Photojournalism Essays

Ohio Adult Allies and the Voinovich School

The Voinovich School supports Ohio Adult Allies in its youth empowerment work. Every year, it hosts an Adult Ally Summit to build the skills of adult allies and facilitates a series of Training Academies where veteran allies mentor new adult leaders. Photo essay shot by Keith Rutowski, 2015-16 Voinovich School Photojournalism Fellow.

Research on The Ridges

South of Ohio University’s main campus lies The Ridges, a 740-acre tract of forests and farmland. The abandoned orchards on the grounds from The Ridges's days as an asylum are known today as the Land Lab, a place where Ohio University students can do hands-on work tending crops, aging forests, and working the soil. They learn to be scientists in the quiet, natural beauty of the Ridges. Photo essay narrated by Dr. Sarah Davis, assistant professor of environmental studies, and shot by Photojournalism Fellows Keith Rutowski, 2015-2016, and Melissa Riggs, 2014-2015.

Rio Connection: Increasing continuity throughout the science curriculum

University of Rio Grande faculty members, Drs. Jacob White and Robert Hopkins, implement the Math and Science (MSP) project. Under Rio Connection, this pairs education coaches with public school teachers to enhance science and math instruction. Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs partnered with University of Rio Grande, the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center and the school districts to provide external evaluations. Photo Essay by 2014-2015 Voinovich School/VisCom Photojournalism Fellow Melissa Riggs.

Stirling Ultracold: TechGROWTH Ohio Success Story

TechGROWTH Ohio success story Stirling Ultracold employees talk about their experience in working at the growing, vibrant company in Athens, Ohio. “We make it possible to find the cure for cancer, and to do good for the environment at the same time,” Neill Lane, CEO, states. Audio and photos by Melissa Riggs, Voinovich School Photojournalism Fellow 2014-15.

Captain Timothy Greene on the OHIO Executive MPA Program

Ohio University student Timothy Greene was an officer in the US Army, serving in the ROTC, as well as a full time student in the Ohio University Executive MPA program at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs on top of his personal obligations. Listen and observe as he describes the OEMPA program and how it fit into his complex life yet was completely manageable.

BioStar Energy (Biodigester heating a greenhouse and providing jobs)

Gil Fuleki from BioStar Energy discusses the the business and the importance of working with the Perry County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The company developed, built and operates an anaerobic biodigester differently than anyone else in the industry. BioStar has worked with Ohio University and TechGROWTH Ohio to help grow and expand their business.

Shagbark Seed and Mill works with the SBDC

Shagbark Seed and Mill is making a difference in the food network with the assistance of the Small Business Development Center at Ohio University's Voinovich School.

Alex Slaymaker and her Zero Waste Passion

Ohio University undergraduate student Alex Slaymaker didn't sit back during her years on the Athens campus, she made things happen. Listen as she describes her sustainability efforts and success on multiple levels at this beautiful campus in SE Ohio.

"My OHIO MPA Experience" by Annie White

Learn about Annie White's unique experience in the MPA program at OHIO's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and what it has done for her.

"My OHIO MPA Experience" by Thomas Raabe

Learn about the experience of Thomas Raabe, an MPA student at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

"My OHIO MPA experience" by Crescent Gallagher

Follow Crescent Gallagher, MPA student at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs to see what his experience entailed and how he maximized the opportunities.

Zero Waste Initiative

The Appalachian Ohio Zero Waste Initiative (AOZWI) collaborates with communities to build local wealth and environmental health by increasing waste diversion and supporting the development of a zero waste economy. AOZWI was formed in 2010 in response to a number of challenges in Southeast Ohio: low recycling rates, high rates of illegal dumping, and burning. The AOZWI is coordinated by Rural Action in partnership with the Voinovich School of leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University and funded by the Sugar Bush Foundation, a supporting organization of the Ohio University Foundation. Photos by Darcy Holdorf, audio and production by Jenna Smith

"My OHIO MSES Experience" by Nathan Daniel

Ohio University's Environmental Studies program is a unique multidisciplinary program. Follow along with student Nathan Daniel as he discusses his thesis project and outcome.

"My OHIO MSES Experience" by Mary Alexis Leciejewski

Ohio University's Environmental Studies program is a unique multidisciplinary program. Follow along with Mary Alexis Leciejewski as she navigates the program.

DoE Good Neighbors

Through a grant provided by the DOE Office of Environmental Management Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, Ohio University is engaging in a variety of public outreach and applied environmental science tasks at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) facility in Piketon, Ohio as DOE executes the decontamination and decommissioning of the site. These tasks are focused on engaging the public and developing solutions to existing environmental concerns at the site and are designed to inform decision-making related to cleanup and risk reduction at the PORTS facility. OU’s work benefits the public by providing information to DOE that contributes to the cleanup occurring more expeditiously, more efficaciously, and more cost-effectively (i.e. faster, better, cheaper). This will accelerate the repurposing of the facility for other industrial uses resulting in economic benefits to surrounding communities. Produced by Brice Nihiser.

"The Voinovich School is..." by Michael Zimmer, Executive in Residence

Michael Zimmer, Executive in Residence at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs describes what the Voinovich School is in his own words, and the tremendous change it is having on the region and state.

"The Voinovich School is..." by Jennifer Bowman, Environmental Project Manager

Jennifer Bowman, Environmental Project Manager with Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs describes what the Voinovich School is in her own words.

"The Voinovich School is..." by Jeffrey Finkle, Appalachian New Economy Partnership Fellow

Jeffrey Finkle, President/CEO of the International Economic Development Council and the Appalachian New Economy Partnership Fellow at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs describes what the Voinovich School is in his own words.

"The Voinovich School is ..." by Robert Gordon, Project Manager

Robert Gordon, Project Manager at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs describes the Voinovich School in his own words.

"The Voinovich School is.." by Beverly Jones, Visiting Fellow

Listen as Beverly Jones, Visiting Fellow with OHIO's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs describes the positive impact of the Voinovich School

"The Voinovich School is..." by Trenia Twyman

Trenia Twyman, with Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs describes what the Voinovich School is in her own words.

ECO 2 Capture

Dave Bayless, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio University talks about the process of developing the company ECO 2 Capture at a University, working to commercialize the technology, and the journey of an academic becoming an entrepreneur.

Pierce Run part II

Ben McCament, Watershed Coordinator for the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, discusses the importance of efforts to clean up acid mine drainage along Pierce Run in the Raccoon Creek Watershed.

Ghost Blind

Ghostblind Industries, a company located in Marietta, Ohio has worked with TechGROWTH Ohio to secure venture capital funding and business assistance services. Founded by hunting enthusiasts Chet Burdette and Kevin Pottmeyer, the company's signature hunting blinds utilize lightweight, reflective panels to create a fool-proof camouflage in any landscape. Based on its potential to attract a large market, create jobs and contribute to the regional economy, GhostBlind Industries was a prime candidate for TechGROWTH Ohio support.

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