What's going on at Ohio State?
In a speech to faculty, President Gee lays out university priorities. A professor takes vet students to her native Thailand, where they learn about elephant health and behavior. Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center gets ready for an expansion that will allow it to serve more patients. Ohio State helps businesses in Appalachian Ohio. Ohio State's new student union is underway. The Alumni Magazine wants you to name the greatest Buckeye football players. And Ohio State prepares to take on Michigan.
"Where great human expertise answers great human need"
An uncertain economy. War. Food scarcity. The energy crisis.
The problems are daunting. But President Gee says Ohio State--which generates more than $4 billion in economic impact each year--has the expertise needed to solve "the sober realities of the day."
"Ohio State must help lead Ohio out of this decline in confidence, spirit, and economy," Gee says. "To our great good fortune, we build on a position of strength. Ohio State's resources are unparalleled."
As a faculty member in Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Nong Inpanbutr teaches anatomy and studies the role of vitamin D in cancer.
Inpanbutr also is a tireless advocate for expanding students' cultural horizons. The professor, a 2006 winner of the University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, advises the university's Thai Student Association and the Diversity in Veterinary Medicine group.
And for the past several summers, Inpanbutr has taken veterinary students to Thailand to study elephant health and behavior.
Five years ago, a routine mammogram changed Linda Craig's life.
Thanks to an Ohio State clinical trial, Craig beat breast cancer.
An expanded cancer hospital, to be finished in 2014, will help the university heal more patients like Craig. The hospital will include beds for 288 patients, up from 160, and will accommodate twice the current number of patients who come in for treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Expect to hear more about this exciting project in the future.
Appalachian Ohio can be a tough place to make a living. Compared to metropolitan areas, unemployment is higher, household incomes are lower, and businesses tend to be smaller, with fewer opportunities for profit.
Fortunately, Ohio State has a plan: Help area businesses thrive, so that those businesses can create the jobs that give the region economic stability.
The Ohio State University South Centers, located in Piketon, operate a Business Development Network that serves small businesses and manufacturing companies. Last year, businesses the center served created 234 new jobs, retained 319 more, and invested $6.4 million back into the local economy.
A new union
When the new Ohio Union is done in 2010, it will have a posh wing for student organizations, a 24-hour diner, and a media suite with digital editing capabilities. It will be a one-stop shop where students can eat, get tickets for university events, meet up with friends and classmates, and participate in extracurricular activities.
The revamped gathering place wouldn't be possible without donations from alumni.
"The Union was a fundamental part of my college experience, and I anticipate it will be the same for students in the future," says Tahira Rehmatullah, a 2005 grad who's given money for the new building.
If you've ever fantasized about your Buckeye dream team--and what scarlet- and gray-blooded football fan hasn't?--this is your year.
To mark its 100th year of publication, the Ohio State Alumni Magazine is asking grads to select its All-Alumni Team. Alumni can vote for coach, offensive and defensive players, placekicker, and punter. Voting will continue through January; the team will be announced next summer.
The Buckeyes have bested the Wolverines in all but two Ohio State v. Michigan games since 2000--a record the Bucks hope to continue Nov. 22, when they face the Wolverines in the Shoe.
How to prepare for the game?
Check out Beat Michigan week events, including a live performance by the Ohio State Marching Band and a weeklong blood drive.
And visit the O-H! page to indulge your pre-game nostalgia with Buckeye spirit gear such ringtones and MP3s, info about our history and traditions, and Ohio State v. Michigan posters and trivia.