Patterson Lecture, More Events Highlight Celebration of Outreach and Engagement on May 6
The Ohio State University celebrated community partnerships and collaborations on May 6 with a day full of events in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Events included:
- The Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards
- The Patterson Lecture featuring President Michael V. Drake
- The Outreach and Engagement Forum
- The Albert Schweitzer Fellows Celebration of Service
K-12 Engineering Outreach wins top honors at the Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards Ceremony
On May 6, 2015, the Ohio State University recognized faculty, staff, students and community partners for their outstanding achievement in outreach activities for the 2014-2015 academic year. Awards are given annually to the top partnerships in community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories.
The top prize, the University Outreach and Engagement Award was received by K-12 Engineering Outreach. Under the leadership of Professor Betty Lise Anderson, over 50 Ohio State student volunteers designed exciting hands-on engineering projects and brought the projects to over 78 K-12 Columbus area schools and after-school programs, exposing the opportunities of engineering to over 7000 kids. Each K-12 student receives a take-away and their teachers receive instructions to continue the hands-on engineering lessons. Besides being awarded $8000 in prize money, K-12 Engineering Outreach will go on to be the university’s nominee for the 2016 national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award. Best of luck to Dr. Anderson and her team!
12th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture
Michael V. Drake, M.D., President, The Ohio State University
Dr. Michael V. Drake provided the audience of 300 with a history of the Morrill Land-Grant Acts of 1862 (passed under President Abraham Lincoln), and 1890, which funded educational institutions by granting federally controlled land to the states for them to sell to raise funds to establish and endow “land-grant” colleges. The mission of these institutions was to focus on the research and teaching of practical agriculture, science, military science and engineering, and for higher education to be accessible to the common citizen. The land-grant colleges were then expected to share the new information for the common good of the community. President Drake did an excellent job of connecting the Land-Grant act to Ohio State’s current mission of providing opportunities for excellent, yet affordable access to higher education.
Outreach and Engagement Forum
The Ohio State University Outreach and Engagement Forum took place on May 6, 2015 at the Ohio Union East Archie Griffin Ballroom and included 120 poster exhibitions featuring faculty, staff and students who are partnering with local, national and international organizations on community outreach projects.
Columbus-Athens Albert Schweitzer Fellows Celebration of Service
The 4th annual Celebration of Service honored 18 Schweitzer Fellows on the evening of May 6, 2015. Students from the Ohio State University, Ohio University and Capital University completed year-long community projects, meeting needs of the underserved in Franklin and Athens Counties. Having finished the fellowship year, they committed to integrating community service throughout their professionals careers. They joined over 2,500 Schweitzer Fellows for Life in cities throughout the U.S., who are graduates of many of the nation’s most prestigious universities. The 2015-16 Schweitzer Fellows were also introduced at the evening ceremony.