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Ohio State Marion News Headlines - Monday, May 1, 2017




Student summer employment opportunity with AmeriCorps and Marion City Schools
Marion City School District proudly serves more than 4,800 students from preschool through 12th grade.They strive to secure healthy futures for students and the community that supports them. From federal nutrition programs, emergency food, school gardens, produce markets, nutrition education, and farm-to-school initiatives, the Nutrition Services Department implements programs to feed, nuture, and support the physical well-being and academic success of all students.
AmeriCorps VISTAs members will carry out new and existing initiatives to increase access to healthy food and nutrition education. Their responsibilities will include building capacity for the Summer Food Service Program, coordinating nutrition education at meal sites, distributing produce and weekend backpacks to individuals and families, and collaborating with local, state and national partners to secure healthy futures for the whole community.
Click here for more information or to apply for avaiable positions.

Five Nights on Campus presents: Laura Ellis in Cinema Sweethearts
Thursday, May 11
Doors to the Morrill Hall Auditorium open at 7:00 p.m.
Performance will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Laura Ellis was born and raised in the great jazz town of Kansas City and now calls Los Angeles her home.  A protégé of Alan Paul from the Grammy-award winning vocal ensemble, The Manhattan Transfer, she has performed for concert, festival, and cabaret audiences across the country.  Her specialty is America’s favorite music from decades past to the present.   An ardent fan of classic noir movies of the 40's and 50's and their music, Laura has been delighted to perform for the famed Noir City Film Festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.  Her noir vocals are featured, as she sings the character of Kat, on the video game Contrast, released in 2013 by Compulsion Games and down-loaded nearly 2 million times.  In concert and cabaret venues, Laura’s velvety voice transports the listener back to the time when one note could change the whole mood of a song.  Accompanied by master pianist, John Rodby, she brings nuanced song-styling to the sultry and sassy songs of the past, as well as a new jazz sound to melodies of more recent vintage.  She has performed her blend of jazz and nostalgia at the renowned Jazz Alley in Seattle Feinstein's in San Francisco, the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, CA, and many other venues across the country.  Her broadcast credits include History Channel’s Route 66 and Modern Marvels documentaries, the HBO series Carnivale , a commercial appearance with Della Reese, and ABC’s Modern Family
In a four-year, critically acclaimed run of The Vintage Voice, Laura sang the songs of America’s greatest generation.  On tour with The Wonderelles, she and her co-stars channeled the music and moods of the famous “girl groups.”  Laura’s contemporary vocal jazz album, Here Lies Love, was produced by Alan Paul.  Her 2011 release, Femme Fatale, features the classic songs from the dangerous dames of film noir. Her 2016 release, Broken Lovely, with musical direction by John Rodby, features Laura at her creative best, singing songs of the heart – broken, mending, and free.

Tickets are on sale at the door or in Maynard Hall, Room 240.

De-Stress Fest Spring 2017
Students are invited to participate in DeStress Fest as a way to manage the stress that is associated with the end of the semester and finals “crunch”!  Students are encourage to get plenty of rest, eat well, and have short periods of socialization and recreation to stay healthy, energized and focused through their last final.  DeStress Fest will offer opportunities to eat, exercise, have fun, be mindful, receive a massage and engage with others.  Events will be offered from April 17th through the 27th.  Check the DeStress Fest Calendar for specifics.

Alber Enterprise Center Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Tuesday, April 25, 4:30-6 p.m.
Maynard Hall, Rooms 200 and 125

Sponsored by the Marion Chamber of Commerce, the Alber Enterprise Center staff will hold a ribbon cutting at their newly remodeled office suite (Maynard Hall, Room 200), and an open house to follow with cake, coffee, tea, and other goodies in the Alber Training Room (Maynard Hall, Room 125).

“From Shakespeare to Sherlock”: London Literary Locations
Come explore one of the most exciting cities in the world. Immerse yourself in the culture that produced modern English literature, and walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare and Sherlock, Virginia Woolf and the Beatles. Cost is approximately $3,000 (with $1,500 available in scholarships)

May 8-May15, 2018
Proposed itinerary:
Day One: May 8
1. Columbus to London
2. British Museum (if you’re still awake).

Day Two: May 9
1. The London Eye
2. Westminster Abbey
3. Tour Houses of Parliament
4. Tate Britain
5. Beatles tour

Day Three: May 10
1. Victoria and Albert Museum
2. Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park
3. Bloomsbury Tour
4. Sherlock Holmes Tour

Day Four: May 11
1. Tour the Tower of London
2. Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral
3. Globe Theatre tour in the afternoon (1:30)
4. Tate Modern (3 min. walk)
5. See a play at the Globe

Day Five: May 12
1. Trafalgar Square
2. St. Martin in the Fields
3. National Portrait Gallery
4. National Gallery
5. Dickens Tour
6. Royal College of Surgeons

Day Six: May 13
Jack the Ripper and London “Underworld” Tours

Day Seven: May 14
Free day

Day Eight: May 15 -- fly back

For more information, contact Dr. Sara Crosby at

State of the Sandwich food truck to visit campus twice a week
After such great success last semester, the State of the Sandwich food truck will be on campus EVERY Tuesday and Wednesday, 11-2 p.m., through spring semester just outside the Student Center. The State of the Sandwich is a local food truck that pushes the motto: "Eat Something Different," meaning they create tastes from different states every day. For more information about The State of the Sandwich, visit their Facebook page.

OSU Online Readiness Tool
The Ohio State University’s new Online Readiness Tool is ready to use! Produced by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), the tool is designed to provide students of all ages with a glimpse of the skills they need to be successful online and what they can expect from an online experience at Ohio State.
Share this new tool around the Marion campus and encourage those who work with students to use it to help them gauge if they are ready to learn online. Below are links to the tool and a Box folder with images and a digital sign available for you to use.
Box Folder:

Honors & Scholars to Host National HERU Conference
The Ohio State University Honors & Scholars Center will be hosting the bi-annual national Honors Education at Research Universities (HERU) conference May 24-25, 2017. HERU brings together faculty, staff, and advisors from across the country who work with Honors students to share best practices and research on high ability student development.  Ohio State faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this year’s conference on campus. Learn more.

Register Today for Pelotonia 17
Registration is open for Pelotonia 17! This grassroots movement began in 2009 with one goal: end cancer. Since then, Pelotonia has donated 100% of every dollar raised—over $130 million to date—to support cancer research at Ohio State. We invite you to join Team Buckeye, the Ohio State group of Pelotonia participants, as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer. Riders are at the heart of the Pelotonia movement. They will be fundraising and cycling on routes of between 25 and 180 miles on Aug. 5-6. Virtual riders fundraise and build the Pelotonia community without getting on a bicycle. Volunteers are essential to Pelotonia’s operations and help promote the Pelotonia spirit throughout the weekend of the event. Register today as a volunteer, virtual rider or rider at

May 2018 Study Tour to Southern India
May 2-17, 2018
Price: The tentative price of $2750 includes: roundtrip air fare; hotels, based on double
occupancy; meals; local transportation in India; entrance fees; gratuities and taxes. (Note that costs are subject to airline fares.)
For more information and details about the itinerary, go to our travel brochure.

Register for Buckeye Alerts
If you are not already registered for Buckeye Alert, we encourage you to do so.
To add your parent, spouse, significant other, etc to the alert system, - any numbers added to the system will receive the same text alerts that the student/faculty/staff receive.
The second web form is located at - if a student, faculty or staff member would like to receive alerts for multiple campuses, they can complete this form and we will add them to the other campus alert systems.



English 2290: Colonial and U.S. Literature to 1865 - Aliens in the America Mind
Fulfills GEC Requirements for Arts and Humanities: Analysis of Texts and Works of Art
Dr. Sara Crosby / TR 11-12:20 / 3 credit hours

This class will ask you to investigate the alien encounters that made “America.” When Old and New Worlds met, the clash shook identities and truths that had seemed eternal. The unthinkable became reality, and ideas that previous generations would have judged insane—democracy, for instance—became “American.” In this class, we will meet some of the criminals, captives, rebels, so-called “lunatics,” and outcasts who emerged as “American” authors, and we will examine the strange new literature they wove out of their experiences on the edge of the unknown. In short, we’ll try to map the development of an American psychology and understand the aliens in our own minds.

English 2264: Introduction to Pop Culture - Fandom Rules
Fulfills GE Requirement for Culture & Ideas
Dr. Sara Crosby / TR 1:30-2:50 / 3 credit hours

In this class, we’ll examine the phenomenon of American “popular culture” by focusing on its strangest and most dynamic aspect: fan culture. One could argue that all fiction is fan fiction and that every film is a fan film, but this is explicitly true of many popular productions, which emerge out of an interaction with a restless public. We’ll investigate the nature of that interaction and figure out its rules and its mysterious purposes and effects. As we sweep through American history, you’ll learn about the origins of American pop culture and fandom (in sensational murder coverage and minstrel shows) and then track them through the dawn of Hollywood’s celebrity culture and into the internet and comic-con era with its explosion of fan-produced content. By the end of the course, you’ll participate in this process, too, by creating your own short fan fic or film.

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