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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, Dec. 10. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Tri Fit Challenge - Join Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital in the inaugural Triathlon event to end heart disease. The challenge is to live healthier and make the changes within your power. Participants will start at Antrim Park, finish in the 'Shoe. Choose one of three triathlon lengths to participate as an individual or in a relay that best suits their personal challenge. Funds raised will benefit life-saving heart disease research at Ohio State.
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Gov. Kasich to launch OARnet 100 Gig network Dec. 11

Gov. John Kasich will visit OSU’s West Campus on Tuesday (12/11) to light the 100 Gigabit-per-second network of the Ohio Academic Resources Network, a multidisciplinary research center under Ohio State’s Office of Research. The $13 million expansion leverages OARnet’s 1,850-plus miles of fiber-optic network backbone. The 100 Gbps technology will advance research and job growth across Ohio’s medical research, higher education, manufacturing, engineering and technology corridors. The public is invited to view the event, from 11-11:30 a.m., via live streaming video at
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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.

Ohio State to open its first health clinic led by nurse practitioners

The innovative infrastructure behind a new OSU health and wellness practice will give patients convenient access to primary care that simultaneously addresses their physical issues as well as their mental health needs. The practice, the first to be operated by the College of Nursing, will also be the first at Ohio State run entirely by nurse practitioners. The center is expected to open in January on the 12th floor of the Wexner Medical Center’s University Hospital East, 1492 E. Broad St.
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Diabetes prevention study. Want to lose weight? Are you at risk for diabetes? We are recruiting employees to participate in a research study specifically for OSU employees. The study includes 16 weeks of nutrition and exercise education and training to promote weight loss. You may be eligible if you are an OSU employee, 18-65 years old, and have an elevated glucose level. Please call 292-4772 for more information.

OSUToday semester break publication schedule

Starting today (12/10), OSUToday will follow its semester break schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Daily publication will resume the first week of spring semester. Send news and event information to editor Randy Gammage at; the deadline is noon the day prior to publication. Send advertising inquiries to Bill Estep at or 292-8421.

Discounted registration fees available until Dec. 15

Faculty, staff, graduate students, and pre-service teachers are invited to attend the 2013 National Reading Recovery & K–6 Classroom Literacy Conference, Saturday (2/2)-Tuesday (2/5) at the Columbus Convention Center. Sessions will focus on all aspects of K-6 literacy. The conference is hosted by the Reading Recovery Council of North America, a part of the College of Education and Human Ecology.
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Seminar: Undergraduate writing experience for social change

Juniors, seniors and graduate students in any academic major are invited to join the spring semester U-WE Seminar on Mondays from noon-2 p.m. for a mentoring and leadership experience in Columbus City Schools. Visit to enroll.
-- > Contact: Nancy Hill McClary at or 688-5357, Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing.
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Traffic and parking alert

12th Avenue, College Road traffic impact

  • Beginning Friday (12/14), 12th Avenue, between Neil Avenue and College Road, will be closed for pavement repair through the end of December. Vehicular traffic will be directed to use 10th Avenue, and detour signage will be in place. Limited local traffic to loading docks will be maintained on 12th via College Road only. Parking spaces in the area will not be accessible. The CABS Campus Loop North will be rerouted down 11th Avenue, and the Campus Loop South will be rerouted down 10th Avenue.
  • College Road, in front of the Ohio Union and Weigel Hall, will be limited to one-lane traffic during periods of the day on Wednesday (12/19) and Thursday (12/20) for spot pavement repair. Traffic control officers will maintain thru-traffic, and the bus stops will not be impacted.
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Events this week

Sociologist to discuss new book

Townsand Price-Spratlen, associate professor of sociology, will talk about his new book Reconstructing Rage: Transformative Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration on Friday (12/14) from 5-7 p.m. at The Book Suite, 887 E. Long St. The book, co-authored with William Goldsby, is about Reconstruction, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 in Philadelphia to help former felons integrate back into society. The event will include a reading and book signing.
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Dec. 14: Columbus Moving Image Art Review

The Columbus Moving Image Art Review is hosting its 13th quarterly local moving image screening event on Friday (12/14) from 8-9:30 p.m. in 180 Hagerty Hall. The goal of CMIAR is to provide a quarterly screening event comprised of works from local artists working in the seventh art of the moving image. CMIAR 13 will be programmed with moving image work from Ohio State students, staff and alumni, CCAD students and faculty, and local Central Ohio filmmakers. Admission is free.
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Upcoming events

Downton Abbey Yoga-Free Class

Get ready for the next season of the PBS series Downton Abbey. Breathe in and out to music inspired by the show on Tuesday (12/18) from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union Performance Hall. Participate in a trivia contest to win Downton Abbey prizes. This class is free to anyone with a university ID.
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HR Retirement Choices Forum Dec. 12

Human Resources is hosting a forum for new faculty and staff on Wednesday (12/19) from noon-1 p.m. in suite 430 at South Campus Gateway, 1590 N. High St., to discuss retirement choices under ARP/OPERS/STRS. Designed for those with an appointment of at least 75 percent FTE for less than 120 days. Staff unable to attend may use the free OPERS webinars to learn about their three retirement options.
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