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: https://www.ohio.edu/careerandleadership/leadership.cfm.

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 ce@ohio.edu.

Race to Zero Waste: Reducing paper usage to manage waste output

As the Voinovich School Race to Zero Waste continues, we’re focusing on a different topic each week to help faculty, staff and students manage their waste outputs. This week, we’re exploring paper and what can be done to reduce use in a paper-heavy office setting.

In Buildings 19, 21 and 22, we’re working to convert all printers to automatic double-sided printing. In the meantime, we’ve collected tips for you to easily reduce your paper use at The Ridges.

Nine tips to reduce office paper use at the Voinovich School

  1. Use caution when printing from Excel. Choosing “print selection” rather than “print workbook” ensures paper is not wasted on unneeded tabs and columns. Also, choose landscape versus portrait orientation carefully and use the print preview to make sure you’re printing more than just a few rows per page.
  2. Maximize space within Word. Margins and font sizes are easily changed in Word, and a .75-inch margin is becoming more common. If you need to print only one or several pages of a many-paged document, specify which page(s) you want to print in the “pages” section of the print screen.
  3. Move internet text to Word first. If you must print a web page, copying and pasting the text to Word controls exactly what gets printed and eliminates ads, comments, etc.
  4. Screenshot important documents. If keeping an online receipt or other internet-based document, screenshot it and put it in a hard drive folder like you might with a tangible folder. Use the snippet tool or Alt+PrtScn on PCs and Command+Shift+4 on Macs.
  5. Consider scanning instead of copying. If you need to keep a copy of a physical document, scan it to a computer-based folder rather than making a copy and filing it in a paper folder.
  6. Keep personal alternatives to office paper towels and tissues. These may include handkerchiefs, rags and cloth napkins.
  7. See if online bill pay/ordering is an option. When purchasing from a company where they offer the option for e-mail order confirmations or receipts, select it whenever possible.
  8. Reuse paper that only has ink on one side. Handwritten notes can be made on the back of old papers or even utilizing the recycling bin to see what usable paper remains.
  9. Always ask yourself: Do I NEED to print this? It’s the most common way to reduce paper usage, but also the simplest.

When it comes to recycling paper that has finally run its course, remember that napkins, paper towels and tissue paper are compostable, not recyclable. The paper fibers in these products are so large that they are too difficult to break down in the recycling process. Compost buckets are currently located in break rooms and restrooms. However, these paper items are safely recyclable:

• all office paper
• white paper
• colored paper
• newspaper (bags and strings removed) — bags still recyclable
• magazines (all types)
• catalogs (all types)
• phonebooks (all types)
• junk mail (remove clear film from envelopes)
• paperboard
• tissue boxes
• heavyweight folders
• paper towel and toilet paper rolls
• food packaging (unwaxed only)
• shredded paper (in plastic bag to minimize blow-away potential)
• paper milk, juice and soy milk cartons (should be empty and rinsed)
• books: all soft cover, hard covers should be ripped off
• empty paper coffee cups (plastic lids and cardboard sleeve included)

These items can be recycled in the large blue bins beside your desk or the larger covered blue bins in common areas around the Voinovich School.

In next week’s newsletter, we’ll explain how to determine what is recyclable and provide locations for hard-to-recycle items.

CE3 Brownbag, Friday, March 25 @ 12pm: Feeding the Hungry and Promoting Sustainable Food Solutions

Join us for the fourth CE3 Brownbag Lunch of Spring Semester!
with the Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks: Working to Feed the Hungry and Promote Sustainable Solutions to Food
Friday, March 25th at 12:00 PM • Bldg 22, The Ridges, Room 221

CE3 and Environmental Studies are delighted to welcome Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, to the Voinovich School to discuss the Association’s statewide efforts of food procurement, food rescue
and recovery, logistics, and their work to feed the hungry. If you are interested in sustainable food solutions, hunger and poverty, and how nonprofit organizations influence public policy, join us for this exciting discussion! Free pizza provided.
 
Save the Date for these Upcoming CE3 Brownbags!
Fri, Apr. 8: Vince Messerly, President, Stream + Wetlands Foundation
Fri, Apr. 22: Earth Day Hike: The Built and Natural History of The Ridges

Earn Your “Bragging Rights”

Voinovich Scholars, MSES & MPA Students – want to make your resume and cover letter even better?

 RSVP today for:

“Bragging Rights – Creating the Perfect Resume & Cover Letter”

Tuesday, March 22 from 5:00-6:00 PM, Baker Center, Room 230

Facilitated by the Career and Leadership Development Center Student Ambassador and fellow Voinovich Scholar Phoenix Crane

Learn more about how to craft a strong resume and cover letter that stand out from the crowd and highlight you and your skill set. We’ll also cover how to create your best elevator pitch to effectively communicate your experience and career goals. A great prep session for the April 5 Green Jobs Panel hosted by Environmental Studies (details to follow). Space is limited in the room, so RSVPs are encouraged.

On the horizon…

“Prepare for the Student Expo 2!”

Tuesday, April 5 from 5:00-6:00 PM, Baker Center, Room 230

By April 5, students registered for the Expo will have finished their posters… And it’s time to really practice that oral presentation. Bring the electronic file of  your poster, and get/give some small group feedback to strengthen your presentation in advance of the Expo on April 14! Watch for more information coming soon.

Please direct any questions to Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu or to GVS Scholar Bethany Bella at bb308113@ohio.edu.

Last chance to register for Startup Weekend Athens

This is the last chance to register for Startup Weekend, the 49-hour event that brings together Athens designers, developers, entrepreneurs and experts from all domains to do amazing things.

The event, open to all students and community members, will be March 18-20, 2016, at the Ohio University Innovation Center located at 340 W. State St. in Athens.

Participants kick off the event Friday night by pitching an original idea or listening to proposed concepts. Following the opening pitches, teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, design and market validation with expert coaches on hand to help.

The weekend culminates with presentations in front of a judging panel of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether you launch a company, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your realm, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of start-ups. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams.

Tickets are $50. This registration fee includes program activities plus meals all weekend, and the opportunity to use Ohio University’s Create_space and/or Athensworks on Saturday. Discount codes are available for some Ohio University students to receive $25 off. , Upon registering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology students should enter RUSS; College of Business students, enter COB; and College of Fine Arts students, enter FINEARTS. Those wanting to participate in Startup Weekend Athens must purchase a ticket by Thursday, March 17, in order to compete.

For a full itinerary, more information about the event and the link to purchase a ticket, visit http://www.up.co/communities/usa/athensoh/startup-weekend/8353.

Join the Voinovich School as we Race to Zero Waste!

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs graduate students Alexandra Sargent and Awa Sall — in collaboration with Scott Miller’s Principles of Zero Waste course, Ohio University Campus Recycling, and the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative — are proud to present the Voinovich School Race to Zero Waste, held in Buildings 19, 21 and 22 throughout the month of March.

The Race to Zero Waste is a campaign to upgrade the Voinovich School’s waste management system to a zero waste structure. To that end, organizers have established:

  • Zero Waste deskside systems with small trash bins attached to large blue recycling cans. Mixed recycling includes all paper, bottles, cans, #1-#7 plastics, plastic bags, cartons and cardboard together — no sorting required. Common trash items include Styrofoam, Mylar chip bags and many granola bar/energy bar wrappers.
  • Compost bins in every break rooms. Compostable items include all food waste, napkins, and paper towels. Paper towels, tissue paper and napkins should be composted rather than recycled; the wood fibers in these products are so small that they do not recycle well.
  • Paper towel composting in the rest rooms. It is imperative that these remain paper towels only. Small trash bins remain in the restrooms for hand wipes, personal items and other landfill materials.
  • Cabinets for hard-to-recycle items in every building. Batteries, lightbulbs, electronics, toner cartridges, and DVDs and CDs can be placed in these cabinets.

The Race to Zero Waste is a pilot program of RecycleMania, a friendly competition to promote waste reduction that began as a match between Ohio University and Miami University and has expanded to hundreds of colleges across the United States and Canada. The Voinovich School is one of 12 schools nationwide that has agreed to take on the Race to Zero Waste challenge to test how user-friendly these methods are in a university office environment. This model has proven successful at other universities across the country.

Zero waste is an attainable goal at the Voinovich School. Preliminary audits of waste produced in Buildings 19, 21 and 22 have shown that the Voinovich facilities are currently recycling at a 66 percent recovery rate, yet 92.8 percent of waste currently generated at the Voinovich School is recyclable or compostable. At this time, anything above a 90 percent recovery rate is considered success in RecycleMania’s Race to Zero Waste. Given this data, and continued waste reduction efforts, organizers believe that rates of 95 percent or higher are genuinely achievable.

Voinovich School faculty, staff and students are encouraged to provide their input on this initiative. Those who have not already filled out the internal survey on zero waste perceptions and attitudes are encouraged to do so here. Follow up surveys and a case study will be produced at the end of the four-week pilot period. Once demonstrated successful, the model may be implemented incrementally across all Ohio University departments and academic buildings.

Watch for new articles on the Race to Zero Waste every week in Impact & Innovation, with topics such as paper reduction strategies, the OHIO Sustainability Plan and Green Event Guide, and home recycling methods.

The Voinovich School collaborates with community partner Rural Action on the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative, a project funded by the Sugar Bush Foundation, a supporting organization of the Ohio University Foundation.