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Scripps Partnership Celebration honors Scripps Howard Foundation commitment to OHIO

Sep 26, 2018

Scripps Howard Foundation President and CEO Liz Carter, center, enjoys a champagne toast with Ohio University President Duane Nellis, at right, and others at the close of the Scripps Partnership Celebration on the main campus of Ohio University in Athens on Wed., Sept. 19, 2018. / Photo by Daniel Owen
 

Scripps Partnership Celebration honors Scripps Howard Foundation commitment to OHIO

 
By Margaret Mary Hicks
 
ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 26, 2018)—Representatives from Ohio University, the Scripps College of Communication and the Scripps Howard Foundation celebrated the a decades-long partnership Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, with cocktails, dinner and remarks in a tent on the Howard Hall site at the main campus of Ohio University in Athens.
 
The event was prompted by the fulfillment of a $15 million pledge made by the Scripps Howard Foundation to the Scripps College of Communication. The funding has provided support for professional and student development, scholarships, internships, innovation programs and visiting professional programs in the college, among other things.
 
Titsworth said the event provided a chance to recognize the significant commitment the foundation has provided and show the gift’s benefit to students’ success.
 
“To be good stewards of that gift, there are moments in time where you want to take a reflection on what that gift and that relationship has meant for the university and college,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth said. “We want to let the Foundation know we are really using the money to benefit students.”
 
The evening program included remarks from Titsworth, Ohio University President Duane Nellis and Scripps Howard Foundation President and CEO Liz Carter.
 
Titsworth said the Scripps Howard Foundation’s gift has allowed for Scripps College to grow in diverse programming, innovation and scholarship, specifically mentioning the Scripps Howard Visiting Professionals fun that has allowed communications professionals to teach students, the GRID Lab that has enabled students to embrace and develop immersive media, and the creation of the Social Media Certificate program that inspires students to think about the changing landscape of modern media.
 
“The funding let us think big,” Titsworth said.
 
Experiential learning was also fortified within the college, through the Don Perris Scholarship which supports Scripps students in their internships, the semester programs in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles that allow students to experience professionalism in big cities, and the High School Journalism and Media Workshops that give high school students a glimpse of where the future of communications lies.
 
“I think this partnership has created so many great opportunities for the college and its students all across the board,” said Sadie Newman, a fourth-year student studying strategic communications. “It has really benefited the students, and it is going to help us grow and go into our futures.”
 
Liz Carter emphasized the importance of the partnership to not only benefit students, but the industry as well.
 
She described Ohio University as an “oasis of knowledge and learning here in the Appalachian Foothills.”
 
Titsworth also introduced the Innovation Fellowship Program, a new project that will commence Fall 2019. The program is for eligible incoming freshmen, who will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to spark a culture of innovation in the college.
 
In addition to the new programs, the gift has also directly impacted the college’s academic excellence. For the Scripps College, the first-year retention is 88 percent, second to only Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College. The Scripps College of Communication also ranked in the top four programs nationally, according to Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
 
“To me, it really is our margin of excellence,” Duane Nellis, the president of Ohio University, said. “[This gift] really creates the extra resources that allow us to move to that higher level of success.”
 
Nellis stressed that state funding has been gradually declining, but it has allowed for donors and foundations to reinforce programs.
 
“There are just so many positives that come out of it, from the recognition of our students to the special training programs,” Nellis said. “[The funding is] one of the reasons why we are recognized as one of the top colleges of communication in the United States, so we really appreciate that.”
 
Titsworth has a number of ideas for how to continue impacting students with the gift as the various accounts reach maturity.
 
For more information on the Scripps Howard Foundation, visit http://www.scripps.com/foundation. More information on the Scripps College of Communication can be found at www.ohio.edu/scrippscollege.