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OHIO volunteers honored at 2016 Alumni Leaders Conference

May 25, 2016

By McKenzie Powell

T he OHIO Alumni Association hosted the 2016 Alumni Leaders Conference (ALC) Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 20 during On The Green Weekend, OHIO’s annual spring Homecoming.

The ceremony celebrated the contributions of several enthusiastic and devoted Bobcats, including chapter, society and University-wide volunteers and organizations.

“This special celebration of volunteerism is in recognition of the outstanding work done by our OHIO volunteers across the country and, indeed, around the globe… These volunteer groups hosted 143 events in 2015,” said Jennifer Neubauer, assistant vice president of OHIO Alumni Relations and executive director of OUAA. “Thank you to each and every one of you for taking on these important volunteer jobs in support of this singular place we call OHIO.”

According to Neubauer, Association volunteers connect over 200,000 alumni through 26 chapters, 12 international alumni networks, eight academic-based societies and 9 special interest societies, totaling 51 alumni groups and more than 300 volunteers.

Out of these individuals and groups, the OHIO Alumni Awards Committee selected recipients for eight special awards to be presented at the ALC Awards Ceremony: the Templeton Networking Award, the Lindley Student Networking Award, the Alden Community Service Award, the Glidden Innovative Award, the Baker Philanthropy Award, the Konneker Volunteer of the Year Award, the Cutler Outstanding Chapter Award and the Cutler Outstanding Society Award.

“It’s wonderful to see so many OHIO alumni, friends and dedicated volunteers here tonight as we honor, recognize and thank a few of our remarkable alumni and friends who embody the Bobcat spirit of the volunteerism. Ohio University is fortunate to have your compassion and your unwavering service,” said Jeff Laturell, chair of the Awards Committee of the OUAA Board of Directors.

After brief introductions and recognitions, the ALC Awards Ceremony began with the Templeton Networking Award, an accolade presented to the chapter or society that excels in connecting alumni in new and unique ways. The Templeton Networking Award was awarded to the Los Angeles Chapter for their Annual Hollywood OU-ting, which engages over 100 alumni in the region.

Next up was the Lindley Student Networking Award, a prize created in 2009 to recognize a group who went above and beyond to connect OHIO alumni with current Bobcats. The award went to the Dayton Chapter for their Paint and Sip Scholarship Event, which was a distinctive cherry blossom-themed fundraiser held to raise money for the Greater Dayton Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Ohio University Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland won the Alden Community Service Award for Ears to You, a program where participants make earrings for themselves and to give to cancer patients.

“The Alumni Association calls on our chapters and societies to do more than connect alumni and students. We also ask these groups to engage in meaningful service projects in their communities,” Neubauer said. “The Association is proud to present the Alden Community Service Award each year to chapters and societies that have engaged in outstanding community service initiatives.”

Due to their creative Flat Webster Postcard campaign, the Honors Tutorial College Society of Alumni and Friends was presented with the Glidden Innovative Award, which honors alumni chapters and/or societies for the most innovative and well-received program. The Flat Webster Postcard campaign was styled off of the Flat Stanley project, featuring a postcard of Dean Jeremy Webster’s face along with information about the Society’s upcoming events and initiatives.

The Baker Philanthropy Award was presented to the chapter that demonstrated extraordinary efforts to raise funds for OHIO. Massachusetts Serving New England Chapter won this year’s Baker Philanthropy Award for Lobster Fest, an event that consists of alumni, friends and an annual Lobster Dinner.

Amy Hollis, who has taken leadership roles in multiple OHIO chapters and associations throughout Northeast Ohio, was awarded the Konneker Volunteer of the Year Award for her determination to go above and beyond in promoting OHIO while connecting alumni to their alma mater.

“A 1996 graduate of the Scripps College of Communication, Amy has been a tireless volunteer on behalf of the Cleveland Chapter, the Ohio University Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland and the Akron Association of Ohio University Women,” said Julie Mann Keppner, chair of the OHIO Alumni Association Board of Directors.

The Konneker Volunteer of the Year Award was created in 2015, making it the newest ALC award to date.

“I’ve had so much fun going out and meeting fellow Bobcats and connecting through events so it’s really just been a joy,” Hollis said.

The ALC Awards Ceremony ended with two final awards: the Cutler Outstanding Chapter Award and the Cutler Outstanding Society Award.

“The Alumni Association established the Cutler Outstanding Chapter Award in 1978 to distinguish alumni chapters that demonstrate initiative, exhibit quality and contribute to the overall participation of alumni renewing affiliations with their alma mater,” said OHIO President Roderick J. McDavis. “Today the award also recognizes excellence among the Association’s Societies of Alumni and Friends.”

The Cutler Outstanding Chapter Award was presented to the Middle Tennessee Chapter and the Cutler Outstanding Society Award was given to the Honors Tutorial College Society of Alumni and Friends.

Following the ALC Awards Ceremony, guests were surprised with a new location for the Celebration of Volunteerism Dinner. Because of the rainy weather, the dinner was moved to the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium stage, ending the night with a lovely celebration surrounded by College Green décor.

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