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June 2011

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Semester Conversion is Coming to Ohio State

A new academic calendar, adopted by the Board of Trustees, will become effective in summer, 2012. This academic calendar will take Ohio State from a “quarter system” to a “semester system” for classes and course credits.  The Ohio State University realizes that students and family members have questions regarding the university’s conversion from quarters to semesters. Parent and Family Relations will include many messages to parents and families regarding the quarter to semester conversion in the upcoming year.

A great resource for information is the Semester Conversion website, designed to help students, faculty, and staff experience a smooth transition to the semester calendar, and to keep families and community friends aware of how Ohio State is preparing for the semester system.  As the university converts to semesters, the university is dedicated to protecting the academic progress of students. Please take special note of the Pledge to Undergraduate Students included on the website.  Your student should work closely with his/her academic advisor as we plan for the change.  Students and their advisors will collaborate to develop effective course plans that lead to a timely graduation.  The university will have many online advising tools available to assist with this process, including the Transitional Academic Plan (a term-by-term plan toward a degree), quarter-to-semester degree audits, and course conversion guides.  Students and parents are encouraged to check the Semester Conversion website for updates as well as more information.

To visit the Semester Conversion website, click here.


Summer Communications from PFR

With the passing of Spring Commencement, summer is upon us. The coming of summer will result in some changes in the publications we distribute as a Parent and Family Relations office. During the summer months, we do not distribute the weekly Buckeye Net News for Parents and Families. As most students do not take summer classes, there are not as many events and activities occurring on campus. We will continue to post event updates on our Parent and Family Relations Facebook page if you utilize Facebook. If your students are on campus this summer, I encourage them to utilize the Student Life Calendar to track events and activities happening on campus.

During the summer months, we will continue to produce the monthly Buck-i-Parent Newsletter. This will continue to be distributed on the second Wednesday of every month so we can keep you updated on important happenings at Ohio State.

Two other quick points. If you have friends or family who have incoming first year students, they will be added to our Parent and Family Relations' listserv in August or early September once they have officially attended orientation and been matriculated by the University. As incoming families attend orientation, we will be sure to cover this information. Finally, if you are the parent or family member of a recent graduate (congratulations!), we will be removing you from our listserv this summer as well. We appreciate all of your time and dedication to the success of your student in their time as a Buckeye. Have a great summer everyone!


OSU Mobile Applications Now Available

The Ohio State University is proud to announce the creation of a brand new OSU mobile application! The new mobile app has something for everyone!

Students can use the mobile application to view their grades, class schedules, and BuckID purchase history. The application offers helpful information for parents such as campus maps featuring dining and shopping locations, and campus bus routes. OSU alumni can use the application to access their grades, dating back to 1927.

This is just the beginning of OSU mobile offerings! The current application will be available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and Android on July 1st!


Nearly 10,000 Receive Degrees at Spring Commencement

For the third consecutive year, Ohio State graduated the largest spring quarter class ever on Sunday (6/12), with the awarding of 9,699 degrees. The class of 2011 surpasses the 2010 class (8,652) by more than 1,000 graduates. The record size graduating class can be attributed to university efforts to attract the state's brightest students, higher student retention rates, along with programs to support those students as they select majors and schedule classes.

President E. Gordon Gee presided over the ceremony with Vice-President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston delivering the welcoming remarks. Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Representative John A. Boehner from Ohio's 8th Congressional District delivered the commencement address.

Honorary doctorates were presented to Boehner, J. Lyle Bootman, one of the foremost experts in pharmacoeconomics; and Ohio State alumnus Carter G. Phillips, among the most dynamic and successful Supreme Court litigators in U.S. history. Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Barbara Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University who earlier had a long and distinguished career at her alma mater, Ohio State; and Joel Weaver, emeritus professor in The Ohio State University College of Dentistry who founded the first master's degree residency in anesthesiology for dentists in the U.S. and became one of the preeminent leaders in the field of dental anesthesiology.

For more facts and figures on commencement, click here.


Men's Volleyball Wins National Championship

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Three Ohio State Buckeyes rose to the net for the block on UC Santa Barbara that sealed a thrilling five-set victory and an NCAA championship.

The Buckeyes overcame a sloppy start to beat UC Santa Barbara 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 15-9 on Saturday, May 5th for their first men's volleyball title.

It's just the third time a team outside of the West has claimed the title. Penn State won in 1994 and 2008.

"Wow, this is a great night for Ohio State and Ohio State men's volleyball," said Coach Pete Hanson, who closed his 28th season as the Buckeyes' coach with his first title after two previous losses in the final. "Hopefully we've added another element to the Ohio State volleyball legacy."

The Buckeyes celebrated by singing the Ohio State alma mater in front of more than four dozen red-clad fans, rocking back and forth in unison while wearing their new black championships hats. It was an odd sight in Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State, a fierce Big Ten football rival.

"It was a dogfight," middle blocker Scott Slaughter said. "What more could you ask for (in) a national championship fifth game?"

To read the full article by Genaro C. Armas, click here.


Across the State
Ohio State's Royal Shakespeare Partnership

The Ohio State University’s partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) brings unique opportunities to Ohio students. The partnership focuses encouraging the introduction of Shakespeare to younger students through teacher training. Since the start of the program in 2008, thirty-eight Ohio public schoolteachers and 10 Ohio State Department of MFA acting students have traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon, England to work with RSC actors and educators. To date, these 38 public schoolteachers have taught over 3,000 K-12 students in Ohio.

This summer OSU will bring the Royal Shakespeare Company’s critically acclaimed production of Hamlet for young people to Columbus. The shortened version of the play promises to contain the powerful poetic legacy of the original version in a more relatable form for younger students. Hamlet will be performed twice daily on June 25, 26 and 27 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue. Performances will be free but tickets are required. The exact performance schedule and ticket information will be available closer to performance dates on the Arts Initiative website. For more information on the production, click here.

For more information on OSU’s partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, visit the Arts Initiative website by clicking here.


Family Matters
Video Game Violence Harmful to Teens

How much scientific evidence is there for and against the assertion that exposure to video game violence can harm teens?

Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University, as well as Craig Anderson (Iowa State University) and Deana Pollard Sacks (Texas Southern University) have developed a novel method to consider that question: they analyzed the research output of experts who filed a brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving violent video games and teens.

Their conclusion? Experts who say violent video games are harmful to teens have published much more evidence supporting their claims than have experts on the other side of the debate.

“We took what I think is a very objective approach: we looked at the individuals on both sides of the debate and determined if they actually have expertise in the subjects in which they call themselves experts,” said Bushman.

“The evidence suggests that those who argue violent video games are harmful have a lot more experience and stronger credentials than those who argue otherwise.”

To read the full article, click here.


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