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College of Arts and Sciences
Joe Steinmetz

Message from Dean Joseph E. Steinmetz

Dear Colleagues—

Thanksgiving is a holiday that epitomizes the best of the American—and the Buckeye—spirit. It is a time to reflect on our blessings and a time to share our bounty with others.

I am inspired by the generosity of our alumni and friends, the enthusiasm and zest for learning of our students, and the dedication and exemplary performance of our faculty and staff.

I am very pleased to tell you of an exceptional gift to the college recently made by Keith Monda (BS, economics, 1968; MA, economics, 1971) and his wife, Linda, who have established the Keith and Linda Monda International Experiences Scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences with a $5 million dollar gift.This is in addition to Keith’s service as chair of the ASC Advisory Committee, the Keith and Linda Monda Scholarship in the Department of Economics, and many other gifts.

We also are grateful for the legacy of alumnus Bob Reusché (BS, business administration, 1949), who died on November 15, 2011.  He will always be remembered for his dedication to the college. Among other things, he and his wife Mary (BS, business administration, 1950) endowed the Robert and Mary Reusché Chair in Geography, the Robert and Mary Reusché Humanities Scholar Endowed Fund, and the Robert and Mary Reusché Scholarships for Study Abroad.

For all of these things, and so many more, I am proud and grateful to have the opportunity to lead one of the elite colleges of arts and sciences in the country.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday weekend.

P.S. – Remember those who are less fortunate by supporting one or more of the worthy charitable organizations of your choice by donating to Bucks for Charity.

Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships

Keith and Linda Monda

Keith Monda (BS, economics, 1968; MA, economics, 1971) and his wife Linda have established the Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences with a $5 million dollar gift.  The creation of the International Experience Scholarships will have a significant impact on students in the arts and sciences. Each year, the need-based scholarships will enable approximately 50 arts and sciences students, who normally would not have the opportunity to travel and study abroad, to have an international experience.

Remembering Robert F. Reusché

Robert F. ReuscheRobert F. Reusché, alumnus and ardent advocate for the arts and sciences, died on November 15, 2011. He was 83 years old. He and his wife Mary endowed the Robert and Mary Reusché Chair in Geography, the Robert and Mary Reusché Humanities Scholar Endowed Scholarship Fund, and the Robert and Mary Reusché Scholarships for Study Abroad.

Humanities Alternative Career Day Highlighted by Chronicle of Higher Ed

Last month, humanities departments, in collaboration with Ohio State’s Graduate School, sponsored a first-time Alternative Career Day for graduate students exploring non-academic careers. Their efforts are the subject of an article in the November 6 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Greening of the Classroom Workshop

Greening of the Classroom WorkshopThe Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) and the Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) have teamed up to make plants an integral part of the K-12 curriculum. Researchers Jelena Brkljacic and Erich Grotewold are offering the first TRAINED Ideation Workshop, Saturday, December 3, for scientists, teachers, students, and education specialists, made possible by a grant from the American Society of Plant Biologists.
At last week’s annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Ruth Peterson, faculty emerita, sociology, received the 2011 Edwin H. Sutherland Award for outstanding career-long contributions to theory and research in criminology, and Randolph Roth, professor of history, received the Michael J. Hindelang Award in recognition of his book, American Homicide, as an outstanding contribution to criminology over the previous three years.

Parents Holding Doctorates, an organization serving individuals with terminal degrees and responsibilities at home, will host a panel discussion on “Building Your On-Ramp,” Wednesday, November 30, 7 pm at La Chatelaine, 1550 W. Lane Ave. For more information, contact Joan Herbers at or 614-292-5472.


Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Celebration of the Art of the Book

OSU Urban Arts Space kicks off the holiday season with children’s mini-book arts festival workshops: Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Celebration of the Art of the Book, Thursday, December 1 —Saturday, December 3. Workshops based on age; space for both is limited; Register at 614-292-8861

Benefits Open Enrollment

Benefits Open Enrollment runs through Friday, December 2.
News and Research
Andersen Awarded Grant for Breast Cancer Intervention TrainingBarbara Andersen
Barbara Andersen,
professor of psychology and researcher at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, was awarded a $1.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. The grant will help train mental health care professionals in a biobehavioral intervention to help cancer patients cope with the stresses of diagnosis and treatment.

Brains of Happy People Focus on the Positive
Wil Cunningham, associate professor of psychology and associate director, Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI), and Tabitha Kirkland, PhD candidate, social psychology, presented their findings on how the brain processes positive, negative, or neutral feelings at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

Adolescent Sex Linked to Adult Body, Mood Troubles
John Morris,
doctoral student in psychology, along with Randy Nelson, professor of psychology and chair, Ohio State’s Department of Neuroscience, are authors of a new study suggesting that sex during adolescence can have lasting negative effects on the body and mood well into adulthood.

Albert Schweitzer Fellowships for Graduate/Professional Students
Graduate or professional students are encouraged to apply for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Fellows partner with a local community-based organization to create and carry out a yearlong, 200-hour service project. Applications are due February 1, 2012.  For information, contact Terry Bahn at

Wednesday, November 23- Friday, December 9
Wednesday, November 23- Friday, December 16
  • Empty Red Frame, The Department of Art Education (1st floor of Stadium/Gate 19)
Wednesday, November 23- Monday, January 2
  • Religions of India - Photo Exhibition, Global Gallery, Hagerty Hall
Sunday, November 27
  • Concert in Support of the 16 days, This event is held on Minerva, the online teaching and research space of the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
Monday, November 28
Tuesday, November 29


Wednesday, November 30
 Thursday, December 1- Saturday, December 3
  • ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: A Celebration of the Art of the Book, OSU Urban Arts Space
Friday, December 2 Saturday, December 3 Saturday, December 3
  • TRAINED Ideation Workshop, 8 am – 5 pm, Fawcett Center
Sunday, December 4 Monday, December 5
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NOVEMBER 23, 2011

News & Updates will not be published Wednesday, November 30. Please continue to send news items as we will resume our regular publication schedule on Wednesday, December 7. Have a great Thanksgiving.

2011 Celebration Concert

Celebrate the Sounds of the Season!

The School of Music presents its annual Celebration Concert at 8 pm Friday, December 2, in Mershon Auditorium. This fast-paced musical extravaganza showcases the school's many performing groups, from its Symphony Orchestra to the Jazz Ensemble, Glee Clubs and more, and wraps up with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. For tickets, call the Theatre box office at 292-2295 or the Wexner Center ticket office at 292-3535. More at

Winter Pinochle Sign-Up

Arts and Sciences faculty and staff members are creating a winter Pinochle group for winter quarter. If you’re interested in joining the group, please e-mail
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