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Story Ideas for Media 5/31/11


Ohio State honored for student volunteer and service. Last year, nearly 20,000 Ohio State students gave 638,112 hours in service to the community – earning the university a spot on the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.
The Corporation for National and Community Service this year named more than 600 institutions of higher education to the list for their commitment and achievement in community service, with 114 achieving the Honor Roll with Distinction, including six in Ohio.
This is the third year that Ohio State has achieved the Honor Roll with Distinction, with students working on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. In 2009, Ohio State students engaged in 473,444 hours of service. The 34 percent increase in service hours over last year matches a national trend of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community. SEE: http://www.learnandserve.gov/about/programs/higher_ed_honorroll.asp CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.


Ohio State to announce partnership with NetJets Inc. – June 6. An event announcing the establishment of the Center for Aviation Studies will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday (6/6) at the Ohio State Airport, Hangar 1, 2160 West Case Road. The Ohio State College of Engineering is launching the Center for Aviation Studies to enhance aviation-related research, education and scholarship, as well as create opportunities for aviation students, the aviation industry and the general public. Through a funding commitment from NetJets, the Center for Aviation Studies will enhance Ohio State’s undergraduate aviation programs, currently offered through the colleges of Engineering, Business, and Arts and Sciences, by providing seed funding for research projects, student scholarships and fellowships; conducting economic and public policy studies and technical projects; supporting business operations for the Center; and improving educational resources for students, faculty and staff. More details are available online at http://engineering.osu.edu/news/?p=1908. CONTACT: Joan Wall, (614) 292-4064, wall.107@osu.edu

"Safe Summer" provides homes for pets – through June 17. Students who have adopted a pet during the year but can’t take it home have an alternative to abandoning the pet. For the fourth year, the "Safe Summer" program will offer alternatives for college students who are departing Columbus and leaving a pet behind. Veterinary student volunteers will be available May 31 through June 17 to discuss options with students for the best care of their animal. Students with pets that need new homes should e-mail the Safe Summer program beginning May 31. SEE: www.vet.osu.edu/safesummer or e-mail Safe Summer at safesummer@osu.edu. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, (614) 292-3752 or (614) 327-6024 (cell).

Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research inaugurates plug-in electric vehicle charging stations – June 3. The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR) will unveil seven electric vehicle charging stations from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Friday (6/3) at CAR, 930 Kinnear Rd. The media and public are invited to attend this ribbon cutting ceremony, which will showcase the electric charging stations and their significance to Central Ohio. A demonstration of the Chevy Volt and other electric vehicles plugging in to the stations will follow. Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks, City of Columbus Green Steward Erin Miller, representatives from the Honda-OSU Partnership Program, and David B. Williams, dean of the College of Engineering, are expected guests of honor at the ceremony. CONTACT: Holly Henley, henley.53@osu.edu, (614) 292-4217.

Oh Art bus to debut – June 6. The Oh Art Community Project will unveil the Oh Art bus – and with it, Ohio’s first moving art gallery – at 10 a.m. on Monday (6/6). Ohio State students submitted 57 pieces of visual art and 18 pieces of literature to the project. Oh Art has digitized the artwork and affixed it to windows of a campus bus that will be traveling around campus. The bus will debut at the Ohio Union (rear bus stop), 1739 N. High St. Campus bus riders will also be able to take a tour of campus art with special campus maps that highlight the public art on campus. SEE: