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Faculty & Staff News

Apr 22
Email upgrade: Hands on demo
Join OIT staff on Friday, April 25, 2014 in Baker Center 230 any time between 10 am and 4 pm for a hands on demo of the new faculty/staff/graduate student email system.

Patton College Center for PDS Partnerships and Athens City Schools win national award for exemplary Professional Development School achievement
This March, at the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) national conference in Las Vegas, NAPDS presented The Patton College of Education and Athens City Schools with the Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement.

Prehistoric jaws: Mapes’ fossils put new bite in shark evolution
The skull of a newly discovered 325-million-year-old shark-like species suggests that early cartilaginous and bony fishes have more to tell us about the early evolution of jawed vertebrates—including humans—than do modern sharks, as was previously thought.

Students discover the world in Athens as part of International Week
Students discover the world in Athens as part of International Week

Apr 21
Implementation of ALTOUR travel arrangement begins
The University has started the transition to ALTOUR, a new travel provider, with full implementation occurring on May 1.

OHIO librarians: The heart of University Libraries
As Ohio University celebrates the bicentennial of its Libraries, it’s important to reflect on the generations of librarians who have played a pivotal role in the inspired teaching, learning and research of OHIO students, faculty and staff.

OHIO women leaders selected for prestigious Higher Education Resource Services Institute
Three OHIO women leaders have been nominated and selected to attend the prestigious Higher Education Resource Services leadership institutes in Bryn Mawr, Penn. and Denver Colo.

Rehabilitation of Class Gateway, College Green planned this summer
Rehabilitation of Class Gateway, College Green planned this summer

Summer instructors: Upload 1st session Blackboard materials before May 7
Blackboard will be down May 7 - 11. To have materials available on the first day of summer, please complete your summer course prep before May 7.

Apr 18
Email upgrade: Improved web access
Exchange users can look forward to increased browser support, better calendaring, and an updated look for the web version of Outlook this summer.

New Diversity Advisory Council created to address University and community issues
New Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Shari Clarke recently announced the creation of the University's inaugural Diversity Advisory Council.

University streamlining of Workers' Compensation/Extended Sick Leave return to work process
As of Monday April 21, Ohio University employees released to return to work by their Physician of Record from an occupational injury/illness or returning from extended sick leave will no longer be required to be seen by a second physician at University Medical Associates.

Apr 17
Email scams on rise: What you can do
University employees should be on the lookout for fraudulent emails that ask them to provide their OHIO ID and password, log into a secure site, or confirm their personal or account information.

Kendhammer: Nigerian Muslims remain committed to engagement with West
Monday morning, a bomb exploded at a busy transit station in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, killing a reported 71 and wounding 124. While no one has yet taken official credit for the attack, all signs point to Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group based in the northeast of the country that has been responsible for nearly 4,000 deaths since early 2011 alone.

OHIO holds budget forums to gather input
Two budget forums were held this week in an effort to seek input from students, faculty and staff about Ohio University's Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget.

Students celebrate International Week with Global Scoop
Students gathered in the Baker Bobcat Lounge Tuesday afternoon to try a variety of ice cream flavors from all around the world.

Todd Young named editor of mathematics research journal
Dr. Todd Young, Professor of Mathematics at Ohio University, has been named Co-Editor-in-Chief of the research journal Dynamical Systems: An International Journal.

Apr 16
Faculty Senate elects officers
Faculty Senate unanimously elected three officers on Monday, April 14, including Beth Quitslund as chair, David Thomas as vice chair and Katie Hartman as secretary. Each will serve three-year terms in their newly-elected positions, starting May 1.

Apr 15
WOUB staff mourn death of longtime WOUB engineer Dave Moore
WOUB staff are mourning the death of 33-year employee Dave Moore. The WOUB broadcast engineer died Tuesday morning just weeks before his retirement.

2014 benefits open enrollment notice to employees
The annual benefits open enrollment period has started and will be conducted online. All employees are asked to participate in the open enrollment process.

Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social April 25
Ohio University is hosting an ice cream social on Friday, April 25 beginning at 2 p.m. in Wolfe Garden, located between Alden Library and Cutler Hall on the College Green.

Pennington named dean of Southern Campus
Ohio University's Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Executive Dean Bill Willan are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nicole Pennington as dean of the Ohio University Southern Campus.

Apr 14
After hunger strike, human rights activist visits OHIO
African Cultural Week culminated Sunday evening with the African Student Heroine Lecture, which was presented by Elsa Chyrum, a London-based human rights activist from Eritrea.

Email upgrade: larger quotas, better web access & easier calendaring
This summer, the university will upgrade its Exchange email system to the Microsoft cloud service that currently hosts Catmail.

Last week of Faculty/Staff Survey: Deadline extended to Friday, April 18
All eligible faculty and staff (.75 FTE or higher) are encouraged to complete the Chronicle of Higher Education faculty/staff survey before the extended deadline of Friday, April 18.

OHIO celebrates Earth Day 2014
The Ohio University Office of Sustainability will host the inaugural sustainability recognition awards program on April 22 (Earth Day) in Walter Hall Rotunda from 4 to 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and is being done in conjunction with ReUse Industries.

Olympian Lee Evans joins panel to discuss black athlete success
Genetics, the slave trade and African colonization were a few of the topics addressed during an April 11 roundtable discussion during the 10th annual Sports in Africa Conference.

Apr 11
Kosher-friendly foods available across campus during Passover
Ohio University Culinary Services, in partnership with Hillel House, will serve kosher-friendly food items within all dining courts and halls during Passover from the evening of April 14 to the evening of April 21.

Logan High School students visit OHIO
Fifty-five Logan High School students from Autum Barry and Alyssa Burns’ biomedical science class and advanced placement biology class learned about plant biology and biomedical research at Ohio University during a recent visit to the Athens Campus.

Open forums scheduled to discuss OHIO's budget
Members of the University community will have two opportunities this month to participate in open forums about the university’s budget decision-making process:

Apr 10
Exchange email maintenance: 1:00 am - 3:30 am, April 12, 2014
The university's Exchange email server will be down during this Saturday's regular maintenance window, April 12, 2014, from 1:00 am - 3:30 AM.

IT Change Guide: Spring/summer changes that will affect you
OIT has a number of upgrades and new service offerings for spring and summer 2014 that will affect the way you teach, learn and perform your day to day work.

OHIO Commencement plans announced
About 4,200 students are participating in the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3 in the Convocation Center, located on the West Green of Ohio University’s Athens campus.

OHIO enrollment applications increase for fourth consecutive year
First-time enrollment applications at Ohio University totaled 20,769 on Thursday, April 10, surpassing last year’s total number. The growth represents an 18.9 percent increase over 2012 and 55 percent increase over 2011. The figure is expected to grow even larger as students continue to apply.

Provost announces FY2015 faculty, staff raise pools
The following information is provided as an explanation of the upcoming implementation of two separate funding pools for salary increases in fiscal year 2015. Increases for promotion and tenure and employee benefits costs also are addressed.

University Terrace, South Green Drive reduced to one lane
Part of University Terrace and South Green Drive will be reduced to one lane for a short time to allow construction to take place.

Apr 9
Author Syl Cheney-Coker discusses state of African literature and art
The current state of African literature and art was the topic during acclaimed author Syl Cheney-Coker's talk on Monday evening. The event was part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the African Studies program and the Ohio University Press.

Meet the March 2014 Classified Employee of the Month
Meet March 2014 Classified Employee of the Month Becky Fox.

OHIO employees encouraged to review vacation days
Administrative employees are being encouraged to review vacation time to prevent losing earned vacation.

OHIO faculty participate in service learning workshops
More than 70 faculty members from colleges and academic units throughout the University participated in service learning workshops held April 3 and 4 on the Athens Campus.

Apr 7
Computer science professor leads international task force to develop curriculum guidelines for bioinformatics
Led by Ohio University’s Professor of Computer Science Lonnie Welch, an international bioinformatics organization has released guidelines for bioinformatics curricula to ensure students graduate with the necessary skill sets for work in computational biology.

Counselor Advisory Board to bring valuable insight for OHIO admissions
The Counselor Advisory Board (CAB) will be on campus Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8 to share their insights into the college admission process with Ohio University’s Undergraduate Admissions staff and other University personnel.

Got Food? Students work to combat hunger in Southeastern Ohio
Dozens of students and local leaders who work to combat hunger on a daily basis came together for a social innovative forum at The Ridges on Friday, April 4.

Local students tackle drunk-driving in Impact 2014
Ohio University’s Convocation Center was packed with more than 6,000 high school juniors and seniors from surrounding schools on Friday as part of Impact 2014, an event organized by Troopers for a Safer Ohio, a group that works with troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol to educate community members on various issues.

Playful Learning Conference is April 10
The Patton College of Education will host "Playful Learning," an interactive conference for practicing and pre-service teachers on Thursday, April 10.

Take Back the Night becomes a voice for the unheard
Zerlina Maxwell, a political analyst and feminist, had the crowd at Take Back the Night laughing more than mourning late last week for an event designed to raise awareness about sexual assault and violence.

Apr 6
Ryan Lombardi will be guest on WATH-AM 970 Thursday
Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi will discuss the latest happenings at Ohio University on Athens radio station WATH-AM's "The Party Line" at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 10.

Apr 4
Brian Schoen to speak about the origins of the Civil War at Eastern Campus
Brian Schoen, associate professor of history at Ohio University, will give a presentation on secession and the origins of the Civil War at the University’s Eastern Campus on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Room 219.

Phillips named American Physical Society outstanding referee for 2014
Dr. Daniel Phillips, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, was honored as one of the 2014 Outstanding Referees by the American Physical Society.

Apr 3
Conference on LBJ's War on Poverty brings high profile journalist and renowned historian to Athens
Sid Davis, one of Ohio University's highest profile alums, is scheduled to speak during the opening of "A Region Reflects," a two-day conference designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s May 7, 1964 announcement at Memorial Auditorium that called to end the War on Poverty.