The Office of Outreach and Engagement has Moved
The Office of Outreach and Engagement is now located in the new Hale Hall.
154 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
You can reach the Office of Outreach and Engagement at email@example.com or (614) 247-7795.
Watch the 2013 Patterson Lecture featuring Sterling K. Speirn
The 10th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture featured Sterling K. Speirn, President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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2014 Engagement Impact Grant Information Available
Request for Proposal information is available for the 2014 Engagement Impact Grants. These grants support engagement scholarship and provide faculty, staff and students with opportunities to apply innovative scholarship that addresses compelling challenges in communities. A brown bag info session will take place on Dec. 16 in 110B Hale Hall. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for proposals is Feb. 28. Read more.
Young Scholars Program Wins National Community Engagement Award
The Young Scholars Program (YSP) has won the 2013 C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award, considered one of the highest honors a community engagement program can earn.
YSP was one of four national finalists for the Magrath Award, which is presented annually by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The award includes a $20,000 stipend and trophy.
YSP is a comprehensive pre-collegiate and collegiate program that enhances the academic, personal, and career development skills of students from low-income families to prepare them for college success. Founded in 1988, the program identifies academically talented middle and high school students from Ohio’s nine largest urban school districts: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown. Throughout its history, YSP has made it possible for nearly 800 students to become first-generation college graduates.
“Ohio State takes great pride in partnering with our communities across the state. The Young Scholars Program is a clear example of the outstanding things that can happen when universities and communities work together to give young people an opportunity to succeed,” said Interim President Joseph A. Alutto. Read more.
Student-Philanthropists Pay It Forward in Marion
Students are helping to change lives through the Pay It Forward Marion (PIFM) program, which promotes civic engagement in English courses and works with the local community through service and philanthropy.
Students perform a variety of activities, including examining and responding to community needs, developing fundraising events, collecting RFPs, analyzing proposals from community organizations and deciding how to distribute funds. Over a two-year period, students will allocate more than $10,000 to local organizations.
“Watching students become truly engaged with community organizations and wanting to give back, and observing how invested they become in the process of philanthropy, has been very exciting,” said Stuart Lishan, associate professor of English and PIFM’s lead investigator. “Students become passionate about writing in large part because, in a program like this, they see that it has consequences.” Read more.
Not Your Parents' Classroom
“People remember experiences and experiences shape lives,” Professor Randi Love said of her non-traditional approach.
With this thought in mind, Love created her field-based graduate course, Public Health in Action, which allows students to gain real-world public health experience over the summer through an organized service activity connected to specific learning objectives.
During the 2013 summer term, the class focused on poverty and privilege as a social determinant of health. Students volunteered for local outreach programs or agencies for approximately 40 hours of field work. Read more.
The Science of Language: Outreach at COSI
The Science of Language project, a 2013 Engagement Impact Grant recipient, seeks to expand an existing research and science education project taking place in the "language pod" laboratory at COSI. The language pod is one of three working research laboratories created through a partnership between COSI and Ohio State and staffed by Ohio State researchers that enable museum visitors to witness and participate in actual scientific research.
“This is language science outreach in a highly innovative and successful informal science institution,” said Shari Speer, professor and chair, linguistics. “Because so many children and their parents visit COSI from all over Ohio and the country, we have unique possibilities for teaching and research." Read more.
Supporting a 21st Century Engaged University
At Ohio State, outreach and engagement is defined as—
meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations with partners outside the academic community. This may include partners such as those in education, business, and public and social service. Outreach and engagement is—
- That aspect of teaching that enables learning beyond the campus walls
- That aspect of research that makes what we discover useful beyond the academic community
- That aspect of service that directly benefits the public
Embedding outreach and engagement into University units is the primary focus of the Office of Outreach and Engagement. Integrating this work into the teaching, research, and service of academic and support units has made it a part of Ohio State’s culture. When we implement community partnerships and embed them into units, we enrich both our campus and the communities we serve.
Ohio State is a “community-engaged” university designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.