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Ohio University celebrates 381 faculty newsmakers at annual gala

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Oct 13, 2017
Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis speaks during the 2017 Faculty Newsmakers Gala. The event celebrated OHIO's 381 faculty who were featured in media reports during the 2016 calendar year.
Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis speaks during the 2017 Faculty Newsmakers Gala. The event celebrated OHIO's 381 faculty who were featured in media reports during the 2016 calendar year. Photo credit: Ben Siegel

 

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2017) – Members of the Ohio University community gathered in the Baker University Center Ballroom the evening of Oct. 12 for the third annual OHIO Faculty Newsmakers Gala, celebrating faculty who were featured in media reports during the 2016 calendar year.

The Faculty Newsmakers Gala debuted in the fall of 2015 as a means of honoring Ohio University faculty who elevate the University and raise its national and global profile through media coverage of their work and expertise and, in some cases, participation in OHIO’s Experts Directory. Hosted by University Communications and Marketing (UCM) in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, this year’s gala was the biggest yet, celebrating a record-breaking 381 OHIO faculty newsmakers who made headlines in 2016.

“Every mention of an Ohio University expert has a direct impact on enhancing the reputation of the University,” Renea Morris, OHIO’s chief marketing officer, said in welcoming the faculty newsmakers and distinguished guests to this year’s event. “Our celebration this evening is our way of expressing our gratitude to you and to every person who plays a role in promoting the great work that happens here.”

Representing 10 academic units on the Athens Campus and all five of the University’s regional campuses, this year’s 381 faculty newsmakers were featured in 4,065 media reports and more than 1,800 news outlets during the 2016 calendar year.

“Within my first few months here, it didn’t take long to realize the caliber of faculty that Ohio University attracts,” Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis said. “And being recognized in the media for your contributions to our community, our nation and our world is further proof that you are change-makers. ... You continue to inspire others to achieve greatness, to dream bigger. And with each interview or article that gets published, with each story that bears your name, we can proudly say, ‘We are Ohio University.’”

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost David Descutner had the honor of presenting special recognition awards to 28 OHIO faculty newsmakers – the 10 newsmakers who earned the most media placements in 2016 as well as those who were quoted in media reports related to the Associated Press’ “Top 10 Stories of 2016.”

“You serve our community as distinguished educators, scholars, mentors and researchers, but tonight, we honor you as ambassadors of this University and thank you for your efforts,” Dr. Descutner said.

The 28 faculty newsmakers who received special recognition were presented Keystroke Catalyst Awards. Designed by UCM, the awards are fashioned as a typewriter.

“Though they have given way to today’s smaller, lighter and quieter devices, typewriters remind us of how the wisdom and insight of a single person can be dispersed to enrich lives and expand the horizons of others across the region or even around the world,” Morris said in describing the awards.

The following OHIO faculty newsmakers were presented Keystroke Catalyst Awards for having the highest number of media placements in 2016:

  • Katherine Jellison, College of Arts and Sciences, 1,031 media placements
  • R. Damian Nance, College of Arts and Sciences, 408 media placements
  • Nicholas Kiersey, Ohio University Chillicothe, 275 media placements
  • David Ridpath, College of Business, 230 media placements
  • Kevin Mattson, College of Arts and Sciences, 192 media placements
  • Ian Klein, College of Arts and Sciences, 164 media placements
  • Thomas Suddes, Scripps College of Communication, 101 media placements
  • Charee Thompson, Scripps College of Communication, 86 media placements
  • Michelle Ferrier, Scripps College of Communication, 85 media placements
  • Benjamin Bates, Scripps College of Communication, 72 media placements

The following OHIO faculty newsmakers were presented Keystroke Catalyst Awards for being quoted in media reports related to the Associated Press’ “Top 10 Stories of 2016”:

  • Ziad Abu-Rish, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on Syria
  • Andy Alexander, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • delfin bautista*, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the Pulse nightclub massacre
  • Susan Burgess, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • DeLysa Burnier, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Michael Burton, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Maria Fanis, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Jennifer Fredette, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on worldwide terror attacks
  • Thomas Hodson, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. election
  • Brandon Kendhammer, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on worldwide terror attacks
  • Laeeq Khan, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Michael McTeague, Ohio University Eastern, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Jerry Miller, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Sarah Poggione, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • William Rawlins, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Karen Riggs, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election
  • Kimberly Rios, College of Arts and Sciences, who was featured in news reports on black men killed by police
  • Robert Stewart, Scripps College of Communication, who was featured in news reports on the U.S. election

For more information about the Faculty Newsmakers Gala, visit https://www.ohio.edu/faculty-newsmakers/.

Editor’s Note: delfin prefers the lowercase form of their name and gender neutral pronouns.

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Contact: Angela Woodward, communications specialist, at 740-597-1796 or woodwara@ohio.edu.

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