Notes from a Fellow Buckeye

The following message was sent to all Ohio State students on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Click here to read the message to faculty and staff.

 

Students singing Carmen Ohio in the stadium while the marching band plays in formation on the field

Dear Buckeyes,

The new semester started with great enthusiasm, and I am thrilled to have already met so many dynamic Buckeyes on the Oval during events like the Student Involvement Fair and our season-opening games. It was a blast to join so many of you in the 'Shoe last weekend for our victory over Arkansas State, and to use the T-shirt launcher for the first time from the field!

With the start of the new academic year, we are focused on the personal safety and well-being of our campus community.

September is Suicide Awareness Month, and I urge you to seek help if you are struggling with mental health challenges, or just need someone to talk with. Ohio State is here for you. We have many resources and mental health services for students.

September is also Recovery Month at Ohio State. The Collegiate Recovery Community is a welcoming and inclusive environment for students in or seeking recovery from substance misuse. Please do not hesitate to reach out to this wonderful resource.

Also, as a reminder, please always be aware of your surroundings and travel safely. Student Life has free window and door alarms. Please remember to lock doors and windows, and take advantage of the resources we have.

Founders Day

Saturday, September 17, marks the day, in 1873, the first classes were held at Ohio State. This day, Founders Day, is an opportunity to reflect on the university’s mission and how the seeds of its current-day vision were planted 149 years ago. From the first day of classes held at Ohio State, then the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, it has pursued a vision to be a model public, land-grant, research, community-engaged institution.

Nearly two dozen students showed up for that first day of class, including sisters, Alice and Harriet Townshend. Founders Day is a reminder that time and change have strengthened our mission to achieve excellence in academics; talent and culture; research, scholarship, creative expression, entrepreneurship and partnerships; and service to the state, nation and world.

I hope you will join me in celebrating all we have accomplished together.

U.S. News and World Report

I am pleased to share that Ohio State improved one place on the U.S. News and World Report 2022-2023 Best Colleges list to 16 among public universities.

U.S. News & World Report’s rankings show the undergraduate program in the College of Nursing improved five places nationally and three among public universities, ranking 5th nationally and 2nd among U.S. publics. The College of Engineering’s undergraduate program improved to 15th among public universities that also offer a doctoral degree. And the undergraduate program at Fisher College of Business improved one spot, to 13th, nationally.

As we continue to reduce class sizes and improve graduation rates, including by increasing STEP, the Second-year Transformational Experience Program, we anticipate our student success will be reflected in future rankings.

Rankings are not the ultimate measure of progress, but our investments in excellence, such as reducing class sizes; investing in 350 net new tenure-track faculty; constructing a new arts and music building; greater support of clinical facilities; and doubling our research expenditures in this decade will be reflected in future U.S. News and World Report rankings and eventually internationally.

Celebrating success

I am thrilled to congratulate the 10 undergraduate students and two doctoral candidates who received prestigious U.S. Student Fulbright Awards for the 2022-2023 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Congrats to Lindsey Okuley, an agricultural communication major from Botkins, Ohio, who was one of four students across the nation to receive a travel scholarship through the Livestock Publications Council Student Award Program as a finalist for the Forrest Bassford Student Award.

Kudos to WOSU, which received three Emmy awards at the 58th annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy awards. Two Emmy Awards were presented for QED with Dr. B, a fun and informative science series co-produced by WOSU Public Media and COSI, and one for Broad & High, an exciting and original weekly magazine show developed by the award-winning production team at the station.

Last week, our University helped celebrate the groundbreaking of Intel’s $20 billion chip factories here in Ohio. President Biden, who was among the many elected leaders present for the event, correctly said, “it’s time to bury the label ‘rust belt.’”

The Ohio State University Marching Band was there to help mark the occasion — drawing applause from attendees from across the nation.

Breaking ground at this new Intel facility is a great moment for all of us. It is a celebration of the investment placed in educational and research opportunities at universities across the state. Intel has made an initial pledge to invest $50 million in Ohio’s higher education institutions. It’s an investment Ohio State is prepared to embrace.

Ohio State, along with many other colleges and universities here in Ohio, is helping to get the United States back in the business of manufacturing state-of-the-art computer chips domestically. We announced last week that our university will lead a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary education and research center to advance the fabrication and development of semiconductors and next-generation device technologies. Ohio State will also lead a multi-institution partnership that will offer a range of programs — including augmented and virtual reality learning — for fab technicians, entry-level engineers and advanced-degree graduates with training in advanced manufacturing to develop a skilled semiconductor workforce throughout Ohio.

As always, Go Buckeyes!

Sincerely yours,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD
President

 

Wellness Resources

 


The following message was sent to all Ohio State faculty and staff on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Click here to read the message to students.

 

Students singing Carmen Ohio in the stadium while the marching band plays in formation on the field

Dear Colleagues,

The new semester started with great enthusiasm, and I am thrilled to have already met so many dynamic Buckeyes on the Oval during events like the Student Involvement Fair and our season-opening games. And I was honored last weekend to recognize faculty and staff award winners on the field during the Arkansas State football game.

Founders Day

Saturday, September 17, marks the day, in 1873, the first classes were held at Ohio State. This day, Founders Day, is an opportunity to reflect on the university’s mission and how the seeds of its current day vision were planted 149 years ago. From the first day of classes held at Ohio State, then the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, it has pursued a vision to be a model public, land-grant, research, community-engaged institution.

Nearly two dozen students showed up for that first day of class, including sisters, Alice and Harriet Townshend. Founders Day is a reminder that time and change have strengthened our mission to achieve excellence in academics; talent and culture; research, scholarship, creative expression, entrepreneurship and partnerships; and service to the state, nation and world.

I hope you will join me in celebrating all we have accomplished together.

U.S. News and World Report

I am pleased to share that Ohio State improved one spot on the U.S. News and World Report 2022-2023 Best Colleges list to 16 among public universities.

The rankings show the undergraduate program in the College of Nursing improved five spots nationally and three spots among public universities, ranking 5th nationally and 2nd among publics. The College of Engineering’s undergraduate program improved to 15th among public universities that also offer a doctoral degree. And the undergraduate program at Fisher College of Business improved one spot, to 13th, nationally.

The credit goes to all of you for your determination to be the best.

Rankings are not the ultimate measure of progress, but we anticipate our investment in excellence, such as reducing class sizes; investing in 350 net new tenure-track faculty in this decade; constructing a new arts and music building; greater support of clinical facilities; and doubling our research expenditures in this decade will be reflected in future U.S. News and World Report rankings and eventually internationally by ARWU/Shanghai, QS and Times Higher Education.

Celebrating success

Kudos to the Blood and Marrow Transplant unit at the OSUCCC – James, which again received national recognition for exceptional patient care and professional nursing practice with a three-year Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award honors hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes and that exemplify excellence in professional practice and patient care.

Dr. Benjamin Walter, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and orthopaedics, earned a $630,748 faculty early career development award from the National Science Foundation for his research in multiscale mechanobiology. The award is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious recognition of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both. 

Congratulations to WOSU, which received three Emmy awards at the 58th annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy awards. Two Emmy Awards were presented for QED with Dr. B, a fun and informative science series co-produced by WOSU Public Media and COSI, and one for Broad & High, an exciting and original weekly magazine show developed by the award-winning production team at the station.

Dr. Marcos de Lima was featured on Ohio State Health & Discovery for his groundbreaking cancer research. He played a key role in the revolution of cellular therapy, a field that has exploded in recent years. Dr. de Lima spent his early years working as a family doctor in a small town in southeast Brazil and now is a leading figure in a biologic revolution that includes a microscopic “serial killer” approach to combating cancer — reprogramming cells to seek and destroy blood marrow cancers.

I am thrilled to congratulate the 10 undergraduate students and two doctoral candidates who received prestigious U.S. Student Fulbright Awards for the 2022-2023 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Their success is your success and due in large part to your mentorship. Thank you!

Last week, our University helped celebrate the groundbreaking of Intel’s $20 billion chip factories here in Ohio. President Biden, who was among the many elected leaders present for the event, correctly said, “it’s time to bury the label ‘rust belt.’”

The Ohio State University Marching Band was there to help mark the occasion — drawing applause from attendees from across the nation.

Breaking ground at this new Intel facility is a great moment for all of us. It is a celebration of the investment placed in educational and research opportunities at universities across the state. Intel has made an initial pledge to invest $50 million in Ohio’s higher education institutions. It’s an investment Ohio State is prepared to embrace.

Ohio State, along with many other colleges and universities here in Ohio, is helping to get the United States back in the business of manufacturing state-of-the-art computer chips domestically. We announced last week that our university will lead a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary education and research center to advance the fabrication and development of semiconductors and next-generation device technologies. Ohio State will also lead a multi-institution partnership that will offer a range of programs — including augmented and virtual reality learning — for fab technicians, entry-level engineers and advanced-degree graduates with training in advanced manufacturing to develop a skilled semiconductor workforce throughout Ohio.

As always, Go Buckeyes!

Sincerely yours,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD
President

 

Wellness Resources