October 2019
Welcome to October! In Athens it still doesn’t quite feel like fall, but we know the cooler weather is around the corner. I hope your semester is off to a good start. There are so many exciting things going on around the college these days. I’d love to hear more about what you and your students are up to.
I’ve been focusing some energy on alumni visits over the last few weeks and I have a few more on the horizon. I spent a few days in Boston at the end of September meeting with Scripps alumni in the area, and got to make a stop in D.C. to help celebrate our very own Ken Klein’s Outstanding Federal Government Alumnus Award at the University’s Federal Government Alumni Luncheon on Sept. 19 at the National Press Club in Washington. Some of you know Ken—he’s helped us with marketing efforts and is a great champion of the Scrips in D.C. program.
Coming up in October, Amanda DeWees and I will be traveling to San Fransisco and Los Angeles to make some more alumni connections. I’m looking forward to that trip too.
Of course, the biggest alumni event of the month is Homecoming. We’ll be hosting the pre-parade coffee hour at 8:30 a.m. in the Schoonover lobby like we always do, and the parade viewing platform is outside on our patio. This is always a great opportunity to find and reconnect. I hope to see you there!

Fall brings many great events where communication students and faculty engage with our communities around the state, region and country. I hope you’ll find ways to participate, to share the talent, skills, and knowledge that we enjoy here every day and perhaps to bring some new insights or abilities back to Athens.
October 1 is News Engagement Day . Sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC), the day is intended to encourage engagement with news and promote understanding about the principles and processes of journalism in a democratic society.
GDEX , the Midwest’s largest games and creative tech expo for developers, students, and fans will take place in Columbus October 11-13. Previous expos have showcased work from the GRID Lab and provided attendees with dozens of educational sessions.
The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will host the 5th Annual U.S. Media Literacy Week from October 21-25. It would be hard to argue there’s a more significant and timely event on the fall calendar. The website has numerous ways you can be involved, from classroom activities to community events.
And the end of October is also Global Fusion time. The Global Fusion Conference began in 2000 to promote academic excellence in Global Media and International Communication Studies. This year’s conference is being organized and hosted by graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin, October 25-27. Other consortium members, in addition to Ohio University, include Texas A&M University, Southern Illinois University, University of Virginia, and Temple University. Best wishes to the Scripps College graduate students and faculty traveling to Austin—we look forward to hearing reports about the conference!
Finally, a reminder now that the fall semester is in full swing: the Scripps College has matching money available for faculty to support travel related to your creative work or research. There are also funds if you would like to bring an event of interest to a college-wide audience to Athens. Funding request details can be found here . Requests for fall travel funding should be submitted no later than the first week in November; spring items can be submitted up to the end of March. Please contact me as soon as possible to discuss any ideas for events or curricular development.
Casual Friday Office Hours with the Associate Dean this month:
  • October 3 (Casual Friday on a Thursday!): 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Court Street Coffee
  • October 11: 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. at West End Cider House
  • October 18: 9 -10 a.m. at Donkey Coffee

  • Upcoming OHIO graduate studies, research and creative activity events and deadlines
  • Graduate student degree completion deadlines this month
  • Calls for submissions and deadlines
The Harris Student Support Center is looking back on an exciting September which featured a visit from Leon Harris Jr . and his wife Dawn. Leon was able to see first-hand how his generous donation has positively affected students within the Scripps College and Ohio University. Leon met the Harris Student Support Center staff along with Scripps students, faculty and staff.
September was also a busy month for recruitment; we had countless families tour Schoonover Center, meet with faculty, staff, students, members of WOUB and the GRID Lab, and sit in on classes. Paula Linscott represented Scripps College at the undergraduate admissions reception in Cleveland on Sunday, September 22. The purpose of the reception was for students and families to connect with Ohio University and the academic colleges. Future receptions will be held in the following cities:
  • October 3: Columbus, Ohio
  • October 6: Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • October 9: Cincinnati, Ohio
Saturday, September 28 is the first of three OHIO Discovery Days , open houses designed for prospective first-year students. These day-long events are the perfect opportunity for students and their families to get a first look at the Athens campus, including academics, residence life, and campus organizations. The program includes a campus tour, academic session and resource fair. Scripps College will be conducting our academic session in Schoonover 145 so if you are in the building around 11 a.m., feel free to say hello.
The Harris Student Support Center, in collaboration with our five schools, is preparing for the majors fair on October 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom.
Important dates and deadlines that are coming up:
  • October 4: Fall break; classes not in session
  • October 28: Spring semester priority registration opens
  • November 1: Last day to withdraw from (drop) an individual class for fall semester
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us in the Harris Student Support Center .
Thank you to all who have helped work on revenue generating ideas, prepared curriculum, envisioned programming, etc. The college is moving forward with four primary curricular initiatives which we hope will diversify our offerings, provide additional educational opportunities for students, and provide access to adult learners. The graphic below indicates our progress on each of these four initiatives. A special thanks to Hans Kruse and the undergraduate curriculum committee for holding extra meetings to move these items along.
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