March 2020
Dear colleagues,

Welcome to March. At the end of the month, we’re holding our annual Communication Week events, which include a reception, Schuneman Symposium, alumni visits and the Carr Van Anda Symposium. View the Communication Week schedule. I hope everyone will take the opportunity to join us for the reception, during which we’ll induct David Descutner into the Communication Hall of Fame. We will also award the employee of the year, faculty service award and the student employee of the year. See the upcoming deadlines section below for nominations forms to be submitted by March 5. Note that we’ve made a slight change to the celebration—it’s a late afternoon event this year in Schoonover Center. Let us know you're coming!

This month I’d like to turn the spotlight onto a college initiative that we introduced last year, but that really deserves a little more attention than we’ve given it up to now. The Dean’s Leadership Circle is my way of honoring individuals who have shown extraordinary service to the college. To date, we’ve inducted three people to the circle with a few more “on deck.” You can see the permanent installation in the dean’s suite, where some details about our honorees are on display.

Last month, we inducted our first student: Lexi Murray. It’s very likely that you know Lexi, as she is an extraordinarily engaged student who serves as an ambassador, double-majors in two of our schools and seems to find new ways to get involved at every turn. On top of all that, Lexi is responsible for the piano in the RTV studio ( read about that endeavor here ).
Our other two inductees to this point are Claudia Hale, former COMS director and a great steward of the college, and Daniel Mondschain, whose assistance with the OHIO-in-LA program has opened doors for so many of our students.

I hope this gives you an idea of the type of work we value and the want to celebrate. We started the award to recognize folks who go above and beyond to impact our students and our programs. If you have ideas for potential nominees, please feel free to schedule a time to talk!

I hope—as I’m sure we all do—that March will start acting like a lamb sooner rather than later. In the meantime, let’s be gentle with each other and have faith that spring is on its way.

Elizabeth Hendrickson, JOUR

"Dr. H is so cool, caring and so knowledgeable. She really invests in her students and is willing to give her time and resources to help us succeed in the field ."
Andie Walla, MDIA Video Production Basics

"Thank you for making me feel more comfortable with using Adobe Premiere. I am so comfortable with the program that I went and used Premiere for a work video in Spring 2019-20 semester. "
Austin Babrow*, COMS 2350/3300
*This is Austin's second prop!

"Babs is the most interesting professor I've had. He's so passionate about environmental issues and I have never felt bored in a class of his. "
Doug Bowie, IT Support Senior Specialist

"Even though he does not teach a class, Doug has always been willing to help. He is one of my favorite people on campus. "
Kate Raney, MDIA

"She is always so positive, supportive and patient. She takes the time to get to know her students and it makes us feel welcome!”"
Bailey Dick, JOUR 2311

"Most down to earth and inspiring woman. "
Elizabeth Jenkins, COMS 3200

"Ms. Jenkins is the most genuine and impactful instructor I've ever known. She truly has such a big heart and cares for every student. She made me so glad that I picked my major and truly inspired me. "
Andy Alexander, JOUR 3200

“Professor Alexander is a phenomenal example of a world-class professor who makes learning fun and interesting. He teaches by case studies that are relevant and enjoyable. I wish I could take more classes with him.”
Drew McDaniel, MDIA 6010

“He is probably the most organized and the most passionate about his class. Never expected to see jokes in the slides about statistics or quantitative research methods.
Dr. McDaniel's feedback was very helpful.”
The spring 2020 graduation application closed last week and the Harris Student Support Center reviewed all 502 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 all 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 17 and we welcomed around 30 families in Schoonover Center. OHIO Up Close visits will continue to run on March 6, 20, 28, April 17, and 24. 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. 
February 25 was the first Rufus Road Trip at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. This was a very successful admitted student reception with over 90 students attending the event. We still have three more Rufus Road Trips coming up:
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Sunday, March 1
  • Cincinnati, OH - Tuesday, March 3
  • Cleveland, OH - Sunday, March 15
Important dates and deadlines for March:
  • March 9-13: spring break; classes not in session
  • March 27: last day for students to withdraw from an individual class
  • March 30: fall 2020 registration begins
If you know of a mid-career faculty colleague who has built a significant national or international reputation for outstanding research or creative activity, please consider nominating them for Ohio University’s 2020-21 Presidential Research Scholars awards program. These competitive awards of $3,000 recognize faculty excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity. This program is targeted to “scholars who have garnered national and international reputations within their respective fields and who demonstrate clear promise for continued, significant productivity in their research/creative activity.”

For 2020-21, applications are being solicited for (1) Arts and Humanities and (2) Life and Biomedical Sciences. (For 2021-22, applications will be solicited for Social and Behavioral Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering.) The nomination deadline is April 23 at 4 p.m.; guidelines can be found here or on the i nternal funding page of the Office of Research.

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New year, new headshot. Have you done yours?

College photographer Carlin Stiehl will be holding open studio hours in Schoono ver 445 D for all Scripps College faculty and staff to stop by and get an updated headshot. We'll hold the two-hour sessions twice each month. Dates and times for the upcoming month will be announced in this newslett er. If you have students that need headshots, they are welcome to get them during this time, too.

VisCom Studio, Schoonover 445D
Wednesday, March 4
12-2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18
1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1
2-4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15
12-2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29
12-3 p.m.

Scripps College of Communication awards: March 5 (email to Jen Tate )
Nomination forms:
Did you know you can purchase Scripps College of Communication apparel from The Bobcat Store?

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