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February 7, 2013

Award-winning Ohio University series now a published book 

Ohio University today announced the publication of a book showcasing the relationship of the University with the surrounding region - "Appalachia Rising: Stories of Hope and Achievement from Ohio’s Appalachian Hills and Valleys."

Developed by University Communications and Marketing (UCM) and published by Ohio University Press, "Appalachia Rising" captures the essence of the University through the works and words of the people in and of the region – students, faculty, staff, alumni and others involved in its support and revitalization, said UCM Executive Director Renea Morris.

Originally created as an award-winning editorial series in the University’s news medium, Compass, "Appalachia Rising" features initiatives through which the University community is elevating lives across the region. These people-focused success stories highlight the many meaningful ways OHIO serves society by supporting educational, economic, and creative and wellness endeavors, as well as other humanitarian efforts.

Through 17 feature-length articles, the 98-page book exemplifies the mutually reciprocal relationship between Ohio University and its Appalachian setting. The stories artfully illustrate how these communities are forging ahead hand-in-hand: Revitalizing the environment through stewardship of shared resources, empowering entrepreneurs through economic development, and bringing hope and healing to neighbors in need through access to programs and services.

"As we seek to position ourselves to meet the challenges of the 21st century, this partnership has never been more important," President Roderick J. McDavis said. "The stories outlined here offer a glimpse into the work that is raising the region - our region - day by day. They are points of pride and sources of inspiration, but it is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we can and will accomplish."

Many of OHIO's programs and initiatives are captured in "Appalachia Rising." Highlighting efforts ranging from adult literacy to future Appalachian women, "Appalachia Rising" has put a face on the community outreach, educational enrichment, and student leadership accomplished everyday by the University.

"The stories in this book reflect the essence of the Appalachian spirit and the power of combining the academic culture of higher education with the culture of the surrounding community in which we live," said contributor Richard Greenlee, an eighth generation Appalachian and first generation college student, as well as dean of Ohio University’s Eastern Campus.

The "Appalachia Rising" Compass series achieved international recognition by placing in the top three in its category in the 2011 Ragan Employee Communications Awards.

The book is available for purchase through Bobcat Essentials in the Baker University Center. Institutional and bulk orders can be purchased through University Communications and Marketing at

For more information on the "Appalachia Rising" series, visit

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