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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Oct. 14. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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President Obama and First Lady to visit Ohio State on Sunday

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will visit the Columbus campus at 6:15 p.m. Sunday (10/17) as part of a rally organized by the Democratic National Committee. The event will take place on the Oval, and is free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged at: The Obamas are guests of the Ohio State College Democrats student organization. Further details, including building and street closures, will be released through a special mailing to faculty, staff and students on Friday (10/15). Read more:


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OSU recognized for commitment to adoption

Ohio State has once again been named one of America’s Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Each year, the Foundation announces a list of employers with the best adoption benefits in the nation. Rankings are based on the maximum amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for employees who adopt. OSU ranked on three lists: Industry leaders - Education, fourth place; Ohio, fifth place; and Columbus, third place. Read more:

Ohio State launches Election2010 web site

Election2010 at Ohio State has been launched as an interdisciplinary collaboration garnering the view points, opinions and perspectives of faculty experts regarding the midterm elections this fall. Visit for updates on key political issues and races, the election fallout, breaking news and upcoming events, including the upcoming campus visit by President Obama on Sunday (10/17).

Events this week

Hopkins Hall Gallery 'It's Not Easy Being Green' conversations

You are invited to the Hopkins Hall Gallery exhibition Gene Friley: Garden Delights for a Topics Table conversation about current and future green spaces on campus, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays weekly at the Hopkins Hall Gallery. Greenhouse coordinator Joan Leonard will lead a conversation about successfully growing plants for the home, garden or office. Bring your lunch. Contact: 292-5072

Upcoming events

Charity: Water presentation Oct. 19

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the Charity: Water presentation at 12:30 or 4 p.m. Tuesday (10/19) at the Ohio Union, US Bank Conference Theatre and learn about one of the most important environmental issues facing our world, the lack of clean water. This service-learning collaboration is supported by International Affairs, Outreach and Engagement, OSU Medical Center’s Health Sciences Center for Global Health, FABE and International Program for Water Management in Agriculture and the Upper Arlington Schools. Contact: Amanda Postalakis, Read more:

Oct. 20: A Conversation With bell hooks

Internationally acclaimed cultural critic bell hooks will participate in a public lecture, “Keeping It Real: The Practice of Diversity” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (10/20) in 131 Hitchcock Hall. There will be a book signing following the lecture, sponsored by Barnes and Noble. Contact: Read more:

Calhoun to speak on public sphere and populist imaginary

Craig Calhoun, president of the Social Science Research Council, will speak about "The Public Sphere and the Populist Imaginary" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (10/21) at 180 Hagerty Hall. Calhoun has written on culture and communication, technology and social change, social theory and politics, and on the social sciences themselves. Most famously, he provided a detailed eyewitness account of the student revolt in Tiananmen Square. Register at

OSU vs. Michigan blood drive Nov. 1

The College of Social Work and its student association are sponsoring an OSU vs. Michigan “blood battle” blood drive from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday (11/1) in 115 Stillman Hall. Schedule an appointment at or call (800) RED CROSS. Participants can also enter a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the Saturday (11/27) OSU-Michigan game. Contact: Linda Helm at or (937) 901-1189

2010 Election Night Extravaganza Nov. 2

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the Politics, Society, and Law Scholars Program invite you to the 2010 Election Night Extravaganza from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday (11/2) on the first floor of Page Hall. Students, faculty and staff are invited to watch the election results in a nonpartisan viewing environment. Food and drinks, guest speakers and games and contests planned. Contact: Chris Adams at


OSC offers IBM Glenn Cluster workshop Oct. 19-20

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is offering a free two-day workshop to researchers and students focused on effectively using the IBM Glenn Linux Cluster, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday (10/19)-Wednesday (10/20) in BALE Theatre. Participants will learn to log onto the cluster, use the compilers, perform batch processing, and utilize the parallel programming facilities. Read more:

Nov. 4: Faculty Recruitment, Searches and Selection workshop

“Faculty Recruitment, Searches and Selection,” a workshop for department chairs, school directors, deans, and associate and assistant deans, will be held from 9-11 a.m. Thursday (11/4) in 090 Science and Engineering Library. Registration is required. Register online. Contact: 247-1847


Faculty and staff men’s basketball season tickets

Reminder: The deadline to pay invoices online for the 2010-11 men’s basketball faculty/staff split and full season tickets is 5 p.m. Friday (10/15). If you would still like to submit a request for online ordering information you must do so by 5 p.m. today (10/14). For details and policies, go to (click on TICKETS). Contact: OSU Athletic Ticket Office, (800) GOBUCKS or

Oct. 15 eLearning Professional Development Grant deadline

The application deadline for an OCIO Learning Technology eLearning Professional Development Grant is Friday (10/15). The grant’s focus is to increase student engagement, facilitate greater instructor efficiency, or enable anytime/anyplace learning by extending learning technology skills and knowledge. Recipients receive up to $1,000 (funding requires a 1:1 cash or in-kind match from unit, department, or other source). Contact: Read more:

Free LASIK screening at OSU Havener Eye Institute

The OSU Havener Eye Institute is offering complimentary LASIK screenings that consist of a thorough eye evaluation and consultation with a surgeon. Each visit typically takes about an hour and can be scheduled at the OSU Eye and Ear Institute or the Dublin office. If you would like to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK, contact 761-3311 or

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