Profiles OSU Sept 2020

PROFILES SEPTEMBER 2020 First-year students on the campus of The Ohio State University at Newark were officially welcomed to the Buckeye family during a virtual Convocation held on August 24, the day before the start of autumn semester classes. Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the annual event, which formally signals the start of the new academic year, transitioned to a virtual format for the first time. More than 350 new students participated in Convocation 2020, which featured both live and recorded messages from campus leadership, faculty, staff and current students. While virtual Convocation lacked the traditional opening procession of robed faculty, Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald, PhD, gave a nod to tradition by presenting his live address in full academic regalia. Appearing via Zoom masked and outside from the heart of the Newark campus, MacDonald encouraged the new Buckeyes to “Take the lead… get involved” and to “leave your mark in such an extraordinary time.” Keynote speaker Associate Professor of history Mitchell Lerner, PhD, urged the students to take advantage of the endless opportunities available at Ohio State Newark and called upon them to fulfill the promise of an Ohio State education. “Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability,” said Lerner. “I would hope that your stay here at Ohio State Newark launches you… to inspire, and to lead, and even to change when necessary. You can aspire to work for NASA, or to study climate Convocation marks start of autumn semester The Ohio State University at Newark The 11th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference, “Continuing to Create a Community of Belonging,” will be held on Friday, September 25 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in a virtual setting that will include live discussions, workshops and prerecorded videos. Keynote speaker is Daniel Juday. Juday graduated fromThe Ohio State University with a Master of Education. He will facilitate multiple sessions including “Redefining Diversity and Exercising Inclusion” and “The Power of Authentic Connections and Relationships.” Conference cost is $30. Register by September 21 at interculturalrelations . If previously registered for the in-person conference, registration is not required. Questions may be directed to Vorley Taylor at or 740.366.9443. Community Intercultural Relations Conference (Continued on page 3) Brutus comes to campus The Adena Recreation Center is home for a new Brutus Buckeye statue. “Take the lead...get involved and leave your mark in such an extraordinary time.” William L. MacDonald Dean/Director, The Ohio State University at Newark