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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Dec. 12. 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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Ohio State expands its profile in distance education

 To ensure that distance education is fully integrated with all other academic planning, the university has established the Office of Distance Education and eLearning and has named Associate Vice President Michael Hofherr to lead the effort. He will report to the executive vice president and provost. The new office will allow Ohio State to provide and support all forms of distance education and eLearning. This centrally supported infrastructure will help colleges, departments, and individual faculty members fully utilize new technologies to enhance student learning and expand the impact of Ohio State's unique programs.
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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.

OARDC adds greener, bi-fuel vehicles to its fleet

 The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center now has four environmentally friendly bi-fuel vehicles on the road as part of a new demonstration project. Using $46,000 in grant funding from the nonprofit group Clean Fuels Ohio, the center recently had four of its fleet vehicles — three Ford Fusion sedans and a GMC Sierra pickup truck — converted to run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas, which is a less-polluting fuel that's also cheaper. OARDC officials expect most of the CNG burned in the vehicles to come from renewable biogas produced locally by one of the center's industry partners, Cleveland-based quasar energy group.

Shown here is the second, separate tank in the trunk for natural gas. (K.D. Chamberlain image.)
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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.

Parking: Operations and other updates

 Transportation & Traffic Management, the university business unit that oversees transit and traffic-related services and the parking lease, is fully transitioned to its new location at 2500 Kenny Road. Transportation services originally provided from the 2578 Kenny Road Transportation Service Annex will continue to be housed in the same location. The university has also formed a Parking Advisory Committee to help gather feedback about parking operations. This committee is chaired by the Office of Administration and Planning and has representation from faculty, staff and students.
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OSUToday semester break publication schedule

OSUToday is currently following 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.


Coca-Cola research grants for faculty and graduate students

Through the generous support of the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Critical Difference for Women Program at Ohio State announces two grant competitions for 2013-2014. The grant competitions are administered by the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants Committee, made up of faculty from five colleges. Apply by Friday (3/15).
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Traffic and parking alert

French Field House south parking lot closure Dec. 13-Jan. 4

The French Field House south parking lot will be closed from Thursday (12/13)-Friday (1/4) to facilitate the upgrade of lighting infrastructure in the area, intended to make the lighting environment consistent with lighting levels in other areas of campus. While upgrades are taking place, there may be intermittent periods when the parking lot appears darker than normal as old lighting equipment is removed to make room for new equipment.
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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

Winter break parking information

Parking rules will be relaxed beginning Thursday (12/13), due to the winter break and any remote parking permit may park in any C space 24 hours a day. During university observed holidays — Monday (12/24), Tuesday (12/25) and Tuesday (1/1) — any valid OSU parking permit may park in any unrestricted A, B, or C surface space. Garages will follow normal weekday operation with no valid remote pass access until 4 p.m. The parking system will resume normal operation on Monday (1/7).
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Events this week

Today: MHC quick information session

Join staff from the Medical Heritage Center as they showcase hidden treasures from their collections today (12/12) from noon-1 p.m. in the first floor collaborative space in Prior Hall. Items featured include swamp root cure, a bound human skull, Newton's Opticks from 1704 and more. This session is free and no registration is required. A full list of featured items is available online.

Upcoming events

Matinees that Matter Dec. 20

Matinees that Matter, a purposeful lunch-and-learn program with video and discussion, continues Thursday (12/20) from noon-1:30 p.m. in 160 Meiling Hall as Wanda Dillard presents "The Incredible True Story: Hole in the Head-A Life Revealed," a true story of a man who hid a shocking secret under a hair wig for 71 years. Lunch is included.
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Today: HR retirement choices forum

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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At-risk simulation training for helping students in distress

Consider participating in the At-risk online simulation training and join nearly 500 Ohio State faculty and staff who have completed this free tool for becoming better equipped to assist distressed students. Learn how to identify signs of distress, manage effective conversations with at-risk students, and refer students to campus resources as needed. It takes about 45 minutes, and you can save and resume as your schedule allows.
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$150 fee waiver for Business Communication Certificate

Fisher Executive Education offers a resume and skill-building certificate program designed for manager-level individuals who want to sharpen and update their management skills, gain new business knowledge, exchange experiences and prepare themselves to advance in management positions. Earn a ACES certificate and enjoy privileged access to the Fisher Executive Education network, discounts for future programs and invitations to complementary professional development events.
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Brantley Gilbert presale starts today

Brantley Gilbert with special guest Kip Moore will perform at the Schottenstein Center on Saturday (4/27) at 7:30 p.m. A ticket presale runs 10 a.m. today (12/12)-10 p.m. Thursday (12/13). Use password "wheels" at this link:  

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