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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, Dec. 7. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Holiday bargains available at the Surplus Store. Attend the Surplus Store sale on Tuesday (12/18) from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 1165 Kinnear Road. Items include overstocks from WiredOut. Some unusual items for sale, too, like old pay phones. Surplus accepts cash, checks, credit cards, and money orders. Once items are sold, proceeds are shared with university departments who give their items to the store. If you have items to donate, please contact Brad Thomas at 292-6967. Like Surplus on Facebook:

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Ohio State's parking lease deal hailed as 'Deal of the Year'

The Bond Buyer has named Ohio State’s 50-year concession of its parking operations as "top nontraditional financing" deal of the year. The award was made during the publication's 11th annual Deal of the Year Awards in New York City.

In accepting the award, Ohio State Chief Financial Officer Geoff Chatas noted that the successful leasing of the institution's parking operations has provided the university with the flexibility to fund and sustain the academic core, which is vitally important in financing the university's vision to become the world's preeminent public comprehensive university, solving problems of worldwide significance.
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 Choose AfterHours Care at Ohio State. The AfterHours Care clinic is now open at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza Pavilion 2nd floor. Providing urgent care for non-life threatening cuts and burns, minor sprains and strains, colds and flu, as well as stitches, splints and urgent x-rays. Convenient evening and weekend hours, Monday-Friday 5-11 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. No appointments necessary.
-- > Contact: 685-3357

Leadership transition in Human Resources

President Gee has asked Jeff Kaplan to serve as Interim Vice President for Human Resources as the university conducts a search for a new lead human resources officer. On Wednesday (12/5) Kathleen McCutcheon announced her resignation to human resources employees. Under her leadership, the human resources team has implemented a number of initiatives to strengthen and unify Ohio State's approach to the stewardship of its most valuable assets: its faculty and staff. Kaplan and the human resources team will continue to build on this progress and the search for a new leader will begin immediately.


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.

Wildfires darkening Greenland snowpack, increasing melting

 Arctic wildfires may be increasing the rate of snowpack melting in Greenland. At the American Geophysical Union meeting this week, Jason Box, associate professor of geography at Ohio State, presented images from NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation satellite, which captured smoke from Arctic fires billowing out over Greenland during the summer of 2012. Soot is an extremely powerful light absorber, Box said. It settles over the ice and captures the sun’s heat.
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CABS winter break service announced

During winter break, Thursday (12/13)-Sunday (1/6), CABS will run reduced bus service Monday-Friday, with no service overnight (with the exception of Med Center Express), on the weekends and on university holidays. For more information regarding the CABS winter break service schedule, visit the Transportation & Traffic Management web site at

Student facilitators needed for summer programs

First Year Experience is accepting applications for student facilitators for first-year Pre-Enrollment Programs. Undergraduate leadership positions are available for Buckeye Leadership Connection in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Camp Buckeye/Buckeye Adventures, R-LEAD, First Generation Buckeye Leadership Connection, and Leadership Collaborative. Apply by Friday (1/11).
-- > Contact: Daniel MacKenzie at 247-6285
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Health & wellness

Become a Buckeye Wellness Innovator

Are you a health- and wellness-minded person? Do you have a special interest in promoting health and wellness activities and initiatives to your colleagues? If so, consider becoming a Buckeye Wellness Innovator. Submit your letter of interest with a description of why you would like to become a Buckeye Wellness innovator to Megan Amaya, director of health promotion, at by Saturday (12/22).
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Events this week

Science Sundays continues Dec. 9

 Jennifer Ouellette, science writer and blogger will present "Ready for Their Close-up: Scientists Go Hollywood," a look at what happens when science intersects with popular culture, on Sunday (12/9) from 3-4 p.m. in the Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theater; reception: 4-5 p.m. in Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Free and open to the public. Ouellette's latest book is The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.
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Upcoming events

Fellowship of Christian Faculty and Staff luncheon Dec. 13

The Fellowship of Christian Faculty and Staff Christmas Luncheon: Lessons and Carols will take place Thursday (12/13) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Faculty Club. Sing and learn about a selection of favorite Christmas Carols, including the history/backgrounds and scripture references of these influential hymns. Accompaniment from the School of Music's Robert Gillespie (violin) and Paul Robinson (double bass), with Susan Collins leading the singing. Make reservations online or reply to

Linguistics offers summer high school program in July

The Department of Linguistics is offering two sessions of the Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars, a week-long event designed for high school students interested in the study of language. Sessions will be held on OSU's main campus Sunday (7/7)-Friday (7/12) and Sunday (7/14)-Friday (7/19). Commuter and residential options are available.
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