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Story ideas for media 1/13/17

Calendar note: The Ohio State University will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16. There will be no classes and offices will be closed.

Ohio State students mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day on, not a day off – Jan. 16. On Monday, Jan. 16, approximately 1,000 Ohio State students will go into the community for service projects throughout the city.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: https://payitforward.osu.edu/Our%20Programs/mlk_day_of_service

Other events include:

  • MLK Blood Drive – Jan. 16. The blood drive takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hale Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave. Sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Chapter.
  • The university’s 45th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration takes place on Jan. 31 and features Angela Yvonne Davis, American political activist, academic scholar and author. Davis emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Known for books like Women, Race & Class, she has advocated for gender equity, prison reform and alliances across color lines. Davis’ presentation takes place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.

SEE: http://odi.osu.edu/hale-black-cultural-center/hbcc-events/mlk-celebration/. CONTACT: Larry Williamson, 614/292-0074 or Williamson.1@osu.edu.

College of Social Work Hosts Screening of 13th – Jan. 18. The College of Social Work is hosting a screening of 13th, a Netflix-produced documentary from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on January 18, in 100 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd.
In the film, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the United States’ prison system and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. A facilitated discussion will follow the screening, focusing on the role of social work practice and advocacy around race and mass incarceration. This event is free and open to the public.
CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, Communications Director at the College of Social Work, (614) 292-3540 or (614) 330-2206 or Jones-Harris.1@osu.edu. Read more:


Hop to it – Jump Rope Club hosts summit, competition and public demonstration – Jan. 20-21. The Jump Rope Club at Ohio State is hosting a university jump rope summit on Jan. 20-21 at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), 337 Annie & John Glenn Ave. The event will feature competition among clubs from schools including Stanford, Duke, North Carolina, Toledo and Kent State. Winners will qualify for the Arnold Sports Festival. There will also be workshops and demonstrations for the public. Best coverage options are a Saturday morning (8-10:30 a.m.) workshop with participants learning new skills, the competition (junior and college divisions) Saturday afternoon (1-5 p.m.) and a Saturday evening workshop (6-7:15 p.m.) featuring clubs and community members jumping rope.
To get an idea of what you will see, watch this video or see the club’s Facebook page.

More information and the complete schedule is onlineUniversity contact: Dave Isaacs (Isaacs.84@osu.edu, 614-292-8424), Jump Rope Club contact: Tori Boggs (boggs.1073@osu.edu, 304-488-5134).

Orange is the New Black author will discuss criminal justice reform – Jan 25.
A hit Netflix TV show wasn’t Piper Kerman’s goal when she wrote Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, a memoir about her 13 months in the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution, but the bestselling book and TV series has led to a life of advocacy and given her a high-profile public platform to share her message: Criminal justice reform needs to happen.
Kerman will deliver this message as part of the 2016-17 COMPAS (Conversations On Morality, Politics, And Society) Program on Inequality. The talk takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 in Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. SEE: https://cehv.osu.edu/events/compas-special-event-piper-kerman.

Social Work partners with Sheriff’s Office on Operation Street Smart – Feb. 15. Last year, a record number of Ohioans died of drug overdoses, placing Ohio among the top 10 states with the highest number of ODs. Are you missing the warning signs of drug misuse that could save the lives of your students, clients or loved ones? The College of Social Work, in collaboration with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit, will present Operation Street Smart, with information on today’s drug trends. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater, 1739 N. High St. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, Communications Director at the College of Social Work, (614) 292-3540 or (614) 330-2206 or Jones-Harris.1@osu.edu. SEE: http://csw.osu.edu/images/upload/StreetSmart_2-15-17.pdf