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Published on September 15, 1993

OHIO STATE BEGINS 121st ACADEMIC YEAR; HIGHLIGHTS NOTED

     COLUMBUS -- In September of 1873, 25 students enrolled in
the first classes at the new Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical
College.  A lot of things have changed over the past 120 years:
the fledgling college was renamed The Ohio State University in
1878; enrollment has grown to more than 52,000 students on the
Columbus campus; and the fields of study now include subjects
beyond the imaginations of those first students and faculty.

     However, some things remain remarkably similar as classes
begin Sept. 22 for the 121st academic year of the university.
The Oval is still the emotional, if not geographical, center of
campus.  The university's mission and purpose are still guided by
its Land-Grant heritage of accessability and the integration of
teaching, research and service.  And students are still greeted
by the sounds of construction, as the campus continues to grow,
renovate and adapt to contemporary needs.

     The following pages highlight some of the events and
programs scheduled for the 1993-94 academic year at The Ohio
State University, as well as some of the changes and trends on
campus.  For more information about any item, please call the
person listed or Ruth Gerstner, assistant director of news
services, at (614) 292-8424.

Academic programs

     Students will see little direct impact of the $95 million in
budget cutbacks the university has absorbed over the past two and
a half years.  Throughout the budgeting process, priority was
given to academic programs, and additional funding was allocated
to key areas such as the general education curriculum, student
financial aid, reducing closed courses, and computing.  Richard
Sisson, provost, 292-5881.

     The university has allocated $1.75 million this year to add
new sections of popular courses that have a history of "closing
out."  A similar program last year turned around the trend of
increasing numbers of students failing to be admitted to the
courses they requested.  The Office of the Registrar predicts
that, this fall, 80 percent of all students will have seats in
all of the courses they requested.  In a continuing effort to
improve the situation, the registrar's office is working on a
computerized "wait list" system for students who have been closed
out of courses.  It will give them priority status the next
quarter.  The registrar's office hopes to implement the wait-list
feature in its telephone registration by spring quarter.  Gene
Schuster, registrar, 292-1556.

     Students will have greater access to personal computers.
Extra capacity has been added to the 13 public computer
laboratories used primarily by undergraduates.  Board of Regents
funding of $1.5 million allowed for the addition of 125 new
computers and upgrading of 214 others already in place.  Donald
Dell, associate provost, 292-5881.

     The university will continue the new time schedule begun
last spring.  Daytime classes now run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30
p.m., with classes beginning on the half hour.  By adding an hour
to the daily schedule, the new system increases the number of
classrooms available by 11 percent.  Student response to the
change has been positive, with good enrollments in the early
morning sessions.  Robert Arnold, associate provost, 292-5881.

     For the 11th consecutive year, enrollment has increased in
the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Psychology is the
largest program with nearly 1,200 majors.  Also growing in each
of the last five years are anthropology, criminology, economics,
international studies, sociology, and speech and hearing
sciences.  The criminology, geography and sociology curricula
have been streamlined and made more rigorous.  Don Haurin,
associate dean, 292-8448.

     The College of Agriculture's support group for minority
students, MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources
and Related Sciences), was selected as the best program of its
kind in the country.  L.H. Newcomb, associate dean, 292-6891.

     The College of Pharmacy has been selected as one of eight
U.S. pharmacy schools to provide advanced training to faculty
members of pharmacy programs in Thailand.  The first two Thai
faculty to participate will begin their graduate training at Ohio
State this fall.  College alumni have raised more than $500,000
for renovation of the professional practice laboratory.
Construction of a model pharmacy will begin in 1994.  John
Cassady, dean, 292-2266.

     The School of Natural Resources has a new bachelor's degree
program in urban forestry.  It offers interdisciplinary study in
forest ecology, horticulture, arboriculture, landscape
architecture, city and regional planning, and social and policy
sciences.  There is a strong demand for urban foresters, who work
for local governments, utility companies, state agencies, and
businesses and industries.  Trees offer many ecological benefits
to urban areas -- producing oxygen, controlling dust, absorbing
carbon dioxide, buffering noise, and moderating temperatures.
Robert Roth, assistant director, 292-9832.

     University Libraries has developed The Gateway to
Information to enable students to cope with the rapid expansion
of available information.  The Gateway is a computer system that
allows students to identify, locate, evaluate and select the most
relevant information, using hundreds of resources in both print
and electronic forms.  It requires no instruction, even for
first-time users.  The Gateway is very popular with students, 86
percent of whom have rated their information searches
"completely" or "mostly" successful.  William Studer, director of
libraries, 292-6151.

     The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and
Literatures will welcome Efim Etkind as Distinguished Visiting
Professor this autumn.  An internationally renowned scholar and
leading figure in the Soviet dissident movement, he will share
his expertise in Russian literature and translation theory with
Ohio State students and faculty.  The department offers language
courses in Russian, Romanian, Czech, Bulgarian and Serbo-
Croatian.  It also offers several study-abroad and language
immersion programs.  Charles Gribble, chairperson, 292-6733.

     The College of Human Ecology has reopened admission to the
Hospitality Management Program, which had been slated for
abolishment.  New admissions requirements include 400 hours of
documented work experience in the hospitality industry.  Designs
have been approved for an addition to Campbell Hall, home of the
college, and groundbreaking is expected early in 1994.
Renovation of the Human Nutrition research laboratories is in
progress.  A study tour to Kenya will focus on family issues as
they are resolved by urban and rural Kenyan families.  Jerelyn
Schultz, dean, 292-6761.

     The College of Optometry is proud to announce that for the
second year its graduates have had extraordinary success in
passing the national board examinations.  As a group, the Ohio
State students exceeded national averages in every category.
Ohio State students had a 98 percent overall passing rate in
basic sciences and a 100 percent passing rate in clinical
sciences, as compared to 73 percent and 75 percent nationally.
Arol Augsburger, professor, 292-2788.


Physical Facilities/Business and Administration

     Campus bus service is back, but with a difference!  The new
Campus Area Bus Service (C.A.B.S.) will offer five different
routes: a loop around the central campus with pick-ups every
eight minutes, a route into the residential area east of campus,
a route to Buckeye Village, a route to the west campus research
area, and a route to the northwest with stops at Lane Avenue and
Kingsdale shopping centers and the university golf course and
airport.  The central campus route operates every day, the others
only on weekdays.  Hours vary for each route.  Cost is $20 per
quarter for students, faculty or staff, or $50 for a full year.
Single-ride tickets are available in books of 10 for $5.  Beth
Bame, transportation, 292-6122.

     Recent Columbus campus landscape improvements include new
exterior lighting in the North Campus residence halls area and
replacement of broken pavement stones in front of the main
library.  On the schedule for this fall is creation of a garden
area between Cunz and Larkins Halls, to include repaving the
footpaths, planting a rose garden, and eventually installing more
flower beds, seating and a small fountain.  James Stevens,
associate vice president for physical facilities, 292-0257.

     Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall, reopens this fall after
extensive renovation.  The original central atrium has been
uncovered, creating a patio area in the middle of the building.
A new glass entrance replaces the uninviting tunnel-like entrance
of the past.  The updating of Derby is the latest step in the
university's ongoing process of concentrating academic functions
in the central campus area.  The bookstore, speech and hearing
clinic, and other non-academic units previously located in Derby
have been moved and the space turned over for classrooms and
faculty offices.  University Architect, 292-4458.

     The new Science and Engineering Library, opened last
January, is open 24 hours a day, 360 days a year.  Designed by
prominent architect Philip Johnson, it is one of the largest
science/engineering libraries in the country, with over 375,000
volumes and seating for 720 people.  William Studer, director of
libraries, 292-6151.

     Some entomology and plant biology faculty and staff will be
moving into the new Biological Sciences Greenhouse complex this
fall.  A dedication ceremony is planned for later in the fall for
the 30,000-square-foot greenhouse, which is located on top of the
12th Avenue parking garage.  It will provide state-of-the-art
climate control and research facilities for projects such as
predator-prey studies of mites, breeding behavior of beetles,
studies of vegetable garden pest management, tropical forest
ecology, nectar-feeding mosquitoes, soil ecology and the effects
of global warming and carbon dioxide increases on plants.  In
addition, the greenhouse complex houses the National Arabidopsis
Biological Resource Center and the Insect Quarantine Facility.
More than 3,000 persons -- faculty, graduate researchers and
about 2,000 undergraduates -- use the greenhouse facilities each
year.  Sandi Rutkowski, dean's office, 292-4759.

     The OSU Child Care Center is the largest university-
sponsored on-site child care facility in the United States.  It
is the 25th largest child care center of any kind in the nation.
More than 300 children of students, faculty and staff members are
cared for by a staff of 125.  It operates 18 hours a day, from 6
a.m. to midnight, with the later hours accommodating second shift
workers and students.  Payment is on a sliding scale according to
income level.  Child Care Center, 292-4453.

     Because of increased demand, additional accommodations have
been added to the university's pool of temporary housing for
visiting faculty or other long-term guests.  Begun about two
years ago, the program has expanded to include studio and one-
bedroom apartments on Lane Avenue, in Neilwood Gables on North
Campus and, soon, on Pennsylvania Avenue near the medical center.
Each unit is fully furnished, right down to coffeemakers and bath
towels and offers on-site parking and laundry equipment.  Maid
service, cable television and telephone service are available.
Ken Payne, Office of Property Management, 292-0770.

     The university's bookstore has produced a mail order catalog
of exclusive official Ohio State merchandise.  Called the Locker
Room Collection, it includes a replica of the football jersey
worn by the 1968 national champion team.  Martha Estrada, 292-
7073.

     The Department of Reprographics has saved the university
more than $451,000 through its Cost-per-Copy program instituted
less than two years ago.  This is a lease program for
photocopiers, which combines the leverage of the university's
buying power and copier industry competition to reduce office
copying costs by 25 percent or more.  Hundreds of Ohio State
offices are participating in this program. Carolyn Yates,
business management, 292-2000.

     Though every effort is being made to minimize inconvenience
to students and faculy, some signs of renovation will be obvious
as the new year begins.  Three of the six footbridges which
connect to Lincoln and Morrill towers are undergoing structural
repairs which will be complete shortly after classes begin.
Scaffolding will be up at Brown and Page halls where the roofs
are being replaced.  Traffic will be maintained on Cannon Drive
as it is widened to four lanes between Herrick Drive and King
Avenue, but congestion and inconvenience are to be expected
throughout the project, which will begin soon.  Entrances to
Larkins Hall will be fenced off alternately as the building's
exterior wall is replaced.  Replacement of air conditioning units
in the original 1949 portion of Smith Lab will also cause some
disturbance.  Major construction continues at Dreese Lab on Neil
Avenue in the engineering area, Upham Hall at University
Hospitals, and the Riffe Connector between the colleges of
Biological Sciences and Pharmacy on West 12th Avenue.  James
Stevens, associate vice president for physical facilities, 292-
0257

     Trademark and Licensing Services is commemorating the 25th
anniversary of the 1968 national champion Ohio State football
team.  A commemorative logo was developed and offered to
licensees.  Some product promotions incorporating the logo are a
limited edition of the little 8-oz. Coca-Cola bottles, a
collector's drink cup offered at Columbus area 7-Eleven stores,
and Bama strawberry preserves in a reusable tumbler.  Anne
Chasser, director, 292-1562.


Student Services and Activities

     Homecoming will be celebrated Oct. 11 to 16, beginning with
a kickoff carnival on the Oval on Monday, Oct. 11.  Buckeye Bowl,
a game of wits pitting faculty against students, will be held on
Tuesday, Oct. 12.  On Wednesday, Oct. 13, a fund-raiser involving
setting a world record will be held at several locations.
Thursday's activities include the Alpha Phi Alpha African
American Homecoming Pageant and decorations judging at residence
halls and greek houses.  The homecoming parade begins at 6 p.m.
on Friday, Oct. 15, with former basketball star Jerry Lucas as
grand marshal, followed by a pep rally on the Oval at 8 p.m.  The
homecoming court will be introduced at the football game against
Michigan State on Saturday, which will be followed by an evening
of jazz and recreation at the Drake Union.  Throughout the week,
there will be charity fund-raisers and a book collection for the
Literacy Council.  Brenda Fields, 292-2324.

     Women's soccer is the the newest varsity sport at Ohio State
and will begin intercollegiate play this fall.  With the addition
of soccer, coached by Lori Henry, Ohio State now offers 32
intercollegiate sports programs.  Sports Information, 292-6861.

     Residence and Dining Halls will offer a new program, "First
Year Experience," to help new students develop social skills,
academic competence and an awareness of the array of resources
available at the university.  The program, which uses volunteer
peer mentors, will be offered in Baker Hall on the South Campus.
Begun at the University of South Carolina, it has been a big
success at other universities around the country.  Rebecca
Parker, associate director, 292-3930

     Student Health Services will sponsor a health and fitness
fair on Oct. 19.  Students will be able to participate in
cholesterol screening; measure their cardiac fitness, body fat
levels, lung capacity and stress levels; and get information on
nutrition and self-exams.  All participants will receive gifts
and there will be drawings for prizes.  The Student Health
Service also has updated its human sexuality seminar to include
the latest information on birth control and sexually transmitted
diseases as well as information on developing healthy
relationships through communication and decision making.  Free
help is available for students who wish to quit using tobacco
products.  Substance Education Evaluation Decision (SEED) offers
counseling, education and follow-up support.  Mary Ann Joseph,
coordinator of nursing services, 292-0110.

     Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Student Services will hold a
Resource Fair on Oct. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Faculty Club to
welcome new gay, lesbian or bisexual faculty, staff and students.
It will feature representatives from campus and Columbus
organizations that offer resources to this community.  Phil
Martin, director, 292-6200.

     For the first time, the 1993-94 Student Directory (phone
book) will include electronic mail addresses.  Any student
interested in obtaining an e-mail address may contact Academic
Computing Services.  With e-mail, students can communicate by
computer with others on campus and around the world.  Academic
Computing Services, 292-4843.


Regional Campuses

     The Ohio State University at Lima and the city of Lima are
collaborating on a pilot program on race relations that is
receiving national attention. "Can't We All Just Get Along" began
last May when Lima Mayor David Berger called together area clergy
to assist in controlling local reaction after the Rodney King
verdict.  Carol Fasig, director of continuing education at the
Lima campus, advised the city in its efforts to bring the groups
together and assisted in writing a grant proposal and training
manual.  The program uses the study circle technique to conduct
sensitivity workshops between members of different religious and
racial communities.  The program has expanded to train-the-
trainer sessions and now, via the clergy, to religious groups
throughout the community.  Several Lima campus faculty members in
sociology, psychology and history are now evaluating the
effectiveness of the study circles in reducing racial prejudice.
     The Lima campus is adding two new two-year programs this
fall.  Students can follow a business concentration in the
already established Associate of Arts degree program or enroll in
a new A.A. program with an emphasis in social work which
qualifies them as certified activity professionals.  Activity
professionals work with older adults in day care, retirement
living, nursing home and home health care settings.
     Also new are a graduate level course in women's literature,
a student literary magazine, a new psychology laboratory with
biofeedback equipment, and remodeled dining facilities.  Deirdre
O'Driscoll, director of communications, (419) 221-1641.

     The Ohio State University at Mansfield has experienced huge
growth in the number of graduate students attending during summer
quarter.  From 85 students in 1991, to 182 in 1992, to 273 this
summer, the number has increased steadily.  Much of the increase
has come as a result of special workshops for teachers, including
a number sponsored by the North Central Ohio Consortium on
Mathematics and Science Teaching.
     The Mansfield campus is launching a new program this fall
for high-risk students.  The Academic Success Program will be a
contract-based program led by academic adviser Rick Stewart.
Students will sign an agreement that requires regular meetings
with their advisers and provides an individual prescription for
work with various campus support services.  Fifty new freshmen
have volunteered to join the program, which is an attempt to
encourage early identification of problems that lead to student
failure.  Charles Bird, associate dean, (419) 755-4011.

     It will soon be possible to commute to The Ohio State
University at Newark by bicycle.  The campus will be connected to
a growing network of local bike paths that will eventually extend
from Johnstown, through Newark and eastward into the Blackhand
Gorge recreational area.
     The Newark campus recently graduated its first class of
Master of Education students.  The new one-year program enables
individuals who have bachelor's degrees in areas other than
education to earn a teaching certificate for grades 1-8.
Seventeen students graduated in June, and another class began
studies this summer.
     Grounds improvements include double reflecting ponds with a
teakwood bridge connecting to the new amphitheatre, a new parking
lot for the recently completed LeFevre Hall, and renovation of
the popular Patio between Founders and Hopewell halls.  Newark
community leaders are completing a private $350,000 fund drive to
provide an 82-foot belltower and scholarship endowment in memory
of local banker and education supporter Everett Reese.
     The campus has announced its 26th annual Ten Evenings on
Campus performing arts and travel film series.  A schedule is
available by calling 366-9375.  Terry Blosser, college relations
coordinator, 366-9355.

     Students at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical
Institute in Wooster can now complete an associate's degree
entirely through part-time evening classes.  The programs take
four years and are offered in business management, fluid power
and landscape/grounds maintenance.
     ATI emphasizes hands-on, practical experience in its
programs, which is one factor contributing to the outstanding job
placement rate.  Within 120 days of graduation, 96 percent of ATI
graduates have jobs in their fields.  Liana Huff, (216) 264-3911.

     Secrest Arboretum at the Ohio Agricultural Research and
Development Center in Wooster will offer a fantastic show of fall
color later this month and into October.  The 85-acre arboretum
includes many collections with special autumn interest: a 15-acre
deciduous tree evaluation plot, an extensive forest-type
plantation, a holly display, crabapple trees, and a 2.7-acre
Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance.  Plantings have been made
in the arboretum since 1909.  It is open to the public at no
charge year round during daylight hours.
     Over the summer, graduate students at OARDC formed the
Association of Graduate Students at Wooster.  The group seeks to
increase interdisciplinary professional communication, to foster
social interaction, and to provide a coordinated voice through
representation on the OARDC Administrative Cabinet.
     Through interactive television faculty and students at
Wooster and Columbus can teach and take courses from each other
without commuting.  This fall, one course each in veterinary
preventive medicine, poultry science, horticulture, dairy
science, and plant pathology will be taught on the microwave
link.  Various departmental and faculty meetings are conducted
this way, too.  Kurt Knebusch, (216) 263-3775.


Programs Open to the Public

     The annual Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally will be held on
Friday evening, Oct. 15.  The parade, led by grand marshal Jerry
Lucas, will begin at 6 p.m. and wind through the campus and High
Street.  It will be followed by a pep rally on the Oval at 8
p.m., featuring the football team and marching band.  The
homecoming game against Michigan State will be played at 3:30
p.m. on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.  Brenda Fields, 292-2324.

     The School of Music offers more than 150 free recitals and
concerts each year, featuring performances by students, faculty
and visiting artists.  Other highlights of the music season will
include fully staged Opera/Music Theatre productions and these
special events (admission charges for these): Men's Glee Club
Alumni Reunion Concert on Nov. 13, the Marching Band's annual
indoor concert on Nov. 6, and a special Musical Celebration
showcase concert on Dec. 3 to wrap up the College of the Arts'
25th anniversary celebration.  For tickets, call 292-2354.  Other
information, 292-6571.

     In recognition of the College of the Arts' 25th anniversary,
Hopkins Hall Gallery will offer a series of exhibitions this fall
focusing on the old and new, with current works of faculty and
visiting artists as well as the work of alumni of the past 25
years.  The first exhibiton, Sept. 22 to Oct. 1, will feature
ceramics, painting and drawing, and glass by new and visiting
faculty members.  The Biennial Alumni Exhibition, Oct. 4-15, will
present a chronology of works by graduates representing each of
the past 25 academic years.  This will be followed by the
Department of Industrial Design Alumni Exhibition Oct. 18-29
featuring work by the department's alumni in visual
communications, product design and interior space design.
Hopkins Hall Gallery, 292-5072.

     The Department of Theatre will present six main-stage and
three studio productions for the 1993-94 season.  The mainstage
productions are Reckless, a romantic satiric post-modern fable;
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's classic look at young love and
parental authority; Zora Neale Hurston, a loving, spiritual
tribute to the queen of the Harlem Renaissance; You Can't Take It
With You, the Pultizer-Prize winning screwball comedy about
individualism and family loyalty; Mad Forest, an insightful
portrayal of the collapse of Communism in Romania; and The
Imaginary Invalid, Moliere's timeless farce skewering the medical
profession, lawyers and opera.  The studio season will include
Oedipus at Home: A Work in Progress; Speed the Plow; and In
Harme's Way.  For ticket information, call 292-2295.

     The Department of Dance offers a wide-ranging selection of
modern dance performances throughout the year.  Coming highlights
include the Resident and Visiting Artists Concert Nov. 18-20, the
Goucher College Dance Co. on Dec. 4, and the University Dance
Company Feb. 24-26 and March 3-5.  For more information, call
292-7977.

     The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Design
has chosen the theme Technology and Postmodern Culture for its
1993-94 lecture series.  Roundtable discussions will allow
students and faculty to interact closely with visiting speakers.
About 10 programs are planned, with the first two being held in
October.  On Oct. 13, Wayne Carlson, director of Ohio State's
Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, will present a
video selection of recent computer graphics animation -- ranging
from advanced scientific visualization to television commercials
-- and discuss the technical development of this rapidly evolving
medium.  On Oct. 20, Richard Bolt, from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, will talk about interaction between
computers and humans via speech, gesture and gaze.  Lois Foreman-
Wernet, 292-8050.

     The Wexner Center for the Arts has announced its 1993-94
Performing Arts Season.  Eric Bogosian will open the season on
Oct. 1 with Dog Show, a series of humorous monologues that
lampoon the assumptions of polite society.  Next will be Griot
New York on Oct. 14, a multi-disciplinary celebration of life in
the city with choreographer Garth Fagan and jazz legend Wynton
Marsalas.  Other dancers, musicians, singers and performance
artists are scheduled throughout the year, including Twyla Tharp,
Kronos Quartet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the popular
Crosstown Traffic series.  A 20 percent discount is available to
those who purchase tickets to five or more events.  Box office,
292-2354.  Other information, Larry Larson or Darnell Lautt, 292-
0330.

     The Wexner Center also has a full schedule of exhibitions
planned.  Currently under way and continuing through Oct. 3 is
Under Lock and Key by Beth B, a stark and gripping commentary on
domestic violence and isolation that combines sculptural presence
with audio and video, posters, photographs and paintings.  Also
on exhibit now and continuing through Oct. 10 are My Yard by Mary
Jo Bole, an exuberant and life-affirming look at commemorative
funerary monuments; Fragmented Memory: The Chinese Avant-Garde in
Exile, contemporary art from the 1980s; and Traveler, a video
installation by Richard Bloes.  Dedication ceremonies will be
held on Oct. 17 and 18 for Maya Lin's Groundswell, a new
permanent installation built of recycled crumbled safety glass.
Darnell Lautt, 292-0330.

     The Mershon Center, 1478 Pennsylvania Ave., is offering the
Mershon World Affairs Seminar Series, a monthly luncheon meeting
for members of the Ohio State community interested in world
affairs research.  The programs feature faculty presentations of
research in progress or expert panels on topics of current
interest.  Registration is required.  Papers are circulated in
advance in an effort to maintain a high level of interaction.
Josie Cohagen, Mershon Center, 292-3262.

     The 31st annual Farm Science Review will offer visitors a
variety of educational programs in addition to more than 500
commercial exhibits and field demonstrations.  The show will be
held Sept. 21-23 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near
London.  Program topics include financial planning, international
trade, conservation, crops, safety, home economics, and yard and
gardent.  Some 125,000 visitors are expected for this year's
show.  Stan Ernst, College of Agriculture, 292-2011.
                                
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