University Engagement Recognition Awards Recipients Announced

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Ohio State’s Engagement Recognition Awards honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in local, national and international community-university collaborations. Recipients include the National Expansion of Reading Recovery program (Distinguished Community Engagement), the Nationwide Children’s Hospital-China Pediatric Violence and Injury Prevention and Research International Program (Distinguished International Engagement), and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (Distinguished Service-Learning). All awardees will be recognized at a ceremony on May 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom.



Watch Richard Florida’s Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecture

Richard Florida

Dr. Richard Florida discussed "The New Urban Crisis" for the Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program at The Ohio State University.



Growing Healthy Kids Columbus Coalition Works to Prevent Childhood Obesity

A trail mix bar for a healthy gathering.

Eating healthy isn’t always the easiest thing to do, especially when you are very young and may not have control over your food choices. Luckily, the Growing Healthy Kids Columbus Coalition is helping to build the healthiest generation yet. With 45 organizations involved, including OSU Extension and Columbus Public Health, the coalition networks and collaborates on childhood obesity prevention efforts. By making small changes throughout the Columbus area, the coalition is starting to see a big difference with the way children are eating.



Patterson Lecture to Feature University of Kansas Chancellor May 3

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

The 14th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture will feature University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Wednesday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Archie Griffin East Ballroom. A light lunch will be served. The lecture honors former Board of Trustees member James Patterson and the cause to which he is most committed - a vibrant university fulfilling its land-grant mission in an ever-changing world. Seating is limited to 300. Register by April 26.



Pharmacy Ambassadors Program Assists Resettled Refugees

Pharmacy Ambassadors and participants at the pharmacy.

Pharmacy Ambassadors takes participants through a two and a half hour interactive program, teaching them how to navigate and familiarize themselves with the U.S. healthcare system.



Student Organization Looks to Alleviate Poverty through Entrepreneurship

APTE speakers Logan Pugh (left) and Paula Haines (right) answer questions from the audience.

When talking to Ruidi Lu about the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship (APTE) student organization, it’s hard to ignore the passion that he illuminates. Lu, a former executive director of APTE who will be graduating with a degree in finance this spring, shared that APTE was created in 2009 at Ohio State with the purpose of gathering students and community members to learn about social enterprise, clean energy and affordable health care.



Pages Inspires Students through Art-Infused Writing

Two students write while working in the Pages program.

In high school, you can often hear students complaining about their calculus final, an English paper they had to write or a chemistry lab gone wrong; but rarely do you hear high school students complaining, or even discussing, art. Due to funding cuts across Ohio, classes like art, dance, music and creative writing do not exist in many schools. Very few students have the opportunity to engage with, have conversations about, or learn alongside art because there is less and less exposure to art in schools, especially in high school. Dionne Custer Edwards, Wexner Center for the Arts educator and manager, school partnerships, hopes her work in central Ohio schools will help shift the conversation.



Autumn Connect and Collaborate Grants Recipients Announced

Grant recipients

The Connect and Collaborate Grants program awarded more than $300,000 to 12 teams during the autumn 2016 funding cycle. The grants are designed to bring together multiple university and community resources and leverage existing community platforms to develop programs that achieve measurable, positive impacts in communities while advancing the scholarly goals of the university. Learn more about awarded programs at



Marion Buck$ Cash in for College

Educational Support Provider Elizabeth Claborn (L) and Principal Erika Bower present students with a GoBuck$ voucher at McKinley Elementary School, Marion City Schools.

When there’s an Ohio State campus in your hometown, the university becomes an even larger part of the community. In the instance of The Ohio State University at Marion – they want to do even more. Six years ago, Dave Claborn, director of development and community relations at Ohio State Marion, came together with his team to develop an idea that would reward good, local students: GoBuck$. GoBuck$ is a scholarship program that provides students attending Marion City Schools tuition vouchers for attendance and academic achievement.



Nursing Student Looks to "Make a Difference" in the Community

Morgan Ciehanski conducts a health screening

When talking to Morgan Ciehanski, a third-year honors nursing student, it is easy to pick up on the zeal she has for her area of study. She is involved both in and out of the classroom, making sure to keep her plate full with admirable activities and events.