April 16, 1999
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BEANIE BABIES AND ECONOMICS--April 17. Teachers will learn how to
use Beanie Babies to illustrate the basic economic concept used
in the fourth- and sixth-grade proficiency test at a Beanie Baby
Economic Workshop. Sponsored by the Central Ohio Regional
Professional Development Center, teachers will explore resources,
supply and demand, market prices, international trade, scarcity,
and how the Beanie Baby phenomenon has grown. Participants
receive a Beanie. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at
Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio, Inc., 3966
Brown Park Drive.
CONTACT: Abbe Kehler, College of Education, 292-1178.
GIRL TALK WITH THE JAMES--April 18. Young women are invited to
the Ohio Union Ballrooms from 1:30-4:30 p.m. for GIRL TALK! about
breast health. Breast cancer experts from the Arthur G. James
Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute will
discuss breast self exams, genetic risk for breast cancer and the
role of exercise and nutrition in cancer prevention. Stephanie
Spielman will talk about her experiences with breast cancer at
CONTACT: Jan Ray or Linda Montler, The James Cancer Hospital, 293-3670.
OPTOMETRY OPEN HOUSE AN EYE OPENER FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS--
April 18. Students interested in becoming an optometrist or
simply learning more about the profession are invited to an open
house from 1-4 p.m. at the College of Optometry, 338 W. 10th Ave.
The OSU College of Optometry is one of only 19 such facilities in
North America. The open house includes tours, a chance to talk
with faculty and current students, and information about
admissions and financial aid.
CONTACT: Sally Haltom or Paul Todd, College of Optometry, 292- 2647.
DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK--April 19-23. Disability Awareness
Week, designed to increase campus awareness of students with
disabilities, features Lunch and Learn presentations on topics
like the Americans with Disabilities Act, the effects of
Attention Deficit Disorder and international perspectives on
disability. Other events include a film series, a job
interviewing workshop, art and creative writing contests, and a
CONTACT: Mike Kinney, Office of Disability Services counselor, 292-3307.
ANGELS IN AMERICA PLAYWRIGHT GIVES LECTURE--April 20. Tony
Kushner, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in
America, will present a lecture at 8 p.m. in Thurber Theatre,
1849 Cannon Drive. In Conversation with...Tony Kushner
inaugurates the annual Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research
Institute Lecture Series. The Department of Theatre will present
the first locally produced production of Kushner’s Angels In
America: Part One, Millennium Approaches on May 19-23 and 25-28.
CONTACT: Office of Communication, College of the Arts, 292-5171.
STATE LAWMAKERS HONOR MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM--April 21. Coach Jim
O’Brien and the men’s basketball team will be honored at the
Statehouse in two ceremonies. The Ohio Senate will present
resolutions to O’Brien and the team at 1:30 p.m. in Senate
chambers. The House of Representatives will present resolutions
to Scoonie Penn, O’Brien and the team during at 1:45 p.m. in
CONTACT: Gerry Emig, Sports Information, 292-6861; or Colleen O’Brien, director of state relations, 292-4689.
EDUCATION, BUSINESS UNITE FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT--April 22.
Ohio State, the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and several
leaders from local universities and colleges on Thursday (4/22)
will announce a partnership between the business and education
communities aimed at retaining college graduates in the region.
The announcement will be made at 2:30 p.m. in the main conference
room of the Chamber, 37 N. High St. Principal speakers will be
Ohio State President William Kirwan and Chamber President and CEO
Sally Jackson. They will discuss how the partnership will
sustain the region’s economic development and growth by linking
local college students seeking internships and employment with
local businesses seeking employees. Representatives from the
other education participants will attend. They are Capital,
CCAD, Columbus State, DeVry, Franklin, Ohio Dominican, Ohio
Wesleyan, Otterbein and Central Michigan’s MBA program. A mult-
box will be provided. The Chamber will release more details next
CONTACT: Tracey Gardner, 225-6941, or Elizabeth Houser, 225- 6956, Greater Columbus Chamber.
TAKE A DAUGHTER TO WORK DAY--April 22. Ohio State employees are
invited to Take a Daughter to Work and encourage their children
to investigate a range of exciting careers. Participants may try
their hand at creating a web page, staging a production at
Mershon, lifting fingerprints off objects, being a reporter for a
day, or teaching a chimpanzee to count. Learn what it takes to
become a veterinarian, social worker, lawyer, photographer,
scientist or psychologist. Kids ages 9-17 may attend any of the
free workshops around campus, taught by faculty and staff
volunteers. Several hundred children are expected to
participate. Workshops are offered from 9:45-11:15 a.m., 1-2:30
p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Margie Bogenschutz, Take A Daughter to Work Day Committee, 292-8586.
JERRY SPRINGER ON CAMPUS--April 22. Talk-show king Jerry
Springer speaks in an interactive presentation at the Ohio Union
Ballrooms at 9 p.m. Jerry Springer-My Thoughts is sure to bring
both laughs and intrigue to what exactly was going through his
mind during past episodes. The event is sponsored by the Ohio
Union Activities Board (OUAB).
CONTACT: OUAB’s Frank Lazar, 292-3117; or Marc Sasala, 297-0436.
COLUMBUS 4TH GRADERS CHECK OUT THE BIG FARM--April 23. City kids
can pet a llama, see how milk becomes ice cream, and learn about
food safety at Scarlet and Gray Ag Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at two
campus locations. About 600 fourth graders from 11 Columbus
elementary schools will learn about agriculture first hand at the
event, which is a community service project by students in the
College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Bacteria and Food Safety takes students on a “safe food journey”
from the farm gate to the dinner plate. Corn and More lets
students make biodegradable plastic materials from corn. Life
with Llamas offers participants a chance to pet and lead a llama
while learning llama care and wool harvesting. I Scream for Ice
Cream shows how ice cream is made, with trips to the dairy farm
and a lab for processing milk into ice cream. A session on the
importance of dairy products offers all kids a picture of
themselves with a milk mustache.
CONTACT: Sue Mantey, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, 292-2011.
PITCH IN TO KEEP CAMPUS BEAUTIFUL--April 23. Picking up litter
on the 1,715-acre Columbus campus is a $5,000-per-week expense
for Ohio State. To help raise awareness about how much litter is
generated on campus every day, the Department of Physical
Facilities, along with the Undergraduate Student Government, the
Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Academic Affairs and
Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services are sponsoring the
Scarlet and Gray Cleanup Day on April 23 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Organizers are asking student organizations, residence halls,
employee groups and individuals to donate an hour or more of
their time to pick up litter in a designated area on campus.
Shifts are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 10 a.m. to noon.
The first 1,000 volunteers will receive T-shirts, food coupons
and other prizes. Trucks will collect the litter at several
points and bring it all to the Oval (near University Hall) at
noon to show much litter was collected in four hours.
CONTACT: David Sweet, Physical Facilities, 292-2377.
YUGOSLAVIA IS TOPIC FOR TWO TIMELY FORUMS--April 23 and 24. Ohio
State experts examine aspects of the Balkans war in two separate
--Why Kosovo?, a roundtable discussion and forum, will be held April 23, 1-3 p.m., 122 Main Library. Moderators are Charles Gribble, professor of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures; Goldie Shabad, associate professor of political science; Gregory Jusdanis, associate professor of Greek and Latin; Predrag Matejic, Center for Slavic and East European Studies; and Maria Todorova of the University of Florida. The event is sponsored by the Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities.
CONTACT: Humanities Institute, 292-8892.
--Ethno-Religious Conflict in Rwanda and Bosnia: Origins, Consequences and Implications will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 24 at the Ramada University Hotel, 3110 Olentangy River Road. Planned and scheduled before the Kosovo operation, OSU faculty will join experts from other universities and agencies in four panel discussions: The Origins of the Bosnian and Rwandan Conflicts (9-10-15 a.m.); The Recent Ethnic Strife in Rwanda and Bosnia (10:30-11:45 a.m.); International Peacekeeping in Bosnia and Rwanda: Lessons Learned (1:45-3 p.m.); and The Challenge of Providing Humanitarian Assistance in the Rwandan and Bosnian Crises (3:15-4:45 p.m.). This interdisciplinary conference is sponsored by five OSU departments.
CONTACT: Center for Slavic and East European Studies, 292-8770.
OHIO STATE, COMMUNITY GROUPS LAUNCH PROJECT BUILD--April 26.
Ohio State is joining with local agencies for Project Build, a
six-week construction job training program for residents living
in the southeast portion of the University District. The program
centers on basic skills for building maintenance and highway and
utility construction, and “soft skills” necessary to gain and
maintain employment. Organizers hope the program creates a pool
of qualified employable neighborhood residents who can go on to
jobs or additional training. All training will be provided at no
cost to Project Build’s 20 participants, residents of the Campus
Partners neighborhoods near campus. Participants are being
recruited by the Godman Guild, a community organization. Project
Build is part of Ohio State’s Community Outreach Partnerships
Center, a neighborhood improvement and empowerment program
focusing on the Weinland Park neighborhood.
CONTACT: Sandra Pritz, Project Build coordinator, College of Education, 688-8148.
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