Ohio University

Ohio University

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Ohio University is a public university located in the Midwestern United States in Athens, Ohio
Athens, Ohio
Athens is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Athens County, Ohio, United States. It is located along the Hocking River in the southeastern part of Ohio. A historic college town, Athens is home to Ohio University and is the principal city of the Athens, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. ...

, situated on an 1850 acres (7.5 km²) campus. Founded in 1804, it is the oldest university in the Northwest Territory
Northwest Territory
The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, more commonly known as the Northwest Territory, was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from July 13, 1787, until March 1, 1803, when the southeastern portion of the territory was admitted to the Union as the state of Ohio...

 and ninth oldest public university in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

.


The Northwest Ordinance
Northwest Ordinance
The Northwest Ordinance was an act of the Congress of the Confederation of the United States, passed July 13, 1787...

 of 1787 called for educational institutions as part of the settlement and eventual statehood of the Ohio Territory: "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." In 1797, settlers from Marietta
Marietta, Ohio
Marietta is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Ohio, United States. During 1788, pioneers to the Ohio Country established Marietta as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory. Marietta is located in southeastern Ohio at the mouth...

 traveled up the Hocking River
Hocking River
The Hocking River is a tributary of the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio in the United States.The Hocking flows mostly on the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, but its headwaters are in a glaciated region...

 to establish a location for the school, choosing Athens
Athens, Ohio
Athens is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Athens County, Ohio, United States. It is located along the Hocking River in the southeastern part of Ohio. A historic college town, Athens is home to Ohio University and is the principal city of the Athens, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. ...

 due to its location directly between Chillicothe
Chillicothe, Ohio
Chillicothe is a city in and the county seat of Ross County, Ohio, United States.Chillicothe was the first and third capital of Ohio and is located in southern Ohio along the Scioto River. The name comes from the Shawnee name Chalahgawtha, meaning "principal town", as it was a major settlement of...

 (the original capital of Ohio
Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern state in the United States. The 34th largest state by area in the U.S.,it is the 7th‑most populous with over 11.5 million residents, containing several major American cities and seven metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.The state's capital is Columbus...

) and Marietta
Marietta, Ohio
Marietta is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Ohio, United States. During 1788, pioneers to the Ohio Country established Marietta as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory. Marietta is located in southeastern Ohio at the mouth...

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Ohio University is a public university located in the Midwestern United States in Athens, Ohio
Athens, Ohio
Athens is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Athens County, Ohio, United States. It is located along the Hocking River in the southeastern part of Ohio. A historic college town, Athens is home to Ohio University and is the principal city of the Athens, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. ...

, situated on an 1850 acres (7.5 km²) campus. Founded in 1804, it is the oldest university in the Northwest Territory
Northwest Territory
The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, more commonly known as the Northwest Territory, was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from July 13, 1787, until March 1, 1803, when the southeastern portion of the territory was admitted to the Union as the state of Ohio...

 and ninth oldest public university in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

.

History


The Northwest Ordinance
Northwest Ordinance
The Northwest Ordinance was an act of the Congress of the Confederation of the United States, passed July 13, 1787...

 of 1787 called for educational institutions as part of the settlement and eventual statehood of the Ohio Territory: "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." In 1797, settlers from Marietta
Marietta, Ohio
Marietta is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Ohio, United States. During 1788, pioneers to the Ohio Country established Marietta as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory. Marietta is located in southeastern Ohio at the mouth...

 traveled up the Hocking River
Hocking River
The Hocking River is a tributary of the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio in the United States.The Hocking flows mostly on the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, but its headwaters are in a glaciated region...

 to establish a location for the school, choosing Athens
Athens, Ohio
Athens is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Athens County, Ohio, United States. It is located along the Hocking River in the southeastern part of Ohio. A historic college town, Athens is home to Ohio University and is the principal city of the Athens, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. ...

 due to its location directly between Chillicothe
Chillicothe, Ohio
Chillicothe is a city in and the county seat of Ross County, Ohio, United States.Chillicothe was the first and third capital of Ohio and is located in southern Ohio along the Scioto River. The name comes from the Shawnee name Chalahgawtha, meaning "principal town", as it was a major settlement of...

 (the original capital of Ohio
Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern state in the United States. The 34th largest state by area in the U.S.,it is the 7th‑most populous with over 11.5 million residents, containing several major American cities and seven metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.The state's capital is Columbus...

) and Marietta
Marietta, Ohio
Marietta is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Ohio, United States. During 1788, pioneers to the Ohio Country established Marietta as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory. Marietta is located in southeastern Ohio at the mouth...

. Originally chartered in 1802 as the American Western University, Ohio University was founded on February 18, 1804, when its charter was approved by the Ohio General Assembly. Its founding came 11 months after Ohio
Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern state in the United States. The 34th largest state by area in the U.S.,it is the 7th‑most populous with over 11.5 million residents, containing several major American cities and seven metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.The state's capital is Columbus...

 was admitted to the Union. The first three students enrolled in 1808. Ohio University graduated two students with bachelor's degrees in 1815. In 1828, a free black man, John Newton Templeton, became one of the first African Americans to earn a college degree. The four years Templeton spent at Ohio University, in which he compiled a superior academic record and became an active member of the Athenian Literary Society, are chronicled in the stage play Free Man of Color by Charles Smith
Charles Smith (playwright)
Charles Smith is an African-American playwright born in Chicago. Many of his plays consider political and historical themes from anAfrican-American perspective....

.

In the early 20th century, Alumni Gateway was dedicated on the College Green, inscribed with words borrowed from the Latin inscription above the main portal to the ancient university of Padua, Italy. The famous E.W. Scripps School of Journalism was established with a grant from the Scripps Foundation. In 1975, Ohio University opened the College of Osteopathic Medicine; today it is the only Ohio institution to award the D.O.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is a professional doctoral degree for physicians in the United States. Holders of the MD degree, Doctor of Medicine, have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as osteopathic physicians in the United States.The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission...

 degree

Currently the university's medical school
Medical school
A medical school is a tertiary educational institution—or part of such an institution—that teaches medicine. Degree programs offered at medical schools often include Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Bachelor/Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, master's degree, or other post-secondary...

 and college of engineering are engaging in a major collaboration to develop the Academic and Research Center funded by physician and engineering alumni. This University is also well-known in Malaysia for its ties with MARA University of Technology in the 1980s.

Ohio University is classified as Tier 1 University by U.S. News ranking of Best American Colleges. It was named by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/High Research Activity institution to reflect its growing number of graduate programs. University libraries contain more than 3 million bound volumes.

Organization





Ohio University is organized into several colleges:
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Scripps College of Communication
    • E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
      E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
      The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, widely considered one of the best journalism schools in the country, is part of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University....

  • Russ College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Business
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services
  • Honors Tutorial College
    Honors Tutorial College
    The Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio is the only degree-granting tutorial program in the United States. The tutorial program is modeled after Oxford and Cambridge universities in England, and is centered on the tutorial, in which students meet individually with a professor...

  • University College
  • Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Center for International Studies


More than 9,700 students attend Ohio University's five regional campuses:
  • Eastern (St. Clairsville
    St. Clairsville, Ohio
    St. Clairsville is a city in Belmont County, Ohio in the United States. It is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,057 at the 2000 census. This county seat of Belmont County has been nicknamed "Paradise on the Hill." St. Clairsville was named after...

    )
  • Zanesville
  • Lancaster
    Lancaster, Ohio
    Lancaster is a city in Fairfield County, Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 38,780. It is located near the Hocking River, approximately southeast of Columbus, Ohio. It is the county seat of Fairfield County...

  • Southern
    Ohio University Southern Campus
    Ohio University Southern Campus is located at 1804 Liberty Avenue in Ironton, Ohio. While not as large as the main Ohio University campus located in Athens, Ohio, several degree programs are offered. The Southern Campus also features an extension located in Proctorville, Ohio, a Nature Center, and...

     (Ironton
    Ironton, Ohio
    Ironton is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Lawrence County. The municipality is located in southern Ohio along the Ohio River. The population was 11,211 at the 2000 census. Ironton is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area . As of the...

    )
  • Chillicothe
    Ohio University-Chillicothe
    Sitting atop the hills represented in the Great Seal of Ohio, Ohio University – Chillicothe is a non-residential regional campus with an enrollment of more than 2,500 students. For more than 60 years, OU-C has remained devoted to its mission of preparing students for the challenges of tomorrow and...



Ohio University also has two educational centers:
  • Pickerington
    Pickerington, Ohio
    As of the census of 2000, there were 9,792 people, 3,468 households, and 2,687 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,317.4 people per square mile . There were 3,573 housing units at an average density of 480.7 per square mile...

     (part of Lancaster Campus)
  • Proctorville
    Proctorville, Ohio
    Proctorville is a village in Lawrence County, Ohio, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 620 at the 2000 census. The East End Bridge connects Proctorville to Huntington, West Virginia across the Ohio River....

     (part of Southern Campus)



Nationally competitive awards


Ohio University is recognized for its student success rate in competing for nationally competitive awards. In 2006, twelve Ohio University students received Fulbright
Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is a program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Under the...

 scholarships. In both 2004 and 2005, Ohio University had nine Fulbright Scholars, besting the university's previous record of six awards.

Other awards received by recent Ohio University students include the Marshall Scholarship
Marshall Scholarship
The Marshall Scholarship, a postgraduate scholarships available to Americans, was created by the Parliament of the United Kingdom when the Marshall Aid Commemoration Act was passed in 1953. The scholarships serve as a living gift to the United States of America in recognition of the post-World War...

, the Mitchell Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, Morris K. Udall
Mo Udall
Morris King "Mo" Udall was an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Arizona from May 2, 1961 to May 4, 1991...

 Scholarship, and the Goldwater
Barry Goldwater
Barry Morris Goldwater was a five-term United States Senator from Arizona and the Republican Party's nominee for President in the 1964 election. An articulate and charismatic figure during the first half of the 1960s, he was known as "Mr...

 Scholarship and Hollings Scholarship, which were won by the same student during the 2005-2006 academic year.

Research



A variety of research programs and institutes bring top practitioners who provide students with opportunities to work with and learn from world-class scientists and scholars actively engaged in advancing their disciplines.

Ohio University's Board of Trustees approved Research Centers and Institutes include:
  • The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine sponsors the Institute for Neuromusculoskeletal Research; Tropical Disease Institute; Edison Biotechnology Institute; and Appalachian Rural Health Institute.
  • In Engineering and Technology, Ohio University sponsors: The Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment; The Center for Advanced Materials Processing; The Center for Advanced Software Systems Integration; The Automatic Identification Education and Research Center; The Avionics Engineering Research Center; The Institute for Corrosion & Multiphase Technology; The Center for Intelligent, Distributed and Dependable Systems; The Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment; and, The T. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe Leadership Institute.
  • The Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics; The Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities; Institute for the Empirical Study of Language; The University's Business Incubator, The Innovation Center; and, The Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences sponsors: The African American Research and Service Institute; The Astrophysical Institute; The Contemporary History Institute
    Contemporary history institute
    The Contemporary History Institute is an interdisciplinary academic research institute at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. It was founded in 1987 by the dean of Cold War historians, John Lewis Gaddis, who has since moved to Yale University...

    ; The George V. Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs; The Center for Intelligent Chemical Instrumentation; The Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics; The Ohio University Cartographic Center; The Institute for Quantitative Biology; and, The Center for Ring Theory and Its Applications.
  • The School of Business sponsors: The Center for eBusiness; The Center for International Business Education and Development; The Ohio University Insurance Institute; and, The Sales Center.
  • In Communications disciplines, Ohio University sponsors: The Institute for International Journalism; The Scripps Survey Research Center; The Telecommunications Center; and, The Institute for Telecommunication Studies.
  • In Education, Ohio University sponsors: The Center for Cooperative Curriculum Development and Partnerships; The Institute for Democracy in Education; The George Hill Center for Counseling & Research; The Center for Higher Education; and, The Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language.
  • In Health and Human Services, Ohio University sponsors: The Child Development Center and The Center for Sports Administration.
  • In International Studies, Ohio University sponsors The Institute for the African Child.


The University’s Global Leadership Center offers a two-year undergraduate certificate in global leadership and accepts undergraduate students from any degree program on campus, the Center has recently been affiliated with Bangkok University
Bangkok University
Bangkok University is the oldest and largest private university in Thailand, established 1962. Located in the central business district of Bangkok, the university expanded its operation to Rangsit campus in Pathumthani province to accommodate its rapid growth....

, several United State Embassies abroad, the UNDP Liberia, Harvard University
Harvard University
Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation chartered in the country...

, Marriott International
Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. is a worldwide operator and franchisor of a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging facilities. Founded by J. Willard Marriott, the company is now led by son J.W. Marriott, Jr...

 and numerous other government, NGO, and private organizations around the world. In 2009, the Center was recognized at the United Nations as one of the country's premier International programs.

Academics



Scripps College of Communication


The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication, on October 5, 2010, was named Ohio's first Center of Excellence in the Cultural and Societal Transformation category. The college is made up of five schools and one research lab: The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, The J. W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems,
The School of Communication Studies, The School of Media Arts and Studies (formerly the School of Telecommunications), The School of Visual Communication, and the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab.

Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes
Roger Eugene Ailes is president of Fox News Channel, chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group. Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W...

 gave a sizeable donation to Ohio University for a renovated student newsroom. The new facility, set to open in spring of 2010, will double the size of the university's existing newsroom - last upgraded in the 1960s - and allow more students to participate in the school's WOUB radio station and television programs.

Ailes majored in radio and television while at Ohio University and served two years as manager of the school's radio station. Since 1994 he has funded scholarships for Ohio University students in the school's telecommunications programs.

The newsroom is a small part of a planned $34.4 million integrated communication facility for the college. That project is a new building that will have more than 118000 square feet (10,962.6 m²) of assignable space, joining the adjacent, vacated former student union with the Radio-Television Building.

The College of Communications also houses Ohio University's Speech and Debate Team, the "Speaking Bobcats". In existence since the 1900s, the team has competed at every National Forensics Association National Tournament, most American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournaments, and recently, have become prominent with the Novice National Tournament, Pi Kappa Delta National Conference (held during odd years) and Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament (held during even years). The team has won two Novice National Tournaments (the only two attended; in 2008 and 2011), one Pi Kappa Delta National Conference (2009), one Pi Kappa National Comprehensive Tournament (2010), and three NFA National Tournaments (1971, 1974, and 1975), as well as multiple event championships at all National Tournaments, including several Individual Sweepstakes Championships.

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism


One of the flagship programs of Ohio University, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, is in the Scripps College of Communication.

Undergraduates select from six sequence options: advertising management, broadcast news, magazine journalism, news writing & editing, online journalism and public relations. The school also features one of the few business and economics reporting programs in the country. The program was established by former Forbes senior editor Mark Tatge
Mark Tatge
Mark W. Tatge is an American journalist. He was a senior editor at Forbes magazine, a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and an investigative reporter in the Statehouse Bureau of Cleveland's The Plain Dealer....

, who spent three decades as a journalist before joining the school as a visiting professor and executive-in-residence.

School of Visual Communication


The School of Visual Communication, also known as VisCom, has been recognized twice as a Program of Excellence by the Ohio Board of Regents. The school offers students an interdisciplinary visual communication degree in one of four sequences: informational graphics and page design, photojournalism, commercial photography and interactive multimedia. VisCom is located on the third floor of Seigfred Hall.

Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab


The GRID Lab, an initiative of Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication, was developed by School of Media Arts and Studies faculty and staff to provide the Appalachian Ohio region with training, education, and an opportunity to develop technical and creative skills with digital game technology. The GRID Lab serves as an innovative and creative center for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff research and project development.

The GRID Lab’s research laboratory opened in September 2005 made possible through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and other university and community partners. Since 2005, the GRID Lab has been awarded numerous grants and contracts from state and federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, Central Ohio Urban Area Security Initiative, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the National Institutes of Health. Please see our Research section of the website for details on past, current, and future projects.

The focus of the Lab is the research and development of serious and educational games, simulations, computer animation, and virtual reality. The GRID Lab provides Ohio University with the personnel, facilities, and tools to create such interactive digital media and technologies.

The GRID Lab is proud to collaborate with the following regional partners: Ohio University’s Voinovich School, Adena Ventures, Aesthetic Technologies Lab (@ Lab), and The Virtual Immersive Technologies and Arts for Learning Laboratory (VITAL Lab). #

College of Business


In 2011, Ohio University's College of Business was ranked 60th in the nation by Business Week. The CoB offers nine different majors and a general business minor for students with non-business majors. Following University-wide restructuring in 2010, the CoB now houses the Department of Sports Administration, which offers an undergraduate degree in Sport Management and three graduate programs. Despite University measures to increase enrollment, the CoB prides itself on staying smaller than other business schools. All business classes are taught by professors, never graduate students. The CoB also offers an Indian MBA program for Indian students in Christ University Bangalore.

The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre is one of only about three dozen schools in the US offering a professional sales certificate. This certificate is open to any OU student, including those with non-business majors.

The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre is located in Athens, OH within the college of business at Ohio University. It is a selective certificate program that requires students to complete 28 credit hours of sales classes as well as complete a 300-hour sales internship. The Schey Sales Centre was born in 1997 by the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

There are three main groups that run this program. One is the Professional Sales Advisory Board (PSAB), which is composed of sales professionals who give back to the program with money or advice on the industry changes. The second group is the support staff, which includes professors at Ohio University who advise the students in the program. Last, there is a group of students who run the program and they are referred to as The Candidate Advisory Council, which was created back in 2004.

This student-centered organization is run by the students and entirely self-funded. They pay for their classes, professors, events and resources. The university does not assist with any of the financial responsibility. Money is collected from companies who invest in the program solely to recruit the 200+ students working towards a sales certificate.

The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre was highlighted in a PBS documentary about sales education programs. The documentary was titled The New Selling of America. Sales Centre candidates also took home first place at the National Collegiate Sales Competition in 2009.

One of the differentiating factors of the program is the outside events component. The support staff and candidate advisory council put together events in which the students can increase their professional development and sales knowledge. These events are held each quarter and offer great networking opportunities with the professional sales advisory board.

In giving back to the companies that support the program The Schey Sales Centre hosts a sales symposium each spring quarter. At this event professional speakers are brought in to help educate the audience on new trends, sales strategies and overall sales tips.
The Accountancy school uses the Business Activity Model ("BAM") in its intermediate classes. Designed to mimic the experiences of an auditor, Accounting students often credit BAM with preparing them for internships. One of the authors of BAM, Connie Esmond-Kiger, was named Director of the School of Accountancy in Fall 2007. She is also the adviser for OU's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the financial majors fraternity. OU's chapter of BAP has been achieved Superior status for several years and has won several awards at the regional and national level.

The CoB's Student Fixed Income Management Group, which was started in 2006, invests $2 million from the University's Endowment Fund into the fixed income market. The group conducts top-down reseach by analyzing macroeconomic variables and forecasting interest rates. Bottom-up research is conducted through fundamental research on a prospective investment. The group regularly conducts conference calls with investment banking and investment management professionals. The group has travelled to Cincinnati, Columbus, New York, Pittsburgh and Boston over the past 3 years to network and meet with investment professionals.

The CoB's Student Equity Management Group, which was started in 2003, was afforded $1 million from the University to invest. Unlike many other schools, OU's group is open to undergraduate students and is completely student run. Since inception, the Student Equity Management Group's portfolio has increased by 51.29%, beating the S&P 500 by 42.61% in that period.

There are 16 active student organizations in the CoB. There are chapters of three national Business fraternities, a Christian Business Leadership organization, and societies or fraternities for almost every major. Copeland Hall boasts six computer labs and two study lounges with computers, as well as many conference rooms and small group rooms. Many business students strongly prefer to study and work in Copeland instead of the library or other campus locations.

The CoB requires students take five classes in the cluster format. In the cluster, students are teamed up and complete research projects. The students then receive a grade in all five of their classes on the project. This program is an opportunity for students of different majors to interact and is considered a good illustration of how situations are often structured in the business world.

Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services


The Ohio University College of Education has a long and rich history dating back to May 11, 1886, with the founding of a Normal Department at Ohio University. The Normal Department – the predecessor to today’s College of Education – was the first state-supported teacher preparation program in Ohio. The state’s first kindergarten opened on the Ohio University campus in 1907. Today, the College of Education is organized into three departments: Counseling and Higher Education, Educational Studies, and Teacher Education. The College currently serves more than 2,100 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. On July 1, 2010, The Patton College became the home of several programs previously housed in the College of Health and Human Services, creating two new departments: Human and Consumer Science Education, and Recreation and Sport Pedagogy.



Russ College of Engineering and Technology


This college is the home to the University's programs in the traditional fields of engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level. It enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduates and almost 300 graduate students. It is named in honor of Dr. Fritz J. Russ, an alumnus in electrical engineering and the founder of Systems Research Laboratories, a major bioengineering concern.

The Russ' left the college that bears their name approximately $91.8 million in real estate and securities, though details of how the money will be spent has yet to be determined.

College of Fine Arts and Kennedy Museum of Art


The Ohio University College of Fine Arts is the fine arts college at OU.

The University's marching band, The Ohio University Marching 110
The Ohio University Marching 110
The Ohio University Marching Band, known as the Marching 110, is known for its high-intensity, hard-driving marching style.Originally referring to the 110 members of the band in 1968, the band has now extended its membership to 227 members during this 2011 season...

, nicknamed "The Most Exciting Band In The Land," is based out of the College of Fine Arts, and is currently under the direction of Dr. Richard Suk, Associate Director of Bands.

The Kennedy Museum of Art, named to honor Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy, is housed at the Ridges in historic Lin Hall. It contains noteworthy collections including significant southwest Native American textiles, jewelry, and a celebrated contemporary collection of prints. This exceptional institution offers a wide array of exhibitions, a line-up of educational offerings, tours, and more.

School of Recreation and Sports Sciences


The School of Recreation and Sport Sciences offers an array of academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Sport Management Program is one of approximately thirty such programs in the country to have won program approval by the Sport Management Program Review Council (SMPRC). Programs of study in the School emphasize an accommodating learning atmosphere that promotes high academic standards and a commitment to encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle. The School is dedicated to creating, improving, and propagating theoretical and practical information through its distinct programs.

Honors Tutorial College


Ohio University' Honors Tutorial College
Honors Tutorial College
The Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio is the only degree-granting tutorial program in the United States. The tutorial program is modeled after Oxford and Cambridge universities in England, and is centered on the tutorial, in which students meet individually with a professor...

, modeled after the British tutorial system
Tutorial system
At Cambridge University, Oxford University and Queen's University Belfast, undergraduates are taught in the tutorial system. Students are taught by faculty fellows in groups of one to three on a weekly basis...

, is the only degree-granting tutorial program in the United States. The program generally accepts around 80 students per year from an applicant pool of around 200. It offers programs in 27 disciplines, from journalism to astrophysics. The college was officially founded in 1972, although an Honors College had existed previously since 1964.

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs


The George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
The George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, is a multidisciplinary school, which engages students, faculty, and professional staff in projects across Appalachia and the state of Ohio...

 is built around critical multidisciplinary programs that are primarily engaged in applied service or research in/to the region. The school is built around three areas: (i) Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, (ii) Policy Innovation and Strategic Leadership, and (iii) Energy and the Environment. In each area, students, faculty, and professional staff participate in a model of multidisciplinary education, blending rigorous classroom instruction and scholarship with applied service to the region, state, and nation. Collaborative partnerships with other Ohio colleges, Regional Higher Education, and business and government entities in Southeast Ohio and the state are also critical to the school.

Athletics






Men's and women's athletics teams at Ohio University are nicknamed the Bobcats, with the school colors being hunter green and white. The Bobcats compete in NCAA Division I as a member of the Mid-American Conference
Mid-American Conference
The Mid-American Conference is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I college athletic conference with a membership base in the Great Lakes region that stretches from Western New York to Illinois. Nine of the twelve full member schools are in Ohio and Michigan, with single members...

. They maintain strong rivalries with the other MAC schools in Ohio, particularly Miami University
Miami University
Miami University is a coeducational public research university located in Oxford, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1809, it is the 10th oldest public university in the United States and the second oldest university in Ohio, founded four years after Ohio University. In its 2012 edition, U.S...

.

The long and storied tradition of Ohio Bobcats football
American football
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

 began in 1894 with an 8-0 loss to Marietta College
Marietta College
Marietta College is a co-educational private college in Marietta, Ohio, USA, which was the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. The school offers 42 majors along with a large number of minors, all of which are grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation...

. Since that day, the Bobcats have posted a 485-503-48 record over their 112 year existence and a 191-232-12 record over their 60 years in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats have won 5 MAC Football Championships in 1953, 1960, 1963, 1967, and 1968 and MAC East Division Championships in 2006, 2009, and most recently 2011. Prior to joining the MAC, the Bobcats won 6 Buckeye Athletic Association Championships in 1929, 1930, 1931, 1935, 1936, and 1938. In 1960, the Bobcats were crowned National Small College Champions after compiling a 10-0 record under Coach Bill Hess. The Bobcats have appeared in five bowl games, losing 14-15 to West Texas State
West Texas A&M University
West Texas A&M University , part of the Texas A&M University System, is a public university located in Canyon, Texas, a small city south of Amarillo. West Texas A&M opened on September 20, 1910...

 in the 1962 Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl
The Sun Bowl is an annual U.S. college football bowl game that is usually played at the end of December in El Paso, Texas. The Sun Bowl, along with the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl are the second-oldest bowl games in the country, behind the Rose Bowl...

, losing 42-49 to Richmond
University of Richmond
The University of Richmond is a selective, private, nonsectarian, liberal arts university located on the border of the city of Richmond and Henrico County, Virginia. The University of Richmond is a primarily undergraduate, residential university with approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate...

 in the 1968 Tangerine Bowl
Capital One Bowl
The Capital One Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played in Orlando, Florida at the Citrus Bowl, and previously known as the Tangerine Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl...

, falling to Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, informally known as Southern Miss, is a large public research university located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States. It is situated north of Gulfport, Mississippi and northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana...

 28-7 in the 2007 GMAC Bowl
GMAC Bowl
The GoDaddy.com Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game that has been played annually at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama since 1999. It currently matches teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference, and...

, succumbing 21-17 to the Marshall Thundering Herd
Marshall Thundering Herd
The Marshall Thundering Herd are the intercollegiate athletic teams that collectively represent the Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Thundering Herd athletic teams compete in Conference USA, which are members of the NCAA Division I...

 and most recently beaten by Troy University 48-21 in the R and L Carriers Bowl in New Orleans. During the 2010 NFL Draft, Ohio Bobcat WR Taylor Price was selected by the New England Patriots.

Under the guidance of Frank Solich, the Ohio football program has a return to prominence in 2006. On November 16, 2006, the Bobcats secured their first ever Mid-American Conference
Mid-American Conference
The Mid-American Conference is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I college athletic conference with a membership base in the Great Lakes region that stretches from Western New York to Illinois. Nine of the twelve full member schools are in Ohio and Michigan, with single members...

 East Division title and their first football championship of any sort since 1968 with a victory over the University of Akron
University of Akron
The University of Akron is a coeducational public research university located in Akron, Ohio, United States. The university is part of the University System of Ohio. It was founded in 1870 as a small college affiliated with the Universalist Church. In 1913 ownership was transferred to the City of...

 Zips
University of Akron
The University of Akron is a coeducational public research university located in Akron, Ohio, United States. The university is part of the University System of Ohio. It was founded in 1870 as a small college affiliated with the Universalist Church. In 1913 ownership was transferred to the City of...

. They then advanced to the MAC Championship Game in Detroit, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Detroit is the major city among the primary cultural, financial, and transportation centers in the Metro Detroit area, a region of 5.2 million people. As the seat of Wayne County, the city of Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan and serves as a major port on the Detroit River...

, where they were defeated by Central Michigan 31-10. On January 7, 2007, the Bobcats were the MAC representative to the GMAC Bowl
GMAC Bowl
The GoDaddy.com Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game that has been played annually at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama since 1999. It currently matches teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference, and...

 in Mobile, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Mobile is the third most populous city in the Southern US state of Alabama and is the county seat of Mobile County. It is located on the Mobile River and the central Gulf Coast of the United States. The population within the city limits was 195,111 during the 2010 census. It is the largest...

, losing 28-7 to The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, informally known as Southern Miss, is a large public research university located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States. It is situated north of Gulfport, Mississippi and northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana...

 Golden Eagles
The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, informally known as Southern Miss, is a large public research university located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States. It is situated north of Gulfport, Mississippi and northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana...

 in a game nationally televised on ESPN
ESPN
Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, commonly known as ESPN, is an American global cable television network focusing on sports-related programming including live and pre-taped event telecasts, sports talk shows, and other original programming....

. On December 18, 2010 the Bobcats represented the MAC in the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, suffering a loss to Troy by a score of 48-21. The costs that the University incurred related to this bowl game caused some in the University community to express outrage at what they perceived as excessive spending on the athletics program.

One of Ohio's most successful varsity sports is its men's basketball
Basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

 program. Ohio has posted a .569 winning percentage over their 100 year history and a .566 winning percentage in their 61 years in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats have won 5 Mid-American Conference tournament titles in 1983, 1985, 1994, 2005, and 2010 as well as 9 MAC regular season titles in 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1985, and 1994. Prior to joining the MAC, the 'Cats won an Ohio Athletic Conference title in 1921 and three Buckeye Athletic Association championships in 1931, 1933, and 1937. In addition, Ohio has played in the NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States...

 Tournament
Tournament
A tournament is a competition involving a relatively large number of competitors, all participating in a sport or game. More specifically, the term may be used in either of two overlapping senses:...

 12 times (second most in the MAC), appearing in 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1985, 1994, 2005, and 2010. The Bobcats have been selected for the National Invitation Tournament
National Invitation Tournament
The National Invitation Tournament is a men's college basketball tournament operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. There are two NIT events each season. The first, played in November and known as the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off , was founded in 1985...

 4 times in 1941 (finalist), 1969, 1986, and 1995, while also appearing in the College Basketball Invitational
College Basketball Invitational
The College Basketball Invitational is a men's college basketball tournament created in 2007 by The Gazelle Group. The inaugural tournament occurred after the conclusion of the 2007–08 men's college basketball regular season. The CBI selects 16 teams that are not selected for the NCAA Tournament...

 in 2008. As a result of the storied tradition of Ohio Bobcats basketball, the program was ranked 86th in Street & Smith's 100 Greatest Basketball Programs of All Time, published in 2005.

The university's volleyball
Volleyball
Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.The complete rules are extensive...

 team, under the direction of Geoff Carlston, the team has won five consecutive Mid-American Conference regular season titles and made five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

Recent OU wrestler
Wrestling
Wrestling is a form of grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position...

 Jake Percival was a four-time All-American. The Ohio baseball program has won numerous MAC titles in baseball, most of them coming under Bob Wren. Current head coach Joe Carbone was part of the only College World Series team in Ohio history (1970), and has had a MAC championship twice in his 20 years as head coach. There have been 23 former Bobcats to make the major leagues, most notably Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt
Michael Jack Schmidt is a Hall of Fame third baseman popularly considered among the greatest third basemen in the history of Major League Baseball. He played his entire career for the Philadelphia Phillies....

, former All-Star Steve Swisher
Steve Swisher
Steven Eugene Swisher is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres from 1974 to 1982. Swisher was elected to the 1976 National League All-Star team with the Cubs but did not play in the game...

 (father of current Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher
Nick Swisher
Nicholas Thompson "Nick" Swisher is an outfielder for the New York Yankees. Swisher is a switch hitter who throws left-handed....

) and former MLB player and World Series winning manager Bob Brenly
Bob Brenly
Robert Earl Brenly is an American former professional baseball player, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. He played the majority of his career as a catcher with the San Francisco Giants and played half a season for the Toronto Blue Jays...

.

Peden Stadium
Peden Stadium
Peden Stadium is a American football stadium on the banks of the Hocking River in Athens, Ohio. It has been the home of the Ohio Bobcats football team since 1929, and today has a capacity of 24,000...

 is OU's football venue. The Convocation Center
Convocation Center (Ohio University)
Convocation Center is a 13,080-seat multi-purpose arena that is home to the Ohio Bobcats basketball, volleyball, and wrestling teams. The first men's basketball game in the arena featured an 80–70 Ohio victory over the Indiana Hoosiers on December 3, 1968.The Convocation Center,...

 is OU's basketball, volleyball, and wrestling venue.

OU's marching band
Marching band
Marching band is a physical activity in which a group of instrumental musicians generally perform outdoors and incorporate some type of marching with their musical performance. Instrumentation typically includes brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments...

 is the The Ohio University Marching 110
The Ohio University Marching 110
The Ohio University Marching Band, known as the Marching 110, is known for its high-intensity, hard-driving marching style.Originally referring to the 110 members of the band in 1968, the band has now extended its membership to 227 members during this 2011 season...

. On October 28, 1976, the Marching 110 became the first marching band in history to perform at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States, located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street, two blocks south of Central Park....

. The band has also performed at many professional football games and has taken part in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, often shortened to Macy's Day Parade, is an annual parade presented by Macy's. The tradition started in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States along with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, and four years younger than...

 in 2000 and 2005

The are 36 active club sports programs at OU, run out of the Department of Campus Recreation. There is no recruitment from high school or pre-requisite necessary for club sports. Club sports include a variety of different sports for both genders, including co-ed sports. Teams are assigned to instructional, white, green, or red tier depending on the number of members of the team, dues collecting, funds raised, and community service hours completed. The higher tier the sport is in, the more money that the team receives from the school and also the higher priority that team gets.

The University Mascot is 'Rufus' the bobcat. In 2006, Ohio University alumus Michael A Massa formally suggested to the university that the university provide a proper name and identity to the generic bobcat mascot. The university held a university-wide competition to select a name and 'Rufus' was the popular choice. The name reflects the scientific name of the North American bobcat. (Lynx rufus).

Facilities


Baker University Center



The John Calhoun Baker University Center, which opened in January 2007, is named after John Calhoun Baker, the 14th president of Ohio University. The facility replaced the original Baker Center located on East Union Street across from College Green. The $65 million student center is operated by the Division of Student Affairs and serves students, faculty, administrators, visitors and Athens community members.

The five-story facility has been praised for its visual appeal. The building features Georgian-style architecture
Georgian architecture
Georgian architecture is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of architectural styles current between 1720 and 1840. It is eponymous for the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover—George I of Great Britain, George II of Great Britain, George III of the United...

 and expansive windows throughout that offer spectacular views of campus and allow a great deal of natural light to enter. In contrast to the exterior's red brick and white columns, the interior has a more contemporary style with high ceilings, ergonomic furniture and a color scheme of sage, plum and mocha. The building’s planners aimed to connect the campus with the design and structure of the student center by incorporating an escalator system (the only one in Athens County), which cuts through the main atrium of the building and connects the upper and lower portions of campus.

Baker University Center contains a large food court (West 82), a fine dining restaurant (Latitude 39), a Ballroom, a bookstore and student shop (Bobcat Essentials), a theater, study areas, computer labs, a billiards lounge, administrative offices and numerous conference rooms. The Front Room, a large coffee house serving Starbucks products and bakery items, is housed on the fourth floor and opens onto the intersection of Park Place and Court Street, making it a hot spot for students between classes. Other amenities include a United States Post Office, the Trisolini art gallery and the Tech Depot that sells computer and accessories and offers students tech help.

The design of the facility has garnered several honors. In 2007, Baker University Center won two Golden Trowel awards from the International Masonry Institute, including the grand prize of Best Project in Ohio for its terrazzo floor art and another prize for its distinctive interior masonry features. In 2008, Baker University Center was awarded the grand prize with honors from Learning by Design, an organization that recognizes excellence in educational facilities. The facility also earned the 2008 Facility Design Award from the Association of College Unions International, which annually distinguishes excellence in the design of student unions and other student-centered building on college campuses.

Baker University Center has a variety of spaces that can be reserved by students, student organizations, university affiliates and external users. These include the Baker Ballroom, Multipurpose room, conference rooms, lounges, promotional tables and display spaces.



Alden Library


Vernon R. Alden Library serves the Athens campus as the central library facility; the building can seat 3,000 people. The collection of the Ohio University library contains over 2.3 million units of microfilm material, 13,500 periodical subscriptions and 3 million printed volumes making it one of the 100 largest libraries in the United States. The Learning Commons, located on the building's second floor, is open 24 hours, 5 days a week allowing students to meet and use parts of the facility. Laptops and other accessories are available through technology services at the reference desk. The library is organized by the Library of Congress system and no longer by the Dewey Decimal system.

Charles J. Ping Recreation Center


The Charles J. Ping Center is one of the largest recreational facilities in the country. Covering 168000 square feet (15,607.7 m²) on three floors, Ping houses a 36 feet (11 m), double-sided climbing wall, five basketball/volleyball courts, two multipurpose gymnasiums, an elevated four-lane indoor running track, eight racquetball courts and an enclosed glass fitness area. Ping Center also provides free weight and cardio rooms, aerobics and fitness classes, combative sports, dance, meeting rooms and personal training. The recreation center also houses club sports and intramural sports.The facility is open to university students, faculty/staff, and alumni. Building began in 1994 and it opened in January 1996. Ping was named in honor of the 18th president of Ohio University, Charles J. Ping. Ping is also one of the largest student employers on campus, allowing for the facility to be one of the few campus rec centers that is almost solely student run.

Other facilities


  • Manasseh Cutler Hall
    Manasseh Cutler Hall, Ohio University
    Manasseh Cutler Hall at Ohio University in the United States, was completed in 1819. This three story structure, topped by a wooden tower and cupola, is the oldest college building in the Old Northwest. It was named for Manasseh Cutler, a New England physician, botanist, and minister who wrote the...

    , the oldest academic building in the Old Northwest.
  • The Ridges
    The Ridges
    The Ridges are an orchestral folk rock band from Athens, Ohio. The band is made up of vocalist and guitarist Victor Rasgaitis, percussionist and vocalist Johnny Barton, and cellist and vocalist Talor Smith, who are frequently joined by up to six auxiliary musicians.- History :Formed out of the...

    , the former Athens Mental Hospital acquired by the university. The complex has since been repurposed as a university complex of classrooms and administrative offices surrounded by a nature preserve.
  • Gordon K. Bush Airport
    Gordon K. Bush Airport
    Ohio University Airport or Gordon K. Bush Airport , also known as Snyder Field, is a public-use airport located on State Route 32/U.S...

    , an off-campus airport owned by the university.
  • Peden Stadium
    Peden Stadium
    Peden Stadium is a American football stadium on the banks of the Hocking River in Athens, Ohio. It has been the home of the Ohio Bobcats football team since 1929, and today has a capacity of 24,000...

    , the University's football
    American football
    American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

     field.
  • The Convocation Center
    Convocation Center (Ohio University)
    Convocation Center is a 13,080-seat multi-purpose arena that is home to the Ohio Bobcats basketball, volleyball, and wrestling teams. The first men's basketball game in the arena featured an 80–70 Ohio victory over the Indiana Hoosiers on December 3, 1968.The Convocation Center,...

    , an indoor arena that is home to OU basketball
    Basketball
    Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

     as well as numerous athletic training facilities and dormitories.
  • Ohio University Aquatic Center, home to the university's swimming
    Swimming (sport)
    Swimming is a sport governed by the Fédération Internationale de Natation .-History: Competitive swimming in Europe began around 1800 BCE, mostly in the form of the freestyle. In 1873 Steve Bowyer introduced the trudgen to Western swimming competitions, after copying the front crawl used by Native...

     and diving
    Diving
    Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, sometimes while performing acrobatics. Diving is an internationally-recognized sport that is part of the Olympic Games. In addition, unstructured and non-competitive diving is a recreational pastime.Diving is one...

     teams.
  • Ohio Softball Field
    Ohio Softball Field
    The Ohio Softball Field is the softball field of the Ohio Bobcats. It has been home to Ohio Bobcats softball since it was opened on April 2, 1999. On that day, Ohio swept a doubleheader from archrival Miami University in front of a crowd of 436 fans...

    , home to OU's softball
    Softball
    Softball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of 10 to 14 players. It is a direct descendant of baseball although there are some key differences: softballs are larger than baseballs, and the pitches are thrown underhand rather than overhand...

     teams.
  • Goldsberry Track
    Goldsberry Track
    Goldsberry Track is the home of the Ohio Bobcats women's track and field team. It has been home to the program since the facility opened in May 2000....

    , home to OU's track and field
    Track and field
    Track and field is a sport comprising various competitive athletic contests based around the activities of running, jumping and throwing. The name of the sport derives from the venue for the competitions: a stadium which features an oval running track surrounding a grassy area...

     teams.
  • Bob Wren Stadium
    Bob Wren Stadium
    Bob Wren Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Athens, Ohio on the campus of Ohio University. It serves as the home field for the Ohio Bobcats since opening on April 18, 1998. The Bobcats opened the facility by defeating the Bowling Green Falcons 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd.Bob Wren Stadium...

    , home to OU's baseball
    Baseball
    Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

     team.
  • Chessa Field
    Chessa Field
    Chessa Field is the women's soccer field of the Ohio Bobcats. It was opened under the name of "Ohio Soccer Field" on September 6, 1997. On that day, Ohio defeated the Youngstown State University Penguins 2-0 in what was also the first home varsity women's soccer game in the history of Ohio...

    , home to OU's soccer teams.
  • Pruitt Field
    Pruitt Field
    Pruitt Fueld is a field hockey field located in Athens, Ohio on the campus of Ohio University. It serves as the home of the Ohio Bobcats women's field hockey program and opened in 2000....

    , home to OU's field hockey
    Field hockey
    Field Hockey, or Hockey, is a team sport in which a team of players attempts to score goals by hitting, pushing or flicking a ball into an opposing team's goal using sticks...

     teams.
  • Bird Arena, home of the Ohio University's Hockey Program.
  • The Athena Cinema
    Athena Cinema
    The Athena Cinema is a movie theater in Athens, Ohio that has been showing 35mm film movie presentations since 1915. Originally called Majestic Theatre, the name was eventually changed to Schine's Athena before being called The Athena Cinema....

     an off-campus movie theater owned by the university.

Media


The university operates a number of public FM radio stations under Ohio University Public Radio. WOUB-FM 91.3 Athens, WOUC-FM 89.1 Cambridge
Cambridge, Ohio
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,520 people, 4,924 households, and 2,954 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,055.1 people per square mile . There were 5,585 housing units of an average density of 996.3 per square mile...

, WOUH-FM 91.9 Chillicothe
Chillicothe, Ohio
Chillicothe is a city in and the county seat of Ross County, Ohio, United States.Chillicothe was the first and third capital of Ohio and is located in southern Ohio along the Scioto River. The name comes from the Shawnee name Chalahgawtha, meaning "principal town", as it was a major settlement of...

, WOUL-FM 89.1 Ironton
Ironton, Ohio
Ironton is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Lawrence County. The municipality is located in southern Ohio along the Ohio River. The population was 11,211 at the 2000 census. Ironton is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area . As of the...

, and WOUZ-FM 90.1 Zanesville
Zanesville, Ohio
Zanesville is a city in and the county seat of Muskingum County, Ohio, United States. The population was 25,586 at the 2000 census.Zanesville was named after Ebenezer Zane, who had constructed Zane's Trace, a pioneer road through present-day Ohio...

 broadcast the same programs throughout southeastern Ohio. Separate public radio programming is also heard in Athens on WOUB
WOUB (AM)
WOUB , is a public radio station in Athens, Ohio. Unlike its FM counterpart, WOUB-FM, WOUB AM is generally more of a community radio station, with mainly programming for residents of Athens County, plus alternative music programming, and news from the BBC, among other programs.Owned and operated by...

 AM 1340. ACRN ("The Rock Lobster
Rock lobster
Jasus edwardsii, the southern rock lobster, red rock lobster, or spiny rock lobster, is a species of spiny lobster found throughout coastal waters of southern Australia and New Zealand including the Chatham Islands. This species is commonly called crayfish or crays in New Zealand and in Māori...

"), founded in 1971, is an Internet radio
Internet radio
Internet radio is an audio service transmitted via the Internet...

-only station and the university's only student-run radio station.

Ohio University Public Television is a PBS affiliate broadcasting on WOUB Athens/WOUC Cambridge
WOUB-TV
WOUB-TV channel 20 is a Public Broadcasting Service member Public television station at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. WOUB-TV's programming can be seen in southeastern Ohio on digital channel 27...

. In addition to national PBS programs, WOUB features Newswatch, a nightly news broadcast with student reporters. Other student produced programs include "Gridiron Glory" (following Southeastern Ohio football season, the recipient of to Emmys) and "Bobcat Blitz" (following Ohio Bobcats football
Ohio Bobcats football
The Ohio Bobcats football team is an intercollegiate varsity sports program of Ohio University. The team represents the university as a member of the Mid-American Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, playing at the Division 1 Bowl Subdivision level...

 team during football season). Wired for Books
Wired for Books
Wired for Books is an online educational project of the WOUB Center for Public Media at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The website features author interviews, dramatic audio productions of classic literature, readings of poetry, short stories, lectures, essays, and children's literature.Nearly...

, an online educational project of the WOUB Center for Public Media, has received several awards.

The main student newspaper
Student newspaper
A student newspaper is a newspaper run by students of a university, high school, middle school, or other school. These papers traditionally cover local and, primarily, school or university news....

, The Post
The Post (Ohio newspaper)
The Post is a student-run newspaper in Athens, Ohio, that covers Ohio University and Athens County. It publishes five days a week while the university is in session and distributes 14,000 copies. Though it operates from a university building, the paper remains editorially independent...

, publishes five days a week while the university is in session and is officially independent of the university and its administration.

Transportation and Parking


The 1,850-acre campus of Ohio University provides many options for transportation and parking for students and faculty members of the college. Transportation services is composed of Motor Pool operations, charter bus operations, CATS – Campus Area Transit System, CAT CAB – Campus Area Transit Cutting Across Boundaries, Courtyard Apartment bus service, University Airport Shuttle, University Service garage, campus fueling system, vehicle registration/titling and licensing. The Transportation & Parking services works to provide ample services to all of Ohio University's students and faculty members. Parking Services allows students and faculty members to park in lots with a permit or in hourly meters.

Transportation


Motor Pool operations provides a variety of vehicles as rentals to school departments and student based organizations. These vehicles range from mid-size to cargo vans. The charter buses can also be rented out for larger groups and athletic departments.

Students and Faculty members can access the CATS shuttle from select bus stops located around the campus. The CATS route visits each of the fifteen locations in fifteen minute intervals. The map and stop times can be found at: http://www.facilities.ohiou.edu/cats/. Each shuttle bus includes a ramp for handicap access.

Students and faculty members listed under institutional equity or those with medical referrals may schedule rides with CAT CAB services. Each CAT CAB van is handicap accessible to enable safe and secure transportation.

Since many students live off campus, Ohio University provides transportation to and from a major residential apartment complex that is situated near campus. The Courtyard Apartment bus service shuttles members of Ohio University 7 days a week.

For the many members joining Ohio University from out of state, the University Airport Shuttle is available for scheduled pick-ups or drop-offs to the Columbus International Airport in order to provide transportation to and from the campus.

The University Garage works to service and maintain all Ohio University owned vehicles. A full line of vehicle cleaning and detailing is also available for any state licensed vehicle at the Service Garage.

Parking


Members of Ohio University that commute have designated lots to park in around campus for easy access to academic facilities. Specific parking permits are required for each vehicle to park in certain lots. These permits can be purchased at the office of Transportation & Parking services yearly or per summer.

Other options for Ohio University parking include yearly passes for Baker Center's parking garage, or hourly meters across the campus.

School folklore



Ohio University is known in state folklore as the most haunted college campus in the entire United States, if not the world. Established in 1804, the university is quite old by Ohio's standards, which only adds to its ghostly reputation. A large number of places on campus are said to be haunted, and numerous other popular tales are told about the university across Athens county.

The British Society for Psychical Research claims that Athens, Ohio, is one of the most haunted places in the world.
Fox at one point also taped an episode of its Scariest Places On Earth
Scariest Places On Earth
Scariest Places on Earth is an American paranormal documentary reality television series that originally aired from October 23, 2000 to October 29, 2006. The program was produced by Triage Entertainment for the Fox Family Channel, which is now ABC Family and owns the rights to the show...

program at OU.

Many of the ghost stories associated with Athens and the University center around the former Athens Lunatic Asylum
Athens Lunatic Asylum
The Athens Lunatic Asylum was a mental hospital operated in Athens, Ohio from 1874 until 1993. During its operation, the hospital provided services to a variety of patients including Civil War veterans, children, and violent criminals suffering from various mental disabilities...

 and the horrors that supposedly went on there.
Two notable examples of alleged local hauntings are a statue of an angel in the cemetery on West State St which is said to be crying, and the spirit of a civil war veteran called Michael Ward, who chants names of the university's students.

Demographics


African American 5% (1,061)
Asian American 1.3% (270)
Caucasian 84.6% (17,926)
Hispanic 1.9% (411)
International 6.8% (1,437)
Native American 0.4% (77)

Presidents




1st Jacob Lindley
Jacob Lindley
Jacob Lindley was the first president of Ohio University , located in Athens, OH. He was educated at Thaddeus Dod's log college and College of New Jersey....

 
(1809–1822)
2nd James Irvine
James Irvine (educator)
James Irvine was an educator and Presbyterian minister who served as the second president of Ohio University, located in Athens, Ohio, from 1822 to 1824....

 
(1822–1824)
3rd Robert G. Wilson (1824–1839)
4th William Holmes McGuffey
William Holmes McGuffey
William Holmes McGuffey was an American professor and college president who is best known for writing the McGuffey Readers, one of the nation's first and most widely used series of textbooks...

 
(1839–1843)
5th Alfred Ryors
Alfred Ryors
Alfred Ryors served as the second president of Indiana University and the fifth president of Ohio University.-Education:Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Alfred Ryors (1812 – 1858) served as the second president of Indiana University and the fifth president of Ohio...

 
(1848–1852)
6th Solomon Howard  (1852–1872)
7th William Henry Scott (1872–1883)
8th Charles William Super (1884–1896)
(1899–1901)
9th Isaac Crook (1896–1898)
10th Alston Ellis (1901–1920)*
11th Elmer Burritt Bryan (1921–1934)*
12th Herman Gerlach James (1935–1943)
13th Walter S. Gamertsfelder
Walter S. Gamertsfelder
Walter Sylvester Gamertsfelder, Ph.D., LL.D. was a professor of philosophy, dean and thirteenth president of Ohio University, serving during the final years of World War II from 1943 to 1945....

 
(1943–1945)
14th John Calhoun Baker (1945–1961)
15th Vernon Roger Alden (1962–1969)
16th Claude R. Sowle (1969–1974)
17th Harry B. Crewson (1974–1975)
18th Charles J. Ping (1975–1994)
19th Robert Glidden (1994–2004)
20th Roderick J. McDavis
Roderick J. McDavis
Roderick J. McDavis, Ph.D., is the 20th and current President of Ohio University, located in Athens, Ohio.- Academic career :...

 
(2004–present)


* Edwin Watts Chubb was acting president for one year in 1920 when President Ellis died and again in 1934 when President Bryan died.

Alumni



Ohio University has 197,000 living alumni, of whom approximately 105,000 stay in the state. Many of these alumni have gone on to achieve success in a variety of fields, including athletics, journalism, and government.

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