February 2015

Champions for communities – near and far

Champions on and off the field. As the Buckeyes claimed their place in history as victors of the first College Football Playoff National Championship, off the field, students, faculty and staff teamed up to create additional legacies – building an urban garden in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans and stocking a food pantry with the University of Oregon in Dallas. Buckeyes also prevailed by a 2:1 margin in the “Bucks vs. Ducks Giving Challenge,” raising money for scholarships, research and other university priorities.

Bringing art to life for hundreds of thousands. “Those who take the opportunity to view and absorb it will count themselves incredibly lucky,” said Robert Storr, professor and dean of the Yale University School of Art. A record-breaking 120,000 visitors – from school-aged children to seniors – had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the remarkable personal collection of Leslie and Abigail Wexner, with an additional 130,000 engaging online. Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closed in December, yet minds and imaginations, both young and old, will remain forever opened by the works of Picasso and other pioneering artists.

Infants and toddlers in Columbus to receive a healthy head start. Thanks to a $16.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ohio State will establish an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership – one of the only university-led partnerships of its kind in the country – to provide low-income families access to high-quality educational and health care services.

Ohio State recognized for its team approach to public health. Ohio State has received an Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education for its Ethiopia One Health initiative. The interdisciplinary partnership connects Ohio State’s expertise in seven health sciences areas and five other academic units with 19 Ethiopian and U.S. institutes. The collaboration enhances knowledge and capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, where a rapidly growing population faces inadequate resources to address food insecurity and prevent common diseases.

Ohio State nurses receive highest award for care. Nurses with the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) program at the James Cancer Hospital have received national recognition for their care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. The Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the highest honor for quality care and professional nursing practice. The OSUCCC-James is the only cancer-specific unit in Ohio and the first BMT unit nationally to earn this prestigious recognition.

Revitalized recognition of Ohio State’s civic and academic mission. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized Ohio State with the 2015 Community Engagement Classification, an affirmation that the spirit of our land-grant heritage remains vibrant and alive. This national designation acknowledges the university for its advanced teaching and learning practices and extensive community engagement.

“Each and every day, I am reminded of the incomparable power and promise of higher education and the pivotal role played by Ohio State.” – President Michael V. Drake, MD