December 2016

Centennial Award of Distinction. Fisher College of Business' year-long centennial celebration culminated with an event to recognize alumni who have forged trails of innovation, explored the frontiers of global business and continue to help define the college's path. Leslie H. Wexner, chairman and CEO of L Brands, Inc., and a college alumnus, received the Centennial Award of Distinction — and was joined by CNN's Fareed Zakaria to discuss the importance of principled leadership.

Big projects, big impact. Ohio State has selected two graduating seniors for the inaugural President's Prize, the highest recognition the university bestows on students committed to social change. Both will receive up to $100,000 for their projects, which will help young people pursue postsecondary education and ensure children have access to fresh produce. The prize is part of a community engagement focus in President Michael V. Drake's 2020 Vision for Ohio State.

Excellence personified. Ohio State is home to one of the nation's most accomplished physicians and scientists. Maura L. Gillison has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine for outstanding achievement and commitment to service. She is recognized for revolutionizing the fields of head and neck cancer therapy and epidemiology of HPV infection and associated diseases. Four Ohio State faculty were also recently honored as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Record-breaking generosity. The final numbers are in, and Pelotonia '16 set another high mark. Riders, virtual riders and volunteers raised more than $24 million to fund cancer research at Ohio State — a new single-year record for the annual cycling event. Overall this year, 7,749 riders and 2,790 volunteers from 40 states and eight countries participated, bringing Pelotonia's eight-year total to $130,159,438. The next iteration of the ride is scheduled for August 4-6, 2017.

STEP in the right direction. The Second Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) combines faculty mentoring, housing and more — resulting in a national model for higher-education living and learning. Approximately 2,500 students and 135 faculty in a range of disciplines currently participate in the program, which was celebrated by students with a dance performance, the reading of a published work and an inside look at an internship with the Canadian Parliament.