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Here's a sampling of Ohio University mentions in the media in October 2004:

Friday, Oct. 29

Microsoft announced Wednesday its plans to donate $1 million to the Appalachian states for computer software; of that $1 million, $100,000 will be used in the Appalachian counties of Ohio, including Ohio University-Southern. Tom Suter, director of the Ohio Community Computing Network on the OUS campus, said the Microsoft gift will allow people who may not be able to afford a computer to learn to use one, and to have access to computers and software.

--> See Ironton Tribune

Ohio University Freshman Carime Reinhart, of Bascom, Ohio, has four top-10 finishes within the first two months of her cross-country career. On October 12, Reinhart received the MAC Runner of the Week award.

--> See CollegeSports.com

Wednesday, Oct. 27

James Thomas, assistant professor of physical therapy in the College of Health and Human Services, and his team are in the news again. The Ohio University study, which began this month, will examine who is most at risk for recurrent back pain and what causes it.

--> From Biotech Weekly

University professor Charles Alexander talks about the similarities between this season's political races and pennant races.

--> North Central Ohio: Baseball historian returns to Mansfield (audio)

Tuesday, Oct. 26

With the Boston Red Socks only one win away from a 2004 World Series title since 1918, analysts and fans wonder if they can make it. CNN anchor Carol Lin interviewed Ohio University Professor Charles Alexander, an author and baseball historian, to get his perspective on the upcoming game this weekend and the saga behind the magnetism of the Boston Red Socks. A distinguished professor emeritus, Alexander has taught courses on baseball and sports history for more than 20 years.

--> See CNN live at daybreak

In other news:

Monday, Oct. 25

President Roderick J.McDavis introduced his Urban Scholars Program in Beachwood, Ohio, on Sept. 12, during an inaugural reception and dinner at the Hilton Hotel to an audience of Ohio University alumni and friends.

The president, aside him was his wife Deborah, explained to his audience that he wants this program to serve as a model for increasing campus diversity for all Ohio colleges and universities. The president also spoke of his vision to move Ohio University into a spot on the top 25 American public colleges list.

Harpist Thelma Williams, class of '69, played background music before dinner, and instrumental music for the evening was provided by The Cleveland Municipal School District. President McDavis' alma mater fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, had a presentation for him to conclude the evening. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority had a presentation for Mrs. McDavis and, after the closing remarks, members of the sorority sang the Delta Sweetheart Song to her.

--> From the Cleveland Call and Post

The Scripps Survey Research Center found in a poll last week of 422 registered voters that Sen. John Kerry was leading Ohio among registered voters with 49 percent of the votes, compared to President Bush with 43 percent of the votes. Within the category of likely voters, Sen. Kerry was leading with 50 percent of the votes while President Bush held 46 percent of the votes. The poll?s margin of error is 5.3 percent. The poll was cited in many publications.

--> See the Washington Post

In other news:

Friday, Oct. 22

Ohio University's Edison Biotechnology Institute received a $15,000 contribution from the AMVETS (American Veterans) for diabetes research. This is the second year in a row that the organization has donated $15,000 to Ohio University, and the funding will help support continued work by three undergraduate students in this area.

--> See U.S. Newswire

Nick Juliano, a senior in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and a staff member of The Post, sat down on Saturday with presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry and drilled him with questions about talks of a draft. Campaign officials said Juliano may be the only college student to interview either presidential candidate during this election. His work even showed up in ABC News' famous on-line tip sheet for national political reporters.
Juliano interviewed Sen. Kerry in his campaign bus while he was traveling through southern Ohio.

--> See the GhanaWeb - Accra, Ghana
--> See the The Cincinnati Enquirer

Friday, Oct. 15

The Ohio University faculty learning community (FLC) program, composed of faculty, graduate students and administrators, is designed to allow faculty, who are broadly-ranged in specialties, to discuss shared interests. Over 80 members make up ten communities.

The Center for Teaching Excellence, the Center for Writing Excellence and the Center for Innovations in Technology for Learning joined together to form the program in 2003. Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence Karin Sandell said the learning communities are meant to complement the workshops, seminars and other forms of support that fall under the umbrella of faculty development.

--> See AAC & U News

In other news:

Thursday, Oct. 14

Allie Meczka was sold on Ohio University the first time she came to visit her sister eight years ago. Now her dreams have come true. This summer, she verbally committed to the Bobcats and now plans to attend Ohio University on the college scholarship she earned. Allie is an outstanding senior volleyball player at Strongsville High School and is the team's record-holder in kills and blocks. Her three sisters were also outstanding athletes, and two of them graduated from Ohio University.

--> See the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Monday, Oct. 11

Campaign security screening crowds for doubters - Dr. John Prather, a math professor at Ohio University Eastern Campus, tested the two campaigns' reactions to dissent. With tickets in hand, he was denied entry to a Bush rally while wearing a Kerry t-shirt. At the Kerry rally wearing a Bush t-shirt, Prather said, "nobody said anything to me."

--> See NPR Morning Edition

Thursday, Oct. 7

Michelle Gill, a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in psychology, is working in Tanzania, one of the poorest countries in the world, to teach newly elected parliament members about political processes and the health and welfare concerns of their people.

Gill was pursuing her master's degree as an Axelrod Fellow at the University of Albany's School of Public Health when she learned about the university's Center for International Development. Gill will use her own experiences and insights to help Tanzania build an effective democracy.

--> From The Times Union, Albany, N.Y.

In other news:

Wednesday, Oct. 6

James Thomas, assistant professor of physical therapy in the College of Health and Human Services, received a $1.55 million, four-year grant from the National Institute of Health to study the causes of reoccurring lower back pains. Eight out of 10 people will experience lower back pains within their lifetime, and half of those people will have reoccurring pains, according to the researchers.

The study will also look at how psychological behaviors can impact motor coordination; a person's fear of movement and re-injury can delay or prohibit his or her recovery from the lower back pains. The research team will conduct two studies starting this October.

--> See Medical News Today
--> See Ohio University Research Communications

Friday, Oct. 1

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