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Ohio State News Tips - April 4, 2014

Student group holds 24-hour marathon on the Oval to honor Ohio State community members killed in action – April 5 to 6. 1 Day for the KIA, a student military philanthropy, will hold a 24-hour endurance run on the Oval, from 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 to 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 6. The run honors the 908 Ohio State students, staff and alumni that were killed in the military. Proceeds benefit the group’s The 1 Day for the K.I.A. Living Legacy Scholarship to be awarded to an Ohio State student who has had a military service member parent or sibling killed in action, missing in action, held prisoner of war, or disabled in the line of service. Most runners are cadets in Ohio State’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 645. For this grueling test of endurance, participants have 24 hours to complete as many laps/miles as possible.
At 8 p.m. on Saturday, The Lantern Memorial will be set up around the .9 mile Oval loop; 908 lanterns will be lit around the perimeter – one for each member of the community killed in action. CONTACT: 1 Day for the KIA leaders and Air Force ROTC cadets Duck Yim, 513-257-7328 or Adam Ingram, 614-315-1792. SEE: http://www.1dayforthekia.org/.

Robot competition turns French Field House into candy land – April 5. The French Field House will be transformed into a high-tech candy land as teams of first-year engineering honors students compete to see which student-built robot is the ‘sweetest’ during the College of Engineering’s annual robot competition.
The event takes place from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the French Field House, 460 Woody Hayes Drive. Preliminary round matches take place from noon to 3:30, with the single elimination tournament from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
Student teams will set their robots in motion around a 12- by 12-foot course that simulates a candy store. The fully autonomous robots have just two minutes to perform specific tasks, including adjusting the temperature of a candy making oven, activating a candy making and packaging line, transporting a skid of packaged chocolate to a cooler and delivering a scoop to the store’s candy counter. The robots are limited in size to a 9 inch square footprint and constructed of various materials, including sheet metal, PVC, acrylic, plywood and Erector set components.
The culmination of a semester-long design-and-build project for freshmen honors students, the single-elimination tournament competition will determine which team has designed the best robot to meet the competition specifications.
The event is open to the public; traditionally, several hundred spectators are on hand. CONTACT: Candi Clevenger, College of Engineering communications, 614-292-4064, clevenger.87@osu.edu. SEE: http://go.osu.edu/robotfacts.

UK’s Royal Shakespeare Company to present ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ – through April 11. Thanks to the unique partnership between The Ohio State University and UK’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the RSC’s production of The Taming of the Shrew geared to younger audiences will be performed at Ohio State from April 4 to 11. This First Encounter production, aimed at 8-13 year olds, will be presented by the Ohio State Arts Initiative in Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Drive.
This is the third RSC production featuring RSC actors and geared to younger audiences for school-age audiences through the RSC/Ohio State partnership. An edited version of Hamlet came to Columbus in June 2011; in autumn 2012 a shortened version of King Lear was presented on campus. With the production of The Taming of the Shrew, more than 4,000 Columbus-area students have been introduced to Shakespeare through visiting RSC productions.
The ongoing collaboration between Ohio State and the RSC is centered on the tenets of the RSC’s Stand Up for Shakespeare campaign, which calls for young people to: Do Shakespeare on their Feet, See it Live, Start it Earlier. CONTACT: Victoria Ellwood, (614) 292-6299 or Damian Bowerman, (614) 292-8241. SEE: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/news/uk%E2%80%99s-royal-shakespeare-company-to-present-%E2%80%98the-taming-of-the-shrew%E2%80%99.

Taekwondo tournament is a first at Ohio State – April 5. The 2014 Ohio State Taekwondo Championships will be held this year beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Recreational Physical Activity Center (RPAC), 337 W. 17th Ave.
The tournament is officially sanctioned by USAT (the national governing body under the U.S. Olympic Committee). It is the first major martial arts tournament of any style to be held at the RPAC, and represents the starting point in either qualifying for the U.S. National Team or competing in the Olympics.
The event is being hosted jointly by the Ohio State Taekwondo and the Ohio State University Taekwondo Club. CONTACT: Crichton Ogle, professor of mathematics, tournament director and OSU Taekwondo Club advisor, ogle.1@osu.edu. SEE: http://www.ohiotaekwondo.org/?q=2014/state.

Veterinary Medicine holds open house – April 5. The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine will host an Annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.Attendees are asked to donate cat or dog food, which will be given to area animal shelters and food banks. The event provides an opportunity for animal lovers and prospective veterinary students to learn more about animal care and health and professional career opportunities. Visitors can take tours of the Veterinary Medical Center, speak with veterinary students and professionals in the field of veterinary medicine, and participate in a variety of hands-on activities and displays designed for all ages and interests. CONTACT: prospective@cvm.osu.edu or Melissa Weber at (614) 327-6024. SEE:http://vet.osu.edu/AnnualOpenHouse.

The Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male holds Todd Bell Lecture Series – April 7. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Bell National Resource Center will hold its 9th Annual Bell Luncheon, featuring DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) as the keynote speaker. The fundraiser luncheon will take place on Monday, April 7 at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 350 N. High St. Tickets are $40. CONTACT: Tai Cornute at 614-247-4765 or cornute.2@osu.edu. SEE: http://go.osu.edu/luncheon.

Jack Hanna to Talk Sustainability at Ohio State – April 10. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Director Emeritus Jack Hanna will be the featured speaker at the Earth Day-related Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 10 at the Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. EPN breakfasts are held monthly to discuss areas of interest for environmental professionals throughout the central Ohio region. Hanna’s talk will include animals from the Columbus Zoo and will focus on sustainable practices for daily life. CONTACT: Gina Langen, langen.2@osu.edu, 614-688-4423. SEE: http://epn.osu.edu/events/epn-breakfast-students-april-2014.

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