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July 2015 Archives

Inside-Out Course Inspires Students Through Community-Based Learning

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” - As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen. This quote comes from an essay by a British philosophical writer who is known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. More than 100 years after the essay was published, the same quote was typed out in bright red lettering in the PowerPoint presentation of a former prisoner telling college students about how higher education had helped change his life. The higher education experience that he cited as helping him the most was called Corrections: an Inside-Out Course. It is an Ohio State class where students visit the Southeastern Correctional Institute once each week and take a class together with people who are incarcerated.

On the Road with the 2015 Roads Scholars Tour

The Roads Scholars Tour, a two-day, traveling seminar led by the Office of Outreach and Engagement, took more than 50 faculty, community partners and administrators to northeast Ohio on July 21-22 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. Starting at the Havener Eye Institute near the Columbus campus, exploring industrial partnerships at Next Generation Films and ArcelorMittal and culminating with a visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art, day one of this year’s tour highlighted some of Ohio State’s many vital connections with health care, industry and the arts. On day two, the tour ventured through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, took a look at service-learning courses at the University of Akron and concluded with a stop at Ohio State’s Wooster campus to learn more about the teaching, research and engagement taking place there.

Search Committee Announced for Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement

The committee members of a national search for the Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement have been announced. Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries Carol P. Diedrichs has agreed to serve as the committee’s chair.

Moms2B Builds Community through Education, Support

There is a circle of about 20 women sitting on folding chairs in the well-lit basement of the Grace Missionary Baptist Church on a Wednesday morning. They are not praying, but they are lifting each other up in their own way. They are all there together as part of Moms2B, a program with the goal of reducing infant mortality rates in low-income areas by providing expecting mothers with education on health and nutrition as well as clinical and social support through each baby’s first year of life.

Program Helps Area Youth Take Food from Garden to Table

Getting elementary school children to trade in their pop tart or other junk food for something nutritious like a kohlrabi fritter and a side of greens is a tough sell, but that’s exactly what they are doing through the Highland Youth Garden Chefs in the City outreach program.

Creating Scientific Thinkers

Ohio State’s Department of Physics, Center for Emergent Materials and College of Arts and Sciences have partnered with Innis Elementary School, presently under Academic Emergency, to motivate the next generation of scientific thinkers from parts of our society that are often underrepresented in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.

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