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Ohio State University News Tips 1/16/15

Ohio State students mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with community service, march and blood drive. – Jan. 19. More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, making it a day on, not a day off. They will work at 64 locations throughout central Ohio. Buses depart the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., at approximately 8:45 a.m. Ohio State’s Pay it Forward, which provides students with service opportunities, and the Hale Center partner to host this annual day of community service. Registration is at 7:45 a.m. in the Ohio Union. SEE: http://ohiounion.osu.edu/get_involved/student_activity_fee/mlk_day_of_service.

Other activities include:
Ohio State Student March for Freedom. Participants will gather at 3 p.m. at the Hale Center, 154 W. 12th Ave. and march to the Ohio Union for transportation to the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave.
MLK Blood Drive takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 101 Hale Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave. SEE:http://odi.osu.edu/hale-black-cultural-center/hbcc-events/mlk-celebration/. CONTACT: Larry Williamson, 614-292-0074 or Williamson.1@osu.edu.

Charting a new course on Cuba – Jan. 21.The John Glenn School of Public Affairs presents a dialogue about how changing U.S. relations with Cuba will affect local and national policy.
The panel includes Luis Alcalde, Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, and Trevor Brown, director of the Glenn School. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in 130 Page Hall, 1810 College Road. The event is free and open to all. CONTACT: Shadia Jallaq, Jallaq.6@osu.edu. SEE: http://glennschool.osu.edu/dialogue.

Social Work professor increases human trafficking awareness via global conversations, nontraditional classes. January is designated as Human Trafficking Awareness Month but Professor Jacquelyn Meshelemiah has been conducting research and educating students and others about it since 1996. Recently, she finished a four-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that drew more than 30,000 students from 187 countries.
Unique to its kind, the course rallied students in a global conversation. Rather than being a course meant to solely educate, it represented an online community where it was safe for participants to share impactful stories and brainstorm interventions. Its potential: providing a global discourse related to bringing freedom to thousands of people trapped in slavery around the world. The course increased awareness and gave access to those who may not have access to an academic course.
Meshelemiah also has another online course available through iTunes U on human trafficking, resulting in more than 25,000 downloads. Internationally known for her research and efforts to fight for change, Meshelemiah has placed a spotlight on the world's issues of human trafficking and prostitution. She is available for interviews. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, 614-292-3540 or 614-330-2206.

The person listed as the CONTACT will have the most current information about the story. Call on our media relations staff for help with any Ohio State story: Jane Carroll, 614-292-5220 or carroll.296@osu.edu; Liz Cook, 614-292-7276 or cook.17@osu.edu; Gary Lewis, 614-688-2048 or lewis.330@osu.edu; or Amy Murray, 614-292-8385 or murray-goedde.1@osu.edu.