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Ohio State Marion News Headlines - Monday, Nov. 28, 2016


De-Stress Fest
Tuesday, December 6 & Wednesday, December 7th
Free games all day at the Library Classroom Building

Thursday, December 8
OSU Reading Day, no classes

Friday, December 9
Coffee and cereal bar, 9-11 a.m. in Morrill Hall

Ohio State Marion's University Chorus "In Concert"
Tuesday, December 6, 7 p.m.
Maynard Hall, Guthery Community Room

The Ohio State Marion chorus (conducted by Lindsey A. Smith) and the Olentangy High School Chamber Singers (conducted by Timothy Smith) invite you to this FREE admission event for all to join in on an evening of community and music as we prepare for the holiday season.



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Buckeyes help provide warmth to Marion area families
Ohio State Marion students kicked off the season of giving by collecting, packaging, and distributing over 1,000 articles of winter accessories to help less fortunate Marion area families stay warm this winter.
Students from Amy Tibbals's English 2367.01S were able to assemble and distribute over 455 “Loving Scarves” bags to the local community, through partnerships with a number of Marion and Central Ohio non-profit organizations.
Some bags were donated to partner organizations Marion Matters, the Heart of Ohio Homeless Shelters, and the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County to distribute directly to their current clients. In addition, Coats for Children, a non-profit organization located in Columbus, Ohio donated 34 new coats to the Boys and Girls Club.

Read the entire feature here.

Upcoming De-Stress Fest Activities
Therapy dogs to visit campus December 12-14!

Monday, December 12
CAB Pancake Breakfast, 9-11 a.m. in the Alber Student Center Lobby
Dance Fitness at 11 a.m. in the Alber Student Center Gymnasium
Mid-day Wake-up Pizza, 12-2 p.m. in the Alber Student Center Lobby
Pound Fitness at 5:15 p.m. in the Alber Student Center Gymnasium

Tuesday, December 13
Cereal bar, 9-11 a.m. in Morrill Hall
Lip Sync Battle, 12-2 p.m. in the Alber Student Center
Mindfulness Meditation, 12:30-1:15 p.m. in Alber Student Center Room 111A
Make a Zen Garden/Stress Ball, 5-7 p.m. in the Alber Student Center
Gift Card Bingo at 6 p.m. in the Alber Student Center

Wednesday, December 14
Hot Cocoa Bar at 9 a.m. in the Alber Student Center
Neck and Shoulder Massage, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in Alber Student Center Room 111A
Make a Zen Garden/Stress Ball, 12:15-1:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall
Christmas Movie Trivia at 12:30 p.m. in the Alber Student Center
Dance Fitness at 5:30 p.m. in the Alber Student Center Gymnasium

Thursday, December 15
Lunch Express Fitness at 12:30 p.m. in the Alber Student Center Gymnasium

Friday, December 16 - Last day of finals
Open Gym, 12-2 p.m. in the Alber Student Center Gymnasium

Wellness Zones
Thursday, December 8 - Thursday, December 15
Students are encouraged to engage in relaxing, self-guided activities at their convenience to promote wellness and foster academic success. Zones are located at Academic Enrichment and the SE student lounge in Morrill Hall.

Upcoming Library Hours
Exam Week Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Break Week Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday: Closed


Library Holiday Closure
The Marion Campus Library will close at 12 p.m. on December 21, 2016 and will remain closed for the holidays through January 2, 2017.
If you have materials that are due while the library is closed, you can renew them online here. If you would like to return materials, you can return them to another Ohio State University Library. Library hours may vary during break, so please check the University Libraries for specific hours of operation at other locations.
If you are requesting materials and know that they will arrive while the library is closed, you will need to select another pick-up location within University Libraries. If requesting through OhioLINK, you can use the Pick-Up Anywhere option to select another OhioLINK library site to pick up materials (but make sure the location you select will also be open).
If you are a faculty member who would like to have reserves ready for the first day of classes, please have your materials dropped off to the library along with the Closed Reserve Form as soon as possible.

The library will resume break week hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3 - Friday, January 6, 2017, and will resume regular semester hours on Monday, January 9, 2017.

Call for Nominations: 2017 OSU Marion Teaching Excellence Award
Do you know a professor who is dedicated to teaching and from whom you learned a lot?  Nominate her or him for the OSU-Marion Campus Teaching Excellence Award!  Complete the nomination form online at  or use a paper copy available at the Campus Information Desk, Morrill Hall Room 150.
Nominations will be accepted from November 30, 2016 through January 20, 2017.

Marion campus bookstore now offering price matches
The Barnes & Noble bookstore in the Alber Student Center of the Marion campus will now price match your new, used, and use rental textbooks with Amazon,, and other applicable local competitors at the time of purchase. For any orders placed early, the bookstore will match those textbook prices through the first week of class. They will match the exact textbook, same edition and format, including all accompanying materials. The title must be in stock on a competitor's website or store at the time of purchase. Online marketplaces, peer-to-peer pricing, digital e-books, access codes, and special orders are ineligible for price match. If the textbook is a rental, the rental terms must be the same. The bookstore will allow one price match per title. For more information, visit

Social Work Club Annual Giving Tree Project
It's the holiday season, so take the opportunity to give back with Ohio State Marion's Social Work Club by participating in this service project to benefit families at Turning Point. Turning Point is a non-profit organization that responds to the needs of domestic violence victims by providing shelter, counseling, advocacy and general support services and to identify and confront the causes of domestic violence in Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Union and Wyandot Counties.
Giving trees are located in the entrances of Morrill Hall, Maynard Hall, and the Alber Student Center. Simply select an ornament pertaining to someone in need, purchase a gift, wrap the gift and attach the ornament, and place the gift into a designated box at any of the giving tree locations on campus by Friday, December 9. Financial donations can be made with Leigh Gribble at the Morrill Hall information desk.

Earlier, Easier FAFSA for 2017-2018
FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year is available on October 1, 2016. February 1, 2017 is Ohio State's priority date for the FAFSA and Special Scholarships Application. Use 2015 Federal income taxes and the Data Retriever Tool to easily complete the FAFSA online!

File your FAFSA earlier in the admissions process, have more time to make an informed decision about affordability when choosing which college to attend, and use the Data Retriever Tool to make the process easier and more accurate. Priority filing takes place from October 1, 2016-February 1, 2017. Ohio State's code is 003090 at and

Get the Facts on the Zika Virus
If you are planning to travel to a Zika-affected area, know how to keep yourself and others healthy. Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus and is spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Sexual transmission of Zika virus is well documented, and the CDC continues to update advice related to ways to prevent transmission of Zika and the locations where Zika virus is actively spreading. Their most up-to-date recommendations can be found on the CDC website at:

All travelers should take maximum precautions to avoid mosquito bites and to practice safe sex. Get the facts at

2017 Study Tour: Paris, Florence, and Venice
March 9-18, 2017
Visit and enter the Tour ID#:1799762FE

Student Price: $3,210          Adult Price (20 and over): $3,475

Venice is known for its canals. The Florence Duomo and Pisas Leaning Tower show that architectural icons come in many shapes and sizes. The Principality of Monaco is all about glitz, with its palace and casino, while Paris reveals itself in many ways, from the Tuileries gardens to the cafes on the Champs-Elysees.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly Overnight to Italy
Day 2: Arrive in Milan; Travel to Venice
Day 3: Take a guided tour of Venice
Day 4: Travel to and take a guided tour of Florence
Day 5: Enjoy a free day in Florence
Day 6: Travel to and tour Pisa, continue onto French Riviera
Day 7: Tour the French Riviera
Day 8: Travel by TGV to Paris
Day 9: Take a walking tour of Paris
Day 10: Depart for home

For more information about this study tour, contact Dr. Zuheir Alidib at or visit the study tour page on our website at



Psychology 5832: Lifespan Sociomoral Development
Dr. Chris Daddis / 3 credits / Spring 2017
In this course, we will examine the major approaches to moral development including psychoanalytic, cognitive-developmental, and socialization theories. Through discussion of primary source material, we will examine, compare, and contrast major theories and consider the research methods and findings associated with each approach. The primary focus will be on psychological approaches, but we will also consider philosophical issues and educational applications.

Anthropology 5623: Environmental Anthropology
Dr. Anna Willow / 3 credits / Spring 2017
Have you heard the news? We're living in the Anthropocene. This means that humans are now the dominant force influencing the Earth's topography, ecosystems, and climate. How did we get here? How do we impact the environment? And how does the environment influence our behavior? What does "nature" really mean? In a time of environmental change, how can we realize our best possible future?

Molecular Genetics 4500 & 4501: General Genetics & Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Dr. Ruben Petreaca / Spring 2017
We are excited to offer both General Genetics and Molecular Genetics Laboratory for the first time at Ohio State at Marion. In MolGen 4500 we will examine major topics in genetics that include transmission genetics, molecular genetics, population genetics and evolution, and recombinant DNA and genomics. In MolGen 4501 we will use yeast to do hands on experiments on two major topics in molecular genetics, transmission genetics and recombinant DNA technology. MolGen 4500 is a prerequisite/co-requisite for MolGen4501. You are strongly encouraged to enroll in both classes in the same semester as the laboratory exercises are designed to complement the lectures in MolGen 4500.

Comparative Studies 3607: Film and Literature as Narrative Art
Comparative Aspects of Spanish and Latin-American Societies through Literature and Film
Dr. Luzmila Camacho-Platero / 3 credits / Spring 2017
In the last century, the Spanish speaking world experienced dramatic changes, social conflicts, and revolutions, while various societies evolved into diverse democracies. In this course, we will study representative cultural examples of some of the most significant social developments in Spain and Latin America through literature and film. By deciphering the art of telling stories with words and images we will learn about the Spanish Civil War, the Cuban revolution, the racial tapestry of Latin America, the experiences of minority communities, and in general about the triumphs and failures of these societies.

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