OSU Engages October 2023 Newsletter

OSU Engages October 2023 Newsletter

OSU Engages

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


Ohio State's regional campuses were all founded 60 or more years ago, largely driven by local community leaders who saw the value of having a university campus in their communities. Today, community leaders are an important part of the campus success through their service on advisory boards, committees and volunteering to lead or support campus programs and initiatives.

To further our understanding of opportunities on our regional campuses, OSU Extension is leading stakeholder engagement focus groups (community members, faculty, staff and students) to better understand opportunities for the future. The engagement of our communities, broadly defined, will be critical to future success on the campuses.

As we celebrate our regional and national award winners from last week's Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, we are reminded that our collective success and impact is driven by strong community partnerships. I encourage you to participate in upcoming Outreach and Engagement professional development sessions, the Engaged Scholarship Symposium on Nov. 1 or future Roads Scholars Days to share your success and learn how to strengthen university-community partnerships.


Ryan Schmiesing
Senior Vice Provost for External Engagement
Office of Academic Affairs

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Roads Scholars Day connects Ohio State with Columbus community

The 2023 Roads Scholar Day, held in late September by the Office of Outreach and Engagement, promoted the ongoing dialogue between the university and community partners throughout Columbus. The annual event connects faculty, administrators and students with social service organizations and business leaders to discuss current and future collaborations.

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Register for the Engaged Scholarship Symposium Nov. 1

Join the Office of Outreach and Engagement for the Engaged Scholarship Symposium on Nov. 1. This symposium will highlight faculty who are co-creating scholarship with our community. Through panel discussions, flash talks and poster presentations, participants will learn more about the innovative and impactful work of engaged scholars at Ohio State.

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Ohio State at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference

Faculty, staff and students from Ohio State made an impact at the 2023 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference. The university had multiple award winners honored at the conference along with numerous presenters from a wide range of colleges and departments.

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WestFest 2023

Thank you to all who participated in this year's WestFest on Sept. 30! WestFest is an annual public engagement event that highlights STEM research, sustainability initiatives and outreach programs at Ohio State and beyond. WestFest brought together STEM units from across campus and select community partners to present family-friendly activities.

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Community Connector Q&A: Wayne Schlingman

"We cannot do science without our communities supporting it and having new people constantly entering the field," says Wayne Schlingman, director of Ohio State's Arne Slettebak Planetarium. "Everyone can help make discoveries because there are not enough astronomers on Earth to tackle some of the big questions we have."

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Nonprofit spin-out helps local families move toward prosperity

Move to PROSPER (MTP) empowers low-income working families and their children to gain economic security within three years. Working with community partners and private sector landlords, MTP helps families gain access to safe, quality housing in higher resourced neighborhoods.

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Healthier babies through education and support

Does it actually take a village to raise a child? Turns out, it does. Infant mortality is a heartbreaking subject. It's also not disappearing, especially in the Black community. In this episode of the Now at Ohio State podcast, we look at one of the solutions: Moms2B, an Ohio State program that helps babies reach their first birthdays. Hear from a mother who successfully completed the program and the doctor who runs it.

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Join us for the Big Table Oct. 11

Please join the Office of Outreach and Engagement and Ohio Campus Compact for a Big Table event on Oct. 11. Everyone has a seat at the table during this day of community-wide conversation! Through intentional dialogue and connection, participants are encouraged to imagine the next steps toward a kind and just future for all.

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Interfolio: Ohio States new faculty information system

Beginning this semester, Ohio State is conducting promotion and tenure reviews via Interfolio, the universitys new faculty information system. The Interfolio Review, Promotion & Tenure tool focuses specifically on the review component and is already being utilized by unit leaders. Over the course of the coming academic year, we will implement Interfolio Faculty Activity Reporting university-wide, allowing faculty to efficiently capture their scholarly activities and accomplishments to best tell their academic story.

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Teach for Buckeye Precollege summer 2024

The call for course proposals for Buckeye Precolleges summer 2024 programs is now open. Buckeye Precollege seeks instructors to develop and teach courses for our summer enrichment programs for middle and high school students. Courses may be taught by a single instructor or by a team of instructors who share teaching duties. All instructors will design their own courses, which should reflect their expertise and teaching interests. Proposals are welcome from any academic discipline represented at Ohio State. The submission deadline is Oct. 30.

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OAA Sustainability Community Engagement Listening Sessions

Ohio State faculty, researchers and staff have an opportunity to share ideas and aspirations about the universitys sustainability community engagement efforts at one of two upcoming sessions. Participants will be asked to contribute thoughts through a shared document during the sessions to help inform the Sustainability Community Engagement Visioning Committees work.

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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. Proposal submissions are due Nov. 17.

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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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