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OU-Lancaster Restores Club Sports

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(Lancaster) – Ohio University- Lancaster will offer club sports as an option for students interested in pursuing athletics for the 2022-23 academic year. Although the campus has hosted a sports program since 1968, earning numerous awards and titles over years, this is the first time they have been offered since the beginning of the pandemic. 

“OHIO Lancaster is excited to provide this opportunity for students to continue their athletic careers,” Jarrod Tudor, dean of campus and community relations, said. “This is just one more way for students to develop lifelong skills and friendships at a regional campus.”

Ohio University-Chillicothe dropped their club sports programs as the pandemic started, but has yet to return them.

A wide variety of options will be offered in this special one-year return to sports offerings, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, softball, and women’s volleyball. The campus will play teams from Ohio and surrounding states. Participation in club sports is open to students who are enrolled in at least seven hours of credit and meet academic eligibility criteria. 

The 2022-2023 pilot sports program was made possible through the generous donations of area business and private donors, including Mid West Fabricating Co., the U.S. Army, Fairfield Federal Bank and Park National Bank.  Over $65,000 was raised to ensure that students would have the opportunity to pursue their athletic goals. While this is an important step in the right direction, the sports program will require sufficient fundraising efforts to remain active in future seasons.

Other teams interested in competing against OHIO Lancaster sports teams, or organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring club sports or donating should contact Jarrod Tudor at jarrod.tudor@ohio.edu. For student inquiries about sports programs or admission to OHIO Lancaster, contact Shari Ayers, director of student services, at ayerss@ohio.edu. For more information, please visit ohio.edu/lancaster/sports.

Ohio University Shifts Regional Campus Offerings

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(Athens) – This month, Ohio University is launching a process to invest in high-demand degrees that meet market needs in communities served by its regional campuses in Chillicothe, Lancaster, Ironton, St. Clairsville and Zanesville. The commitment to new degree offerings is part of a multi-prong investment across the University’s regional commuter campuses, all focused on increasing degree attainment to meet workforce demand across the region in fields such as health care, education and business leadership. 

“One of Ohio University’s greatest strengths is our deep commitment to meeting needs across the regions we serve, especially in rural and Appalachian Ohio, and our Regional Higher Education campuses are a big part of that,” said Ohio University President Hugh Sherman. “The needs of the communities we serve are ever changing, and we need to keep pace with and be responsive to those demands.”

Sherman said part of that response is doubling down on the University’s commitment to affordability through its regional campuses. This spring, the University launched its OHIO Regional Promise Award, which ensures incoming freshmen who earned a 3.0 high school GPA and are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant can attend OHIO for free on a four-year renewable regional campus scholarship. Plus, students who successfully complete one year at a regional campus can qualify for a renewable $5,000 scholarship to transfer and complete their degree in Athens. The University is now working to expand high school partnerships to offer more College Credit Plus courses, which can lower the total cost of a degree for families.

At the same time the University has launched new programming at regional campuses. This spring OHIO began accepting applications for its accredited Bachelor of Science in Business, now offered at each of its five regional campuses in a convenient hybrid format. In March, OHIO announced the expansion of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing to the Lancaster campus, making the degree now available on all campuses.

The University is now investing in additional market research to further identify degrees needed in each market. As OHIO works to identify and build new programs, it will phase out a small number of degree programs with historically low interest from students. Students enrolled in programs identified for phase out will continue to have access to courses needed to complete their degree.

“Our regional campuses have always been innovative in programming,” Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs said. “What’s different now is that we’re thinking more broadly across the system, and we have invested in market research tools to help us validate assumptions about what prospective students and employers in each of our communities need.”

This fall, class times will be aligned on Tuesdays and Thursday on the Athens and regional campuses. Sayrs said this system-wide approach allows the University to meet student demand more efficiently. The new process will allow students access to more course options – including online, hybrid and face-to-face options, delivered on and through multiple campus locations.

Course alignment also will assist as the University works across the regional system to build “meta major” pathways for students to complete general coursework in fields such as pre-biology, pre-STEM, or pre-social sciences with clear pathways into a wide variety of bachelor’s degree programs at a variety of campuses, including OHIO’s Athens campus. These new meta majors will be available to incoming students beginning in Fall 2023.

At a virtual open forum on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, President Sherman and Provost Sayrs shared additional details with RHE faculty and staff. Follow-up meetings will be held on each campus in August for campus-specific questions and discussion.

“As we make changes to schedules and enhance our academic offerings, we will do it in a way that is responsive to our students and our state,” Sherman said. “I’m excited about seeing the impact these changes will have on our work to educate more students, to make a degree more affordable for families, and to fuel economic progress in the regions we serve.”

Area Schools To Benefit From OU Math & Literacy Grant

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(Athens) – Ohio University’s Patton College of Education was recently awarded a $592,994 Statewide Mathematics and Literacy Tutoring Grant for programs in southeast Ohio for the next two academic years starting this fall.

Given by the Ohio Department of Education in partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the grant will be used for six new or expanded professional development school partnerships to support high dosage, standards-aligned, elementary and/or middle-level literacy and mathematics tutoring programs.

Approximately 120 Patton College teacher candidates from the Athens, Eastern, Chillicothe and Lancaster campuses will tutor 2,000 students with the grant’s help. Benefiting schools are: 

  • Eastern Local, K-5 literacy and mathematics
  • Bridgeport Elementary, K-4 literacy and mathematics
  • Union Local Elementary, K-5 literacy and mathematics
  • Zane Trace Elementary, K-4 literacy and mathematics
  • Amanda Clearcreek Primary, K-2 literacy
  • General Sherman Middle, 6-8 literacy

“This synergistic effort shows the Department of Teacher Education’s strong commitment to positively impacting student learning across Ohio University’s sphere of influence and in collaboration with our school district partners,” said Danielle Dani, professor and chair of Patton’s Department of Teacher Education. “The literacy and mathematics tutoring work will help address the learning gap imposed by the pandemic and provide future teachers authentic and meaningful opportunities for clinical practice.”  

Students receiving literacy tutoring will receive at least 65 hours over 30 weeks in Ohio standards-focused sessions that utilize evidence-based strategies. Similarly, students will receive at least 50 hours of tutoring in standards-focused mathematics, depending on the agreement with the partnering schools.

“The pandemic hit the rural schools in our area hard with issues dealing with technology and virtual teaching,” said Debra Dunning, associate professor of instruction and program coordinator for the Early Childhood Elementary Education and Child Development Programs at Ohio University Lancaster, adding that it changed the field of education and the process of teaching forever. “This grant gives us an opportunity to reach students personally and work with them to not only build their skills, but also their confidence and self-esteem in the areas of math and reading.”

The tutoring programs will be evaluated periodically for impact and effectiveness; if they are found to be an effective model to advance the goals of all stakeholders, Patton and school administration partners will investigate establishing earmarked and additional funds to continue the effort.

Ohio University Duo Members of Team To Locate New Dinosaur In Egypt

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(Athens) – An Egyptian-American team of researchers has announced the discovery of a new kind of large-bodied meat-eating dinosaur, or theropod, from a celebrated fossil site in Egypt’s Sahara Desert. The fossil of a still-unnamed species provides the first known record of the abelisaurid group of theropods from a middle Cretaceous-aged (approximately 98 million years old) rock unit known as the Bahariya Formation, which is exposed in the Bahariya Oasis of the Western Desert of Egypt.

In the early 20th century, this locality famously yielded the original specimens of a host of remarkable dinosaurs—including the colossal sail-backed fish-eater Spinosaurus—which were then destroyed in World War II. Abelisaurid fossils had previously been found in Europe and in many of today’s Southern Hemisphere continents, but never before from the Bahariya Formation. The team describes the Bahariya abelisaurid discovery in a paper published today in Royal Society Open Science.

The study was led by Ohio University graduate student Belal Salem, based on work he initiated while a member of the Mansoura University Vertebrate Paleontology Center (MUVP) in Mansoura, Egypt. The research team also included Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine professor of biomedical sciences Patrick O’Connor; Matt Lamanna, associate curator of vertebrate paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Sanaa El-Sayed, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan and the MUVP’s former vice director; Hesham Sallam, a professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and Mansoura University and the founding director of the MUVP; and additional colleagues from Benha University and the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency.

The fossil in question, a well-preserved vertebra from the base of the neck, was recovered by a 2016 MUVP expedition to the Bahariya Oasis. The vertebra belongs to an abelisaurid, a kind of bulldog-faced, small-toothed, tiny-armed theropod that is estimated to have been roughly six meters (20 feet) in body length. Abelisaurids—most notably represented by the horned, demonic-looking Patagonian form Carnotaurus of Jurassic World and Prehistoric Planetfame—were among the most diverse and geographically widespread large predatory dinosaurs in the southern landmasses during the Cretaceous Period, the final time period of the Age of Dinosaurs. Along with Spinosaurus and two other giant theropods (Carcharodontosaurus and Bahariasaurus), the new abelisaurid fossil adds yet another species to the cadre of large predatory dinosaurs that roamed what is now the Egyptian Sahara roughly 98 million years ago.

“During the mid-Cretaceous, the Bahariya Oasis would’ve been one of the most terrifying places on the planet,” says Salem, a new student in the biological sciences graduate program at Ohio University. “How all these huge predators managed to coexist remains a mystery, though it’s probably related to their having eaten different things, their having adapted to hunt different prey.”

The new vertebra holds implications for the biodiversity of Cretaceous dinosaurs in Egypt and the entire northern region of Africa. It is the oldest known fossil of Abelisauridae from northeastern Africa, and shows that, during the mid-Cretaceous, these carnivorous dinosaurs ranged across much of the northern part of the continent, east to west from present day Egypt to Morocco, to as far south as Niger and potentially beyond. Spinosaurus and Carcharodontosaurusare also known from Niger and Morocco, and a close relative of Bahariasaurus has been found in the latter nation as well, suggesting that this fauna of large to gigantic theropods coexisted throughout much of northern Africa at this time.

How can the discovery of a single neck vertebra lead researchers to conclude that the fossil belongs to a member of Abelisauridae, a kind of carnivorous dinosaur that has never been found in the Bahariya Formation before? The answer is remarkably simple: it is virtually identical to the same bone in other, better-known abelisaurids such as Carnotaurus from Argentina and Majungasaurus from Madagascar. As coauthor and Salem’s graduate advisor Patrick O’Connor, who in 2007 published an exhaustive study of the vertebral anatomy of Majungasaurus, explains, “I’ve examined abelisaur skeletons from Patagonia to Madagascar. My first glimpse of this specimen from photos left no doubt about its identity. Abelisaurid neck bones are so distinctive.”