Artist's rendering of the new facility, provided by Perkins + Will.

Beth Longenecker, D.O. ('91)

College picks alum as Athens campus dean

Beth A. Longenecker , D.O., an emergency medicine physician and class of 1991 alumna of the Heritage College, will become the new dean of the college's Athens campus effective June 1. Longenecker, who was chosen from three finalists to fill the position, is associate dean for clinical education and assistant professor of emergency medicine at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Watch for a full story about her appointment on the college's news page and in the next issue of ROUNDS.
Dallin Tavoian, left, and Bijinu Balakrishnan, Ph.D., right, have been awarded AHA fellowships.

Students from a number of different health professional fields and schools took part in the IPE workshop in January.


Dual-degree student publishes textbook chapter

D.O./Ph.D. candidate Quyen Luong

Quyen Luong , a D.O./Ph.D. candidate at the Heritage College, recently had a first-author credit on a textbook chapter. 

The chapter, titled  "The Heterogeneity of White Adipose Tissue,"  is included in  Adipose Tissue , published by Intechopen, and edited by  Leszek Szablewski of the Medical University of Warsaw. Co-authoring the chapter was Kevin Lee, Ph.D., Heritage College assistant professor of biomedical sciences and Luong's mentor.

Two staffers win women's achievement awards

From left, Clare Ankawi and Andrea Brunson.

Two Heritage College staffers,  Clare Ankawi and  Andrea Brunson , will be among the OHIO employees honored Wednesday, March 20 at the Women's Achievement Dinner . The event, sponsored by the Ohio University Women's Center, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., and Rho Lambda, is an opportunity "to highlight the successes of women in a variety of roles" at the university, according to the Women's Center.

Ankawi, a learning technologies analyst for the Office of Information and Learning Technologies at the Athens campus, is one of two university women receiving the "Breaking Barriers Award," recognizing  women with demonstrated success who are working in male-dominated fields.

Brunson, assistant director of student affairs at the Dublin campus, is one of two recipients of the "Making a Second Home Award," recognizing  women who have filled familial roles on campus and have helped students adjust to college life.

The awards dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Baker Center Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased at the Women's Center in Baker 403.

Note: Send news about published journal articles, books, conference presentations, honors, awards or appointments to for consideration for the 'Accolades' section.  
Office of Inclusion Women's History Month Lecture 2019
Tuesday, March 19
Noon - 1 p.m.
Dublin - MEB1-431
Athens - Grosvenor 128
Cleveland - SPS-243
"The Normalization of Cesarean Surgery: An American History of Risk, Technology and Consequence"
DOC Awards
Monday, March 25
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

College turns out for Heritage Hoops Day

About 125 members of the Heritage College community turned out to celebrate Heritage Hoops Day at an Ohio University men's basketball game sponsored by the college Feb. 22. After a pre-game picnic on the Irvine Bricks, it was off to the Convocation Center to watch the OHIO Bobcats best the formidable Bowling Green Falcons in a 92-87 overtime win. The college's Clinical and Translational Research Unit got an on-court recognition during the game.

Cleanup underway to prepare for move to new facility

Jan. 14 marked the beginning of a 10-week cleanup period for Heritage College employees in Athens to prepare for an eventual move into new facilities. The cleanup will run through March 29.

Recycling bins will be available in Athens in the college's elevator lobbies at:
  • Grosvenor Hall floors 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Grosvenor West by request
  • Irvine Hall floors 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Parks Hall floor 1
  • Life Sciences Building west end floors 1 and 2
  • Academic & Research Center floors 2 and 3
For requests to Heritage College Facilities, contact John Dehmann at

Recycle bins are available for individual offices or labs, and for confidential materials. DO NOT dispose of confidential materials (Social Securilty numbers, medical information, etc.) in public recycle bins. Pickup can be arranged for such materials.

Athens employees are also encouraged to inventory their storage needs and to prioritize supplies and decor for use in the new offices.

OHIO, Heritage College adopt new fonts
On Jan. 1, Ohio University changed the fonts it uses in university-wide branding, which in turn prompted changes to the Heritage College website and some of its publications. You can find out more about the new fonts and how to download them, as well as access other communications-related resources, in the Communications Resources folder of InfoCOM on OneDrive. (Access requires OHIO ID). If you have queestions about the new fonts, please contact Jeff Brown at

What you need to know about the college's website transition
Ohio University is in the midst of a three-year project to migrate its nearly 200 websites from the CommonSpot web platform to Drupal. Here's what Heritage College employees need to know about the transition.
What is the timeframe for this project?
  • It began in 2017.
  • The Heritage College portion of the project started ln spring 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in early 2020.
  • In June 2020, Ohio University will deactivate CommonSpot.
Why is the university transitioning?
  • To improve web usability, accessibility and ease of maintenance
  • To optimize pages for search engines
  • To encourage digital marketing efforts
  • To facilitate consistent branding across the institution
What's the plan?
  • Step 1 (done): Migrate web-linked documents from Box to OneDrive and establish separation between the public website and internal document-sharing (InfoCOM).
  • Step 2 (in progress): Complete website audit documentation, which includes developing a sitemap of all 1,000-plus web pages, assigning each one an "owner," and documenting links and other info for each page.
  • Step 3 (spring/summer 2019): Build Drupal website. Existing content will be migrated "as is," and both the current CommonSpot site and future Drupal site will exist in parallel for months.
  • Step 4 (summer/fall 2019): Train the college's 80-plus web-content managers. Training will be spread over several months and involve Drupal, OneDrive and best practices in accommodating web viewers with disabilities.
  • Step 5 (fall 2019): Finalize content. Each department's web manager(s) will update pages and verify the accuracy of all content. Content includes text, linked documents, page navigation and images.
  • Step 6 (Early 2020): Launch the new Drupal website to the public and remove the old CommonSpot site. IMPORTANT NOTE: All page links (URLs) will change, so any bookmarks to old websites will need to be updated. We will also need to be vigilant about updating the URLs in brochures, printed forms, etc.
What can your department do now to prepare?
  • Update web content NOW and keep it up-to-date.
  • Use OneDrive groups - not public-facing website - for routine sharing of internally focused info such as curriculum, HR forms, meeting minutes, etc.
  • Ensure that web content managers in your area attend the various training and "lunch and learn" sessions throughout summer and fall.
  • Expect close coordination between website administrator Jody Grenert and your group on website tasks, training, timelines, etc.
In the news
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Feb. 21
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Feb. 14
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Feb. 13
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WOUB Public Media
Feb. 13
The Post 
Feb. 7
American School & University
Jan. 22
The Post
Jan. 21
The Athens NEWS
Jan. 20
The Columbus Dispatch
Jan. 18
The Athens NEWS
Jan. 17
Columbus Dispatch
Jan. 7
News Network Archaeology
Dec. 19
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Alums in the news
Joshua Bryant, D.O. ('16)
Spring 2019
Rachel Elsasser, D.O. ('15)
Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette-Times
Feb. 4
Jeannine Sheppard, D.O. ('98)
Dayton Daily News
Feb. 1
Richard Schuster, D.O.  ('94)
  PR Newswire
Jan. 15
Jose Arciniega, D.O.  ('04)
  Highland Community News
Jan. 2
Jose Arciniega, D.O.  ('04)
 Fontana (Calif.) Herald News
Dec. 31

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