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September 22, 2011

Sen. Voinovich to dedicate seminar room at Ohio University Libraries 

The public is invited to the dedication of the George V. Voinovich Seminar Room and Welcome Exhibit at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Ohio University’s Vernon R. Alden Library.  

The dedication comes after a recent donation by Sen. George V. Voinovich of his senatorial papers to the Ohio University Libraries. The papers are part of a larger assemblage of materials in the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections called the Voinovich Collection.  

As part of the dedication celebration, artifacts and papers from the Voinovich Collection will be on display. Distinguished speakers and guests will include Sen. Voinovich, Emeritus Ohio University President Vernon Alden and Ohio University President Roderick McDavis. 

In addition to collaborating with Ohio University Libraries to create the Seminar Room, Voinovich also worked with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs to develop a Welcome Exhibit in Building 21 at the Ridges.  Both spaces will offer an opportunity for students and faculty to see examples of important materials from the collection. 

Sen. Voinovich, who served 43 years in public office, is also a 1958 OHIO alumnus. 

“Sen. Voinovich’s work on environmental and human capital policy, fiscal responsibility and national security affects the lives of every American,” said McDavis. “Those papers will support our programs such as political science, contemporary history and journalism, and Ohio University is proud to be home to such a wealth of history.” 

Kelly Broughton, assistant dean for research and education at Alden Library, who is coordinating the project, said, “The Libraries are honored and excited that Sen. Voinovich selected our archives for his collection. By collaborating with him to exhibit the documents and artifacts that represent his impressive career in public service, we hope to inspire student researchers and future public servants for years to come."  

“The collaboration with Sen. Voinovich was realized through the efforts of the staffs at Alden, the Voinovich School and the Office of Government Relations,” Scott Seaman, dean of Ohio University Libraries, said. “Such generosity will make a lasting and positive impact upon the quality of undergraduate and graduate education and the lives of our students here at OHIO.”

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