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Vol. 38, No. 18


Newsbriefs, 7/19/07

Law professor honored for race and ethnicity work
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity has awarded its first Senior Faculty Fellowship to Sharon Davies, the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Designated Professor of Law and former associate dean of faculty at the Moritz College of Law. Davies will use the fellowship to continue work on her book “Rising Road – A Tale of Race, Religion and Law in America” that recounts the 1921 killing of a Birmingham priest who presided over an interracial marriage.

The award is given for making significant scholarly contributions on race, ethnicity and social justice in relation to the ongoing work of the Kirwan Institute.

The institute was established in 2003 by the College of Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Moritz College of Law. The goal of this interdisciplinary research organization is to reframe the way society thinks and talks about race and ethnicity.

OPERS announces change in ARP retirement plan
Due to a decision by the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, a portion of employer contributions to Alternative Retirement Plans will go directly to OPERS instead of individual employees’ accounts beginning in August.

While Ohio State’s contribution to the ARP will remain at 13.77 percent, 0.54 percent of that total will go to OPERS. ARP participants will see the change in the payroll period ending Aug. 31. Ohio Revised Code Section 3305.6(d) allows OPERS to withhold a portion of the employer’s contribution to offset any negative financial impact on the OPERS Traditional Plan. More information is available at hr.osu.edu/benefits/arpchanges.htm.

University Health Connection closes for remodeling
University Health Connection, the campus health clinic for faculty and staff in 100 Parks Hall, will be closed for remodeling July 27-Aug. 15. Select services will be offered temporarily in the Student Lounge in room 104, but urgent care walk-ins, primary care appointments and medication dispensing will be directed elsewhere. Prior to visiting on these days, call 688-0300.

Northwest Oval throughway closes for construction
The bike path between Thompson Library and University Hall will be closed from July 16 through Sept. 12 due to construction. The entire throughway between the buildings and the south entrance of University Hall will be blocked. The concrete and brick sidewalk will be replaced with asphalt sidewalks.

Animal research program accredited for quality animal care
The animal research program at Ohio State was recently fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, the international organization overseeing institutions that use animals in research. Accreditation by the AAALAC is considered the gold standard for ensuring quality within research programs involving animal care and use.

OSU Extension launches new philanthropy project
Ohio State University Extension will launch the Philanthropy Education Program, a plan to build awareness and appreciation for philanthropy while facilitating positive change in rural regions of Ohio.

Goals for the program include bringing together regional leaders and experts in the field to increase endowed assets in Ohio’s Appalachian counties. A philanthropy specialist will take office in the fall at OSU South Centers in Piketon to implement awareness and education of the program.

The program is a collaboration between OSU Extension and the Appalachian Giving Project and is made possible through a three-year, $300,000 grant funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Ex-vice provost lands job as University of Denver dean
Alayne Parson, who worked as senior vice provost in the Office of Academic Affairs from 1998-2005, has been named the new dean of University of Denver’s Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Before leaving Ohio State, Parson’s role as provost included liaison work with the offices of the vice presidents of Agricultural Administration, Health Sciences and Research. She also was responsible for implementation and oversight of the Selective Investment/Academic Enrichment Program.

Prior to her work as a provost, Parson was a mathematics professor with specializations in automorphic functions, complex analysis and number theory. In 1988, she was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching for her outstanding teaching methods.

Her position as dean at the University of Denver will begin Sept. 1.

Volunteers needed for convocation
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience need faculty, staff and student volunteers for Convocation 2007 on Sept. 17. Volunteers would fill a number of roles, including cheerers in Ohio Stadium and greeters and program distributors at St. John Arena. Convocation starts at 10:30 a.m. but volunteers should arrive at the arena by 9 a.m. Volunteers must respond by Sept. 11 at convocation@osu.edu. Any questions regarding Convocation can be made to Julie Schultz at schultz.173@osu.edu or 247-4341.

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