February 2019

The end of January and start to February has definitely reminded us that Southern Ohio does experience winter weather on occasion! Once we slip past what I hope is a brief interlude of winter weather, we will quickly turn to an important season for us as we attempt to secure commitments from potential students. Although I know that school directors, undergraduate directors, and the Harris Student Center team are all making plans for these events, I think it is also important for all faculty to be aware of our yield efforts in case you might be able to help.

OHIO Up Close:
Open house designed for admitted first-year students. Expect to see students and families on campus and in Schoonover throughout the day.
  • Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Friday, March 1, 2019
  • VisCom portfolio reviews will be held in conjunction with this program
  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Friday, March 29, 2019
  • VisCom portfolio reviews will be held in conjunction with this program
  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Friday, April 26, 2019
Cultural Connections :
Overnight visit for admitted students from underrepresented populations and their families. Families take part in OHIO Up Close activities and then stay for a banquet Friday evening. They have breakfast and some admissions activities on Saturday morning before heading home.
  • Friday, March 22, 2019 - Saturday, March 23, 2019
Daily Campus Visits : Every weekday and Saturday—many daily visitors at this time of year are admitted students!

In addition to those events, we are planning an early April “surge” in Cincinnati. On April 4 or 5, we will have teams consisting of Dean’s Advisory Council members, college faculty, and some students visit five high schools in the greater Cincinnati area. Those visits will be focused on relationship building with students and teachers, but will also include some discussion of “career pathways” in communication, opportunities available in the Scripps College, and potentially select demonstration or training related to specific interest expressed by individual schools (these appear to range from speech and debate to specific journalism and media topics). On Thursday, April 4, we will partner with our Scripps Foundation friends to hold an alumni event where we will also invite admitted students in the Cincinnati area.

These yield activities are critically important. One of our strongest assets, historically, has been a higher yield rate than the rest of the university. As applications decrease (the university is down in applications from 2017), we must yield students at a higher rate to maintain enrollment. This is especially important for our college, as our key revenue driver at the moment is nearly exclusively our undergraduate residential student population. Please do what you can to help with on-campus yield activities!

Before ending, I want to also give you a quick preview of the college celebration event that will launch Communication Week on March 25. Sarah Logue, Sarah Roush and I visited Zenner House in Athens, which will be the location of the event. Some of you may know that Zenner House was purchased by ITS alumnus Jeffrey Chaddock. Zenner House is a historic and unique part of Athens—you will be amazed! Invitations will be coming soon—this year’s theme will focus on our international engagement, which will be very exciting.

Stay warm!
  • Spring semester Graduate Research Series presentation applications
  • Three-minute Thesis competition deadline extended
  • SMART Dialogues spring schedule
  • Funding application deadlines for faculty and students
  • Calls for submissions

The Harris Student Support Center saw 442 students in the first two weeks of spring semester! In the first nine days of the semester, 384 students came through the Harris Center for graduation checks which are crucial for those students who plan to receive their diplomas in May. The Harris Student Support Center caught many students who had to make minor, and sometimes major, adjustments to their spring semester schedules.
Read on to hear what some of our soon-to-be graduates had to say and for more information about graduation requirements.
Sarah Logue
Director of Student Recruitment and Communication
I’m proud to have two degrees from Ohio University. As an undergraduate, I majored in English, and earned my master’s in organizational communication from Scripps. My husband and I are both alumni; we moved back to Athens from Columbus on a lark right after we got married and have been here ever since. Eleven years, one kid, two dogs, four cars, a mortgage and two remodels later, it no longer qualifies as a lark, but I’m so happy we picked up and headed back here.

  • Save the date for Communication Week, March 25 - 29.
  • The Ohio University Student Expo is seeking faculty and staff volunteers to serve as judges for the event on Thursday, April 11 at the Convocation Center. Judging will take place from 9 - 11:30 a.m. A FAQ for judges is available on their website, which also has information on how to sign up.