Lunch and Learn Series will impart lessons learned for water management in Flint, Michigan

Voinovich School Professional Fellow Mike Zimmer will discuss his recent case study of water management in Flint, Michigan, during this week’s lunch and learn installment.

The event will be held Friday, Oct. 19 from 12-1 p.m., in Ridges Building 22 room 221.

A national expert on energy policy, corporate sustainability, clean tech transactions and finance, Zimmer worked with the Voinovich School and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology to understand how a crisis of its scale could occur in the U.S. The 2017 case study explored the socioeconomic, engineering, ethical and legal aspects of the problem. In his talk, Zimmer will discuss observable trends in the research and the ethical questions surrounding public policy and engineering support in a water management crisis.

Pizza will be provided. Participants should bring their own water bottles because this is a zero waste event.

Lunch and Learn programs are held each Friday at noon, rotating between buildings 21 and 22. See the attached flyer for more information.


Lunch and Learn series will explain Voinovich School’s role in the New Pathways for Fathers and Families initiative

Join us for the next installment of our lunch and learn series, where MPA candidate Danielle Valaitis will talk about the Voinovich School’s role in program evaluation with the NBNF Fatherhood Initiative.

Join the Center for Entrepreneurship for a kickoff celebration

The Center for Entrepreneurship will host a kickoff celebration in the new CoLab innovation space on the third floor of Alden Library on Thurs., Oct. 4, from 5-7 p.m.

Attendees can explore the CoLab, a new space in Alden Library designated for all things innovative. They also can learn about the center, which offers entrepreneurship classes and certificates for all majors, as well other programs and events designed to promote entrepreneurial development.  All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Food will be provided, including OMG banana pudding and more.

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Lunch and Learn Series will feature habitat research in the Wayne National Forest

Two students who conducted wildlife and wildlife habitat surveys on the Wayne National Forest this summer in a partnership between Ohio University and the US Forest Service will discuss their research in the Ridges Building 22 room 221 for this week’s lunch and learn installment.

On Friday, Sept. 28 from 12-1 p.m., Environmental Biology student Nicole Drake will review her work surveying salamanders, birds and mammals in a proposal for habitat management through prescribed burning.

She will be joined by Wildlife Biology and Conservation student Abbey Didlier, who will describe her survey of wildlife and sensitive habitats along a 57-mile stretch of the future Baileys mountain bike trail. Drake and Didlier will present alongside Biological Sciences professor Viorel Popescu, their internship supervisor.

Pizza will be provided, but participants should bring their own water bottles, as this is a zero waste event.

Lunch and Learn programs are held each Friday at noon, rotating between buildings 21 and 22. Upcoming programs will include an update on the Fatherhood Initiative and a presentation on lessons learned from water management in Flint, Michigan.

See the attached flyer for more information.

Green Energy Ohio Tour will showcase Voinovich School open house this Friday

The 16th annual Green Energy Ohio Tour is making a stop at the Voinovich School on Friday, Sept. 28 from 2–5 p.m. for an open house in the Ridges Building 21 room 105, where faculty and students will present research on renewable energy and energy efficient practices.

“The purpose for us is to showcase some of the green or clean or sustainable energy projects that we’re doing across the school,” Assistant Professor Gilbert Michaud said. Michaud and other faculty members will present posters of different projects during the open house, and later he will lead a guided tour of the solar array behind the Ridges Building 22.

Associate Professor Sarah Davis will accompany visitors to the Biofuels Research Laboratory to tour the facility, where participating students will show off the biodigester tanks that digest organic material biologically. A representative of the Ecohouse sustainable living facility will also lead a tour and provide information about the program at the open house.

The Green Energy Ohio Tour features self-guided, guided, and open house tours in each region of the state and exhibits homes, businesses, and public building that are incorporating green practices into daily life. Host sites are available statewide from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. More information can be found on Green Energy Ohio’s website.

The event is free and open to the public. Other southeast Ohio stops include Jackie O’s Taproom and Production Brewery, where visitors can learn about the solar array that powers the business from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Athens Water Treatment Plant is demonstrating its new solar panel installation at 1 p.m. on Friday and Sassafras Farm will showcase its solar panels and hybrid vehicles from 2–5 p.m. on Sunday.

Global Opportunities Fair offers potential for world travel on Monday, Sept. 24

The Office of Global Opportunities (OGO) will host the annual Global Opportunities Fair on Monday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Baker Center Ballroom. Students, faculty, and members of the public are invited to attend for free.

OGO advisers, program directors, third-party providers, and returned students will be on hand at the fair to talk to prospective travelers and answer any questions about scholarships, financial aid, and documentation.

Attendees will have the opportunity to post on social media to enter a drawing for one of five $2,000 study away scholarships. That prize money can be applied to one of over 90 programs that Ohio University offers in more than 40 countries, along with the OHIO affiliates and third-party providers present at the fair. Student alumni and faculty leads from the Voinovich School Environmental Peacebuilding Global Opportunities trip to the Balkans will also be there to answer questions.

For those interested in learning more about specific programs and study abroad opportunities, walk-in advising is available on weekdays from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Walter International Education Center. The OGO can also be reached at 740.593.4583.

Lunch and Learn Series will explore importance of infographics in displaying outcomes

Karie Whitman, a recent alumna of the Voinovich School Master of Science in Environmental Studies program, will return to the Ridges Building 21 room 105 for this week’s lunch and learn installment.

On Friday, Sept. 21 from 12-1 p.m., Whitman will demonstrate how infographics utilize appealing visuals to convey information to an audience. She has experience using infographics to illustrate her thesis and to present the interdisciplinary connections of the Voinovich School.

In her thesis, Whitman evaluated sustainable rice agriculture methods near a protected area in Madagascar, an island vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the only place on earth where lemurs live in the wild. This year, she has worked as a lab coordinator and infographic creator on campus, and is planning an upcoming return to Madagascar on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Pizza will be provided, but participants should bring their own water bottles, as this is a zero waste event.

Lunch and Learn programs are held each Friday at noon, rotating between buildings 21 and 22. Upcoming programs will explore surveys of wildlife and wildlife habitat in the Wayne National Forest and results of the statewide HIV Care and Ohio Medicaid Survey.

See the attached flyer for more information.

Voinovich School announces two Graduate Student Senate representatives

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is proud to introduce its student-elected representatives on Graduate Student Senate.

GSS voices the concerns and interests of graduate students at Ohio University. The senate meets twice a month on Tuesday evenings. Meetings are open to the public. View this year’s schedule here.

Viktoria Viktorova Marinova is a second-year Master of Public Administration candidate from South Africa. She is interested in youth education, specifically educating high school students about social entrepreneurship and the importance of creating jobs within their communities. She has a B.A. from Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in Journalism and a master’s from Ohio University’s Center for International Studies in communication and development.

Marinova has been involved with several events and opportunities with GSS over the past few years. She praised the leadership of GSS President Maria Modayil and said she looks forward to representing the MPA program.

“I hope to be able to represent the interests of the MPA students as best as possible and to create a fluid platform of communication between the MPA graduate students and the GSS group,” she said. “GSS has been able to achieve some impressive things for the graduate students, so I hope to be able to be part of these positive changes and help have the MPA student’s voices to be heard, and their interests represented throughout the following academic year.”

Students can contact Marinova at

Abbey Rodjom is a first-year student in the Master of Science in Environmental Studies program. Her academic interest is analyzing the life cycle of bioenergy systems. As an undergraduate in Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College in environmental studies, Rodjam researched bioenergy grasses with Dr. Sarah Davis. She is continuing to work with Davis through her master’s studies.

“Collaboration and efficient communication between science and policy is important to me,” Rodjom said. “I hope to provide a scientific viewpoint in a legislative setting by being the Environmental Studies Representative. I also hope to provide a voice for sustainability at GSS meetings, so I’d love to hear and pass on sustainability themed groups and events.”

Rodjam will also serve on the Ohio University Research Committee, which supports research and projects for faculty, staff and students.

Students can contact her at

Voinovich School plans Homecoming tailgate party

Voinovich School students, alumni, faculty and friends are invited to a Homecoming tailgate party on Saturday, Oct. 20, hosted by the Voinovich School and the Voinovich School Alumni Society.

The party, which starts at 12 p.m. and goes until kickoff at 2 p.m., is a great opportunity to mingle with others involved in the Voinovich School.

The tailgate begins at noon at Pepsi Tailgreat Park, along the banks of the Hocking River near the Convocation Center. Enjoy lunch, with vegetarian options, and entertainment including a kids’ area and a performance by the Marching 110. Then head to Peden Stadium before the 2 p.m. kickoff as the Bobcats take on Bowling Green.

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Ohio Third Frontier intern program helps companies place, fund interns

Ohio companies looking for young, diverse talent to help them compete and grow can apply today to the Ohio Third Frontier Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program and find the right students for the job.

Your company can be a technology company or simply have a technology need. The Diversity & Inclusion Technology Intern program will connect you with up to three young, enthusiastic interns, and you’ll be reimbursed for two-thirds of the intern’s wages.

You’ll need to provide a meaningful internship experience, a non-residential workspace, and hire interns as employees. The minimum wage for interns is $15 per hour.

To learn more and to apply, go to Applications end of Sept. 19, 2018, so apply today!

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