Lunch and Learn Series will explore importance of infographics in displaying outcomes

Karie Whitman, a recent alumna of the Voinovich School Master of Science in Environmental Studies program, will return to the Ridges Building 21 room 105 for this week’s lunch and learn installment.

On Friday, Sept. 21 from 12-1 p.m., Whitman will demonstrate how infographics utilize appealing visuals to convey information to an audience. She has experience using infographics to illustrate her thesis and to present the interdisciplinary connections of the Voinovich School.

In her thesis, Whitman evaluated sustainable rice agriculture methods near a protected area in Madagascar, an island vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the only place on earth where lemurs live in the wild. This year, she has worked as a lab coordinator and infographic creator on campus, and is planning an upcoming return to Madagascar on a Fulbright Scholarship.

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 explore surveys of wildlife and wildlife habitat in the Wayne National Forest and results of the statewide HIV Care and Ohio Medicaid Survey.

See the attached flyer for more information.

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Voinovich School announces two Graduate Student Senate representatives

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is proud to introduce its student-elected representatives on Graduate Student Senate.

GSS voices the concerns and interests of graduate students at Ohio University. The senate meets twice a month on Tuesday evenings. Meetings are open to the public. View this year’s schedule here.

Viktoria Viktorova Marinova is a second-year Master of Public Administration candidate from South Africa. She is interested in youth education, specifically educating high school students about social entrepreneurship and the importance of creating jobs within their communities. She has a B.A. from Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in Journalism and a master’s from Ohio University’s Center for International Studies in communication and development.

Marinova has been involved with several events and opportunities with GSS over the past few years. She praised the leadership of GSS President Maria Modayil and said she looks forward to representing the MPA program.

“I hope to be able to represent the interests of the MPA students as best as possible and to create a fluid platform of communication between the MPA graduate students and the GSS group,” she said. “GSS has been able to achieve some impressive things for the graduate students, so I hope to be able to be part of these positive changes and help have the MPA student’s voices to be heard, and their interests represented throughout the following academic year.”

Students can contact Marinova at vm321616@ohio.edu.

Abbey Rodjom is a first-year student in the Master of Science in Environmental Studies program. Her academic interest is analyzing the life cycle of bioenergy systems. As an undergraduate in Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College in environmental studies, Rodjam researched bioenergy grasses with Dr. Sarah Davis. She is continuing to work with Davis through her master’s studies.

“Collaboration and efficient communication between science and policy is important to me,” Rodjom said. “I hope to provide a scientific viewpoint in a legislative setting by being the Environmental Studies Representative. I also hope to provide a voice for sustainability at GSS meetings, so I’d love to hear and pass on sustainability themed groups and events.”

Rodjam will also serve on the Ohio University Research Committee, which supports research and projects for faculty, staff and students.

Students can contact her at ar197913@ohio.edu.

Voinovich School plans Homecoming tailgate party

Voinovich School students, alumni, faculty and friends are invited to a Homecoming tailgate party on Saturday, Oct. 20, hosted by the Voinovich School and the Voinovich School Alumni Society.

The party, which starts at 12 p.m. and goes until kickoff at 2 p.m., is a great opportunity to mingle with others involved in the Voinovich School.

The tailgate begins at noon at Pepsi Tailgreat Park, along the banks of the Hocking River near the Convocation Center. Enjoy lunch, with vegetarian options, and entertainment including a kids’ area and a performance by the Marching 110. Then head to Peden Stadium before the 2 p.m. kickoff as the Bobcats take on Bowling Green.

Register now at ohioalumnievent.org.

Ohio Third Frontier intern program helps companies place, fund interns

Ohio companies looking for young, diverse talent to help them compete and grow can apply today to the Ohio Third Frontier Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program and find the right students for the job.

Your company can be a technology company or simply have a technology need. The Diversity & Inclusion Technology Intern program will connect you with up to three young, enthusiastic interns, and you’ll be reimbursed for two-thirds of the intern’s wages.

You’ll need to provide a meaningful internship experience, a non-residential workspace, and hire interns as employees. The minimum wage for interns is $15 per hour.

To learn more and to apply, go to https://development.ohio.gov/bs_thirdfrontier/diip.htm. Applications end of Sept. 19, 2018, so apply today!

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Voinovich School Kicks Off Lunch and Learn Series

The Voinovich School will host its first event in the 2018-19 Lunch and Learn Series this Friday, Sept. 14 with Recreation Studies faculty Danny Twilley.

During the session, from 12-1 p.m. at the Ridges Building 22 room 221, Twilley will discuss how recreation and tourism can serve community development, especially in rural areas. He will focus on sustainable economic development, health and wellness, and community connections. Twilley also will present a local case study applying national, state and local data to understand how outdoor recreation and tourism can be vital strategies for community change.

Twilley is a senior lecturer in Recreation and Sport Sciences whose research interest lies in outdoor recreation and ecotourism. He leads two study abroad programs: one to Costa Rica through the Recreation Studies program and one to the Balkans through the Voinovich School’s Environmental Studies program.

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 explore the use of infographics to display outcomes, surveys of wildlife and wildlife habitat in the Wayne National Forest, and results of the statewide HIV Care and Ohio Medicaid Survey.

See the attached flyer for more information.

Research Division to offer funding workshops for faculty, staff and students

The Ohio University Research Division grants thousands of dollars each year to faculty, staff and students to support innovative research and creative work. Learn about these opportunities and how to apply for them at one of several scheduled workshops, or for additional information, visit https://www.ohio.edu/research/funding.cfm.

FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Ohio University Research Committee (OURC)
Competitive awards of up to $8,000 provide seed money for faculty and staff to pursue new research and creative activity projects. Priority given to new faculty and staff, or established faculty pursuing projects that are a clear departure from previous research foci. Two review cycles in fall and spring.

Deadlines: Thurs., Oct. 4, 2018, 4 p.m., and Thurs., Feb. 7, 2019, 4 p.m.
Workshops:
o Thurs., Sept. 13, 2-3 p.m., and Fri., Sept. 14, 10-11 a.m. (repeat sessions) in 301U Alden Library
o Tues., Nov. 6, 2-3 p.m., and Wed., Nov. 7, from 10-11 a.m. (repeat sessions) in 301U Alden Library

Baker Fund Awards Committee
Competitive awards of up to $12,000 to faculty and staff to support research, scholarship and creative activity. The committee seeks to support projects that are near completion and can hopefully be brought to full completion with the assistance of an award. Two review cycles in fall and spring.

Deadlines: Thurs., Oct. 11, 2018, 4 p.m., and Thurs., Feb. 14, 2019, 4 p.m.
Workshops:
o Thurs., Sept. 13, 2-3 p.m., and Fri., Sept. 14, 10-11 a.m. (repeat sessions) in 301U Alden Library
o Tues., Nov. 6, 2-3 p.m., and Wed., Nov. 7, from 10-11 a.m. (repeat sessions) in 301U Alden Library

1804 Fund
Funds to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student educational experience, faculty research and research infrastructure.

Deadlines: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019 for preliminary discussions; Fri., Mar. 15, 2019, 4 p.m. for proposals
Workshops:
o Wed., Sept. 19, 4-5 p.m., and Thurs., Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-noon (repeat sessions in 301U Alden Library
o Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 11 a.m.-noon and Thurs., Jan. 31, 2019, 9-10 a.m. in 301U Alden Library

• NOTE: Attending these workshops is optional and is not a substitute for the required meeting with the VP for Research and Creative Activity or Dean of University College

FOR STUDENTS

Provost Undergraduate Research Fund
Small awards of up to $1,500 to fund research and creative activity conducted by undergraduates.

Deadline: Thurs., Oct. 4, 4 p.m.
Workshops: Tues., Sept. 11, 4-5 p.m., and Wed., Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-noon (repeat session) in 301U Alden Library

Student Enhancement Awards
Competitive awards to support undergraduate, graduate and medical student research, scholarship and creative activities. Awards of up to $6,000 to support research and travel to attend a professional meeting to present results.

Deadline: Thurs., Jan. 17, 4 p.m.
Workshops: Tues., Nov. 13., noon-1 p.m., and Thurs., Nov. 15, 5-6 p.m. (repeat sessions) in 301U Alden Library; light refreshments will be provided

Graduate Student Senate Programs

Graduate Student Senate Grant for Original Work
Competitive awards to graduate students to conduct original research, scholarship or creative work. Semester deadlines. Maximum award $750.
o Fall Deadline: Sat., Sept. 15

Graduate Student Senate Travel Program
Will support travel to present original work, as well as travel for professional development workshops and seminars. Proposal selected by lottery. Semester deadlines. Maximum award $500.
o Fall Deadline: Sat., Oct. 20

Be inspired to innovate at the Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo

Join aspiring and existing business owners, along with educators, students, industry experts and more at the third annual Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo on Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Marietta College.

The expo offers a slate of concurrent workshops in the morning on topics such as growing a business on social media, employee engagement, and video production using your smart phone. The afternoon features a resource fair and networking session.

The keynote address will be given by Robert Metz, senior vice president of global business operations and external affairs at Horizon Pharma, a prominent Irish biopharmaceutical company.

The expo is sponsored in part by Ohio University and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs programs TechGROWTH Ohio and the Center for Entrepreneurship, along with the Ohio University Innovation Center and the LIGHTS program.

The cost to attend the expo is $25. For more information and to register, visit http://www.marietta.edu/movexpo, email entr@marietta.edu, or contact Dr. Jackie Khorassani at 740.376.4621.

Learn to lead with excellence at Lean Six Sigma training

Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Academy for Excellence in Public Service and the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center will host two Lean Six Sigma training sessions on leading in the public sector this fall. The first session will take place Sept. 12-14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the second will take place Oct. 17-19 during the same times.

Participants will learn skills such as showing objectivity, providing visibility of processes and preventing process errors, and streamlining to eliminate waste from organizational processes.

The course has been shown to deliver real results. You’ll get hands-on experience that enhances your leadership, problem-solving and analytical skills. Participants can earn Lean Six Sigma certification by applying the session principles and leading a team through an improvement project with guidance from an experienced instructor.

The fee of $1,200 per person fee covers facilitation by a Lean Six Sigma black belt instructor and a Voinovich School faculty member, as well as lunch and materials. All sessions will be held at the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center, 205 N. Seventh St., Zanesville.

Register online at http://bit.ly/2N8p3h8, or by contacting Gwyn Wagstaff at 740-452-4518, extension 1157, or gwyn.wagstaff@mvesc.org.

Internship Program provides meaningful experiences for students and companies

Ohio Third Frontier’s Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program is seeking college students and companies to take part in the new program. Ohio Third Frontier provides access to a network of resources statewide, including TechGROWTH Ohio, one of their Entrepreneurial Support Provider programs located at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Highly motivated and driven college students can apply to be placed at early-stage technology companies or companies that demonstrate a need for technology. Students will get real-world business and entrepreneurial experience as they work at the assigned company. The program is open to students from all majors who are from Ohio or attending school in Ohio and is geared toward students from minority populations.

Entrepreneurs and companies can also apply to be part of the program. If selected to provide a meaningful internship to an Ohio student, entrepreneurs and companies can receive up to $10,000 to cover two-thirds of an intern’s wages. The host companies must be located in Ohio and provide a meaningful internship experience for its intern(s). Internships are completed before the end of the calendar year and last between three and six months.

The deadline for companies to apply for the summer program is April 30. The deadline for students for summer 2018 has passed, but will be open to students again in the future. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.development.ohio.gov/bs_thirdfrontier/diip.htm.

Enter to Name That Space, win cash prizes

Enter a University-wide contest to name the new cross-disciplinary space that will open on campus in the fall. The space, located on the third floor of Alden Library, is intended to be a place for innovation, ideation and entrepreneurship for all OHIO students.

Formerly called the “C-Suite Project,” the University wants to rename the space to reflect its mission as a resource for students of all majors and disciplines. The winner will be awarded a $250 prize and be invited to the grand opening of the space.
As part of the entry, contestants must provide their OHIO email, a suggestion for a name and an explanation of why that name should be chosen. Only current students, faculty and staff may enter the contest, which can be found here.

Entries must be submitted by April 27, 2018. If the winning name is submitted more than once, then the entry with the earlier timestamp will be the winner. The winner will be announced in early May.