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OUS celebrates new dean

the tribune/justin prince The Woodstock Tribute Band plays some classic tunes during a celebration for new OUS dean Nicole Pennington.

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The Woodstock Tribute Band plays some classic tunes during a celebration for new OUS dean Nicole Pennington.

Ohio University Southern hosted a party Thursday evening for faculty and students to celebrate and welcome the school’s new dean, Nicole Pennington.

Pennington was officially named to the position in April of this year, making her the first female dean in school’s history. But, with classes just beginning this past week, the party gave many students and faculty members the first chance to wish her well.

“I’m flattered,” Pennington said about the party in her honor. “But, this really is a good opportunity for everyone to come together and get to know each other. To spend some time with each other outside of the classroom and have a good time.”

The event, which included pizza, music by the Woodstock Tribute Band, and a Woodstock costume contest, also served as part of Welcome Back Week festivities for the students.

“We just started school back so this gives our students a chance to unwind a little bit and get adjusted,” Pennington said. “It’s just a good thing for everyone involved. Any time you can develop a relationship with the students outside of the classroom it has a chance to have a positive impact on them.”

Before obtaining her new position Pennington served as OUS’ director and associate professor of nursing from 2006 until her appointment as dean.