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Alumni College promises diverse courses during On The Green Weekend

Apr 28, 2015

By McKenzie Powell

O hio University’s Alumni College lecture series will take place during On The Green Weekend on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of Baker University Center. One additional course will be held on Saturday, May 30.

This year’s edition of Alumni College will feature over a dozen classes for Bobcats to attend, as well as a special Alumni College reception with appetizing hors-d'oeuvres.

“Alumni College provides continued education for our alumni who want to come back and relive the educational side of OHIO,” said Casey Arnold, Campus Relations Coordinator for Ohio University Alumni Association. “On The Green is a spring homecoming for academics and the arts, so it’s a perfect time to showcase Alumni College and offer some fun courses taught by our wonderful faculty.”

The courses will cover topics ranging from the history of Ohio University to the benefits of social media.

“Learning is a lifelong process and Alumni College is a great way to follow that process. It could be helpful to learn and be aware of contemporary practices in different academic disciplines,” said Raj Agnihotri, Alumni College lecturer and Robert H. Freeman Professor of Sales Leadership for OHIO’s College of Business. “Attending Alumni College provides our alumni with an added benefit when they come to visit their favorite place in the whole wide world!”

Beginning on Thursday, May 28, guests will have the opportunity to attend any of the following courses:

  • Healthy Aging by Dr. Brian Clark at 9 a.m.
  • Censoring the News during World War II by Dr. Michael Sweeney at 9 a.m.
  • Big Fat Myths About Obesity by Dr. Darlene Berryman at 9 a.m.
  • Art? Why would a person do a thing like that? by Duane McDiarmid at 9 a.m.
  • Healthy Aging by Dr. Brian Clark at 10:30 a.m.
  • Market Co-Evolution and the Role of Social Media by Dr. Raj Agnihotri at 10:30 a.m.
  • Big Fat Myths About Obesity by Dr. Darlene Berryman at 10:30 a.m.
  • Arms and the Props Man by Tom Fiocchi at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bobcat Basics: A Typical Day in the Life of a Bobcat by Kendra Lutes and Melissa Kelly at 2 p.m.
  • Market Co-Evolution and the Role of Social Media by Dr. Raj Agnihotri at 2 p.m.
  • Art? Why would a person do a thing like that? by Duane McDiarmid at 2 p.m.

A Thursday lunch will be provided for all attendees from 12 to 2 p.m. in Baker University Center 240/242.

On Friday, May 29, alumni can choose from the following classes:

  • Censoring the News during World War II by Dr. Michael Sweeney at 9 a.m.
  • Intercollegiate Athletics and the Mid-American Conference Today and the Future/What the Heck Is a Conference Commissioner? by Mid-American Conference Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher at 9 a.m.
  • Discovering Julien Bryan: Filmmaker, Traveler, and Occasional Journalist by Dr. Robert Stewart at 9 a.m.
  • Arms and the Props Man by Tom Fiocchi at 10:30 a.m.
  • How Did We Get Here? Highlights of Ohio University History by Betty Hollow at 10:30 a.m.
  • Discovering Julien Bryan: Filmmaker, Traveler, and Occasional Journalist by Dr. Robert Stewart at 10:30 a.m.
  • Digital Detox: Understanding the Benefits of Unplugging and Reconnecting with Nature by Dr. Andrew Szolosi at 10:30 a.m.
  • Tour OHIO History Online, an archive presentation, by Janet Carleton at 2 p.m.
  • How Did We Get Here? Highlights of Ohio University History by Betty Hollow at 2 p.m.
  • Exploring Craft Beer by Chef Francis McFadden at 2 p.m.
  • Digital Detox: Understanding the Benefits of Unplugging and Reconnecting with Nature by Dr. Andrew Szolosi at 2 p.m.

The afternoon will conclude with a keynote address by President Roderick J. McDavis, ’70 at 3:30 p.m. in Baker University Center Ballroom.

*Times and locations for all courses are subject to change. All courses will last for one and a half hours total, with a one-hour presentation, a 15-minute Q and A session and a 15-minute restroom break and relocation period.

On Friday, another lunch will be provided for Alumni College participants in Baker University Center Ballroom from 12 to 2 p.m.

Alumni College has partnered with diverse organizations throughout campus to feature unique classes, including a SafeZone Training that works to create, improve and sustain understanding and supportive environments for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) communities.

“We saw this as a really cool opportunity to spread the message of equality and safety, not only on campus but also in the wider community,” said delfin bautista, Alumni College SafeZone Training instructor and director of OHIO’s LGBT Center. “I think it’s an opportunity for folks to hopefully learn something new and engage in sexuality and gender from a different perspective.”

bautista’s course, Safezone: Creating a Safer Space for ALL Alumni, will take place on Saturday, May 30 at 1 p.m. at the Athena. All other courses will be held at Baker University Center.

To cap off the Alumni College portion of the weekend, a reception for all attendees will take place at Broney’s Alumni Grill from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. Heavy appetizers will be made available for those attending.

Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Chef Francis McFadden’s “Exploring Craft Beer” course will have a $5 entrance fee. For an updated schedule and more information, please visit http://www.ohio.edu/alumni/onthegreen/college.cfm.

Guests can register for Alumni College and other OTG events online at http://www.ohio.edu/alumni/onthegreen/.

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