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Good afternoon everyone. Below you will find the latest news and information for Ohio State students and families for the week of April 12, 2015.

A few additional reminders for this week:

First, if your student is graduating, information can be found on-line regarding the commencement ceremony and other activities associated with commencement. You can also find information regarding graduation announcements (if you wish to order them) on-line as well. Commencement Week is a week-long celebration leading up to both Autumn and Spring Commencement. A series of events will occur to recognize graduates' achievements. You can find the Commencement Week Schedule on-line by clicking here. If you have any questions about Commencement, please contact the Commencement and Special Events Office at 614-292-9051.

Finally, if you're on campus this weekend, do not forget there will be increased traffic on Saturday for the Ohio State Spring Game. If you'd like to purchase tickets to the Spring Game or would like more information on the event, click here.

Have a great week everyone!


Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’


A recent study found college students on average score around 60 percent on quizzes related to basic financial literacy. In fact, two of every three students in the survey got a D or an F. The Office of Student Life has a nationally recognized program to help you with financial wellness. Scarlet and Gray Financial can help create healthy financial behaviors that will serve you for life.
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Contact Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston at

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Buckeye Voices: Closing the export knowledge gap


Students in the Ohio Export Internship Program are driving serious business for Ohio companies. Director Joyce Steffan discusses how these interns are generating millions in export sales: “Considering 90 percent of the world’s purchasing power lies outside of the United States, it made perfect sense not only to build students’ global business competencies, but also help companies in the Buckeye State expand their market potential.”
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If you or someone in your area has an idea for a blog post, contact buckeyevoices@osu.eduMonica DeMeglio at 292-3076, or Amy McKay at 292-0614.


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Investment in innovation


From anti-cancer drugs to chemical warfare antidotes to energy-efficient materials, Ohio State’s new CBEC building will enhance the university's already leading-edge work in many different areas. The building is located in the heart of the science and engineering neighborhood in the Academic Core North. It was conceived as a community of scientists, engineers, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and technical staff working collaboratively in the areas of research strengths in chemistry and chemical biomolecular engineering.
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Shown here: The new CBEC building's design allows natural light to fill the rooms.

Ohio State Business Plan Competition winners

New technologies with the potential to positively affect a range of areas and industries took center stage during the 2015 Ohio State Business Plan Competition. The event, hosted by the Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Institute at Fisher College of Business, featured teams from throughout the university. Nikola Labs won the open-track competition and the Clean Energy Award, sponsored by the Office of Energy and Environment. Winning the undergraduate track was The Flexidesk, including electrical and computer engineering and chemical engineering students.
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Fulbright Week 2015 at Ohio State

International Affairs, the Graduate School and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office will provide a full week of events including information sessions, workshops and panels to inform faculty, graduate and undergraduate students about the opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. Faculty, professionals and students are welcome to participate in any of the sessions from Monday (4/13)-Friday (4/17).
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Somos 43 tour to talk human rights

The parents of the 43 students kidnapped in September in Guerrero, Mexico will visit Ohio State Wednesday (4/15) as part of a national speaking tour to talk about their children’s experiences and the human rights violations occurring in Mexico. The visit includes a rally at 4 p.m., a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. and a vigil at 8 p.m. – all at the Ohio Union.
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Traffic/parking news

Plan ahead for travel on campus April 18

On Saturday (4/18), the men’s lacrosse game begins at 11 a.m. and the spring football game begins at 1:30 p.m. Motorists should anticipate heavier than normal traffic on highways and streets around campus and increased demand for parking on Saturday. Football shuttles will provide service between the Mount Hall Loop on West Campus and the Drake Performance and Event Center from 9 a.m. until one hour after the end of the spring football game. CABS will suspend all service from 10 a.m. until one hour after the game.
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Used bicycle sale April 14

Transportation and Traffic Management is hosting a used bicycle sale at 11 a.m. Tuesday (4/14) on the plaza just east of Knowlton Hall. Bikes will be sold “as is” for $40 and are limited in quantity. Customers will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Rolling Stones ticket presale

The Rolling Stones will bring their high octane performance to Ohio Stadium on Saturday (5/30) at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets during a special presale from 10 a.m. Friday (4/10) until 10 p.m. Sunday (4/12) at this link. Use the password TATTOO.

Summer Undergraduate Research Institute

The 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute is designed to enhance the professional and social experience of summer undergraduate researchers. All undergraduate researchers are welcome to participate, free of charge, whether participating in formal, organized research programs, or conducting independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
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Upcoming events

How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research: Informational Session, Wednesday (4/15), 5:30-6:30 p.m., room 090 in 18th Ave Library. Read more >

Celebrated writer and PBS television series host Steven Johnson will deliver the keynote address for the Friday (5/15) Innovate conference. Register for free at the Innovate Conference website.

Multicultural Center presents Laci Green: Best Sex Ever, Tuesday (4/21), 6:30 p.m., Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom. Get a crash-course about safe, healthy exploration of sexuality, and a deeper look at attitudes towards sexual violence and rape culture. Contact:

Thursday (4/23) at 4:30 p.m., Ohio State students will compete at the Technology Commercialization Office, 1524 N. High St. for top prize in the BOSS competition, a semester-long program with students pitching ideas to a panel of judges and receiving follow-up tasks. RSVP:

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