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Ohio State Marion News Headlines - Mon., March 2, 2015

English major forum
Thursday, March 12th, 12:30-2 p.m., Morrill Hall, Room 254
Thinking about majoring in English? Want to learn more? What on earth can you do with a B.A. in English? Here’s your chance to find out more and hear from past graduates in English who have attended Ohio State Marion. Learn more about what they’ve done in their careers since graduation. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from special guest Pablo Tanguay and advisor for the English department on the Columbus campus. Pizza will be served.

Fearsome encounters
Fearsome Encounters: the figures of the witch and the 
 in Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya.

Presenter: Professor Reyes Giardiello's
Monday, March 2nd at 12 p.m., in Morrill Hall, Room 290

This talk explains the historical context in which the figure of the curandera (the healer) and the witch are formed. Although both share common characteristics, over the years they had been perceived in different ways even in the same community. The respect or fear they provoke is always related to the social and cultural background of the groups to which they belong. We can find one example of this situation in the novel Bless me, Ultima by the Chicano writer Rudolfo Anaya. In this text, both, the curandera and the witch, are embodied in the protagonist: Ultima. The objective of this presentation is to explain how this character represents tradition and solace for a Mexican community that is struggling to find its place in a new country, and how, at the same time, she is conceived as a threat for those who do not share a similar culture.

A taste of cultural food will be provided during the event.

Sponsored By Class 3607 on Comparative Studies of Spanish and Latin American Societies Through Film and Literature and the Office of Student Life | Diversity & Inclusion

Irish Food Festival
Weds., March 11th, 1-2 p.m., Alber Student Center
Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.  Enjoy a taste of Ireland on us and get into the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day at our Irish Food Festival.  Sponsored by the Marion Campus Office of Student Activities.

Get in shape this spring - Dance Fitness
Students may sign up in the Alber Student Center, February 29-March 6.

Self-disclosure of criminal conviction notification
For student worksers, faculty, & staff
This is to remind you that, as part of Ohio State’s Self-Disclosure of Criminal Convictions Policy, all current faculty, staff, graduate associates and student employees, appointees, volunteers and staff provided by third party vendors are required to self-disclose criminal convictions that occur within three business days of the conviction.

Please know that reporting a conviction will not necessarily impact your employment at the university. Once a conviction is disclosed, a determination regarding suitability for continued employment will be made based on the information received and collected regarding the conviction.

You may disclose a conviction by submitting the disclosure form directly to Maryjo Mundey, Marion Campus Human Resource Manager, at, or to the Office of Human Resources at If you have any questions, please contact Maryjo in Human Resources at 740-725-6397.

Annual Conference on Leadership and Civic Engagement
The conference offers students with opportunities to reflect on the diversity of The Ohio State University and Columbus community, foster and develop personal leadership skills, and maximize personal strengths.

It will take place on Saturday, March 7th in the Ohio Union. It is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am and conclude at 5:00 pm. The conference is free of charge for all Ohio State students. A key foundation of the conference is the Gallup Organization's StrengthsQuest assessment and theory of Strengths Based Leadership. Each student will be provided with a complementary Strengths assessment and lunch. The conference provides students with a beginner, intermediate, or advanced Strengths workshop, depending on their individual experience with Strengths. Students may register online for the event at:

If you have any additional questions, please contact DaVonti' Haynes (

Literary Awards competition
Open to all Ohio State Marion students...Prizes will be awarded!

Fiction & Creative Nonfiction (the Narrative Prize) - up to twelve pages max.  

Poetry (the Lyric Prize) -- up to 6 pages of poems max. per submission (that is, each submission can be up to 6 pages) no more than one poem per page.

  • Judging will be done anonymously by working writers who are not affiliated with
    Ohio State Marion.

  • Three prizes in each genre: Gift Certificates of $100.00, $50.00, and $25.00 (to Barnes & Noble Bookstore).

  • Cover sheet with your name, home, e-mail address, telephone number, and genre must be included.

  • Please do not put your name or identifying information on any other part of your submission beyond your cover sheet.

  • Multiple entries in different genres may be submitted as long as you turn in a separate cover sheet for each genre.

  • Secure your entries with a paper clip or binder clip – no staples! Entries that do not follow these instructions will be discarded.

Entry deadline is:  Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at noon
Submitting on the Marion campus, all manuscripts must be submitted to the receptionist in the Academic Enrichment (MR 216).

On the Delaware Partnership Campus with CSCC, you can submit manuscripts to Cathy McClain, at the front desk in Moeller Hall.

Be sure to keep copies of your work.  Manuscripts will not be returned.

For further details: Contact Stuart Lishan
(e-mail:; phone: 740-725 6265).

Kiryayeva to perform in Morrill Hall Auditorium
Classical pianist Alina Kiryayeva (Kiri-ya-yeva) will perform as part of Ohio State Marion’s Five Nights on Campus performing and cultural arts series on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Tickets for are currently on sale: $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors, and $4 for students. Tickets will be available at the door the evening of the event or can be ordered in advance by calling 740-725-6340 or 740-725-6253. 

You learn more about Kiryayeva at

At the next Science Cafe: The Hidden World of Mosses and Lichens
Speaker: Dr. Robert A. Klips,
Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University at Marion
6:00 p.m. • Tuesday, March 3, 6 p.m., at The Warehouse, downtown Marion

Mosses are primitive non-seed plants. Lichens are fungi that have incorporated colonies of single-celled algae in their upper layers, where they make food by photosynthesis. In Ohio alone, we have identified more than 400 moss species,and nearly 240 "macrolichens." Found in practically every habitat and often growing together, mosses and lichens are too frequently overlooked because of their small size. OSU botanist and close-up photography enthusiast Dr. Bob Klips will describe the biology of these intriguing organisms,emphasizing the techniques and features used to identify them, including portraits of the most common species in Ohio.

Join us for this free monthly discussion on science.

Recognizing outstanding academics in sociology/criminology
The sociology department at Ohio State Marion is pleased to announce the competition for Outstanding Sociology/Criminology Student of 2014-2015 academic year. To be considered for the award the student has to:

  • Be enrolled in at least one sociology class at Ohio State Marion during current academic year;

  • Have a good academic standing, e.g. GPA of at least 3;

  • Be in their sophomore, junior or senior year;

  • Submit their advising report;

  • Submit the letter of intent (1 page) explaining how they embody the traits on which the award will be given.

Eligible students should submit their advising report and letter of intent to Professors Bobbitt-Zeher, Chaney or Klochko.

***All the materials must be received by March 20, 2015***

Preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in sociology or criminology.

We are looking for outstanding students, who are engaged in class and, ideally, sociology/ criminology club activities, who demonstrate academic effort and are successful in acquisition of sociological knowledge.

The award recipient will be determined by the Ohio State Marion sociology/criminology faculty based on academic performance in the discipline (with particular weight to the current academic year’s performance), demonstrated effort to challenge oneself in the field, and positive contributions to the academic environment of Ohio State Marion both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Seeking nominations for Student Environmental Citizenship Award
This year, the Prairie Advisory Committee will be giving out its first ever Student Environmental Citizenship Award.  The award is intended for Ohio State Marion students who have demonstrated a commitment to environmentally-related causes (this may range from litter clean up, to gardening, to care for wildlife, and much more).  Faculty, staff, and students can nominate students for the award and self-nominations will be accepted.  The award (a set of field guides and a certificate) will be presented at the spring academic recognition ceremony. 

To nominate a student for the award, please send a brief letter summarizing the nominee's environmental accomplishments to the current Prairie Committee Chair, Dr. Anna Willow (, by Monday, March 16, 2015.

Leadership opportunity for all Ohio State students
Looking for an incredible, free leadership experience this upcoming summer? Applications for the LeaderShape Institute, brought to you by Coca Cola and The Ohio State University Office of Student Life are now open. LeaderShape is a week long, residential, life changing experience that focuses on teaching students values of leading with integrity!

To learn more and apply for this experience check out the LeaderShape website ( or reach out to the program coordinator, Matt Van Jura ( for more information.

Share Some Sweet Words at KAPOW!
Feeling like you need a hand with your stories and poems – or at least some good ears to listen to your work? Then come and hang out at the OSU-Marion Writers’ Group, “KAPOW!”

When? During Spring Semester every couple of weeks: Thurs., Mar. 5; Wed., Mar. 25; Thurs., Apr. 9; and Wed. Apr. 22.

Where? The Library Classroom , Rm 219, from @ 12:40-1:20! Feel Free to bring some sweet words, or just come, hang out, and listen!

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

Be a part of OSUM's first Undergraduate Research Colloquium
Scholarships awarded, register on online at:

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.

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.

Learning Lunch Schedule:
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.

Mental Health First Aid Training on campus
You are invited to join the first-ever training on youth mental health first aid in Marion, March 20, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at The Ohio State University at Marion.  This event is free and open to members of the local community.  Register with April Smith at or 387-5210.

Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States.  In fact, more than one in five Americans will have a mental health problem in any given year, including 13.7 million children.  Of those children with a diagnosable mental disorder, only a third gets help from formal mental health care or substance abuse services.  Youth Mental Health First Aid courses prepare community members with the knowledge and skills to help adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses.  For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit

2015 Campus Campaign, "I Believe in Ohio State"
Over 12,250 Ohio State faculty and staff participated in Campus Campaign 2014, with gifts and pledges bringing the overall total of faculty and staff giving since 1986 to just over $155 million. Thank you!

Your gifts to the university and specifically to the areas you choose to support are much appreciated. Many areas rely on our gifts to maintain services and develop and grow programs that support our students, research, patient care, and faculty and staff development.

As we begin the new fiscal year and Campus Campaign 2015, we want to remind you that while we don’t actively ask for your gifts until March 1-April 30, your participation in this year’s campaign starts calculating July 1, 2014.

Marion campus campaign events:

  • Campaign Kickoff - Wednesday, March 4th, 12:15-1:30 p.m./Guthery Community Room. Free soup and desserts — come join us.

  • Potato Bar Lunch-Thursday, March 25th, 11:30-1:15 p.m./Morrill Hall Lobby.
    Gather with faculty, students and staff for a fantastic lunch.

  • Silent Auctions-The weekly auctions will run from Monday, March 23rd
    through Wednesday, April 22nd in the Maynard Hall Rotunda. Donations
    are needed.

  • Cake Walk-(Directly following All-staff), on Wednesday, April 1st, 2:00 p.m/Guthery Community Room. Join the fun and purchase a delicious cake and/or pie! Bring your filled out pledge card and participate for free, orpartcipate by donating a “requested” contribution of $5. Monies go to the Feature Fund, Campus Improvements, #314040.

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