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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, May 9. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Headline news

Parking update: Dr. Gee discusses funding challenges; USAC to survey staff

President Gordon Gee spent part of his semiannual address to faculty last week talking about funding challenges in the 21st century and how the university is trying to take on those challenges with several initiatives - including the leasing of the university's parking assets. Watch the parking portion of President Gee's speech at

The University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC) will be distributing a survey to a random sample of staff this week regarding parking privatization. If you receive an invitation to participate, please be sure to complete the survey. USAC truly values staff thoughts and feedback. All survey responses will be anonymous. For more information about USAC, please visit:


St. Joseph Montessori School Summer Learning Camp, June 11-Aug. 3, weekly themes include LEGO week, Kids in the Kitchen, Inventor’s Workshop, Nature and Science Quest, and Mandarin. Weekly enrollment available for children ages 3-15. The school is located three miles southeast of OSU in Italian Village. All students are welcome. Extended day care included in camp fees. Program space is quickly filling up. Call 291-8601 or visit for complete list of programs and downloadable registration form.  

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Ohio State hosting two NCAA tournaments this weekend

The Ohio State campus will be the site of two NCAA tournaments over the weekend. The Div. I women’s golf tournament will be played on the Scarlet Golf Course Thursday (5/10) through Saturday (5/12) and the first and second rounds of the Div. I men’s tennis tournament will be on Saturday (5/12) and Sunday (5/13) at the Stickney Tennis Center. The Buckeyes, the No. 5 seed in tennis, will welcome Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and East Tennessee State. Admission is free to the golf tournament, while daily admission for the tennis tournament is $6 for adults, $4 for students.
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Who's helping you get more for your retirement? Here is some great news for The Ohio State University employees. As a leading retirement provider for higher education, Fidelity is ready to help you take a fresh look at your 403(b) and ARP. Put your savings to the test. Planning and Guidance Consultants are available on campus for complimentary one-on-one consultation. Call 866.715.6111 or visit to schedule your appointment. Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC, Member NYSE, SIPC.

Spring commencement faculty information

All faculty members planning to march in the academic processional at spring commencement on Sunday (6/10) in Ohio Stadium should notify their college dean’s office by Friday (5/11). Faculty participants should report to the north rotunda entrance of Ohio Stadium with cap and gown on commencement day. Assembly for the faculty processional will be under the north ramp in the stadium corridor. Faculty should be robed and assembled by 11:30 a.m.
-- > For further details, call the Office of Commencement and Special Events, 292-9051

Constructions updates

Woodruff & Tuttle Park Place rebuild

Today (5/9), construction occurring on Tuttle Park Place between Woodruff and Ives Drive will move to the western lanes. Traffic will be reduced to two lanes, one lane in each direction, on the east side of the road. The northbound left turn lane onto Woody Hayes will be eliminated during construction, but left turns will be accommodated through signal phasing. Traffic Control Officers will monitor the intersection during peak hours to adjust timing as necessary during the first few weeks. This traffic pattern is expected to be in place until the end of the summer.
-- > Contact: Tom Ekegren, project manager
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South Campus Central Chiller Plant

A "steam blow" is scheduled for the South Campus Central Chiller Plant on Thursday (5/10) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The test is expected to generate loud noise and high temperature steam. As a precaution, John Herrick Drive, from Cannon Drive to the Neil Avenue Parking Garage, will close at 6 p.m. The Lincoln Tower and Parks Hall parking lots will close at 4 p.m. Both areas will reopen when work is complete. In addition, sidewalks in this area will be closed.
-- > Contact: Al Stazzone, project manager,

Events this week

Climate Change communications webinar

The OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues from noon-1 p.m. today (5/9) with “Framing Climate Change: Recent Research Trends on Communication Strategies & Public Opinion” presented by Erik Nisbet, assistant professor of Communication at Ohio State. The webinar is free.
-- > Contact: Jill Jentes Banicki,
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USC scholar to speak on 'Bromances,' popular cinema and melancholia

-- Tania Modleski of the University of Southern California will examine the trope of melancholia in popular 'bromances' such as Superbad (2007) and Knocked Up (2007) at 4:30 p.m. today (5/9) at the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. A reception will follow. Modleski is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory and Feminism without Women: Culture and Criticism in a Postfeminist Age.
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Noted architect to lecture in Knowlton

Benjamin Ball, whose work has been exhibited at major institutions throughout the world, will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. today (5/9). His experience ranges from work on the Disney Concert Hall and small residential commissions for boutique firms to complex medical structures and event design. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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Greenwald Scholar to lecture on 'manufactured memories'

The OSU Social Psychology Program presents this year's Greenwald Scholar, Elizabeth Loftus of the University of California, Irvine, as she gives a lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday (5/10) in 035 Psychology Building. Dr. Loftus will give a talk titled "Manufacturing Memories."
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Chinese Studies lecture focuses on trauma, displacement

The Institute for Chinese Studies continues its “Cultures in Contact” lecture series with Dr. Parks Coble of the University of Nebraska at 1:30 p.m. Friday (5/11). Coble will present "Trauma and Displacement in Wartime China, 1937-1945: The Experiences of Wartime Mobility.” This paper is an attempt to give a more nuanced understanding of the experience of wartime mobility and its significance.
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Upcoming events

University memorial service set for May 16

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday (5/16) at 7 p.m. to remember the Ohio State students who died during this school year.  The service will be held in the Great Hall Meeting room on the first floor of the Ohio Union. This annual nondenominational service is cosponsored by the Student Advocacy Center, Parent and Family Relations, and the University Interfaith Association. Throughout the day, members of the University Interfaith Association will be in the Ohio Union providing ways for students to express condolences.
-- > Contact: Karen Kyle at

Pelotonia: Buckeye Biker Bash May 31

Enjoy an evening of fun on Thursday (5/31) to help Team Buckeye, Ohio State's super peloton, recruit new Pelotonia participants and raise funds for current members. Buckeye Biker Bash will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Varsity Club. $15 per person (includes two drinks and $10 toward your Team Buckeye rider or Peloton of choice.) RSVP by Friday (5/25) to (an incorrect email address ran in Monday's OSU Today).

OSU to host second annual Oil and Gas Law Symposium

Continued development of Ohio’s shale energy resources has prompted the Agricultural and Resource Law Program to plan the second annual Ohio Oil and Gas Law Symposium. The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program for attorneys will be held on Friday (5/25) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio. An early pre-session on "Leasing 101" will take place from 8 to 9 a.m.
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Retail Studies speaker: Planning a Career for Life (5/23)

Designer Michelle Hartle Honer will present “Planning a Career for Life” on Wednesday (5/23) at 4:30 p.m. in 155 Jennings Hall. Honer is now using a career in the U.S. and Europe with bridal designers Richard Glasgow, Lazaro and Reem Acra to establish her own Lady M Ltd. wedding gown collection. The Department of Consumer Sciences sponsors the Fashion and Retail Studies Speaker Series. Seating is limited. RSVP by Friday (5/18) to Mark Wallace at
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Research Intensive Workshop May 30-June 1

The College of Nursing is conducting a workshop from Wednesday (5/30) to Friday (6/1) at the Fawcett Center on the nuts and bolts of designing, conducting, analyzing and funding intervention studies. Faculty, clinicians, advanced practice nurses, doctoral students and other interdisciplinary professionals are encouraged to attend. OSU, group and alumni discount rates are available.
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UCAT call for proposals for Faculty Learning Community Programs

The deadline to apply for the Faculty and Professional Learning Community on Sustainability is Friday (5/11). This program offers faculty and professionals at Ohio State a year-long opportunity to focus on infusing sustainability issues into an existing class or designing a new class to focus on those issues. Participants will work on their target classes as part of a community of peers.
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OSU CARES grants available; apply by May 15

Requests for Proposals are now available for funding through the OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grants programs. Grants of up to $10,000 each are available to all Ohio State faculty and staff interested in expanding Ohio State's outreach and engagement work throughout Ohio. The grant requires a partnership between at least two colleges (including OSU Extension). Submit grant proposals by Tuesday (5/15).
-- > Contact: Karen Bruns or Terri Fisher at or 688-4486
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