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Outcasts United Selected for Buckeye Book Community

Each year, entering freshmen at Ohio State participate in the Buckeye Book Community (BBC). The BBC is the university common reading program, new students' first academic assignment, and a centerpiece of first-year programming at Ohio State. Incoming freshmen are given the BBC selection during orientation and are asked to complete the reading during the summer and return to campus prepared to discuss and analyze what they have read. Goals of the BBC include connecting the first-year class through a shared experience, cultivating the life of the mind outside the classroom, and introducing students to the expectations of our academic environment.

Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience (UAFYE) is pleased to announce that the Buckeye Book Community selection for autumn 2011 is Outcasts United by Warren St. John. Outcasts United is the story of a refugee soccer team, a remarkable woman coach, and a small southern town turned upside down by the process of refugee resettlement. It is a story about resilience, the power of one person to make a difference, and the daunting challenge of creating community in a place where people seem to have little in common. The theme of building community in a diverse environment is particularly relevant for our first-year students.

The BBC selection is discussed in university survey courses, and this year will connect to the campus-wide conversation on immigration being coordinated by the Ohio State Center for Ethics and Human Values. Both author Warren St. John and Coach Luma Mufleh will visit Ohio State in the fall to interact with students. UAFYE is also pleased to announce that for the first time, entering students on each of the regional campuses will be reading the same book.

To find out more about the Buckeye Book Community and related events, please click here or contact BBC coordinator, Julie Schultz.


Semester Conversion Will Lead to Short Summer 2012

For many Ohio State students, the summer break offers an opportunity to relax and vacation. For many others, the summer is an opportunity to find gainful employment to assist in paying the bills associated with the upcoming academic year. As we look toward Ohio State's semester conversion in the summer of 2012, students and families need to plan for a major one year change to the summer calendar.

The 2011 summer break will last 102 days, from the last day of finals in Spring 2011 to the first day of class in fall 2011. The 2012 summer break, however, will only last 72 days, from the last day of final examinations on June 7, 2012, to the start of Fall Semester on August 22, 2012. The shortened summer will last for only one year as the summer of 2013 break will return to the typical 111 day length.

Though the semester conversion will offer many benefits to Ohio State and its students, students and families alike need to plan ahead for the shortened 2012 summer. Vacation planning, a shortened time to work for 2012 expenses, internship timing, and an earlier deadline for fee payment are all areas for which families should make preparation as we look to semester conversion in summer 2012.

For a more detailed article on what the summer of 2012 could mean, check out the Lantern article on the subject by clicking here.

For more information on semester conversion, please click here.


On This Day Celebrates Alumni

There are more than 440,000 Ohio State alumni worldwide. No matter where a student may choose to live after graduation, no matter what profession they may decide to pursue, they will find an Ohio State graduate nearby as a mechanism of support and pride.

In an effort to celebrate and support the tremendous work and accomplishments of our graduates, the Ohio State Alumni Association recognizes an alumnus or alumna each day. No matter the profession or walk of life, the Buckeye spirit in the form of Ohio State alumni is everywhere. Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye!

To check out the daily On this Day feature, click here.

To read more about Ohio State's outstanding alumni, click here.


Ohio Stadium Goes Green

Ohio State football fans will see a big difference in their Ohio Stadium surroundings this season.

For the first time in the Horseshoe's history, there will be no trash cans on the premises, the evidence of an ambitious green effort to make the entire stadium a Zero Waste zone.

Zero Waste is defined as a 90 percent diversion rate of waste material such as food, paper products and plastics away from landfills. It continues Ohio State's effort to control the 60 tons of waste that streams out of Ohio Stadium each season. The goal of the OSU's Zero Waste project is to achieve that 90 percent diversion rate by the conclusion of the 2012 season. It's supported by the Department of Athletics and by a $50,000 grant from the President's and Provost's Council on Sustainability.

For more information and to read the full article, click here.


Ohio State Baseball Hosts CCS Baseball Day

Approximately 3,000 sixth-grade students and staff from 35 Columbus City Schools (CCS) visited The Ohio State University May 17th for CCS Baseball Day. The event included an educational pep rally at 10 a.m. in the Jerome Schottenstein Center followed by a Buckeye baseball game versus the University of Toledo at Bill Davis Stadium.

Now in its seventh year, CCS Baseball Day is designed to show young students that college can be a real possibility in their future, and inspire them to stay in school in order to achieve this goal. The program is one of many collaborations between Ohio State and Columbus City Schools.

The sixth-graders were welcomed to campus by the Ohio State cheerleaders and pep band. The pep rally opened with members of the ROTC rappelling from the ceiling of the Schottenstein. Students heard from Ohio State student athletes Jared Sullinger and Danielle Orr (B.A. '10), both graduates of Columbus schools.


Across the State
OSU Involved in Project Targeting Childhood Obesity

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University Extension is part of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Grant, a $4.5 million multi-state project to combat childhood obesity. OSU Extension's Family and Consumer Sciences program will receive $745,744 for the five-year project, which is being led by Kansas State University and involves an additional five states (Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin).

The goal of this project is to find ways to help rural communities create a culture of healthy eating and physical activity to prevent childhood obesity in low-income young children, said Karen Bruns, assistant director of OSU Extension. Bruns is in charge of Extension's Family and Consumer Sciences programs and will serve as Ohio's principal investigator on the project.

"Each state will choose two rural communities to be involved in the project," Bruns said. "We will work with community coalitions to complete an assessment of their communities, choose interventions from a menu of approaches, and implement interventions to prevent childhood obesity."

To read the full article, click here.


Family Matters
How to Handle a Temper Tantrum

By Lesia Oesterreich, M.S.

Toddlers throw tantrums for many reasons - some big, some small. A square block won't fit in a round hole. Shoes feel funny, and socks don't seem to come off right. And to make matters worse, you won't let them climb on top of the kitchen table. Toddlers have tantrums because they get frustrated very easily. Most toddlers have trouble asking for things and expressing their feelings. Toddlers also have very few problem-solving skills. Tantrums are most likely to happen when toddlers are hungry, exhausted, or over-excited.

Learning to get along with friends, work as part of a team, or compete in a sport requires skills that many older kids haven't fully developed yet. Kids who have limited problem-solving skills or difficulty expressing themselves with words are likely to have temper tantrums or fits of anger. Older children can learn to recognize when they are feeling upset or frustrated and learn acceptable ways to deal with their anger.

For more information on how to handle a tantrum, read the full article here.


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