Ohio State finalist for national community award
The Young Scholars Program has received the 2013 North Central region Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award, which makes Ohio State one of four finalists for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. YSP is a comprehensive pre-collegiate and collegiate program that enhances the academic, personal and career development skills of students from low-income families to prepare them for college success. Throughout its history, YSP has made it possible for nearly 800 students to become first-generation college graduates. The winner from among Ohio State, Penn State, University of Texas-El Paso and the University of Idaho will be announced in November. For more information, visit outreach.osu.edu/YSPkellogg.php.
Huntington branch opens at Wexner Medical Center
Huntington is now open at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center on the ground floor near Wendy’s. The branch’s hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. Huntington, the official consumer bank of Ohio State University, offers exclusive banking benefits for Ohio State staff and faculty. Read more at huntington.com/OSUstaff.
Ohio State a draw for Daisy Brand’s Wooster plant
Sour cream maker Daisy Brand’s planned $116 million plant will be built in Wooster and employ nearly 90 people. A $600,000 state tax credit and other incentives helped lure the company, but Daisy project manager Brian Barth said Ohio State’s Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center also was a draw.
“Daisy Brand is extremely impressed with Ohio State’s research capability and the expertise of their educated students,” Barth said. “We look forward to fostering a mutually beneficial relationship with Ohio State. Additional schools also will be considered.”
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, sites in Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania that Texas-based Daisy Brand considered were passed over in favor of Wooster. The approximately 200,000-square-foot facility will be located at Akron and Geyers Chapel roads and will expand Daisy’s cottage cheese-making operations.
2013-14 campus maps now available
Copies of the new 2013-14 campus map brochure have been delivered to offices around campus; contact your college or unit’s communications office to arrange pick-up. If a supply is not available in your area, packages of 20 maps may be ordered online through eStores, item number 53700. Quantities are limited. Produced by University Communications, the campus map is a free resource that features the complete Columbus campus, an easy-to-use index and information on parking, dining and sites of interest. Campus Visitor Guides will be available mid-July; watch OSUToday for more information.
2013-14 parking permits available for purchase
Annual parking permits for Ohio State faculty, staff and students are now available for purchase. To avoid waiting in line and to save time, customers are encouraged to purchase their permit online at osu.campusparc.com. Beginning with the 2013-14 permit year (Aug. 1-July 31), CampusParc will introduce new Permit-by-Plate technology that will allow elimination of traditional hangtags. For the latest information, visit campusparc.com/osu/permits/permit-by-plate.
July 19 deadline: Your Plan for Health video contest
Video entries are due July 19 for the faculty/staff video contest sponsored by Your Plan for Heath. Benefits-eligible faculty/staff who submit a video will earn YP4H incentive points. Winning videos will be recognized during the Rally for Wellness health fair on Aug. 13. Winners will receive team trophies, $75 gift cards to sporting goods stores and community recognition as Healthy Buckeyes from Brutus and Ohio State leaders. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/HealthyBuckeyeContest.
OSU Health Plan honored with Advantage Award
The OSU Health Plan received an Advantage Award at the 2013 Truven Health Advantage Conference last month. This recognition was a result of its “Innovations in Pharmacy Management: Data-driven Collaboration Between Payer and Provider” presentation. The awards ceremony recognized hospitals, health plans, government agencies and employers. Ohio State won in the Consumer Outreach and Communications division.
OSU’s teacher preparation efforts receive highest marks
The National Council on Teacher Quality in June rated Ohio State’s overall teacher preparation efforts as tops in the country.
Ohio State was the only one out of the 1,200 universities NCTQ reviewed to receive four stars for graduate secondary teacher preparation. The Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report gave the Department of Teaching and Learning 3.5 stars (out of four) for graduate and undergraduate preparation of elementary teachers. The NCTQ report emphasized syllabi, meaning curricular content. In preparation for the university’s move to semesters, EHE faculty reviewed and revised curriculum, creating new degree programs, enhancing access and developing further ways to assess student progress.