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Collaboration. Inclusion. Innovation. Integrity. Sustainability. These are the core values that guide Outreach & Engagement at The Ohio State University. They are the ideals that inspire our work as One University to turn our teaching, research, and service into solutions and best practices for both our students and our citizens. Grants and programs offered through the Offices of Outreach & Engagement all share a primary and powerful focus: partnership. Our mission is to build and support partnerships and collaborations that impact the university and local, state, and global communities. Our President, E. Gordon Gee, recently espoused his belief in the importance of this approach when he declared: “The power of partnership … is the 21st-century opportunity that we all need to understand.” Our land-grant mission not only encompasses Congressman Justin Smith Morrill’s original academic idea of colleges “where all of needful science for the practical avocations of life shall be taught.” It includes the cause so near and dear to the namesake of the Patterson Lecture, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees James F. Patterson: a vibrant university fulfilling its land-grant mission in an ever-changing world. The power of partnership speaks to the impact engagement produces. Engagement builds the capacity to bring innovative ideas to the table. It connects our research with avenues for delivering discoveries to the people who need them. It provides access to a universe of knowledge that transcends disciplines. It develops leadership in areas including economic development, health care, distance education, and service-learning that positions Ohio State as a world-class model for others to emulate. Indeed, our university was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year. This high national recognition brings both pride and perspective to the work we do beyond the walls of the university. The sphere of our influence truly spans our ever-changing globe. Within these pages, you will find powerful stories of partnerships with corporate and community leaders that produce impact, including our nominees for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. We also will spotlight several global initiatives, including highlights from our recent Internationalizing Outreach Journey to Ghana and the inspiring story of an Ohio State project in Haiti that is helping develop community schools in tent cities where survivors of the island nation’s devastating earthquake are trying to rebuild their lives. All of these stories speak to the impact of the long-term strategic goals for Ohio State: One University; Students First; Faculty and Staff Talent and Culture; Research Prominence; Outreach and Collaboration; and Operating and Financial Soundness and Simplicity. As a premier knowledge generator and an engine for the future, we must continue to believe in the power of partnerships that produce significant and sustainable impact. We must work together to be catalysts for invention, ingenuity, vision, and growth. I look forward to our continued collaboration, for what we accomplish today will affect generations of leaders, thinkers, and innovators tomorrow. Sincerely,

Joyce Beatty Senior Vice President for Outreach & Engagement The Ohio State University

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Table of Contents Outreach & Engagement Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..........4 Nominee: ...........4 Ohio Appalachia Community Cancer Network: Collaborating to Prevent Cancer Nominee: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 OHIO Project: Uniting University and Community with Smiles Honorable Mention: Lima Ohio: A University-Community Partnership for Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................6 Fuel for Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...........6 Collaboratively Bringing Impactful Research to Central Ohio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................7 How Does Your Garden Grow? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..........7 Seeding Innovation and Partnerships

Book Benefit: Students Unite to Promote Love of Reading to Children . . . . . . . ...........8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..........9 Internationalizing Outreach: Haiti and China Internationalizing Outreach: Ghana, Honduras, and The Bahamas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-11

Taking Research to Heart: Outreach & Engagement Involved in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Significant Heart Disease Study Dining with Diabetes: Expanding Program Promotes Smart Eating, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Self-Empowerment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Widening the STEM Education and Career Pipeline . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Partners for Innovation: Regional Campuses Help Reform STEM Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 . Turning Sociology Inside-Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Education for Citizenship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Ohio State Goes Virtual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Retirement Redefined: Staying on Point Through Program 60 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Career Trek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Breakin’ for Education

13 Years of Roads Scholars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

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Outreach & Engagement Awards


ach year The Ohio State University submits two nominees for the regional Outreach Scholarship WK Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award. Five regional winners are selected to then compete for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement

Award. The national winner is announced at the opening session of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Annual Conference in November. This year a record 45 communityuniversity partnerships were submitted to serve as Ohio State’s nominees, up 60 percent from last year. From these

nominees, two were selected to represent Ohio State and one honorable mention was selected. Learn more about the nominees in the following articles on pages 4-5. To learn more about the nominations from across the university, visit http://

Ohio Appalachia Community Cancer Network: Collaborating to Prevent Cancer Award Nominee Sc



any qualities link the more than 2 million Ohioans (source: U.S. Census, July 2009 estimates) who call the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio home. Unfortunately one of them is their higher risk of developing and dying of cancer compared to residents in other parts of Ohio.

The American Cancer Society found that the incidence and mortality rates for all types of cancer — especially lung, colorectal, and cervical — are higher in Appalachia than in other parts of Ohio. Fewer women get regular mammograms and pap tests, and a higher percentage of individuals smoke cigarettes. The higher poverty rate, lower health insurance coverage, and reduced access to medical care facilities common in the region can make access to preventative care difficult. Community partners from Appalachia and researchers, faculty, staff, and students from The Ohio State University used these facts as impetus to start a partnership that could save lives. They launched the Ohio Appalachia Community Cancer Network (ACCN) in 2005. Researchers focus on prevention and early detection of lung, colorectal, and cervical cancers. ACCN conducts cancer education and awareness activities, community-based participatory research projects, and training opportunities. The integration of research, teaching, and service is central to the partnership’s work; indeed, through this integration, the diverse insights and understanding of the partners are combined to strategically address the fundamental goal of cancer prevention and control. The research activities conducted through ACCN have resulted in identification of community health priorities, development of programs to 4




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be evaluated, and facilitation of planning for community implementation. The National Institutes of Health funded one such activity, an R24 grant entitled CommunityBased Participatory Research Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Ohio Appalachia. This collaborative project focuses on evaluating colorectal cancer screening interventions in 12 Ohio counties. Another research project, Reducing Cervical Cancer in Appalachia, consists of four research projects focused on gaining valuable insights on cervical cancer disparities in 16 counties — 15 in Ohio and one in West Virginia. To disseminate research findings and encourage future collaborations, ACCN presents an annual Research Seminar to highlight community-based cancer education and research programs conducted through these academic and community partnerships. Through research, the academic and community partners are learning more about the situation and needs within the Appalachian region. By disseminating results, the coalitions can build capacity within their communities to address health issues. By involving Ohio State University students, the next generation of researchers is being trained to conduct research and understand

the health and community education needs of local communities. The ACCN network builds upon the teaching and research to expand the health and cancer prevention services in the Appalachian communities. ACCN provides ongoing technical assistance and grant writing support to partner coalitions. To date, ACCN has secured a total of $253,844 in funding directly to the community coalitions to support 25 projects. ACCN offers a continuity and continuum of education and research that was sorely needed in Appalachia. For those living there, it can be the difference between life and death. For more information, contact Darla Fickle, ACCN program director, at (614) 293-2933 or Darla.Fickle@ or visit http://outreach.osu. edu/oe_awards2010.php. The Impact of Engagement


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he Ohio Department of Health reports that oral health is the greatest unmet health need of all Ohioans. The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is working to fill that void. The College — in conjunction with its network of more than 20 local health centers, health departments, hospitals, and private partners — formed the OHIO Project (Oral Health Improvement through Outreach) in 2003. It leverages the networks and resources of health centers in Ohio, the expertise of dental students and Ohio State faculty, and the contributions of local dental professionals and health officials. Together, since the Project’s inception, these partners and the 598 dental students who participated have helped deliver critical oral health care to approximately 60,650 Ohioans. There are currently 21 OHIO Project sites throughout the state, including local health clinics, health departments, hospitals, and private practices. Ohio State dental students work at the sites under the supervision of a College of Dentistry adjunct faculty member. The 21 community sites are supplemented by a dental office on wheels. The Dental H.O.M.E. Coach travels to local elementary schools that serve a significant number of lowincome children. This state-of-the-art, 42-foot vehicle is equipped with three dental chairs and all the necessary equipment and supplies. It stays at one location until all of the young potential patients are served. Its impact has been significant. “The appreciation expressed by the school administration, school nurses, students, and parents was extremely moving,” said Dr. Canise Bean, program director for the OHIO Project. “Once the coach became fully operational and the depth of the need was diagnosed and addressed, the impact was quantitative and dramatic.” The OHIO Project is a win-win: Community partners contribute education and direction, while Ohio State provides additional care providers. The sense of partnership and professional fulfillment that is developed is especially poignant for the student

hio State students are learning how to fight crime and advance society — with knowledge as their weapon. Dr. William Ackerman and his undergraduate geography students at The Ohio State University Lima teamed with Lima Police Chief Greg Garlock and other community stakeholders to study crime in South Lima, a neighborhood characterized by poverty, high crime rates, and social disorganization precariously teetering between further decay and the potential for positive development. The class investigated where crime was occurring and its relationship to demographic trends. It examined the causes and locations of youth crime, and it strategized about locations for new development. This proactive approach to understanding and improving a community is deeply entrenched in Ackerman’s personal philosophy. He started involving students in community projects through servicelearning courses in 2005, which has provided them invaluable insight into residential building projects and youth violence prevention, as well as personal experience in conducting research, analyzing data, and completing important field work. The collaborations have changed how the Lima Police Department operates. The research guided the department’s decision to implement a community policing strategy and helped determine the placement of neighborhood substations. Ackerman has also published several research papers and partnered with Chief Garlock in presenting research forums to highlight the productivity of this university-community collaboration to state law enforcement. “Students gain a new appreciation for the importance of community involvement and learn that they can be important to the solution of problems,” Ackerman said. “Community leaders do not hesitate to attack problems in a pragmatic way, and they do not hesitate to suggest projects to me that they think we can help with.” For more information, contact Dr. William Ackerman at (419) 995-8329 or or visit http://


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O volunteers. They build confidence in their abilities and time management skills, and they obtain knowledge and appreciation for alternative career paths. “I have seen and spoken to students two to three years after they have graduated,” said Dr. Bean. “They fully comprehend the need and importance of being a professional member of their respective communities. Addressing the access to oral health care problems can take many shapes and forms and our graduates that participate in the OHIO Project are determined to help in some manner.” Dr. Stacy Love certainly found that to be true. She was considering going into private practice when she started her OHIO Project rotation as a student. Today, she is the dental director at the Third Street Health Center in Mansfield, one of the OHIO Project partners. The OHIO Project has worked to become a sustainable program. It leveraged additional funding totaling $1.3 million for diversity initiatives and novel care delivery systems partnering with school, mental health, faith-based, and dental communities. This stellar engagement model has also caused a philosophical and fundamental change in the clinical education program at the College of Dentistry. Dental students are now required to provide a minimum of 50 days of direct dental care to underserved populations. Organizers expect the Project’s model to be copied in other dental schools across the country. And that fact can only make them — and the people they serve — smile. For more information, contact Dr. Canise Bean, program director, at (614) 688-5567 or Bean.26@osu. edu or visit oe_awards2010.php.


Fuel For Learning


hat do you get when two successful outreach research programs join forces? You get third-grade schoolchildren who benefit from a stress and obesity prevention program; a sustainable statewide program that can be expanded nationally; a stronger COSI (Center for Science and Industry)-Ohio State partnership; and Ohio State students who gain valuable real-world research experience. What do you call the marriage of this dynamic duo? The State of Ohio Gets Fuel for Learning, the product of two outreach programs — MoveInto-Learning (which originated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine) and Food Fit (which originated from The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology). Move-Into-Learning and The State of Ohio Gets Fuel for Learning were funded by seed grants awarded by the Office of University Outreach & Engagement, and Food Fit was funded by a Service-Learning Course Development Grant. The goal of the Fuel for Learning program is to give children tools and strategies that will empower them to cope with stress, cope with childhood obesity, develop learning readiness, and avoid behavior problems. This, in turn, will hopefully help children feel positively about themselves. The program has many partners and stages. Ohio State Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) educators who serve the county in which the participating schools reside will be trained at COSI to implement and evaluate the program. To apply the program, elementary school teachers will receive DVDs that offer nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction strategies, along with professional development in conjunction with COSI. Once implementation of the program has occurred at the school site, FCS Extension educators will administer post tests. Upon completion of this activity, they will be prepared to further disseminate the program by teaching other teachers within their counties how to implement the program. Service-learning was also a core component to both Move-IntoLearning and Food Fit, as Ohio State 6

Collaboratively Bringing Impactful Research to Central Ohio


students implemented the programs under the direction of Ohio State faculty. The blending and expansion of these programs can continue to involve students via service-learning opportunities in Columbus. Dr. Karen Bruns, leader of University Outreach & Engagement (O & E) and OSU CARES/ Ohio State Extension, believes this program is a spoton example of utilizing the many partnerships that O & E encourages, “This partnership is a great example of how by working as ‘One University,’ we can have broader impact. We are glad the seed grants could help Dr. Maryanna Klatt, assistant professor of Clinical Allied Medicine, and Dr. Gail Kaye, director of Dietetic Internship in the College of Education and Human Ecology and OSU Extension State Specialist, build on their individual programs.” Drs. Kaye and Klatt are the originators of the program. “We have four to six teachers that cannot wait to implement this program in the classrooms during the 2010-2011 school year,” Dr. Klatt said. “The teachers feel that introducing these concepts at the third grade level will not only impact the schoolchildren, but their families as they take the messages home.” For more information, contact Dr. Maryanna Klatt at (614) 292-0065 or, or Dr. Gail Kaye at (614) 292-5512 or kaye.3@, or visit http://outreach.osu. edu/2009EinEGrants.php.

he Ohio State University is fortunate to share the central Ohio community with one of the nation’s leading science centers. The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about science, industry, health, and history through exhibits and a variety of educational activities. COSI and The Ohio State University share a strong working relationship, which allows COSI to showcase cutting-edge research while Ohio State receives an avenue through which to connect with the general public for research and showcasing results. A number of key projects demonstrate the benefits of this mutually beneficial partnership. •

Labs in Life is an innovative initiative allowing COSI visitors the opportunity to watch and participate in research as Ohio State scientists study human fitness and nutrition in glass-walled laboratories. Public Dialogues in Religion and Science bring together scientists, the faith community, students, and the general public into a civil dialogue on the intersection of science and religion. OSUExtension@COSI combines the expertise of Ohio State Extension and COSI to conduct research in visitor learning, audience motivations, and visitor services and provide professional development for museum educators around the state. The Developmental Language and Cognition Lab conducts research on children’s linguistics and conceptual development, working with visitors to the small children’s area of the museum. The Center for Family Research is a coalition of Ohio State faculty, staff, and students interested in research, assessment, and treatment efforts related to the family’s role in the health and development of children and young adults. WOSU@COSI serves as a studio and community space with hands-on digital media and technology co-produced with COSI.

Please visit about/partners/osu/ for further details related to these and other joint Ohio State/COSI initiatives.

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n a culture of fast, processed, and convenience foods, many people are so far removed from food production that they don’t recognize the crop that produces their french fries. Not so for some Metro Early College High School (MHS) students. These students partnered with Ohio State graduate and undergraduate students to develop

and operate a vegetable, flower, and herb farm. The farm provides a handson learning environment for students interested in sustainable agriculture practices including crop production and marketing, farm management, water conservation, irrigation systems, integrated pest management, and renewable energy resources. The project, which addresses global issues of food production and access, locally grown food, and entrepreneurship, was made possible with partial funding by a seed grant awarded by the Office of University Outreach & Engagement. It was also made possible by a collaboration of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), MHS and the local branch of PAST Foundation, a federal nonprofit. MHS itself functions as a collaboration of Battelle, Ohio State, the Education Council, Knowledge Works, and the greater Columbus community. On the production end, students learn how to grow organic vegetables and about the organic certification The Power of Partnership

process. They learn a different lesson by planting a “Three Sisters” model plot consisting of corn, squash, and beans. The three crops complement each other: The beans provide nutrients for themselves and the corn, the corn provides a “trellis” on which the beans can grow, and the squash shades the ground and keeps away rodent pests. Some of the produce from this plot is sold at the weekly farmer’s markets held in Metro High’s parking lot. By selling their produce at the farmer’s markets, students are directly involved in the local food systems. Elaine Grassbaugh, research associate in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said, “I think there will be lasting effects of the program and hope to continue it for many years due to the number of interested students who are conscious of their food sources and are interested in local food systems.” MHS students have the opportunity to earn college credit in Horticulture Crop Science as a result of their handson learning experience. During the spring quarter offering of the course, students complete field designs, crop and variety selections, row/plant spacing requirements, pest control, harvest and postharvest protocols, and explore marketing opportunities for the products they grow. During summer quarter, Ohio State students act as mentors to the Metro students. Dr. Karen Bruns, leader of University Outreach & Engagement and OSU

CARES/OSU Extension, feels that, “This program brings high school students, Ohio State students and faculty, and community volunteers together in a way that all parties can benefit from studying and practicing sustainable agriculture.” For more information contact Dr. Mark Bennett, professor and interim chairperson in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at (614) 292-3864 or, Elaine Grassbaugh at (614) 292-3858 or or visit http://

Seeding Innovation and Partnerships


or more than 12 years University Outreach & Engagement and OSU CARES/OSU Extension seed grants have helped create innovative and creative outreach and engagement partnerships. Over the years, 179 of the 592 proposals requesting funding have received approximately $2 million in support. This seed funding has leveraged more than $3.6 million in new funding. In addition, these seed grants helped build the foundation for many well-established outreach and engagement programs across The Ohio State University. This year, 29 proposals were received for the Engagement Impact grants through University Outreach & Engagement and the OSU CARES/OSU Extension seed and personnel support grants. These proposals are requesting over $1.5 million in funding. A total of $165,000 in Engagement Impact and $90,000 in OSU CARES/OSU Extension are available to seed these new and innovative outreach and engagement partnerships. For more information, visit http:// or http:// 7

Book Benefit: Students Unite to Promote Love of Reading to Children


nglish essayist Joseph Addison once said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Students at Ohio State are working to share that intellectual workout with children in Columbus. Stories for Students from Students, sponsored by the vice president for Student Life and operationalized by 11 Student Life departments, is a brandnew program that aims to deliver new books into the hands of every elementary school student in Columbus City Schools. Students are asked to make donations of $5 at one of 20 locations across campus, with proceeds going directly to the purchase of a book for a student. Reverend Susan Smith of SKS Foundation in Columbus approached Vice President of Student Life Dr. Javaune AdamsGaston about the idea of a book drive at a quarterly meeting of African-American ministers that the Office of the Senior Vice President for Outreach & Engagement organizes. The partnership was quickly formed to support the Columbus City Schools, a high-need school system. Last year, 81 percent of students in the district were considered economically disadvantaged, and just over half of 5th graders (53.1


percent) were proficient in reading. The Office of Student Life began planning implementation during Autumn Quarter 2009, selecting eight residence halls, five recreational sports facilities, five dining locations, the Ohio Union, and Off-Campus Student Services as donation drop-off points. At each location, students could make a $5 donation that purchases a book for a child in grades K-5. Students could also write a message of encouragement on a label that would go in the book that he or she selected. Six books were selected based on recommendations from teachers in Columbus City Schools and more than 1,000 suggestions from Ohio State students. The book choices also depended upon the moral or value the book teaches, the diversity of the characters, and how well children can relate to the story and characters. Student organizations were also given the opportunity to “adopt” classrooms. Those organizations were asked to make $125 donations — enough to purchase 25 books — and could then visit classrooms to read to the children in the class. On March 4 and 5, 2010, approximately 200 students visited South Mifflin Elementary, Windsor Alternative Elementary, Hamilton Alternative Elementary, and Linden Elementary Schools. In addition to reading the stories, Ohio State students discussed college with the children and imparted a message that they, too, will be able to achieve their dreams. Children were very excited about the opportunity to learn from these young adult role models. Stories for Students from Students this year was able to donate more than 1,000 books — enough for 42 full classrooms of Columbus schoolchildren. The Office of Student Life plans to make this an

annual program in order to engage students in the community and provide books and mentorship to local children. Through this initiative, Ohio State students are learning the power of philanthropy and how one small effort can exercise a child’s mind and possibly make an impact that lasts a lifetime. For more information, contact D’Andra Mull, chief of staff, Student Life, at (614) 292-9208 or dmull@ or visit http://

Book Selections Kindergarten:

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema

Grade 1:

Tikki Tikki Tembo by D.K. Ashliman

Grade 2:

Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Grade 3:

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Grade 4:

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead The Impact of Engagement

Internationalizing Outreach Haiti


efore January 12, 2010, the Haiti Empowerment Project — launched at The Ohio State University at Mansfield and jumpstarted by an Excellence in Engagement grant from the Office of University Outreach & Engagement — was a five-year-old success story that shared the intellectual



hio State’s global footprint is expanding overseas. The university opened its first exploratory phase of the Ohio State China Gateway in the heart of Shanghai’s central business district in February 2010. Phoebe You, a graduate of the Moritz College of Law and a China native, is acting director of the Gateway. Her initial focus includes developing a network of Ohio State alumni; exploring the market for executive training opportunities for Ohio State; and providing assistance and opportunities for the potential exchange of faculty and students. She will also act as the university’s liaison to the Chinese government. The Power of Partnership

resources — whether they be physical or intellectual. In fact, one teacher ended the discussion with this statement: “Now, I will be a teacher to the rest.” The long-term recovery of Haiti will depend on the ingenuity and skills of current and future generations of leaders. The Haiti Empowerment Project has transformed into a vehicle through which Ohio State can help rebuild a country in the wake of devastation by ensuring educational continuity and quality for the future innovators of the small island nation. The Ohio State University’s role is and will continue to be as an educational organization with a commodity of ideas, helping the

When fully implemented, the China Gateway will serve as a state-of-theart facility for recruiting, networking, teaching, business consulting, and executive training. The China Gateway is the first in a series of such projects to expand the reach and impact of Ohio State’s resources and integrate international dimensions with every facet of the institution. The ultimate goals include: increasing the percentage of international faculty and students; promoting scholarship on major global issues; creating international dual-degree programs; promoting international business collaborations; developing a physical presence internationally; and increasing the international experience of students. “The Gateway facilities open new doors of opportunity for the university,” said Dr. William Brustein, vice provost

for Global Strategies and International Affairs. “Our increasinglyglobalized economy requires us to provide pathways for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to pursue partnerships and collaborations with impact around the world. I am proud of our progress on these Gateways and look forward to the new opportunities they will produce.” The university is also exploring options for a Gateway in New Delhi, India in 2011, and São Paulo, Brazil in 2012. For more information, contact Maureen Miller, director of communications, Office of International Affairs, at (614) 247-2462 or

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and material resources of Ohio State with the people of Haiti to help develop and implement culturally relevant professional teacher training. On January 12, 2010, the mission changed. The catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit just west of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince that day killed up to 300,000 people and left an estimated 1.3 million more homeless. Dr. Terri Bucci, who leads the Haiti Empowerment Project from the Mansfield campus, kept in constant contact with her colleagues in Haiti, making sure they were among the

survivors and asking how the project could help in the rebuilding. In late March 2010, that new mission began. Dr. Bucci traveled to Croix-desBouquets — where three tent cities were erected to house about 9,000 survivors — to pursue community-building and non-formal education initiatives. She and project representatives met with leadership in each tent city to gain insight into their individual community organizational structure, needs, and resources. They then brought teachers and leaders of the three tent cities together to facilitate cross-community problem solving and work on teaching methods that required little or no materials. The goal is to organize schools for the children of the tent cities that will be open-air institutions while leaders consider long-term plans of how to resurrect the infrastructure. Dr. Bucci blogged from Haiti that the initial work developed a collective community vision, goal, and objectives for the children in the communities to best meet the needs of the individual cities. Those goals and objectives then informed professional development workshops that aimed to “introduce methods that could be used in science, mathematics, and language arts with no materials.” By the end of the week, teachers were discussing strategies to combine

people of Haiti find sustainable solutions that lead to self-reliance. The project is helping empower a people who felt powerless, but now can find more hope among the rubble. For more information, contact Dr. Terri Bucci, associate professor of Math Science & Technology, Ohio State Mansfield, at (419) 755-4243 or



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he strategic visioning for Outreach & Engagement at Ohio State includes sharing the university’s story with a global audience. In that spirit, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Outreach & Engagement led a delegation of faculty and students to the sub-Saharan nation of Ghana for spring break 2010 on an exploratory journey to build cultural awareness and discuss best practices in nutrition, healthcare, agriculture, government, and distance learning. The participants met with Ghana’s highest-ranking officials in the areas of health, agriculture, and education. They were welcomed at three major universities (University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast and University of Education – Winneba) and talked to scholars about how to use teaching, research, and service to their greatest impact in both of our nations. Delegates were also the guests of honor at Atonkwa Village, a community of 1,500 people that greeted them with their ceremonial tradition, including dancers, drummers, and fire eaters. The Chief of Atonkwa is the uncle of delegation member Habiba Kamagate, a Human Nutrition senior whose family is from Ghana.



hio State students on servicelearning missions in Honduras are giving hope to people who may have once felt hopeless. During spring break 2010, a servicelearning group of 36 volunteers from the College of Nursing set up temporary health clinics in schools and public buildings to treat more than 1,000 patients. This work is part of a partnership with healthcare clinics that continues throughout the year. Another group of 12 engineering students continued a long-term project


dedicated to helping children. Engineers for Community Service (ECOS), a student organization established to promote life-long professionalism through educational experiences for local, regional, and international community service projects, has shared its skills and compassion with Montaña de Luz, an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS in an impoverished rural area. Since 2005, engineering students have performed upgrades to the orphanage from nearly every discipline. They have provided cleaner water, computer technology, and a sense of self-worth and confidence for children who are now thriving. This past spring


“Our efforts to internationalize outreach and engagement focus on Ohio State’s core principles of teaching, research, and service,” said Senior Vice President Joyce Beatty. “This exploratory journey has laid a foundation on which the university can build new relationships and connections with the African continent to both introduce Ohio State to a new audience of potential partners and broaden academic and research opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.” This international experience was made possible because of the partnerships with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the College of Medicine, and the Office of International Affairs and Study Abroad.


At Nkrumah Memorial Park

break, students used solar reflective paint as a cheap, sustainable means to cool the buildings. This brand of sustainable partnership has borne both a thirst for more advanced research and project design work in the students, and a thirst for more service-oriented projects. Dr. John Merrill from Ohio State coordinates the efforts and hopes to expand the students’ horizons. “The interdisciplinary approaches to solution-building and teamwork that have evolved from the Montaña de Luz projects are remarkable,” Merrill said. “We are actively working now to seek new partnerships elsewhere in Honduras that can provide our incredible students with new challenges and new opportunities for real-world experience that will help them become the leaders and innovators of our increasingly complex world.” For more information, contact Dr. John Merrill, director, First-Year Engineering Program, Engineering Education Innovation Center, at (614) 292-0650 or

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zing Outreach The Delegation: (from left)

Dancers at Atonkwa Village perform at reception honoring delegation Presenting gift to minister of health

ing at Tema Secondary School organized by Fulbright Scholar

Students cross rain forest bridge at Kakum National Park

Anna-Stacia Allen Alexis Swain Mary Jo Welker Habiba Kamagate Joyce Beatty Robert Agunga Otto Beatty, Jr.

Meeting with administrators and scholars from the University of Ghana

The Bahamas


trip to the Bahamas during winter break is usually considered “vacation.” For members of Nancy Lahmers’ Honors Cohort Program at the Fisher College of Business, it’s work. Seniors in Lahmers’ program traveled down to Nassau, Bahamas on what is The Power of Partnership

now a four-year-old tradition of servicelearning. The class members — who have taken all of their core business courses and performed 30 hours of community service together since their junior years — mostly pay their own way for a unique journey of experiential learning. The week-long trip in December 2009 focused on economic development and its impact on the residents of the islands — both near the beaches and further inland. The itinerary included meetings with the president of the Bahamian Chamber of Commerce, the Nassau Downtown Revitalization Committee, and the U.S. Embassy. The students also performed volunteer work with the Salvation Army, serving meals at its soup kitchen and helping make handmade mops that the organization sells to tourists to fund its charitable work. The students had a special audience with the president of the College of the Bahamas, who gave her blessing to

the signing of the Honors Cohorts’ first student exchange agreement. Lacoda Evans, an accounting major, joined the Ohio State family in January and is taking business classes with the new junior Honors Cohorts. She will act as host when the cohorts take their fifth trip to Nassau in December 2010. For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Lahmers, senior lecturer, Fisher College of Business, at (614) 292-2975 or


Taking Research to Heart:

Outreach & Engagement Involved in Significant Heart Disease Study


eart disease knows no gender, race, or mercy. It is the number one killer in America, and researchers across the country work tirelessly to both understand and fight the disease. Outreach & Engagement is helping one such Ohio State University researcher with an investigation that could lead to a breakthrough. The National Institutes of Health is funding a three-year, $2.6 million study led by Dr. Subha Raman, an associate professor of internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine. Dr. Raman’s focus is heart disease in women, and her work could be groundbreaking in both its focus and its findings. Dr. Raman’s study theory is that monthly menstrual blood loss by pre-menopausal women may delay those females’ risk of hardening of the arteries. Armed with that theory, she is determining whether a correlation exists between the accumulation of iron and

hardening of the arteries. The results of this study may provide doctors with new, lifesaving insights into how blood vessel changes may predict a woman’s risk for cardiovascular disease. This study touches all races and ethnicities in Columbus — a focus on

diversity that recognizes the differences in impact and treatment options for Columbus women. Because of the sphere of influence this research could hold, Dr. Raman approached the Office of the Senior Vice

Dining with Diabetes:

President for Outreach & Engagement in the fall of 2009 and asked for assistance in identifying minority women for the study. This project will enroll 130 women to reach its ultimate target of 100 women who will complete the study. Dr. Raman requested that 25 percent of the participants be minorities, including African-American, Asian and Latina. The office has developed a plan to help Dr. Raman achieve her research goals. Outreach & Engagement proudly joins with Dr. Raman to bring education and awareness to local communities in support of her research. Her conclusions may change the course of cardiovascular treatment in women worldwide and further Ohio State’s global leadership in medical discovery. For more information, contact Dawn Tyler Lee, assistant vice president, Office of the Senior Vice President for Outreach & Engagement, at (614) 2477795 or

Expanding Program Promotes Smart Eating, Self-Empowerment


early 10 percent of Ohio’s population is believed to have diabetes — some 1.4 million residents. And the cost in quality of life and in dollars is staggering: $5.9 billion dollars annually in health care costs and lost productivity. The Dining with Diabetes Program, one of OSU Extension’s Signature Programs, is trying to help — one person and one meal at a time.


Dining with Diabetes combines education and support with training to empower people to selfmanage their condition. The series of classes features meetings with certified diabetes educators or registered dieticians, support groups, cooking demonstrations, and follow-up opportunities to report progress or seek additional assistance. The success stories are many: Dining with Diabetes has reached more than 5,000 Ohioans in the past five years alone. One young man in the Cleveland area learned the important role of nutrition in diabetes management. He lost 15 pounds in three months and managed his blood glucose levels effectively. Another participant was hospitalized twice with what she called “sky-high” blood sugar levels. The knowledge she gained through Dining with Diabetes helped her lose

25 pounds and implement an exercise routine that not only helps her keep her sugar levels in check, but may allow her to go off of insulin. In 2009, OSU CARES awarded a grant for a partnership between the Ohio State Health Network, The Ohio State University Medical Center, and Dining with Diabetes to bring diabetes management information to residents in Mercer, Crawford, and Franklin counties. This particular program combines the traditional Dining with Diabetes offerings with access to information from medical center diabetes experts. “Diabetes doesn’t have to be a debilitating disease,” said Cindy Oliveri, extension specialist in Family and Consumer Sciences and leader of Dining with Diabetes in 2009. “Our clients get the tools they need to lead healthy, active lives.” For more information, contact Shari Gallup, OSU Extension educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, at (740) 670-5319 or gallup.1@cfaes.osu. edu. The Impact of Engagement

CEM Education Director Katharine Flores teaches a group of girls from a local school about shape-memory wire.

Widening the STEM Education and Career Pipeline


mid the call for improving the nation’s scientific, technological, and economic competitiveness, there is increasing attention being focused on groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and on strategies to increase their success in the STEM education/career pathway.

For example, an estimated 20 percent of the U.S. population has a disability, yet only 7 percent of employed scientists and engineers has a disability. Through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to the Nisonger Center, Ohio State established an outlet for students with disabilities in STEM. Led by principal investigator Margo Izzo, Ohio’s STEM Ability Alliance (OSAA) uses a targeted set of strategies to position the university as a national leader in supporting students with disabilities who pursue STEM degrees and careers. The OSAA model centers around a partnership “quad” consisting of a high school (Metro Early College High School), a community college (Columbus State), a research university (Ohio State), and STEM business and industry (Battelle, AEP, and Nationwide). OSAA works with these partners to provide mentoring, internships, learning communities, and programming for students, staff, and faculty to create systemic change for students with disabilities. OSAA is also fortunate to be a partner with Wright State University in receiving Choose Ohio First Scholarships for Ohio State and Columbus State The Power of Partnership

students with disabilities who are pursuing STEM degrees. Project GRO (Project to Support Grants for Research Outreach) serves as a liaison between OSAA partners and the Ohio State STEM faculty and researchers by identifying opportunities for mutually beneficial collaborations. A primary partner has been the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), an NSFfunded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Ohio State. In addition to conducting cutting-edge investigations in science and engineering, the CEM also works to increase the participation of students with disabilities in the research, education, and outreach efforts of the center. Project GRO has helped identify K-12 students with disabilities for CEM outreach programs, recruit CEM mentors for OSAA students, and create placements at the CEM for OSAA high school and undergraduate students. Last year, the CEM included over 450 students with disabilities in its education and outreach programs. The mutually beneficial partnership between the CEM and OSAA serves as a model at NSF for collaboration between a STEM research center and a center

focused on promoting diversity in the STEM workforce, respectively. The two centers have continued working together to expand the partnership’s capacity to support students with disabilities through the STEM education/career pipeline, expanding the quad to include additional Central Ohio high schools (including the Ohio State School for the Blind, LindenMcKinley STEM High School, and Reynoldsburg STEM High School). To date, Project GRO has collaborated with the CEM and OSAA to obtain over $2.7 million in external funding to support the education and outreach efforts of the centers. For more information about Ohio’s STEM Ability Alliance, contact Dr. Margaretha Vreeburg Izzo, Nisonger Center associate director of community outreach, at (614) 292-9218 or or visit http://www. asp?sort=RDE-OhioStateU-OSAA. For more information about the Center for Emergent Materials, contact Dr. Nitin Prabhakar Padture, professor of Materials Science and Engineering, at (614) 292-5394 or or visit 13

Partners for Innovation: Regional Campuses Help Reform STEM Education


hio State’s regional campuses serve as important partners for innovation through their engaged outreach with their communities. This is exemplified by two programs on the Lima and Marion campuses that improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in local public schools in order to prepare students for higher education and 21st century careers. Project GRO (Project to Support Grants for Research

Outreach) has worked with these programs to obtain over $1 million in external funding to support these regional STEM education reform efforts. It’s About Discovery! (IAO) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project that introduces technology-rich, hands-on inquiry curricula into six districts in northwest Ohio. Led by Lima campus education faculty member Dr. Dean Cristol, IAD fosters critical thinking skills and career awareness for 8th-10th grade students through an energy and environmental sustainability curriculum developed by the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies that includes investigation of solar, wind, nuclear, and other alternative energy sources that are important to the state economy. Extensive use of Web 2.0 information technology allows students to collaborate on projects with other Ohio schools, as well as with IAD partner schools in North Carolina. To


support the implementation of the sustainability curriculum, IAD provides summer teacher institutes, professional development through videoconferencing during the school year, and cutting-edge technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells for classroom use. IAD includes a strong focus on community and industry partners including Ford and INEOS (the world’s third-largest chemical company), who serve as mentors, host field trips, and engage in online conversations with students. IMPACT is a multi-year program that has provided science teacher professional development in the counties surrounding the Marion and Newark campuses. Previous IMPACT projects have increased student science achievement through intensive summer teacher institutes and school year activities for students and teachers. The current IMPACT project addresses a call by the Ohio Department of Education to take teacher professional

Teachers mix up homemade comets at an Ohio State Newark professional development program.

development to a new level by embedding it within the school day. Marion campus physics faculty member Dr. Gordon Aubrecht leads this systemic change of instruction in the Marion City Schools through a targeted program that includes every middle school science teacher in the district in twiceweekly, grade-level meetings to reflect on recent science teaching and plan for instruction in the future. During the first year of IMPACT’s middle school project, student test scores in science dramatically improved. Next year, the IMPACT embedded teacher professional development model will be adopted by the district’s 9th grade science teachers. For more information about It’s About Discovery, contact Dr. Dean Cristol, associate professor of education, at (419) 995-8274 or or visit For more information about IMPACT, contact Dr. Gordon Aubrecht, professor of physics, at (614) 389-6786 or The Impact of Engagement

Turning Sociology Inside-Out


n estimated one in 25 adults in Ohio are under some kind of correctional supervision and 95 percent of individuals who are incarcerated will be released to the community at some point in time. These figures point to a need to better address the revolving door of admission to correctional institutions. “I will take with me an understanding that I have a responsibility to either become part of the solution or remain part of the problem.” These words were spoken by an incarcerated individual in the Southeastern Correctional Institution (SCI) in Lancaster, Ohio who took part in the National Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. The Inside-Out program works to counter predominant stereotypes and myths about prisons and prisoners through personal engagement which encourages participants to see crime and justice issues from new perspectives. As an “outside” student comments, “I’ve realized how easy it is for someone to end up on the other side of the fence.” A formerly incarcerated “inside” student adds, “I am now able to see things from the law enforcement, judicial, and correctional points of view without biasness or prejudice. When I am making a decision in this regard, I’m a lot more rational and reasonable.” Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Angela Harvey received a service-

to help break down the artificial barriers between “us” and “them.” Both the “inside” and “outside” students did the hard work of the course, which focused on a better understanding of mass incarceration, considering its causes and consequences, as well as exploring the impact of crime, imprisonment and related policies on victims and communities. The course work and experiences assist students (free and incarcerated) in seeing themselves as potential agents of social change. “Before the program I did not realize how important it is for me to get involved,” one “outside” student said. The program also initiates a grassroots movement by creating crossdialogues between free and incarcerated citizens with an emphasis on alternative problem solving. “The InsideOut program is a tremendous example of the way servicelearning broadens perspectives, enhances critical thinking skills, and increases awareness of current societal issues,” said Bethany Christoff, Service-Learning program coordinator. “Dr. Harvey’s approach to embedding this program into her course demonstrates a strong commitment to her student’s learning experience as well as the importance of building mutually beneficial partnerships.” For more information contact Dr. Angela Harvey, assistant professor of Sociology, at or (740) 366-9197 or visit

I will take with me an understanding that I have a responsibility to either become part of the solution or remain part of the problem. learning course development grant to apply this national program to her Ohio State University sociology course. The class included 10 students from Ohio State and 10 incarcerated students. In weekly meetings at SCI, the participants engaged in reciprocal critical discussions about the U.S. justice system. The ground rules for the class include a code of anonymity and a circular seating arrangement with inside students sitting next to outside students The Power of Partnership

Education for Citizenship


ervice-learning is a method of teaching, learning, and reflecting that combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful service through which students apply their skills and knowledge to address real-life community needs. Ohio State’s service-learning programs were recently recognized by the U.S. News and World Report’s Americas Best Colleges as “outstanding examples of academic programs that are commonly linked to student success.” This is the second consecutive year that Ohio State ranked among the best colleges and universities in the nation for courses that closely link academic learning with community service. In addition, the Corporation for National and Community Service recently named The Ohio State University to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year! This recognition brings attention and honor to the university’s commitment to service and civic engagement both on campus and across the country. These tremendous accomplishments would not be possible without strong community partners and committed faculty. At Ohio State, service-learning is one illustration of our motto, “Education for Citizenship.” Servicelearning courses enhance the student learning experience and create a venue in which the knowledge and talent of faculty and students can be applied to complex societal issues. Servicelearning experiences help students grow into citizens who become the leaders, thinkers and innovators of tomorrow. For more information, visit http://


Ohio State GOES Virtual


arrie Nation may have never dreamed of living in a virtual world. But in fact, she and other well-known feminists currently reside on the Department of Women’s Studies’ Minerva Isle in Second Life. Their history and spirit are embodied in avatars created by Dr. Sharon Collingwood, lecturer in the Department of Women’s Studies, as part of a Women’s Studies project funded by the Office of Continuing Education (CEd).

Students in Dr. Collingwood’s Women, Society and Culture course — taught entirely within Second Life — create an animated persona which represents them in the classroom. They carry out research and create projects that are then displayed on the island. “The most important thing for me about virtual worlds teaching is the element of immersive co-presence, that sense of ‘being there’ that is so important to learning,” Dr. Collingwood said. “Students can collaborate in real time and meet colleagues from other universities and other countries. At the end of the term they are able to invite others to the classroom, where they can show off their work.” CEd, realizing the importance of educational opportunities, has created its own building on Minerva Isle. Dr. Darrell Johnson, director of CEd, sees virtual worlds as “highly useful and valuable, uniquely supporting the educational experience of individuals who may be impacted by issues of accessibility.” In his estimation, “virtual learning supports the capacity of knowledge seekers around the world to transcend and neutralize such impediments as time and space.” One feature of CEd’s space is its classroom and conference facilities. In this tight economy, the area affords users a space for meetings and corporate training without the time and expense of travel and hotel stay. CEd also provides space in which Career Exploration Office clients — including Ohio State University alumni, continuing education students, and members of the community — can practice employment interview skills in a variety of scenarios such as a medical, business, and law office. Avatar interviewers can range from being cordial and

congenial interviewers to looking bored, yawning, or even acting irritably. This allows participants to practice how they would handle various types of real-world interview situations. While Second Life offers many diverse methods of education, one of its most emergent areas is that of disability research. “Many of my students aren’t able to attend regular classes due to distance, disability, or because of the needs of their families,” Dr. Collingwood said. “A 3-D classroom minimizes these problems, and the use of avatars puts all students on an even footing.” Dr. Collingwood is currently learning how to adapt Minerva Isle for the visually impaired. Charles Morris, originator of the Virtual Guidedog Project in Second Life, has created a program that reads coded objects in the landscape, telling users where they are and allowing them to navigate within the virtual world. Second Life opens the door to many opportunities for students and members of the community to learn and have experiences that extend beyond real-world limitations. For more information about Second Life projects, contact Laura Seeger, graphic designer, Office of Continuing Education, at (614) 292-8860 or visit Minerva Isle in Second Life (

The most important thing for me about virtual worlds teaching is the element of immersive co-presence, that sense of ‘being there’ that is so important to learning.


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Retirement Redefined:

Staying on Point Through Program 60


stroke nearly robbed Nancy Morcos of her passion for dance. Program 60, offered through the Office of Continuing Education, gave her an avenue to revive it. Program 60 allows Ohio residents — ages 60 or older — the opportunity to take university classes tuition-free on a noncredit, non-degree, space-available basis. The state-mandated program is designed to create a desire and satisfy a thirst for lifelong learning. Nancy Morcos learned about Program 60 through a former dance friend. Morcos is a classically trained ballerina who started dancing at the age of seven. After years of professional training including The Washington Ballet, she performed in the Dayton Ballet, the Fasting-Farquhar Capital City Ballet, the Cincinnati Opera Ballet, and in an ensemble of artists-in-the-schools tour in neighboring states surrounding Washington, D.C. She never abandoned dance, even after pursuing a teaching career in English and special education. But just before she turned 60, Nancy suffered a debilitating stroke that left her unable to stand, walk, talk with clarity, have fine motor control, and maintain a sense of balance. It took months of perseverance and extensive therapy for Nancy to regain enough of her health and physical abilities to return to her first love: dancing. Since her retirement, Nancy has found new freedom to pursue that love. She takes dance classes at Ohio State every quarter and maintains her passion for performing. She has broadened her interests, joining classes to learn, improve and execute the dance moves in disciplines of movement including modern, jazz, pointe, and soft-shoe. She says her greatest challenge is keeping up with the pace of instruction and performance. “Learning helps lessen senior moments and keeps me mentally sharp,” Nancy said. “It is great to be able to grow and learn without the worry of grades and tests that would affect the rest of your life.” Ohio State instructors remark that Nancy is an inspiration because The Power of Partnership

she has a tremendous work ethic. She is a great role model for younger students to see that dancing can be a lifelong practice rather than strictly “youth-oriented,” if it is approached with a strong and healthy attitude. Nancy is curious, dedicated, and does not ask for special treatment. Students are amazed by her ability to turn, jump, and leap, and they marvel at her willingness to meet the physical requirements expected of the younger students. Nancy typically strives for perfect attendance and participates in the informal dance “informances,” which are held each quarter at Ohio State’s Sullivant Hall. This past holiday season, she performed on pointe with other classmates to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” To this day, she cheerfully dances with her heart and dazzles with her feet. Nancy’s instructors feel that the presence of Program 60 students enriches the institution, and she agrees. “There is a feast of classes through Program 60 and participation is a way to stay young,” Nancy said. “This has been a real find for me.” For more information about Program 60, contact Diane Dortmund, Program 60 coordinator at (614) 292-8860 or visit

Career Trek


he need for career assistance has increased dramatically as the current economic crisis has created a particularly challenging job market. The Career Exploration Office (CEO) in the Office of Continuing Education provides personalized career assistance to Ohio State University alumni, continuing education students, and members of the community to assist with this need. The CEO works with clients of all ages and experience levels. The program recently helped a client who had worked for an organization for more than 20 years, but was laid off when the economic crisis hit. He had never written a resume, never searched for job leads on the Internet, was unfamiliar with networking as a job search tool, and had never conducted a job interview. Over the course of several months, the CEO worked with this individual to educate and prepare him for a career search. Initial collaboration with a CEO career advisor involves conducting self assessments and career exploration to determine potential career paths and personal strengths that could be promoted to prospective employers. Next comes development of a resume and cover letter that markets relevant qualifications and reviews job search strategies such as professional networking, Internet job search tools, and identifying target companies. Finally, CEO staff discusses successful interview techniques and conducts mock interviews to cultivate communication skills and boost the client’s confidence. Because of these efforts and his hard work, the client was able to successfully navigate through his job search to a new work experience. The career planning process can be exhausting and stressful. Finding a support system to offer resources and encouragement is essential, and the Career Exploration Office in the Office of Continuing Education is available to help fill that need. For more information about the Career Exploration Office, contact Jeff Robek, career advisor, Office of Continuing Education at (614) 292-8860 or visit


Breakin’ for Education


pring break often conjures images of sunny skies, billowy palm trees, and sandy beaches. While many students are excited about plans to visit Panama City or Cancun, two groups of Ohio State students brought just as much enthusiasm to their spring break trips to Vinton, Brown, and Adams counties in Appalachian Ohio.

These students and their advisors embarked on the first and only Ohio State Alternative Spring Break taking place in Ohio, which is now in its second year. The trips help rural southeast Ohio elementary and high school students understand the importance of a college degree and the steps needed to enroll and be successful in college. While the concept of an alternative spring break in which students spend their time helping others includes national and international destinations, this spring break is unique at Ohio State. Through a grant and associations provided by OSU CARES/OSU Extension, the program initiators — Economic Access Initiative and University Housing — were able to make connections with local OSU Extension educators to create this one-of-akind program. This type of program is necessary in Vinton County as only 15 percent of high school seniors go to a fouryear college and only 20 percent go to a two-year college. Furthermore, Ohio ranks 38th in the nation for higher education enrollees. The Ohio Board of Regents Enroll Ohio program aims to change that trend with a goal of attracting an additional 230,000 college enrollees and graduates to regain a competitive position and strong economy. Reaching this goal will require that limited-income

Ohioans and first-generation college students have the same knowledge about going to college that moderate- to upper-income students obtain through their extended families. This is where the Alternative Spring Break Ohio State students come in. They are all MC3 fellows on campus, which means they are trained and experienced in working on access to education issues, and many of them are also firstgeneration college students who rely on financial aid. First-generation college student Sierra Zwilling, whose dad never graduated

OSU Extension is a key partner in these trips because they are there locally, working with 4-H students. They know all the schools.


from high school, said, “I’m from Columbus City Schools and there aren’t many of us in college. I started doing this type of work because I wanted to help out, but then I liked it so much, I just stuck around.” Another first-generation college student, Nicole Swartz, further explains why the group of students chose this spring break option. “We know that other people, based on where they come from, don’t necessarily see the importance of education. I just want to pass on that message, share experiences, and hope that they can learn.” With the help of Travis West, OSU Extension Vinton County director, they were able to pass on that message to every junior and senior, as well as every fourth and fifth grade

student in Vinton County. West was able to facilitate access to the students with his local connections to the Vinton County High School administration and teachers. “OSU Extension is a key partner in these trips because they are there locally, working with 4-H students. They know all the schools. It’s the local extension person who has these connections, who can pick up the phone and call the school,” said Dr. Karen Bruns, leader of University Outreach & Engagement and OSU CARES/OSU Extension. One can see that it really does “take a village” of dedicated partners and resourceful collaborations to help children be successful. For more information, contact Natala Hart, senior advisor for Economic Access, at (614) 247-2720 or or visit http://

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A total of 721 faculty, student leaders, and staff leaders have traveled over 3,000 miles on Ohio’s highways and back roads on Roads Scholars tours.

“I gained a new appreciation of the scope and impact of OSU across the state of Ohio.”

Each September, a group of Roads Scholars, Ohio State’s newly hired and newly tenured faculty, board a bus and see first-hand the relationship between Ohio State University and communities throughout the state. Over 70 communities and businesses have been visited and the Roads Scholars have met with well over a thousand Ohioans of all ages. Through this unique two-day traveling seminar, the Roads Scholars learn more about Ohio State, Ohio, their colleagues, and the important role we all play in advancing the economic and social well-being of Ohio.

“OSU was so well-respected and loved—it definitely enhanced my sense of belonging to this wonderful community!”

“I am a huge fan of this tour. I found it incredibly enlightening, personally inspiring, and a great deal of fun.”

“The tour inspired me to think of different ways that I can service my community.”

“I came home completely energized about work generally and my OSU career in particular.”

“I would do this again in a heartbeat. Not being from Ohio and not knowing the state, it was time that was very well spent.” “Before the tour, I didn’t know what ‘One University’ meant, but now I know.” The Power of Partnership

“This is the best faculty retreat.”


Office of the Senior Vice President for Outreach & Engagement:

Manages and supervises outreach and engagement programs which build and support partnerships and collaborations that impact the university and local, state, and global communities. (614) 247-7795

Office of University Outreach & Engagement:

Incubates and fosters innovative outreach and engagement partnerships through capacity-building grants, professional development, recognition, and promotional programs. (614) 688-3041

Office of Continuing Education:

Serves as the principal portal of entry for adult and nontraditional learners by offering diverse, quality programs and services that create a desire for lifelong learning. (614) 292-8860

Service-Learning Initiative:

Leads incorporation of service-learning into academic curricula through course development advising and grants. (614) 688-3041

Project GRO (Project to Support Grants for Research Outreach): Advises faculty in development of outreach, education, and diversity components of grant proposals for research funding. (614) 247-6958

OSU CARES/OSU Extension:

Facilitates partnerships between faculty/staff across the university and OSU Extension colleagues to support “One University� outreach and engagement partnerships with communities throughout Ohio. (614) 688-4486


The Impact of Engagement

Outreach & Engagement Impact Booklet 2010  

A booklet highlighting the outreach and engagement efforts of the Offices of Outreach & Engagement at The Ohio State University

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