HERE IS THE LATEST NEWS and information for Ohio State students and families for the week of Dec. 8, 2013. Please note that the next issue of BNN, our weekly publication, will not occur until the week of January 5, 2014. The Office of Parent and Family Relations will remain open over the winter break though we will have some reduced hours. The office will be closed on December 24 and 25 as well as January 1. Our staff will be taking vacation from December 24-January 2. If you need assistance over the break, please email our director, Ryan Lovell, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, we will be checking voicemail over the break so please feel free to leave your name and number and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Enjoy the semester break with your student!
Finally, you will find information below if you or your student is interested in joining the Ohio State Buckeye football team at the Discover Orange Bowl. Both air and land packages are available (while supplies last). All packages include a ticket to the game.
Have a great week everyone and good luck to our students as they finish up finals!
Message from VP for Student Life 'Dr. J'
I won't take much of your time this week. Many of you are in the middle of finals, and I don't want to distract you from your studying. I simply want to wish you well, and encourage you to use the Student Life resources that are available to you to help. We offer a great many services that are available year round, but some of these may be of special help during exam time.
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Contact Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston at
Ohio State will be tobacco-free on Jan. 1 — The use of tobacco is one of the leading preventable health risks worldwide, and the remnants are just plain ugly. Cigarette butts commonly litter campus grounds, and the residues of other tobacco (such as dip or chewing tobacco) are even worse. So beginning Jan. 1, no use of tobacco in any form will be permitted on any university property, which eventually will lead to cleaner and more attractive campus environment.
-- > Read more: tobaccofree.osu.edu
The Buckeyes are heading to 2014 Discover Orange Bowl and you can be, too!
Join the Office of Student Life on Ohio State's Official Student, Faculty, Staff and Parent Bowl Tour as our Buckeyes battle in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida on January 3, 2014. As the parent of a current student, you and your family are eligible to purchase bowl tour packages that include travel, lodging, game day ticket and more. Space is limited, so make your reservations early. Please visit http://go.osu.edu/bowltour for full details and pricing. Go BUCKS!
Brutus Pins Support Scholarship
The exclusive Brutus Buckeye pin makes a unique gift for that special Buckeye fan, and every pin purchased supports the Office of Student Life. A portion of the proceeds go to the Brutus Buckeye Ambassador Club which was established to raise endowed scholarship funds for students who represent the university as Brutus Buckeye. The club allows donors to give back to those students who represent all that makes being a Buckeye so special: spirit, sportsmanship, scholarship, and service. To purchase your exclusive Brutus Buckeye visit brutusbling.com
Cancer research projects funded by Pelotonia
New treatments that target markers in individual cancers; packaging a novel leukemia drug in nano-sized bubbles of fat; and a national cancer disparities research network are among the nine research projects awarded 2014 Idea Grants at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital & Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). These two-year grants are primarily funded by dollars raised through Pelotonia, a grassroots bicycle tour established in 2009 to raise money for cancer research at The OSUCCC - James.
-- > Read more: cancer.osu.edu/mediaroom/releases
Students win national data analytics and modeling competition
A team of five statistics graduate students: Xin Huang, Andrew Landgraf, Liubo Li, Srinath Sampath and Ran Wei, under the direction of their faculty advisors, Statistics Professors Prem Goel and Chris Holloman, won the 2013 Capital One Modeling Competition in late November in McLean, Va. Capital One invited select graduate programs around the country to form teams for the competition, attracting 32 teams with a total of 141 students from 10 schools. Ohio State students won based on the quality of their approach to analyzing the data and how well their predictions did.
Shown here: Andrew Landgraf (left) and Srinath Sampath.
-- > Read more: artsandsciences.osu.edu/news
Mirror Lake water conservation
As announced in November, the university is studying enhancements to the sustainability, beauty and safety of Mirror Lake, including water usage and maintenance needs. While the study is the first step in understanding what is necessary to enhance Mirror Lake, immediate water loss concerns have been addressed by pumping the water from the lake. This work was done in conjunction with the significant maintenance and cleanup after the annual “jump.” Faculty, staff, students and other partners will be engaged in the process as next steps are determined, likely in early 2014.
-- > Read more: fod.osu.edu/mirrorlake
Denman Forum registration opens Jan. 6
The 2014 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum will take place Wednesday (3/26) from noon-3 p.m. in the RPAC. The forum features poster presentations by more than 500 students who have carried out independent research, and is open to all OSU undergraduates in any major, pending acceptance of a submitted abstract. Abstracts may be submitted Monday (1/6)-Thursday (2/6).
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-- > Read more: denman.osu.edu
Study fair trade in China, source products for US sale
Students are invited to enroll in the China Consumer Sciences: Fair Trade Study Tour for spring 2014. Spend the semester in class, then four weeks in Guizhou, China, in May. Immerse yourself in hands-on, service-oriented projects, evaluating Guizhou artisans’ products and initiating deals for long-term cross-cultural business partnerships. You will source products for sale in Ohio State’s Fashion and Retail Studies Lab Store. Apply by Sunday (12/5).
-- > Read more: go.osu.edu/LeslieStoel
Calling all OSU graduating seniors
Students have received an e-mail requesting them to take an exit survey before they graduate. The survey will help us understand what your student's experience was like at Ohio State, what his/her next steps are after graduation, and provide us with valuable information about how we can best help students in their future careers. We encourage all students to take this survey before graduation as their opinion matters.
-- > Contact Kirstan Duckett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mershon Center offers study abroad scholarships
Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State students to apply for the International Security Study Abroad Scholarship. Funds support undergraduates whose career plans lie in the field of international security and who would benefit by studying in a foreign country. As many as 12 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded. The deadline is Friday (1/31).
-- > Read more: mershoncenter.osu.edu/grants.html
CABS winter break service begins Dec. 12
During winter break (12/12 -1/5), CABS will run reduced bus service Monday - Friday, with no service overnight, on the weekends and on university holidays. For more information regarding the CABS winter break service schedule, please visit the Transportation & Traffic Management web site at ttm.osu.edu/.
Parking rules relaxed beginning Dec.12
Beginning Thursday (12/12), parking rules will be relaxed due to the academic break. During academic breaks, Remote West Campus and Buckeye Lot permits may park in a Central Campus C space during peak daytime periods. The parking system will resume normal operation on Monday (1/6).
-- > Read more: osu.campusparc.com