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President McDavis addresses media at July press briefing

ATHENS, Ohio (July 28, 2005) -- Ohio University President Roderick McDavis met with the local media on Wednesday, July 27, at the Edison Biotechnology Institute in The Ridges to update them on the university's latest news and initiatives.

McDavis highlighted some of the outstanding research initiatives the university is involved with at the present time. He said the university receives about $56 million in external funding for research and sponsored programs from private, state and federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. He reminded the media that many of the university's research activities directly impact the region positively in areas such as old mining sites and combating health problems. He praised the Ohio University's Innovation Center for its service to local businesses.

"Ohio University's Innovation Center has created 211 jobs in Athens," McDavis said.

McDavis talked about the university's Precollege Orientation Program, which began Monday, July 24 and ends Saturday, Aug. 13. More than 4,100 incoming freshmen will participate in the program that was developed to welcome students to campus and prepare them for the upcoming school year. Students visit with academic advisers and faculty, attend information sessions, and also register for fall courses.

The president also praised the Ohio University football program for being one of 25 recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for graduating more than 70 percent of its 1999-2000 freshmen class. Six Mid-American Conference football programs are among the top 25 according to the survey conducted by the AFCA. The overall graduation rate of the 103 schools playing Division IA football was 58 percent that year, one percent less than the previous year.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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