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Story Ideas for Media 12-4-06


Outstanding students will graduate during autumn commencement.
Autumn quarter winds to a close on Sunday when approximately 2,000 students will earn degrees. Among the graduates, one is earning four degrees, and a father and daughter will march side by side.
• Commencement is father/daughter celebration. The Fisher College of Business will award degrees to the oldest and youngest members of its graduating class: Jessica Jacobson and her father, Bill, who returned to Ohio State 36 years after first enrolling at the university on a basketball scholarship. Jacobson retired last year from his job as a counselor at Miami Trace Elementary School in Washington Court House after spending many years as a counselor, teacher, and coach in the Xenia Community Schools. He earned a degree in education from Youngstown State University and a counseling degree from Ohio University, but wanted closure in his 36-year pursuit of an Ohio State business degree. He will march next to Jessica, who is completing a degree in finance. She plans to attend law school; he hopes to continue working with students as a counselor or teacher. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.
• Student earns four degrees in one day. Carla De Pozzio-Pardo will earn bachelors degrees in French, International Studies, Political Science and Spanish. De Pozzio-Pardo, who began her studies at Ohio State four years ago, says she “got everything she could out of Ohio State.” A Toledo native, she has been part of the International Affairs Scholars program and has been inducted into the National Senior Honorary Mortar Board Society for high scholastic achievement and leadership. Carla has also participated in Study Abroad programs in France, Mexico, Bolivia and Poland and has had internships at the United Nations, the Mexican Embassy, and the Columbus Literacy Council. Among other offices she has worked for include the Governor’s Office: Office of Hispanic and Latino Affairs, the International Visitor’s Council, and the OSU Architect’s Office, the Office on International Affairs and the Fine Arts Library on campus. De Pozzio-Pardo, a first-generation American whose parents came from South America, hopes to attend graduate school and eventually use her Latin American background to better understand and assist the Latin American population. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.


Ohio Union prepares to move by hosting Junk Party – Dec. 5.
The Ohio Union will host its last Junk Party where all tenants of the building will clear out their offices and storage areas to prepare the building for demolition and replacement, scheduled to begin early next year. After being in the building for 56 years, there are many items that need to be cleared out, but are too valuable to dispose of. University Archives is involved to ensure items of importance are properly preserved. CONTACT: Eve Scrogham, (614) 292-5200 or Collette Masterson, (614) 292-8763.

Ohio State\'s autumn commencement is Sunday – Dec. 10. Approximately 2,000 will earn degrees during Ohio State\'s autumn commencement on Sunday (12/10) at St. John Arena. Roy Romer, former three-term governor of Colorado, will deliver the commencement address. Impressive community service, study abroad, significant academic achievement and research projects are among the wonderful memories that Ohio State graduates will take with them when they earn degrees this weekend. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

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: Liz Cook, (614) 292-7276 or cook.17@osu.edu, Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4748 or hoffman.511@osu.edu, Jim Lynch, (614) 247-4110 or lynch.270@osu.edu, or Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385 or murray-goedde.1@osu.edu.