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Wednesday, March 31

In a "match made in heaven," Ohio University-Chillicothe and the Berger Health System have formed a partnership by which students can combine classwork and hands-on training in the nursing degree program, reports the Chillicothe Gazette. Berger, as part of their gift to the Bicentennial Campaign, also created a named professorship. "We're combining traditional health care and academic excellence in a hospital setting," Berger Heath System CEO Larry Thornhill told the Gazette. "Students will be trained in a hospital environment, hands-on." Sam Webb is one of the first students to take part in the program. "I'm very excited for the training," Webb said. "The demand's here, the opportunity's here -- I'm going to take advantage of it."

"This is the greatest kind of partnership," said Chillicothe Dean Richard Bebee. "This is a demonstration of what the future of higher education is going to be like."

--> See the Chillicothe Gazette

Tuesday, March 30

When Ohio University playwright Charles Smith's "Free Man of Color" opened at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, its success further cemented the Windy City's reputation as a thriving center for the lively and performing arts. In an informative CNN.com article, a preview performance of "Free Man" is the backdrop for a larger story about the distinctive theaters, performances and actors made famous in Chicago.

Smith, who first arrived at the Victory Gardens in 1985, began as an intern. "I did whatever was needed," he said. Despite heading the professional playwriting program at Ohio University, Smith relishes his return trips -- and takes pride in his plays that enjoyed Chicago premieres. "These plays have had a very lively life outside of Chicago," Smith said. "But all my plays that have started here are like my children. They are out there and every now and then they send me a postcard from places like Seattle and Los Angeles."

"At the conclusion of that Tuesday preview performance," the article reads, "a few elderly women could be seen nodding in approval as they filled out their comment cards before disappearing into the night. What they said must have been encouraging. By the end of the play's five-week run, 'Free Man of Color' had played to 95 percent capacity."

--> See CNN.com

Monday, March 29

Wednesday, March 24

Ohio University School of Music clarinettist Rebecca Rischin already had a strong reputation: Since capturing top honors in the First International Clarinet Competition in Cracow, Poland, in 1994, Rischin has built an international reputation as a performer, teacher and scholar. She is listed in not only the "Who's Who of American Women," but also the "2000 Outstanding Musicians of the Century." Now, her book, "For the End of Time: The Story of the Messiaen Quartet," is drawing praise from critic Alex Ross of The New Yorker. Rischin's research dispels myths long held about the 1941 premiere, revealing that the Quartet was more a collaborative creation than a "triumph of individual genius." "Rischin lovingly brings to life the other musicians ...," Ross writes. "You can sense something of their personalities in the instrumental parts of the Quartet." Read more in this interesting New Yorker review.

--> See The New Yorker

Monday, March 15

Friday, March 12

Thursday, March 11

In commemoration of his 102nd birthday, the Washington Times published a tribute to the legacy of author John Steinbeck. He may not be regarded in the same light as Faulkner or Hemingway by academics, said Ohio University's Robert DeMott, the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of American Literature, but this hasn't affected his strong appeal.

"He's always regarded with some suspicion because they can't believe a writer who is popular can be good," DeMott told Times reporter Jen Waters. "That has never really bothered me. We're in the business of communicating. That's something Steinbeck did ... You can project your sense of who you are onto the characters."

Wednesday, March 10

Tuesday, March 9

Monday, March 8

The Ohio University club hockey team has done it again, winning another American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship, its first since three straight crowns in the mid-'90s. In a storybook season, the squad began the season 4-5, but finished the year with a 32-7-2 record, defeating defending ACHA champion Penn State 5-4 for the title. "You couldn't ask for a better game than this," head coach Dan Morris told The Post. "It was the two best teams playing, and when we got this far we wanted to play against the champions. You don't want questions about who you played along the way."

"It's just a feeling of pure joy," said center Frank Kubas, reacting to Tony Arkeilpane's game winner. "We worked so hard all season, and it's just a feeling of pure satisfaction. In the last game of my career, I can go out knowing that we did all that we could have done."

Said goalie Brian Gallagher: "Today is the best day of my life. My whole life I've worked at this and played hockey for this moment. This championship belongs to every Ohio student. We want everybody to have it because everyone has done so much to support us. We get the ring from this, but everybody here can share the trophy. That should be the headline in all the papers - 'All Ohio wins a national championship.'"

--> See The Post

Friday, March 5

Thursday, March 4

Wednesday, March 3

Ohio University economist Alfred Eckes, appearing in Newsweek, "speculates that as health-care costs rise, airline prices fall and Asian medical training increases, Americans might someday be shipped to Asia for certain surgical procedures, dampening U.S. surgeons' wages." Said Eckes: "Everybody is imagining the future for their kids [and saying], 'My god, where is America going to be in 20 years given these trends?'"

Tuesday, March 2

Best known as the "Savvy Traveler," Ohio University alumnus Rudy Maxa, 54, has seen and done it all. He has a home in Bangkok and has shows on NPR and PBS. That said, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, Maxa has been lured to the Twin Cities - for the love of his life, Ana Scofield. "He says it's nothing to move here to be with me," said Scofield, 38, "but I view it as a huge sacrifice." The pair met at a dinner party in 2001 and have seen their relationship grow over time. The man who has seen every corner of the planet sleeps on a pull-out couch and runs his business from a laptop computer while the loft he and Scofield will share is being built. But he's never been happier.

What has travel meant to Maxa? "Travel really puts your life into perspective," Maxa told Star Tribune reporter Kay Miller. "People become so focused on their lives and the things that irritate them. Little pebbles become boulders. You tend to forget there's this big, wide wonderful world out there." The paper reported that, prior to moving in together in Minnesota, Maxa and Scofield enjoyed a glass of cobra bile served by a snake salesman in Hong Kong.

--> See Rudy Maxa's Web site

Monday, March 1

Compiled by Joseph Hughes, a writer with University Communications and Marketing
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