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Emeriti Park gazebo dedication set for Nov. 13

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 9, 2004) -- Ohio University and sorority Chi Omega will dedicate the newly constructed north overlook addition at Emeriti Park at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 13. The ceremony is open to the public.

The main addition in the north overlook is a covered structure that is affixed with a dedication plaque in honor of the late Ruth Ann Picard and was built with the help of a $100,000 gift from Chi Omega given to The Ohio University Foundation in her honor. The gift is the largest ever donated to Ohio University by a Greek student organization.

Picard, who earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology in 1939 from Ohio University, served as a Chi Omega adviser for more than 50 years. She was born Jan. 5, 1919 in Bellaire, Ohio, and entered Ohio University as a freshman in 1935. During her college career, she held the offices of secretary and president of the Chi Omega Tau Alpha chapter and was elected to Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa. In her honor, the sorority established the Ruth Ann Picard Scholarship, which was given in 2003 for the first time. Picard died on Dec. 21, 1999 at the age of 80.

A walkway on the south overlook of Emeriti Park is also named in honor of Picard and her late husband, Fred Picard, a longtime Ohio University economics professor. The north overlook project began in June.

Ohio University's Tau Alpha chapter has approximately 130 student members and more than 1,200 alumni.

Emeriti Park, which was dedicated in November 2000, honors Ohio University's distinguished former faculty and staff and recognizes the impact that they have had on the university. The four-acre site on South Green includes ponds, flowerbeds, benches, trees, fountains, a waterfall and, its most recent addition, the north overlook.

"I'm extremely excited about the north overlook addition because it is the final key element to Emeriti Park," said Director of Grounds, Recycling and Refuse Mark Whitney. "This project ties everything together."

Pires Construction was the contractor on the north overlook project, while James Burkart Associates was the architectural firm.

To make a gift to Emeriti Park, contact The Ohio University Foundation at 800-592-FUND or giving@ohio.edu. Checks may be made payable to The Ohio University Foundation (be sure to write "Emeriti Park" in the notes section) and sent to the foundation at P.O. Drawer 869, Athens, Ohio 45701. Gifts also can be made online at www.ohio.edu/give.  

The Ohio University Foundation is the repository for all private gifts through annual giving programs, capital, and special campaigns and planned or deferred gifts. The Foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c(3) organization.

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Media Contact: George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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