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Alumni & Friends News

Sep 11
2019 Black Alumni Reunion to attract more than 1,000 attendees [VIDEO]
More than 1,000 black alumni and guests are expected to enjoy an engaging mix of casual and formal events at the 2019 Black Alumni Reunion. All programming is designed to welcome the University’s black alumni and to celebrate their ties to OHIO.

Sep 4
Student Alumni Board one of three organizations to win national award
Ohio University’s Student Alumni Board was one of three organizations in the nation to receive the Outstanding Student Advancement Organization Award at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) Network Convention.

Aug 30
Ohio University alumna Violet Patton increases gift commitment by $22 million
Violet Patton, BSED ’38, who celebrates her 103rd birthday Aug. 30, recently increased her already significant gift commitment to The Ohio University Foundation to a total of $64 million.

Aug 27
Five OHIO graduates elected to The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees
The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees is proud to welcome five new trustees who will help govern the fundraising arm of the University and fulfill its mission: “Philanthropy in Service to Education.”

Aug 26
Plan your fall ‘Backyard Bash’ with essentials from The Bobcat Store
Throughout September, The Bobcat Store is offering free shipping on “Backyard Bash” merchandise – OHIO-themed products that will turn your home and gatherings into a Bobcat extravaganza!

Aug 23
Private giving to Ohio University exceeds $29 million in fiscal year 2019
More than 15,000 donors made gifts to the University last fiscal year—including 8,638 alumni and 573 OHIO employees.

Aug 19
OHIO’s 2019 Black Alumni Reunion kicks off Sept. 12
Find out what’s in store, who will be honored, and which special guests will be returning to Ohio University for the 2019 Black Alumni Reunion, to be held Sept. 12-15 on the Athens Campus.

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity celebrating a century of brotherhood, service
OHIO’s 2019 Black Alumni Reunion will include a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity’s Phi Chapter.

Aug 16
Engineering technology and management alumnus honors late wife with nursing scholarship
Kyle Michalek turned tragedy into hope when he announced a gift that will establish a $100,000 scholarship endowment in Ohio University’s School of Nursing in memory of his wife.

Registration opens for 2019 Homecoming Parade
Members of the Ohio University and surrounding communities are invited to play a special role in the 2019 Homecoming Parade, scheduled for Oct. 12, by showcasing their Bobcat Pride with spirited floats and banners.

Aug 6
OHIO alumna McGee Brown named to 2019 most influential women in corporate America list
Yvette McGee Brown, a 1982 Ohio University graduate and member of the Voinovich School Public Affairs Advisory Committee, has been named to Savoy Magazine’s 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America list.

Aug 1
Alumna’s training, compassion filling vital need in Haitian schools
Audiologist Vanessa Lee is preparing for her fourth trip to Haiti where she provides hearing screenings to children in several rural schools.

Jul 31
Bobcats helping Bobcats: The legacy of the Blackburn-Spencer Fund
What began as an idea between two student leaders has since generated enough revenue to help support Bobcats for the past 40 years.

Jul 26
Ohio University Eastern remembers Dean E.R. Bovenizer
It is not often the case, but on some rare and special occasions, an individual can come into a particular situation and transform the events that will result in a series of life-changing outcomes.  The arrival of Dr. E.R. Bovenizer as Dean of then Ohio University Belmont in 1957 was one such occasion.<br /><br /> <br /><br />Dean Bovenizer, the first administrator of the regional campus known today as Ohio University Eastern, passed away recently at Park Health Center in St. Clairsville.  He was widely known throughout the community as a strong advocate for higher education from his beginnings as founder of the campus.

Jul 23
A romantic gesture over 70 years ago sparks lineage of teachers and OHIO alumni
In the late-1940s, John Hess was bussing tables in Lindley Hall cafeteria when he looked up and noticed fellow Ohio University undergraduate Nora Tighe, who was pursuing a degree from the college of education. John, who served in World War II and was attending OHIO through the GI Bill, was instantly smitten. She was not so easily won over, so he pursued her. That pursuit involved carving “Nora” and “John” into a stone wall near Baker Center. Fortunately, John saw his efforts rewarded.

Jul 19
Record number of alumni connecting with future Bobcats through VAAN programs
A record number of Ohio University graduates are helping to recruit the next generation of Bobcats through the Volunteer Alumni Admissions Network (VAAN).

Roll out the green carpet for incoming students with ‘Welcome to OHIO’ packages
The packages feature everyday items designed to support students on their college journey while celebrating their Bobcat pride.

Jul 18
Appalachian Scholars alumni reflect on OHIO journey, program’s impact
Ohio Today news recently caught up with four Appalachian Scholars alumni who are making a difference in their respective communities.

Alumni Association announces new board members
Three OHIO graduates are entering a new phase of giving to their alma mater, becoming the latest Bobcats to serve on the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Jul 16
Four generations of teachers graduated from OHIO’s College of Education
Some teachers are called to the profession. Others, well, it’s in their blood. Madison Weininger, a fourth-generation Teacher Education graduate from Ohio University, falls in the latter category. Her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all received teaching degrees from OHIO.

Alumni, faculty, staff, students invited to participate in new Bobcat Mentorship Network
The Bobcat Mentorship Network is an easy-to-use platform where OHIO students seek guidance, and alumni, faculty and staff coach students in their professional development.

Ohio University Foundation releases 2018 Report on Giving
The Ohio University Foundation has released its 2018 Report on Giving, providing an overview of private support the University received in fiscal year 2018 and a snapshot of that generosity in action.

Jul 12
AEP Professor brings together faculty, students to restore local watersheds
AEP Watershed Research and Reclamation Professor Kelly Johnson has spent the past 20 years collaborating on efforts to permanently restore regional watersheds ravaged by decades of coal mining.

Jul 9
OHIO friendships fill alumnus’ career, fuel generosity
Alumnus Karol Ondick and his wife, Jo, established the Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Karol A. and Jo Ondick Engineering Ambassadors Program, which selects student representatives who lead recruitment tours, share their experiences with prospective students and network with alumni at special events.

Jul 8
Alumnus, fellow Bobcats turn tragedy into opportunity to help others
When Matt Kittle’s fellow Master of Sports Administration alumni heard about his family’s incredible sacrifice and selflessness in the midst of tragedy, they were inspired – not only to support their fellow graduate but also future Bobcats.

Celebrating 50 years of Alden Library
Alden Library is celebrating 50 years of serving OHIO students, faculty, staff and community members.

Jul 5
Faculty member revives theatre program to serve Lancaster campus, community
Victor Jones has spent the past nearly 10 years reviving a theatre program that draws people to Lancaster, Ohio, and gives students and community members alike their moments in the spotlight.

Jul 2
Former Russ College faculty member makes major gift to support student design
A former associate dean for Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology has made a substantial gift to benefit engineering and technology design-related student organizations and programs

Jun 26
Online registration opens for 2019 Black Alumni Reunion
Online registration for the 2019 Black Alumni Reunion has officially begun and will continue through Friday, Sept. 6.

Jun 25
Ohio Today’s spring issue explores ‘landscapes’
The spring issue features stories about how Bobcats care for, honor, tame and recreate in different kinds of landscapes—both real and symbolic.

Jun 21
Lancaster Festival celebrating 35 years of campus, community collaboration
For the past 34 years, a Lancaster campus-community collaboration has served as both a reunion, bringing Fairfield County residents of the past and present together, and a summer destination for those eager to experience the arts.

Jun 7
The Gates Foundation-Ross County Scholar’s Fund reaches milestone  of 200 grants
Since the founding of the Gates Foundation-Ross County Scholar’s Fund in 2004, more than 200 grants have been given to deserving Ross County students.

Jun 6
Iron Mountain supports digitization project with OHIO to preserve Cornelius Ryan’s Longest Day Collection
The project makes World War II historical artifacts accessible for the first time to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Jun 5
Faculty awarded nearly $58,000 from John C. Baker Fund
Five Ohio University faculty members have been awarded a total of $57,968 from the John C. Baker Fund during the 2019 spring semester for research and scholarly work that embodies the commitment to excellence embraced by both the fund’s namesake and the alumni who created it.

May 29
Ebony Bobcat Network Urban Scholarship Fund tops $300K goal on Giving Day
On OHIO’s first Giving Day, the Ebony Bobcat Network surpassed its $300,000 fundraising goal, endowing its Urban Scholarship Fund in perpetuity.

Alumna, faculty member supports Lancaster campus students through The OHIO Match
Lillian Zarzar’s OHIO experiences as a student and faculty member have inspired her to extend the support she gives to students inside the classroom to the funding that helps get them there and sees them through to graduation.

Alumni couple bringing historic bike race back to Athens
Ohio University alumni Daniel and Ashley Brown are organizing the first Athens Brick Criterium to be held since 1998.

May 24
OHIO Alumni Association releases five-year strategic plan
Reflecting a “One OHIO” mindset, the OHIO Alumni Association’s five-year strategic plan defines what the organization is, where it is going and how it will get there.

May 23
Celebration of Volunteerism commends alumni chapters, societies
The OHIO Alumni Association recently honored Ohio University graduates who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to connect and engage their fellow Bobcats and in service to their alma mater and the communities they now call home.

May 20
Spring into summer with new Bobcat Store apparel
The official online store of the OHIO Alumni Association has launched its spring collection, featuring an array of athletic wear and warm weather gear.

May 6
Alumnus’ Fulbright Award aims to make language learning, cultural experiences more accessible
This fall, Chase Goodwin will travel to France where he will spend eight months studying and turning his idea of using virtual reality technology to create immersive language learning environments into reality.

May 2
Alumnus works to make sure the stories of America, its people are preserved and accessible
Patrick Madden is the executive director of the National Archives Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Apr 30
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder honored at Ohio University State Government Alumni Luncheon
More than 130 Ohio University alumni and friends gathered on April 10 at the Columbus Athletic Club for OHIO’s 36th Annual State Government Alumni Luncheon to recognize Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, ‘82 for his outstanding contributions to public service with the 2019 Ohio University Outstanding State Government Alumni Award.

Apr 29
OHIO announces 2019 Homecoming theme, unveils logo
More than 1,100 individuals cast votes, and Bobcat Nation has selected “1804 and So Much More” as Ohio University’s 2019 Homecoming theme.

Apr 25
Konneker Fund to support student success initiative
The Allen Student Advising Center’s “Critical Interventions to Increase Four-Year Graduation Rates and Close Completion Gaps” proposal received $100,000 from the Konneker Fund.

Apr 24
A day to remember: Donors commit over $413K during OHIO’s first-ever Giving Day
Early reporting shows a total of 1,455 members of the Bobcat family donated $413,444.02 during the inaugural OHIO Giving Day.

Alumna’s devotion to music education lives on in scholarship created through OHIO Match
Isabel Courtney Hall’s nearly seven decades of passionate devotion to music education continues through the Isabel Courtney Hall Music Education Scholarship.

Apr 23
Electrical engineering alumnus establishes scholarship
Ohio University electrical engineering alumnus James W. Knight, BSEE ’69, has committed $90,000 to establish the James W. Knight Engineering Scholarship through The Ohio University Foundation to benefit Russ College of Engineering and Technology students with financial need.

Alumni chapters nationwide spread Bobcat love during first-ever Beautification Day
Thirteen alumni chapters and societies stepped up to showcase their Bobcat spirit and lend a helping hand during OHIO’s first-ever alumni national community service event.

Apr 19
Irwin reflects on tenure as Russ College dean, Moss Professor
For nearly 20 years, Dennis Irwin has led Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology as dean and Moss Professor of Engineering Education.