OHIO Leaders Panel to commemorate Senator George Voinovich

panel flier.PNGOn Nov. 1, the Ohio University Graduate Student Senate will host an event called the OHIO Leaders Panel, which will commemorate Senator George Voinovich and feature discussion on the qualities of effective leadership that he embodied.

The panel will take place in Walter Hall Rotunda, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and discussion beginning at 6:30. Speaking on the panel will be three Ohio University graduates: Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Greg Browning, Voinovich fellow and president and owner of Capital Partners, and David Wilhelm, the former campaign manager for Bill Clinton and chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the current chief strategy officer of Hecate Energy and visiting professor at the Voinovich School. The three speakers currently work in areas in which the senator was widely respected for his service—Appalachian development, business and environmental advocacy, respectively.

Center for Entrepreneurship Venture Cafe hosts Rob Painter

venture-cafe-template_rob-painter-1The Center for Entrepreneurship’s Venture Café series hosts Rob Painter, managing director at Razor’s Edge Ventures, Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Living Learning Center 150. Painter will be talking about the venture world in this free event, open to the campus community.

Painter is a founding partner of Razor’s Edge Ventures, which focuses on funding technologies and businesses that target the challenges facing the defense and intelligence communities based in Silicon Valley, the Rocky Mountains, and the Mid-Atlantic region.

Prior to his latest position, he was a Business Product Manager for Google, focused on supporting and providing technologies for global humanitarian assistance and disaster response.  Painter was also Chief Technologist and Senior Manager for Google Federal. Before joining Google, he served as lead on several successful venture investments including Keyhole (Google Earth) and @Last Software (Google SketchUp), both that were later acquired by Google.

Rob received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University in environmental geography and computer science, and then went to complete his graduate work at George Washington University in engineering management and leadership. In his first position out of School, Painter worked as the GIS Specialist and IT Systems Manager at the earliest iteration of the Voinovich School – the Institute for Local Government (ILGARD).

Painter will give a short talk about his work, then the floor will be opened for a dialogue between Painter and the audience. This will provide students a casual opportunity to speak with a fellow Bobcat about his work in entrepreneurship.

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Voinovich School CE3 Brownbag focuses on archaeology and sustainability

Joe Wakeman, manager of enrollment and student success at the Voinovich School of Public Affairs and Leadership will be presenting this week’s Voinovich School CE3 Brownbag. Joe has professional experience in both private sector work in cultural resource management and public sector work in archaeology for the National Park Service. Before coming to OHIO, Wakeman held administrative positions at Hocking College, including Associate Dean of Natural Resources, Director of Sustainability, Associate Provost and Interim Chief Academic Officer/ Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Wakeman will give a presentation titled, Lessons Learned from Two Decades of Ohio Archaeology on Friday, October 21 from 12 – 1 p.m. in The Ridges, Bldg. 22, Room 221. 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 Voinovich School Environmental Studies program and the Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment (CE3)hosts a 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 Voinovich School CE3 Brownbags include:

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

Ohio University offers workshop to help students apply for $6,000 award

Ohio University will offer two workshops to aid students applying for the Student Enhancement Awards, which provide up to $6,000 to support undergraduate, graduate and medical student research, scholarship and creative activities under the guidance of a faculty member or advisor.

Voinovich School students have a proven track record with this award. Master of Science in Environmental Studies candidate, Zebulon Martin, was among the 2016 recipients. Martin received the full $6,000 to investigate how precipitation events affect streams impacted by acid mine drainage.

Awards support direct project costs for current and ongoing research (e.g., supplies, materials, research-related travel, etc.) and will support conference travel for awardees to present their research findings. Funds will be available for one year.

The first University workshop will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 12—1 p.m. with a repeat session offered Thursday, Nov. 17 from 4—5 p.m. Both workshops will take place in Alden Library, room 301U, and light refreshments will be provided. The workshops will provide students an opportunity to learn about the application process, receive helpful information and answer any questions. Students unable to attend the workshop may click here to view a recording of last year’s workshop.

Students interested in applying may click here for project guidelines, here for forms required if international travel is involved, here for the cover page form, here for a helpful checklist and here for example proposals.

Contact Roxanne Malé-Brunne with any questions at 740.597.1227 / male-bru@ohio.edu.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers fellowships for women committed to helping women

Women pursuing graduate or post-doctoral study may be eligible for awards of up to $30,000 from the the American Association of University Women – and the Ohio University Women’s Center is here to help interested OHIO women earn those awards.

From noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, the Women’s Center, will host a workshop called, “How to Write a Competitive AAUW Fellowship Application,” focused on assisting women interested in AAUW’s American Fellowships and International Fellowships. The Women’s Center is in Baker 403.

The American Fellowships award women anywhere from $6,000 to $30,000 to complete dissertations, conduct postdoctoral research full time, or prepare research for publication. For international students, AAUW offers International Fellowships, awarding from $18,000 to $30,000. The International Fellowships are designed for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the U.S., who are not U.S. citizens and who intend to bring their education back to their home countries to become leaders. The deadline for American Fellowships is November 15; the deadline for International Fellowships is December 1.

While the Women’s Center workshop will focus on these two fellowships, AAUW also offers other fellowships and grants available to women. They also fund non-degree research projects promoting education and equity for women and girls, the pursuit of a certificate or degree for the purpose of career advancement or the pursuit of a full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented. To learn about the American Fellowships, the International Fellowships, or these additional opportunities click here.

For questions about the Oct. 18 workshop, contact Roxanne Malé-Brune at 740-597-1227 or at male-bru@ohio.edu.

Scripps Innovation Challenge Announces Environmental Challenge

A special environmental challenge has been issued by the Scripps Innovation Challenge with sponsorship from the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC). Students are tasked with creating innovative fundraising methods, tools or strategies geared to those who care deeply about the environment. This can be anything from adding a “donate” button to the NRDC Facebook, or a completely new way to fundraise online. The only requirement is that the solution must be uniquely geared to their base demographic most likely to give to NRDC.

To enter in the challenge, students can sign-up here to receive information about special insider sessions or to find teammates. While individuals can enter, teams usually fare better. To enroll, participants must write a three-page paper explaining the solution, prepare a short presentation slideshow (seven slides max) or an infographic explain the idea and then have a separate short explanation of how the solution is innovative. These are due the last day of classes for fall semester for entry.

All OHIO students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to enter. Participants from all majors are welcome.


Get ready for Student Startup Madness

Only a few days remain until the October 14, 2016 deadline for early admission to the national entrepreneurship competition Student Startup Madness. Teams that apply for early admission will have less competition for the 20 open spots and more time to work on their pitch if selected for the semifinals.

The competition begins with an online application to determine the top 64 teams. These teams will then compete in the first round of an online competition and cut the pool in half. Semifinal regional rounds for the 32 teams battle for one of the “Entrepreneurial Eight” spots, and the chance to present to a celebrity panel at South By Southwest.

Student Startup Madness is a national entrepreneurship competition for college students to compete against students across the country. The Student Startup Madness formed from the work between Sean Branagan, director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and South By Southwest.

Learn more by visiting Student Startup Madness, or apply at this link.

Appalachia Challenge added to Scripps Innovation Challenge

Student teams will now be able to compete for the opportunity to present their idea to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Board of Trustees with the new “Appalachia Challenge” just added to the fifth annual Scripps Innovation Challenge.

This special challenge, sponsored by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, asks teams to discover and innovative methods to find, communicate with, and encourage former citizens of Appalachian Ohio to give back to their local communities. Appalachian Ohio citizens only have access to $762 in per capita philanthropic support, as compared to Ohioans outside the area who can tap into $7,437 of per capita support.

This disparity means citizens and families have less access to scholarships for graduating seniors, programs to assist struggling families, and support for public safety concerns. The challenge’s mission is to find innovative ways to close this philanthropy gap and tap the unopened potential in the region.

The winner of this challenge will have the opportunity to present their idea to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Board of Trustees. Visit the Scripps Innovation Challenge website to learn more about this special challenge and the other 2016-2017 challenges.


Food Truck Round-Up featured at next Center for Entrepreneurship event

food-truck-final-1Ever wondered what it takes to succeed as a food truck entrepreneur? The Athens-based food truck owners that students know and love are telling their stories in an event held by the Center for Entrepreneurship on October 11 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Baker Center 240/242.

Local food trucks Ali Baba, Burrito Buggy, Petru and Holy Guacamole each have their own unique story of invention.  Ali Baba claims the title of oldest food truck around, started in 1988 and built from scratch. Burrito Buggy almost vanished until a lover of the truck stepped in to save it. Petru began by selling chocolate at the Athens Farmer’s Market, and then developed into a food truck. Holy Guacamole was established by a chef with knowledge in many different cuisines.

Come join a group of food lovers and entrepreneurs, and hear more about the individual stories of the food trucks so many enjoy.

Ohio University, Voinovich School, TechGROWTH to sponsor SSTI’s 2016 Annual Conference

The State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) is offering scholarships for graduate students to attend their upcoming annual conference and Colloquium on Science and Innovation Policy Research and Practice in Columbus, Ohio from November 1 – 3. TechGROWTH Ohio, the Voinovich School and Ohio University’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity are proud sponsors of this year’s conference.

With financial support from National Science Foundation Science of Science and Innovation Policy (NSF SciSIP), eight to 10 students at the master’s or doctorate level can receive funding to cover conference expenses. The scholarships are being provided to offer students the opportunity to have new policy inquires and ideas for research, network with practitioners, and to witness the connection of research to the real world.

The theme of their 20th event is Innovation with Purpose: Shaping Future Opportunities. The conference is focused on stepping outside the traditional idea of creating jobs and economic growth, and to honing in on purposeful outcomes through innovation. Attendees will range from policymakers, stakeholders and practitioners. Members attending will get the opportunity to hear from speakers ‘who challenge conventional wisdom,’ partake in mindfulness and yoga practices, and breakout sessions of their choosing.

To apply and learn more about this opportunity, review the following  information pamphlet. The only requirement is that participants of the scholarship write a brief narrative reflecting on their experience.

Visit SSTI’s 2016 Annual Conference website for more information about the conference and to register.