OTG Alumni College

Alumni College participants can go back to the classroom, May 18-19, as part of On The Green Weekend 2017.

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OTG Young Professionals

Also as part of On The Green Weekend, the Young Professionals Conference will take place May 20.

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Alumni go back to school and polish business skills at On The Green Weekend

Ohio University knows that fostering your education doesn’t stop once you graduate. Alumni can go back to the classroom and develop new skills thanks to two educational On The Green Weekend events. This year’s On The Green Weekend will feature its annual Alumni College Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, and Young Professionals Conference Saturday, May 20.

Alumni College

Take the student’s seat once again as you explore a variety of topics and issues during the Alumni College lecture series from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19 on the second floor of Baker University Center.

The program will feature a selection of courses presented by OHIO faculty members and will allow Bobcats to build their own class schedules for a day of learning. In addition, alumni can enjoy luncheons with Alumni College presenters and fellow attendees.

This year’s edition will include courses on wellness, history and other exciting topics, including:

  • Prolonging Stress with Repetitive Thought: The Roles of Rumination and Cortisol in Health. Join Peggy Zoccola, an associate professor of psychology, as she discusses the mechanisms contributing to persistent stress-related physiological activation and associated health consequences. Among other questions to be addressed, find out if some individuals are at greater risk for rumination and persistent physiological activation.  
  • Fleshing Out the Past! Bringing Dinosaurs Backs to Life at OHIO. Known for “fleshing out” dinosaurs, professor of anatomy Lawrence Witmer combines classical anatomy with high-tech CT scanning to shed light on dinosaur biology. Witmer will present his research on the Visible Interactive Dinosaur Project, which seeks to rebuild and restore the dinosaur anatomy stripped away by time.
  • Consumers and Ethical Decision Making. How do consumers apply their values while shopping? What are the ways consumers can exercise ethical decision-making? Ann Paulins, a professor teaching courses in retail merchandising and fashion product development at OHIO, will explore these questions and provide insight into our “fashion supply chain.”
  • Sociable Sam: Mark Twain among Friends. Judith Yaross Lee is the Charles E. Zumker professor and director of Honors Tutorial in the School of Communications Studies. As one of the world’s leading experts on American literary humor and an eminent scholar of Mark Twain, Lee will draw on Samuel Langhorne Clemens’ archives during his travels as Mark Twain, sharing details on the family, friends, editors and others behind his work.

Young Professionals Conference

Navigating the post-college professional realm can be challenging. Luckily, the Bobcat network is helping young professionals stake their spot.

Young alumni can come back to campus for a morning of professional development at the Young Professionals Conference, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20 on the second floor of Baker University Center. Partnering with the Career and Leadership Development Center (CLDC) and the College of Business’ Office of Career Management, the OHIO Alumni Association has developed a variety of workshops for attendees to choose from. Alumni will learn a range of skills to develop themselves into dynamic and productive employees.

“Each of these offices decided to lead specific workshops based on their resources and anticipated alumni wants and needs,” said Casey Arnold, assistant director for campus relations. “By having representatives from these offices lead the conference sessions, we ensure our alumni are learning from career management experts and also make them more aware of the services and support these offices provide.”

The workshop schedule is:

  • 9:00-9:50 a.m.: Choose between Social Media Branding and Network Like a Champ: How to Articulate Your Skills. Led by CLDC’s Aaron Sturgill, Social Media Branding will teach attendees about best practices on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Network Like a Champ: How to Articulate Your Skills by the Office of Career Management will help alumni overcome the pains and difficulties of networking. In this session, attendees will learn to articulate their narrative in a dynamic, confident way, as well as work through an actionable framework.
  • 10:00-10:50 a.m.: Choose between Workplace Culture & Your Career and Verbalizing Your Résumé. In Workplace Culture & Your Career, 2004 alumnus Keven Kaddi, a learning and development business partner with Spencer Stuart, will discuss how alumni can understand their own workplace culture to best assess culture dynamics in their current job and during future job searches. The Office of Career Management will lead Verbalizing Your Résumé, a workshop where alumni can bring their résumés for constructive critiques as well understanding how to best verbalize their experience without reading directly from their résumé.
  • 11:00-11:50 a.m.: Salary Negotiation. In this workshop, the College of Business’ Office of Career Management will help alumni discover the art of negotiating with confidence. Attendees will learn how to effectively evaluate a job offer, as well as discuss how to navigate the negotiation conversation with an employer.

For more information and a complete schedule of On The Green Weekend events, click here