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Provost welcomes OHIO students

On Tuesday, Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit sent an email to all OHIO student to welcome them to the University.

Dear Ohio University Students,

As the first week of the quarter begins, I want to welcome new students and welcome back returning students.    

During the academic year ahead we will mark a number of significant milestones.  We will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the College of Fine Arts, the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Patton College of Education and Human Services, and the 225th anniversary of the passage of the Northwest Ordinance-the document that enabled the establishment of Ohio University.  In a few days time, we also will remember the tragedy and heroism that took place a decade ago on September 11.

While they differ in scope and scale, together each of these anniversaries reminds us to take stock and to recall James Madison's admonition that "a well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people."  

In this season of commemorations, I hope that you will reflect on the importance of the work that you are undertaking.  Being an effective communicator in writing and orally; being civically, culturally, and scientifically literate; being globally fluent; and, being capable of the creation and application of knowledge through research and creative activity will put you in good stead for your future.  Achieving these competencies also will allow you to be an advocate for what the authors of the Northwest Ordinance called "good government and the happiness of mankind."

I wish you the best as you begin the new academic year.  Challenge yourself and take advantage of what Ohio University has to offer.


Pam Benoit
Executive Vice President and Provost