Scott Titsworth

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Alumni Assocation


Stephanie Robbins

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Alumni Association

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Register now for 'On the Green' Weekend

The Ohio University Alumni Association's all-alumni reunion weekend is just around the corner. The OUAA is bringing alumni to Athens for a "Spring Homecoming" featuring academics and the arts May 30 through June 1.

The weekend will feature activities for the entire OHIO community, faculty and staff (and emeriti), alumni and their families, and those celebrating class milestones and special reunions. Just a few highlights include:

•   "Lend Me a Tenor" presented by the Ohio University Lancaster Campus Theatre Program

•   A film fest featuring documentaries by OHIO filmmakers, including Where's the Fair, Ohio Women:1940-2010," and "The 1900: Voices from the Athens Asylum"

•   The 40th Anniversary of Gospel Voices of Faith "Gospel Fest" to benefit the Urban Scholars Program

•   Alumni College, a chance to get back into the classroom without term papers or tests

•   "Play On the Green" Golf Outing, hosted by the Thomas Ewing Society to benefit the Legacy Scholarship Program

•   The BBQ On the College Green featuring local favorites like Kiser's Barbeque

On The Green attendees can enjoy theater and film, golf and a fitness walk, special reunions for the Golden Classes of 1963 and 1964, Gospel Voices of Faith, the Department of Aviation and OHIO's Emeriti Faculty, and more. Visitors can relax and enjoy a burrito on the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument and take a long walk on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.  

The weekend also coincides with the 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival, providing additional entertainment opportunities.

With a full slate of activities and programs, "On the Green Weekend" is the largest, most comprehensive alumni reunion ever planned for OHIO alumni and friends.

A full schedule of events is available at www.ohio.edu/alumni/onthegreen.

For more information, e-mail alumni@ohio.edu or call 740-593-4300.


Alumni College Spotlight

By Kandlyn Collins

Whether you like it or not, social media has become an integral part of everyday life.

About 1.4 million people around the world use some form of digital communication daily, and it has altered the way that humans interact, said Stephanie Robbins, assistant professor in Scripps College of Communication's School of Communication Studies, and Scott Titsworth, the college's dean.

The two faculty members will delve into digital media and its effect on human communication during Ohio University Alumni Association's (OUAA) "On The Green" Weekend Alumni College course offerings.

"Digital, Social and Mobile: The Changing Landscape of Human Communication" will engage alumni in a discussion on the rapidly changing climate of interaction. Titsworth said teaching a class that focuses on this topic speaks to people's natural interest in this ubiquitous form of media.

"Social media is a truly disruptive technology in our field," Titsworth said. "If you think about it, social media impacts literally every form of communication—interpersonal communication, mass communication, communication within organizations and the list goes on. I also think that the ubiquity of social media conceals some of the really interesting ways it is influencing us."  

Robbins, a social media researcher, hopes the class will dispel some publicly held myths and misconceptions about social media.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to spread knowledge about the fact that social media isn't good or bad, but different," she said. "It gets a bad name, which is unfortunate, because it's not that bad."

In addition to teaching an OUAA Alumni College class, both speakers are looking forward to interacting with alumni and being able to speak to a large number of OHIO communication graduates.

"Technology is changing so much about our college," said Robbins "I think alumni from communication and other programs will find it interesting to learn about those changes."