Artist's rendering of the planned Heritage College facilities in Athens.

College moving forward on new building plan in Athens

Ohio University has hired architectural consultants to design a new home for the Heritage College, Athens, which will be located on West Union Street. The 114,000-square-foot building will anchor a new university green as part of OHIO's master plan.

Collaborating on the architecture for the ambitious construction project will be  DesignGroup, with offices in Columbus and Pittsburgh, in partnership with Perkins+Will , headquartered in Chicago. DesignGroup worked on the campus renovation of the Heritage College, Cleveland.

In December, members of the college's facilities planning committee, along with Robin Faires, the university's senior design & construction project manager, will meet in Chicago for a visioning session with the two firms.

One topic of discussion, according to  Beth Maxon, chief administrative officer for the Heritage College, will be the possibility of designing and constructing the new facility as a "WELL" building as certified by the  International WELL Building Institute WELL measures and certifies features of a building environment that impact human health and well-being.

A formal kick-off meeting for the project and visit by the architectural firms is tentatively scheduled for Athens in late January 2018. The exact date, nature and details of this event are still under discussion. Regular meetings to keep the college community up to date on the process will follow.

Maxon said it's expected that about a year of programming remains before ground will be broken, with occupancy projected for spring of 2021. The project timeline will be coordinated with the university's utility master plan for the Athens campus.

College leadership encourages students, staff and faculty to be involved and share input. Maxon stressed the importance of planning ahead and thinking about office cleanup to prepare for relocation to the new facilities. "Everyone should plan as if they will move to a new location," she advised. A top-to-bottom cleanup process has already been launched in Irvine Hall, Maxon said.
November is national Diabetes Awareness Month, and we've got plenty of diabetes-related news to share, including two stories on major grant awards for research by Heritage College faculty members. The Diabetes Institute is also sponsoring a walking challenge in which students, faculty and staff can log their steps on the Institute website, and help Dr. Rufus travel around the globe. To log your steps, go to  and chick the "Challenge" button!
Kevin Lee, Ph.D., with members of his research team.

Students in the Aspiring DOctors pre-college pipeline program absorb an anatomy lesson at the Heritage College, Cleveland.

Artist's reconstruction of Pakakali rukwaensis, courtesy of Mauricio Anton.

OHIO President Duane Nellis, Ph.D., bestows the Phillips Medal of Public Service on President Emeritus Roderick McDavis, Ph.D.

Clockwise from top, Rosie Oaks, Nathan Katz and Amy Mehlman during their first weeks of Heritage College classes.

Students in the Aspiring DOctors program learn about emergency rescue from the Warrensville Heights fire-rescue squad.

The number of participants in the 2017 OU+REACH health careers camp was up about 50 percent from last year.

This photo by Nancy J. Stevens, Ph.D., shows the Shingopana excavation site.

Heritage College D.O./Ph.D. candidate Ashley Patton. seen here with John Kopchick, Ph.D., was among this year's Kopchick Award recipients.

Among the health and medical research that received funding from the John J. Kopchick Awards during its 2017-18 cycle were a number of projects by Heritage College students and students being mentored by Heritage College faculty.

The John J. Kopchick Awards support undergraduate and graduate students and faculty affiliated with Ohio University's Molecular and Cellular Biology and Translational Biomedical Sciences programs. To see more details on the award recipients and their research programs, click here
Darlene Berryman, Ph.D., talks about a regional diabetes needs assessment during a recent diabetes summit.

Ohio University's Innovation Strategy program awarded planning grants for five interdisciplinary initiatives in early 2016. Those projects were so successful, the program went on to award grants to two more interdisciplinary projects in fall 2017.

The two newest funded projects include one in which Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., director of the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute, is playing a major role. Other faculty and staff from the Heritage College were well represented in the first round of  awards, including  Darlene Berryman, Ph.D.; Karie Cook; Karen Coschigano, Ph.D.; and  Tim Law, D.O. ('94), M.B.A.

Projects with Heritage College faculty/staff involvement that have received grant support from the program include a diabetes needs assessment of Athens and surrounding counties; a rock music camp for community children with high-functioning autism; and a study of community seed-saving initiatives in Athens, Ohio, and Quito, Ecuador. 

To read a more detailed account of all the programs receiving Innovation Strategy grants, click here.
State Rep. Terry Johnson, D.O. ('91), announces his Osteopathic Medicine Recognition Month measure.

Communication staff wins CASE award

Heritage College Communication staff won a bronze award in the "Best Event on a Shoestring" category in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District V Awards program, for promotional efforts around Osteopathic Medicine Recognition Month in Ohio. This event was first celebrated in 2017; for more information about the celebration click here. Special thanks to state Rep.Terry Johnson, D.O. ('91), who made the recognition month possible by introducing the legislation to create it.

New photo release forms now available

New photo/communication release forms are available in "Communication Resources" in InfoCOM. Thanks to Brenda Noftz and University Legal Affairs for their assistance in updating these forms. 
  • External Release Form: Please use this form for individuals who are not part of Ohio University including prospective students, event participants, subjects of promotional stories and more.
  • Student Blanket Release Form: This is the form that for our medical students sign.

AHEC awards scholarship check to career center

The Area Health Education Center at the Heritage College recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship check to the Tri-County Career Center in Nelsonville.  As a way of giving back to the community, AHEC makes such an award every year to a local entity that shows outstanding service in the area of health care. 

Tri-County's career training includes skilled areas for workforce development, as well as assessment and customized training aimed at moving students toward an entry-level position or a college degree in a health occupation. 
Students from all three Heritage College campuses took part in the OhioHealth Summer Research Externship Program.

Heritage College students learn, network in OhioHealth research externship

Over the summer, 15 Heritage College students took advantage of clinical research opportunities with the OhioHealth Summer Research Externship Program. Through their participation in the program, students from Athens, Cleveland and Dublin contributed to a variety of studies initiated by physicians at OhioHealth's central Ohio teaching hospitals. The eight-week externship introduces medical students from around the state to OhioHealth graduate and post-graduate medical education; gives them experience in how to plan and carry out translational clinical research; and lets them network with clinicians in the OhioHealth system and with other medical students. 


Medical historian Wolf delivers Fulmer Lecture at U. of Illinois

On Nov. 16 Professor of Social Medicine Jacqueline Wolf, Ph.D., delivered the annual Harriet Fulmer Lecture in the History of Nursing at the nursing school at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. Her topic was "The Cesarean Section Rate: An American History of Risk, Technology, and Consequence." 

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Community Forum - Vision Address
Tuesday, Jan. 30 
Noon - 1 p.m.
Dublin: MEB1 - 415
Athens: Irvine 194
Cleveland: SPS-110
Join Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., for an update on the college's strategic plan. Please send an email to   to request videoconferencing.

Community Forum - Curriculum Evolution Update
Tuesday, March 20 
Noon - 1 p.m.
Dublin: MEB1 - 415
Athens: Irvine 194
Cleveland: SPS-110
Learn about progress on preparing for the launch of our new Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum.  Please send an email to  to request videoconferencing. 
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