Faculty Learning Community returns in spring
A Faculty Learning Community will focus on creating classroom environments and learning experiences with a global perspective. Apply by January 11.

Dec 6
President and first lady to host employee appreciation social Dec. 13
University employees are invited to join the President M. Duane Nellis and first Lady Ruthie Nellis for the annual December Employee Appreciation Social from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Dec 5
Finalists for dean of University Libraries announced
Four finalists for the dean of University Libraries have been invited to interview on the Athens Campus. The successful candidate will replace Scott Seaman, who announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2018.

Ohio University Press Director Gillian Berchowitz to retire Dec. 12
Gillian Berchowitz will cap a long and innovative career at Ohio University Press and its trade imprint, Swallow Press, with her retirement on Dec. 12. In the coming months, the University will conduct a nationwide search to begin actively recruiting qualified applicants.

Chillicothe’s First Family teaching political science on the Chillicothe campus
City of Chillicothe Mayor, Luke Feeney, and his wife, Stacy, are both teaching classes at Ohio University Chillicothe this fall semester 2018. The Feeney family is using their background in politics and law to educate Chillicothe campus students about political science.

OHIO faculty Andrew Pueschel increases both engagement and positivity in his students
One College of Business faculty’s goal is to impact students in ways that speak to their individual ways of learning. To do so, he implements strategies to increase both their engagement and positivity in the classroom.

Dec 4
Employees invited to give WellWorks a try
As Ohio is experiencing colder temperatures and fewer hours of daylight, WellWorks is busy creating convenient opportunities for employees to continue to focus on health and wellness.

Dec 2
Dean of Libraries finalists invited to campus
Four finalists for Ohio University’s Dean of Libraries will be on campus later this month after Dean Scott Seaman announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2018. Seaman held the position for 10 years. Each finalist will have an open forum.

Nov 30
Classified Senate seeks nominations for Employee of the Month
Classified Senate is requesting nominations for its non-bargaining Classified Employee of the Month award, which acknowledges those who are setting the standards for excellence at Ohio University. Nominations can be submitted online.

AICUO to host Succession Planning and Preventing Student Injury and Death workshops
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Ohio will host two December workshops for non-AICUO members regarding succession planning for higher education and preventing student injury and death. Both workshops require a fee to participate.

Regional Emmy Awards presented to OHIO faculty members Frederick Lewis and Joseph Slade for Paul Laurence Dunbar Documentary
“Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond The Mask,” a documentary by Ohio University Media Arts Associate Professor Frederick Lewis and Media Arts Professor Emeritus, Joseph Slade, has won a regional Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Documentary from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences.

Nov 28
Nominations for Outstanding Administrator Award being accepted through Dec. 14
The nomination form can be submitted online and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. A selection committee comprised of administrators, faculty, classified staff, an undergraduate and a graduate student will review nominations for the award. Selection of the recipients will be based on exemplary job performance and accomplishments.

Nov 27
Fundamentals of Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training open for registration
From Jan. 15 through Feb. 12, participants will learn the basics of conflict resolution, the process of mediation and how to help others communicate through differences. They will be 15-hour certified mediators after completion.

Dean of Libraries Scott Seaman to retire
Scott H. Seaman, Ohio University’s dean of Libraries since 2008, will be retiring at the end of December. In this position, he served as dean of one of the top 100+ research libraries in North America and oversaw library operations on Ohio University’s Athens campus, as well as the Hwa-Wei Lee Library Annex on Columbus Road in Athens.

Nov 20
Meet October 2018 Classified Employee of the Month Erin Jeffers
Meet October Classified Employee of the Month Erin Jeffers. She likes watching Netflix, hiking in the Smokey Mountains and listening to the band, Cake. Read more about her here.

Nov 19
Ohio University Eastern Faculty Member Kim Ciroli recognized nationally
The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) has named Kim Ciroli, lecturer in early childhood education at Ohio University Eastern, as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award. <br /><br />

Nov 16
University mourns Æthelred Eldridge, retired Ohio University professor of art and influential avant-garde artist
Former Ohio University associate professor of art and influential avant-garde artist, Æthelred Eldridge died on Nov. 12, 2018.

Nov 14
Learn how to earn an Executive MPA at Nov. 29 Lunch and Learn
Ohio University employees and the campus community are invited to attend an upcoming Lunch and Learn information session from 12 -1 p.m. on Nov. 29 in room 231 Baker Center to learn how to earn an executive Master’s of Public Administration while continuing to work full time.

Nov 13
Meet Mac Stricklen, Ohio University Ombudsperson [VIDEO]
In this video, Mac Stricklen explains his role as Ohio University ombudsperson. He lets you know what he does, who he works for and more. For more about the Office of the Ombudsperson, please visit https://www.ohio.edu/ombuds.

OHIO Ready Staff gears up for third year
OHIO Ready Staff welcomed two new employees in October. Maritta Walker and Jared Jeffers are the newest members of the program, run by the Finance and Administration Business Service Center, which provides temporary office and accounting staffing assistance to departments across campus.

Nov 9
Sign up for December active shooter preparedness trainings
Faculty, staff and students can sign up for these upcoming December trainings. Email Bev Wyatt (wyatt@ohio.edu) to register.

Nov 8
Ohio University professor develops life-saving technology with Cranfield University, Gates Foundation
A small electrochemical sensor developed by an Ohio University distinguished professor has big potential to reduce – or even eliminate – the number of E.coli-related deaths and illnesses around the world.

Nov 7
International Education Week to be celebrated Nov. 11-18
Ohio University will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) during the week of Nov. 11-18 with a series of special events on the Athens and regional campuses, including a conference focused on the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2018 Academic Innovation Accelerator proposals due November 19
The 2018 Ideation Event kicked off the third cycle of the Academic Innovation Accelerator (AIA). Proposal submissions for the AIA are due Monday, November 19.

Nov 6
Facilitating Career Development Faculty Learning Community accepting applications
A spring 2019 Faculty Learning Community will help faculty and staff actively engage students in career development conversations. Applications are due Friday, November 16.

December Blackboard Learn upgrade: Faster feature releases, fewer outages
This will be the last multi-day Blackboard Learn upgrade outage. Future updates will happen on the fly.

Nov 2
President M. Duane Nellis shares his career path in November 'First Fridays' letter
In his November 2018 "First Fridays" letter, Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis talks about his personal career path and how he benefited from a liberal arts education. He also shares some of the University's highlights from October.

Ways to use Top Hat in the classroom and beyond
Discover ways to engage students, event participants, conference attendees, and more.

Nov 1
University employee’s spouse encourages participation in Healthy OHIO
When Kaylee Wilkof participated in Healthy OHIO as a University spouse several years ago, she received test results that both saved and changed her life. As a result of her Healthy OHIO blood work results, her doctor was able to quickly diagnose her with Type 1 Diabetes and support her on a new wellness journey.

Oct 31
Africa forum to be held on Monday, Nov. 5
A special open forum focused on Ohio University’s activities in Africa will be held on Monday, Nov. 5, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Baker University Center.

Campus prepares for planned power outage
Facilities Management and Safety has scheduled a widespread power outage during Winter Break to allow for improvements to the main Athens campus electrical distribution system. An outside contractor will perform the project, with the bulk of the work occurring at the substation adjacent to the Facilities Shop at the intersection of Riverside Drive and West Green Drive.

Oct 30
Honda taps Ohio University mechanical engineer for algae-based remediation project
When a team of engineers at Honda R&D Americas (HRA) needed expert advice to construct a carbon-dioxide capturing algae farm at HRA’s Ohio Center in Union County, the group knew to turn to Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Oct 29
Paleontologists discovered six new species in the East African Rift
Six new species of invertebrates were discovered during a paleontological exploration of rift deposits in southwestern Tanzania by Ohio University professor, Nancy Stevens and her research team

Libraries features poet and editor John Greening talk on Nov. 8
British author, critic and poet John Greening, will discuss Edmund Blunden and the poetry of WWI in a conversation with Nicole Reynolds, associate professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and one of the organizers of the event.

Oct 26
Noyce Grant in excess of $2 million funds master’s program in STEM education
The Patton College of Education has received $2.3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to create the RALLY for STEM Robert Noyce Teaching Fellowship Program, which encourages STEM graduates and professionals to pursue middle and high school teaching careers.

Oct 25
Cyber Security: Bringing it all home
Many of the steps you follow on campus to secure your data are the same steps you should follow at home to secure your family's data.