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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, Oct. 3. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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We’re rolling out the red carpet on the first Sunday of every month, with free admission to Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms for everyone, plus themed activities to help you explore the wide world of Warhol. Our first Warhol First Sunday, on October 5, focuses on the identity and art of drag. Dress up in drag (or get dressed up when you get here), watch a drag show, and much more. Read more >

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Mansoor to deliver Department of History Alumni Scholars Lecture

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in the Department of History and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, will speak on the topic of his new book, Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq, a memoir of his experience in Iraq, where he served as a brigade commander and as executive officer to General David Petraeus. The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday (10/8) in the Faculty Club Main Dining Room. To RSVP, contact or 292-3001.


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Linke to speak at Ackerman Library Oct. 8

Erika Linke, president of the Association of College and Research Libraries and associate dean of university libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, will speak at the Ackerman Library, room 5826 at 10 a.m. Wednesday (10/8). Linke is co-author of Changing the Publishing Paradigm for Science and Technology and Addressing Staff Concerns in Changing Times: Supporting the Institution’s Greatest Asset. As president, Linke will plan the major program for the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference. Contact: 292-2503

OSC Teaching Software Development Tools workshop Oct. 14-16

The Ohio Supercomputer Center on West Campus is hosting a Software Development Tools workshop from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday (10/14)-Thursday (10/16) at OSC. The workshop focuses on developing large software projects and the tools available to assist in development and maintenance of these projects. Members of the Ohio academic community are invited to attend at no cost. To register, contact or 292-0890. Read more >

HR offers retirement choices forum for new faculty, staff

Human Resources will offer a forum on Wednesday (10/22) for newly hired faculty and staff to help with decisions regarding their retirement choices under ARP/OPERS/STRS. The forum will be held from noon-1 p.m. in the Office of Human Resources, 1590 N. High Street, Suite 430. It is designed for faculty and staff who have an appointment of at least 75 percent FTE and have been with the university for less than 120 days. A benefits representative will review, compare and summarize the plan options under the OPERS/STRS retirement systems and the provisions of the Alternative Retirement Plan. Contact: 292-1050. Read more >

Study Abroad Fair set for Oct. 10 at RPAC

The Office of International Affairs encourages faculty and staff to let students know about this year’s Study Abroad Fair, to be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday (10/10) at the RPAC. Studying abroad will enhance a student’s academic experience and better prepare them to work in our growing global society. Students can explore the different programs available and talk one-on-one with the experts. For details, visit or contact

GLBT student services announces online sign up for National Coming Out Day

Each year Ohio State's Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Services publishes a full-page ad in The Lantern for National Coming Out Day. This ad includes a list of faculty, staff and students who support Ohio State's LGBTQIA community. Visit the OSU-GLBT Alumni Society Store to add your name to the list of supporters. Faculty, staff, and alumni are asked to donate at least $10 to cover the cost of the ad. Contact: Jack Miner at

Students encouraged to apply now for study abroad scholarships

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to apply now for study abroad scholarships. Three scholarships administered by the Office of International Affairs are now available and applications are being accepted. The Wolfe, Firebaugh and Endowed Fund scholarships have the potential to provide a number of students with funds to help pay for their study abroad programs. For details, visit

Your opinion sought for onCampus’ online poll

Have you ever participated in a research study at Ohio State? Respond through the onCampus poll, located on the onCampus Web site, and see how your response compares with others in the OSU community. New questions are posted every other week. Have an issue you'd like to get feedback on? Submit your ideas for future poll questions to

Free relaxation classes held each Wednesday

Counseling and Consultation Services offers Qigong ("chee-gong") relaxation sessions at 9 a.m. every Wednesday in the Library/Media Resource Suite, second floor, Younkin Success Center. Sessions are free and open to the OSU community. Reservations are not needed and there is no length of commitment required. Qigong can be a method of relaxation and stress management through gentle movement. Contact Rick Mitsak or Chris Rideout at 292-5766 if you have questions.

Critical Difference professional development grants available

Professional Development and Women of Color Advancement Grants are available for women faculty and staff continuously employed by Ohio State for at least one year, and students (graduate/professional students with a 3.0 GPA and undergraduates with a 2.5 GPA). Grants can be used for professional development activities, research, etc. Significant financial need is a key consideration. Applications are due Thursday (10/23). Applications are available online at Critical Difference for Women. Contact: or 292-2800.

Public Safety hosts blood drive Oct. 7

The OSU Department of Public Safety will be holding a blood drive from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday (10/7) in 1019 Blankenship Hall. Please pass the word onto others. If you have donated on or before Tuesday (8/12), you are eligible to donate. Enter to win a pair of tickets to the OSU-Michigan game on Saturday (11/22). Schedule an appointment online at (sponsor code is buckeyes) or call (800) GIVE-LIFE. Walk-ins are welcome.


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