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Ohio State University News Tips 12-17-14

Graduates mark their final days with candlelight ceremony – Dec. 18. Graduating undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and their families will participate in a pre-commencement candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive. The event, which offers an opportunity to reflect on graduates’ journey at Ohio State, will include a dessert reception, remarks by President Drake, students and others, and a candlelight rendition of “Carmen Ohio,” the university’s alma mater. SEE: commencementweek.osu.edu.

Ohio State will award diplomas to more than 3,300 – Dec. 21. Ohio State’s autumn 2014 commencement ceremony takes place on Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. The university will award 3,310 diplomas at the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. David Steigerwald, professor of history at Ohio State, will deliver the commencement address.
Also during the ceremony, Ohio State will present Distinguished Service Awards to Martha M. Garland, who built a storied career as a senior administrator and prominent advocate for Ohio State students, and Robert J. Weiler, chairman of the board of the Robert Weiler Company, who earned two degrees from Ohio State. SEE: commencement.osu.edu. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

Coping with holiday stress. Especially in today’s economy, celebrating the holidays can bring financial pressures, the heavy weight of expectations and panic that there’s just not enough time. Dealing with new family dynamics, a change in traditions or broken family ties can also be stressors. Experts in Ohio State’s College of Social Work are available to discuss how families can cope. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, College of Social Work, 614-292-3540 or 614-330-2206, Jones-Harris.1@osu.edu.

$16.5 Million Early Head Start Partnership Grant will support Columbus babies, toddlers. Babies throughout Columbus are going to get a step up, even before they can walk.
The Ohio State University is the recipient of a $16.5 million grant to establish an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership to ensure that children in Columbus, from infancy to age 3, receive a healthy and enriching start in life. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the funding marks an effort to expand the reach of Head Start programming by 25 percent nationwide. 
Ohio State’s Schoenbaum Family Center atWeinland Park, 175 E. Seventh Ave., will lead the partnership that will add 160 families to the program each year. SEE: http://news.osu.edu/news/2014/12/16/$165-million-early-head-start-partnership-grant/. CONTACT: Liz Cook, 614-292-7276, cook.17@osu.edu.

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.