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onCampus--Ohio State's faculty/staff news

Vol. 38, No. 18


7-18-2007
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Top 3 on 2, 7/19/07

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Celebration Drum Yard


Sculptor and drummer Bill Buchen of New York City plays on his art piece called “Celebration Drum Yard,” which sits between the RPAC and Ohio Stadium. Three other drums will be installed, as well as several kinetic sculptures west of the RPAC. Buchen and his wife, Mary Buchen, have completed other artwork that appears on the grounds of the facility

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WOSU takes home four regional Emmys
WOSU Public Media was awarded four Emmy Awards during the 43rd annual ceremony for the Midwestern Regional Emmy Awards on June 23.

“ArtZine,” a television magazine featuring local art organizations, activities and artists, won two awards: Best Arts/Entertainment Program and Best Program Host/Moderator for the program’s host, Charlene Brown.

“The Pride of the Buckeyes,” produced by WOSU and shot in high definition, took away an award for Best Human Interest Program for its portrayal of the Ohio State marching band. The documentary was produced and edited by Mary Rathke.

Another Best Human Interest award was given to “Applauding Appalachia,” a documentary produced by Kevin Theessen that detailed the lives of five artists from southern Ohio who have helped preserve Appalachian culture and art.

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented the Emmy Awards.

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Akua Bandele has worked in the Libraries Collections for the past 34 years

Why did you choose to work at Ohio State?
I came to OSU because of the convenient location, the campus atmosphere and my new position in the Black Studies Library at that time seemed like a secure employment opportunity with good benefits.

What do you like about your job?
I enjoy working with students and the diversity on the campus.

What would you improve at Ohio State?
I think Ohio State needs to find a way to have less bureaucracy and to get things done faster.

What advice would you give a new employee?
Make sure you know all the benefits and be sure to take advantage of them, especially furthering your education.

If you weren’t working at Ohio State, what would you rather be doing?
I would be planning parties because it is a fun thing to do.

What honor or recognition are you most proud of?
I received the Outstanding Staff Award in 1997 from the Libraries. Also, in 2002 my daughter honored me with a 30-year surprise party for my years of service at OSU and invited all my best friends.

Who is your hero?
My deceased father is my hero because he had a generous heart. He was a very giving person and he never met a hungry person that he did not feed.

What is your favorite activity outside of work?
Anything in Vegas and, well, I can’t say why because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

What are you going to do when you retire?
Whatever I feel like doing when I get up each day.

If you were the university president for a day, what would you do?
I would reinstate May Day and all of the fun activities that were done on that day.

To nominate a staff member for the next issue, e-mail us at oncampus@osu.edu and let us know in 50 words or less why we should feature them.


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