CLDC offers workshops for leadership certificates

The Career and Leadership Development Center is offering a great opportunity for Ohio University students interested in sharpening their leadership skills. All six of the workshops required for the Professional Leadership Certificate and the 21st Century Leadership Certificate will be offered on Saturday, February 18.

The schedule will begin at 10 a.m. and will run until 5:20 p.m. All workshops will be held in the Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center in Baker University Center, Room 366.

  • Who Are You and Why Should I Care?: Keys to Networking Success – 10 – 11 a.m.
    Participants will reflect on their personal leadership brand and develop an elevator pitch.
  • Bragging Rights: Creating the Perfect Resume and Cover Letter – 11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
    This interactive workshop will help participants sharpen resume and cover letter knowledge.
  • Hunting & Gathering: Job Search and Interviewing – 12:20 – 1:20 p.m.
    Participants will explore resources to create a job search plan and will learn valuable tips for job interviews.
  • I Am Right. You Are Wrong: Understanding Ethics and Values -2 – 3 p.m.
    By working in small groups, participants will explore the topic of ethical leadership and the power of values in decision making.
  • Building an Awesome Team: Understanding Team Development – 3:10 – 4:10 p.m.
    This workshop will educate participants about how to improve the dynamics of any group or organization.
  • Get It Together: Understanding Emotional Intelligence – 4:20 – 5:20 p.m.
    Participants will be given the opportunity to practice self-awareness and will learn how to identify, assess, and manage emotions in various situations.

A lunch break will be from 1:20 – 2 p.m. More information about the workshops and certificates can be found here. The Career and Leadership Development Center can also be contacted at or 740.593.2909.

Voinovich School Energy and Environmental Brownbag Series looks at a solar future for the university and beyond


The new solar panels installed at The Ridges and the future of solar energy policy will be the topic of discussion at the next installment of the Voinovich School Energy and Environmental Brownbag on Friday, February 10 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Bldg. 22, Room 221 at The Ridges.

Gilbert Michaud, Ph.D., cluster analyst at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and Alex Burke, second-year Master of Science in Environmental Studies candidate will analyze the state policies that encourage non-utility photovoltaic (PV) installations in residential areas, and discuss the implications these panels have on the state of Ohio.  As installing panels can be a large commitment, they will also talk about how to get the most of such an investment.

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Konneker Medal recipient meet and greet event

fireside-chat-draft-3Ohio University alumnus Jake Sigal, recipient of the 2016 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, will be featured in an upcoming Center for Entrepreneurship meet and greet event on February 8 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Konneker Alumni Center.

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this Fireside Chat with Sigal, who is the CEO of Detroit’s Tome, Inc. Sigal sold his first startup, Livio, to Ford Motor Co. in 2013, and then launched Tome in 2014. Tome combines the newest technologies with the ideas from new user experiences, and creates partnerships for business development.

The Konneker Medal was created to recognize current and former Ohio University faculty and students who excel in the realms of innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Sigal received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering from the Russ College at Ohio University. The Konneker Medal is not the first award presented to Sigal from Ohio University. He also received the Charles J. and Claire O. Ping Graduate Award. In addition to Ohio University honors, his industry recognized him through the Automotive Leadership Up and Coming Award and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Come chat with Sigal at the meet and greet hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

CLDC offers Prepare for the Fair events


The Career and Leadership Development Center (CLDC) at Ohio University will offer six, Prepare for the Fair workshops leading up to the Career and Internship Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Each workshop will be 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Baker University Center 366.

  • Dress for Success will be held on Monday, Feb. 6. Ways to obtain professional attire on a budget will be discussed.
  • Hunting and Gathering will be on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and will cover the best ways to go about a job search.
  • Bragging Rights will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Topics covered will involve resume and cover letter sharpening as well as learning how to tailor these documents to your own brand.
  • Who Are You and Why Should I Care? Keys to Networking Success will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9. This workshop will encourage reflection on personal leadership brand and professional networking.

Additionally, the CLDC will offer an opportunity to sharpen interview skills on Mock Interview Day. This event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Baker 533.

Alden Library will also offer a hands-on workshop with business librarian Chad Boeninger. This workshop will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 3-4 p.m. in Alden 251. Boeninger will offer techniques and tools for expanding company or industry knowledge beyond a basic Google search. This event will focus on using business and industry research tools to help you research a company you want to work with.

Mock Interview Day offers limited space and requires registration in advance. To register for any of these events, visit and select CLDC Events.

Details for all CLDC events can be found at

Students reflect on their past work in this week’s Brown Bag event


The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs will be hosting its first Voinovich Research Scholar Brown Bag event of the semester on Friday, January 27 from noon to 1 p.m. The event will take place at The Ridges in Building 21 room 105. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

The first presentation will be given by Noha Al-Khalqui. Noha has been a Voinovich Scholar since August 2014. She is currently a senior at the Honors Tutorial College studying Business Administration and Public Administration. She will be speaking about her work with the Center for Social Enterprise and Development, which provides assistance for social enterprises in Central Ohio.

Megan Weber will be discussing her experience on local solar company Ecolibrium’s research team. Additionally, she will share some behind the scenes details regarding the Idea Pitch competition happening on April 6 at the Student Research and Creativity Expo. Megan is a 2002 Antioch College graduate and a current second-year student in the Master of Public Administration program.

The last ten minutes of the hour will be left open for questions. The event will be a wonderful opportunity to talk with other Scholars and gain insights from the experiences of the speakers. To RSVP for the event, contact Cheryl Hanzel at

Registration open for Student Expo!

Registration for the 2017 Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo is now open. This year’s Expo will be held from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, Thursday, April 6, at the Convocation Center. To participate, interested students must register online at before Feb. 28. Registration will be capped at 800 presenters.

The annual event attracts more than 700 student presenters from dozens of disciplines. More than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, community members and local middle school and high school students attend to learn more about how Ohio University students are engaged in research, scholarship and creative activity.

Who can participate? Participation is open to all undergraduate, graduate and medical students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, on the Athens and regional campuses.

What can be presented? Posters, exhibits, performances, film screenings and other presentation formats are welcome.

Are students eligible for awards? Awards will be given for the best presentations in each category: $200 (1st prize) and $100 (2nd prize). Categories are limited to no more than 12 presentations and assigned by discipline. For sessions with undergraduate and post-degree students, judges may elect to give two 1st prizes (one each for an undergraduate and a post-degree student). In this case a 2nd place prize will not be awarded. In addition, several sponsors will offer special award categories.

Who sponsors the event? The Student Expo is sponsored by the Office of the Research Division, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of the President and the University Libraries.

Interested in being a judge? Faculty and staff are invited to sign up as judges. Judging is from 9:00 to 11:30 am, Thursday, April 6. Email

More information about the event is available at

English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) spring offerings

Ohio University’s English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) offers a number of opportunities to help students develop strong communication skills, including graduate student courses and the writing and critical reading labs.

Accessible to all students, international and domestic, the ELIP offers free graduate writing labs with in-person tutoring. Sessions last 45 minutes; tutors provide feedback on course assignments, research papers, thesis work or dissertations. While tutors will not correct student papers, they will give students the resources to improve their papers independently. Students can register for tutoring online here or come on a walk-in basis. Sessions are offered 6–9 p.m. Monday-Thursday in Gordy 009.

There is the option to take one of the courses (ELIP 5140) for students enrolled in online coursework. Online tutoring is another option for students taking online classes.

For those who want to devote regular time to the development of English language skills, ELIP also offers semester-long courses. This semester, courses include “Writing and Research—Thesis and Dissertation” (ELIP 5160), “Graduate Reading and Writing” (ELIP 5120), “Oral Communication for the Graduate Researcher and Presenter—The Oral Defense” (ELIP 5320), “Academic Writing in Graduate Studies” (ELIP 5140), “Critical Reading and Analysis” (ELIP 5100) and “Oral Communication in Graduate Studies” (ELIP 5300). The ELIP 5160 course offers two sections, one of them being specifically for science graduate students.

Visit ELIP’s website or contact Dawn Bikowski at or visit her office in Gordy 367 with any questions.elip-spring-2016-17-grad-courses

Voinovich School offers Excel training

Natalie Wilson, Voinovich School research associate, is offering additional Excel training for Voinovich School students on Monday, Jan. 23 from 12 – 2 p.m. in The Ridges, Bldg. 22 computer lab.  The Voinovich School is pleased to offer ongoing student professional development, as part of the School’s applied learning experience.

The training will begin with a basic introduction to Excel, and then move into more advanced skills such as using filters, formulas and visuals. Attendees will have ample time to participate in a question and answer session at the end.

Voinovich School student employees should discuss with their supervisor whether they should plan to attend. Please RSVP for the training by completing this very short survey.

Voinovich Supported Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream of Equality

The renowned civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had a central role in the United States’ civil rights movement, and even after his passing in 1968, his legacy has remained impactful to future generations. It fell to his supporters and public servants to carry on his legacy. One such public servant was Senator George Voinovich who played a role in furthering the civil rights movement in Ohio by ensuring that all people were treated equally.

George Voinovich’s support began in 1975 when then Representative Voinovich, voted for the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Ohio; it became a state holiday more than eight years prior to the federal holiday. Further, in 1981, Mayor Voinovich supported the development of the Annual Commemoration in honor of MLK, an event that is celebrated to this day (MLK Jr. Holiday Commission’s 8th Annual Commemoration, 1.14.1993). Each year, Mayor Voinovich played an active role in ensuring the celebration was a success. Voinovich spoke at the various events regularly to encourage others to heed the call of MLK and his use of civil disobedience, and Voinovich encouraged other cities to celebrate Dr. King’s Holiday while President of the National League of Cities (Commemoration of Dr. MLK Day, 1.18.1986). It was through this work that Senator Voinovich was honored in 1989 with the Distinguished Service Award by the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (MLK Jr. Holiday Commission’s 8th Annual Commemoration, 1.14.1993).

Senator Voinovich continually reiterated that while the United States had made major and important changes, the work was never fully complete. He expressed in a speech given at a Cleveland Baptist Church in 1989, “In spite of great progress in certain areas, his work is not done, and if we are honest, it will never be done. There will always be something more we can do” (Community Worship, 1.16.1989). Voinovich continued his work as governor with the 1992 Governor’s Challenge Conference, which focused on being proactive in the civil rights area, equal treatment for all, and addressing the riots that were occurring in other cities at the time. Governor Voinovich addressed the many improvements that had taken place in Ohio, such as the Cleveland Roundtable, race relations training for business leaders, updated police training for community engagement, as well as goals to increase diversity in city departments. Governor Voinovich also created the Ohio Family and Children First initiative to encourage equality at the beginning stages of life and education. His work was substantial enough that Dr. King’s widow, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, attended and spoke to gathered Ohio representatives at this conference to reiterate the goals of MLK and encourage them to follow his legacy (Governor’s Challenge Conference, 6.2.1992).

Senator Voinovich continued the mission of MLK once he was elected to the United States Senate. He presented a bill in 2004 called the Uniting Neighborhoods and Individuals to Eliminate Profiling Act of 2004. He urged his fellow senators and the president to address the issue of racial profiling and bring together communities that had been “torn apart by racial unrest” (Racial Profiling Floor Statement, 2.25.04). While the bill did not pass, Senator Voinovich had made a statement that racial equality was still an important topic all of the United States should address and work towards. Throughout all stages of political life, Senator Voinovich continually supported the work of Martin Luther King Jr. through his own goals and accomplishments in public office, and always encouraged citizens to do the same.

Voinovich School to host women’s forum on leadership

The Voinovich School is kicking off spring semester with a Women’s Forum on Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Rm. 105 in Bldg. 21 at The Ridges with the director of the Women’s Center at Ohio University. Dr. M. Geneva Murray will speak about the programs offered at the center for women leaders, as well as addressing topics of discussion from those in attendance.

Murray’s discussion aims to extend the conversation started last October, when guests Beverly Jones and Merry Foresta led a special session for the women of the Voinovich School. Their talk focused on women’s leadership issues and how to succeed in today’s world. Now Murray will present on the different programs offered to students to allow them to continue discussing these issues.

The Women’s Center offers many programs, including leadership and professional development. A few of these programs include She Leads OHIO, AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation, and Running Start’s Elect Her. More information about programs can be found at the Women’s Center website.

Make sure to stop by Jan. 20 to learn about the incredible opportunities offered through the Women’s Center, continue discussing women’s issues, and grab some free Purple Chopsticks for lunch! All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.