March 2019

It’s hard to imagine that spring break is nearly upon us! As we are all looking forward to having a week to catch up, relax, and perhaps get out of town, I wanted to alert you to a few items that will happen immediately before break and then following break.

First, you may have noticed that we have scheduled a series of college faculty and staff discussions about budget-related issues. While there is no looming crisis, there continue to be budget challenges faced by the university, and therefore, the college. Our college is also seeing some declines in projected enrollment across some of our programs, which will magnify our specific budget challenges. Consequently, I wanted to have opportunities to discuss with you both the big picture, small details, and strategies that we are pursuing to overcome those challenges. We scheduled a total of four meetings, two of which (one before break and one immediately after) are repeats to make it easier for more of you to attend. In April we will hold two more meetings. We have identified the following meeting times with topics noted, and I hope that you will attend whenever possible.

  • March 5 – 3-5 p.m. (SCHN380) – Overview of Scripps budget, constraints within the university budget, and Scripps’s budget response to date
  • March 20 – 9-11 a.m. (SCHN508) –Overview of Scripps budget, constraints within the university budget, and Scripps’s budget response to date
  • April 1 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (SCHN380) – A review of academic metrics and what they mean for the college budget
  • April 19 – 1-3 p.m. (SCHN508) – Future planning – new revenue and cost containment

Second, on March 23, we’ll be hosting our third annual Experience Scripps Day, a recruitment visit program designed for high school juniors. We open Schoonover Center, WOUB and the GRID Lab to the students and their families, and each of our schools and centers plans interactive activities designed to show prospective students what they can expect from a Scripps education. It’s a fun day and it has proven to be a very successful recruitment and yield tool—55% of the students who attended in 2016 enrolled with us as freshmen!  Click here for registration and more information about Experience Scripps Day

Finally, we’re looking forward to our annual Communication Week, which will take place March 25-29. Monday night is the college reception at Zenner House, followed by the Schuneman Symposium Tuesday and Wednesday in Baker University Center. This year’s Schuneman theme is “The Big Story.” Wednesday night, come for the 90 Minute Series in Schoonover. Thursday is ITS Day (in Baker and at the OU Inn) as well as the Music Industry Summit (also held in Baker) and Friday is Media Arts & Studies Day (in Schoonover).  See the full Communication Week lineup

I hope you’ll check out the schedule and encourage your students to attend! 

  • Three-minute Thesis competition - congrats to our students:
  • Michelle Michael, Journalism - 2019 winner
  • Tess Herman, dual degree in Journalism and Environmental Studies - finalist
  • Angela Mendez, Communication & Development - finalist
  • Events and deadlines
  • Spring schedules
  • SMART Dialogues
  • Science Cafe Series
  • Calls for submissions and deadlines

The spring 2019 graduation application closed last week and the Harris Student Support Center reviewed all 523 spring applicants’ DARS. We reached out to every student who is missing a degree requirement on their DARS. Spring graduation DARS have been printed, sorted, and are on their way to all five schools. Thank you to everyone for your efforts to clear up any missing degree requirements, DARS changes, and internship verification. These efforts make the degree conferral process less stressful in May.
The Scripps College of Communication is in full “yield” mode and seeing many families on campus for OHIO Up Close Events. OHIO Up Close is an open house designed for admitted first-year students. This one-day event is the perfect opportunity for students and their families to get the essentials on life at OHIO and The Scripps College of Communication. Our first OHIO Up Close event took place on February 18, and we welcomed around 50 families in Schoonover Center. OHIO Up Close visits will continue to run on March 1, 8, 22, 29, April 12, and 26. If you see families in Schoonover Center feel free to introduce yourself and let them know what role you play in Scripps. In addition, thank you to all of the faculty, staff, and students who help make OHIO Up Close a successful yield event. 
Sarah Roush
Media Specialist
I joined the Scripps College of Communication in October 2018, coming from the College of Health Sciences and Professions, where I was a creative design specialist. Prior to Ohio University, I spent six years in marketing at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, WV, and a year with Farmers Bank in Pomeroy, OH, after receiving my bachelor's degree in visualist digital design from Shawnee State University.
My husband, Jeremy, and I have the sweetest little 17-month-old, Ellie, and are eagerly anticipating the arrival of her little brother in May.