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President McDavis addresses media at November press briefing

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2005) -- Ohio University President Roderick McDavis met with the local media on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Cutler Hall to update them on the university's latest news and initiatives.

McDavis informed the media of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine's appearance in the November edition of Ohio Magazine. The school's community service program was recognized as "Ohio Heroes" for their work toward improving the health and quality of life for area residents. The program began in 1996 and regularly provides blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings, breast and cervical exams, physicals and pap smears for minimal or no cost to residents with low income. OUCOM personnel traveled more than 10,000 miles and gave out more than 15,000 immunizations and hundreds of physicals last year.

He announced that Ohio University is bringing online advanced placement courses to regional high school students. The program uses the state's investment in the Third Frontier Network, which was created to level the playing field and lower the cost of college credit through the use of technology. The courses are arranged through Apex Learning Inc., a distance learning resource, and EdMap Inc., will serve as the textbook repository. Advanced placement courses provide students with opportunities to receive university-level training and earn college credit.

McDavis praised Ohio University's Global Competitiveness Program for receiving a second place award in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business' "Innovation in the Business Education" category. The Global Competitiveness Program trains students to succeed in the global marketplace. During the training, American students are forced to interact with students from different cultures. The program also provides professional development for faculty who participate because they are allowed to interact with foreign managers as they coach and mentor students during the project phase.

The president said a record 29 students have applied for Fulbright Scholarships this year. The Fulbright program funds outstanding U.S. citizens to spend an academic year abroad. If accepted, the applicants will conduct research, complete projects in the Fine and Performing Arts and teach English as a foreign language in one of 24 different countries around the world.

He encouraged media to attend Community and Campus Days on Nov. 3-5. He said the first event is Henry Burke's presentation on Ohio University founder Manassah Cutler and his son, Judge Ephraim Cutler's relationship to the Underground Railroad. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Baker Center State Room. He also invited the media to attend the play, "From Here: A Century of Voices From Ohio," at 2 and 7 p.m., on Friday in Chesterhill, Ohio, and Community and Campus Day on Saturday. The showcase, which will focus on the Underground Railroad's relationship with the Ohio River Valley, takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at Nelson Commons on the Athens Campus.

McDavis ended the briefing by thanking all of the Ohio University students who acted responsibly during Halloween weekend and read a couple of thank you letters he has received from parents of Ohio University students that thanked him for caring about their student's well being and safety.

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