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

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Hear the story behind Paula Hayes' delicate, gorgeously layered terrariums in a free Artist's Talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday (11/16) in the Film/Video Theater. Hayes discusses the pieces in her indoor exhibition as well as her outdoor roof garden, both of which emphasize an environmental focus.

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Speaker to address violence prevention, peace in aftermath of Virginia Tech tragedy

 Jerzy Nowak's world changed on April 16, 2007, when his wife, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, was killed in a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech. Nowak, who was chair of the university's Department of Horticulture at the time, soon became founding director of the university's Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, and has spoken across the United States and Canada about violence, peace and justice.

At the invitation of friend and colleague Doug Doohan, OSU professor of horticulture and crop science, Nowak will visit the Wooster and Columbus campuses on Tuesday (11/15)-Wednesday (11/16), with presentations scheduled both days.

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Celebrate the sounds of the season! The School of Music is presenting its annual Celebration Concert at 8 p.m. Friday (12/2) in Mershon Auditorium. This fast-paced musical extravaganza showcases the school's many performing groups, from its Symphony Orchestra to the Jazz Ensemble, Glee Clubs and more, and wraps up with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. For tickets, call the Theatre box office at 292-2295 or the Wexner Center ticket office at 292-3535.
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Faculty Teaching Scholars, Class of 2011 to be honored Nov. 16

The Center for Education and Scholarship is awarding its third cohort of the Faculty Teaching Scholars Program at the "Celebration of Educational Scholarship" on Wednesday (11/16). The CES team invites all faculty to attend this annual celebration, and congratulate this year's scholars: Elise Berlan, Aaron Bernard, Jillian Gustin, Jill Heathcock, Jennifer McCallister, Maryann Murphy, Wanjiku Musindi, Vimal (Raaj) Narula, Adam Quick, Rosemarie Shim, Adrian Suarez, and David Wininger.
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Retirement Benefits Consultation. Whether you're a newer employee at the University or someone thinking about retirement options, Financial Advisor Steve Daley, Ameriprise Financial Services, is available for a one-on-one ½ or hour meeting at the Ohio Union, Thursday (11/17) from 8 a.m- 6 p.m. to answer questions about: OSU's SRA/403(b) program and retirement, financial, or estate planning strategies, and many other open enrollment questions. Click here, call 726-3401 or e-mail to schedule a confidential and complimentary retirement benefits meeting.

Explore international events at Ohio State

Today (11/14) marks the start of the 12th annual celebration of International Education Week. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to promote a broader understanding of world cultures. Ohio State joins thousands of other institutions worldwide participating in events that bring an international perspective to college campuses. Explore international events happening at Ohio State by visiting


OSU Buckeye basketball is back — so is the pregame party that's closest to the game: HOOPLA at the Coach's Club Café in the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Stop in before any home men's basketball game and enjoy the newly-remodeled sports-inspired atmosphere, multiple TVs and great food and drink. Open 2 hours before tip-off for a full menu of snacks and sandwiches and discounts on your favorite beverage brands. Plenty of parking, too.
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Events this week

Today: Poets, Prophets, Mass Communication

The Department of French and Italian is presenting "Poets, Prophets, Mass Communication in the Italian Nation Building Process (1861-1922)" at 3:30 p.m. today (11/14) in 0173 Mendenhall Lab. Professor Mauro Stampacchia, University of Pisa, is presenting.
-- > Contact: Charles Klopp at or 292-4938
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Impact urban education — become a teacher

Project ASPIRE is hosting an info session from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday (11/15) in 260 Ramseyer Hall. Anyone interested in applying for 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 is welcome. Project ASPIRE is a partnership between the College of Education & Human Ecology and Columbus City Schools to prepare urban educators. ASPIRE is specifically recruiting individuals who want to earn a Master of Education and their initial teacher's license in math, science, education, and foreign language education, among others.
-- > Contact: Audra Slocum, at 688-8256 or
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Preventing school dropout focus of Nov. 17 panel discussion

How we can prevent school dropout is the focus of a panel discussion set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday (11/17) at WOSU@COSI, 333 W. Broad St. WOSU is presenting the forum as part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. Panelists are Bill Wise, superintendent of South-Western City Schools and Nancy Nestor-Baker, OSU administrator on loan to United Way of Central Ohio. Mike Thompson will moderate.
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Paging Columbus! Friction and Fiction at Urban Arts Space

Visit the Urban Arts Space on Thursday (11/17) from 6-8 p.m. for Paging Columbus. This month, authors Nick White, Molly Patterson, Tatyana Kagamas, and Robert Loss will read selections of their work about tension, conflict, and agitation. Mingle and grab some goodies as early as 6 p.m.; readings are set to start around 6:30 p.m. Free and open to all.
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Departmental Impact Grant application period open

Apply by Monday (12/5) for the OCIO Departmental Impact Grant. Receive up to 200 hours of Learning Technology expertise and $15,000 to extend learning technology use that increases student engagement, facilitates greater instructor efficiency, orenables anytime/anyplace learning. Attend an open Q&A session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday (11/15) in 060 Science and Engineering Library.
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Financing College workshop for faculty and staff Dec. 1

Financing College, a lunch and learn workshop for OSU faculty and staff, will take place from noon-1 p.m. Thursday (12/1) in 160 Meiling Hall. Learn about the real costs of college, savings strategies, and the need-based and merit-based financial aid processes. Reps from Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, HR, and the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority will be available to answer your questions.
-- > RSVP to Michele Brown at or 688-4468


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