Center for Entrepreneurship Fall Social and Cookout

The Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting a fall social and cookout for sce_fall_social_cookouttudents interested in entrepreneurship. The event will be held August 31 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Living Learning Center’s multipurpose room and lawn.

It is an opportunity for students to come and receive more information about the College of Business entrepreneurship minor and major and learn about their activities. This is also a chance to network with current members of entrepreneurship organizations on campus.

Join the environment team for a start-of-the-year picnic!

Voinovich School environmental studies, energy, and Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3) students, along with all other interested Voinovich School students,  are invited to join faculty and staff for a start-of-the-year welcome picnic to mingle with peers and learn more about 2016-17 initiatives.


When: Thursday, September 1, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: The Ridges, Building 22, off the back porch

Food: Voinovich School staff will grill out back and provide grill items (with vegetarian options) and drinks. Please bring a shareable food item for the potluck picnic if you are able.

Green: This will be a green event, so please bring your own water bottle/mug and try to reduce packaging waste as much as possible. Hopefully, it will be a nice evening to ride share, ride your bike or walk up to the Ridges.


We’re looking forward to reconnecting with you!

Help Us Grow Business Ventures in the Zero Waste Economy

This event is an opportunity to gather and brainstorm business solutions for reaching zero waste. Our hope is that the conversations had throughout the night will blossom into projects that will help us meet the business goals of the Athens Hocking Zero Waste Action Plan.

It will be a night dedicated to networking, discussing resources, and the free flow of ideas. You won’t want to miss this chance to connect with the community and be a part of the zero waste solution.

Tuesday, September 6th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Eclipse Company Store 11309 Jackson Dr.
The Plains, OH 45780
Open to all local entrepreneurs and businesses Free food and cash bar

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Voinovich School exclusive Crane Hollow Nature Preserve tour this Saturday!

First and second year MSES students, Voinovich School Energy & Environment Students, Voinovich Scholars, and interested staff and faculty are exclusively invited to tour Crane Hollow Nature Preserve on Saturday, August 27th from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Crane Hollow is a nearly untouched 2000-acre land conservancy at the heart of Hocking County and the site of two current MSES student thesis research projects. On Saturday, Crane Hollow Preserve Executive Director Heather Stehle will lead a hiking tour of this biologically diverse ecosystem. Access to Crane Hollow and its stunning rock formations and waterfalls is only available through this research tour.

To RSVP, Contact Loraine McCosker ( or 740-593-0434) by Thursday, August 25th at 9:00 am. The group will depart from the Bldg. 22 parking lot – plan to arrive by 9:15 a.m. as all vans depart at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

9:30 Leave Ridges Parking Lot 9:30 sharp
10:15 Arrive Crane Hollow
10:30-12:00 Overview of Crane Hollow by Executive Director Heather Stehle as well as talk by MSES students Merri Collins and Michael Whittemore (pending)
12:00-1:00 Lunch from the Hocking Lodge
1:00-2:00 Hike
2:00-3:00 All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory scholars–Holly and Gary Coovert
3:15-3:30 Leave Crane Hollow
4:15 Return to Athens

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio seeks service award nominees

Each year, the Jenco Foundation Fund at The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio issues a public call for nominations for individuals serving others in one or more of Appalachian Ohio’s communities. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life of others through their service and leadership. It is far less often their job to do this, so much as their passion to do this work. These awards for individuals uplift unsung heroes in the community through recognition and cash awards.

Nominations are due June 1, 2016. To read more about the awards and learn how to nominate, click here.

The Voinovich Collections, a treasure trove of archival documents, slowly goes digital

Sen. George Voinovich served as mayor of Cleveland for nine years, governor of Ohio for eight and as a U.S. senator for 12. During that time the Senator acquired an impressive set of documents and materials pertaining to his work on public private partnerships, urban revitalization, health care policy, environmental issues, U.S. foreign relations within the Balkans region, the war in Iraq and more. Upon his retirement in 2011, the Senator donated to two institutions: Ohio University’s Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collection at Alden Library and the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland.

Ohio University received all documents pertaining to Voinovich’s two terms as governor of Ohio (1990–98) and his two terms in the U.S. Senate (1998–2010). These documents amount to a treasure trove that students don’t often get the chance to explore. However, the Voinovich Collections Fellowship offers faculty the opportunity to bring the Voinovich Collections into the classroom through use of the Voinovich Archival Collections website and associated digitized content.

To learn more about the Voinovich Collections and the fellowship, click here.

New Leadership Certificate Offerings

The Professional Leadership Certificate will equip OHIO students with the tools and information they need to be successful in the job and internship search process. To receive the Professional Leadership Certificate, a student will need to complete three, one-hour workshops, a 30-minute career coaching appointment, and a mock interview. The workshops in this series include:

  • Who Are You and Why Should I Care? – Leadership Branding for Networking Success
  • Bragging Rights – Creating the Perfect Resume & Cover Letter
  • Hunting & Gathering – Job Search & Interviewing

The 21st Century Leadership Certificate is designed to engage students in conversations about leadership topics that are relevant to what they are experiencing as OHIO students and to prepare them to lead in today’s global society.  To receive the 21st Century Leadership Certificate, a student will need to complete three, one-hour workshops, and participate in leadership coaching. The workshops in this series include:

  • Building an Awesome Team – Understanding Team Development
  • I Am Right. You Are Wrong. – Understanding Ethics and Values
  • Get It Together – Understanding Emotional Intelligence

The 21st Century and Professional Leadership Series workshop schedules rotate weekly; check the website for details:

A calendar of CLDC career events and workshops can be found here.

Award-winning journalist to deliver lecture on aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

KatrinaAuthor and former award-winning journalist with the New York Times, Gary Rivlin, will be on campus Wednesday, April 13 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Walter Hall, room 135 to deliver the 2016 James Lecture on Urban Politics, focused on, “Katrina: After the Flood.”

Most of New Orleans sat under water when Rivlin arrived there as part of the “storm team” the New York Times assembled to cover Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Rivlin spent the next 10 years producing a book chronicling New Orleans’s struggle to overcome the disaster that left 80 percent of the city under water. Gary tells the amazing story behind the rebuilding of this most beguiling of American cities.

Dubbed a “lean, taught narrative” by USA Today, Rivlin’s book highlights the grit and tenacity of the every-day people who overcame everything from red-tape to fights with insurance companies to ill-conceived government policies that favored some neighborhoods over others.

The lecture is cosponsored by the OHIO department of Political Science and the Wealth and Poverty and will feature a book signing immediately following the lecture.

Voinovich Future Leaders Group hosts spring potluck

The Voinovich Future Leaders Group invites all MSES, MPA, Voinovich Scholars, student employees and faculty are invited, as are friends, significant others, and children to their spring potluck.

The potluck will be held on the back porch of Building 22 on Apr. 1 at 5 p.m.

You can RSVP online here. Additionally, if you plan to attend, please comment on the Facebook event page to tell the group what you are bringing so that others can plan accordingly and avoid doubling up on dishes.

Don’t miss out on the last Venture Café session of the school year TONIGHT!

Athens native Chris Gerig will provide insight on raising capital from investors at the last Venture Café session of the school year, hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship.

The event will take place tonight, Wednesday, March 23, at 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Baker University Center Room 240 and pizza will be provided.

Gerig is a partner at the East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund, which invests in start-up technology companies. Gerig holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a law degree from Capital University.

If you have questions about the event, contact the Center for Entrepreneurship at