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Ohio University Reopens Voluntary Separation or Retirement Program

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has reopened a voluntary separation or retirement program (VSRP) for eligible faculty, executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Sayrs said in an email Wednesday. When the university offered this same program earlier in spring semester, 74 faculty members agreed to leave. Sayrs said several faculty members have since contacted… Read More

Eight Ohio University Student-Athletes Test Positive For COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Eight Ohio University student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced Tuesday. These students have been asked to return to their permanent residences to isolate and follow health guidelines. The Athens City-County Health Department is working to notify potentially exposed individuals who had interactions with these students before the positive… Read More

Attendees at a rally on East State Street display their signs Saturday, June 27, 2020.

Dozens Rally On State Street After Most Recent Job Cuts At Ohio University

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In the wake of another round of job cuts at Ohio University, more than 50 people stood on East State Street to support those whose positions were cut and express dissatisfaction with administrators’ decisions. This was the fourth major rally since May 1 announcement that 140 AFSCME union worker jobs had… Read More

Union workers protest the layoff of 110 custodial workers at Ohio University.

Uncertainty, Frustration Remain For Union Workers In Absence Of Contract With University

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Local union leaders say they are still working with Ohio University to agree on a new contract and address wrongful termination grievances, though the process is taking longer than they had hoped.   John Johnson, Athens regional director for AFSCME Region 8, said the union and the university had a labor management… Read More

Former Ohio University president Vernon R. Alden, who died June 22, 2020 at the age of 97.

Watch: Fond Memories With Ohio University’s Former President Alden

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Vernon R. Alden, the 15th president of Ohio University, died Monday at the age of 97 from complications of pneumonia.  He was living in Boston. Alden, for whom the main university library is named, was president of OHIO from 1962-1969. He and his administration expanded research and academic programs, established the… Read More

Union workers protest the layoffs of 140 Ohio University employees amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Union Workers Again Protest OU Layoffs During Coronavirus Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Union workers at Ohio University and supporters took to the streets in Uptown Athens to again protest layoffs of 140 people during the coronavirus pandemic. Almost 100 protesters gathered Wednesday afternoon wearing American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1699 shirts, face masks and carrying signs. “Chop from the… Read More

Workers Protest OU’s 140 Layoffs Amidst the Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Union workers are continuing to protest, what they say is, unfair and disrespectful treatment by Ohio University. On Saturday morning, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1699 and their supporters held signs along East State Street urging drivers to honk in support. Organizers say at least 110 people… Read More

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Quick Look: Ohio University Faculty Given One Year Notice, Furlough Tiers Detailed

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Friday’s 5:41 p.m. email from Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis outlined what hundreds, by that time, knew – there had been another round of job cuts. Nellis wrote that 94 administrators lost their jobs and, as of now, 53 instructors received official notice that they would be released from the… Read More

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Ohio University Makes Plans To Re-Open For Fall

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is planning to invite students back to its campuses for fall semester. What that fall semester will look like is still a work in progress as the university continues payroll reduction tactics and the possible restructuring of academic programs. According Vice President of Finance Deb Shaffer, changes to the… Read More

A cardboard cutout of Rufus Bobcat wearing a mask outside of College Bookstore in uptown Athens.

Some Retailers in Athens are Back Open, Others Still Shuttered

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In Athens, some businesses have re-opened but others were still closed on Tuesday afternoon. All non-essential businesses in the state have been closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine allowed retail stores to re-open on Tuesday under the Responsible ReStart Ohio plan. At The Market on… Read More

Quick Look: OU Trustees Reject Union Agreement, New Furlough Policy Coming

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University’s Board of Trustees held their first-ever virtual meeting Monday. The members acknowledged outstanding students, approved a tuition freeze, and new academic programs as expected per the agenda overview. But an item originally submitted for approval was ultimately voted down. The board members rejected the university’s tentative collective bargaining agreement… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University says Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the university said Friday.  The employee was last on the Athens campus May 4 and is recovering at home, according to a university news release. They “practiced social distancing and had limited contact with individuals on campus.” The area in which the… Read More

Participants leave Peden Stadium on their way to College Green for a motorcade rally calling for a firing freeze at Ohio University and the reinstatement of cut jobs.

OU Faculty and Staff Call for Firing Freeze, Reinstatement of Jobs at Motorcade Rally

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University faculty, staff, students, and Athens community members demanded that administrators freeze layoffs and reinstate union workers who lost their jobs during a motorcade rally Wednesday. The Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1699 organized the… Read More

Protestors stand in crowded meeting with signs.

Ohio University Faculty, Union Workers Find Ways To Push Back Against Administration

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Ohio University Faculty Senate has delivered a vote of no confidence in two key executive administrators and is now pushing to take matters into their own hands, including a public protest. On the heels of the Ohio University American Association of University Professor’s (OU-AAUP) petition, the majority of faculty senate… Read More

A piece of fabric that will be sewn into a protective mask by one of Athens County's many mask makers.

Athens Community Collaborates to Make Protective Masks

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens businesses and citizens are combining their resources and talents to supply protective masks for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that all Americans wear masks when they are out in public. Healthcare workers and people at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 need medical-grade masks, but… Read More

Dr. Lijing Yang, a professor at Ohio University, displays some of the masks she and the PPE for Athens Task Force purchased from China to donate to Athens County health officials.

Ohio University Community Connects Across Continents To Provide PPE For Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) –A group of Chinese and Taiwanese staff members at Ohio University started a task force to supply local healthcare workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are now calling on the community to further the cause and have set up a donation fund through the Athens Foundation. Last… Read More

Another Epidemic: Youth Vaping on the Rise

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Teen vaping is reaching epidemic proportions, with nearly 40 percent of 12th graders reporting use of a vaping device in the past year, and more than 20 percent reporting vaping in the past month. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes, so why… Read More

The Marching 110 playing before Ohios Homecoming game

Marching 110 Virtual Video Goes Viral: The Story Behind It

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ATHENS, Ohio  (WOUB) — Instead of playing at events like a bowl game or MAC basketball tournament, students of the Marching 110 are back at home bringing an unprecedented challenge. “From there just seeing how we can operate and get somethings accomplished with everyone being gone,” Marching 110 Band Director Dr. Richard Suk said. And… Read More

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Summer Classes at Ohio University Move to Remote Instruction

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University announced that there will be no in-person summer classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Provost Elizabeth Sayrs made the announcement in an email sent out on Friday, April 3. “Ohio University will continue to deliver all classes on all campuses through remote and online instruction through the summer, including classes… Read More

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Ohio University Students Get Options for Grading Amid Coronavirus Disruption

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is introducing an alternative grading option for students dealing with the coronavirus-based interruption of their school year. Robin Muhammad, president of Ohio University’s Faculty Senate, sent an email outlining key changes on Monday, writing, “We want to do all we can to equitably respond to the diverse impacts the… Read More

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Ohio University Delays Personnel-Related Budget Cuts During Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has paused personnel-related budget reductions in response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. According to a release, the university on Wednesday requested the action be taken for an undetermined amount of time. “Our current focus must be on the safety and well-being of our campus communities as we continue to ensure… Read More

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TEDx Ohio University


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TEDxOhioUniversity is an independently organized event licensed by TED and will offer participants the opportunity to connect with proven and successful visionaries who have propelled ideas into action. Thought leaders from across the region will provide presentations that focus on the theme “Thriving in Rural Communities.” TEDxOhioUniversity 2020 “Thriving in Rural Communities” aims to highlight… Read More

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Historic Selection to Head E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Eddith Dashiell has been named the next director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, Dean Scott Titsworth announced on Friday. Dashiell will be both the first woman and the first African American to hold the position. “I see my role as… Read More

Fall 2019 Commencement at Ohio University

Ohio University Postpones Spring Commencement and All Regional Campus Graduation Activities

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has decided to postpone Spring 2020 Commencement and all graduation activities on all regional campuses. According to an email OU President Duane Nellis sent Wednesday morning, the university is making the decision “in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” The recommendations updated Monday… Read More

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020

How to Support Ohio University Students Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is collecting funds to give financial support to students who may be affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak. All students are encouraged not to return to the main campus. Classes at all OU locations will take place online for the remainder of the semester. OU’s Division of Student Affairs… Read More