Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Where do we go from here?

In 1968, I was a student at Ohio University.  Certainly, life was much different than it is now, but the national consciousness seemed to be gaining momentum, moving toward equality.  Then, on April 4th, 1968, a shot was fired and it felt like America had just shuddered to a halt. The grief and numbness we felt following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was bottomless.  Only four years earlier he had received the Nobel Prize for Peace for his work, and then he was Continue Reading

A flood of memories, A day of remembrance

© Ken Steinhoff, All Rights Reserved.

A few months ago, a photograph by Ken Steinhoff caught the attention of one of my staff members. The photo depicted a large crowd of Ohio University students gathered in front of the old student center on April 7, 1968 – the day proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a national day of mourning for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She navigated through the sea of faces and focused my attention on the obscured image of a young man in the crowd. “Is that you?”   It is remarkable Continue Reading

Campus Conversations: Racial Dynamics and Inequality

During Fall Semester, events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York City sparked activism across the nation, including peaceful activism here on Ohio University’s Athens Campus. I said it before and I’ll say it again: I applaud the constructive efforts by our students to encourage real discussions about the issues of race, equality, and diversity. Such discussions are critical to social equity and cultural understanding, and they are an integral part of the educational mission at Ohio Continue Reading

Enacting change within ourselves and our communities

The events that are unfolding across our nation concerning grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island have struck a deep chord for me and for our community. Students at Ohio University and across the nation are holding awareness events including walkouts, protests, and other peaceful demonstrations.  I applaud these peaceful efforts to encourage real discussions about the issues of race, equality, and diversity – issues that matter to all of us as members of a global Continue Reading

A letter of gratitude and reflection following Sunday’s fire

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, Despite the devastating effects of yesterday’s fire on West Union Street, we begin the new week feeling grateful for the safety of our students and blessed by the close-knit community of which we are a part. The outpouring of support and donations by students, faculty, staff and our community has been a source of strength for our affected students. The Bobcat Spirit has been demonstrated through the compassion and overwhelming generosity of our Continue Reading

Statement on West Union Street fire

Early this morning, a fire erupted in several of the buildings on Union Street, causing extensive damage. Approximately 40 students are known to have been displaced. Our thoughts go out to all the members of our University and Athens communities affected by this incident. The fire is under control while firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots.Of immediate concern is the wellbeing of the students who have been displaced. The Dean of Students and her staff set up a comfort station in Baker Continue Reading

Thankful OHIO

We are racing toward the end of the semester.  Many of you are spending late nights at the library pleading with your brain to absorb more information than you ever thought possible.  You might feel stressed about what the future holds.  Most of you are likely developing a newfound appreciation for the stimulating effects of caffeine. At such a trying time of year, it’s easy to lose sight of the supportive community that we are blessed with at Ohio University. But a little bit of thanks goes Continue Reading

“Ohio!” from OHIO

Benoit and Yamashita

“Ohio” (technically おはよう。) is a friendly greeting in Japanese, and that’s definitely what our OHIO delegation received this past week in Japan, where we engaged with multiple alumni groups and took part in the 50th anniversary of Chubu University, one of Ohio University’s three strategic international partners.  In honor of Chubu’s 50th year and our 40 years of partnership, we presented the Tanaka-OHIO Award of Excellence in Global Education, an OHIO award that will be given annually to a Continue Reading

10 on the Tenth: Diversity Resources

Ohio University is committed to promoting an atmosphere where understanding and acceptance of cultural differences are ensured. For this month’s 10 on the tenth, I’ve asked Dr. Shari Clarke, OHIO’s Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, for her help in brainstorming 10 vital University resources that serve to promote an inclusive, welcoming and respectful campus community. Here’s what we came up with…   The Women’s Center The Multicultural Center/Multicultural Programs Office  The Continue Reading

A salute to OHIO’s Urban and Appalachian Scholars

Urban and Appalachian Scholars

The great thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs of the future can be found in every geographical region of Ohio.  Unfortunately, 50 percent of high school graduates from low socioeconomic status households say that financial burden is the main reason that they do not attend college. At Ohio University, we believe that all exemplary high school graduates should have access to an education that will improve their futures and benefit society. Poverty cannot be conquered without the insight of Continue Reading