Alumni and Coporate Engagement Updates
Below you will find all news and updates related to the Strategic Initiative of Increase Alumni and Corporate Engagement and Coordination
University Advancement has primary responsibility for Priority Initiative:
Increase Alumni and Corporate Engagement and Coordination. As a support unit, University Advancement’s work to advance this initiative will be informed by funding goals and priorities identified by OHIO’s academic leadership, colleges, and units.
Ohio University alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students and partners donated $49,888,642 through The Ohio University Foundation in fiscal year 2020 in support of the University’s mission, vision and future, surpassing OHIO’s $30 million fundraising goal.
Ohio University and The Ohio University Foundation are launching a new scholarship program that will pair University funding with donor support to double the impact of private gifts while providing immediate financial assistance to undergraduate students throughout the OHIO community.
David Collins, BSC ’89, the Emmy Award-winning creator of “Queer Eye” (Netflix) and “Legendary” (HBO Max), was slated to return to campus in April as the keynote speaker for Pride Graduation, an annual ceremony honoring LGBTQ+ graduates. When University events went virtual this year, Collins chose to send a video message during Pride Month that represents his “deep and enduring affection for Ohio University, and for the LGBTQ+ community in particular,” said Dr. Jan Huebenthal, assistant director of the LGBT Center.
Ohio University and The Ohio University Foundation have established the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund in response to the June 4 call from the president of North Central University, Scott Hagan, who asked universities to consider creating this scholarship during Mr. Floyd’s memorial service in Minneapolis.
During this time of unprecedented need and in the spirit of Bobcats helping Bobcats, the Ohio University Alumni Association has joined Ohio University Corporate Engagement and OHIO’s Center for Campus and Community Engagement to launch the Bobcat Neighborhood.
Four Ohio University faculty members were awarded a total of $35,300 by the John C. Baker Fund during the spring 2020 semester to further their research initiatives.
The past, present and future success of Ohio University and those it serves is rooted in the generosity of generations of faculty, staff, alumni and friends who have made the University’s legacy part of their legacy, including the thousands of individuals who gave to OHIO in fiscal year 2019.
Crane Hollow Inc. recently agreed to donate a unique biological collection to the Ohio University Museum Complex. The gift includes a $50,000 collection support fund, as well as a database that documents field notes, scientific illustrations and references, and other collection-related items.
On March 11, the Ohio University Emergency Microgrant program received a request for financial assistance from a student who had lost their job – because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first of hundreds of requests to come.