OSU names new Title IX, Clery Act coordinator
Kellie Brennan has been named Ohio State’s new Title IX and Clery Act coordinator. Brennan, a compliance director at Ohio State, is part of the Office of University Compliance and Integrity.
Prior to joining Ohio State, Brennan served as the director of student conduct at Columbus State Community College, where she facilitated the college’s care and concern team, conducted investigations, adjudicated disciplinary cases and served as a liaison with the police department.
She holds a JD from the University of Cincinnati and has 10 years’ experience working in student affairs.
As Title IX Coordinator, Brennan oversees the university’s efforts in relation to sexual harassment and sexual violence and also works to address patterns or systemic problems. The university has many resources and grievance procedures to fairly and equitably deal with sexual harassment and sexual assault.
In addition, Brennan will oversee the college’s compliance with the Clery Act, including recent regulations in the Violence Against Women Act regarding awareness and reporting of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
For more information, visit titleix.osu.edu.
Staff Appreciation Week is July 28-Aug. 1
This special week is designated by the Office of Human Resources to recognize the thousands of Ohio State staff members for their valuable contributions to the successes of The Ohio State University, its faculty, staff, students, alumni and other customers. Each college, department and office is encouraged to honor and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of its staff with special activities and events, during this week or at a time more convenient for the unit.
Information about the activities for the week is at hr.osu.edu/special/staffweek.aspx.
Collaboration to create health sciences academies
The Wexner Medical Center and Columbus City Schools are teaming up to help improve educational performance and increase opportunities for children living in the Near East Side neighborhood. The collaboration will lead to creation of Health Sciences Academies at East High School and its six feeder schools.
The initiative is scheduled to launch in 2015. This effort is part of the Partners for Achieving Community Transformation goal to revitalize the Near East Side community.
Part of PACT’s strategy is to help families break the cycle of poverty by providing a holistic culture of health and well-being through its Blueprint for Community Investment. By design, the health sciences themed pipeline within the schools is aimed at improving outcomes for students and families in the neighborhood through high-quality early learning experiences and exposure to a common culture of excellence and high expectations at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Read more at medicalcenter.osu.edu/mediaroom.
Rally for Wellness Health Fair Aug. 19
The 2014 Rally for Wellness Health Fair will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center. Sponsored by the OSU Health Plan and Your Plan for Health, this year’s event will focus on health and wellness-related activities and feature several demonstrations, mini-exercise classes and more than 70 vendors.
There will be giveaways, an opportunity to create your own healthful snack and opportunities to win prizes. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff also will have an opportunity to get their Biometric Health Screening, which is needed to complete the YP4H Personal Health and Well-Being Assessment (reserve your spot in advance by signing up at linktohealth.osu.edu). To learn more, visit osuhealthplan.com and click on “Rally for Wellness” under the classes and events section.
Clean coal R&D attracts $2.5 million grant
The College of Engineering and Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc. (B&W PGG) have received a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) $2.5 million award for Phase II development of iron-based coal direct chemical looping (CDCL) technology.
Liang-Shih Fan, Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of Ohio State’s Clean Energy Research Laboratory, pioneered the CDCL technology, which chemically harnesses coal’s energy and efficiently contains the carbon dioxide produced before it can be released into the atmosphere.
Economic analysis performed with B&W PGG as part of the Phase I CDCL project supports the proposition that Ohio State’s CDCL process can meet DOE’s target of less than a 35 percent increase in cost of electricity with greater than 90 percent carbon capture.
Entries accepted for Staff Arts and Crafts Exhibit
The 23rd annual Staff Arts and Crafts Exhibit will begin taking entries 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 5-7 at 105 Bricker Hall. The exhibit, which showcases the creative, artistic talent of Ohio State staff, will have an opening reception noon-1:30 p.m. Aug. 14 on the second floor of Bricker Hall with food provided. The exhibit, sponsored by the Office of Human Resources and the University Staff Advisory Committee, will run through Sept. 25.
The president, provost and select vice presidents and deans will choose their favorite entries and award ribbons. Visitors to the exhibit also can vote for their favorite, and the winner will receive the People’s Choice Award.
onCampus, a supporter of the exhibit, will select the Editor’s Choice Award winner and run a feature story on that person in the Sept. 11 issue. For more information, visit hr.osu.edu/special/artscrafts.aspx.
Summer Commencement info for faculty
Faculty planning to march in the academic processional at Summer Commencement on August 10 at the Schottenstein Center should notify their college or regional dean’s office by July 18. On commencement day, faculty registered to participate should arrive by 1:30 p.m. to robe and assemble. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Additional information about summer commencement is available at commencement.osu.edu/faculty.php.
Staff Manager Development Grants available
Managers, are you looking to build your managerial skills and effectiveness? Apply today for a Staff Manager Development Grant — it’s a quick and easy application process. Applicants can choose from outstanding leadership programs, seminars and conferences offered at Ohio State. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded at the discretion of the Staff Manager Development Grant selection committee.
Visit hr.osu.edu/special/managergrants.aspx by Aug. 1 for further details and an application for this professional development opportunity.
Ohio State, Sinclair partner on drone education
A new strategic partnership between Ohio State’s College of Engineering and Sinclair Community College will help prepare students for careers in the unmanned aircraft systems industry, which is expected to grow to $100 billion by 2025.
The two institutions will develop pathways from existing Sinclair UAS certificate and future Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) associate degree programs into data analytics and geospatial precision agriculture programs.
Ohio State students also will have the opportunity to take general education courses through Ohio State and, upon completing UAS technical courses at Sinclair, to earn a UAS certificate or degree through Sinclair.
Sinclair recently received $4 million in state funding to renovate and expand its physical location on the Dayton campus to support the mission of the National Center for UAS Training and Education.