Dear Ohio State Mansfield Colleagues,
After back-to-back reproductions of my State of the Campus address and comments made at the Groundbreaking ceremony on September 6th, this Bi-Weekly Report takes on a more standard format of reporting on recent events and other issues of note for the Ohio State Mansfield campus and community.
Last week, the Mansfield campus hosted the first of our 2013-2014 Community Engagement lunches. A large contingent of media representatives from local newspapers, radio and television stations, and related businesses were on hand to hear Susan Delagrange speak about our growing minor in Professional Writing and other recent exciting changes to the English Department’s curriculum. We also were well represented by Ohio State Mansfield students who were actively involved in these offerings, as well as other campus stakeholders who came out to support our student-focused activities. Many thanks to Terri Fox for providing seamless coordination of this event! Please contact Terri or Nick Orosan for more information about upcoming topics in future Community Engagement lunches.
As active partners in the Richland County Development Group (RCDG), our campus has been asked to help promote community participation in a seminar by Ed Gordon (author of Future Jobs - The Employment and Skills Crisis) entitled "The Future of Jobs and Careers: Cultural Update on a New Labor Era." This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. on October 9th at the Renaissance Theater. In addition, Ohio State has been asked to provide assistance in facilitating a workshop that would serve as a follow-up meeting to this seminar. The luncheon workshop will be held on October 10th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Hawkins Corner (the new Area Agency on Aging Building located at 2131 Park Avenue West). Many thanks to Renee Thompson and Shari Petersen for their help in organizing these efforts!
Renee Thompson also has been actively involved in pulling together a Family Engagement grant as a response to an RFP sent out by the Kellogg Foundation. Last week, we met to iron out many of the final details, and we are working with our local school partners, as well as OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, and The Office of Outreach and Engagement in order to define and secure collaborations inside of this proposal. In brief, this proposal seeks support for a systems-based approach that will position families of Mansfield students to be informed and empowered partners in their children’s school endeavors. Building on our current efforts in the middle school and high schools, this program will strengthen the family’s ability to effectively access the systemic resources needed to ensure the academic success of children in preschool and the elementary years. Our letter of intent will be submitted next week, and we should hear soon about our ability to submit a full proposal to the Kellogg Foundation. Good luck to us and many thanks to Renee for her yeoman efforts on this project!
Last week, I paid a visit to Next Generation Films in Lexington and met with David Frecka, President and CEO. This company produces a variety of plastics, and would be an ideal site for future business and industry internship placements. Our internship coordinator, Tracy Bond, is reaching out to their human resources director to facilitate this process. Particularly impressive is the fact that this company is doing research and development on polymers down to the molecular level, so there may be some additional opportunities for faculty and students to connect with Next Generation Films personnel. Mr. Frecka also expressed great interest in the expansion of our engineering offerings on the Mansfield campus, and was especially excited about the concept of a manufacturing engineering degree. I will be traveling to the Columbus campus in a few short weeks to continue that conversation with members of the College of Engineering. NCSC’s President Dorey Diab also is very interested in coupling his engineering technology program as a feeder to this kind of degree offering, so he will be joining me in future discussions as well.
Also last week, Mike Boehm, Vice Provost for Academic and Strategic Planning, brought two senior administrators to the Mansfield campus for their first-ever visit. Joining Mike was Jay Kasey, Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning, and Keith Myers, Associate Vice President for Physical Planning and Real Estate. Following a tour of our facilities, we discussed a variety of issues that followed the general content of our Framework Plan, including perhaps most significantly the variety of activities that surround the Campus District concept. Jay and Keith both promised support for our efforts, and offered increased contact with their offices by sending their staff members to our campus for more regular meetings with our team.
This week, Susan Delagrange and I made a presentation to the Richland County Foundation regarding our renovations to the Bromfield Library and Information Commons (BLIC). We have asked for support to kick start a Learning Collaborative Classroom (LCC) as well as helping us to complete six group study rooms as part of the Bromfield renovation. The LCC would replace the traditional static classroom with innovative room design and instructional materials to facilitate team-based learning, problem-based learning, and other collaborative pedagogies. Instruction in the LCC is meant to be de-centered as the focus of instruction moves from lecture-based learning to the active production and dissemination of knowledge.
Last evening, our first Ohio State Mansfield Board meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year was held. Among other agenda items was the welcoming of two new board members, Dan Deville and Teresa Purtiman. Dan DeVille, a Mansfield resident, is Area Manager for FirstEnergy Service Company, and serves as the Board President of the Heart of Ohio Council for the Boy Scouts of America, Board President-elect for United Way of Richland County, and Vice Chairman of the Richland County Development Group. Teresa Purtiman, an Ohio State Alumnus (B.A. in Economics) and a resident of Lexington, is Of Counsel with the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aaronoff, LLP in Columbus, practicing in the areas of entertainment, transportation and corporate law. She also serves on the Pioneer Career Center Performing Arts Program Advisory Board, and is a past board member of the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, the Mansfield Richland County Humane Society, and Altrusa. Our highly committed board will become even stronger supporters of the campus through the addition of these new members.
We also welcomed our new Student Trustee member, Donald Shumaker. Donald is a fourth year student in the History program, and is certain to become a dynamic force on our campus. He has been reaching out to student leaders of various organizations in order to build and maintain linkages with these groups, and I will be helping to further these efforts by hosting a lunch for these student leaders on October 21st. He also is interested in employing social media as part of his strategic plan to bring as much “student voice” as possible to our campus dialogues.
This was a very busy two weeks, and we have much to look forward to throughout this Autumn Semester. Thanks to everyone for all that you do to make our campus great. Go Mansfield and GO BUCKS!