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Faculty & Staff News

Apr 22
Ohio University’s compensation practices are working effectively
Ohio University continues its commitment to ensuring fair, equitable and competitive pay for its employees. As such, the University undergoes a biennial compensation equity review. The recent review confirmed that the University’s compensation practices are working effectively to ensure that employee compensation is being determined on a non-discriminatory basis.

Apr 19
Retirement party for Police Officer Dave Gillogly is April 30
The Ohio University Police Department will host a retirement party for Police Officer Dave Gillogly from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in HRTC 141-145. He Gillogly began his career in 1990 as a student worker before being hired full-time in 1993.

Christopher Ament named interim Chief Information Officer
Christopher Ament has been named interim Chief Information Officer. This was precipitated by Craig Bantz’s announcement that he would be assuming a different role at the institution. The University will conduct a national search in the fall for a permanent replacement.

University issues self disclosure request to employees
You have an opportunity to help Ohio University by self-disclosing your race/ethnicity, disability status, and veteran status. Your participation is strongly encouraged and very much appreciated as we strive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Employment eligibility verification (Form I-9) compliance
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Form I-9 is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. One of OHIO's responsibilities is to complete and retain a Form I-9, verifying identity and eligibility to work in the U.S., for every employee.

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.

Printing Services’ Cody Bail named February Employee of the Month
Cody Bail, printing coordinator at the University Printing Resource Center, was nominated by Ruth Blickle. She praised him for always going above and beyond.

CHSP’s Chad Starkey selected for induction into Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame
Starkey has been professor and associate director of Athletic Training within the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University since 2005. OATA Hall of Fame inductees are recognized for their outstanding performance in the profession.

Apr 17
Chemical engineer aims to transform sludge into fuel, valuable products
An Ohio University professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering is working on turning the hazardous sludge produced by wastewater treatment plants into fuel, with the potential to dramatically reduce costs and electricity consumption – starting with the City of Athens, Ohio.

Apr 16
Nominations sought for Chapman Clapp Outstanding Advisor Award
University College seeks nominations for the campus-wide 2018-2019 Chapman Clapp Outstanding Advisor Award. 

Apr 15
Ohio University’s Bob Klein named American Council on Education Fellow
The American Council on Education (ACE) announced today that Associate Professor of Mathematics and Interim Dean of Ohio University Eastern Dr. Bob Klein has been named an ACE Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Register now for these upcoming employee safety trainings
Ohio University will host active shooter prevention, self defense and crisis communications trainings in the next several weeks. Sign up now.

National Geographic Senior Photography Editor Molly Roberts named VisCom 2019-20 Knight Fellow
Molly Roberts, senior photography editor at National Geographic Magazine, has been named the 2019-20 Knight Fellow in the Ohio University School of Visual Communication. The fellowship allows artists in their mid-career an opportunity to earn their master’s degree while teaching VisCom students.

Classified Senate committee to host follow-up motivational speaker event
Chris Stewart, operations coordinator at the Scripps College of Communication and author of the books, “Building Champions” and “Coaching Life,” will speak on culture and discipline.

Apr 12
Four faculty honored at 2019 University Professor award ceremony
On Thursday, April 11, four faculty members received the University Professor award during the 49th annual award ceremony. The award recognizes outstanding teaching at the University.

Apr 10
President Nellis announces search committee for new University general counsel
President Nellis has announced the members of the search committee for the University’s next general counsel. Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Chaden Djalali, and Deborah Shaffer, vice president for Finance and Administration and treasurer of Ohio University and the Ohio University Foundation, are the co-chairs.

Apr 8
Learn how to earn an Executive MPA at April 23 Information Session
Ohio University employees and the campus community are invited to attend an upcoming information session from 12 -1 p.m. on April 23 in 237 Baker Center to learn how to earn an executive Master’s of Public Administration while continuing to work full time.

Benefits Open Enrollment begins at noon April 15
Beginning the afternoon of Monday, April 15 individual emails will be sent in groups throughout the afternoon to all benefits eligible faculty and staff announcing the official start of the open enrollment period.

Apr 5
Finalists for OHIO’s Honors Tutorial College dean announced
Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali is pleased to announce that four finalists have been invited to interview on campus as candidates for Ohio University’s next dean of the Honors Tutorial College, a position that became open after Dean Jeremy Webster became the Zanesville Campus Dean in June 2017. Dr. Cary Frith was named interim dean shortly afterward and a national search was facilitated for the new dean.

Cutler Scholars Program honors 17 outstanding mentors
The Cutler Scholars Program honored 17 OHIO professors, faculty and friends for their commitment to and guidance of the graduating Cutler Scholars. The Outstanding Mentor Dinner provides an opportunity to thank the individuals who have had a transformative influence on the students.

Apr 4
Outstanding Administrator and Administrative Service Awards ceremony recognizes more than 120 employees [PHOTOS]
The annual ceremony recognized the service of those employed for 10 years or more and also celebrated retiring administrators. This year’s three recipients of the prestigious Outstanding Administrator Award were John Bowditch, Ji-Yeung Jang and Martha Tanedo.

Apr 3
Open forums announced for Honors Tutorial College dean search finalists
Four finalists for the position of dean of the Honors Tutorial College will interview on Ohio University’s Athens Campus during the week of April 8. The University community can interact with the candidates during open forums where they will deliver a brief presentation and answer questions from students, faculty and staff.

Register for Travel Services training
Register for Travel Services training

Latitude 39 event to highlight local food through fine dining opportunity
Looking for a fancy night out or the chance to taste some of the best food and wine in Athens? Latitude 39 is offering the chance for just that at its back to back Wine and Dine pairing events, set for Saturday April 13 at the restaurant, which is located on the first floor of Baker University Center. The event offers a fine dining taste of locally produced ingredients and wines.

Mar 29
Meet Vicki Dornbush, the March 2019 Classified Employee of the Month
Vicki Dornbush, a records management senior specialist in the Scheduling/Catalog Division of the Office of the University Registrar, likes watching crime shows, visiting the Rocky Mountains and listening to southern gospel and country music. Find out more about her here.

Travel Services program launches on April 1
Travel Services program launches on April 1

Outstanding Administrator and Administrative Service Awards Ceremony is April 2
More than 120 administrators will be honored at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Walter Hall Rotunda. The ceremony recognizes the service of those employed for 10 years or more and also celebrates retiring administrators. Three administrators also have been selected to receive the Outstanding Administrator Award.

Provost Djalali announces College of Arts & Sciences dean finalists
Four finalists have been invited to interview on campus as candidates for dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a position that became open after Dean Robert Frank stepped down in May 2018.

Mar 28
Sign up for April Self-defense training
The Emergency Programs Office and the Ohio University Police Department will host self-defense training for Ohio University faculty and staff April 22 from noon-1 p.m. in Baker University Center, Room 240.

Mar 27
Valley turns out to celebrate women
Even though this was OUE’s third annual celebration of women, this year was the first time I had the opportunity to attend. I didn’t know quite what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the theater in Shannon Hall packed with participants. They came from all walks of life, ranging from the mother of one of my classmates to the executive director of the YWCA in Wheeling, teachers, school administrators, homemakers, high school softball players and many more.

Ohio University Eastern’s Celebrate Women event deemed a big success
Approximately 200 people attended the forum, held in the theater inside Shannon Hall on Thursday evening.  Attendees included many area women, a few men and several teens, including members of the Shadyside Lady Tigers basketball team, who were invited in recognition of their recent trip to the state tournament in Columbus.

Cherry tree lighting to begin in early April
Ohio University plans to begin lighting the area around its cherry trees in the evening hours during the first week of April.

Registration for 2019 Spotlight on Learning Conference due April 17
The 2019 Spotlight on Learning Conference will focus on experiential learning, a theme relevant to one of President Nellis’s initiatives. Register to attend by April 17.

OHIO’s Classified Senate invites university community to hear from motivational speaker
Chris Stewart, operations coordinator at the Scripps College of Communication and author of the books, “Building Champions” and “Coaching Life,” will speak on “Being the best version of who you are.”

Mar 24
University leadership provides budget planning update
On March 21, President M. Duane Nellis, Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali and Vice President for Finance and Administration Deborah J. Shaffer shared a budget planning update with the campus community. The message said "there is a growing need for institutions of higher learning to identify alternative revenue sources and to implement cost-saving measures to create a sustainable financial future."

Mar 22
Mei Wei named OHIO’s new Dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Chaden Djalali has named Dr. Mei Wei as the new dean of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, effective July 15, 2019

Mar 21
Support resources and payment options for the University's new travel provider
Support resources and payment options for the University's new travel provider

OHIO Professor Merri Biechler Integrates Theater Across Disciplines
Merri Biechler uses Forum Theater to help health care students truly understand advocacy, communication, mindfulness, and presence with patients.

Mar 20
Student Accessibility Services seek nominations for Accessibility Ally Award
Student Accessibility Services is accepting nominations for the 2019 Accessibility Ally Award to recognize faculty and staff members who show a high level of inclusivity toward students with disabilities and their success. The deadline is April 5.

Mar 19
2019 Baker Peace Conference to focus on international cooperation and world order since 1945
This year's Baker Peace Conference theme is “Temple of Peace? International Cooperation and World Order since 1945.” Thursday's keynote speaker, Adm. (ret.) James Stavridis, served as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, from 2009 to 2013. The March 28-29 event ends on Friday with three discussion panels from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mar 17
Neil Romanosky named OHIO’s new dean of University Libraries
Neil Romanosky will become the new dean of libraries at Ohio University, effective Sept. 1. He comes from the University of Toronto Libraries, where he served as the associate chief librarian for science research and information and director of Gerstein Science Information Centre since 2015.

Mar 15
Travel guidance due to Federal Aviation Administration Grounding of 737 MAX Aircraft
Travel guidance due to Federal Aviation Administration Grounding of 737 MAX Aircraft

Mar 14
How to prepare for the transition to the University's new travel provider
The University’s upcoming travel program is aimed at delivering clear processes, improved services to travelers, and providing access to discounts that save the University money by partnering with Christopherson Business Travel (CBT). This program, which will launch on April 1, 2019, will include an updated travel policy and procedures and will be supported by a University travel manager.

Facilities Management and Safety recognizes March Employees of the Month
Ohio University Facilities Management and Safety (FMS) recently launched an Employee of the Month program to recognize exceptional performance by Facilities employees. Chief Facilities Officer Steve Wood presented the first set of awards on March 1, 2019 to Anthony Pennington, Stephanie Pennington, Dan Sheets, and Debra Sherman.

Mar 12
OHIO furthers its commitment to sustainable practices through investment in University Sustainability
Ohio University has launched a new, innovative sustainability model across the institution. Led by the Office of Sustainability, OHIO has created three faculty-led Sustainability Hubs to advance initiatives in 12 thematic areas to further progress the University’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plans.

Mar 11
Ohio University study states that information literacy must be improved to stop spread of ‘fake news’
It’s not difficult to verify whether a new piece of information is accurate; however, most people don’t take that step before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a new Ohio University study has found.

Heritage College researcher leverages Ecuadorian partnership to assist efforts to protect vulnerable populations in Venezuela
As scientists around the world call for a regional campaign to avert a public health disaster in Venezuela and neighboring countries, a partnership between the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and a university in Ecuador is proving invaluable to their efforts.

Mar 7
Sign up for Active Shooter ALiCE Training this spring
One goal of this free training is to help you to be more prepared should an active shooter incident occur. The next training is Friday, March 29, so register today.

Reception for retiring Russ College of Engineering and Technology dean is March 18
Since 2002, Dean Dennis Irwin has facilitated the largest charitable gift ever made to a public engineering college, crafted a vision for the Academic and Research Center, developed several new programs and helped bring the world’s premiere space education program to Ohio University. 

Mar 6
Dr. Brian McNulty named CORAS Hicks Executive in Residence
The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS) is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Hicks Executive in Residence, Dr. Brian McNulty. McNulty has 35 years of experience as a nationally recognized educator in leadership development. March 19, he will present, “How do schools get better? A research and field-based review of what we have learned in Ohio.”