Souper Bowl Lunch
Thursday, Feb. 4
Athens: Irvine on the Bricks
Dublin: 4th floor open lounge of MEB1
Cleveland: Crockpot cookoff, 2nd floor lobby
Lunchtime seminar
Monday, Feb. 15
Noon - 1 p.m.
OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital Room 014
"Early Indicators of Alzheimer's Disease," presented by Julie A. Suhr, Ph.D., professor and director of clinical training, Ohio University Department of Psychology. Contact
Vickey Haller at 740.593.2258 or

Talent Follies (rescheduled)

Friday, March 11

6:30 p.m.

Irvine 194, Athens

Sponsored by Student Osteopathic Medical Association

Admission $3

Contact Heather Kremin,

Ohio Osteopathic Symposium
April 20-24
Hilton Columbus
at Easton Town Center
3900 Chagrin Drive
Columbus, Ohio
Jointly sponsored by the Heritage College and the Ohio Osteopathic Association, OOS is the state's premier continuing medical education event for osteopathic physicians. Register here.
Heritage College 2016 Commencement
Saturday, May 7
10 a.m.
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, Athens
Graduates and mentors should arrive at 8:45 a.m. On Friday, May 6 there will be a financial aid presentation at 11 a.m. in Irvine Auditorium; a commencement awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in Baker Ballroom, and a rehearsal from 3-5 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium. After commencement, a reception will begin at noon in Baker Ballroom. For more information click here.

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CBS News Online
Jan. 1
(Includes the opening of the Heritage College, Cleveland)
The DO magazine
Jan. 1
The Post
Jan. 14
The Post
Jan. 18
Catholic Health World
Jan. 27


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College provides 3D view of newly identified dinosaur
It has a parrot-like beak, bones in its skin and an inner ear similar to a turtle. Meet Kunbarrasaurus, Australia's newest dinosaur.
The skeleton of Kunbarrasaurus (koon-ba-rah-sore-rus) was discovered in 1989, but new research involving the 3D reconstruction of the dinosaur's brain, inner ear and nasal cavities has revealed the dinosaur is a distinctly different species than previously thought.
The reconstruction was completed by Lawrence Witmer, Ph.D., anatomy professor at the Heritage College, using information from a CT scan done at Mater Adult Hospital in Australia.
Student wins award for research poster at OMED
Heritage College, Dublin, student David Kling, OMS II, won a student
David Kling with his award-winning poster.
poster competition award at the American Osteopathic Association OMED conference in October. 

Kling's entry, co-authored with John Francescon, OMS II at Heritage College, Athens, found some evidence to suggest that women who deliver their babies by caesarean section may be less likely to breastfeed exclusively at the time they are discharged from the hospital.
Students: Don't miss out on volunteering prospects
Community Health Programs at the Heritage College wants to remind all first- and second-year medical students (and third- and fourth-years in Athens) that a wide range of volunteer opportunities is available on an ongoing basis through the T.O.U.C.H. program. CHP reports that total student volunteer hours are down compared to this same time last year, and urges students to keep up-to-date on what openings for volunteer work are available at any given time.
To help them do this, T.O.U.C.H. will begin sending out an email to the classes of 2018 and 2019 every Monday, listing the volunteer opportunities for the following week. This will help ensure that students interested in these openings will have ample time to sign up for them.
Volunteering helps raise the profile of the Heritage College as an institution whose students are committed to serving the most pressing health care needs of our local communities. And don't forget - students who volunteer at least four hours during a T.O.U.C.H. service year will receive a recognition letter in their student files, while those who volunteer 50 hours or more will be recognized at the annual DOC Awards in March.
For more information contact Cate Perry at, or Autumn Haynes at
OHIO alum to discuss new cancer therapy technology 
Joseph Jachinowski, an Ohio University alumnus and CEO of Mevion Medical Systems, will present a special colloquium on a new cancer therapy technology at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in 245 Walter Hall.

The colloquium, "The Confluence of Superconductivity and High-Energy Physics in the Quest to Cure Cancer," is open to the public.

December 2015 CARE award winners announced
The Heritage College CARE Award recipients for December are:
  • Administrative: Linda Knopp, director of communications, Office of Communication
  • Classified: Mike Yeager, administrative specialist,  Office of Academic Affairs
  • Faculty: Maureen Kollar, D.O. ('84), assistant professor of primary care, Department of Pediatrics, Heritage College, Dublin
Director of Communications Linda Knopp has delivered a great deal of work in improving the look of the Heritage College. Her incredible follow-up, in addition to the quality of her content and writing, has let no detail fall through the cracks. She played a large role in several projects that took home honors from the 2015 AACOM Excellence in Communications Awards, including the project recognized as Best in Show - First Place for Heritage College, Dublin, Opening Celebration Video. She also went above and beyond in this year's Points of Pride video, in conjunction with Communications Office colleagues Lisa Forster and Joel Prince. Chief Communications Officer Karoline Lane, who nominated Knopp, said, "Linda is tireless in her work for the college. We talk about those who 'go the extra mile.' She goes the extra 10 miles."
Mike Yeager, administrative specialist in the Office of Academic Affairs in Athens, balances work with hundreds of medical students and still remains available and on top of his game. He
works extremely hard in the office's Clinical and Community Experiences (CCE) program to accommodate students' specialties, and to ensure they enjoy a range of different experiences. Yeager was nominated by Christopher Gibson, OMS II, who wrote, "Mike has been vital to the students' CCE experience, arguably one of the most valuable and unique aspects of our education here. Without Mike's tireless efforts, we would not have as much success with these invaluable early clinical learning experiences."
The expertise and top-quality advice supplied by Assistant Professor of Primary Care Maureen Kollar, D.O. ('84), has not gone unnoticed. Her enthusiasm and 
commitment to the Heritage College and its students facilitates learning and support throughout the medical education process. Alyssa Ritchie, OMS I, Dublin, who nominated Kollar, called her "a smiling face on campus whose commitment day in and day out truly stands out!" Kollar serves as a mentor to many students, participates in the Pediatrics Club, and contributed to planning and implementing the first Bobcat Care Fair.
Nominations for the award can be submitted on the CARE website.
Faculty member serves on toxins task force
Associate Professor of Immunology Fabian Benencia, Ph.D., is one of 180 scientists from 22 countries serving on a task force looking for ways to stop cancer using non-toxic chemicals.

Canadian nongovernmental organization "Getting to Know Cancer" assembled two task forces: one focused on finding a new approach to treat cancer and the second to learn whether exposure to commonly used chemicals causes cancer. Called the Halifax Project, the initiative consists of 12 cross-functional teams of scientists focused on different aspects of cancer biology.

Benencia participated in the Tumor Microenvironment Team, and his role particularly focused on analyzing the current state of knowledge of inflammatory molecules in the tumor microenvironment. The results of this team's work was published in Seminars in Cancer Biology (Cancer prevention and therapy through the modulation of the tumor microenvironment, 2015; 35 Suppl:S199-223).

The task force Benencia is serving on concluded that carefully designed combinations of non-toxic chemicals, many from plants and foods, hold considerable promise for treating cancers that have become resistant to mainstream therapy. In Seminars in Cancer Biology (Designing a broad-spectrum integrative approach for cancer prevention and treatment, 2015; 35 Suppl:S276-304), the task force called for additional support for research exploring how mixtures of non-toxic chemicals can be used to treat cancer.
Conference to look at immigrant/migrant health
The Ohio University Global Health Initiative, College of Health Sciences and Professions, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Center for International Studies are hosting an Immigrant & Migrant Health Conference in the Dublin Integrated Education Center, 6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio, on March 11-12.
The conference is aimed at health professionals who work with immigrant, migrant, and refugee populations, and will cover legal and economic issues, cultural barriers, health care challenges, and community resources. Organizers invite the submission of abstracts for poster presentations. Poster submissions may provide descriptions of recently completed work, relevant results of work in progress, or a research/project proposal in any area of immigrant and migrant health.
The deadline to submit abstracts is Feb 10. For more details, or to submit an abstract, click here. For more information contact Zelalem Haile, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at the Heritage College, at or 614.793.5591. 
New on the Heritage College blog
In celebration of our 40th anniversary year, the Heritage College has launched the  Ohio University Medicine blog, where we'll share stories about the people and programs who helped us get where we are today, as well as our ideas and initiatives for the future.

New posts this month include:
Whether at the Champagne Dinner in the '80s, the Family Practice Banquet in the '90s or today's Heritage Ball, our students, faculty and staff enjoy hitting the dance floor and making memories outside the classroom. See a gallery of photos from this year's Heritage Ball and learn why traditions are important to our college.
During his 16+ years at the college, Mark Loudin, multimedia producer and director, has touched the lives of nearly half of our graduates, from welcoming incoming students into the Heritage College family with open arms to cheering on new graduates as they begin their medical careers. Read about the favorite part of his job and his inspiration.
Don't want to miss future blog posts? Subscribe to Ohio University Medicine today, and you'll receive notifications by email when new posts are made. Simply click on the "follow" button in the lower right-hand corner of the page. If you're one of the first 40 students, first 40 alumni/friends or first 40 faculty/staff to subscribe, you will also receive a special limited-edition Ohio University Medicine bandanna.
FERPA presentation can now be viewed online
On Jan. 7, the Ohio University Office of Legal Affairs and Office of the University Registrar offered a presentation on compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. 

Heritage College employees who wish to review the presentation, can now access a video and slide show online. Presenters were Barb Nalazek, J.D., deputy general counsel, and Patrick Beatty, associate university registrar. To view the material, click here. Access requires a university login.
Nominations open for four OOA awards
The Ohio Osteopathic Association is now accepting nominations for four awards, meant to recognize individuals who have made significant osteopathic contributions in Ohio and nationally. Deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 22. 
  • The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor to an osteopathic physician who has shown outstanding personal, scientific and professional accomplishments, especially in service to Ohio's osteopathic profession. 
  • The Meritorious Service Award honors an individual for outstanding accomplishments in scientific, philanthropic or other public service fields. 
  • The Trustees' Award is given to individual for dedicated service to the Ohio Osteopathic Association.
  • The M. Bridget Wagner, DO, Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual for acts of philanthropy and public service. 
Nominations should include the name of the award, the name of the individual being nominated, and a narrative of 500 words or less outlining why the individual deserves the award. A copy of the nominee's C.V. is encouraged but not required. Email nominations to Carol Tatman at
Recipients will be selected in March, and honorees will be notified and announced prior to the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium April 20-24. Contact the OOA Central Office at 800.234.4848 with any questions. For more information on the awards, click here.
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College's new website set to launch in February
The Heritage College is making steady progress on its new website, and launch is now expected by the end of February. Here's a brief update on the project:

Construction is 90 percent complete. To see how the site is taking shape, go to Please don't share
 this link outside the college just yet., Ohio University's campus-wide cloud storage platform, will play a crucial file-sharing role in conjunction with the new website. If you receive any folder invitations over the next few months, please accept them so you are able to maintain access to all the password-protected content you need once the college migrates to the new website. To see how Box will be used with the new site, explore the quick-start guides, video demonstrations and other resources at the bottom of this page:

Have questions about the web project? Find answers to frequentIy asked questions by clicking here. Or contact project manager Jody Grenert at or 740.593.0896.