Profiles OSU Sept 2019

Convocation Marks the Start of Autumn Semester Convocation is the official welcome event at Ohio State Newark for first-year students. New students heard fromDean/DirectorWilliam L. MacDonald, President Michael V. Drake, Associate Dean Stephanie Brown and administrators, and are introduced to some time-honored university traditions such as “Carmen Ohio.” Convocation is the first of many memorable moments for students at Ohio State, and it is the only time prior to graduation that the class of 2023 is gathered in one location. Students also participated in the third-annual bridge walk. This Ohio State Newark tradition is a symbolic representation of the journey from high school—or in some cases, previous careers or life in the military—to college. Robed faculty awaited on the other side of McConnell Pointe handing out scarlet and gray tassels, a reminder of the end goal: graduation. A picnic with the dean followed. Groundbreaking Kicks Off Construction of New STEM Center The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) celebrated the start of construction for the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology with a ceremonial groundbreaking onWednesday, August 7. Heralded by event speakers as a “game changer” for central Ohio, the $32 million, three-story, 60,000 square foot facility will allow both institutions to expand academic programming, increase enrollment, enhance student success and better meet local workforce needs. Student enrollment at Ohio State Newark grew 24% from 2013-2018. The Alford Center will become the 11th building on Ohio State Newark’s and COTC’s shared 200-acre campus. The building’s anticipated completion date is spring 2021. “The number one issue for employers is workforce development,” noted Congressman Troy Balderson (Ohio 12th) while addressing the crowd of nearly 150 members of the public, community partners and donors, faculty, staff and alumni. “Jobs in STEM fields are in high demand,” he added, noting the critical relevance of Ohio State Newark and COTC adding more educational opportunities leading to STEM careers. Rob Montagnese, president and CEO of Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) echoed Balderson’s comments and noted that nearly 20% of LMHS employees are COTC graduates, underscoring the importance of the campus to the community. COTC’s planned state-of-the-art healthcare simulation center will serve “students who will become our employees and who will care for our community in years to come,” said Montagnese. “The Newark campus is the crown jewel of regional campuses in the state of Ohio,” said Ohio Senate MajorityWhip Jay Hottinger, “and The Ohio State University at Newark September 2019 Convocation 2019 — Class of 2023 Continued on page 3