Miscellaneous Actions by Trustees
Published on July 13, 1993
Miscellaneous Actions by Trustees OHIO STATE ESTABLISHES $1 MILLION FUND FOR JUDAIC STUDIES The Ohio State University Board of Trustees Friday (7/9) established 11 endowed funds, including The Melton Coalition for Creative Interaction, which provides funds for three Melton Centers for Judaic Studies. The fund was established with a $1 million gift to the university's Development Fund from the Samuel Mendel Melton Foundation. The income will be used to fund Ohio State's portion of the Melton Centers, which are located at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Ohio State, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In addition, the board established: ~ The Dr. Francis Herbert Obetz Scholarship Fund in Medicine, $47,273.79. ~ The Archie Griffin Athletic Scholarship Fund, $30,000. ~ The Harry L. Graber M.D. Professional Education Fund in the College of Medicine, $21,305. ~ The Dr. Francis Herbert Obetz Scholarship Fund in Pharmacy, $18,909.51. ~ The Douglas M. Pittman Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Newark and Columbus campuses, $16,928. ~ The Alvin Karl and Dorothea Ford Peterjohn Scholarship Fund for graduate students in the School of Public Policy and Management, $15,050. ~ The Andrew and Evelyn Keseg Athletic Scholarship Fund, $15,000. ~ The G. Micheal Riley International Academic Fund in the College of Humanities, $15,000. ~ The I. Emil and Mildred C. Stutz Family Scholarship Fund, $15,000. ~ The Amnon Zipin Jewish Studies Library Memorial Fund in the College of Humanities, $15,000. BOARD APPROVES 136 RESEARCH AGREEMENTS The board approved 136 research agreements funded in April for a total of $11.9 million. The largest grant, $1,488,000, came from the Department of Education for continuation funding of the National Center for Science Teaching and Learning on Kinnear Road. Special projects singled out were: ~ An investigation into the basic mechanism of ehrlichial diseases caused by intracellular bacteria, funded with $187,847 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the Department of Health and Human Services. ~ An exploration of the consequences of administering GM1 ganglioside, a normal constituent of brain membranes, in the brains of aged rats and study of whether there is an interaction between GM1 and nerve growth factor, funded with $150,111 from the National Institute on Aging. ~ An enhanced Summer Research Opportunities Program, expanded from 50 to 75 undergraduate students, with the increase coming in minority and women students, funded with $90,435 from the Department of Education. ~ An undergraduate optics laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering, with $42,566 from the National Science Foundation. TRUSTEES AWARD CONTRACTS FOR NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY BUILDING The board voted to issue contracts for constructing a community building at the old Northwood School site at Northwood and High streets. The new facility will house a family medical clinic, university staff employment offices, and community meeting rooms. The $5,562,689 project is funded by the state, insurance proceeds, the Office of Health Services and university funds. Estimated completion date is November 1994. Construction contracts were issued to Gioffre Construction Co. of Dublin, and to J.A. Croson, Bruner Corp. and Advantage Electric, all of Columbus. In other matters, the board: ~ Authorized employment of architects and engineers to design the Heart and Lung Institute on campus and to design the renovation of Mershon Auditorium. The state is providing $400,000 in planning and design funds for the Heart and Lung Institute, which has a total project price tag estimated at $13.4 million. A site has not been selected. The state-funded Mershon renovation will improve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, re-upholster seats, replace the stage rigging, and upgrade the electrical distribution system. The estimated project cost is $1.25 million. ~ Voted to seek annexation of 11.5 acres at 1275 Kinnear Road from Clinton Township into the City of Columbus for the purposes of ensuring consistency of city services, to maintain employee payroll equity and to facilitate the move of the Business Technology Center. ~ Renamed departments in the College of Nursing as part of a reorganization. The Department of Life Span Processes is now the Department of Adult Health and Illness Nursing and the Department of Family and Community Nursing is now the Department of Community, Parent-Child, and Psychiatric Nursing. ~ Ordered the conferring of degrees and certificates on Sept. 2 to those persons who have completed the requirements. ~ Amended the Rules of the University Faculty to require that the chairperson of the Council on Student Affairs be a person elected by the membership. ~ Approved resolutions in memoriam for Clarice E. Bloom, associate professor emeritus of family resource management who died March 12 at age 81, and James A. Rumbaugh, assistant professor emeritus of dentistry, who died April 29 at age 71. ~ Authorized James L. Nichols, treasurer, and William J. Shkurti, vice president for finance, to buy, sell, assign and transfer securities, to deposit or withdraw funds from bank accounts, and to designate depositories. ~ Authorized Nichols to enter into an agreement with Society Equipment Leasing Co. of Cleveland to increase a master lease agreement from $2 million to $7 million to provide tax-exempt funds for equipment leasing. ~ Heard committee reports on diversity and campus climate and on endowed chairs, professorships and Eminent Scholar positions at Ohio State. ~ Discussed ways of improving community involvement in program development on the Newark campus in cooperation with the Central Ohio Technical College. # Contact: Tom Spring, University Communications, (614) 292-8309. [Submitted by: GERSTNER (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tue, 13 Jul 93 10:35:17 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.