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Meteorology School Now Offered At Ohio University

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(Athens) – The new Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Meteorology major at Ohio University pairs the coursework and training of a traditional meteorology degree with the most robust and broad journalism curriculum in the nation for students looking to become on-camera meteorologists and science journalists.

Students will take all of the physical science and mathematics courses required for the American Meteorological Society-approved Certified Broadcast Meteorology Program, while also completing an extensive series of journalism, broadcast, and communications courses.

“Hands-on experience is central to this new major,” said Dr. Jana Houser, associate professor of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at OHIO.

Students will hone their forecasting skills in the Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis, a student-run weather service that provides several forecasts per day tailored to Southeastern Ohio. They will also gain broadcast experience through daily productions with the award winning WOUB-TV in the Scripps College of Communication.

“OHIO already has a track record of placing students in internships at news stations, and there is a strong history of graduates entering broadcast meteorologist positions immediately after graduation,” Houser said. “You’ll also find OHIO graduates working with the National Weather Service, agriculture and energy industries, insurance agencies, and many other and federal and non-federal agencies. Currently, there is a national need for broadcast meteorologists and for science reporters, who are often also trained as meteorologists.”

Students in the program will take courses in radar meteorology, large-scale and small-scale weather systems, climatology, atmospheric dynamics, radio and television producing, multimedia editing, and much more. They will also get a foundation in geography courses, and the program is offered in the Geography Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University.

“The new major is yet another example of successful collaboration among the colleges at Ohio University,” said Dr. Florenz Plassmann, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Combining a sound foundation in the sciences with strong communication skills is a great preparation for field work in front of as well as behind a camera.”

Ohio University To Require COVID Vaccination For Students/Staff On Campus

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(ATHENS) – Ohio University has announced the requirement for all OU students and staff attending class or working on the main and all regional campuses to have a COVID vaccination.

OU President Hugh Sherman shared the following message with the Ohio University community today:

Dear Ohio University students, faculty, and staff:
If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that OHIO Bobcats care deeply for one another. From doctors and nurses volunteering time and talent to provide community access to vaccinations in rural areas to making sure our friends, peers and colleagues are staying engaged during times of isolation, our University community has demonstrated time and again that this is a community of care. 

Our commitment is to provide our students with the most normal college experience possible, but the reality is that as a nation, we are not as far as we hoped we would be in battling the pandemic. Public health experts are tracking an increase in cases in Ohio and on our campuses due to the extremely contagious Delta variant, and we need to do everything we can to continue to show our care and respect for one another and do our part to help keep the entire community safe and healthy.

Therefore, after thoughtful consideration, in consultation with public health experts and in agreement with many of our peer institutions across the state, all OHIO students, faculty, and staff at all locations are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15, 2021. For vaccines that require two doses, both doses must be completed by this date. This applies to all employees, including those working remotely and all students except those enrolled exclusively in fully online programs and coursework who will not access University facilities on any campus in person.  

It’s important to note, there will be an opportunity to apply for an exemption of the vaccine requirement for medical reasons or for reasons of conscience, including ethical and moral belief or sincerely held religious beliefs. 

All students must be vaccinated or granted an exemption in order to participate in any spring semester in-person activities, including face-to-face instruction and residence life, at any location. 

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

Ohio University recognizes the following vaccines under this policy. 

  • Pfizer (two dose)
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (one dose) 
  • Moderna (two dose)
  • Vaccines currently approved under a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL)  

How to Get Vaccinated 

There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccines, and they are easy to get either by appointment or at a walk-in clinic.

I am grateful for the coordination by our team at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and our local health system / public health partners to provide vaccine opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff, and the community-at-large across our campuses.  

  • Clinics are available on the Athens campus and many of the regional campuses.
  • Schedule a vaccine anywhere in Ohio online or by phone (1-833-427-5634).   

Additional details about vaccine availability can be found on our Be Safe Bobcats website.

Providing Proof of Vaccination

Students, faculty, and staff will register proof of vaccination through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program.

  • If you have already selected the Vaccination Pathway and uploaded your vaccine card, thank you. No further action is necessary (unless a booster becomes necessary).
  • If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you are required to test on the Weekly Testing Pathway until you are fully vaccinated. 

If you have already selected the Weekly Testing Pathway, after you have completed your vaccination, you can change your selection to the Vaccination Pathway by using the link provided in your original pathway confirmation email, or by contacting COVIDoperations@ohio.edu for a link to make the change.

COVID Operations will be announcing new incentive programs for members of the University community who complete vaccination prior to the deadline.

Ohio OK’s Funds To Improve Campus Security

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that the state is awarding 27 institutions of higher education a total of $5 million in grants to fund security enhancements on their campuses.

“The commitment to school safety is one that I take seriously,” said Governor DeWine. “By awarding these grants, campuses can go beyond identifying areas that need to be improved by developing and executing plans that promote the wellbeing of staff and students.”

The awarded funds are part of the 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program funded as part of Senate Bill 310 of the 133rd General Assembly. The Ohio School Safety Center reviewed the campus safety grant applications in consultation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of the funds today. 

Campus Safety Grants

“I want to thank the Governor and the General Assembly for their leadership and for making campus safety a priority,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “It is important as we begin a new school year to provide this opportunity to enhance security and make our campuses even safer for students, staff, and families.” 

“The safety and security upgrades will assist campus law enforcement agencies and area first responders better prepare for and respond quicker to emergencies,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath. 

To be eligible for grant funding, schools conducted a security and vulnerability assessment to identify potential areas for improvement. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to improved lighting in parking lots, security cameras at building entrances, and secure doors.

The Campus Safety Grant Program is one of two new school safety programs launched by the Ohio School Safety Center this year. The 2021 K-12 School Safety Grant Program, administered in partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will award an additional $5 million to qualifying public K-12 schools for similar school safety expenses. Eligible school districts are being contacted by OFCC today via email. Grant applications will be accepted until November 1, 2021, with awardees being announced in early 2022. Additional information on the K-12 School Safety Grant Program is available at ofcc.ohio.gov

Governor DeWine created the Ohio School Safety Center in 2019. It is housed in the Ohio Homeland Security Division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and works to assist local schools, colleges and universities, and law enforcement agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm, through a holistic, solutions-based approach to improving school safety.

Institutions of higher education receiving a grant are:

College/University Grant AwardCollege/UniversityGrant Award
Bowling Green          State University$102,964Owens Community College$102,800
Belmont College$50,000Rhodes State College$161,200
Central Ohio Technical College $135,000Rio Grande Community College$185,446
Central State University$231,750Shawnee State University$153,998
Cincinnati State Technical andCommunity College $162,500Southern State Community College$149,500
Columbus State Community College $160,000Stark State College$170,100
Hocking College$104,000Terra State Community College$224,783
Kent State University$210,400University of Akron$430,000
Lakeland Community College$117,168University of Cincinnati$430,000
Lorain County Community College$155,350University of Toledo$205,330
Miami University$120,095Washington State Community College$316,719
Northwest State Community College$174,779Youngstown State University$118,528
Ohio University$168,770Zane State College$88,920
Ohio State University$369,900 

Ohio University Class Of 2020 Being Honored In September

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(ATHENS) – Ohio University will celebrate the Class of 2020 with an in-person Commencement Ceremony on the historic College Green on Sunday, September 5th.

“Ohio University is extremely pleased to host the Class of 2020 for this meaningful and memorable Commencement Ceremony,” Ohio University President Hugh Sherman said. “We can’t wait to see these proud Bobcats once again and to finally fully honor them for their achievements.”

This special event, which will begin at 2 p.m., will feature OHIO alumnus Keith Hawkins, Ph.D., as a Commencement Speaker and two nationally known experts who will be receiving honorary degrees.

Hawkins, an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin, is known for his innovative research focused primarily on ‘Galactic Archaeology’ which is aimed at exploring the formation, evolution and structure of the Milky Way Galaxy. Hawkins received his B.S. in Astrophysics (with minors in Mathematics and African Studies) from Ohio University in 2013.

Also during the ceremony, honorary degrees will be presented to Francis Papay, M.D., and Richard A. Vincent, M.B.A.

The ceremony will be held on the College Green, where the University previously held many of its Commencement Ceremonies before the Convocation Center was built. The stage area will be at the West Portico of Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, and chairs will be set up in the grass for the graduates and their guests. The event will honor undergraduate and graduate students.

No tickets are required for the Commencement Ceremony, but all graduates taking part in the ceremony must have RSVP’d by the deadline for the event. 

Members of the Class of 2020 can receive more information at this commencement website.

The event will be held rain or shine and will also be livestreamed on the commencement website for those who are unable to attend in person.

Ohio University Requiring Students/Staff/Visitors To Mask Indoors

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Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to all OHIO campuses are required to wear a mask indoors in public/shared spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

Additionally, all residential students will be required to participate in asymptomatic testing upon arrival regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, because testing all students upon arrival is our best opportunity to identify infected individuals and curb a potential outbreak.

These decisions have been made based on developing science, local epidemiology, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health, and our local health departments.

Read the full statement from Ohio University here: CLICK HERE…

Ohio University Mourns Loss Of Former President Ping

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(ATHENS) – Ohio University President Emeritus Dr. Charles J. Ping, whose visionary approach and gentlemanly demeanor helped shape the school into the transformative institution it is today, died July 26, 2021, at his home in Athens, Ohio. 

Ping arrived on campus in 1975 to an institution with great potential but in deep turmoil from Vietnam-era student protests, declining enrollment and staggering debt. In 19 years as president, he launched multiple capital campaigns to raise money and established many new academic programs to attract more students.

Vice President Emeritus of Development Jack Ellis, BSCOM ’57, who was chief development officer throughout Ping’s tenure, said the first capital campaign served to help build confidence among University staff and alumni.

“Our financial situation was so dismal that we didn’t have financial resources to even undertake a campaign. To take on a campaign of that magnitude… if it was not successful, imagine the impact of a failed campaign. It took a lot of courage to undertake something like that,” Ellis said. 

When Ping arrived in 1975, Ellis said the University was embroiled in a crisis of confidence. 

OHIO Distinguished Professor Emeritus John Gaddis, who founded the Contemporary History Institute and is now a professor of history at Yale University, summed it up succinctly: “Charles and Claire Ping rebuilt a university.”

Ping created the tier general education system for undergraduate students to give each student a well-rounded learning experience over a broad range of subjects. 

With the rate of enrollment steadily rising, Ping oversaw some additions and renovations on campus. During his presidency, the Aquatic Center was built, Peden Stadium was enlarged, state-of-the-art equipment was provided for the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and construction began on the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center.

Services will be held July 31st at 2:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church at 2 North Court Street in Athens.

Athena Cinema Reopens

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(ATHENS) – The Athena Cinema in Athens, Ohio will reopen to the public at reduced capacity on July 16 with “Movies You’ve Missed,” a series of films that launched during the pandemic but couldn’t be seen on the big screen until now.  

The 106-year-old-art house cinema, having been shuttered because of the pandemic for the longest time since its 1915 opening, will screen “Minari,” a film launched in 2020 about a Korean American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream, as part of the “Movies You’ve Missed” series. It will also screen “Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain,” an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon, and the acclaimed documentary “Summer of Soul,” a powerful and transporting documentary — part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.

Tickets to the July 16 screenings of these films can be purchased online here. Due to the reduced number of patrons allowed in the theaters for each screening, the theater encourages advance ticket purchasing through their website.

“We are so excited to open on the 16 and welcome back our patrons,” said Alexandra Kamody, director of the Athena Cinema. “We have missed the movies, the big screen, the patrons, the sound of the projector and popcorn popping…we just can’t wait to get back to showing movies Uptown.”

The reopening comes on the heels of the Athena Cinema’s first-ever crowdfunding campaign, “Lights! Camera! Action! The Campaign to Reopen the Athena Cinema,” which garnered $11,307 more for the cinema’s Athena Cinema Support Fund more than its original goal of $5,000 in the month of June. The overwhelming support from donors helped mitigate the costs associated with safely re-opening the beloved “Jewel of Uptown Athens,” Kamody said. 

“We are so grateful for the support we received through the campaign. Our community really came through for us during the closure, with patrons using our virtual cinema and staying in touch by email and social media,” Kamody said. “The response to the campaign was amazing. It has been really energizing to know the community is behind us.”

Other films being screened for the “Movies You Missed” series include “Promising Young Woman,” opening July 23; “Judas and the Black Messiah,” opening July 30; “Nomadland,” opening Aug. 6; and “The Father,” opening Aug. 13.  

Solich Steps Down As Ohio University Football Coach

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(ATHENS) — Ohio University Head Football Coach Frank Solich announced today that he is stepping down from his position to focus on his health, after an unprecedented successful 16 seasons leading the Bobcats, which included 11 bowl appearances, four Mid-American Conference East titles and a Top 25 ranking.

Following Solich’s announcement, Director of Athletics Julie Cromer announced that Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Tim Albin has agreed to become the new head football coach, agreeing to a four-year contract.

“After 55 years in coaching, including 16 at Ohio University, it is time for me to step away to focus on a cardiovascular health issue,” said Solich, a former Home Depot National Coach of the Year (1999) and MAC Coach of the Year (2016). “I’ve appreciated the support of Bobcat fans over the years, and I know they will continue to support Coach Albin. After working directly with Tim for 21 consecutive years, including six at the University of Nebraska, it’s clear to me he is prepared to continue our work and move the program forward. I am happy for Tim and his family.”

Solich owns a career coaching record of 173-101. His 173 overall wins rank as the fourth most among active NCAA FBS head coaches. He is the winningest head coach in Mid-American Conference history with 115 overall victories while his 77 conference-only wins rank second to former Central Michigan head coach Herb Deromedi’s 90. His 16 years of service match Deromedi’s (1978-93) for the most in MAC history. Ohio is 115-82 during the Solich era. His 115 victories are the second-most in program history behind Don Peden (121; 1924-46). Ohio has gone 77-46 in conference play since Solich’s arrival in Athens in 2005. 

“We are so grateful for all that Coach Solich has given to Ohio University and, especially, to our football program,” Cromer said. “He has elevated our program to incredible heights and his legacy rests not only in the on-the-field accomplishments, but also in the lives of hundreds of Bobcats who learned about football — and life — from Coach. I am excited that he has agreed to serve as a close advisor to me and as a resource to our students, coaches and staff. We look forward to opportunities in the coming year to show our appreciation for Coach Solich and to celebrate his legacy.”  

OHIO has had a run of 12-straight non-losing seasons that has included 11 winning campaigns and six years with at least nine victories, including a 10-win campaign in 2011. The 2012 season began with the Bobcats earning a signature win at Penn State, upsetting the Nittany Lions by a score of 24-14. Ohio captured division titles in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2016. Solich led the Bobcats to 11 of their 13 bowl appearances and the first five bowl victories in program history, with back-to-back wins in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and ’12 Independence Bowl and back-to-back-to-back victories in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl, ’18 DXL Frisco Bowl and ’20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (2019 season).

“Coach Solich has been a deeply valued part of the Ohio University family not only for his record on the field but also for his support of student athletes and their success at OHIO and after graduation,” said Ohio University President Hugh Sherman. “I’m thankful for his leadership and for the continuity that Tim Albin will bring as he steps into the role of head football coach. He knows our program and our players and has been a significant part of the team’s success.”

Albin joined the Ohio Football coaching staff as offensive coordinator in 2005, reuniting with Solich after four seasons together at Nebraska. The 2021 season will mark Albin’s 17th year in Athens. Since his arrival in Athens, Albin has produced offensive units that have consistently ranked among the top of the Mid-American Conference. He also has directed an offensive attack that has practically rewritten all of Ohio’s rushing, passing records, and scoring records. In the past 10 seasons, Albin’s offensive units rank No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the Ohio all-time Top 10 single season scoring list. The Bobcats 368 points in 2018 rank fourth on the all-time list. 

“We are so fortunate to have someone with Tim’s experience, character and vision already within our program,” Cromer said. “There are few situations where a transition can be as seamless as this one. Tim has been an integral part of the sustained success of OHIO football and with his leadership we expect to maintain our competitive pursuit of MAC Championships, even as he establishes his own imprint on the program. We are excited for Tim to lead our football program.”

Albin spent the 2004 season as offensive coordinator and running backs coach at North Dakota State, helping the Bison to an 8-3 record and No. 25 national ranking in their first season at the Division I-AA level. NDSU finished the season averaging 378.5 yards of total offense, including 192.4 on the ground, and had four offensive players named first-team All-Great West Football Conference. Albin served with Solich at Nebraska from 2000 to 2003. He started with the Cornhusker program as a graduate assistant, a position he held for three seasons before being promoted to running backs coach and passing game coordinator for the 2003 season. Prior to his stint at Nebraska, Albin was the head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State for three seasons, winning the NAIA national championship in 1999 with a 13-0 record. He was named NAIA Football Coach of the Year by Rawlings and American Football Coach Magazine as the Rangers recorded their first undefeated season in history. 

“It is truly an honor to lead the Ohio University football program and I want to express my gratitude to President Sherman and Director of Athletics Julie Cromer for their belief in me,” Albin said. “I am forever indebted to Coach Solich for all that he has offered me and taught me through the years, and I know he will always be part of our program. Our team will provide an unmatched student-athlete experience both on and off the field and we will graduate young men prepared to succeed in life. With the help of our incredible staff I know great things lie ahead, and our work continues.”

Ohio University Ranks High With Programs For Military Vets

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(ATHENS) – Ohio University has been ranked 50th in the nation on Military Times’ 2021 Best for Vets: Colleges list of schools for veterans and current military service members nationally. 

According to the Military Times website, the list is the largest list of schools for veterans and current military service members in the country. The list helps veterans to make important academic decisions. Military Times is an independent news source with news and information about issues affecting service members and their families. 

“Ohio University is dedicated to ensuring those who serve our nation are able to get a high-quality education, and this recognition of our efforts is much appreciated,” Ohio University President Hugh Sherman said. “Our military members have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy, and supporting them during and after their service is the least we can do to recognize their commitment.”

Ohio University has several thousand military-affiliated students currently enrolled. The Veterans and Military Student Services Center helps with filing educational benefits requests, exploring academic interests, finding opportunities on campus and finding post education employment. Veteran students and service members at OHIO receive benefits such as scholarships to specific programs, priority class registration, military transfer credit and experience evaluation, waiver of two-year residency requirements, authorized absences for drill attendance and counseling/psychological services. There is also a Veteran Transition Seminar designed specifically to meet veteran student needs and build a support network for future continued success.

“At OHIO we try to provide any assistance we can to our military-affiliated students,” said Terry St. Peter, Director, Veterans & Military Student Services Center, LTC (Ret) US Army. “Our mission is to assist veterans and military students in determining their academic interests, exploring their opportunities at OHIO and ultimately identifying employment after they graduate, and we work hard to accomplish that goal with each student.”

OHIO has a long history of serving military-affiliated students. Several programs across campus are also recognized nationally and by the state, including best colleges for veterans, best college in the state for journalism for veterans, best medical admin program for veterans, best digital communication programs for veterans and best online graduate engineering program for veterans. Additionally, the online MBA was ranked the second best for veterans in Ohio (57th nationally). OHIO was also recently named one of the nation’s most military-friendly schools for the 10th year in a row.

Ohio University Trustees OK Regional Coordinating Council Members

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The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved members for the Coordinating Councils of the regional campuses during its June 17th-18th meeting in Walter Hall on the Athens Campus.

The Coordinating Councils members are Richard Rooney and Heidi D. White for OU-Chillicothe; Ashley Doren and Heidi Porter for the Eastern Campus; Chris Briggs, Debra Connell, Nathan Hale and Mary Snider for Lancaster; Evan Hall, Katrina Keith and Tyler Walters for the Southern Campus; and Floyd Allen Fraley, Diane Jones, Robert Kessler and Shannon Nezbeth for Zanesville.

The Board also approved several new programs and received updates on key initiatives including the OHIO Honors Program and the Capital Improvement Plan during the meetings.

Outgoing President M. Duane Nellis presented a report to the Board focusing on his term as OHIO’s 21st President. In his report, he discussed topics such as One OHIO, the strategic framework and initiatives, leading the University during COVID-19, revitalization of the Ridges, and the OHIO Honors Program. Dr. Nellis concluded his remarks with a welcome of new President Dr. Hugh Sherman.

Trustees also approved a resolution to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday at Ohio University.