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Story Ideas for Media 8/23/13

Ohio State University Marching Band Hosts Celebration for University Faculty and Staff who Donated to Band – Aug. 24. Faculty and staff of The Ohio State University who last year funded The Best Damn Band In The Land (TBDBITL) to the tune of $6,500 through the Campus Campaign program will join Band Director Jonathan Waters for a special celebration on Saturday, Aug. 24. The event begins at 4 p.m. at The Joan Zieg Steinbrenner Band Center (between gates 10 and 12 on the east side of Ohio Stadium.
The additional funds have helped the band pay for expenses that range from uniform dry cleaning to food for member on away games.
The Campus Campaign TBDBITL event will include a march out to the football field for a “Band Bootcamp,” where donor-celebrants will learn from band squad leaders how to march with TBDBITL. The event will culminate with an opportunity to march down the field with the band in a Block “O” formation and perform the iconic Script Ohio.
Last year, 11,488 Ohio State faculty and staff donors contributed nearly $5 million to Campus Campaign with an additional $3 million coming in from retired and emeritus faculty and staff. CONTACT: Jane Carroll, 614-292-5220, carroll.296@osu.edu.

Ohio State University Presidential Search Advisory Subcommittee holds Public Forums in Mansfield and Wooster – Aug. 26. The presidential search advisory subcommittee of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees will hold the first of several public forums to engage the community as the university continues the search process for its next president.
Forums will be held on Monday, Aug. 26. The first will take place from 1 – 2 p.m. at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, 212 Bromfield Hall, 1750 University Drive. The second will take place from 4 – 5 p.m. at Ohio State’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Fisher Auditorium, North Exhibit area, 1680 Madison Avenue.
Public forums are being held at each Ohio State campus and at several locations in Columbus through September 16. CONTACT: Gary Lewis, 614-688-2048, lewis.330@osu.edu.

Ohio State prepares for 2013 Buckeye game day – Aug. 27. A media availability highlighting plans for the Ohio State 2013 home football season will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the Ohio Stadium press conference room located at Gate 32, third floor. The Buckeyes open their campaign hosting Buffalo at noon on Aug. 31.
The briefing provides an opportunity for media to gather important information and interviews with key Ohio State officials working to ensure that Ohio State football is enjoyed in a safe and family-friendly atmosphere.
Highlights include safety and security measures, improving cell phone strength, traffic and parking, and continuing our significant commitment to sustainability by once again aiming for “Zero Waste” in Ohio Stadium. CONTACT: Gary Lewis, 614-688-2048, lewis.330@osu.edu.

Groundbreaking scheduled for North Residential District Transformation project – Aug. 28. Ohio State will break ground on the North District Transformation project, which will provide the facilities that will directly support the university’s ground-breaking Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP). The groundbreaking takes place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28 on the lawn south of Scott House, 146 W. Woodruff Ave.
In total, about 3,200 new bed spaces will be added to the North Residential Area. The project will also include new dining facilities, recreation facilities and other support facilities. The project will be complete for use beginning in autumn semester 2016. CONTACT: Dave Isaacs, 614-292-8424, isaacs.84@osu.edu.

Board of Trustees to engage current and former university presidents in public forum – Aug 30. The Ohio State University Board of Trustees will convene a panel of current and former university presidents from across the country to help frame the search for a new president of Ohio State.
The Symposium on the University Presidency–open to the public–will feature five current and former university presidents discussing the challenges and opportunities of research universities and requisites for strong leadership. The panel will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at The Ohio Union in the U.S. Bank Conference Theatre, 1739 N. High Street. CONTACT: Gayle Saunders,614-292-5962, saunders.372@osu.edu.

Ohio State historian can comment on 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Hasan Jefferies, professor of history, with expertise in the civil rights and black power movements, is available to comment on the significance of the 50th anniversary (Aug. 27) of the “I Have a Dream” speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the Washington Mall. Jeffries says the refrain was a detour from King's planned remarks and the speech was actually titled "Normalcy, No More." CONTACT: Hasan Jeffries, 614-688-4120, Jeffries.57@osu.edu.

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: Jane Carroll, 614-292-5220 or carroll.296@osu.edu; Liz Cook, 614-292-7276 or cook.17@osu.edu; Gary Lewis, 614-292-2048 or lewis.330@osu.edu; or Amy Murray, 614-292-8385 or murray-goedde.1@osu.edu.