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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, Dec. 12. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts

Cross some items off that never-ending gift list at our Wexner Center Store, the place for colorful, holiday-themed Alessi figurines designed by LPWK and Massimo Giacon — and lots more. Having a hard time deciding? Why not give the gift that keeps on giving with a gift membership to the Wexner Center, with benefits including free gallery admission, ticket presales, and discounts galore. For the month of December, gift memberships are 10 percent off and also come with an attractive, complimentary gift box.
-- > Read more: http://store.wexarts.org/holiday.html

Headline news

College of Medicine dean hosts Town Meeting

College of Medicine Dean Charles Lockwood will host a Town Meeting entitled "People, Progress and Opportunities: The First 90 Days" to discuss his first three months at Ohio State and the challenges facing and opportunities available for the college. The meeting, scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday (12/13) in 160 Meiling Hall, is open to all faculty, staff and students. Refreshments will be served in the Meiling lobby immediately following the presentation. Click here to RSVP and submit a question you would like the dean to address. Those unable to attend the meeting in person, may watch the live webcast at http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/aboutus/town_meeting/Pages/index.aspx.


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OSUToday quarter break publication schedule

During the quarter break, starting today (12/12) OSUToday will be published on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday only. Daily production will resume Tuesday (1/3). To have an item considered for publication, send the details electronically to OSUToday@osu.edu and follow as closely as possible the style found in existing OSU Today items.

Davies selected to lead Kirwan Institute

Professor Sharon Davies has been selected as the next executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, replacing founding executive director john powell, who leaves at the end of December. Davies, the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law, is a leading scholar in race and criminal law. She was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Notes and Comments editor of the Columbia Law Review while attending Columbia University School of Law. Davies, who came to Moritz in 1995, will continue as a member of the college's faculty.
-- > Read more about Davies: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/faculty/bios.php?ID=16
-- > Read more about the Kirwan Institute: http://kirwaninstitute.org

OSU's Health Network expands to Pickaway County

Berger Health System in Circleville has become the newest member of the Ohio State Health Network. Founded in 1995 by The Ohio State University Medical Center, the network provides cost savings and educational and professional networking opportunities to member hospitals. In addition, network hospitals have access to many resources at The Ohio State University Health System. Berger Health System's membership in the network will enable an exchange of ideas and resources with other hospitals and health care systems that can ultimately improve the medical care of Pickaway County residents.
-- > Read more: http://go.osu.edu/Gyu

Opportunities to become Ohio State's neighbor

Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment has housing opportunities for faculty and staff in the Weinland Park neighborhood, which is just steps from the university's main campus and other great amenities like the Short North. A great deal of investment is taking place in the neighborhood, making it a perfect place to call home, and many housing opportunities are coming for all income levels and housing needs. Also, the Faculty & Staff University District Homeownership Incentive Program is available in this area.
-- > Contact: Erin Prosser, prosser.20@osu.edu or 247-5958.
-- > Read more: http://campuspartners.osu.edu/index.php/become-a-neighbor-in-weinland-park

Employee Assistance Program now has round-the-clock access

Watch your mail — you'll soon receive a 24/7/365 contact card for accessing the new Ohio State Employee Assistance Program. The Ohio State EAP is here to help you and your family with challenges that affect your health, family, or job. The program offers many complimentary, confidential benefits including live phone support with a licensed professional and five counseling sessions. For more information, call (800) 678-6265 or visit http://osuhealthplan.com/OhioStateEAP. The Ohio State EAP is offered to benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and their families through Your Plan for Health and is provided by The Ohio State University Health Plan Inc.

Correct address for mailed W-2 statements

Faculty, staff and student employees electing to have their 2011 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements mailed should verify the mailing address listed on their December 2011 Payroll Statement of Earnings. If changes are needed to your mailing address, update this information with your department human resources representative. The deadline for making address changes is Friday (1/6). Employees are encouraged to sign up for online delivery of their W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. For additional information, contact the Payroll/Tax Office at 292-2311 or mailto:taxoffice@osu.edu.
-- > Read more about online delivery: http://www.ctlr.ohio-state.edu/pay/pay-w2.shtm

Stefanie's Champions: Nominate a support hero

Nominations for the 13th annual Stefanie's Champions Awards, which honors heroes in the lives of cancer survivors, are due Jan. 1. Cancer survivors, or parents of survivors younger than 18, are encouraged to nominate a Champion for exemplifying the qualities and values upheld by the family of Stefanie Spielman: Putting families first; demonstrating acts of kindness and dedication to a cancer patient; and elevating a patient's battle with cancer above all other personal needs.
-- > Read more: http://spielmanfund.com

Construction alerts

Road, sidewalk closures begin today

A pair of projects will affect driving and pedestrian pathways on campus over the next few weeks:
• 11th Avenue will be closed from College Road to Hunter Avenue today (11/12) through Monday (12/19, weather permitting). This closure will allow for the addition of storm sewer curb inlets to alleviate high-water events at Hunter Avenue and 11th Avenue during heavy rains. View this map for posted detours.
• 19th Avenue and adjacent sidewalks between the Aviation Building and Smith Lab will close today (12/12) through Friday (12/30, weather permitting). This closure will allow for the demolition of buildings in preparation for the Chemical Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building construction.
-- > For other construction updates: http://go43210.osu.edu
-- > Contact: mailto:fod_communications@osu.edu

Events this week

Writer's Talk features English professor, grad student

OSU English professor Koritha Mitchell discusses her book Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930. And OSU English graduate student MaryKatherine Ramsey describes the lighter side of how she relates to Emily Dickinson. Writer's Talk airs today (12/12) at 7 p.m. on WCRS radio, 98.3 and 102.1 FM and Wednesday (12/14) at 8 p.m. on WCBE radio, 90.5 FM. Interested in appearing on Writers Talk? Contact Doug Dangler, dangler.6@osu.edu.

DHLRI Early Career Development event Dec. 15

The Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute is hosting a Negotiation Workshop from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday (12/15) in 105 Biomedical Research Tower — part of the Early Career Development series. Learn negotiation skills from a world-renowned expert. Space is limited. Register by today (12/12) by contacting mailto:dhlri.ecd@osumc.edu. You must hold a third- to fifth-year post doctoral appointment, a post doctoral fellowship, or an assistant professor appointment (all faculty tracks).

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