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Every day, OHIO programs broaden students' perspectives as global citizens and contribute to the betterment of our region. These initiatives advance international education opportunities, promote sustainability, and foster economic development in southeastern Ohio. Below are just a few examples of the many ways Ohio University's people and programs are positively affecting our region and the world.

Enhancing international education

The grand opening of the Walter International Education Center marked a key moment in OHIO’s commitment to promoting and supporting international education efforts worldwide. Made possible with the generosity of Robert D. and Margaret M. Walter, through the Walter Family Foundation, the center is the home of the Office of Education Abroad and International Student and Faculty Services. The Walter Center also is the first building on OHIO’s Athens Campus renovated to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification standards. Read more

Student competition reduces residence hall electricity costs

Students competing in OHIO’s Residence Challenge competition save between $70,000 and $100,000 in annual residence hall electricity costs, in addition to averting more than 160 tons of carbon dioxide. Read more

Ecotourism: A new means of helping endangered species?

Jeremy Phan, a master’s student in OHIO's Environmental Studies Program, is focusing on using ecotourism to help save endangered species. Phan traveled to Vietnam to research the benefits of ecotourism for a monkey species considered the most critically endangered primate in the world. Read more

New Center for Entrepreneurship boosts learning opportunities, region's economy

Providing students with learning opportunities outside the classroom, OHIO’s new Center for Entrepreneurship will play an important role in supporting technology commercialization at the University and developing regional businesses, ranging from start-up companies to more established firms. Read more

White House applauds project to combat water pollution

 The White House website lifts up the work of OHIO students and community groups combating water pollution. The website cites the groups’ work to clean up streams polluted by acid mine drainage as an example of what can be accomplished when people from different groups unite to better their community. Read more (Note: This link to the White House blog takes you outside the Ohio University website.)

OHIO awarded funding to foster development of technology companies

TechGROWTH Ohio, an OHIO initiative which provides business advisory services, competitive grant support, and seed-stage investment capital to technology companies and entrepreneurs in southeast Ohio, was awarded a new round of funding totaling $3 million in a competitive statewide process. This total will be matched with private dollars allowing TechGROWTH to expand its services. Since its founding in 2007, TechGROWTH Ohio has assisted more than 320 technology companies with $8.4 million in grants and services. These investments have in turn helped area companies generate more than $60 million in economic activity. Read more

OHIO triumphs in intercollegiate recycling contest

OHIO’s Athens Campus finished first among the 10 Mid-American Conference schools participating in the 2011 intercollegiate RecycleMania competition. The 11th annual recycling contest, cofounded by OHIO staffer Ed Newman, has grown to include 630 colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Qatar. Read more