Guest lecture

Monday, Oct. 20

Nelson Hall Commons main room

Noon-1 p.m.

Leonard Calabrese, D.O., AOF Physician of the Year, will speak on "the role of empathy and mindfulness in an osteopathic medical practice." Space is limited, so please RSVP by Oct. 16 to Lynne Chapman at 

or 740.593.4232. 

AOA Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition

Oct. 25-29

Seattle, Wash.

The largest gathering of D.O.s in the world. Events include a Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends reception Oct. 27. For more information, click here.

in the news

Heritage College program helps patients chart healthy course
The Athens NEWS Sept. 8
Click here, then on September 2014 issue
OU to partner with Cleveland Clinic for medical education
Ohio University Post, Sept. 17
Grand opening of Heritage College Dublin video
youtube, Sept. 18
Transgender students find themselves through OU assistance
Ohio University Post,
Oct. 2
Faculty member and Campus Care physician Jane Balbo, D.O., is quoted.
Heritage College research asks: Why do athletes hide concussions?
The Athens NEWS
Oct. 6
Click here, then on October 2014 issue
Heritage College 2014 Highlights video
Oct. 9


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College researchers get over $3 million in NIH funding

In recent months, the National Institutes of Health have awarded a total of more than $3 million in grant funding to five researchers at the Heritage College.


The funds will support research into subjects including the effects of the brain and nervous system on loss of muscle strength; lingual nerve damage; human cytomegalovirus; the geographic transmission patterns of Chagas disease; and insulin resistance of skeletal muscle.


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Student Affairs staffer wins Emerging Leader award
Alicia Boards

Alicia Boards, assistant director of multicultural programs in the Heritage College office of student affairs, has won the Emerging Leader Award from the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.


This award, according to NAMME, honors new members of the organization who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and dedication to the mission of NAMME, its programs and activities.


NAMME describes itself as a national organization dedicated to developing and sustaining productive relationships as well as action-oriented programs among national, state, and community stakeholders who are working to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in all of the health professions. NAMME also seeks to provide critical guidance and professional development opportunities for individuals dedicated to these efforts and the students they serve.

Memorial Service honors body donors, family members
  Heritage College students talk with relatives of body donors.
Contributors to the Heritage College's Body Donor Program and their families were honored Monday, Sept. 29, at a memorial service in Ohio University's Baker Center Ballroom.

Friends and family shared stories about their loved ones and encouraged Heritage College students to learn as much as they can from the body donors' gifts. Nasir Shahrestani, OMS-II, promised not to let them down.


"Through death your loved one continues to teach us the virtue of what it means to live," Shahrestani said. 


The Body Donor Program, operated by the Department of Biomedical Sciences, enables people to donate their bodies, after their death, to further medical education and research. These donations are extremely important to the training of future physicians and other health care professionals.


About one-third of attendees at the packed memorial service were medical students. Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., called the memorial service one of the most important times of the year for the college, and thanked the donors and their friends and families for their selfless gift which will help patients in the future.


Help Culinary Services improve the OU-HCOM SAF Café

There's still time to share your opinions of the Heritage College's OU-HCOM SAF Café in Athens, and earn the chance to win prizes for doing so.        

Ohio University Culinary Services is conducting an OU-HCOM SAF Café customer satisfaction survey, which will remain open through at least Sunday, Oct. 12.

The online survey can be filled out by clicking here. Those who complete the survey can enter to win one of 20 OU-HCOM SAF Café travel mugs and a free coffee, hot chocolate or tea coupon. The survey applies only to the café at the Athens campus.


The SAF Café, one of a number of cafés run by Culinary Services across the university campus, is located in the Academic & Research Center. It offers freshly brewed coffee, specialty drinks, sodas, baked goods and more. It also accepts Flex Points.

College launches Athens-Dublin mail courier service  

A weekly courier service will begin Oct. 7, to transport mail and small packages between the Athens and Dublin campuses. 


Items from Athens can be placed in campus mail outboxes or dropped off to Jenn Fritchley in Grosvenor Hall room 011. Items must be placed in mailboxes prior to the Monday afternoon mail run or dropped off at room 011 by 10 a.m. on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery to Dublin.  


Items coming from Dublin to Athens should be placed in the collection box in the LRC, room MEB1 106F, by 10 a.m. Monday, and will be distributed in Athens by Central Services staff on Tuesday afternoons.


For more information, contact Jenn Fritchley at 740.593.2101. 

College creates new emergency response team

The Heritage College has formed an emergency response team to provide guidance on how the college responds to critical situations that may threaten the health and safety of our community.


The team is looking at current resources and will be developing strategies to help the college prepare, respond and communicate should an emergency occur. It is also assessing how the college might better support Ohio University's emergency procedures. By planning ahead, the college hopes to mitigate potential hazards during an emergency.


For more information contact Chief Administrative Officer Beth Maxon at or Vice Dean Wayne Carlsen, D.O., at 

human resources 
New hires

Amy Martinez, admissions advisor, joined Heritage College on Aug. 18. She can be reached at the Dublin campus at 614.793.5558.



Laura Rush, Ph.D., D.V.M., executive director of the Clinical & Translational Research Unit, joined the Office of Research and Grants-CTRU Unit on Sept. 15. She can be reached in Irvine 244 at 740.593.2338.



Sophia Pierce, CORE administrative assistant at Ohio Health O'Bleness Hospital, joined the Academic Affairs Department on Sept. 18. She can be reached in the Medical Education Office 036 at O'Bleness, at 566-4854.




Kyle Rosenberger, curriculum coordinator, joined Heritage College on June 30. He can be reached at the Dublin campus at 614.793.5558.

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Speaker to look at boosting primary care research

On Thursday, Oct. 16, a visiting speaker will address the question of how the Heritage College can better push forward the expansion of its primary care research agenda.


John Hickner, M.D., M.Sc., will speak on the topic, "Advancing primary care research at Heritage College by building primary care research competencies." Dr. Hickner is head of family medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine.


Kelly Nottingham, executive director of primary care research initiatives at the Heritage College, said Hickner plans to speak for about 45 minutes to an hour, then take questions for about 30 minutes. He will also be staying on the day after his talk to meet with students and faculty, Nottingham said.


Hickner will speak in Irvine 194 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. His appearance will be streamed to the Dublin campus as well, in room MEB1 415.


The Heritage College is currently in the midst of an ambitious effort to expand its primary care research agenda, with input from faculty being sought through surveying and focus group discussions. Much of the conversation so far has centered on a proposal for a primary care research strategy and initiative, drafted by Associate Dean for Research and Grants Jack Blazyk, Ph.D.


For more information contact Nottingham at 740.593.2214 or

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