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March 6 , 2003
Vol. 32, No.17

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65-year-old WOSU tower comes down

Above, with the base bolts cut away and a winch pulling a cable attached two-thirds up the 335-foot tower, the crew let gravity do the rest. Above right, General Manager Tom Rieland and Radio Station Manager Dave Carwile stand by the base to give some sense of its size.

Photos by Paul Anthony

Construction begins on replacement tower for WOSU-AM

The 335-foot radio tower used by 820 WOSU-AM was pulled down in one piece (with assistance from the tower crew, a cable, and winch) on Feb. 21, as work began on replacing the 65-year-old structure located on the Ohio State golf course in Upper Arlington. The construction is expected to be completed by the end of March, barring weather delays.

The concrete base piers holding the legs of the self-supporting tower had been deteriorating for many years, and after a series of patches, further repairs were not possible. The new tower will look essentially the same and retain the current low-intensity, neighborhood-friendly aircraft beacon system, rather than the strobe lighting used on most new structures. The project was scheduled at this time of year to avoid disruptions in golf course operation and to meet federal grant deadlines.

During the construction period, 820 WOSU-AM will broadcast from its nighttime transmitter site south of Columbus with 1.1 kilowatts of power, in contrast to the regular 5 kilowatts signal. The reduced signal strength means listeners in portions of 820 WOSU-AM's regular coverage area will have their reception impaired. Listeners also can tune in to 820 WOSU-AM through the streaming audio available on the WOSU Web site at www.wosu.org.

For more details on the tower construction, visit www.wosu.org/home/fm/translate.html.




Vice president for government relations named

Ellyn Perrone, formerly of Texas A&M, to lead efforts with policymakers

By Elizabeth Conlisk, Media Relations

Ellyn Perrone, former vice president for governmental affairs at Texas A&M University, will lead Ohio State's government relations efforts. President Karen Holbrook nominated Perrone to become vice president for government relations at the March 5 meeting of the University's Board of Trustees.

Perrone will lead the University's Office of Government Relations, which develops and coordinates all aspects of the University's relationship with federal, state and local government officials, representatives and agencies. Perrone also will be responsible for implementing Holbrook's initiative to expand the federal relations efforts with elected officials and major funding agencies. She will work closely with faculty, staff and students as well as the Office of University Relations, the Alumni Association and the Office of Development, to connect the vast resources and talent at the University with local and statewide needs.

Ellyn Perrone has been named vice president for government relations
at Ohio State

"Ellyn's broad experience leading a large government relations operation and working with faculty, staff, students and alumni advocates will be a great asset to Ohio State," Holbrook said. "Ellyn joins our first-rate team in government relations."

As vice president for governmental affairs at Texas A&M, Perrone became the first woman to serve at the vice-presidential level on a permanent basis at one of the nation's largest universities. During the three years she served in the position, Perrone represented the university in Austin and Washington, D.C.

During her tenure, Texas A&M was successful in securing more than $400 million in state appropriations for the 2002-03 biennial operating budget, as well as additional federal and state funding for its research initiatives. She also was instrumental in gaining additional funding for the university via passage of a constitutional amendment by voters and lawmakers.

A native of Bryan, Texas, Perrone earned a master's degree in public administration at Texas A&M in 1986. She received her undergraduate degree at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1973. She worked in several areas of social services for 11 years before pursuing a graduate degree.

Since 1990, Perrone has been Texas A&M's primary liaison with legislators and other top officials, rising through positions including assistant to the president, director of external relations, and from 1999 to 2002, vice president for governmental affairs. In October 2002, she took a temporary assignment as assistant vice president and special liaison to the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

At Ohio State, Perrone will lead the development of strategies to effectively advance the University's academic agenda with policymakers and funding agencies, particularly at the federal level. Perrone, with the other members of the government relations team, will be an advocate of University priorities to decision makers at all levels of government. In addition, Perrone will lead the effort to develop support for the University's agenda by engaging the interest and commitment of external advocacy groups, institutional colleagues, policymakers and Ohio's citizens. Perrone will report directly to the president.  

Perrone's appointment culminates a national search that attracted many strong applicants. A committee chaired by Bobby Moser, vice president for agricultural administration and executive dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, conducted the search.




Reading Recovery deeply rooted at Ohio State

Photos courtesy of Reading Recovery

Assistant Professor Emily Rodgers shares classroom time with a student, an important component of the Reading Recovery program.

Professor, University recognized at national conference

By Joni Bentz Seal, onCAMPUS staff

Child literacy advocate Gay Su Pinnell, professor in the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education, delivered the keynote address to open the 18th annual National Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA) and Early Literacy Conference, held Feb. 9 in downtown Columbus.

The conference attracted more than 4,200 Reading Recovery teachers, early literacy and elementary classroom teachers, school administrators, university professors, literacy advocates and parents.

Pinnell was instrumental in bringing Reading Recovery to Ohio State nearly two decades ago, and has spearheaded the widespread dissemination of the program in the United States.

An early intervention program developed in New Zealand in the mid-1970s by Professor Marie M. Clay, Reading Recovery identifies children in first grade who are having difficulty developing literacy skills.

"From my own teaching experience and my research, I knew we needed to catch them early -- in first grade -- before poor learning skills developed, and before the weight of failure set in, causing them to fall hopelessly behind," Pinnell said. "I had followed Clay's research while working on my dissertation here at Ohio State, and had attended several of her lectures, and I was fascinated that there was an extensive teacher education component in the program."

That component, Pinnell feels, is the strength of Reading Recovery. "The program targets children for whom traditional tutor or volunteer assistance isn't sufficient," she said. "The direct and intensive teaching techniques used through the program really move the child into literacy in a meaningful way."

Among the presenters at the National Reading Recovery Council of America and Early Literacy Conference Feb. 9 were, from left, Emily Rodgers, President Karen Holbrook, Gay Su Pinnell and Susan Fullerton.

In 1984, Clay received a distinguished visiting professorship in Ohio State's College of Education, which allowed Pinnell and faculty members Martha King, Charlotte Huck, Carol Lyons and Diane DeFord to set the program in motion. In 1985, with funding from the Ohio General Assembly and several grants, Reading Recovery was piloted in a few schools in an historic collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education and Columbus Public Schools. Today, the program is widely implemented in virtually every state, nine Canadian provinces and the Yukon Territory, Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Bermuda, and the U.S. Defense Department School system, and has served more than 1 million children.

"The program started with six teacher leaders and 13 teachers, and we now have more than 20,000 leaders across the country," Pinnell said, "all because Ohio State had an interest in providing research to improve education for kids and reinvesting that knowledge back into the program. That was the goal, but I don't think anyone dreamed it would take root so deeply."

Today, the current Reading Recovery team of Pinnell, assistant professors Emily Rodgers and Susan Fullerton, and Mary Fried, who serves the program "on loan" from the Columbus Public Schools, carry on the tradition.

"The teachers trained through the program are constantly deepening their learning, and are finding ways to adjust to different children," Pinnell said. "Reading Recovery is not a static, packaged product, but an evolving initiative that is rooted in teacher education."

Documentation of its successes and ongoing research, directed by Pinnell, have allowed the program to evolve to better match the needs of those different children, and in fact, different communities and countries. The program has been developed in Spanish to serve the growing U.S. population; in French to serve Canadian constituencies; and is under development in Danish, for use in Denmark.

To uphold the integrity of the program, Ohio State holds the trademark to Reading Recovery, and grants licenses -- royalty free -- each year to more than 10,000 schools in 4,200 school districts in North America.

Also attending the conference was President Karen Holbrook, who welcomed participants to Columbus and accepted an award on behalf of Ohio State's long-time support of Reading Rery.

Pinnell said that the award recognizes that Ohio State serves as more than just the foundation for the program.

"It acknowledges that the College of Education is doing exactly what it should, and that is to improve the lives of people, in this case through education with children," she said. "The University has an influence far beyond a course of study or classes -- not that those aren't important -- but that it is contributing to the community at large all over the world, and I'm proud to be a part of it."

For more information on Reading Recovery, visit www.readingrecovery.org.













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