Fisher’s EMBA program garners higher praise
The Executive MBA at Fisher College of Business has been ranked as a top 10 program in the world by Businessweek, rising five spots to ninth overall.
The rankings, which employ a survey of graduating EMBAs and a poll of program directors, also gave Fisher an “A+” for curriculum and an “A” in both student support and teaching. Within teaching quality, Fisher earned an “A+” in strategy and sustainability and an “A” in finance and international business. Fisher ranked second globally for EMBA student satisfaction.
2011 Solar Decathlon house calls arboretum home
Ohio State’s entry into the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon has found a permanent home on the Columbus campus. Serving as a meeting space, site for class visits and learning laboratory for students and faculty involved in energy-efficient design and construction research, the 900-square-foot home, named enCORE, was installed in October on Chadwick Lake at the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens.
The enCORE house finished fifth in the 2011 competition, which included 19 total entries from the United States and abroad. More than 70 students from 13 majors were involved in the project.
In its new location, enCORE will operate as a fully functional, two-bedroom house. Members of the university community interested in scheduling visits to enCORE should contact the Office of Energy and the Environment at email@example.com or 247-4762.
The enCORE house was preceded by Solar House I, Ohio State’s entry into the 2009 Solar Decathlon, which finished 10th in that competition. Solar House I was installed at the Columbus Zoo in June 2010 and last year was acquired by the New Albany-Plain Local School District, which will construct the house at the New Albany Wetland and Nature Preserve to use as a learning center.
Outreach and Engagement grants call for proposals
Request for Proposal information is available for the 2014 Engagement Impact Grants, OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grants and Service-Learning Grants. These grants support engagement scholarship and provide faculty, staff and students with opportunities to apply innovative scholarship that addresses compelling challenges in communities.
A brown bag info session will be at noon Dec. 16, in 110B Hale Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for proposals is Feb. 28. For more information, visit outreachgrants.osu.edu.
South High Rises earn local design distinction
Ohio State’s South High Rises, the 11-story refurbished dormitories on 11th Avenue, were honored with a Merit Award from the Columbus chapter of the American Institute of Architects on Nov. 14.
The high rises — a $120 million, three-year project — were one of five projects singled out for distinction from among 49 entries. The architects — Sasaki Associates and Schooley Caldwell Associates — earned praise for the idea of turning four 1950s-era buildings into two and bridging them together while increasing bed counts and creating dynamic spaces to gather and learn.
While the judges noted the project’s pursuit of Silver LEED certification and the 400 geothermal well field that reduced cooling loads by 20 percent, the true genius was in the exterior transformation, they said.
The judges included Sebastian Schmaling, principal of Johnsen Schmaling Architects in Milwaukee, his business partner Brian Johnsen and Jennifer Luce of Luce et Studio in San Diego.
The best: Mortar Board recognizes OSU chapter
Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society named the Mabel G. Freeman chapter at Ohio State as the recipient of the 2012-13 Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award, the top honor for a collegiate chapter. Chapter president Jennifer Mayer accepted the award at the society’s national conference, held this summer in Atlanta. Freeman, the chapter’s namesake, also was present to receive the award.
The award winner is selected based on superior chapter operations, campus visibility, member participation, advising, communications and chapter projects. Currently in its 11th year, the Ruth Weimer Mount Award is the ultimate recognition of chapter achievement.
One of the hallmarks of the chapter, which will celebrate its 100th class this spring, was its ability to engage in several new projects, expanding its established niche on campus. Chapter initiatives included a Last Lecture Series, featuring three high-level faculty and staff leaders, and the Emerging Eminence Awards, a program recognizing outstanding sophomores. The chapter also hosted an inaugural statewide event for all Ohio chapters to come together to serve the local community and to network with and learn from alumni.
Select Ohio State photography now freely available
University Communications has launched a new photo gallery that allows Ohio State users to download free, full-resolution images for university use using their name.#.
The gallery currently includes photos from three categories: buildings, spirit and scenes. Upcoming categories include Facebook cover-sized images, research images, classroom images and student-related activities. View the current gallery at ucom.osu.edu/photo-gallery.html.