CE3 Brownbag, Friday, Oct. 7@ 12pm: Voinovich School Alumni Panel

A special Homecoming edition of the CE3 Brownbag Lunch series will feature an OHIO Voinovich School Alumni Panel with Ginger Schmalenberg (MPA), Resource & Development Director, The Gathering Place and Dylan Drugan (MSES), Senior Resource Planning Analyst, American Electric Power on Friday, October 7 from 12 – 1 p.m. in The Ridges, Bldg. 22, Room 22

The two will talk about their career paths and offer advice to attendees. Free pizza will be available, at the luncheon but participants can also bring their own lunch. This is a green event so attendees should bring their own water bottle/beverages and make efforts to reduce food waste.

The Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment (CE3) and the Environmental Studies program hosts a CE3 Brownbag Lunch Series each semester. These Friday forums include an informal lunch presentation and Q&A related to environmental topics of interest. The events are open to all Voinovich School students, as well as OHIO faculty, staff and students and the community.

Not sure how to get up to The Ridges? Check out the Red Line CATS Shuttle, the Athens Public Transit routes, walk or ride your bike.

For additional information, contact Elissa Welch, welche@ohio.edu.

Upcoming CE3 Brownbags include:

Friday, Oct. 21: Joe Wakeman, Manager of Enrollment and Student Services, OHIO Voinovich School – Archeology and Sustainability

Friday, Nov. 4: Chris Chmiel, Commissioner, Athens County – Athens County Sustainability Roadmap

Friday, Nov. 18: Michael Pfahl, Associate Professor, Sports Administration, College of Business – Sustainability in Sports

Cheshire Ohio Screening with Panel on 10/5


The Common Experience Project on Sustainability at Ohio University will have a free screening of the film Cheshire, Ohio, on October 5 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Athena Cinema uptown.

The film Cheshire, Ohio explores the sale of Cheshire, Ohio to the American Electric Power company (AEP) following concerns by Cheshire community members of the impacts of air pollution to the community by the AEP owned James M. Gavin Power plant. It also looks at the concerns residents face from the plants use of coal to generate electricity and expansion of an additional landfill for coal ash.

A panel discussion will follow the film with film producer Eve Morgenstern; Natasha Maidoff, Film Studies, Ohio University; Geoff Buckley, Geography, Ohio University; Jack Wright, Film professor emeriti, Ohio University; Dan Karney, Energy Economics, Ohio University; Chase Goodwin, English, Ohio University; and, Neil Waggoner, Sierra Club.

This event is supported by the Arts and Sciences Sustainability Studies Theme, Arts and Sciences Sense of Place theme, Patton College of Education, Appalachian Rural Health Institute, Environmental Studies and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Café series provides weekly opportunity for casual learning and discussion

Every Wednesday at 5 p.m., students gather at the Ohio University Baker Center Front Room for a topical discussion hosted by guest faculty speakers. Science Cafés, focused on the sciences, and Café Conversations, focused on journalism, are venues for students to informally share their interests with faculty presenters, staff and the community in a friendly setting.

Upcoming Science Cafés include:

  • Oct. 5:  Guy Riefler, Civil Engineering; John Sabraw, Art
  • Oct. 19:  Claudia Gonzalex Vallejo, Psychology
  • Nov. 2:  Lisa Crockett, Biological Sciences
  • Nov. 9:  Catherine Early, Biomedical Sciences
  • Nov. 16:  Gurgen “Greg” Hayrapetyan, Mathematics
  • Nov. 30: Sonia Najjar, Biomedical Sciences/Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, HCOM

Upcoming Café Conversations include:

  • Oct. 26:  Aimee Edmondson, Associate Professor, Journalism; John Grimwade, Assistant Professor, Visual Communication. Topic: info graphics and how polls are presented and how journalists use data resources to report

For more information, including a promotional video and the spring semester schedule, click here.

Receive up to $500 to travel and present your research

Ohio University is committed to providing undergraduates opportunities for research as well as scholarly and creative works and activities. As part of this effort, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity sponsors a program of travel assistance for undergraduate students presenting their work to the scholarly community. The Undergraduate Travel Fund provides up to $500 toward travel to conferences or other venues for the presentation of research results or creative works and activities.

All undergraduate students currently enrolled at Ohio University are eligible for the award. Students may apply for the program at any time throughout the year.

Click here for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Contact Roxanne Male’-Brune with any questions at (740) 597-1227, or email her at male-bru@ohio.edu.

English Language Improvement Program offers online services to help students from afar

For exclusively online students, students who commute, or those who simply have jam-packed schedules, it can be difficult to make it onto campus for brief appointments or meetings. That’s why Ohio University’s English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) offers online tutoring, accessible to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Whether students are working on a thesis or dissertation, a tough assignment or simply want to further develop writing, oral communication and critical reading skills, ELIP has something to offer. ELIP provides free graduate writing labs with individual tutoring. Whether online or in-person, sessions last 45 minutes, and tutors provide feedback on course assignments, research papers, thesis work or dissertations.

Students may sign up for online sessions with the undergraduate writing center, the graduate writing center or, for those who are eligible, the English pronunciation lab. Students may select a time for their appointment between 6–9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and graduate students can also view specific information about available tutors.

To participate in live online tutoring, students need, at a minimum, access to a computer and the internet. Though not required, having a web cam and microphone provides the ability to see and talk to a tutor the same as during an in-person session.

Click here to learn more about the services ELIP provides, and click here to register for online tutoring.

Collura presents at Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership meeting

Jessica Collura, Voinovich School research associate, lead a presentation and discussion on youth empowerment as a vehicle for community change at the September 23 meeting of the Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership. The meeting featured additional discussions relevant to adolescent health including youth development and resiliency, access to care and more.

Collura’s work at the Voinovich School focuses on engaging young people in local settings in order to promote the healthy development of youth and communities. Jessica has published several journal articles and book chapters on the topics of youth organizing for school and community reform, youth violence prevention and positive youth development. She is also the co-author of a training manual designed for community coalitions and organizations interested in engaging young people as leaders. Click here to read her full bio.

Voinovich School Tailgate Party to be held October 8

tailgate.PNGThe Voinovich Alumni Society is hosting a free tailgate party before the Oct. 8 Homecoming football game, starting at 11 a.m. All Voinovich School students, alumni and staff are encouraged to attend with family and friends.

The party will be near Peden Stadium, at Pepsi Tailgreat Park. Food will be served, including vegetarian options. There will also be games including Corn Hole, KanJam, Spin the Wheel and more. The park will also feature a kid’s area and an appearance from the Marching 110.

For more information, contact Tracy Kelly with the Voinovich School Alumni Society at tk381500@gmail.com.

Guidance and events provided for Innovation Strategy Cycle 2 applicants

The Office of the Vice President for Research have two upcoming events for faculty and staff to become involved with the Innovation Strategy on campus. The Innovation Strategy initiative began two years ago in an effort for the University to engage with the challenges of the times.

The first event is an “Information and Networking Session” for faculty and staff to learn more about participating in Cycle 2 of the program. The event will take place Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room in Baker Center.

The second event will be a ‘Collaborative Projects Workshop’ to learn skills and resources that will help participants work on a collaborative project with an interdisciplinary team. Participants from Cycle 1 of the program will attend and share their experience. The event will be Oct. 3 at 9:00 a.m. in the Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room in Baker Center. RSVP is required to research@ohio.edu.

Visit the Innovation Strategy, webpage, where an extensive FAQ and a video of Cycle 1 recipients discussing their work provides additional information.

Green Jobs Panel offers insight into environmental sector

editedgreen-jobs-panel-docxsep-3The Environmental Studies program will host a Green Jobs Panel Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Alden 323 for students who are interested in learning more about work in the environmental sector.

This opportunity provides students the chance to learn from people in the industry about developing skills that will lead to a variety of job options. Speakers will also discuss how to navigate the work and academic world for best outcomes.

The list of speakers includes:

  • John Wood: Homecoming Farm, sustainable farming
  • Michelle Shively: Coordinator of Sunday Creek Watershed
  • Sarah Conley-Ballew: Executive Director of UpGrade Athens County
  • Rob Wiley: Ecologist, Voinovich School
  • Claire Naisby: Building Systems Integration Manager, Ohio University.

Students who attend will learn about the academic and professional experiences of the speakers, and what they deem the “keys” to their success. Light snacks will also be provided.

For further information, contact Loraine McCosker at mccosker@ohio.edu.

Caleb Hawkins: “Remembering George Voinovich, one stream at a time”


Hawkins, working on a stream reclamation project.

Caleb Hawkins graduated from the Voinovich School with a Master of Science in Environmental Studies in 2015, and while he never met the late Senator George Voinovich, he considers himself to be part of the senator’s living legacy.

Hawkins recently published a column on Cleveland.com articulating the point. Hawkins addressed his education at the Voinovich School, saying that it embodied the moral code and dedication to public service of Senator Voinovich.

“Beyond science, we learn other fundamentals that reflect Voinovich the person: pragmatism, teamwork, and collaboration,” Hawkins writes.

Hawkins views his current work on stream restoration as contributing, in a small way, to the senator’s lifelong mission of advancing the public good.

Click here to read Hawkins’ article in its entirety.


Hawkins presented his column on 9/22/16 at the Federal Government Alumni Luncheon in D.C., which honored Senator Voinovich.