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Ohio State Marion News Headlines - Mon., Dec. 15, 2014

New OSUM web site set to go live Dec. 17
The Ohio State University at Marion Office of Communications & Marketing plans to unveil the culmination of five months work on our new web design, Wednesday, December 17, at 10 a.m. The web site may be down for a very short time during the change over. The site is part of a larger regional campus project to bring all campuses closer to Ohio State's brand image.

FAFSA workshops offered - Register now!
Students, click here to learn more and to register
The Ohio State University at Marion in coordination with Marion Technical College and the I Can Center of Excellence will hold Financial Aid Information Nights for the 2015-16 award year. These FREE financial aid sessions are for parents and/or students of all income levels. The forms discussed are used at all two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Therefore, you are welcome to attend even if you and/or your child plans to attend a college other than Ohio State Marion or MTC.

This is an opportunity to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with assistance from financial aid professionals. Many two and four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. require or strongly encourage filling out the FAFSA. The information you provide on this form becomes the basis for determining eligibility for federal and state grants, work study programs, some scholarships, and subsidized & unsubsidized student loans. Please note, tax returns do not need to be completed to attend the FAFSA Completion Workshop sessions. We can estimate using income amounts for 2014 or your 2013 federal tax returns.

These sessions will be held in the Marion Campus Library computer lab to offer the opportunity to apply online for both the FAFSA and for scholarships. Staff from the Ohio State Marion, MTC and I Can Financial Aid Offices will be available to assist students in the process at the January and February sessions.

Workshop Dates:
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, 5-8 p.m. – Room 230
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 5-8 p.m. – Room 230
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, 5-8 p.m. – Room 227
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Room 227
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, 5-8 p.m. – Room 230
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 5-8 p.m. – Room 230

Full time summer research funding awards
The Undergraduate Research Office, in partnership with Honors & Scholars, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, Psychology, Economics, EEOB, and International Affairs, is announcing the 2015 Summer Research Funding Awards. These awards, $3,500 each, support full time research over 10 weeks in summer semester 2015. Students from all majors are eligible. Applications are due Monday (2/16). Read more at

Library holiday closure
The Marion Campus Library will be closed from December 20th, 2014-January 4th, 2015. The library will resume regular semester hours on January 5th, 2015.

If you have materials that are due while the library is closed, you can renew them online at or return them to another Ohio State University Library.  Library hours vary on break, please check the University Libraries for specific hours of operation at other locations.

Library system maintenance
On January 5th & 6th, 2015, the library systems at University Libraries locations will undergo maintenance. This means that the University Libraries and Ohiolink catalogs will be unavailable to renew or request materials, and materials will be unable to be checked in or out through the library system. The library staff will be able to check-out Marion Campus Library items through manual check-out to patrons who have a valid Campus Photo ID. For more information visit

Delaware Partnership Learning Center hours over winter break
Monday –Thursday, December 15-18 – 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday, December 19  -  8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday, December 20 – Closed
Monday, December 22 – 8:00 AM -8:00 PM
Tuesday, December 23 – 8:00 AM -8:00 PM
Wednesday, December 24 – 8:00 AM  –5:00 PM
Closed December 25 – January 1
Friday, January 2 – 8:00 AM  -6:00 PM
Saturday, January 3 – Closed
Monday, January 5- Friday, January 9 – 7:00 AM  – 8:00  PM (Olentangy resumes on January 5)
Saturday, January 10 – 9:00 AM -12:00  PM (Due to faculty orientation this day, we expect some students to drop in to pick up books.)
Monday, January 12 – Resume normal hours

Campus 1% shy of zero waste goal
In November 2014, 89% of the campus waste was recycled or composted, our highest monthly percentage yet. Styrofoam and plastic film (used for snack bags and the like) make up the majority of the 11% of the waste stream not recycled or composted. The university is trying to find vendors will take those materials so we can continue to increase our percentage.

2015 Ohio State Marion Teaching Excellence Award

Call for nominations
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 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 14, 2014 through January 16, 2015.

Be a part of OSUM's first Undergraduate Research Colloquium
The Ohio State Marion Undergraduate Research Colloquium showcases student research to the Marion community. Undergraduate students from any discipline and all academic levels are eligible to present their research and creative projects and are eligible to win up to $500 in scholarship funding. The colloquium provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education.

Research Projects may originate from undergraduate coursework or through formal research mentoring by a faculty member.  All Ohio State Marion undergraduates involved in research are encouraged to participate and those not yet involved in research will discover that attending the Colloquium is a great way to learn about the broad range of opportunities available at a Research Institution such as The Ohio State University.

The colloquium is structured with two 1-hour poster sessions, where students discuss their projects and answer questions about the research.  A Researcher’s Lunch and award ceremony follows the morning colloquium. 

Present your research project or creative activity by participating in the
Ohio State Marion Undergraduate Research Colloquium. Watch for registration information in the coming weeks. For questions or more information contact Professor Chris Daddis via email or call 740-725-6109.

Leuthold hired to add to growing student life experience on campus

The Ohio State University at Marion recently welcomed Karen Leuthold as program coordinator in the Office of Student Life, Diversity & Inclusion.

Leuthold is a native of the Bucyrus area and comes to Ohio State with extensive experience in residence life and higher education. She also has a background in communication.  Leuthold will be coordinating student organizations, diversity and inclusion, housing, and intramural sports at Ohio State Marion.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Malone University, Canton, OH, with a concentration in public relations.  Leuthold also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education with a concentration in student affairs from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. >>> Read the full story

Learning Lunch opportunities spring 2015
The Ohio State University at Marion a pleased to announce the spring 2015 schedule of Learning Lunches.  Lunches are co-sponsored by the Griffin Society along with the Office of Diversity and Student Life.

(JUST ADDED TO THE SCHEDULE!) Jan. 14 - Senior Lecturer, Brenda Chaney: Grand jury decision making and the Police, No surprises in Ferguson and New York City.
Remaining Dates for Spring 2015
Jan. 28 - Dr. Richard Bradley: Natural History of Spiders
Feb. 11 - Dr. Vanessa Sawicki: Uncertainty and Intimate Relationship Outcomes
Feb. 25 - Dr. Anna Willow: Citizen Responses to Shale Energy Dev. in Ohio
Mar. 11 - Dr. Nikole Patson-Huffman: Say what?! Miscommunication during language comprehension
Mar. 25 - Dr. Jack Emens:  TO BE ANNOUNCED
Apr. 8 - Dr. Donna Bobbitt-Zeher: Gender in Modern Society
Apr. 21 - Dr. Joel Barker: The Ohio Time Machine: Geology beneath our feet

All talks are held in Morrill Hall, room 290; 12:40 – 1:25 p.m.

Help us name our new super computer!
Engineers at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) have just launched the Ruby Cluster, and are now planning to build a newer, even more powerful system in 2015. The new supercomputer will help researchers in their quest to make amazing discoveries and important innovations. What our new supercomputer can’t do, though, is give itself a name! That’s why we’re asking you to submit ideas to name our newest system. OSC leaders will choose a name from the top ten entries. The winner will win a small tablet computer.
Visit: to enter >>>

Outreach and engagement grants for faculty and staff
Ohio State faculty and staff interested in a 2015 Engagement Impact Grant, OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grant or Service-Learning Grant, are invited to meet with reps from the Office of Outreach and Engagement, OSU CARES/OSU Extension, and the Service-Learning Initiative, on Monday, Dec. 8 from 2-3 p.m. in 110B Hale Hall. The meeting also will be available via Carmen Connect at Submit proposals by Feb. 16.

Read more:

Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards accepting applications
The Offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Service-Learning, Student Life and Undergraduate Education have joined together to recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners with the University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards program. Awards will be given in the community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories. A total of $21,000 will be awarded. Applications are due Feb. 16.

To submit an application:
Contact: 247-7795 or

Tour the Emerald Isle, March 12-20, 2015
9 days in Dublin, Galway, Killarney, and Cork, Ireland. No culture captivates the world quite like the Irish. Rich in folkloric tradition, full of literary treasures, and covered with breathtaking green landscapes, Ireland is one of the world’s most welcoming countries. Experience history at Blarney Castle, awe-inspiring scenery along the Ring of Kerry and a creative flair in the colorful Georgian Doors of Dublin.

Offered to all Ohio State Marion students, staff, and faculty. For more information, visit: and enter tour # 1571451NN or contact Dr. Zuheir Alidib at

Travel Itinerary
Day 1: Fly overnight to Ireland
Fly overnight to Ireland

Day 2: Dublin
Meet your Tour Director at the airport
Take a walking tour of Dublin
With your tour director you will see:
Grafton Street
Temple Bar

Day 3: Dublin
Take a guided tour of Dublin
With your expert local guide you will see:
Georgian squares
O’Connell Street
St. Stephen’s Green
Phoenix Park

See the Book of Kells at Trinity College
Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Enjoy a free evening or Irish Music & Dance       

Day 4: Dublin • Galway
Travel to Galway
Take an excursion to Connemara, Maam Cross and Spiddal
Take a tour of Galway
With your tour director you will see:
River Corrib
Bowling Green

Day 5: Galway • Killarney
Take a tour of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher
Visit the Cliffs of Moher Interpretive Center
Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Travel to Killarney

Day 6: Killarney
Take an excursion to the Ring of Kerry
Visit the Bog Village Museum

Day 7: Killarney • Cork
Visit Blarney Castle
Travel to Cork
Take a walking tour of Cork
Visit to Queenstown Experience

Day 8: Kilkenny • Dublin
Travel to Kilkenny and Kildare
Visit the National Stud Farm in Kildare
Travel to Dublin

Day 9: Depart for home
Depart for home

Total for students - $2,740
Total for adults - $2,950

Classical India Study Tour 2015
Experience 6,000 YEARS OF Indian Culture and History
Travel Dates: May 5-21, 2015 – May Session

Tentative Itinerary:

  • Delhi: - Delhi is India’s capital city with a rich history spanning over 2,000 years.  Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India from the 12th through the 19th centuries. Visit Jama Masjid,  Qutub Minar, Humayun's tomb considered a precursor to the Taj Mahal for its Indo-Persian design); the India Gate war memorial andthe Parliament, stop at the Gandhi Smriti Museum, and the Raj Ghat at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial and cremation site.

  • Agra: - Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise and the Agra Fort, the seat of the Mughal Empire.

  • Varanasi: - In Varanasi enjoy the Ghats (the banks of the river Ganges), witness the illuminated Ganga Aarti ceremony, take a boat ride past various Ghats where you’ll see people ritually cleansing themselves, and visit Benaras Hindu University.

  • Sarnath: - Sarnath is where Siddartha Gautama, later known as Buddha, gave his first sermon in the 6th century BCE

  • Khajuraho: - A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Khajuraho Group of Monuments once contained 85 temples that had been built during the Chandela dynasty, ca 1000 CE – today only about 25 remain. The Khajuraho temple complex has some of the finest examples of temple architecture in northern India. They have been described as a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture; the detailed sculptures put them among India's most revered works of art. 

Tentative Cost: $2,600   OSUM students can apply for OSUM Study Tour Scholarships.

Register for History 2798: INDIA STUDY TOUR Spring Semester and May Session 2015. For more information contact:  V. Steffel at:


Sociology 4508 - Violence
SPRING 2015 (TR 11:15-12:35) Dr. Klochko
This course will examine societal definitions of violence, theories that are most commonly invoked to explain violence, and research designed to critically evaluate theories of violence.  Utilizing knowledge from the full range of the social and behavioral sciences, this expedition into violent behavior explores interpersonal, institutional and structural spheres of violence as well as multiple intervention options against violence. At the end of the semester, you will have better and deeper understanding of violence and its prevalence in the US and in the world.

New PSYCHOLOGY Course Offered Spring 2015
We are offering Psychological Testing 4511 for the first time in Spring 2015. PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING 4511 will be taught TR 4:30-5:50 by Dr.
Fohl-Bailey. This course is "an overview of theoretical and practical aspects of the assessment and prediction of human behavior; topics include achievement, intelligence, personality, attitudes, interests, and interpersonal relations." Psychological Testing will focus on measurement theory and the basic principles of testing.  Tests of achievement, personality, intelligence, aptitude, and interest will be presented.  The objective is for students to be able to critically evaluate the tests currently used in the field of psychological testing.
Prerequisite for spring is Psych 1100.

Sociology department is offering two new classes Spring semester:
Sociology 2367.03  - Work and Family in the United States

(Dr. Bobbitt-Zeher; MWF 9:15-10:10am)

 This course will explore sociological aspects of work and family and how they intersect in contemporary American society while developing students’ skills in written communication. 
The sociological focus will include contemporary issues in the sociology of work and family, such as work/family balance, “the second shift,” and “the time bind.”   
To better understand the present, we will explore how the historical development of the institutions of work and family has shaped contemporary work and family arrangements and conflicts.  
In addition to furthering students’ sociological development, as a second writing course, this class focuses on advancing students’ abilities to write academically and in line with expectations within the field of sociology.

Sociology 4508 - Violence
(Dr. Klochko; TR 11:15-12:35)

This course will examine societal definitions of violence, theories that are most commonly invoked to explain violence, and research designed to critically evaluate theories of violence.  
Utilizing knowledge from the full range of the social and behavioral sciences, this expedition into violent behavior explores interpersonal, institutional and structural spheres of violence as well as multiple intervention options against violence.  
At the end of the semester you would have better and deeper understanding of violence and its prevalence in the US and in the world.  
Prerequisites: 3 cr hrs in Sociology at 2000-3000 (200-400) level or above.

ENG 4562 - The Graphic Novel
Scot Kaplan and Nathan Wallace
TR 1:30-2:50

This course on the Graphic Novel offers the Ohio State Marion community a rare opportunity to learn about Comics with an Art Professor (Scot Kaplan) and an English Professor (Nathan Wallace) at the same time.  In this team-taught class, we will engage in interdisciplinary discussions of this important art form, from the combined perspectives of literature and visual art.  Although we come at the topic from different disciplines, we strongly agree that the best way to understand Graphic novels, at the end of the day, is to make them yourself; therefore, we are conducting this as a studio-based course in which we also read and discuss examples of great comic book writers and artists who have shaped the medium and continue to push it forward.  The course is broken down into three sections, dedicated to the following: 1) formal elements and conventions; 2) historical examples; and 3) concepts for critical analysis.  We will read short essays about these subjects and discuss these in class, but the bulk of our time will go towards producing artwork. Assignments will include weekly study questions on the history and theory of comics, and a final portfolio of your own comic art.  The two required textbooks in this class are Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud, and An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories, edited by Ivan Brunetti, volume 1. We hope that you will join us in this conversation on the cutting edge of contemporary art and literature!  

Studies in English literature in an interdisciplinary context. Prereq: 10 qtr cr hrs or 6 cr hrs of English at 2000-3000 level, or permission of instructor. 5 qtr cr hrs in 367 or 3 cr hrs in 2367 in any subject is acceptable towards the 6 cr hrs. Not open to students with 10 qtr cr hrs for 596. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs.

Spring 2015 geography honors class in Marion

Geog 2750H (World Regional Geography – Honors)
MW 1:30-2:50 p.m., 3 credits
(Fulfills GEC Social Science requirements for some majors
—check with your advisor), Instructor: Dave Schul

If you pay any attention to the news, you’ve probably noticed that the world is pretty messed up.  People are brutally murdering their own countrymen, governments are going bankrupt, and corrupt leaders are incapable of doing anything about it.  And that’s just Detroit: it’s even worse in Syria, or North Korea, or…well, lots of places, unfortunately.

Nevertheless, these messed up places have produced some pretty amazing stuff.  Academics call it culture, but we experience it daily in the form of music, food, sports, film, art, architecture, and so on.  And people are fiercely proud and protective of their culture’s “stuff”.  Sometimes those protective, nativist instincts lead to genocides; other times they lead to a righteous drubbing by hooligans outside the soccer stadium.

This class is all about what makes the world so messed up, but still so fascinating to watch from a distance (or close-up, if you’re lucky enough).  It’s a combination of slide shows, discussions, and student-led presentations that will familiarize you with your surroundings and the rest of the world, so that you can intelligently discuss what’s in the news.  Or on YouTube.

There’s a textbook, which has the distinction of being the only textbook ever that students have enjoyed reading.  Many don’t even sell it back!  Look at some examples of the content and style here:

Grading will be based on five exams (with one grade dropped), discussion, and interactive culture presentations.  The class is listed as an Honors class, which means that I won’t waste your time with videos and map quizzes and boring lectures.  If you've never taken an honors class before, don't be discouraged from signing up.

Any questions? will be happy to help.

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