Notes from a Fellow Buckeye

The following message was sent to all Ohio State students on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Click here to view the message to faculty and staff.

 

Ohio State graduates making O-H-I-O during a graduation celebration

Dear Buckeyes,

I hope you are enjoying the summer and finding an opportunity to relax, start a new adventure, or just indulge in a good book. Our campuses have been quiet, which is nice, but I cannot wait for throngs of Buckeyes to return in the fall with excitement and enthusiasm.

Wherever you are, I hope you will take time to celebrate Pride Month and observe Juneteenth next week. One thing that the pandemic reminded us of was the need to support and take care of one another.

Pride Month is an opportunity to recognize our LGBTQ+ colleagues, friends and neighbors, and honor their many contributions to Ohio State, our communities and Ohio. Thanks to the tireless efforts of so many in the LGBTQ+ community, we have made great progress in achieving equality for all. That journey continues, here and around the world. I encourage all members of the university community to explore the many resources offered across our campuses to support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, this month and always.

We are also thrilled to celebrate Juneteenth. The holiday has grown in scope over the years and is now celebrated widely across the country, including on our campuses and more broadly in Ohio. These observances exemplify a commitment to celebrate Black people’s right to live as free human beings and allow all of us to reflect on the resilience of their ancestors. We are proud as a university to offer celebrations to commemorate Juneteenth 2022. And on June 18, the Wexner Center for the Arts will host “All Day Blackness,” a celebration of Juneteenth and Columbus’ Black community with a daylong series of free programs, events and conversation.

June marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the revolutionary civil rights law that requires all federally funded educational institutions to prohibit discrimination based on sex. As many of you know, I played field hockey at Stanford and founded a women’s club lacrosse team there, so this law is especially close to my heart. I was honored in 2012 on the 40th anniversary of Title IX to be named by ESPNW as one of “40 women who have made an impact.” And now, I am so grateful to be president of Ohio State, which serves as an outstanding example to the nation on the intersection of athletics and inclusivity.

This month is also the 50th anniversary of the Pell Grant a critically important funding source that has opened doors of opportunity for many Buckeyes and young people nationwide. College affordability is among my top priorities, and one way we will achieve that goal is through the Scarlet & Gray Advantage program. As the program scales up over the coming decade, it will provide pathways for our undergraduate students to earn their degrees, debt-free. Currently, just under half of our graduates leave Ohio State with educational debt, an average of about $27,000. We know that debt can affect the decisions students make about college and after they graduate.

We are proud about our focus on affordability. We enroll more Pell-eligible students about 12,350 in 2021 than the entire Ivy League combined. At Ohio State, we are focused on creating opportunity instead of concentrating privilege.

I am also proud that Ohio State remains affordable compared with our peers, nationally and within the state. Our tuition and fees for resident undergraduates are the second most affordable among selective admission public universities in Ohio and seventh most affordable among public Big Ten schools.

Celebrating success

Congratulations to Rakesh Murugesan, a rising senior and biomedical science major who was awarded a 2022 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award. The scholarships are awarded to juniors and seniors studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics with the intent to pursue research or advance their field on completion of their final degree.

Astronaut scholars are among the best and brightest minds in STEM who show initiative, creativity and excellence in their chosen field, and Rakesh certainly deserves this honor.

As always, Go Buckeyes!

Sincerely yours,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD
President

 

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The following message was sent to all Ohio State faculty and staff on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Click here to view the message to students.

 

Ohio State graduates making O-H-I-O during a graduation celebration

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are enjoying the summer and finding an opportunity to relax, start a new adventure, or just indulge in a good book. Our campuses have been quiet, which is nice, but I cannot wait for throngs of Buckeyes to return in the fall with excitement and enthusiasm.

Wherever you are, I hope you will take time to celebrate Pride Month and observe Juneteenth next week. One thing that the pandemic reminded us of was the need to support and take care of one another.

Pride Month is an opportunity to recognize our LGBTQ+ colleagues, friends and neighbors, and honor their many contributions to Ohio State, our communities and Ohio. Thanks to the tireless efforts of so many in the LGBTQ+ community, we have made great progress in achieving equality for all. That journey continues, here and around the world. I encourage all members of the university community to explore the many resources offered across our campuses to support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, this month and always.

We are also thrilled to celebrate Juneteenth. The holiday has grown in scope over the years and is now celebrated widely across the country, including on our campuses and more broadly in Ohio. These observances exemplify a commitment to celebrate Black people’s right to live as free human beings and allow all of us to reflect on the resilience of their ancestors. We are proud as a university to offer celebrations to commemorate Juneteenth 2022.

On June 17, the Wexner Medical Center will host an in-person event from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium with food, music, speakers and more to commemorate the end of slavery and celebrate African American culture. (A livestream option is available using this link with passcode 524231.) And on June 18, the Wexner Center for the Arts will host "All Day Blackness," a celebration of Juneteenth and Columbus’ Black community with a daylong series of free programs, events and conversation.

June marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the revolutionary civil rights law that requires all federally funded educational institutions to prohibit discrimination based on sex. As many of you know, I played field hockey at Stanford and founded a women’s club lacrosse team there, so this law is especially close to my heart. I was honored in 2012 on the 40th anniversary of Title IX to be named by ESPNW as one of “40 women who have made an impact.” And now, I am so grateful to be president of Ohio State, which serves as an outstanding example to the nation on the intersection of athletics and inclusivity.

This month is also the 50th anniversary of the Pell Grant — a critically important funding source that has opened doors of opportunity for many Buckeyes and young people nationwide. College affordability is among my top priorities, and one way we will achieve that goal is through the Scarlet & Gray Advantage program. As the program scales up over the coming decade, it will provide pathways for our undergraduate students to earn their degrees, debt-free. Currently, just under half of our graduates leave Ohio State with educational debt, an average of about $27,000. We know that debt can affect the decisions students make about college and after they graduate.

We are proud about our focus on affordability. We enroll more Pell-eligible students — about 12,350 in 2021 — than the entire Ivy League combined. At Ohio State, we are focused on creating opportunity instead of concentrating privilege.

I am also proud that Ohio State remains affordable compared with our peers, nationally and within the state. Our tuition and fees for resident undergraduates are the second most affordable among selective admission public universities in Ohio and seventh most affordable among public Big Ten schools.

Celebrating success

Congratulations to Dr. William S. Marras, Honda Chair in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering, and Dr. A. Douglas Kinghorn, professor and Jack L. Beal Chair in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, who were selected to receive 2022 Distinguished University Professor Awards. It is the highest honor we bestow on faculty members — to those who have truly exceptional records in teaching, research and scholarly service.

Dr. Maria M. Mihaylova, assistant professor of biological chemistry and pharmacology, was selected as a 2022 Pew Scholar by the National Advisory Committee of The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Betty Lise Anderson, professor of electrical and computer engineering, won the 2022 Public Service Award from the National Science Board. The award honors individuals and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. 

As always, Go Buckeyes!

Sincerely yours,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD
President

 

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