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July 2014 Archives

Who’s Who in Black Columbus Honors Ohio State Faculty, Staff and Students

Nearly 60 Ohio State faculty, staff and students were among those recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the 12th edition of Who’s Who in Black Columbus. Board of Trustees member Clark Kellogg wrote the foreword for this year’s publication. The cover unveiling ceremony took place in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union on July 29. Prior to the ceremony, many of the faculty, staff and students in this year’s publication gathered for a reception. Congratulations to all of our representatives!

On the Road with the Roads Scholars Tour

The Roads Scholars Tour, a two-day, traveling seminar led by the Office of Outreach and Engagement, took more than 40 faculty to northeast Ohio on July 22-23 to meet community partners, tour sites where the university has key partnerships, and see first-hand the reach and impact that teaching, research and engagement collaborations have on communities and residents across the state. Beginning at Ohio Stadium, the group traveled to the Ohio State Mansfield campus, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Goodyear headquarters and the Ohio State Wooster campus.

Dining with Diabetes Program Promotes Healthy Living

Dan Remley was a junior at Miami University (Ohio) when doctors broke a piece of news to him that changed his life forever: he had Type 1 diabetes. With the onset of Type 1, Remley's body became unable to produce insulin – the required chemical for the absorption of sugar for energy – and he had to figure out how to diligently manage the disease. Now an assistant professor and field specialist in Food, Nutrition and Wellness at Ohio State, Remley has partnered with OSU Extension's signature program, Dining with Diabetes, to help fellow diabetics. A total of nearly 1.1 million Ohioans live with diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention – a population large enough to fill Ohio Stadium more than 10 times – and many are unsure where to begin in terms of properly managing it, but that's where the program comes in.

WiE Program Encourages Girls in STEM Studies

They may look like little girls playing with Legos, but Shivani Patel knows the youngsters in the Women in Engineering’s (WiE) robotics outreach initiative could be the engineers of the next generation. “These girls have developed technical skills that you don’t expect from a 12-year-old,” said Patel, a fifth-year in engineering and a coach and mentor with the WiE program. Members of the WiE TECHie team pose with their research project on hurricanes after the regional FIRST Lego League competition in June. (Photo courtesy of Shawna Fletcher) Members of the WiE TECHie team pose with their research project on hurricanes after the regional FIRST Lego League competition in June. (Photo courtesy of Shawna Fletcher) The robotics initiative allowed WiE to team up with local schools and partners to teach fourth- through eighth-grade students about science and technology by participating in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics program. Shawna Fletcher, WiE interim director, said the majority of the participants at FLL competitions are boys, but four out of the five Ohio State teams were all-girl. She said it’s important to show these girls at an early age that they are capable of going into STEM fields.

LiFE Sports Helps Campers Develop Skills for a Lifetime

It’s the thrill of athletics that attracts them to campus. But it’s the less glamorous skills they learn — self-control, personal motivation/commitment, teamwork and social responsibility — that keep them coming back from year to year. Ohio State’s LiFE Sports (Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports) Initiative is the second-largest program of its kind in the country, with more than 650 local youth served each year. While the one-month summer camp, held this year June 9-July 3, serves as the flagship program, the LiFE Sports Initiative also involves year-round teaching and research opportunities.

Engagement is:

The collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

- Carnegie Foundation (2008)

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Office of Outreach and Engagement
203 Bricker Hall
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 247-7795
E-mail: engage@osu.edu