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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Tuesday, Oct. 30. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Wet your whistle for an evening of anarchic theater, live music, and supernatural goings-on in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, a hit at the Edinburgh Festival that comes to Columbus starting tomorrow through Sunday in a special Wex presentation at the CD 102.5 Big Room. Inspired by the romantic Border ballads, the actor/musicians of The National Theatre of Scotland tell a tale of love, music, and the devil in a pub-like setting, complete with beer flowing. Tickets are going fast; act now.

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Ohio Third Frontier approves funding for Innovation Gateway

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has recommended $7.7 million to fully fund the Central Ohio Entrepreneurial Signature Program for the years 2013-2014. This award, when matched by Central Ohio partners including Battelle, Nationwide Children's Hospital, OhioHealth, Ohio State and others, represents a $15.4 million investment in the continued growth of the region's innovation economy. The program includes funding for a new collaboration between Ohio State and TechColumbus known as the Innovation Gateway, dedicated to helping launch high-growth startups based on Ohio State research and technology platforms.
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 Bawdy Broadway Musical performed Nov. 7-11. The Department of Theatre and School of Music present the solve-it-yourself Broadway musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" Nov. 7-11 in Thurber Theatre on campus. The full-scale musical whodunit asks the audience to decide how each performance should end. Directed and conducted by A. Scott Parry, the show includes the musical numbers The Wages of Sin, Perfect Strangers, Both Sides of the Coin, and Moonfall. For details and tickets, go to or call 292-2295.

Ohio State Young Scholars Program marks 25 years

Ohio State is celebrating 25 years of its Young Scholars Program, a program designed to provide enriching college experiences to elementary and high schools students, encouraging them to pursue a college degree. On Friday (10/26), more than 90 high school students from across Ohio were invited to campus in celebration of the anniversary. YSP is administered by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and has prepared nearly 3,000 Ohio youth for college success. YSP annually identifies and prepares hundreds of academically talented first generation college students from economically challenged backgrounds.
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Combat cough and cold season with help from Ohio State's FastCare. Our clinics provide fast, convenient care for common illnesses such as colds, sinus infections, coughs, sore throats, earaches and others. No appointment necessary, with evening and weekend hours available. Clinics are located in the Market District Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington and the Giant Eagle in Gahanna. When applicable, we can bill your insurance. For OSU Health Plan members, your co-pay is $20.
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Open Enrollment ends Nov. 2

During Open Enrollment, you can sign up for a Health Care Flexible Spending Account to set aside pre-tax money to be reimbursed for eligible health care expenses. Your contributions can range from $100 to $2,500 per year, per employee. More details are available on the HR Open Enrollment website. Enroll online at You will need your Ohio State username and password to log in. Open Enrollment ends Friday (11/2).


Who's helping you get more for your retirement? Here is some great news for OSU 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.

University Archives launches digitized Makios

University Archives has placed the full run of OSU's yearbook online. The new Makio Digital Archives includes every published edition from when the yearbook was first launched in 1880. Readers can browse by issue, or search by date or keyword. Reach the online archives at View a short primer for new users.
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Events this week

Chris Spielman: A Football Life

Chris Spielman was an undersized kid from Canton, Ohio that defied all expectations and achieved a childhood dream by playing football at Ohio State and becoming a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills. In the prime of his career, Spielman left football to care for his wife, Stefanie, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Chris' career, Stefanie's courageous fight, and their love story for the ages are documented in the NFL Films special "Chris Spielman: A Football Life," which premieres Wednesday (10/31) at 8 p.m. on NFL Network.
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Upcoming events

International Affairs hosts study abroad info sessions

Study abroad enhances academic experiences, strengthens career prospects and changes the way students view the world, and the new May session is the perfect time to study abroad. International Affairs is hosting hour-long sessions to provide students an in-depth look at May session programs in England, France, Mexico, South Africa and Italy. For dates, times, locations and more information, visit Applications for all May session study abroad programs are due Thursday (11/1) and Tuesday (1/1).

OSU Graduate and Professional School Fair Nov. 5

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Council is hosting an OSU Graduate and Professional School Fair on Monday (11/5) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union's Great Hall Meeting Room 3. Ohio State admissions representatives, professional students, academic advisors, and career counselors will be available to answer questions. This program is an option for Student Success Series credit and is open to all OSU students.
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ASFW networking event Nov. 8

The Association of Staff and Faculty Women is hosting a networking event on Thursday (11/8) from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Blackwell Lobby Lounge. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including a chance to win a free ASFW annual membership. Bring a friend and receive an extra entry in the raffle. There is no charge for the networking event; registration is requested.
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Call for presentations: Workshop on Big Data and Cyber-Security

With the rapid advancement of computer, networking and storage systems, society is facing two critical and urgent challenges: big data and cyber-security. Researchers from Battelle and Ohio State will meet for a one-day workshop on Wednesday (12/5) in 260 Dreese Laboratories to present, discuss and prepare collaborations in these areas. Individuals interested in presenting are asked to submit a presentation title, abstract and a short biography to Xiaodong Zhang at by Thursday (11/15).
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Engaging Faculty in Strategic Planning

"Engaging Faculty in Strategic Planning" is scheduled for Wednesday (11/7) from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in 400 Stillman Hall. This workshop is for academic leaders such as department chairs, school directors, deans, associate and assistant deans.
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OSU Leadership Center to offer change workshop Nov. 13

Join Jeff King for "Leading Organizations in These Challenging Times" on Tuesday (11/13) from 9 a.m.-noon in the Agricultural Administration Building. Prior to the workshop, participants will take the Change Style Preference online and receive their results as part of the training. Registration is required, and there is a $60 fee.
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Productivity: Business Principles for Taking Back Your Time

The business principles you need for taking back your time are behaviorally based. In this productivity session on Tuesday (11/13) from 8 a.m.-noon you will learn to increase your personal effectiveness through better communication, priority setting, planning and organization. This program is a part of Executive Education's Accelerated Certificates in Executive Specializations. 
-- > Contact: Stefanie Freeman at or 247-8088
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