OSUM reaches out to serve community

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A Marion Star editorial written by Ohio State Marion staff member C. Gary Iams

As our state's leading comprehensive teaching and research university, The Ohio State University combines a responsibility for the advancement of knowledge with a land-grant heritage of public service. On the Marion Campus, reaching out to the communities we serve is one of our primary missions.

You may be familiar with programs such as the Five Nights on Campus series, Kids' College, Learning Enrichment Institute, and Science Café. But did you know that Ohio State Marion faculty, staff, and students are involved in many other community partnerships?

The I CAN Center for Excellence is a program designed to motivate students of all ages to view higher education as necessary, desirable and obtainable. Originally begun in 1998 as a partnership between the Marion Rotary Club and The Ohio State University at Marion, the program has expanded over the years to provide programming for schools throughout the seven-county area served by The Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College.

The Pride and Life Skills (PALS) mentoring program, led by faculty members Dr. Ben McCorkle and Dr. Chris Daddis, is connecting college students with grade school children in a cooperative venture between The Ohio State University at Marion, Heart of Ohio Mentoring, Inc. (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters), and the public schools in Marion County. Physics professor Dr. Gordon Aubrecht is the lead advisor for Grant Middle School's grant-driven science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) project.

Ohio State Marion students at the Delaware Center have served as student workers for the Council for Older Adults in Delaware County. Residents of the Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky recently participated in a rhetoric and learning project led by English professor Dr. Cassie Parente. And soon, a new partnership will begin placing Ohio State Marion students in staff positions with the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County. The list goes on and on.

By identifying particular needs, we will continue to reach out to the communities we serve. If you have ideas about how The Ohio State University at Marion can help make a difference, please give me a call at 740-725-6253.

C. Gary Iams, a retired Marion City Schools music teacher, is coordinator of development and community relations at The Ohio State University at Marion.