OSU Engages November 2023 Newsletter

OSU Engages November 2023 Newsletter

OSU Engages

Stories and Opportunities for Ohio State's Outreach and Engagement Community


As autumn semester winds down, we were excited to recently host our fall Engaged Scholarship Symposium celebrating the work of students, staff, faculty and community partners. In addition to highlighting the work of our engaged scholars, the recent symposium focused on themes of collaboration, relationship building and understanding community needs.

My favorite addition to this years symposium was our first graduate student engaged scholar poster competition. Our 24 competitors were identified from a pool of more than 40 poster proposals covering a wide range of topics.

Congratulations to all of our competitors who were selected for this years competition. Our judges and attendees were buzzing with excitement reviewing the high-quality examples of engaged scholarship led by our graduate students, including our three finalists from the competition:

  • First prize: Health Starts at Home: Summer Wellness Program at the Linden Fresh Market; by Annie Chen, Amardeep Mudhar, Lahari Ramagiri, and Lin Abigail Tan, College of Medicine
  • Second prize: Pet Wellness Outreach: A Harm Reduction Model; by Carla Sutton, College of Social Work
  • Third prize: Shallow Geothermal Heat Exchangers: Sustainable Low-Cost Season Extension for Community Farmers; by Jaden Tatum, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

I encourage you to stay connected to our future announcements as we plan professional development opportunities, grant and award programs and our Roads Scholars Day for spring semester. I look forward to sharing more information related to upcoming events and opportunities at the start of the new year!


Jason Reece
Vice Provost for Urban Research and Community Engagement
Office of Academic Affairs

Faculty and partners at the symposium

Engaged Scholarship Symposium brings together Ohio State scholars, community partners

Ohio State and the communities that the university serves benefit from partnerships in which know-how and resources are exchanged, said community partners, administrators and faculty members during the Autumn 2023 Engaged Scholarship Symposium.

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Submit a proposal for visiting artists

The Office of Academic Affairs is now accepting proposals for visiting artists for the 2024-25 academic year. All campuses, academic departments and centers are invited to submit proposals. Proposals from two or more departments and/or centers in collaboration are encouraged. Partnering with community organizations is both allowed and welcomed. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 17.

Submit a Proposal

Nyama McCarthy-Brown leads a dance class

Engaged Scholar Q&A: Nyama McCarthy-Brown

University Artist Laureate Nyama McCarthy-Brown is developing a pipeline for young people in the Columbus area to envision themselves at Ohio State, to learn and grow at one of the preeminent universities in the world. The structure she is building reaches out to local elementary, middle and high school students through faculty and Ohio State dance students visiting local school sites and partnering in dance programs.

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Applications open for the Schweitzer Fellows Program

The application for the 2024-25 cohort of Columbus-Athens Albert Schweitzer Fellows is now open. The Schweitzer Fellows program supports and trains emerging health-focused graduate and professional students in creating and carrying out service projects to address unmet community needs.

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picture of Scott Graves and colleagues

Bringing new resilient infrastructure to all communities

The Facilitating Local Electrified Energy and Transportation Services for All (FLEETS for All) project will engage citizens in 15 underserved central Ohio communities and seek to understand the needs and opportunities for electrified energy and mobility options to improve health, environmental and social conditions within these populations.

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Meet Ohio States first vice provost for the arts

Ohio State sees a future in which arts serve as a cornerstone for engaging with communities throughout Ohio. To bring that into practice, Art History Professor Lisa Florman was tapped to be the universitys first vice provost for the arts, a role she started in September 2022. Her work also focuses on broadly integrating arts into the curriculum, increasing interdepartmental collaboration and elevating the visibility of the arts across Ohio States campuses.

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Community-Engaged/Service-Learning Course Development Grants

The Office of Service-Learning is seeking applications for its Community-Engaged/Service-Learning Course Development Grants program. These grants of up to $4,000 are available to any Ohio State instructor who would like to develop or improve a community-engaged course. This includes courses offered at regional campuses and undergraduate or graduate level courses. Applications are due Jan. 21.

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Student sustainability competition: Smart Campus Challenge

Graduate and undergraduate student teams are encouraged to propose sustainability projects to pitch Shark Tank style for up to $60,000 in project funding and a trip to Paris. ENGIE, Ohio States energy utility partner, is once again offering this competition program to support student-led projects that will advance the universitys resource stewardship sustainability goals. Proposals are due Nov. 17.

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Blind Boys of Alabama Nov. 15

Renowned for their rich gospel and blues sound, the Blind Boys of Alabama have enchanted music lovers worldwide with their powerful vocals and impassioned performances. Their Columbus performance, presented by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Wexner Center for the Arts, takes place on Nov. 15 at Mershon Auditorium. Tickets start at just $6.

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Presidents Research Excellence program now accepting proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the Presidents Research Excellence (PRE) program. PRE Catalyst provides up to $200,000 to large cross- and interdisciplinary teams to pursue large-scale, high-impact research that addresses emerging or existing challenges of national and international societal importance, generates long-term, sustained and significant impact, and positions Ohio State as the leader in this area. The deadline for Catalyst concept papers is Jan. 5.

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2023-24 Graduate Associate Teaching Award Nominations

Nominations for the Graduate Associate Teaching Award are open through Nov. 15. Any Ohio State student, faculty or staff member may nominate a Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA). GTAs are also able to nominate themselves for the award. Nominees should meet the criteria outlined in the GATA guidelines.

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Vita replacement coming soon

Implementation of Interfolio Faculty Activity Reporting (FAR) will begin in spring 2024, allowing you to best capture your scholarly activities and accomplishments. FAR, a new faculty information system that meets the specific needs of Ohio State faculty, supports you throughout your entire career lifecycle. The system collects information and makes it readily accessible as you seek grants, submit journal articles, apply for awards, manage promotion and tenure materials, and share your contributions to the university and beyond.

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Make connections with the Outreach and Engagement listserv

Did you know you can connect with colleagues through the Outreach and Engagement listserv? You can share your work and events, look for partnerships and much more by emailing the list at outreach@lists.osu.edu.

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