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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, June 13. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Make plans to attend the Surplus Store sale on Tuesday (6/18) from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at our new location, 2650 Kenny Road. Featured items at this sale include overstock on all kinds of computers , furniture, including solid wood cabinets. Surplus accepts cash, checks, credit cards, and money orders. This sale is one not to miss. If you have items to donate, please contact Brad Thomas at 292-6967. Like OSU Surplus on Facebook.

Recognizing excellence

Two professors earn university's highest faculty honor

 Charles Atkinson (upper right), Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor in the School of Music and a world-renowned medieval musicologist; and Randy Nelson (lower right), the Dr. John D. and E. Olive Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching and an internationally recognized leader in the field of behavioral endocrinology, have been named Ohio State's 2013 Distinguished University Professors.

 The award recognizes accomplishments in research, scholarly or creative work, teaching and service that are both distinguished and distinctive, and is the highest honor the university can bestow on a faculty member. Honorees earn a $30,000 one-time cash award from the Office of Academic Affairs to support their academic work.
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 Choose AfterHours Care at Ohio State. The AfterHours Care clinic is now open at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza, Kenny Road. Providing urgent care for non-life threatening cuts and burns, minor sprains and strains, colds and flu, as well as stitches, splints and urgent x-rays. Convenient evening and weekend hours, Monday-Friday 5-10:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. No appointments necessary.
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Headline news

JEGS Foundation donates $10 million to new cancer hospital at Ohio State

 The Coughlin family who own JEGS Automotive Inc., one of the largest and most successful automotive equipment companies in the nation and a record-breaking racing team, recently made a $10 million gift to The Ohio State University Foundation to help transform cancer treatment and research at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James). The gift to the new cancer hospital, under construction at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, comes from the JEGS Foundation. 
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A gift that benefits you and Ohio State! It’s possible with a charitable gift annuity. In exchange for a gift of cash or appreciated securities, you will receive fixed lifetime payments and potential tax benefits. In the future, your gift will provide support for an area of Ohio State that is important to you. All Ohio State faculty, staff and retirees who are at least 55 years of age can take advantage of a special minimum funding amount of $5,000.
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Commission helps fund $6.4 million effort to increase Ohio business productivity using simulation

A $3 million Ohio Third Frontier Commission grant helped fund a $6.4 million public/private initiative led by the Ohio Supercomputer Center, a multidisciplinary research center under Ohio State’s Office of Research, to maximize manufacturers’ use of simulation-driven design. This approach replaces physical product prototyping with computer simulations to cut time and costs. Previously an expensive process, easy-to-use and affordable “manufacturing apps” now will be available with OSC’s launch of the Intelligent Simulation Platform (IntelSim) program.
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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.

Postponed: June 17 retirement reception for Joseph Alutto

As you know, Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Alutto has graciously agreed to serve as the university’s interim president, starting July 1. Because any event in recognition of his impending retirement would now be premature, the celebration in his honor that was scheduled for June 17 is being postponed. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

The university is very fortunate to continue to benefit from Alutto’s leadership during this time of transition, and we look forward to celebrating his many accomplishments and years of service to the university with the campus community at a future time.

2013-14 parking permits now available for purchase

Annual parking permits for Ohio State faculty, staff and students are now available for purchase. To avoid waiting in line and to save time, customers are encouraged to purchase their permit online at Beginning with the 2013-14 permit year (Aug. 1-July 31), CampusParc will introduce new Permit-by-Plate technology that will allow elimination of traditional hangtags.
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Traffic/construction alert

Olentangy River restoration update

The contractor from the City of Columbus for the Olentangy River Restoration has notified the university that work is progressing north toward Lane Avenue. They will begin staging equipment and material south of the Drake Union beginning the week of Monday (6/17). The bike path will remain open with a slightly modified detour posted. Please exercise caution.
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Upcoming events

STEM Outreach and WOSU webinar June 18

The next STEM Initiatives Virtual Brown Bag will feature Brent Davis, TV content director, who will describe collaborations between researchers and WOSU Public Media to share discoveries with the public. This webinar will be held Tuesday (6/18) from noon-1 p.m. using Carmen Connect.
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June 16-20: Summer music camp concerts

The Ohio State Summer Youth Music Camps will be in full swing next week and will feature several concerts that are free and open to the public. Flute Workshop will open with a faculty recital by Katherine Borst Jones and Ann Stimson on Sunday (6/16) at 8 p.m. in Weigel Hall. Jazz Camp 2013 “A Tribute to Thelonious Monk” will feature a jazz faculty concert on Tuesday (6/18) at 7 p.m. in Hughes Hall. Both camps will present Grand Finale concerts that will feature all camp participants on Thursday (6/20): Flute Workshop at 1:30 p.m. in Weigel Hall and Jazz Camp at 7:30 pm in Hughes Hall.
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June 20 Wex Drive-In: Bride of Frankenstein

See movies on screen and under the stars on the Wexner Center plaza with the Wex Drive-In. Boris Karloff stars in Bride of Frankenstein, the first film of the free, open-air series, at 9 p.m. Thursday (6/20). Arrive at 8 p.m. to secure your spot and enjoy a cash bar and snacks. The series includes The Graduate on Thursday (7/18), and Fantastic Mr. Fox on Thursday (8/15). Should it rain, the films screen in Mershon Auditorium at 9 p.m.
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Conversation partners sought for international students

The American Language Program (English as a Second Language) is recruiting conversation partners for our international students for the Summer 2013 term. Volunteers are asked to commit to spending at least one hour per week (for one term only) with an international partner. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to apply. If you are interested in volunteering, send an email to


Join us at China Dynasty Arlington to celebrate Father’s Day, Sunday (6/16) — Chinese style. Enjoy our Father’s Day Chinese Special Buffet from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. featuring appetizers, soups, main entrees, desserts and beverages. Prize drawings for Dads include golf balls and Lowe's Gift Cards. OSU faculty and staff receive 20 percent discount during June, July and August to celebrate our 26th anniversary — just show your OSU ID. For reservations, call 486-7126. Follow us at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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