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April 26, 2001
Vol. 30, No. 19

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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates diverse culture

Films, festivals and lectures take place through May

During Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, which runs through May 27, Ohio State will celebrate the culture and experiences of the Asian and Pacific American community. For details, contact Sirin Holst at 247-6024 or holst.4@osu.edu, or visit the Web at www.osu.edu/asam.

May events include:


Throughout May, Asian American Authors Display at Barnes & Noble at Lennox Town Center. Barnes & Noble will have a special table featuring various books and magazines celebrating Asian American authors.

May 1, Ethnic Student Services Leadership Awards, 7 p.m., Fawcett Center.

May 5, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Gala Celebration, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Liberty's Restaurant, 1177 Olentangy River Road. Admission: $10 at the door and $8 with a BuckID or promotional flier. Entertainment will be provided by Mideast Productions and Nexxt Ent.

May 8-11, Buckeye World Games and After Party. Participate in up to six sport challenges. For more information or to sign up for an event, call the Department of Recreational Sports at 292-7671. The After Party will start at 7 p.m. on May 11 in the Larkins Hall Exhibition Gym, and feature free food, music, dancing and international carnival games.

May 10, Politically Incorrect with Asian Pacific Americans, 6:30 to 9 p.m., 100 Independence Hall. A reception will follow.

May 19, Omega Tau Zeta Charity Auction, time and location TBA. The auction is designed to raise awareness of ovarian cancer among Asian women.

May 26-27, Columbus Community Asian Festival, Franklin Park, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 26 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 27. Volunteers should sign up by May 11 by e-mailing Shou Chen at chen.707@osu.edu or Nina Marinela at marinela.18@hotmail.com. The festival, highlighting the cultures of Korea and Thailand, will feature the cultural and heritage exhibit, food court, and health and education screenings.

June 2, Late Night @ the Ohio Union, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event will feature "Regression Party," an alternative medicine room, relaxation room, herbal "Happy Hour," and Casino Night.


May 1-2, Asian Pacific American and Asian Student Art Exhibit, second floor of Bricker Hall. The exhibit features a private collection of Asian art and works by special guest artist Kaname Takada, ceramic artist and assistant professor in Columbus College of Art & Design's division of fine arts. A reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 2.

May 7, 14 and 21, Asian American Film Series, 7 to 9 p.m., Hale Center's Elijah Pierce Gallery.

May 12, Images of Vietnamese America, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Ohio Union Ballrooms. Admission is free with BuckID. The event will feature traditional folk and modern dances, the Cincinnati's Eucharistic Youth Group, poetry, traditional instrument recitals, plays/skits, a fashion show, martial arts demos and cultural performances by Vovinam Viet Vo Dao and Vietnamese pop singers from SoCal.

May 22, Fire, an Asian American film, will be featured on UNITS Movie Channel 21. For movie schedule, visit www.units.ohio-state.edu/moviechannel.


May 3, Myths of'Model' Minority: Asian American Women in The Thin Ideal, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 134 Hale Center. This Brown Bag Series features speakers Saba Rasheed and Jeeseon Park, psychology interns at Counseling and Consultation Service.

May 3, Asian Pacific Americans and Politics of Multiculturalism, 6:30 to 9 p.m., 131 Hitchcock Hall. Evelyn Hu-DeHart, professor of history and chair of the Department of Ethnicity and Race in America at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will discuss a range of issues arising out of the controversies of multiculturalism on college campuses and various communities. A reception will follow.

May 4, Business of Diversity, The Alcoa Minority Entrepreneurial Symposium, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 105 Schoenbaum Hall. This symposium features speakers Sharon Alvarez, visiting assistant professor focusing on entrepreneurship and small business development. Alvarez will moderate a panel discussion made up of minority business owners. A box lunch will be provided for those who pre-register by calling the Office of Minority Student Services at 292-1017.

May 8, All (South) Asians Look Alike, 6 to 8 p.m., Hale Center's MLK Lounge. A panel discussion on South Asian American identity and heritage.

May 8, Celebrating Asian Women in History: Counseling and Consultation Service Panel Presentation, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Ohio Union Gray Suite K. Panelists will include Veena Gopalakrishna, Chikako Inoue Cox, Saba Rasheed and Jeeseon Park.

May 16, Perceptions of Discrimination and Coping Mechanisms Among Asian Americans & African Americans, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ohio Union Gray Suite K. David Tom will discuss his research on how Asian Americans and African Americans perceive discrimination and cope with it differently.

May 17, 2001 OSU Distinguished Lecture in Asian American History, 3:30 to 6 p.m., Ohio Union Stecker Lounge. Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi, professor emerita of sociology at Brooklyn College, will discuss life after the internment camps: Japanese American resettlement in the Midwest.

May 17, Panel Discussion on Asian Pacific American: Identity, Prejudice, and Inner Conflict, 5 to 7 p.m., Hale Center.



International Week is April 30-May 5

Ohio State will celebrate global diversity by observing "International Week 2001" April 30 through May 5. Events are coordinated by the offices of International Education and International Affairs and the Peace Corps. For more information, e-mail OIE@osu.edu or visit www.oie.ohio-state.edu.

April 30

  • Second Annual Wolfe Study Abroad Scholar Luncheon, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge. This event is by invitation only.
  • Global Health Forum, brown bag lunch, noon to 1:30 p.m., Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center. Speakers include: Walter Hull, College of Medicine and Public Health; M. Moneim El-Zawahry, consultant on medicine and public health; and Sophia Kamp, former Peace Corps health volunteer in Niger. The event will be moderated by Frank Banks, faculty emeritus from the College of Medicine and Public Health.
  • Travel Smart, 2:30 to 4 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall. This event focuses on traveling safely and economically.
  • International Recognition and Awards Program, 4 to 5 p.m., 101A Oxley Hall. Volunteers will be recognized for contributions to the University's international activities.
  • Turkish Women from a Business Perspective, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 309 Campbell Hall.
May 1
  • International Studies Open House for prospective majors, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3086 Derby Hall.
  • Emerging Markets in China, brown bag lunch, noon to 1:30 p.m., Hale Center. Stephen Hills, associate professor in the Fisher College of Business and coordinator of the Peace Corps Masters International Program, and an MBA student team will talk about their recent research trip to China.
  • Survival to Surplus: Creating Livelihood Strategies Among Women in Porto Novo, Benin, brown bag lunch, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., 101A Oxley Hall. Jennifer Mandel, of the Department of Geography, will lead the discussion.
  • Chinese Lion Dance and Martial Arts Demonstration, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., the Oval.
  • Travel Europe on a Budget, 3 to 5 p.m., Hale Center.
  • Coming to America: U.S. 101, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Blackburn Lobby. A panel/audience discussion between Ohio State's international and American students.
May 2
  • Cultural Diversity in International Development through the Peace Corps, noon to 1:30 p.m. John Fleming, former Peace Corps volunteer and director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, will lead a discussion along with other returned Peace Corps volunteers. A soul food luncheon will be served. Lunch tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Hale Center.
  • U.S. Student Fulbright Program overview, 3 to 3:30 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall.
  • Book reading and discussion, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Kuhn Honors & Scholars House, by novelist P.F. Kluge, writer in residence at Kenyon College and contributing editor of the National Geographic Traveler.
May 3
  • OSU Study Abroad Open House, noon to 3 p.m., 101A Oxley Hall.
  • OSAA bake sale, noon to 3 p.m., entrance to Oxley Hall.
  • Latin America: Poverty Alleviation and NAFTA, brown bag lunch, noon to 1:30 p.m., Hale Center. Jerry Ladman, associate provost for the Office of International Affairs; Douglas Southgate, professor of agricultural economics; and Russell Stone, former Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, will be the speakers.
  • Financing Study Abroad, 3 to 4 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall.
  • Teaching Opportunities in Asia, 4 to 5 p.m., 101A Oxley Hall.
  • Foreign Service Careers: U.S. Diplomatic Corps, 5 to 6 p.m., 122 Oxley Hall.
  • A sampling of Middle East culture and cuisine, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hale Center.
May 4
  • Parade of Nations, 11 a.m. assembly at the Wexner Center for the Arts; parade leaves for the Hale Center at 11:30 a.m. Former Peace Corps volunteers of Ohio will celebrate 40 years of the Peace Corps by carrying host-country flags through the Oval, from the Wexner Center to the Hale Center.
  • Peace Corps' 40th Anniversary: Accomplishments and New Initiatives, noon to 1 p.m., Hale Center. Acting Peace Corps Director Charles Baquet III and Gov. Bob Taft will talk about their experiences and the importance of the Corps.
  • Former and prospective Peace Corps volunteers reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge. This event is by invitation only.
May 5
  • Conference on Environmental Issues and Development in Africa, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., University Plaza Hotel, 3110 Olentangy River Road. For details, call 292-8169.
  • Concert of Arab classical and folk music, 8 to 9:30 p.m., 100 Independence Hall Auditorium.




Civil Service Rules revisions proposed

The Office of Human Resources has prepared proposed amendments, deletions and additions to the rules that govern classified civil service (CCS) employment at the University. The CCS rules were last revised in 1997. Since that time, various statutory changes have occurred, necessitating the further revision of these rules.

Ohio colleges and universities have the discretion to develop their own rules for CCS employees within the parameters of the Ohio Revised Code. In an effort to make improvements that enhance institutional flexibility, the University's Rules for Classified Civil Service are being updated. Ohio State may expand upon, but not decrease, a benefit provided by statute to CCS employees.

The process timeline is as follows:

  • Through May 4: Period for public review and comment.
  • May 8-16: Consideration of community input and final revision to rules by Human Resources.
  • May 16: Submission of rules to the Board of Trustees for the June 6 meeting at which trustees will vote.
  • Week of June 12: Assuming trustee approval, final rules filed with the Legislative Services Commission. Rules become effective 10 days later.

Copies of the rules are available at: the OHR Customer Service Center, Employment Services and Main Library, Columbus campus; Cook Hall, Lima; Bromfield Hall, Mansfield; Marion Campus Library, Marion; 1168 Founders Hall, Newark; 209 Research Building, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; and 241 Halterman Hall, Agricultural Technical Institute.

The rules also are available at www.ohr.ohio-state.edu/ccsrules/ccsrule1.htm. Faculty and staff who would like to provide feedback on the proposed revisions should contact Penny S. Ellis at 292-9380, ellis.5@osu.edu or by fax at 688-3213.