Student-athletes excel in the classroom: Ohio State's student-athletes continue to shine academically. For the 2011-12 academic year, a record 548 students-athletes were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes (earning a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher). Ohio State led the Big Ten Conference with 312 Academic All-Big Ten selections.
President Obama honors two Ohio State professors: Arts and Sciences researchers Scott Gaudi, astronomy, and Christopher Hirata, astronomy and physics, were among 96 researchers nationwide to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.
Ohio State institute top in the nation: The Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), located in Wooster, is ranked number one in the nation among two-year institutions for the number of agriculture degrees awarded. ATI enrolls approximately 650 students annually and offers 32 programs of study.
Researchers focused on fuel-efficient cars: Engineering faculty members Jerald Brevick and Glenn Daehn have received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop lighter car door panels. Working closely with General Motors and Meridian Lightweight Technologies, the researchers will create molds for car doors that use magnesium alloys, which weigh less than traditional alloys and could result in better fuel economy and reduced carbon emissions.
Pelotonia draws largest support in event history: In only its fourth year, Pelotonia continues to set records for cancer-research fundraising. More than 6,200 riders-the largest number ever- took to the road August 10-12, and Pelotonia is expected to raise more than $15 million for cancer research this year at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
New program helps advance alumni careers: On August 1, the Alumni Association opened its Office of Alumni Career Management. This program provides career assistance to alumni at all stages of their lives through individual career advising, online resources, and career programming to assist graduates in their job searches and career development.
Private support stronger than ever: A record 211,000 alumni and friends committed nearly $365 million to Ohio State through June 30, 2012, making the last two years of fundraising the most successful in the university's history. Donors are supporting innovative research, new buildings and renovations, and more than $45 million for student financial aid and scholarship support.
University leads Big Ten in supporting students: Ohio State has led Big Ten universities nearly every year in the past decade in awarding financial aid to the highest percentage of its undergraduates.