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Birkenholz honored as Fellow of Food Systems Leadership Institute

Robert J. Birkenholz, professor of agricultural education and chair of OSU's Department of Human and Community Resource Development, has been recognized as one of 20 Fellows completing the Food Systems Leadership Institute leadership development program. The FSLI is a two-year program of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges designed for experienced leaders in academia, government, and industry. Read more >


COPEC WORKSHOPS. The Central Ohio Professional Education Council 2009 Spring Workshop Series features the following programs: “Rethinking Retirement” Under the PERS/STRS/SERS Pension Systems; “Should I Buy Long Term Care Insurance/Retirement Health Plans Under STRS/PERS/SERS”; “Current Investment Issues-Questions You Should Ask Your Financial Advisor”; and “Asset Protection-Estate Planning Strategies.” Workshops will take place at the Fawcett Center and other locations throughout Central Ohio. Details, locations and registration available online at or by calling 799-9442.

OSU Lima celebrates women’s history month with award-winning author

The Performing Arts and Lecture Series kicks off Women’s History Month with a presentation from author and producer Ethlie Ann Vare at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday (2/25) in Science 100. Co-author of Patently Female: From AZT to TV Dinners, and the award-winning Mothers of Invention: From the Bra to the Bomb, Forgotten Women and their Unforgettable Ideas. The event is free and open to the public. Contact: Pam Joseph, (419) 995-8284. Read more >


LIFESTYLE INTERVENTION STUDY. Volunteers, individuals ages 35-60, are being recruited for a lifestyle intervention study to modify health risk factors. The study will be conducted on the OSU campus during lunch time. Participation in the study will last approximately 12 weeks. Several blood samples and filling out of questionnaires will be required. Must have access to internet. A volunteer fee will be paid. If you are interested, please e-mail

Larsen talk recognizes birthday of Darwin

The Ohio State Mansfield Arts & Lectures Series is presenting a free talk by OSU Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Clark Larsen in honor of the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. The presentation is scheduled for noon Wednesday (2/25) in the Eisenhower Student Union. Contact: or (419) 755-4215

Latest First Generation video features Greg Washington

The latest in the series of First Generation videos spotlighting Ohio State students, faculty and staff features Greg Washington, interim dean of the College of Engineering. Visit the Access to Education site to hear Washington's story of being the first in his family to head to college and subsequently pursue graduate education.

Staff spotlight shines on NROTC captain

Capt. Kirk Noce is featured in the staff spotlight in the latest edition of onCampus. Noce has been at OSU three years and works in the Department of Naval Science and leads the NROTC. Find out what he likes about working at Ohio State and what he does in his spare time. Read more >

Rare Books and Manuscripts Library seeking input

After nearly three years in a remote location, the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library of University Libraries is moving back to the newly renovated Thompson (Main) Library as early as May 2009. Library staff are using this opportunity to determine the core collections from RBMS that should be maintained on site at the Thompson Library (versus those materials to be housed remotely at the Book Depository) and to assess the importance of specific collections and research areas for OSU scholars. Take a quick online survey.

College of Public Health presents 2009 Summer Program

The College of Public Health 2009 Summer Program will celebrate its 10th year of bringing world-renowned faculty to the OSU campus to teach courses in epidemiology and biostatistics. The goal is to provide public health professionals, students and academicians with training that can be directly applied across the entire public health system. The program will take place Monday (7/13)-Friday (7/24). Registration is available now through Monday (6/22). Read more >

Festival of the Finest to showcase OSU students' artistic abilities

During the week of Monday (4/20), Ohio Staters, Inc. and MCEC are hosting the Festival of the Finest, a large arts festival showcasing the artistic variety and skill of OSU students and student groups. Any and all mediums are welcome. Applications available online. Submissions and questions should be directed to by Friday (3/6).

Family Violence and Relationship Abuse Awareness Training

This interactive presentation will allow participants to increase their knowledge about family violence and relationship abuse, improve their comfort level with intervening, and increase their knowledge about family violence resources available to them and their coworkers. The session will take place from 2:30-4 p.m. Friday (2/27) at South Campus Gateway, 1590 N. High St., Suite 430. Register online. Contact: 292-2800

Wii: Planning for the Future workshop March 9

Ken Snyder will lead a workshop that will teach participants the latest technological tools and methods that will support sustainable communities, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday (3/9) at the Fawcett Center. Live demonstrations of motion/touch-sensitive and location-aware tools to enhance public participation in community planning. Earn 6.5 hours of American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance credit. Register online. Contact: or

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