Voinovich School faculty and staff encouraged to nominate students for leadership gala

Leading with Passion.jpgIn collaboration with Passion Works Studio, the Ohio University division of student affairs will present the 35th Annual Leadership Gala, titled “Leading with Passion,” on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in the Baker University Center Grand Ballroom. The gala provides a unique opportunity to lift up OHIO’s outstanding students and support their continued development by honoring students with numerous awards and scholarships, in recognition of their leadership on and off campus.

Faculty and staff throughout the Ohio University community and with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs are encouraged to submit nominations for deserving students or student organizations to receive awards. Students and community members may also submit nominations. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 2, 2018.

In order to submit a nomination, click here. For more information about this year’s leadership gala or to purchase tickets, click here.


Celebrate International GIS Day with the Voinovich School!

schedule.PNGThe OHIO University Department of Geography and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs are pleased to present the 2017 Ohio University GIS Day on Wednesday, November 15.

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology isn’t just maps. It is a 21st century platform for communicating all types of information about our dynamic world in a more visual way.

Come learn how GIS applies to research and real-world, regional projects! The day’s events are free and open to the public. View the day’s schedule to the right, and direct any questions to Robert Delach at delach@ohio.edu.

Celebrate National Philanthropy Day with Voinovich School events

To celebrate National Philanthropy Day on November 15, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is partnering with the Voinovich School Future Leaders and the Voinovich School Alumni Society to host two events – a ‘Thank-a-Thon’ and a day of service at foodbanks. The former will give students an opportunity to thank those who have practiced philanthropy while that latter will give students a chance to practice it themselves.

The Voinovich School ‘Thank-a-Thon’ will take place on November 15 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in the second floor classroom of Building 22 at The Ridges. Students and alumni are encouraged to stop by for a few minutes and write thank you notes to those who have donated their expertise, time and/or financial resources to the School. All materials will be supplied, including sample letters, and the School’s director of external relations and strategic partnerships, Amista Lipot, will be on hand to answer questions or assist. Those who cannot stay long, but still want to participate, will have the option to take materials with them and write their notes at home. Pizza will be provided. Contact Amista Lipot with any questions at lipot@ohio.edu.

The day of service at foodbanks will engage Voinovich School students and alumni across the state and beyond, with events organized in Athens/Logan, Westerville/Columbus, Akron and Washington, D.C. areas. The Athens/Logan area day of service will take place on Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Southeast Ohio Foodbank. For more information, to contact your local organizer with any questions, or to sign up, click here.

MPA student shines light on Voinovich archives at next Lunch and Learn

Ellenore Holbrook, a second-year MPA student, will discuss her work in the Voinovich Senatorial archives at the next installment in the Voinovich School’s Lunch and Learn Series, taking place Friday, November 17 from 12 – 1 p.m. in room 105 at The Ridges, Building 21.

The late Senator George Voinovich, after whom the Voinovich School is named, amassed 44 years of public service in the Ohio Legislature, as mayor of Cleveland, governor of Ohio and U.S. senator. Holbrook will discuss the memorabilia, artifacts and documents commemorating Senator Voinovich’s legacy that are housed at Ohio University, and some of the ways they have been used over time. Holbrook’s presentation will be followed by an informal period for questions and discussion.

Free pizza will be provided, but bring a water bottle, as this is a zero waste event.

Owner of female-founded companies to lead workshop for Global Entrepreneurship Week

In celebration of 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Center for Entrepreneurship will host Ohio University alumna Kelly Weber to present “Leading from Your Strengths” on Tuesday, Nov. 14 in Baker Theater. An open networking reception at 5 p.m. will precede Weber’s facilitated leadership workshop at 6 p.m.

Weber graduated from Ohio University in 2003 with degrees in marketing and management information systems. Since then, she has received several certifications relating to coaching and leadership development, including an Executive Leadership Certificate from Yale University.

Weber is the founder and owner of The Wander Project, an executive coaching and leadership development firm based in the Pacific Northwest. She is also the co-owner of Found Staffing Agency, a strategy-based management consulting firm.

Weber has more than 12 years of experience in consulting, coaching and leadership development and is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations find meaningful and fulfilling work. She will share her experiences while teaching participants how to become better leaders at her workshop.

The Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship is a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. You can view the flyer for the event here.

International Education Week presents lecture from best-selling author

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Ohio University will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) 2017 on Nov. 13-17 with a lecture from a best-selling author, a Thai theater performance, a symposium featuring international experts including the president of Leipzig University, and a wide range of events focused on the importance of a global education.

This year’s keynote speech, “The Geography of Genius: How Place Shapes and Defines Us,” will be delivered by Eric Weiner, author of The New York Times best-seller “The Geography of Bliss,” as well as two other popular books, “The Geography of Genius” and “Man Seeks God.”

A longtime foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Weiner reported from more than 30 nations, covering some of the major international events of recent years. The award-winning journalist writes a regular column for BBC Travel, and his work also appears in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and other publications.

The keynote speech will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public, and all students, faculty, staff and area residents are encouraged to attend this entertaining and insightful presentation.

IEW Keynote poster 2017

See full list of International Education Week events here.

Voinovich Future Leaders present MPA applied learning forum

Four second-year MPA students will be presenting on their experiences completing the MPA applied learning/ internship requirement at the next installment in the Voinovich School’s Lunch and Learn Series on Thursday, November 9 from 12 – 1 p.m. in room 105 at The Ridges, Building 21. The forum, sponsored by Voinovich Future Leaders, will help first year students learn more about possible opportunities, tips for applying and how to get the most out of the applied learning experience.

Panelists will include Megan Conkle, who interned with the Ohio Auditor of State on the Ohio Performance Team; Marina Olson, who worked with Public Children Services of Ohio; Ellenore Holbrook, who interned at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in the Community Development Department; and Katelin Franklin, who worked with the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Presentations will be followed by an informal period for questions and discussion.

Free pizza will be provided, but bring a water bottle, as this is a zero waste event.

Future installments in the Voinovich School Lunch and Learn series will take place each Friday at noon, rotating between Bldgs. 21 and 22 at The Ridges. Future events include:

  • 17: The Voinovich Collections
  • 1: Voinovich School Student Panel

Panel to discuss Teaching, Learning and Reporting about Science in Times of Public Mistrust

The New York Times and Ohio University’s Patton College of Education will cohost a panel discussion about “Teaching, Learning and Reporting about Science in Times of Public Mistrust” Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.at the Baker University Center Theater.  Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs will also participate in this interactive forum.

Panelists include New York Times national correspondent Amy Harmon; science teacher and graduate of the Patton College’s Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program Jim Sutter; Dr. Sami Kahn, assistant professor of science education within The Patton College’s department of teacher education; and Dr. Bernhard Debatin, professor of environmental and science journalism within the Scripps School of Journalism.

Harmon’s first article on the struggles Jim Sutter faced as he attempted to educate Wellston High School students about climate change ran on the front page of The New York Times in June 2017. The outpouring or reader responses and interest in this issue led to her follow up with a further article about her “preconceptions and admiration” of Sutter’s students.

Harmon found the value in discussing why climate change is so controversial as she realized that Wellston, “the school [she] had chosen as a haven of climate skeptics, was also a hotbed of budding climate activists”.

The importance of discussing difficult issues is echoed by members of the Ohio University community. “In the foothills of Appalachia, there is a broad spectrum of cultural diversity and ideological thought. It is important to invite discussion around challenging dialogues that relate to the contemporary issues our region and our country are facing,” said Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis. “We learn together from such challenging conversations and thereby affirm our commitment to intellectual diversity. I am pleased that The New York Times selected OHIO as the site to host this important dialogue.”

Sutter’s story is one of challenges and controversy, set in a classroom where scientific issues became “cultural clashes,” but it is also a story of true teaching success.

Current and past Wellston High School students and Ohio University students will join the panel to discuss science education in the face of skepticism and their own experiences as teachers and learners.

The panel lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and will be followed by a reception until 9 p.m. Attendees can submit panel questions in advance, with a moderator asking questions during the event. The event will also be live-streamed on The Patton College’s YouTube Channel.

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Senator George Voinovich on Public-Private Partnerships

By Matt Zone, the city council member from Cleveland, OH representing Ward 15, which includes the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood where he and generations of his family grew up. Originally posted on CitiesSpeak.org.

As president of the National League of Cities, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with hundreds of other city leaders. I’ve come to understand just how many common values and challenges we share — and it has made me a better leader. But no single person has influenced my leadership as much as the late Senator George V. Voinovich, the former mayor of Cleveland, governor of Ohio, and president of NLC.

Over a career spanning more than forty years, Senator Voinovich was an American example of leadership, public service, and civic pride. He made an indelible mark on my home city and state and serves, to this day, as a role model of public service.

In this excerpt from his posthumous new book, Empowering the Public-Private Partnership, Senator Voinovich reflects on the unifying power of P3s:

“I had an important advantage even before I became mayor: personal relationships built over many years. Many leaders in the business community had been frustrated by elected officials, especially those at Cleveland City Hall, who had considered them adversaries. So when they urged me to run for mayor, they assured me that they would step forward to assist should I be elected. These were people I knew and trusted and with whom I had worked before when I held public office in Cuyahoga County. Their pledge of support was what helped me decide to run. We agreed that the future of our city depended to a large extent on the involvement of business and that no one sector of society can go it alone. The private sector can’t, local government can’t, and neither can unions or nonprofits.

When developing a [public-private partnership], one of the first steps that a local government executive—whether mayor, council, or city manager—must take is to ask for help in solving the city’s problems.

Another is to establish trust. Like many big cities at the time, Cleveland had been studied to death. Each study ended with a thick, spiral-bound notebook and little or no action. Businesses do not run on pretty pictures and multicolored charts. They run on results. The private sector will not commit time and resources to a P3 unless assured that it will result in action rather than rhetoric. I made a pledge that I would personally back the recommendations of the OITF [Cleveland’s Operations Improvement Task Force, a joint initiative to improve government efficiency] and participate in their implementation. Without the commitment of a chief executive officer to carry out—not just talk about—change, I doubt that any such initiative will succeed. Only when a level of trust has been established can the public and private halves of the partnership begin to work together.

The next step is to secure the resources needed to begin the project. Cleveland commissioned a private consulting firm to propose a program and a plan of action to bring modern management techniques to the city, streamline the administration of government, and eliminate duplication and overlap.

The ensuing proposal was keyed to extensive participation by the private sector. The business community would have to help recruit the people and raise the money needed to get the job done. The consultants could act as advisers, but the studies, recommendations, and implementation would have to be carried out by a task force of committed partners.

Smart business owners and managers know that the success of their companies is tied to their communities and to the quality of life of their workers, and if they don’t know it, you should lay it out for them as plainly and persuasively as you can. Call it the principle of enlightened self-interest. You should look also to individuals who sit on the boards of charitable or nonprofit organizations; they will have experience in persuading others to respond to the needs of a cause.

In Cleveland, we established an executive committee of top-level corporate officers from major firms in the city, much like a board of directors. We also assembled a ways and means committee and gave its members the job of securing pledges for people and money.

The response in Cleveland was quick and dramatic: ninety men and women of exceptional talent — $3 million worth of exceptional talent, in fact — volunteered for task force duty. Employers were willing to loan employees, among their most skilled, to work on the task force. Two Cleveland foundations underwrote a $250,000 challenge grant that was matched with contributions from more than 250 companies of all sizes. Organized labor, as well as church and community development organizations, made substantial contributions. In all, more than $800,000 was raised.

Another key to success in any P3 is communication. It is important that each partner have a point person who acts as a clear channel to the others. In Cleveland, we were lucky to have Del de Windt (former Eaton CEO), for example, as representative of the business community. Without him and others like him, we would not have had the Operations Improvement Task Force and many of the other P3s that resulted from it.

Each partner in the shared enterprise should be represented by a trusted and reliable spokesperson. And always say what you mean and mean what you say.”

Lunch and Learn Oct. 27: Transboundary Conservation  

Join Linsey Edmunds, Master of Science in Environmental Studies candidate, for the Friday, Oct. 27 Lunch and Learn presentation in Bldg. 21, Room 105, as she delves into the complications that can arise when managing a shared body of water.

Water resources that cross political boundaries provide more complex challenges and require cooperation across different levels of bureaucracy. These water resources also offer opportunities for collaboration and communication, which transcends language barriers and differences in governance structures.

Lake Shkoder, the subject of Edmunds’ thesis, is the largest fresh water body on the Balkan Peninsula. Shared between Albania and Montenegro, the lake is under two different levels of protection and experiences varied sources of pollution depending on the side of the like. Learn more about the ongoing efforts of local and international development agencies to address the challenges and threats facing shared water resources.

Edumunds will be joined in the presentation by Erin Milligan, who will also share an ArcGIS-Esri Story Map. It is titled “Natural Wonders and Man-Made Threats: Exploring the geological and hydrological environments in Kosovo, Montenegro, and Albania,” and will be within the context of what she observed and learned during her time in the Balkans. Erin is a junior studying civil engineering with a certificate in environmental studies.

Future installments in the lunch and learn presentation series will take place at The Ridges this fall, rotating between buildings 21 and 22 on the following Fridays from noon-1 p.m.

  • November 3: Getting Started with Using Social Media for Work/Career
  • November 17: The Voinovich Collections
  • December 1: Voinovich School Student Panel

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