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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, Dec. 22. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

 OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts
Take advantage of this ‘Warholiday’ season to tour the only U.S. presentation of the critically acclaimed exhibition Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms, on view until Sunday (2/15). With more than 700 items on view, including paintings, films, videos, drawings, photos, audio clips, installations, and archival material, the exhibition has been called “an audacious installation” and “obligatory viewing” by Artforum. Don’t miss the opportunity to take in the Warhol exhibition of a lifetime (check the web site for holiday hours). Read more >

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President Gee releases statement regarding state budget adjustments

Gov. Ted Strickland on Friday (12/19) ordered state spending slashed another $640 million to plug a growing shortfall in the two-year budget ending at the end of June. President E. Gordon Gee released a statement on Friday regarding the state budget adjustments. Read the full statement. Here is an excerpt:

"Facing tough choices under extremely difficult circumstances, Governor Strickland deserves great thanks for taking action to preserve the state's commitment to its universities. The Governor, General Assembly and the university are working as strategic and constructive partners as Ohio and the nation navigate these turbulent times. My pledge is that Ohio State will continue to work to be part of the solution to our state's economic revitalization."

Ohio State assisting students facing economic difficulties

Ohio State today (12/22) unveiled a series of steps to ensure all enrolled students have the financial assistance necessary to enable them to complete their degree programs. A renewed, “Students First” commitment includes additional financial aid, emergency loans and tuition assurances. It is designed to help students and their families who face increased economic hardship as a result of the recession and covers all currently enrolled students and those admitted for fall 2009. Additional information can be found on Ohio State’s Student Financial Aid web site.

Winer named director of the Honors Collegium

 Brian Winer, OSU professor of physics, will join the University Honors & Scholars Center on Thursday (1/1/09) as director of the Honors Collegium, a program for purposeful undergraduates who expect to distinguish themselves beyond the baccalaureate degree. Winer has been teaching and working in the area of high energy physics at Ohio State since 1996, and has received numerous awards, including the University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2007. Winer replaces David Tomasko who was appointed associate dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Services in the College of Engineering. Read more >

OSU grads receive Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society fellowships

Three Ohio State graduates were among the 15 selected nationally to receive post-graduate fellowships from Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. Click the individual links for details.

  • Kirsten Freeman Fox, a 1998 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in family and human development, was named recipient of the national Mortar Board Barbara Cook Fellowship, a $2,000 award.
  • Laura Twilling, a spring 2008 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in speech and hearing science and psychology, was named recipient of the national Mortar Board Fellowship, a $3,000 award.
  • Maureen Mork, a June 2008 graduate with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in biology and French, was named recipient of the Ruth Weimer Mount Fellowship, a $5,000 award.

Weather or Other Short-Term Closing Policy established

Ohio State has established the Weather or Other Short-Term Closing Policy (#6.15) for severe weather, power outages, or other unexpected events resulting in a short term university closure. The policy requires that faculty and staff be designated as essential, alternate or standby, and who is required to report to work; outlines the processes to cancel classes and close offices, continue classes as desired; identifies who is authorized to make this decision and communication responsibilities; outlines how compensation, leave time, and other employment issues will work; and identifies individual, leadership, and unit responsibilities. Faculty and staff are encouraged to become familiar with the policy and their department plans in case an emergency occurs. Contact: ohrc@hr.osu.edu or 292-2800 Read policy > Read FAQ >

OSUToday production schedule

During the break between fall and winter quarters, OSUToday is following a reduced production schedule. This week, OSUToday will be published today (12/22) and Wednesday (12/24). Thursday (12/25) and Friday (12/25) are university holidays. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day. Contact: OSUToday@osu.edu

Spend New Year’s Eve at the RPAC

Join at least 1,400 of your closest friends as the Ohio State community spends New Year’s Eve at the RPAC, from 9 p.m. Wednesday (12/31)- 1 a.m. Thursday (1/1). The family fun, non-alcoholic event is free. Enjoy recreational activities, children’s arts and crafts, international music, free telephone calls around the world, food, and more. If you would like to volunteer at the event, contact harty.1@osu.edu. Read more >

ASFW event encourages starting the New Year in good health

The Association of Staff and Faculty Women will host an informal gathering from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday (1/6/09) at the Biomedical Research Tower, 460 W. 12th Ave. The event, “Wake up with ASFW: Health screenings, coffee and more!” will feature a presentation by Marianne Robinson of the Wellness Program. Personal health assessments will be available. No pre-registration is necessary. A donation will be requested at the door to help offset costs. Read more >

Earn Your Plan for Health rewards as end-of-year draws near

The end of the year is right around the corner so don’t forget to earn your rewards. Visit the new YourPlanforHealth.com to complete your Personal Health Assessment by Wednesday (12/31) to earn your $180 medical premium reduction in 2009. While on the site also remember to enter any remaining activities into your 2008 Incentive Program profile by Wednesday (12/31) to receive your payout on Saturday (1/31/09).

Volunteer tax preparers needed

The Franklin County EITC Coalition, a collaboration of business, government and nonprofit partners, is looking for volunteers to help hardworking low- to moderate-income families prepare their taxes. Experience in preparing taxes is a plus, but the Coalition will provide training if needed. Schedules are flexible. Tax sites are typically open in the evenings and on the weekends for four hours at a time. Volunteers are asked to work at least two 4-hour sessions between late January and early April. Contact: eitc@uwcentralohio.org.
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