Parking lease income nets solid return through nine months
Ohio State has netted an 8.8 percent return on investment through nine months on the one-time, $483 million payment QIC Global Infrastructure made to lease the university’s parking operations and assets for 50 years. The money was invested in Ohio State’s endowment fund and returned $42.55 million during the period.
About 4 percent of the fund will be distributed annually to support Ohio State’s educational initiatives, such as faculty hiring and research aimed at the Discovery Themes, student scholarships, staff development grants and Transportation & Traffic Management expenses. More than $17 million was distributed in FY13 and an estimated $22.1 million will be disbursed in FY14. After FY13 disbursements, the QIC investment has grown to $508.1 million.
For the latest parking lease information, visit osu.edu/parkingproposal.
100 years for colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Optometry
2014 marks the centennial anniversary of when the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Optometry joined Ohio State.
To celebrate this occasion, the OSU Medical Heritage Center will be tweeting notable facts, milestones, images and collections that help share the history of each school. Weekday tweets will feature different content on each day, chronologically advancing from 1914 to 2014 through the year.
Those interested can follow @osumhc on Twitter.
Ohio State named a top animation, game design school
Animation Career Review named Ohio State one of the top 20 Midwest schools for animation and game design for its myriad of programs that cater to these disciplines and a top-100 school worldwide because of its Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design. The university was ranked 13th among Midwest schools and 38th in the world.
In describing what makes Ohio State stand out, ACR noted, “Ohio State University’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design has been turning out some of the industry’s most visionary graduates for some time. This is no surprise of course, given their originality-driven curriculum with classes like Experimental and Independent Animation, Video Game Prototyping and Experimental Scripting for Animation in Maya. No other school works so hard to quickly pass animation basics and get to the industry-revolutionizing techniques.”
Previously ACR ranked ACCAD the No. 2 Midwest animation and game design program.
Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants available
Faculty Grants for Research on Women, Gender and Gender Equity are open to all full-time, regular Ohio State faculty (up to $4,000). Graduate Student Grants for Projects on Women, Gender and Gender Equity are open to PhD candidates working on dissertations and students in terminal MA or MFA/MBA programs working on creative projects or theses (up to $1,200).
These grants are supported by the Coca Cola Foundation and administered by the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. Apply by Friday, Feb. 21. For more information, contact Lynaya Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit wgss.osu.edu for an application.
Ross Heart offers smoking cessation clinic
Ohio State’s Columbus campus officially became tobacco-free when a new policy became effective Jan. 1 banning all tobacco use on campus.
Are you trying to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco? Are you a health care provider with patients who would like to quit using tobacco products? A new smoking cessation clinic is available through the Ross Heart Hospital Ambulatory Care Clinic.
Patients will meet one-on-one with a pharmacist in this physician-supervised clinic for ongoing assessment, support and medication therapy as appropriate. Appointments are currently offered on Monday afternoons. For more information or to refer a patient, contact the clinic at 293-0932.
Professional development series: Finding Your Faculty Career Niche
Learn from a dynamic and diverse panel of Ohio State women faculty who have successfully navigated career paths in teaching, research, service and academic leadership. “Finding Your Faculty Career Niche” is part of a new professional development series for tenure-track women faculty and researchers sponsored by Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS and The Women’s Place.
The event, which includes lunch, will take place 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Jan. 15, in 165 Thompson Library. Registration is required at go.osu.edu/stemm_pds_Jan15. For more information, visit stemm.osu.edu/events or contact Jennifer Heckscher at email@example.com.
Help for grad students seeking faculty careers
The Graduate School invites graduate students who are completing their PhD or MFA degree program and who are interested in exploring options for careers as faculty members to attend one of two information sessions to learn more about the Preparing Future Faculty program. The PFF program offers Ohio State graduate students the opportunity to learn about careers at smaller colleges or universities through an arranged mentorship with a faculty member at one of Ohio’s leading liberal arts colleges.
The meeting is 12:30–1:30 p.m., Jan. 13, in 056 University Hall (located on the lower level). For more information, contact Karen Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.