Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs The Voinovich School is a catalyst for collective impact in entrepreneurship, energy & the environment, and public & social policy. The Ridges, Athens, OH 45701
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"The Need To GROW" features activists tackling the current soil crisis. With only 60 years of farmable soil left on Eart...
04/18/2021
Sustainability Series: THE NEED TO GROW

"The Need To GROW" features activists tackling the current soil crisis. With only 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth, this week's Sustainability Series film delivers alarming importance of healthy soil.
The film runs April 19-21. Register below.
https://bit.ly/3rkSAby

  Available to watch April 19th – 21st, 2021 Post-show Zoom discussion at 7:00PM on Wednesday, April 21st   How to watch Watch free films from the Spring Sustainability Series lineu…

Congratulations to spring 2021 Executive MPA graduate Shannon Hamelund! Shannon thrived in the program despite various t...
04/15/2021

Congratulations to spring 2021 Executive MPA graduate Shannon Hamelund!

Shannon thrived in the program despite various transitions - specifically living in four different locations while completing her degree. Read about her Executive MPA career below.

https://bit.ly/3wXZSWi

Congratulations to spring 2021 Executive MPA graduate Shannon Hamelund!

Shannon thrived in the program despite various transitions - specifically living in four different locations while completing her degree. Read about her Executive MPA career below.

https://bit.ly/3wXZSWi

Time's up! ⏰ Are you a graduating senior still deciding your next step? It's not too late to apply for the 1-Year MPA pr...
04/15/2021

Time's up! ⏰ Are you a graduating senior still deciding your next step? It's not too late to apply for the 1-Year MPA program, starting this June. (P.S. No GRE Required!) Attend the Virtual Information Session this Mon. April 19, 6-7 PM. Hear from current students & faculty, and learn more about the program.
➡️ RSVP: https://bit.ly/3mQbdTP

Time's up! ⏰ Are you a graduating senior still deciding your next step? It's not too late to apply for the 1-Year MPA program, starting this June. (P.S. No GRE Required!) Attend the Virtual Information Session this Mon. April 19, 6-7 PM. Hear from current students & faculty, and learn more about the program.
➡️ RSVP: https://bit.ly/3mQbdTP

Many states had to update their opioid mitigation programs due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.Dr. Holly Raff...
04/14/2021
Raffle’s work in community opioid response featured in Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment | Ohio University

Many states had to update their opioid mitigation programs due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Holly Raffle writes about the unexpected benefits of these updates and the ways they will benefit future opioid responses. Read more below.

https://bit.ly/3uV7yXP

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 40 states have reported an increase in opioid-related mortalities due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders. A paper published in the December 2020 issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment details how four Appalachian communities not only....

The Voinovich School's Partnership for Community-Based Prevention Student Team is presenting their research at the #OUVi...
04/08/2021
Partnership for Community-based Prevention | OHIO Research Expo 2021

The Voinovich School's Partnership for Community-Based Prevention Student Team is presenting their research at the #OUVirtualExpo

Show your support by watching their video on workplace collaboration and Communities of Practice during COVID-19!

https://bit.ly/3ferZKy

This presentation focuses on the use of Communities of Practice to enhance workplace engagement in a virtual environment.

Voinovich professor Holly Raffle recently reviewed "Rx Appalachia: Stories of Treatment and Survival in Rural Kentucky."...
04/07/2021
Raffle reviews “Rx Appalachia: Stories of Treatment and Survival in Rural Kentucky” | Ohio University

Voinovich professor Holly Raffle recently reviewed "Rx Appalachia: Stories of Treatment and Survival in Rural Kentucky."

The review discusses the opioid crisis in the Appalachian region and the need for complex solutions. Read more below!

https://bit.ly/3wFRbjF

Holly Raffle, professor at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, recently provided an invited review of, “Rx Appalachia: Stories of Treatment and Survival in Rural Kentucky,” for the Journal of Appalachian Studies.

Did you know preventing a small percentage of traumatic experiences could save the state of Ohio more than $1 billion an...
04/06/2021
Voinovich School examines economic impact of adverse childhood experiences for the Health Policy Institute of Ohio | Ohio University

Did you know preventing a small percentage of traumatic experiences could save the state of Ohio more than $1 billion annually?

Read more about the research the Voinovich School is doing on adverse childhood experiences and their economic impact below.

https://bit.ly/2Rc3wvz

Preventing even a small percentage of abuse, neglect, violence and other traumatic experiences could not only reduce human suffering, but also save the state of Ohio more than $1 billion annually, according to a new brief from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs und...

Join Dr. Danny Twilley of West Virginia University's @WVUOEDC for the next Public Service Perspectives event on Wednesda...
04/06/2021
Public Service Perspectives | Outdoor Economy’s Role in West Virginia’s Future

Join Dr. Danny Twilley of West Virginia University's @WVUOEDC for the next Public Service Perspectives event on Wednesday at noon! Dr. Twilley will discuss outdoor economy's role in West Virginia's future. Register for the virtual session here: https://bit.ly/2Po8gxo

Danny helped establish West Virginia University’s Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative starting with a blank piece of paper and an idea to improve the prosperity of a state by leveraging the states outdoor recreation assets. Using data and case studies to share the vision...

Join us for one of our final spring Virtual Previews this Wed., April 7 at 2 p.m., where you can get an inside look at t...
04/05/2021

Join us for one of our final spring Virtual Previews this Wed., April 7 at 2 p.m., where you can get an inside look at the Executive Master of Public Administration and fully Online MPA programs. Learn about how you can advance your career and earn an MPA in just 20 Saturdays, at Central Ohio's ONLY Executive MPA program!
➡️https://bit.ly/3utYj0x

Join us for one of our final spring Virtual Previews this Wed., April 7 at 2 p.m., where you can get an inside look at the Executive Master of Public Administration and fully Online MPA programs. Learn about how you can advance your career and earn an MPA in just 20 Saturdays, at Central Ohio's ONLY Executive MPA program!
➡️https://bit.ly/3utYj0x

"The return on investment not only includes financial proceeds, but very importantly, many high-wage technology manufact...
04/05/2021
Venture-backed exit in Appalachian Ohio shows strength of higher ed, state-backed economic development for rural areas | SSTI

"The return on investment not only includes financial proceeds, but very importantly, many high-wage technology manufacturing jobs and another big step forward in the entrepreneurial and technology startup culture of Appalachian Ohio."

Voinovich School and TechGROWTH Ohio's partnership with Stirling Ultracold produces a big win for the region and the state and continues to be recognized!

SSTI notes the importance of higher education and state-backed economic development for rural areas https://bit.ly/39zEgpu

More than 90 percent of the electorate support expanded efforts to strengthen the key elements of a knowledge-driven economy. Members can sign up for a webinar on how the poll can inform your communications.

This week's Sustainability Film Series feature "MOTHERLOAD" captures a mother's quest to understand the isolation of mod...
04/04/2021
Sustainability Series: MOTHERLOAD

This week's Sustainability Film Series feature "MOTHERLOAD" captures a mother's quest to understand the isolation of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes can be an antidote.
The film runs April 5-7. Register at the link below.
https://bit.ly/3tveMlh

  Available to watch April 5th – 7th, 2021 Post-show Zoom discussion at 7:00PM on Wednesday, April 7th   How to watch Watch free films from the Spring Sustainability Series lineup a…

Save the Date! The Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference will be held virtually this year from May 11 to May 1...
03/31/2021

Save the Date! The Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference will be held virtually this year from May 11 to May 13.

The conference will help Appalachia strategize how to resolve its economic issues through planning and analysis.

Hope to see you there!

“Answering the tough questions about how a business can actually run or how a startup can be successful will only help t...
03/30/2021
Sixth annual Ohio University Eastern Shark Challenge to promote economic growth by encouraging innovation | Ohio University

“Answering the tough questions about how a business can actually run or how a startup can be successful will only help the participants later in their careers."

Get ready to hear some great entrepreneurial ideas at the sixth annual Ohio University Eastern Shark Challenge! The event will inspire students to come up with solutions for everyday problems and make Ohio Valley a better place to live in.

Read more https://bit.ly/3rnOi2R

Ohio University Eastern will virtually host the sixth annual Shark Challenge to promote economic growth in the Ohio Valley by encouraging innovation among college students.

Join Rural Action on Tuesday at noon for a virtual meeting on septic solutions and maintenance! Learn how to properly ma...
03/29/2021
Is Your Septic System Polluting Local Watersheds? - Rural Action

Join Rural Action on Tuesday at noon for a virtual meeting on septic solutions and maintenance! Learn how to properly maintain home septic systems and prevent pollution in local watersheds. Register here: https://bit.ly/2PBf0YQ

Failing septic systems release 120 million gallons of improperly treated wastewater into Ohio water resources — every day. Is your Household Sewage Treatment System (HSTS) contributing to this problem?

“This merger is a testament to the partnership between Ohio University and Ohio Third Frontier, along with the Ohio Deve...
03/29/2021
TechGROWTH Ohio portfolio company Stirling Ultracold acquired by BioLife Solutions | Ohio University

“This merger is a testament to the partnership between Ohio University and Ohio Third Frontier, along with the Ohio Development Services Agency, to form TechGROWTH Ohio, and the role that higher education and the state can play in building tech-based economic development in rural communities."

TechGROWTH Ohio's client Stirling Ultracold finalized its plans to be acquired by BioLife Solutions $BLFS, making this the largest venture-backed exit in southeast Ohio and one of the larger exits in the state. Read more https://bit.ly/3lWrBSw

Ohio University-supported Stirling Ultracold, a privately-held developer and manufacturer of ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, signed a definitive merger agreement on Monday, March 22, to be acquired by publicly-traded BioLife Solutions.

“The industry is growing so quickly that no matter what you want to do, if you’re working hard and have the skillset and...
03/29/2021
Business of Games Summit highlights growth opportunities accelerated by the pandemic | Ohio University

“The industry is growing so quickly that no matter what you want to do, if you’re working hard and have the skillset and experience, you can find something that’s important to you.”
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Games and esports are now a bigger industry than movies and North American sports combined, thanks to the pandemic.
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Find out why gaming is becoming a lucrative job opportunity from the speakers at the Business of Games Summit! https://bit.ly/39ieF48

While some business sectors have suffered during the coronavirus pandemic, gaming and esports have grown—and are now a bigger industry than movies and North American sports combined, according to Chris Volpe, a leading voice in Midwest gaming and esports.

03/26/2021
How to Be an Economic Development Leader | Jeffrey Finkle

Jeff Finkle, Voinovich School’s Appalachian New Economy Partnership Fellow and President and CEO of the IEDC, was recently featured on the TrailBlazers Impact Podcast to discuss his work and advice for young professionals.

https://bit.ly/3cVCUpC

As President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council, Jeff Finkle is a recognized leader and authority on economic development. In this epi...

Don't miss out on your last chance to hear how FINNEAS, Phoebe Bridgers, MixedByAli, St. Vincent and many more made it i...
03/23/2021
Run the Jewels, Phoebe Bridgers, FINNEAS, St. Vincent, MixedbyAli announced as keynotes for virtual OHIO Music Industry Summit

Don't miss out on your last chance to hear how FINNEAS, Phoebe Bridgers, MixedByAli, St. Vincent and many more made it in the music industry.

Register now for the Third Annual Music Industry Summit to reserve spots! https://bit.ly/2OojUI3

Ohio University’s third annual Music Industry Summit on March 25 will offer nearly 13 hours of national and regional music leaders and artists for learning opportunities and featured performances.

Voinovich alumna Anna Palmer's film, "INHABITANTS: An Indigenous Perspective," will premiere at the Environmental Film F...
03/18/2021
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Voinovich alumna Anna Palmer's film, "INHABITANTS: An Indigenous Perspective," will premiere at the Environmental Film Festival on Friday. View here: https://bit.ly/3qVTYkv Or read more about the film's focus on traditional indigenous land management: https://bit.ly/3vKZcTU

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Thank you to Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik for spending time with the Voinovich School yesterd...
03/17/2021

Thank you to Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik for spending time with the Voinovich School yesterday to discuss our community and economic impact!

Join us tomorrow, March 17 at noon for our next installment of Public Service Perspectives.Craig Butler will discuss sol...
03/16/2021

Join us tomorrow, March 17 at noon for our next installment of Public Service Perspectives.

Craig Butler will discuss solving complex environmental challenges and utilizing science and collaboration to protect Lake Erie. Register at the link below!

https://bit.ly/3bPX5WM

This week's Sustainability Film Series feature "Rebuilding Paradise" tells the emotional stories of first responders and...
03/14/2021
Sustainability Series: REBUILDING PARADISE

This week's Sustainability Film Series feature "Rebuilding Paradise" tells the emotional stories of first responders and families affected by the 2018 California Wildfires.
The film runs March 15-17. Register at the link below.
https://bit.ly/3ruAi87

  Available to watch March 15th – 17th, 2021 Post-show Zoom discussion at 7:00PM on Wednesday, March 17th   How to watch Watch free films from the Spring Sustainability Series lineu…

Join the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice for "A Conversation Between Girlfriends ...
03/10/2021

Join the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice for "A Conversation Between Girlfriends - Real Talk About Women in Leadership."

The event will take place on March 18 from 10 am - 11:30 am. Register below!

https://bit.ly/3bvHL1t

Looking to grow your leadership skills? Register for "Leading in Appalachia: Communicating in a Complex World."The Voino...
03/09/2021

Looking to grow your leadership skills? Register for "Leading in Appalachia: Communicating in a Complex World."
The Voinovich Academy for Excellence in Public Service series begins March 16. Follow the link for more information!
https://bit.ly/376bb3q

"My passion for community development and advocating for women’s rights stems from recognizing that equitable opportunit...
03/08/2021

"My passion for community development and advocating for women’s rights stems from recognizing that equitable opportunities are necessary for social change and gender equity.”

On #InternationalWomensDay2021, MPA candidate Habiba Abdelaal encourages women to be advocates for each other, and to speak up for the women whose voices may be silenced. https://bit.ly/3qoalpP

Come hear the experiences of music leaders FINNEAS, Phoebe Bridgers, MixedByAli, St. Vincent and many more at the third ...
03/08/2021
Run the Jewels, Phoebe Bridgers, FINNEAS, St. Vincent, MixedbyAli announced as keynotes for virtual OHIO Music Industry Summit

Come hear the experiences of music leaders FINNEAS, Phoebe Bridgers, MixedByAli, St. Vincent and many more at the third annual Music Industry Summit, organized by
Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship.

“Anyone who loves music will get to geek out a little, but the stories and lessons from these musicians are applicable to any of us as we strive to be great in our careers and make an impact,” said Paul Benedict, Center for Entrepreneurship executive director.

Register today! https://bit.ly/2OojUI3

Ohio University’s third annual Music Industry Summit on March 25 will offer nearly 13 hours of national and regional music leaders and artists for learning opportunities and featured performances.

"No Time To Waste" features the powerful story of Betty Reid Soskin, a 99-year-old National Park Ranger using her voice ...
03/07/2021
Sustainability Series: NO TIME TO WASTE

"No Time To Waste" features the powerful story of Betty Reid Soskin, a 99-year-old National Park Ranger using her voice to tell the story of being a black woman in the United States.
The Sustainability Series film runs March 8-10. Register below.
https://bit.ly/2LlgnJ8

  Available to watch March 8th – 10th, 2021 Post-show Zoom discussion at 7:00PM on Wednesday, March 10th   How to watch Watch free films from the Spring Sustainability Series lineup…

“Being a veteran myself and having family who are veterans – my husband served in the Ohio Army National Guard – I try t...
03/05/2021
Executive MPA alumna and veteran finds passion in renewable energy industry | Ohio University

“Being a veteran myself and having family who are veterans – my husband served in the Ohio Army National Guard – I try to be a fierce advocate for veteran and military families.”

Through the Executive MPA program Samantha Sawmiller found an enriching, veteran-friendly community that helped connect her to her job as a development manager for Open Road Renewables, where she continues to look out for other veterans by encouraging them to look into this growing field.

“The industry is a perfect fit for veterans, there’s just a lot of skills that can translate.”

https://bit.ly/3qkusVU

Samantha Sawmiller grew up on a farm in Southwest Ohio where she learned about conservation and service, but her interest in environmental policy really became clear during her tour of duty in Iraq, 6,000 miles away from home. Sawmiller, who joined the Marine Corps in 2006 immediately after graduati...

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MSES Alumna, Anna Palmer is the Stream Buffer Educator in High Falls near New Paltz with the Region 3 DEC office in the Hudson River Estuary Department where she will be planting 5,000 trees and shrubs on riparian buffers around Ulster County this year. The Kickstarter campaign Feel free to watch the five minute trailer and help spread the word to find support. The campaign ends on Feb 5. INHABITANTS: An Indigenous Perspective is a feature-length documentary that follows five North American tribes restoring their ancient relationships with the land while adapting to today's climate crisis. The goal of INHABITANTS is to create a platform for Native American perspectives on climate change and land stewardship, helping them reach a wider audience and ultimately expand their role in climate and environmental policy. INHABITANTS will offer a valuable, contemporary context for tribal leadership, by bringing tribal voices including elders and youth to many different audiences, including: policy makers, adaptation practitioners, scientists, academics, native youth, tribal councils, native and non-native natural resource managers, activists and environmental organizations. We need support in order to complete this film in 2020 and get it out into the world. Please consider watching the Kickstarter trailer and checking out the page here: INHABITANTS KICKSTARTER PAGE Also, share with anyone you might think is interested in supporting this timely project. https://www.facebook.com/InhabitantsFilm/posts/521788965101965 Any contribution is welcomed. Thank you! _______________________________________ Kickstarter- http://kck.st/2MZxA8I Website- https://www.inhabitantsfilm.com/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/InhabitantsFilm/