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Ohio University (OHIO) is a public university located in Athens, Ohio that is situated on a 1,800 acre (7.3 km²) campus. Founded in 1804, it is the oldest college in Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory.
History The Northwest Ordinance of 1800 called for educational institutions as part of the settlement and eventual statehood of the Northwest 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 traveled up the Hocking River to establish a location for the school, choosing Athens due to its location directly between Chillicothe (the original capital of Ohio) and Marietta. At first called American Western University, Ohio University was founded on February 18, 1804, a year after Ohio was admitted to the Union. The first three students enrolled in 1808 . Ohio University graduated two students with bachelor's degrees in 1815 . 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, which remains the only college in Ohio specializing in osteopathy. Today the university is known for its strong journalism and visual communication programs, as well as its Avionics Engineering Center. The Avionics Engineering Center, part of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, specializes in the research, development, and evaluation of electronic navigation, communication, and surveillance systems. The center, the largest at Ohio University, was established in 1963 to support a combination of theoreticians, technical specialists and graduate students to study navigation issues encountered in air transportation.
New Baker Center The newly constructed John Calhoun Baker Center opened in January, 2007. The $65 million dollar student center features Georgian-style architecture and expansive windows throughout the building 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. The interior has high ceilings, ergonomic furniture and a color scheme of sage, plum and mocha.The six-story student center contains a large food court (West 82), a fine dining restaurant (Latitude 39), a ballroom, student shop, coffee shop, theater, many study areas, several computer labs, administrative offices, and other amenities connected by three sets of escalators that gives it very much a mall feel. The "Main Street effect" is something planners prepared for from the start – by incorporating an escalator system (the only in Athens County) to carry people through the atrium that cuts through the building and connects the upper and lower portions of the campus. This design feature earned the facility mention in a 2006 Association of College Unions International book as a best practice .
Organization Ohio University is organized into several colleges:
Classification Ohio University 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. Other public universities in Ohio with this classification are -- Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Miami University, the University of Akron, the University of Toledo and Wright State University. University libraries contain more than 2.4 million bound volumes.
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 scholarships. In 2005, Ohio University had 9 Fulbright Scholars. Other awards received by recent Ohio University students include the Mitchell Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, Morris K. Udall Scholarship, and the Goldwater Scholarship and Hollings Scholarship, which were won by the same student during the 2005-2006 academic year.
Research at Ohio University Ohio University offers a fertile environment for research. A variety of unique 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:
Scripps College of Communication Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes gave a sizeable donation to Ohio University for a renovated student newsroom. The new facility, set to open in Spring on 2008, 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.Ailes' fondness for OU is matched by his generosity. Although the size of the donation was not revealed, it was described as substantial. The 67-year-old credits the school with making him the successful man he is today."Ohio University ignited my interest in broadcasting, which became my lifetime career. The education I received there gave me the opportunity to take on my first managerial responsibilities and provided early lessons in leadership. Im happy to contribute to a great university."'' Ailes said in a written statement.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 118,000 square feet of assignable space, joining the adjacent, vacated former student union with the Radio-Television Building.
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. The school was named one of the nation's top five programs in a survey conducted by Youngs, Walter & Co., a Chicago-based management consulting firm. The school's graduate program was named seventh in U.S. News and World Report's journalism education ranking. Undergraduates select from six sequence options -- advertising management, broadcast news, magazine journalism, news writing & editing, online journalism and public relations.
The College of Fine Arts and the Kennedy Museum of Art The Ohio University College of Fine Arts aspires to educate artists and scholars to articulate and express themselves through intellectual examination, participatory training, and research practice. Members of Ohio University's world-class faculty are working artists, instructors, and researchers who both teach and practice their arts. The residential learning community emphasizes an arts culture that crosses the boundaries of the majors and disciplines within the Arts. The College's approach to education is diverse, dynamic, and international providing an environment rich and deep with opportunities for expression. 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 Considered one of the top schools of its kind in the country, with its Graduate Programs often referred to as the best in the country, The School of Recreation and Sport Sciences offers an array of prominent, nationally recognized 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.
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.
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. They maintain strong rivalries with the other MAC schools in Ohio, particularly Miami University and the University of Akron.The long and storied tradition of Ohio Bobcats football began in 1894 with an 8-0 loss to Marietta College. 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 a MAC East Division Championship in 2006 . 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 three bowl games, losing 14-15 to West Texas State in the 1962 Sun Bowl, losing 42-49 to Richmond in the 1968 Tangerine Bowl, and most recently falling to Southern Mississippi 28-7 in the 2007 GMAC Bowl.The Bobcats' September 7, 2005 win against the #24 ranked Pittsburgh Panthers was the first under head coach Frank Solich and the first ever game on ESPN at Peden Stadium. A home record crowd of 24,545 saw a Bobcats' 16-10 overtime win spurred by two interception returns for touchdowns by Dion Byrum. The Pitt-Ohio game also ranks among the Top 15 most viewed regular season college football telecasts on ESPN2 since the network debuted in 1994. Under the guidance of Frank Solich, the Ohio football program has enjoyed a return to new levels of national prominence in 2006 . On November 16,2006 the Bobcats secured their first ever Mid-American Conference East Division title and their first football championship of any sort since 1968 with a victory over the University of Akron Zips. They then advanced to the MAC Championship Game in Detroit, Michigan, where they were defeated by Central Michigan 31-10. On January 7, 2007, the Bobcats were the MAC representative to the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, losing 28-7 to The University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in a game nationally televised on ESPN.One of Ohio's most successful varsity sports is its men's basketball program. Ohio has posted a .565 winning percentage over their 99 year history and a .564 winning percentage in their 60 years in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats have won 5 Mid-American Conference Tournament titles in 1983, 1985, 1994, and 2005 as well as numerous MAC regular season titles. In addition, Ohio has played in the NCAA Tournament 11 times, appearing in 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1985, 1994, and 2005 . The Bobcats have been selected for the National Invitation Tournament 4 times in 1941, 1969, 1986, and 1995, finishing as runner up in 1941 . In addition, the Bobcats won the prestigious Pre-Season National Invitation Tournament in 1994 . As a result of the long and storied tradition of Ohio Bobcats basketball, the program was ranked 86th in Street & Smiths 100 Greatest Basketball Programs of All Time''. Ohio's Olympic Sports programs are also among some of the best in the MAC. Ohio's volleyball team has been steadily increasing in popularity. Under the direction of Coach Geoff Carlston, the team has won five consecutive Mid-American Conference regualr season titles and made five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. In 2005, the team made the "sweet 16" of the NCAA tournament. Ohio's women's swimming and diving team consistently has won numerous MAC Championships. The Aquatic Center, one of the finest swimming and diving facilities in the league and in the nation, has hosted numerous MAC Women's Swimming and Diving Tournaments. The Bobcat's wrestling team has a long and storied history and the team has found itself in the national top 25 many times over the years. Recent graduate Jake Percival was a four time All-American. The Ohio baseball program has won numerous MAC titles under Coach Joe Carbone and made a College World Series appearance in 1970 . There have been 23 former Bobcats to make the major leagues, most notably hall of fame third baseman Mike Schmidt.Ohio's athletic facilities make up another important component of a winning tradition. Peden Stadium, Ohio's football venue, is one of the best in the conference and the nation. The stadium, though small in size, is big in atmosphere and tradition. The Convocation Center, home of Bobcats basketball, volleyball, and wrestling, is also a great facility. The largest basketball arena in the MAC, and one of the largest in the state, the Convo's hostile environment has allowed the Bobcats to win over 75% of their games in the facility. The "O-Zone" student cheering section for men's basketball games is among the largest and most recognized in the Mid-American Conference and the nation.Ohio University is also home to the nationally-acclaimed Ohio University Marching 110 marching band--"The Most Exciting Band in the Land!", which continually draws crowds at the Bobcat football and basketball games. The band's unique use of contemporary popular music, a "power high-step" stop-action marching style, and high-energy choreographed dance breaks has led the band to perform at many unique venues throughout the years. On October 28, 1976, the Marching 110 became the first marching band in history to perform at Carnegie Hall. On January 20, 1993, the band performed for President Clinton's Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. The band has also performed at many professional football games and has taken part in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2000 and 2005
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 its 2.4 million printed volumes makes it one of the 100 largest libraries in the United States.
Media Under the umbrella of Ohio University Public Radio, the university operates a number of public FM radio stations. WOUB-FM 91.3 Athens, WOUC-FM 89.1 Cambridge, WOUH-FM 91.9 Chillicothe, WOUL-FM 89.1 Ironton, and WOUZ-FM 90.1 Zanesville broadcast the same programs throughout southeastern Ohio. Separate public radio programming is also heard in Athens on WOUB AM 1340.ACRN.com, the University's only student-run radio station, recently celebrated 35 years, and features a rock lobster (from The B-52s song "Rock Lobster") as its mascot. The station is internet-only and essentially all matters of running the radio station are officiated by elected student executives.Ohio University Public Television is a PBS affiliate broadcasting on WOUB Athens/WOUC Cambridge. In addition to national PBS programs, WOUB features Newswatch, a nightly news broadcast with student reporters. Other student produced programs include "Gridiron Glory" and "Bobcat Blitz". "Bobcat Blitz" follows the Ohio University Football team during their season and features interviews with players and coaches. "Gridiron Glory" is a student produced program now in it's ninth season (Fall 2007). "Gridiron" follows the Southeastern Ohio football season by covering 7 games a week, and producing a live broadcast every Fall Friday night at 11:30PM. Gridiron Glory has won two Emmys since it began, most recently in 2006. The web site, Wired for Books, has been ranked by the National Endowment for the Humanities as one of the best online resources for education in the humanities. Wired for Books is produced at the WOUB Center for Public Media.The campus newspaper The Post is officially independent of the university and its administration, as is SpeakeasyMag.com, a product of students in the innovative online journalism major at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.Big Jim Balcom has a sports radio show and community corner where he talks with students in various ways. During Community Corner, Big Jim will ask trivia questions to students and give them prizes when they answer correctly.
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