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President McDavis addresses media at bimonthly press briefing

ATHENS, Ohio (May 12, 2005) -- Ohio University President Roderick McDavis met with the local media on May 11 to update them on some of the university's latest initiatives.

McDavis_RoderickMcDavis announced that 4,105 first-year students have submitted housing contracts for next year, which is an increase of 530 students compared to last year. He said the goal for next year was to have 3,800 first-year students, so he was pleased that the university will likely exceed that number. He credited the larger enrollment numbers to increased faculty involvement in the recruiting process, more phone calls to students from the admissions office, area receptions for admitted students and a campus-visit program that brought students to campus.

The president also announced the university's initiative to add more plaques to the West Portico of Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. He explained that future plaques will commemorate prominent campus visitors who brought messages of diversity, inclusiveness or equality.

It is anticipated that no more than nine new plaques will be added over time to the 25 plaques that currently acknowledge renowned visitors who have spoken on campus. The goal of the initiative is to recognize both past and future speakers on campus. The current plaques honor a range of individuals, such as U.S. presidents, rights activists, poets and others who have made their mark on the nation and the world.

McDavis previewed the upcoming Research and Creativity Fair that will take place at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at the Convocation Center. The event will showcase the research projects of more than 260 Ohio University undergraduate and graduate students. He reminded the media that increasing the amount of research at the university is one of his four primary initiatives for his administration.

He also encouraged the media to cover The Buzz Premiere at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 12 at The Athena on Court Street. The gala will exhibit the five winning student-developed videos that promote responsible consumption of alcohol. The event is part of the university-sponsored "Stop at the Buzz" campaign, which was developed to create awareness to the perils of high-risk drinking.

President McDavis announced that three Ohio University students have won David L. Boren/National Security Education Program (NSEP) Scholarships. Teresa Reimers won a graduate scholarship and Giorgina Ramirez and Jess Wilhelm won undergraduate scholarships. The scholarships allow students to study abroad in underrepresented countries by paying travel, program, education and living expenses. The scholarships increase international understanding, enhance international cooperation and security and strengthen the U.S. economic competitiveness.

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