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Ohio University to roll out Vision OHIO at convocation

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 12, 2006) -- Vision OHIO, Ohio University's strategic plan, is the university's road map into its third century. As that plan is set in motion, the university must be aware of its progress and take stock of its goals. Enter the Vision OHIO Convocation, where Ohio University will formally roll out Vision OHIO, set new goals and recognize the ones it has achieved.

"Vision OHIO sets our course for our future over the next few years," Provost Kathy Krendl said, adding that the convocation will become an annual event. "It is a working document and I hope that members of the Athens and university community can find time each year to consider whether we are meeting our goals."

The Vision OHIO Convocation will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Margaret M. Walter Hall rotunda. The event is free and open to members of the Athens and university community.

Vision OHIO sets goals for the university to enhance national prominence and to promote diversity, partnerships and research. The plan also aims to enhance Ohio University's ability to engage students in distinctive and interdisciplinary activities that serve the educational, societal and economic needs of the region, state, nation and world.

At the Vision OHIO Convocation, Ohio University leaders, including President Roderick J. McDavis, the keynote speaker, and Krendl, will discuss the importance of having a thoughtful strategic plan that serves as the university's road map for future success. They will also talk about the meaning of Vision OHIO to the university and the region.

"The ceremony will remind us of the university's core values, celebrate our progress to date, and reaffirm our ambitions for the future," said Krendl, who chairs the task force that oversees the strategic plan.

In addition to rolling out Vision OHIO, the convocation will celebrate academic excellence. The event will honor distinguished professors, students who have won national awards for 2005-06 and other faculty and student achievements. It will include a procession, which will begin the event. A luncheon will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

The Distinguished Professor Lecture by Gar Rothwell (2004) and David Drabold (2005), will conclude the celebratory day. It is open to the public and will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Hall Lecture Room 135.

For those unable to attend, the ceremony can be viewed via streaming video on Ohio University's Web site, Channel 25, Time Warner, or Channel 64, CatVision. Faculty, staff and students at Ohio University regional campuses can view the convocation by compressed video.

To learn more about Vision OHIO and the convocation, visit www.ohio.edu/vision/ .

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