Ohio University Alumni honored at 31st Annual State Government Luncheon

From staff reporters
May 19, 2014

Delicate chocolates and green and white banners, each emblazoned with the OHIO crest, greeted alumni as they filed into the Ballroom of the Columbus Athletic Club for the 31st Annual State Government Luncheon on May 13th. More than 150 OHIO alumni were honored at the event for their work in public service in Ohio.

The luncheon, which was hosted by President Roderick J. McDavis on behalf of the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, honored two outstanding alumni with the State Government Alumni Award.

In his address, McDavis applauded the group for their support during The Promise Lives Campaign, which has surpassed its goal to raise $450 million in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and facilities at Ohio University.

McDavis also praised them for their dedication to public service at the University and beyond. “This is certainly a proud day for me, to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the Ohio University alumni who have dedicated themselves to public service in the great state of Ohio.”

Since its inception in 1983, the Annual State Government Luncheon has focused on recognizing acts of community and public service by alumni that lead to the betterment of the state of Ohio. Dr. Jenifer Cushman, dean of the Ohio University Zanesville Campus and associate professor of German, saw the luncheon as a great way to get connected to these outstanding individuals.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know people who have benefitted from an OU education and gone on to bring about positive change for our state,” Cushman said.

Keynote speaker Chancellor John A. Carey Jr., 1981 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed by recently retired Columbus Dispatch senior editor Joe Hallett, 1971 E.W. Scripps College of Communication graduate. The two discussed the state of politics in Ohio and the issue of college affordability for minorities and first-generation students.

Carey, a longtime politician and first-generation college student himself, has received numerous awards for his work regarding job education and job creation. He stressed the importance of supporting students in order to help them be successful during their college years.

The Outstanding State Government Alumni Award was presented to distinguished OHIO alumni Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Craig Butler, 1997 College of Arts and Sciences graduate with a master’s degree in environmental studies; and an honorary award granted to Gayle Channing Tenenbaum, director of policy and governmental affairs, and the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PSCAO).

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