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Faculty & Staff News

Aug 29
Middleton reappointed as Patton College of Education dean
Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit has announced the reappointment of Renée Middleton, Ph.D., as dean of the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. The reappointment is effective from August 12, 2016 to June 30, 2021.

Aug 28
Office of Instructional Innovation launches redesigned website
The Office of Instructional Innovation (OII) recently unveiled a redesigned website, which highlights innovative teaching at OHIO. The site offers updated information about OII’s evolving services and current initiatives.

Aug 26
New group of faculty advisors ready to kick off fourth year of women’s scholars program
A new group of faculty advisors to Ohio University's Margaret Boyd Scholars Program will welcome 20 first-year students into the four-year program this year.

Aug 24
President McDavis shares personal reflections after Faculty Staff Convocation
The following message was sent by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis to faculty and staff on August 24, 2016.

Ohio Energy, Ecology, Culture: A Humanities Roundtable is Sept. 30
The community is invited to the Ohio Energy, Ecology, Culture: A Humanities Roundtable on Friday, Sept. 30, from 4:30–6:30 p.m. in Baker Center Theater.

Morris elected fellow of Animal Behavior Society
Dr. Molly Morris, Professor of Biological Sciences, was elected fellow of the Animal Behavior Society this summer. She also is an editor for the journal Animal Behaviour.

STRS employee contribution rates increase
This is a reminder for faculty on nine-month contracts about the STRS employee contribution rate increase. As communicated to impacted faculty and staff on June 9 via email and the Faculty Contributions article in Compass, the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS) announced a one percent increase to employee retirement contributions for work performed on or after July 1, 2016.

Vice Provost Edmonds serves as invited speaker for 2016 International Research Conference
Ohio University Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies Lorna Jean Edmonds was an invited speaker at the 2016 International Research Conference at the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs on Wednesday, July 21.

Aug 23
UCM Annual Report highlights successes from 2015-16
Ohio University Communications and Marketing (UCM) has released its annual report, which highlights many of the initiatives and projects the department completed during the 2015-16 academic year.

OHIO First Scholars Overview
An overview of the OHIO First Scholars program which is housed in the Allen Student Advising Center

New faculty members welcomed at orientation
Ohio University’s newest faculty members were welcomed to campus August 15 during an all-day orientation designed to give an introduction to the University and its resources.

Aug 22
Professor wins prestigious scientific award for cardiovascular research
Tadeusz Malinski, Ohio University’s Marvin White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, won the Albrecht Fleckenstein Memorial Award which honors distinguished work in the field of basic research.

Now's the time to use the OHIO CUE
The OHIO Calendar of University Events (CUE) is ready to help you publicize your OHIO events. Here are the five CUE W's - what, when, where, why, and how.

LeRoy recognized by worldwide leaders in healthcare
Judean LeRoy, lecturer of nursing, was recognized by the world Lladers in healthcare for her commitment to the nursing profession and professional development in the field of health care.

Ohio Reach Scholars Program offering free training for foster care youth and alumni
Ohio University will host a free one-day training for campus professionals who provide post-secondary educational services related to foster care students and alumni.

Aug 19
Athens Area Mediation Service offers free training sessions
The Athens Area Mediation Service is sponsoring an intensive training in mediation skills, 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays, Sept. 23, 30, and Oct. 7, 14, 21.

Procure to Pay Services invites faculty and staff to supplier fair
Procure to Pay Services will host their first annual Supplier Fair on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come meet many of the University’s preferred suppliers and learn about the advantages and valuable solutions these businesses offer Ohio University.

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

Aug 17
Global perspective faculty workshop offered during fall semester
The Office of Instructional Innovation is working on a project in partnership with the Office of Global Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences to create a campus climate that promotes a global perspective for all students.

Faculty, staff invited to attend 2016 convocation
In honor of the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis invites all University faculty and staff to attend the annual Faculty and Staff Convocation.

Aug 16
Customer Service Training registration available
Customer Service Training registration available

Aug 15
OHIO Bobcat returns home to lead Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program
Ohio University alumna Margaux Cowden is the new director of the Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program.

Aug 3
Former mechanical engineering professor, power systems pioneer passes away
William Taylor Beale, a former Ohio University mechanical engineering faculty member with a distinguished career in the development and manufacturing of new engine and power generation systems, passed away on July 24.

Aug 2
Paperless faxing now available for all employees
Employees can send and receive faxes via web or email.

Jul 29
Meet the Professor: Katie Hartman
Meet the Professor: Katie Hartman

Jul 28
Higazi and colleagues publish on first time elimination of river blindness in Africa
Tarig Higazi, associate professor of biological sciences at Ohio University Zanesville, along with his colleagues from around the world, published a paper on the first documented elimination of river blindness, a major tropical disease, in Abu Hamed, Northern Sudan.

Fall clicker options: Top Hat and TurningPoint 5
The Top Hat clicker app will be free for students & instructors this fall.

Jul 27
School of Media Arts & Studies welcomed record number of students for High School Media Workshop
The workshop introduced students to the latest techniques and equipment in audio, video, animation & games, film sound and storytelling/producing classes taught by School of Media Arts & Studies professors.

Jul 26
Live Healthy Appalachia and Ohio University to host ‘Food is Medicine’ lecture
Live Healthy Appalachia and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will host a talk by Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Ohio University Inn Ballroom.

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism welcomed 123 students for annual High School Journalism Workshop
igh school students from across the United States, interested in majoring in journalism, visited the Athens campus to attend an intensive four-day curriculum during the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s 2016 High School Journalism Workshop.

National Space Society names OHIO ‘Center of Excellence’
Ohio University was named a “Center of Excellence in Space Solar Power and Power Beaming” by the National Space Society (NSS) at its annual International Space Development Conference held in Puerto Rico May 18-21, 2016.

University Human Resources releases holiday and Winter Break Closure dates
Ohio University Human Resources annually issues an official list of holiday observance dates. The following is a schedule of holidays and Winter Break Closure dates for the years 2016 through 2018.

Jul 25
Latest ‘Spectrum” podcast on WOUB addresses Fear, Hate and Racism in America
In the July 21 episode of “Spectrum,” host Tom Hodson tackles the subject of fear, hate and racism in America by interviewing an African-American female judge with a teenage son, a Muslim immigrant and a gay Nepalese man.

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.