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President Gee to host faculty on two-day road trip to NW Ohio

COLUMBUS – Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee will take new faculty and administrative leaders from Ohio State on a two-day road trip across northwest Ohio on September 9 and 10. Participants will tour key projects supported by the university and see first-hand the reach and impact that teaching, research, and service have on communities and residents across the state.

"The truest way to understand both the needs of Ohioans and the value this University brings to their lives is to get out and talk with them," said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, who will join the group for most of the tour. "Through collaborations large and small, Ohio State leverages its resources to enrich lives and to address pressing issues in every county, every neighborhood in Ohio."

Gee's co-host on the Tour, Senior Vice President for Outreach & Engagement Joyce Beatty, said the Tour serves as inspiration for participants when they return to the Columbus campus.

"Our central mission is to improve lives through teaching, research, and service," Beatty said. "So the experience of seeing the breadth and scope of Ohio State's fingerprint on our communities is invaluable to motivating our diverse faculty, administrators and students to work together as One University and continue this tradition of excellence and eminence across Ohio."

As the state's flagship land-grant institution of higher learning, The Ohio State University has forged partnerships in each of Ohio's 88 counties and works aggressively to address Ohio's emerging needs and create opportunities for growth and progress. This year's Roads Scholars Tour will include visits to the Xunlight/Wright Center for Photovoltaics in Toledo and Wyandot Solar in Upper Sandusky. These facilities, which benefit from Ohio's high-tech Third Frontier program, aim to highlight how the emerging solar energy industry will affect Ohio's economic and job creation future.

Other stops include:

• Mad River Family Practice near Marysville, a growing rural family practice where Ohio State medical students perform residencies
• The university's regional campus in Lima
• Central Catholic High School in Toledo
• Grant Middle School in Marion, which supports a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring partnership

Gee first initiated the Roads Scholars Tours in 1997, and since then, nearly 700 new faculty have traveled to all parts of the state to better understand how its partnerships have improved lives and strengthened the state's economy. One of the president's strategic goals for the university is enhancing its work with Ohio's communities.

The participants will also interact regularly with alumni in northwest Ohio who will be preparing that week for the Buckeye football team's nationally-televised game against USC.

The following events are open to the media:

Wednesday, September 9:

9:30- 10:30 a.m. Mad River Family Practice, 4879 US Highway 68 South, West Liberty.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. OSU Lima, 4240 Campus Drive, Lima.

3- 4 p.m. Xunlight Corporation/ Wright Center for Photovoltaics, 3145 Nebraska Avenue, Toledo.

6:45-8:15 p.m. Reception featuring House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi
and Senate Majority Whip Mark Wagoner, Maumee Bay Resort and Conference Center, 1750 State Park Road #2, Oregon

Thursday, September 10:

10-11:30 a.m. Central Catholic High School, 2550 Cherry Street, Toledo.

1- 2:45 p.m. Upper Sandusky Area/Wyandot Solar, Masters Building, Wyandot County Fairgrounds, 10171 State Highway 53 N., Upper Sandusky.

3:30- 4:30 p.m. Grant Middle School (Pride and Life Skills Mentoring Program-Big Brothers/Big Sisters), 420 Presidential Drive, Marion.