Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

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Faculty & Staff News

Apr 14
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.

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:

Parking services offers students suggestions for moving out safely
Ohio University Parking Services is encouraging students who are moving from Athens next month to pack everything in boxes prior to loading things in their vehicles to help ease traffic congestion throughout the city.

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.

Got Food? A Social Innovation Forum on Hunger in Southeastern Ohio held Friday
A forum to discuss hunger in Southeastern Ohio and local organization’s efforts to combat the problem is being held at The Ridges Building 21 Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

OHIO seeks dean of University College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit has announced the position of Dean of University College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education will be open at the end of this academic year and interested faculty are encouraged to apply.

Teaching with technology: Qualtrics, Turnitin, Panopto, Accessibility & more
Learn how to incorporate free OHIO tools like Qualtrics, Turnitin, and Panopto into your teaching.

University mourns Dr. Patricia Weitsman, political science professor
Dr. Patricia Weitsman, Professor of Political Science and Director of War and Peace Studies at Ohio University, passed away this week. She was a highly respected scholar, enthusiastic gym instructor and loving parent, wife, daughter and sister.

Apr 2
Lancaster Campus educator Sandy Doty is building the future – one science fair at a time
Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Associate Professor of Physics Sandy Doty and The Works museum in Newark created the Licking County Local Science Fair.

The Promised Land? The American South Since the Civil Rights Era, April 3
Sonoma State Professor Steve Estes will speak on "The Promised Land?: The American South Since the Civil Rights Era" on April 3 in Baker 242.

Apr 1
25,000 pounds in electronics collected at Electronics Recycle Day
About 25,000 pounds in electronics were collected on Saturday, March 29 as part of the Electronics Recycling Day at Peden Stadium.

Gordon Gee visits Athens Campus to collect ideas from education, business leaders
Dr. E. Gordon Gee paid a special visit to Ohio University’s Athens Campus late Monday afternoon for his latest stop in the Quality and Value in Higher Education discussions.

Parking restrictions in some areas Friday
Impact 2014 creates parking restrictions in some areas Friday

Mar 31
African Studies, Ohio University Press celebrate 50th anniversary
African Studies, Ohio University Press celebrate 50th anniversary

Faculty/Staff Survey continues through April 14
Ohio University is participating in the Higher Education Insight Survey. This is the first comprehensive faculty/staff survey since the Campus Climate survey in 2004.

Nominations sought for Sustainability Awards
This year, Ohio University's Office of Sustainability is seeking nominations for six Sustainability Awards.

OUPD holds first badge pinning ceremony
Community leaders, law enforcement, and their family and friends joined the Ohio University Police Department in Baker University's Grand Ballroom late last week for the first badge pinning and employee recognition ceremony.

Science Café talk to address 'detecting deception' April 2
Julie Suhr, Ohio University professor of psychology, will discuss how common deception is and how clinicians can detect it during her Science Café discussion, "Detecting Deception," at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.

University transitions to new travel arrangement system
Within the next 60 days, Ohio University will permanently close its Travel World travel agency office, located on the Southern Campus in Ironton, as part of the University’s transition to a new travel provider.

Mar 28
National conference to attract rural medical education leaders to Athens
Approximately 70 medical educators from across the country will gather at the Ohio University Inn April 16-18 for the 2014 Rural Training Tracks Conclave, sponsored by the RTT Collaborative and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Mar 27
O’Connor wins Outstanding New Professional Award at regional conference
Cimmeron O'Connor, assistant director of Ohio University’s Orientation Programs, has been presented the Outstanding New Professional Award at a regional conference of the National Orientation Directors Association.

Mar 26
Faculty present at annual State of the State Conference
Several Ohio University faculty and staff were chosen to present about Ohio University’s commitment to inclusion and accessibility for people who have disabilities at the 18th annual State of the State Conference held last week at Bowling Green State University.

Mar 25
Administrative Senate election to be held one month early in 2015
Administrative Senate unanimously voted on Thursday, March 20 to have elections begin one month early, beginning in 2015, after it was brought to their attention that the switch from quarters to semesters seems to have caused disruption with the Senate calendar as it coincides with the academic calendar.

Bikowski featured speaker as India teachers discuss English training for workforce
Dr. Dawn Bikowski, Director of the English Language Improvement Program at Ohio University, was a featured speaker at the Teacher Educator Conference 2014 put on by the British Council in Hyderabad, India, in February. It’s the largest teacher education conference in India.

OUPD holds Badge Pinning Ceremony Thursday
The officers and staff of the Ohio University Police Department will hold their first annual Badge Pinning and Employee Recognition Ceremony at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27 in Baker University Center Ballroom B.

Relay for Life: A night to celebrate survival, remember loss
Students, faculty, and staff came together Friday to participate in the 13th annual Relay for Life in the Ping Center. The group remembered lost loved ones who died from the disease, but also celebrated those who survived their diagnosis.

Spotlight on Learning: Teaching, Teams, and Technology, April 28
Faculty are invited to the Spotlight on Learning: Teaching, Teams, and Technology on Monday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Faculty Commons in Alden Library.