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January 04, 2017 : Alumni College Comes to Ohio University Lancaster January 21st


AlumniCollegeLogoOhio University Lancaster is presenting its first ever Alumni College, a  “classes without quizzes” program featuring four talks from members of the Ohio University Lancaster faculty. The event is open to all Ohio University alumni and friends and includes a luncheon hosted by the OHIO Alumni Association in Brasee Hall January 21 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Alumni College was first introduced on the Athens campus of Ohio University and serves as a spring homecoming for academics and the arts. The Alumni College program provides alumni and friends returning to OUL’s campus the unique opportunity to be students again and features a variety of short lecture courses for attendees where faculty and research communities are showcased.


Four-45 minute talks on a favorite lecture/topic of interest, current research or fields of study will be presented by OUL faculty (each faculty member will present only one time). Alumni and friends will have a chance to listen to the presentations and engage in discussions with the presenters.


Faculty talks include:

Apes in Space: The Chimpanzees Who Preceded American Astronauts In The Post-War Space Race, Patrick Drumm, Ph.D.

Two chimpanzee astronauts rode rockets into space in 1961. Their names were Ham and Enos and their flights paved the way for the successful launches of human astronauts now regarded as American heroes in the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.  The stories of these two chimps, as well as their fellow trainees in NASA’s primate program, deserve our attention as we approach the 60th anniversary of their remarkable voyages.


The Secret Lives of Stars: How an amorphic blob of hot gas can create explosions of galactic proportions, Sandra Doty, Ph.D.

On any clear night outside of Lancaster, a mere glance to the sky is rewarded with a sight that has delighted young and old since time immemorial - millions of points of light  that we call stars. The story of how those lights came to be, how they evolve and their ultimate end, whether it is with a bang or a whisper, will be the focus of this presentation.  Most amazing of all, embedded in this story, is the story of us.


Matters of Life and Death: Gifts for the Reader of A Christmas Carol, Dan Kline, Ph.D.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a beloved, canonical holiday classic that has delighted readers young and old for almost one hundred and seventy-five years.  The story memorably provides numerous examples of holiday cheer and gift giving.  But what sorts of gifts does Dickens give to his readers? This presentation will “unwrap” three such presents offered by A Christmas Carol through an exploration of the various ways in which the text’s central tension between life and death manifests itself over the course of Dickens’s ghostly tale.


Bridging the Generation Gap: Communication Preferences for Traditionals to Millennials (and Everyone in Between), Candice Thomas-Maddox, Ed.D.

Organizations are currently faced with the challenge of managing communication preferences of four unique generations in the workplace (Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials).  Differing expectations for work-family life balance, preferred management styles, motivation, and other aspects of organizational life can contribute to dissatisfaction and misunderstandings among co-workers.  This session will highlight key characteristics of each generation and offer suggestions for effectively navigating these differences to enhance organizational communication.


Admission is free but RSVPs are required. Register online: by January 13th. For more information, please contact Heidi West at (740) 681-3346 or