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Story Idea for Media 4/19/13

Ohio State hosts first Building Healthy Academic Communities National Summit -- April 22-23. Over 90 academic institutions and colleges from across the U.S. are attending the inaugural Building Healthy Academic Communities National Summit on April 22-23 at The Ohio State University Ohio Union to share comprehensive, evidence-based practices on faculty and staff wellness, student wellness, medical centers, and wellness innovations.

Invited speakers discussing the latest higher education health and wellness topics include Jack Groppel from the Human Performance Institute, Michelle King Robson from EmpowHer, and Michael Roizen from the Cleveland Clinic and regular medical guest on Dr. Oz, CNN, NBC News’ TODAY and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Participants will actively participate in wellness activities during the summit – a mindfulness and meditation session, "9 pillars of wellness" walk, zumba, healthy cooking demo are integrated into the program. SEE: http://healthyacademics.org/program-agenda. CONTACT: Kathryn Kelley, 614-688-1062, kelley.81@osu.edu.

Ohio State a National Leader in Green, Sustainability Awards. In celebration of Earth Day 2013 (4/22), The Ohio State University is pleased to announce five recent awards it has earned through its efforts to be the “greenest” university in the nation. Since 2008, the university has increased the environmental efficiency of its campus operations and the environmental consciousness of its students, faculty and staff. Those efforts are paying off in many ways, not the least of which is the growing list of “green” awards won by the university. In 2013, Ohio State has earned the following notable awards:
Diversion Rate Champion for the 2012 Game Day Challenge, a national stadium recycling competition
National Champion, Second Annual Environmental March Madness tournament, for demonstrated excellence in environmental academics and outstanding student and faculty engagement
•2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion, U.S. EPA College & University Green Power Challenge, for using more green power than any other school in the Big 10
Paw of Approval Award from Polar Bears International, awarded for Ohio State's commitment and contribution to sustainability efforts across campus
"Silver" ranking from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, for its international reporting system to measure sustainability performance

In addition to taking the top ranking in those competitions, Ohio State also received a No. 2 ranking in the U.S. EPA's Top 20 College & University leading green power purchasers competition, a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. CONTACT: Gina Langen, langen.2@osu.edu

Harvard historian and author Jill Lepore on campus – April 24. Harvard historian and author Jill Lepore will discuss her forthcoming biography of Jane Franklin, Ben Franklin’s sister (Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin) at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater, 1850 College Rd.

Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard College and chair of Harvard's History and Literature Program. She is also a staff for the New Yorker. Lepore is the author of several books, including, The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death (Knopf, 2012); The Story of America: Essays on Origins (Princeton, 2012); The Whites of Their Eyes (Princeton, 2010), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; and New York Burning (Knopf, 2005), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award for the best non-fiction book on race, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, among others. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Ohio State's Department of History and the Wexner Center for the Arts. SEE: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/events/humanities-institute-hosts-author-and-harvard-historian-jill-lepore. CONTACT: Libby Lantz, Humanities Institute, Lantz.38@osu.edu, 614-688-0265.

Fisher holds dedication ceremony for Wolstein Gateway – April 25. Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business will dedicate the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Gateway at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. The Wolstein Foundation provided a $3.4 million gift to the college to support entrepreneurship undergraduate scholarships and academic programs last fall. Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee and Fisher Dean Christine Poon will be joined by Iris S. Wolstein for the dedication ceremony. The gateway is located at 210 West Woodruff Ave. between Schoenbaum and Mason halls. CONTACT: Patricia Allen, (614) 292-8937, allen.965@osu.edu.

Ohio State research: Not Everyone Likes the Company Picnic; Social Events Don't Build Unity for Those Who Differ from the Rest of the Team. The workers who may have the most to gain from attending company social events may be the ones who actually get the least value from them, a new study suggests. Researchers found that, in general, workers tended to report closer relationships with their colleagues the more that they attended company social events and shared their nonwork lives with their co-workers.

But that positive association between workplace sharing and closer relationships didn't occur for workers who were racially dissimilar from their colleagues.

“There is something about being different from your co-workers that can make socializing less effective in building closer relationships,” said Tracy Dumas, lead author of the study and assistant professor of management and human resources at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, 614-292-8457; grabmeier.1@osu.edu, SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/companyparty.htm.

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