Third Annual Women in Graduate School Day Conference to be held Feb. 9

Please consider joining us for the third annual Women in Graduate School Day Conference on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Baker University Center at Ohio University. A detailed schedule of events is available on the Women’s Center’s website. Registration is required and includes a free boxed lunch for those affiliated with Ohio University if registered before 5 p.m. on Jan. 31. Registration is open now!

This conference is ideal for those currently enrolled in graduate school, who have an interest in attending graduate school, or who are looking for professional development opportunities.

Throughout the day, concurrent presentations and workshops will cover topics as far-ranging as cultivating a good letter of recommendation, feminist pedagogy, choosing an academic career, an American Association of University Women Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshop, a panel on entrepreneurship, and more!

The Women in Graduate School Day Conference is sponsored by the Women’s Center, the Graduate College, the OHIO Alumni Association, Graduate Student Senate, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the AAUW-student affiliate, the Office of Instructional Innovation, and the LGBT Center.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. M. Geneva Murray, Director of the Women’s Center, at

Featured keynote speaker Chitra Panjabi will join us during lunch.

Chitra Panjabi most recently served as president and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), where she advanced SIECUS’ efforts to reshape social, cultural, and political narratives around sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health.

An award-winning feminist activist with a professional background in nonprofit management and fundraising, Chitra has previously served as a national executive officer — vice president for membership — for the National Organization for Women (NOW) where she was responsible for managing operations, communications, fundraising, and membership engagement. Chitra has also held roles at The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the National Woman’s Party at Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, D.C. (now known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument).

Chitra’s volunteer leadership has included service on the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation and on the Executive Committee for the Women’s Information Network (WIN), a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to advancing young women’s personal and professional growth. She was honored to be named a 2018 Fellow in the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Fellowship and to receive WIN’s Young Woman of Achievement Award in 2017 for her work in Reproductive Justice and Women’s Rights.

Chitra Panjabi will share her story and experiences growing up in a conservative, immigrant household and her path to feminism, eventually leading to a career as a professional feminist advocating for women’s rights and social justice. She will also share insights into the challenges that women leaders, particularly those of color, face; how to navigate those challenges in difficult environments; and the role we each can play in shaping (and demanding!) our society and culture to be more welcoming to diverse leaders and leadership styles.



Nov. 9 Lunch and Learn features MPA student panel

This week’s Lunch and Learn series on Friday, Nov. 9 will feature a discussion of research from two MPA candidates and a presentation by the Voinovich School’s Graduate Student Senate representatives.

Hunter Legeza will share his experience recruiting hard-to-reach individuals to participate in the 2018 Ohio HIV Needs Assessment. This time-intensive project required recruiters to have a strong commitment and build trust among qualifying individuals.

Zarek Bell will discuss criminal justice advocacy in Appalachia. He will focus on grassroots advocacy efforts, legislative campaigns and bills to reform the criminal justice system, and coalition building around the issue.

In addition, Graduate Student Senate representatives Eleonora Mocanu, Viktoria Marinova and Abby Rodjom will talk about their role and how they can help Voinovich School students.

The Lunch and Learn will be at noon this Friday in Building 21. See the attached flyer for more details.

Lunch and Learn Series will explore international climate change cooperation

A leading expert in environmental and climate change law and policy will discuss the current state of global climate change law as framed by the evolving international law of cooperation for this week’s lunch and learn installment in the Ridges Building 22 room 221

On Friday, Nov. 2 from 12-1 p.m., Professor Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne will discuss the larger context of international climate agreements like the Paris Agreement and the collective efforts of the global human community to combat climate change under increasingly fragile political structures.

Carlarne teaches environmental law and policy at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She is on the editorial board for the Climate Law journal and the newly established Transnational Environmental Law journal, launched by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

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 Master of Public Administration student presentations and Master of Science in Environmental Studies student presentations.

See the attached flyer for more information.


Vote now for TechGROWTH client Global Cooling for best company culture award


Global Cooling, one of the great regional entrepreneurial success stories, needs your help to prove its company culture is best.

A TechGROWTH Ohio portfolio client, Global Cooling, Inc. manufactures and sells the world’s most energy efficient ultra-low temperature freezers. The company grew more than 75 percent in 2017 and now has about 100 employees, 70 of which reside in southeastern Ohio.

They were recently nominated for TechOhio’s inaugural Startup Culture Awards. Company culture is an increasingly crucial component in attracting prospective employees and retaining top talent.

You can vote for Global Cooling for the Best Company Culture award at Vote as many times as you’d like, now through Nov. 16. Winners will be announced on the TechOhio website and social media in December. Competition winners will be featured in a video spotlight and receive a certificate and bragging rights designating it as having the best company culture in the state.

The Ohio Innovation Fund is also supporting Wiretap for the early stage category, so your help with a vote for them is also appreciated.

TechOhio is a network of entrepreneurs dedicated to improving Ohio’s technology economy, according to its website.

Venture into Fortune 500-worthy business strategies with OHIO alumnus at Venture Café

A top executive of a medical technology start-up company will offer insight and advice on building a successful bio-enterprise in a Venture Café on Friday, Nov. 2.

Jon Snyder, an Ohio University alumnus and chief business officer of Neuros Medical Inc., will visit the CoLab on the third floor of Alden Library from noon to 1 p.m. He’ll discuss helpful entrepreneurship strategies and how he shaped the vision for his company from its initial stages. A question and answer session will follow. Pizza and beverages will also be provided.

Snyder has more than 25 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge on healthcare sales, marketing, fundraising for Fortune 500 companies and more.

The Venture Café is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the Ohio University College of Business and the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs.

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Deadline extended for Janet and George Voinovich Faculty and Staff Leadership Award

The deadline to apply for the Janet and George Voinovich Faculty and Staff Leadership Award has been extended to Nov. 15.  The new award, announced for the first time this year, provides the winner with $5,000 to be used for professional development training, activities or equipment related to the Voinovich School’s goals and strategic outcomes.

All faculty and professional staff of the Voinovich School are eligible, as are Ohio University employees who work with the Voinovich School. Deans and associate deans are not eligible.

Award criteria are:

  • A measurable impact on one or more of the Voinovich School’s strategic outcomes to the state of Ohio (economic growth, social impact and sustainability, leadership and community building)
  • Significant contributions to the Voinovich School and Ohio University that resulted in outcomes such as greater efficiency, better service, stronger collaboration and more communication

The purpose of the program is honor outstanding leadership contributions made by employees working in or with the Voinovich School. Sen. George Voinovich’s 44-year career in public service stands as an example of servant leadership, and the Senator’s goal in establishing the award was to create a fund that would help recipients further their professional development.

See the attached flyer for more details on the application and selection process.

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.

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.