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Third annual gala celebrates 381 newsmakers
 

Members of the Ohio University community gathered Oct. 12 to celebrate OHIO’s faculty – not for what they do inside their classrooms or research facilities, but rather for the above-and-beyond work they do to promote the University and its excellence.

University Communications and Marketing (UCM), in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, hosted the third annual Faculty Newsmakers Gala in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Created as a means of honoring faculty who elevate the University and raise its national and global profile through media coverage of their work and expertise, this year’s gala was the biggest yet – celebrating 381 OHIO faculty newsmakers who made headlines in 2016.

 

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“Every mention of an Ohio University expert has a direct impact on enhancing the reputation of the University,” Renea Morris, OHIO’s chief marketing officer, said in welcoming the faculty newsmakers and distinguished guests to this year’s event. “Our celebration this evening is our way of expressing our gratitude to you and to every person who plays a role in promoting the great work that happens here.”

 

UCM and marketing and communications offices throughout the University partner with faculty members and researchers throughout the University who are committed to sharing OHIO’s stories by engaging with media throughout the country and around the world. At UCM, those individuals are known as “OHIO faculty newsmakers” and are defined as employees who, regardless of their title or classification, teach at Ohio University and have been included in media placements provided by Cision, a monitoring service used by UCM to track the University’s media placements. Faculty newsmakers may include tenured and non-tenured faculty, as well as administrators who serve as educators in OHIO’s classrooms. Many of OHIO’s faculty newsmakers take part in UCM’s Experts Directory, a searchable database that makes it easy for members of the media to find and connect with Ohio University’s expert sources on a broad range of subjects.

Representing 10 academic units on the Athens Campus and all five of the University’s regional campuses, this year’s 381 faculty newsmakers were featured in 4,065 media reports and more than 1,800 news outlets during the 2016 calendar year.

 

This year’s event marked a first, not only for the large number of faculty who were being honored as newsmakers for the first time, but also for Ohio University’s 21st President, M. Duane Nellis, and First Lady Ruthie Nellis who were both experiencing their first Faculty Newsmakers Gala.

 

“Within my first few months here, it didn’t take long to realize the caliber of faculty that Ohio University attracts,” President Nellis said in addressing the crowd. “And being recognized in the media for your contributions to our community, our nation and our world is further proof that you are change-makers. ... You continue to inspire others to achieve greatness, to dream bigger. And with each interview or article that gets published, with each story that bears your name, we can proudly say, ‘We are Ohio University.’

 

Joining President Nellis in his first Faculty Newsmakers Gala was Interim Executive Vice President and Provost David Descutner who had the honor of presenting special recognition awards to 28 OHIO faculty newsmakers – the 10 newsmakers who earned the most media placements in 2016 as well as those who were quoted in media reports related to the Associated Press’ “Top 10 Stories of 2016.” 

 

“The selfless efforts you put forth outside of the classroom have undoubtedly paved new roads for Ohio University, drawing attention to the expertise of our faculty, to our stellar research efforts, to our innovative ways of educating and engaging our students,” Dr. Descutner said to this year’s newsmakers. “You serve our community as distinguished educators, scholars, mentors and researchers, but today, we honor you as ambassadors of this University and thank you for your efforts to raise the national and global profile of Ohio University.”

 

The 28 faculty newsmakers who received special recognition were presented Keystroke Catalyst Awards. Designed by UCM, the awards are fashioned as a typewriter.

“Though they have given way to today’s smaller, lighter and quieter devices, typewriters remind us of how the wisdom and insight of a single person can be dispersed to enrich lives and expand the horizons of others across the region or even around the world,” Morris said in describing the awards. “The Keystroke Catalyst Awards are given to thank our newsmakers for making a difference at OHIO – through research, through teaching and through stories that motivate a million keystrokes to demonstrate why OHIO deserves a place among the best universities in the nation.”

The following OHIO faculty newsmakers were presented Keystroke Catalyst Awards for having the highest number of media placements in 2016:

  • Katherine Jellison, College of Arts and Sciences, 1,031 media placements
  • R. Damian Nance, College of Arts and Sciences, 408 media placements
  • Nicholas Kiersey, Ohio University Chillicothe, 275 media placements
  • David Ridpath, College of Business, 230 media placements
  • Kevin Mattson, College of Arts and Sciences, 192 media placements
  • Ian Klein, College of Arts and Sciences, 164 media placements
  • Thomas Suddes, Scripps College of Communication, 101 media placements
  • Charee Thompson, Scripps College of Communication, 86 media placements
  • Michelle Ferrier, Scripps College of Communication, 85 media placements
  • Benjamin Bates, Scripps College of Communication, 72 media placements

A professor of history, chair of the Department of History and a three-time Keystroke Catalyst Award winner, Dr. Jellison is a scholar of women’s studies who specializes in contemporary U.S. politics, elections and first ladies of the United States. Her expertise is increasingly sought out by journalists in the local community and states as well as throughout the United States and around the world. The vast majority of Dr. Jellison’s 2016 media placements were related to the women who played key roles in the presidential election. In addition to being featured in the United States’ largest and most influential publications and news outlets, Dr. Jellison made headlines in countries around the globe, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, China and Qatar.

“This is very exciting,” Dr. Jellison said in an interview after the gala. “I really had no idea that there had been so many placements and in so many places around world.”

Dr. Jellison described 2016 as “a perfect storm,” pairing her expertise and field of study with an election that included both a female candidate and an unconventional first lady and first daughter.

“I was fielding a lot of questions,” Dr. Jellison said, noting that she continues to receive inquiries from the media. “A couple of days ago, I was asked to be on MSNBC on the 9 o’clock hour, but then some other news story came up and they went in another direction.”

Dr. Jellison said she believes her participation in UCM’s Experts Directory dates back to 2008 when she published a book about weddings and began working with UCM to promote the book and Ohio University.

“It was then that I started getting a few questions about first families,” she said. “The rest is history.”

“Participating in the Experts Directory sounded like a good way to help publicize our University and also to make some connections with my own research. If I am quoted in the media, then maybe scholars and students in other places will know about the work I am doing, get in touch with me, and maybe collaborate,” Dr. Jellison said, adding, “We are a wonderful institution, and it’s good to be a part of publicizing it.”

The following OHIO faculty newsmakers were presented Keystroke Catalyst Awards for being quoted in media reports related to the Associated Press’ “Top 10 Stories of 2016”:

  • Ziad Abu-Rish, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on Syria
  • Andy Alexander, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • delfin bautista*, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the Pulse nightclub massacre
  • Susan Burgess, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • DeLysa Burnier, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Michael Burton, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Maria Fanis, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Jennifer Fredette, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on worldwide terror attacks
  • Thomas Hodson, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. election
  • Brandon Kendhammer, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on worldwide terror attacks
  • Laeeq Khan, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Michael McTeague, Ohio University Eastern, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Jerry Miller, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Sarah Poggione, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • William Rawlins, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Karen Riggs, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Kimberly Rios, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on black men killed by police
  • Robert Stewart, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election

“It feels great to be recognized. I am very humbled,” Dr. Khan, an assistant professor and director of OHIO’s Social Media Analytics Research Team (SMART) Lab, said about receiving his first Keystroke Catalyst Award. “Of course, this would not have been possible without my colleagues and students in the Scripps College of Communication and the School of Media Arts and Studies.”

Dr. Khan is also a member of UCM’s Experts Directory and said, “I choose to engage with the media because it’s a way for me to make a positive difference – it could be big or small, but having the motivation to make a positive contribution.” 

 

This year’s Faculty Newsmakers Gala ended with a champagne toast honoring all of OHIO’s faculty newsmakers.

“Thank you for your dedication and hard work,” Morris said in leading the toast. “Your efforts have helped to underscore to the media here and abroad what we already know – that Ohio University is the place where academic excellence and innovation are happening every day to the benefit of our faculty, our students, our region and our nation.”

 

2017 Keystroke Catalyst Award Recipients

Faculty with the highest media placements

Faculty with the highest media placements

 

Katherine Jellison
College of Arts and Sciences
1,031 media placements

 

R. Damian Nance
College of Arts and Sciences
408 media placements

 

Nicholas Kiersey
Ohio University Chillicothe
275 media placements

David Ridpath
College of Business
230 media placements

 

Kevin Mattson
College of Arts and Sciences
192 media placements


Ian Klein
College of Arts and Sciences
164 media placements

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Thomas Suddes
Scripps College of Communication
101 media placements

 

Charee Thompson
Scripps College of Communication
86 media placements

 

Michelle Ferrier
Scripps College of Communication
85 media placements

Benjamin Bates
Scripps College of Communication
72 media placements

 

Faculty featured in Associated Press’ “Top 10 Stories of 2016”

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Ziad Abu-Rish
College of Arts and Sciences
Featured in news reports on Syria

 

Andy Alexander
Scripps College of Communication
Featured in news reports on the U.S. election

 

delfin bautista
College of Arts and Sciences Featured in news reports on the Pulse nightclub massacre

 

DeLysa Burnier
College of Arts and Sciences
Featured in news reports on the U.S. election

 

Michael Burton
College of Arts and Sciences Featured in news reports on the U.S. election

 

 

Maria Fanis
College of Arts and Sciences
Featured in news reports on the U.S. election

 

Jennifer Fredette
College of Arts and Sciences
Featured in news reports on worldwide terror attacks

 

Thomas Hodson
Scripps College of Communication
Featured in news reports on the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. election

 

Brandon Kendhammer
College of Arts and Sciences
Featured in news reports on worldwide terror attacks


Laeeq Khan
Scripps College of Communication
Featured in news reports on the U.S. election

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Michael McTeague
Ohio University Eastern
Featured in news reports on the U.S. election


Jerry Miller
Scripps College of Communication
Featured in news reports on the U.S. election

Sarah Poggione
College of Arts and Sciences
Featured in news reports on the U.S. election


William Rawlins
Scripps College of Communication
Featured in news reports on the U.S. election

Karen Riggs
Scripps College of Communication
Featured in news reports on the U.S. election

 

Kimberly Rios
College of Arts and Sciences
Featured in news reports on the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. election

Robert Stewart
Scripps College of Communication
Featured in news reports on the U.S. election

 

2016 Faculty Newsmakers Banner

 

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Ziad Abu-Rish
  • Mark Alicke
  • Cynthia Anderson
  • Timothy G. Anderson
  • Harvey Ballard
  • Mark Barsamian
  • delfin bautista
  • David Bell
  • Alyssa Bernstein
  • Dawn Bikowski
  • Erik Boczko
  • John Brobst
  • Geoffrey Buckley
  • Susan Burgess
  • DeLysa Burnier
  • Michael Burton
  • Ronan Carroll
  • Michele Clouse
  • Doug Clowe
  • Brian Collins
  • Robert Colvin
  • Sabrina Curran
  • Jared DeForest
  • George Eberts
  • Lauren Elliott-Dorans
  • Catherine Euler
  • Maria Fanis
  • Christopher France
  • Jennifer Fredette
  • Christine A. Gidycz
  • Loreen Giese
  • Alexander Govorov
  • Sherrie Gradin
  • Judith Grant
  • Michael Grant
  • Jules Guei
  • Patricia Gunn
  • Peter Harrington
  • Sally Hatfield
  • Daniel Hembree
  • Kenneth Hicks
  • Joshua Hill
  • Klaus Himmeldirk
  • Saw-Wai Hla
  • Gary Holcomb
  • Jana Houser
  • Akil Houston
  • Robert Ingram
  • Jayum Jawan
  • Katherine Jellison
  • Winfried Just
  • Nicole Kaufman
  • Brandon Kendhammer
  • Greg Kessler
  • Yeong-Hyun Kim
  • Sarah Kinkel
  • Bob Klein
  • Ian Klein
  • Matthew Layton
  • Elizabeth Lee
  • Alfred Lent
  • Kimberly Little
  • Mark Lucas
  • Loren Lybarger
  • Tadeusz Malinski
  • Keith Markman
  • Loran Marsan
  • Eric Masson
  • Kevin Mattson
  • Jaclyn Maxwell
  • Joe McLaughlin
  • Lauren McMills
  • Zakes Mda
  • Keith Milam
  • Steven Miner
  • Martin Mohlenkamp
  • Dinty Moore
  • Theresa Moran
  • Molly Morris
  • Robin Muhammad
  • R. Damian Nance
  • Ghirmai Negash
  • Tom O’Grady
  • Julie Owens
  • Chester Pach
  • Julia Paxton Pagan
  • Paul Patton
  • Daniel Phillips
  • Sarah Poggione
  • Beth Quitslund
  • Kimberly Rios
  • Willem Roosenburg
  • Jill A. Rosser
  • Nukhet Sandal
  • Brian Schoen
  • Aaron Schwartz
  • Christopher Schwirian
  • William Shambora
  • Amritjit Singh
  • Carey Snyder
  • Alycia Stigall
  • Eric Stinaff
  • Patty Stokes
  • Julie Suhr
  • Nancy Tatarek
  • Rachel Terman
  • Chris Thompson
  • Kim Thompson
  • Ingo Trauschweizer
  • Art Trese
  • Kevin Uhalde
  • Thomas Vander Ven
  • Julie White
  • Keith Woodall
  • Sarah Wyatt

College of Business

  • Gary Coombs
  • G. Christopher Crawford
  • Michael Easterday
  • Andrew Fodor
  • Colin Gabler
  • Ann Gabriel
  • Kim Jordan
  • Jim Kahler
  • Heather Lawrence-Benedict
  • Nadege Levallet
  • Paul Mass
  • Alan J. McMillan
  • Norm O’Reilly
  • Luke Pittaway
  • Adam Rapp
  • David Ridpath
  • Greg Sullivan
  • Amy Taylor-Bianco
  • Rebecca Thacker
  • Yong Wang
  • Aaron Wright

College of Fine Arts

  • Nathan Andary
  • Zelma Badu-Younge
  • Paul Barte
  • Tom Bartel
  • Merri Biechler
  • Lucas Borges
  • Roger Braun
  • Alison Brown Sincoff
  • Joseph Brown
  • Laura Brown
  • Charles Buchanan
  • Kelly Burns
  • David Colagiovanni
  • William Condee
  • Steve De Jarnatt
  • Brian Evans
  • Michele Fiala
  • Andrea Frohne
  • Travis Gatling
  • Andre Gribou
  • Rajko Grlic
  • David Haugen
  • Melissa Haviland
  • Tom Hayes
  • Matthew James
  • Youmee Kim
  • Dennis Lee Delaney
  • Shelley Delaney
  • Tom Fiocchi
  • Steven Huang
  • Jennie Klein
  • Joanna Koefoed
  • David LaPalombara
  • Laura Larson
  • Paul Mayhew
  • Mark Phillips
  • Lucas Rego Borges
  • Steven Ross
  • John Sabraw
  • Elizabeth Sayrs
  • Ciro Scotto
  • Rafal Sokolowski
  • Charles Smith
  • C. Scott Smith
  • Jason Smith
  • Luke Stettner
  • Richard Suk
  • Corinne Teed
  • Andrew Trachsel
  • Arthur Werger
  • Dawn Wohn
  • Paschal Yao Younge

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Jane Balbo
  • Joseph Bianco
  • Calvin B. James
  • Brian Clark
  • Melinda Ford
  • Dawn Graham
  • Amber Healy
  • Kenneth Johnson
  • John Kopchick
  • Timothy Law
  • Randall Longenecker
  • Kelly McCall
  • Felicia Nowak
  • Craig Nunemaker
  • Patrick O’Connor
  • Daniel Skinner
  • Nancy Stevens
  • Lawrence Witmer

College of Health Sciences and Professions

  • RuthAnn Althaus
  • Marcus Barr
  • Joann Benigno
  • Darlene Berryman
  • Angela Bohyer
  • Jennifaye Brown
  • Jenny Chabot
  • Dustin Grooms
  • Eliza Harper
  • Fuh-Cherng Jeng
  • Lisa Koch
  • John McCarthy
  • Francis McFadden
  • Deborah Meyer
  • Juli Miller
  • Deborah Murray
  • Sarah Allen O’Brien
  • Kim Resanovich
  • Jeff Russell
  • Kerri Shaw
  • Janet Simon
  • Solveig Spjeldnes
  • Chad Starkey
  • James Thomas
  • Lisa Yehl
  • Jennifer Yoder

Center for International Studies

  • Steve Howard
  • Pittaya Paladroi

Patton College of Education

  • Christine Bhat
  • Sandy Chen
  • Rebecca Choi
  • Bill Elasky
  • Antoinette Frisoli
  • Trina Gannon
  • Sara Hartman
  • Theodore Hutchinson
  • Marcy Keifer Kennedy
  • Chris Kennedy
  • Courtney Koestler
  • Michael Kopish
  • Giles Lee
  • Charles Lowery
  • Krisanna Machtmes
  • Laura Miele-Pascoe
  • Mijeong Noh
  • Ann Paulins
  • Mona Robinson
  • Alan Silver
  • Danny Twilley
  • Beth VanDerveer
  • Adah Ward-Randolph
  • Lisa Williams

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

  • David Bayless
  • Gerardine Botte
  • Michael Braasch
  • Yoon-Seok Choi
  • Paul Deering
  • Sarah Hormozi
  • David Juedes
  • Greg Kremer
  • Douglas Lawrence
  • Cindy Marling
  • Teruhisa Masada
  • Srdjan Nesic
  • Jesus Pagan
  • Guy Riefler
  • Shad Sargand
  • Diana Schwerha
  • John Staser
  • Jason Trembly
  • Maarten Uijt de Haag
  • Robert Williams
  • Jim Zhu

Scripps College of Communication

  • Julie Agnone
  • Andy Alexander
  • Josh Antonuccio
  • Eddie Ashworth
  • Benjamin Bates
  • John Bowditch
  • Roger Cooper
  • Bernhard Debatin
  • Aimee Edmondson
  • Daniel Farkas
  • Michelle Ferrier
  • Marilyn Greenwald
  • John Grimwade
  • Lynn Harter
  • John Hoag
  • Thomas Hodson
  • Laeeq Khan
  • Hugh Martin
  • Hans Meyer
  • Jerry Miller
  • Brittany Peterson
  • William Rawlins
  • Bill Reader
  • Karen Riggs
  • Mary Rogus
  • Rebecca Sell
  • J.W. Smith
  • Kyle Snyder
  • Robert Stewart
  • Thomas Suddes
  • Charee Thompson
  • Stephanie Tikkanen
  • Daniel West
  • Eric Williams
  • Nerissa Young

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

  • Geoffrey Dabelko
  • Sarah Davis
  • Jason Jolley
  • Derek Kauneckis
  • Natalie Kruse Daniels
  • Marsha Lewis
  • Judith Millesen
  • Anirudh Ruhil

Chillicothe Campus

  • Donna Burgraff
  • Tamela Dixon
  • Lucinda Eubanks
  • Maryjo Flamm-Miller
  • Tanya Hire
  • Nicholas Kiersey
  • Lance Mekeel
  • Theresa Mikesh
  • Greg Obi
  • Teri Ruslander
  • Barbara Trube

Eastern Campus

  • David Castle
  • Dennis Fox
  • Michael McTeague
  • Jay Morris
  • Jacqueline Yahn

Lancaster Campus

  • Ruth Clifford-Sprouse
  • Robert Cooperman
  • Mary Danahey
  • Sandra Doty
  • Chris Eaton
  • Victor Jones
  • Pamela Kaylor
  • Emily Long
  • Gina Orr
  • Debra Smith

Southern Campus

  • Miki Crawford
  • Purba Das
  • Martha Evans
  • Hayley Haugen
  • Don Moore
  • Timothy W. Sexton
  • Tom Suter
  • Wayne Young

Zanesville Campus

  • Shadi Abu-Baker
  • Mohannad Al-Saghir
  • Morten Bach
  • Tim Blake
  • Susan Dowell
  • John Furek
  • Shahrokh Ghaffari
  • Beatrice Giannandrea
  • Korcaighe Hale
  • Nancy Hamblin Fannin
  • Tarig Higazi
  • Sheryl House
  • Timothy Jordan
  • Thomas Kamau
  • Pramod Kanwar
  • Hannah Nissen
  • Kathy Normansell
  • Viet Dung Nguyen
  • Gabriela Popa
  • Charles Savage
  • Sheida Shirvani
  • Lisa Stein Haven
  • Linda Taylor
  • Jim Taylor
  • Christy Vickers