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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Oct. 27. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Love cult films? Aliens? David Bowie? We've got the movie for you. The Man Who Fell to Earth features Bowie himself as an alien seeking water for his drought-stricken planet, all the while grappling with earthly pleasures like booze and television. Also starring Rip Torn, Candy Clark, and Buck Henry. Catch the movie tonight at 7 p.m. or tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater.

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University advisory group to assist in parking privatization quest

As Ohio State considers privatizing its parking system in lieu of a large one-time payment to support the university's academic missions, a Parking Advisory Group with administrative, faculty, staff and student representatives has been formed. The group's goal will be to assist and advise Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Geoff Chatas and senior leaders throughout the process, providing guidance and thought from each area within Ohio State.

Chatas will chair the group, which also will include Chris Culley, general counsel; Bob Schottenstein, Board of Trustees; Jim Rathman, Faculty Senate chair; Nick Messenger, student leadership; Heather Link, USAC chair; Larry Anstine, Medical Center; Javaune Adams-Gaston, Student Life; Vijay Gadepally, graduate student rep.; Brad Harris, senior fiscal officer, Arts and Sciences; and an as-yet unnamed member of the Faculty Senate Fiscal Committee. Parking vendor Requests for Qualifications were sent out in late September and are due in by Nov. 2.


College of Optometry Eyewear Gallery – one of the largest collection of frames in Ohio featuring designers: Tag Heuer; Nike; Kate Spade; Giorgio Armani; Liz Claiborne; Ray Ban; Maui Jim Sunglasses. Expert optometrists, opticians, frame stylists, and interns to address your visual needs and maximize your visual performance. You'll look great and see well. Visit our Eyewear Gallery or call 292-2020 now for details. VSP Provider.
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Cardinal Health Foundation, OSU launch prescription drug toolkit

The Cardinal Health Foundation and the College of Pharmacy recently released a new, interactive toolkit that pharmacists, health care providers, community organizations and others can use to educate their communities about how to avoid the misuse of prescription drugs. The groups also are partnering with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists to promote the toolkit among older adults and their caregivers. The toolkit's focus on preventing prescription drug misuse is a complement to the outreach program's previously released toolkits, which focus on prescription drug abuse prevention.
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Are you African-American? Less than 28 weeks pregnant? Researchers at OSUMC are conducting an NIH funded study to examine how responses to stressful situations may be related to risk of preterm delivery. Participation involves one visit for 4-4.5 hours. Women will be compensated $160 for their time and may earn $100 for answering questionnaires after delivery. Please contact 293-5262 or visit

Dependent Tuition Assistance: Application deadline Nov. 1

If your dependent will be taking classes during the remainder of the 2011-12 academic year and you have held an eligible regular appointment of at least 50 percent full-time equivalency (FTE), your family members can enjoy the benefits of higher education at a lower cost. See the fact sheet and download the form at or contact HR Customer Service at 292-1050 or

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How do I know the password expiration notice is real?

While you will receive notification e-mails when your password is scheduled to expire, Ohio State will never ask for you to reply with login information, a password, or personal information in an e-mail. If an e-mail appears suspicious, do not click any links or give away your personal information. If you're not sure when your password expires, log onto

Events this week

Today: Gee, Alutto, Chatas to discuss 'financing the university' at Town Hall Meeting

 Join President Gordon Gee, Provost Joe Alutto, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Geoff Chatas and other university officials at 2 p.m. today (10/27) in the Saxbe Auditorium in Drinko Hall for a discussion on financially sustaining the university. This Town Hall Meeting is co-hosted by USAC and the Faculty Council. This event will also be streamed live at rtsp:// (Real Media) and mms:// (Windows Media). Questions may be submitted in advance to A limited number of submitted questions can be answered.

Upcoming events

Panel to consider latest developments in Arab Spring

A panel discussion on "The Arab Spring: Developments in North Africa and the Middle East" will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday (11/3) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. The panel features Joshua Stacher, professor of political science at Kent State University; Sabra Webber, chair of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; and Alam Payind, director of the Middle East Studies Center. Moderated by J. Craig Jenkins, director of the Mershon Center; introductory remarks by William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs.
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Volunteers needed for Thanksgiving dinner at Ohio State

More than 150 volunteers are needed to help serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Ohio Union to 2,000 Ohio State students, faculty and staff unable to go home for the holiday on Thursday (11/24). Volunteers will be needed for two shifts:11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner will be served at noon and 2:15 p.m. To volunteer, please complete the registration form. Register by Wednesday (11/9).
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Rinkov lectureship in ovarian cancer Nov. 3; RSVP by Oct. 28

"Ovarian Cancer: Prevention, Screening and Treatment" is the topic of the Claudia Rinkov Lectureship in Ovarian Cancer presented by David Cohn, director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Ohio State, from 6-7 p.m. Thursday (11/3) in the Interfaith Room of the Ohio Union. Registration from 5:30-6 p.m. RSVP at by Friday (10/28).
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Writing & Critical Thinking: Quick and Easy Assignments for Any Classroom

In this workshop co-sponsored by UCAT and CSTW, from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday (11/2) in 300 Younkin Success Center, Writing Across the Curriculum consultants will help faculty and TAs define what critical thinking means in their discipline. Participants will then develop effective and efficient writing activities that help students work on critical thinking skills while also helping instructors assess student learning.
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Legal Issues workshop for academic leaders Nov. 8

"Key Legal Issues for Senior Leaders: A 'Talk Show' Format" will take place from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday (11/8) in 090 Science and Engineering Library. This workshop is for academic leaders: department chairs, school directors, deans, associate and assistant deans. Registration is required.
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Register for Leader Series workshop: Emotional Intelligence

Register now for "Emotional Intelligence and Leadership," to be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday (11/9). Explore the intersection of leadership effectiveness, emotional intelligence, and Ohio State culture concepts. This is the first workshop in the Leader Series, a new program designed to help Ohio State leaders leverage their strengths.
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