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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Dec. 19. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Autumn Commencement 2012

 "You can make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give," commencement speaker Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, told the 2,912 graduates at Autumn Commencement, held Sunday (12/16) at the Schottenstein Center. View a photo collage and commencement facts online.


Married couples needed for a research study. OSU professor Brad Bushman is conducting a National Science Foundation funded 3-week study on how spouses relate to each other. You can earn at least $100/couple ($50/person) for your time.
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Ivan Mueller Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership

 The Ivan I. Mueller Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership was established in 2012 by the American Geophysical Union in recognition of achievements in the field of geodesy beyond scientific and research contributions. The award honors Mueller for his major contribution to international programs over the past half century. Mueller is professor and chair emeritus in the Division of Geodetic Science, School of Earth Sciences. He is past president of both the International Association of Geodesy and the AGU Geodesy Section.
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Combat cough and cold season with help from Ohio State's FastCare. Our clinics provide fast, convenient care for common illnesses such as colds, sinus infections, coughs, sore throats, earaches and others. No appointment necessary, with evening and weekend hours available. Clinics are located in the Market District Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington and the Giant Eagle in Gahanna. When applicable, we can bill your insurance.
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OSUToday holiday publication schedule

OSUToday is currently following its semester break schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Due to the Christmas holiday, OSUToday will not be published on Monday (12/24). The deadline for submissions for the Wednesday (12/26) OSUToday is 10 a.m. Friday (12/21). Send news and event information to editor Randy Gammage at; the deadline is noon the day prior to publication.


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.

Origins addresses legacy of Morrill Land Grant Act

Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective from OSU's history department, has released a new issue, "Democratizing American Higher Education: The Legacy of the Morrill Land Grant Act" by OSU historian David Staley. He examines the interconnected and developing history of higher education—from the Morrill Land Grant Act, which sought to make education practical and accessible, to MOOCs (massive open online courses), the new kid on the block.
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BuckeyeBox: Enterprise collaboration tool unveiled

A new service called BuckeyeBox will enhance collaboration for the Ohio State community. The Office of the CIO partnered with several campus units to implement BuckeyeBox, which allows users to host and share documents and folders, comment on the go, assign tasks and more. BuckeyeBox content is safe from data mining. Faculty and staff can activate their BuckeyeBox accounts at

Events this week

Kid Rock ticket presale Dec. 20

Kid Rock is scheduled to perform at Nationwide Arena on Saturday (3/23) at 7:30 p.m. A presale is being offered to faculty and staff from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday (12/20). Use the presale password SOUL at this link:

Upcoming events

Environmental Professionals Network breakfast Jan. 8

A panel of Ohio experts will discuss Green Infrastructure at the EPN 2nd Tuesdays Breakfast Club on Tuesday (1/8) at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center; doors will open at 7:15 a.m. The discussion will explore realizing the potential to improve our environment and reduce infrastructure costs through effective stormwater programs. Students, staff, faculty and the public are welcome.
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Diversity: Exploring Blind Spots in Yourself and in Others

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs invites you to attend Diversity: Exploring Blind Spots in Yourself and in Others, on Wednesday (1/23) from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Fawcett Center. This advanced diversity training will challenge you to examine Diversity Consciousness, Inclusion and Integrity.
-- > Contact: Natalie Gintert at or 247-8823
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Center for Wellness and Prevention fitness and nutritional services

The Center for Wellness and Prevention, Martha Morehouse Pavilion, Suite 1010 has gift certificates for memberships to its fitness facility, the warm water pool, and personal training. The center also offers nutritional consultations. Discounts offered to OSU faculty and staff. Any member who renews or signs up for a 1-year membership will get 1-month free.
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