Oxford

Oxford's McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital says it's exploring affiliation options with Mercy Health.

The hospital's Board of Directors voted Thursday to move forward with the process. It had been considering affiliation options since October 2012. The Board says it will enter exclusive discussions with Mercy leaders to craft the partnership. The process is projected to take six to eight months.

In a release, McCullough-Hyde says:

Miami University

Miami University is naming David Sayler as its new Director of Athletics. Sayler comes from the University of South Dakota where he was in charge of intercollegiate athletics for two-and-a-half years.

Sayler replaces Brad Bates who left in October to take the athletic director position at Boston College.

Jeff Sabo / Miami University

The final steel beam on Miami University's new student center is now in place. The support was placed yesterday during a special "topping out" ceremony.

Following tradition, the beam was painted white and signed by key contributors as well as university officials and anyone who came by before the ceremony.