Community engagement

Ohio State solves major problems at home and around the world.

“We can solve critical issues of our time. Our collective efforts can and will transform lives.”
— President Michael V. Drake, MD

Feed the hungry: $15 million in new faculty hiring will address food security, bringing Ohio State’s commitment to this issue to almost $125 million in the next decade.

Team up: Ohio State is working with federal, state and community partners to elevate all members of society, including launching a program for early childhood educators to obtain a free degree and collaborating on an unprecedented initiative to help develop model innovative transportation strategies.

Mobilize Buckeye Nation: The first Buckeye Summit convened in 2016 and focused on food security — engaging hundreds of alumni, community leaders, faculty, staff and students to harness the power of Buckeye Nation for change.

Nancy Rosen, a colorectal cancer patient who participated in screenings as part of the Pelotonia-supported Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative, talks about the revelation that one of her children tested positive, like her, for Lynch Syndrome, a cancer-causing condition that occurs when a person inherits a mutation in one of four genes. Individuals with Lynch Syndrome are at greater risk of developing colorectal, uterine, ovarian, stomach and other cancers. Screening can lead to precautionary measures for this patient population. President Michael V. Drake poses a question to cancer researchers and medical professionals at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati during the 2016 State Tour. It is one of 50 hospitals in the state to partner with Ohio State for the Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative, an ambitious cancer research initiative supported by Pelotonia funding. Newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients and their biological relatives are offered a screening for Lynch Syndrome, a cancer-causing condition that occurs when a person inherits a mutation in one of four genes. Individuals with Lynch Syndrome are at greater risk of developing colorectal, uterine, ovarian, stomach and other cancers. Screening can lead to precautionary measures for this patient population. At right, Shane Meeker ’97, shares the history of The Procter & Gamble Co. in Cincinnati with President Michael V. Drake during the 2016 State Tour. The consumer goods company has partnered with Ohio State to pilot diversity programs among engineering students and to recruit talented graduates to their teams of scientists, marketers and more. Brutus Buckeye enjoys playing with Cincinnati children at the OSU Extension Hamilton County office during the 2016 State Tour with President Michael V. Drake. Extension educators in the primarily urban county work closely with city schools to introduce science and health education programs to area youth. Will, a first-grader from the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, learns about the benefits trees provide to cleaning our air. He and other children visited OSU Extension Hamilton County the same day that President Michael V. Drake’s 2016 State Tour stopped by. Will is one of countless students in Cincinnati Public Schools who benefit from OSU Extension’s Agri-Science in the City program. The program brought a rooftop garden to Will’s school, and he is very proud of the flowers and fruit that grow up there. President Michael V. Drake’s 2016 State Tour made a stop at the OSU Extension Hamilton County office. Extension educators in the primarily urban county work closely with city schools to introduce science and health education programs to area youth. President Michael V. Drake’s 2016 State Tour stopped at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. It is one of 50 hospitals in the state to partner with Ohio State for the Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative, an ambitious cancer research initiative supported by Pelotonia funding. Newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients and their biological relatives are offered a screening for Lynch Syndrome, a cancer-causing condition that occurs when a person inherits a mutation in one of four genes. Individuals with Lynch Syndrome are at greater risk of developing colorectal, uterine, ovarian, stomach and other cancers. Screening can lead to precautionary measures for this patient population. From left, Jeanette Richards ’02, Angela Stuller ’05 and President Michael V. Drake smile for a quick snapshot following a visit to The Procter & Gamble Co. in Cincinnati. Richards, a senior scientist, and Stuller, a research and development section head, talked about how Ohio State prepared them to work at the consumer goods company and improve people’s lives. Mark Sandridge, an Ohio State alumnus and CEO of Sandridge Food Corporation in Medina, Ohio, explains the ways his business ensures food safety during a visit from Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. Sandridge Foods supports three scholarships for Ohio State students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. (Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons) Ohio State President Michael V. Drake (center) joins Ohio State Marching Band drum major Yahn LaVange and Brutus Buckeye during a service project at Hattie’s Garden in Akron, Ohio. Drake joined a number of Ohio State students and staff at the garden, which is a sustainable community program for adults with developmental disabilities. (Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons) Ohio State President Michael V. Drake visits with Ohio State alumni and friends during a Buckeye pregame tailgate at a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons) Ohio State President Michael V. Drake and Ohio State staff are all smiles at a service project at Civic Garden Center in Cincinnati as part of the 2016 State Tour. Ohio State Rep. Ron Amstutz (1st District) thanks Ohio State President Michael V. Drake during a reception recognizing Amstutz at Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons) Ohio State alumnus Alex Nicolozakes serves as a cardiologist at Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg, Ohio. Nicolozakes earned two degrees from Ohio State and served his residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He’s also a former member of The Ohio State University Marching Band. (Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons) Ohio State President Michael V. Drake and Charles Goebel, Ohio State assistant director and professor of forest ecosystem restoration and ecology, visit with Ernest Hershberger, owner of Homestead Furniture in Mount Hope, Ohio, during a tour of the facility. (Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons) Ohio State President Michael V. Drake (left) and Knox County Alumni Club member Libby Germain work with a team to pack a meal during a Pack Shack event in Howard, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons)
Empowering social change

Empowering social change
The President’s Prize, the highest recognition Ohio State bestows on exceptional students committed to social change, invests in young alumni passionate about creating a better world.

Sharing their passion

Sharing their passion
Forty high school girls from the community had the opportunity to be Buckeye engineers for a day — and, for some, the temporary experience could have a lasting effect.

“The (President's Prize) was established by OSU President Dr. Michael V. Drake with a gift from an anonymous donor ... applicants are told their proposals should be bold and aimed at solving the world's most pressing problems.”

The Columbus Dispatch, "Ohio State President's Prize gives 2 women money to run charitable projects"

“The mentoring program is one of more than 50 community-service projects in eight neighborhoods — mostly poor and predominantly black — and four corrections facilities that make up the Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education, “'Let's talk about your grades'”

“(At the inaugural Buckeye Summit) More than 600 researchers, students and alumni gathered in Columbus for the day-long dialogue about tackling the issue of food insecurity at home and abroad."

Big Ten Network, "Buckeyes battling food insecurity"

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