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Story Ideas for Media 5/2/17

Colleges hold pre-commencement events:

  • College of Social Work offers live feed of graduation recognition – May 5. The College of Social Work will stream its annual pre-commencement ceremony known as the Evening of Recognition so that faraway guests who are unable to see it in person can watch their graduates be recognized, receive honors and walk the stage.
    The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.
    The college streams the event live (and this year, expects to use Facebook Live). Onlookers, both distance and in person, may also tweet shout outs and well wishes to the graduates on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the Mershon Auditorium stage.
    The ceremony, unofficially themed “Look out world, here comes help!” is a blend of celebration, technology and social media. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, 614-330-2206 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.
  • College of Public Health pre-commencement program features author/historian – May 6. College of Public Health graduates will hear from author and historian Conrade Hinds, who will share how the same spirit of invention in Ohio that helped virtually eliminate the scourge of typhoid fever and cholera here and around the world is needed now to solve public health challenges such as opioid addiction and pollution. Hinds will speak at 3:30 p.m. at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. The number of 2017 BS in Public Health degree graduates represents an increase of 25 percent over 2016 numbers. CONTACT: Gary Snyder, College of Public Health, Snyder.588@osu.edu, 603-217-7099.

Armstrong Space Symposium features NASA officials, former astronauts, global and commercial ventures – May 8. The Ohio State University hosts the Armstrong Space Symposium and Chair Installation from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8 at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. The event includes a keynote address by former NASA administrator Michael D. Griffin, CEO of Schafer Corporation, at 8:15 a.m.
Panels throughout the day are “The Making of the ‘Small Step’ and ‘Giant Leap,’” “‘For All Mankind:’ Space as a Global Enterprise,” “From Space Knowledge into Commercial Ventures” and “Space Applications for Sustainable, Resilient and Emerging Economies.” The symposium ends with the Armstrong Chair installation ceremony at 3:30 p.m. SEE: https://engineering.osu.edu/events/2017/05/armstrong-space-symposium-and-chair-installation. CONTACT: Pam Frost Gorder, gorder.1@osu.edu, 614-292-9475.

National Collegiate Aviation Championship event returns to Ohio State University Airport – May 9 – 14. The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies hosts NIFA’s SAFECON 2017, a flight competition that brings the nation’s top collegiate pilots to the university’s airport to participate in flight and ground events that encourage aviation safety as well as superior knowledge, skill and professionalism. NIFA stands for National Intercollegiate Flying Association. SAFECON stands for Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference. This is the 11th time Ohio State has hosted the SAFECON Flying Competition. Throughout the week, 26 teams comprising almost 400 students will compete in 12 different events, including aircraft recognition, navigation, precision landing, and message drop. SEE: https://aviation.osu.edu/safecon-2017.
CONTACT: Matt Schutte, Director of Communications, College of Engineering
614-905-0166, Schutte.9@osu.edu or Andrew Langen, president, NIFA SAFECON 2017, 513-432-3436, langen.14@buckeyemail.osu.edu.

Ohio State West Campus Science and Technology Festival – May 20. The West Campus Science and Technology Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, in the courtyard of West Campus, at Carmack Drive.
This family-friendly event offers a look at the many science labs and research centers housed on Ohio State's West Campus. In addition to displays and hands-on activities highlighting research at Ohio State, there will be tours of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Lab, enCORE Solar House, Center for Automotive Research and the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center. COSI and the Franklin Park Conservatory will also be there to provide hands-on activities. The event is free and open to the public. SEE: https://bpcrc.osu.edu/west-campus-science-technology-festival