Champs! Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase claimed Ohio State’s first NCAA Championship in women’s tennis while the men’s volleyball team won a second-straight national title and men’s lacrosse capped a historic season with a runner-up finish. Meanwhile, 626 Ohio State student athletes were recognized for achieving GPAs of 3.0 or higher — the largest number in university history.
Hot streak. Ohio State won its third consecutive EcoCAR 3 competition in which students redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to improve efficiency and emissions while retaining overall performance. The Buckeyes will now compete in the final year of the four-year EcoCAR 3 challenge — and look to make a clean sweep. Sixteen collegiate teams from the United States and Canada are participating.
Pioneering spirit. The New York Times recently profiled first-generation students at universities across the nation, including Ohio State. “You really are a pioneer,” said President Michael V. Drake of those who are the first in their families to attend college. At last month’s spring commencement ceremony inside Ohio Stadium, approximately 1,500 first-generation graduates earned Ohio State degrees.
Excellence in care. The Wexner Medical Center received a Stroke Gold Plus Award, recognizing the Comprehensive Stroke Center for implementing a higher standard of care. The medical center also received — for the third-straight year — the Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation for excellence in treatment of heart attack patients.
Top 10 for recycling. Ohio State finished No. 8 in total recycling among 320 colleges and universities in the 2017 RecycleMania challenge, diverting more than 1.1 million pounds of materials from the landfill. Recycling efforts are part of the university’s continued work across campus and throughout the community to achieve Ohio State’s sustainability goals developed by faculty, staff and students.