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Aug. 12 1999
  Vol. 29, No. 2

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Kiplinger chair has deep journalism roots

Pamela G. Hollie, most recently a deputy director of the Nature Conservancy and a former New York Times reporter, has been named to the Willard M. Kiplinger Chair in Public Affairs Reporting in Ohio State's School of Journalism and Communication, effective Sept. 1.

As chairholder, Hollie will direct the Kiplinger Mid-Career Program in Public Affairs Reporting at the school. The interdisciplinary program, which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary, each year accepts a small group of mid-career journalists to study public affairs reporting and the relationships between media and society.

Students earn a master's degree at the end of their yearlong program.


Pamela Hollie

Hollie comes to the position following a distinguished career in journalism and foundation management. She has been a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was Pacific correspondent for the Honolulu Advertiser, and from 1977 to 1987 wrote for The New York Times, serving as a financial columnist, Southeast Asia/Pacific correspondent and national correspondent.

She has been a Fulbright lecturer in Malaysia and Singapore, and served from 1990-1993 on the Fulbright selection committee in Washington, D.C. Hollie also was a university officer and lecturer in business at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism from 1987-1990, and served as an analyst and consultant on media for the New York Stock Exchange in the late 1980s.

Most recently, Hollie was deputy director for The Nature Conservancy's Asia Pacific region, working in the areas of government relations, development, fund raising and conservation policy. Previously she was a representative to the Philippines and Pacific Island Nations for the Asia Foundation.

Hollie also is a former director of the Kraft General Foods Foundation and directed the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia University in New York. As part of that position, she edited a textbook that brought together more than 40 former Knight-Bagehot Fellows to produce a comprehensive guide for journalists.

Hollie earned a master's degree in economics and business from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and her bachelor's degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She serves on the Columbia school's Board of Visitors and is a Washburn University trustee.

OSU's Kiplinger Mid-Career Program in Public Affairs is supported by an endowment from the Kiplinger Foundation, publishers of the Kiplinger Washington Newsletter and other publications. It honors the late Willard M. Kiplinger, a 1912 Ohio State graduate. The professorship is renewable for up to five years.

Hollie replaces James Neff, whose five-year term ends Aug. 31.


Schoen Awards presented to three Ohio State staff

By Karissa Shivley

Three Ohio State staff members will have the opportunity to enhance their professional growth and leadership as recipients of the 1999 Kathryn T. Schoen Award.

Olga Esquivel-Gonzalez, Shari Mickey-Boggs and Penelope Reighart received plaques in a recent ceremony. Executive Vice President and Provost Edward J. Ray presented the awards.

Esquivel-Gonzalez is a human resources consultant and interim director of the Office of Affirmative Action, and Mickey-Boggs is manager of Consulting Services.

With their Schoen Award, the two will attend the College and University Personnel Association national conference Oct. 3-6 in Seattle, Wash. At the conference, they plan to participate in sessions on leadership and learning, public policy, senior human resource management, and partnership and collaboration.

Esquivel-Gonzalez and Mickey-Boggs believe that exposure to, and understanding of, these issues can be applied to their day-to-day functions at the University. The two chose to jointly apply for the award because they believe knowledge should be disseminated to as many individuals as possible to avoid the gaps created by the departure of people.

Reighart is assistant dean of undergraduate programs and services with the College of Human Ecology. With her Schoen Award, Reighart will attend two workshops on general mediation training and negotiation training, and study selected books to further her understanding of leadership development.

The workshops are designed to build communication and interrelationship skills in order to better facilitate group processes in reflective thinking, understanding and appreciating differences in viewpoints, building consensus, and developing creative ideas that can satisfy the needs of diverse groups.

Kathryn T. Schoen became the first woman vice president at Ohio State when she was appointed to lead educational services in 1978. In more than 20 years of service, she was known for her personal commitment to helping students, and giving others, particularly women, opportunities for professional growth. She and her husband, Richard, live in Longwood, Fla.

The awards were selected this year by Julie C. Conry, development officer in the Office of University Development and the College of Nursing/Health Sciences; Melissa G. Krygier, assistant vice president for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; and Nancy M. Rudd, vice provost for academic policy and human resources in the Office of Academic Affairs.


Ohio Stadium construction won't disrupt game days

By Randy Gammage

Ongoing construction at Ohio Stadium may look imtimidating from the outside, but once inside fans will hardly notice, according to those in charge of the project.

"When you come into the stadium and look around, you won't see any difference," said Mike Dolan, assistant athletic director of physical facilities.

While the $156 million renovation project is on schedule, it calls for work to continue through the next two football seasons.

Photo by Frank Fahner

Work on Ohio Stadium continues through the 2000 football season.


"Basically, they'll have to button up the site every week for home games - clean it up and make it safe for visitors," said Tom Heretta, project coordinator for the Office of the University Architect and Physical Planning.

Fans will observe the chain link fence surrounding the stadium, and might notice that the running track and dormitories have been removed.

But the major changes that have occurred so far lie underground, where a 40- to 60-foot-deep concrete wall has been built around the playing field, according to Heretta. Called a slurry wall, it is designed to keep the Olentangy River from running through a playing field that will be lowered by 14 feet in time for the 2000 season.

"We're more in the preparatory and demolition phase this year," Heretta said.

Dolan added: "The big impact, in a visual sense, will be next (2000) construction season."

The renovation project calls for a taller C-deck, new outer wall, an A-deck with seats closer to the field, and two levels of hospitality suites on the west side of B-deck. It also will include additional elevators, concessions and rest rooms.

Heretta said seating capacity, which will be more than 96,000 once renovations are completed, will not be affected this season. Nor will access in and out of the stadium. The surrounding fence is equipped with numerous access gates that will be opened on game day.

As for the controversy that surrounded the stadium contract bidding process recently, University Architect Jill Morelli said OSU follows the procedures outlined in the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Operation manual, Ohio Revised Code and the Instructions to Bidders, as well as the contract itself.

These documents give the University the right to rebid any and all contracts of a project.

Of 32 contracts on the Ohio Stadium project, eight were rebid. Three of those later came under fire by union officials when nonunion companies were awarded the contracts.

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