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					                                                                                    autumn 2012

                                                           How giving makes a difference at Ohio State

…students like Alana
Gray may not have
top-tier academic and
athletic opportunities.

University Place for Veterans PAGE 10   Connor Senn’s Memory Lives On PAGE 20
Create your
“The Ohio State University College
of Nursing provided me with the
fundamental skills in critical thinking
to excel in my career as a clinician,
manager, and educator. With a
grateful heart, I am supporting
scholarships through my estate
plan so the next generation may
have the wonderful opportunities
and experiences I did.”
      — Sandy Cornett (BS ’65, MS ’70, PHD ’81)

Through thoughtful estate planning,
you can make a gift of a lifetime that
meets your goals, beliefs, and dreams.

Call or e-mail us
to learn more.

                            For more on Sandy’s story:

                                                                             4    Alumni One and All
                                                                                  A new inclusive membership
                                                                                  model helps all alumni stay
                                                                                  connected to Ohio State and
                                                                                                                     Volume 3 Issue 3
                                                                                  their fellow graduates.            Autumn 2012

                                                                             6    An Investment in
                                                                                  an Education
                                                                                  Students face varying costs
                                                                                                                     Terri Stone
                                                                                                                     Design Editors
                                                                                  depending on their courses,        Cindy Flaherty
                                                                                  major, and college.                Christopher Frank
                                                                                                                     Jason Shults

                                                                            10    A University Place
                                                                                  for Veterans
                                                                                  Restoration of a former
                                                                                                                     Contributing Writers
                                                                                                                     Jane Carroll
                                                                                                                     Adam King
                                                                                                                     Alexandra Rossmann
                                                                                  fraternity house provides a        Contributing Photographers
                                                                                  campus home for veterans.          Alan Geho
                                                                                                                     Sandy Meisel

                                                                                                                     Jason Shults
                                                                                  Help Grow Ohio
                                                                                  State’s Endowment                  President, The Ohio State University
                                                                                  A visual look at how the           Foundation, Senior Vice President,
                                                                                                                     and Special Assistant to the President,

                                                                                  university’s endowed funds
                                                                                  give in perpetuity.                The Ohio State University
                                                                                                                     Jeff Kaplan

                                                                            14    Degrees of Inspiration             Senior Vice President,
Mark Bell, a ceramics arts major, describes the expenses of being a                                                  University Communications
                                                                                  Dr. Bevra Hahn honors her          Tom Katzenmeyer
bachelor of fine arts major as limitless. Beyond books, expenses include
                                                                                  undergraduate years at
studio fees and various supplies to complete projects.                                                               Vice President,
                                                                                  Ohio State by funding              University Communications
                                                                                  scholarships in the College        Melinda Church
                                                                                  of Arts and Sciences.              Senior Director,
                                                                                                                     Marketing Communications

                                                                            16    The Tale of the
                                                                                  Tomato Donut
                                                                                  Lisa and Dan Wampler recently
                                                                                                                     Vince McGrail
                                                                                                                     Director, Marketing Services
                                                                                                                     Katie Culbertson
                                                                                  created two endowments in
                                                                                  FAES—and recall how their          Our mission: Informing past, present,
                                                                                  journey began with a tomato.       and future Ohio State donors about the
                                                                                                                     far-reaching impact of private support.

                        21                                                  18    Making a Critical                  Ohio State Impact is published three

                                                                                  Difference for Women               times a year by The Ohio State
                                                                                  Ohio State scholarships            University Foundation. Opinions
Ryan Ballou, a 24-year-old                                                                                           expressed in Ohio State Impact do
Duchenne muscular dystrophy                                                       for non-traditional students
                                                                                                                     not necessarily reflect the opinions of
patient, helped to launch Ballou     Deb Steward, an associate                    help women reach their
                                                                                                                     the editors or the policies of The Ohio
Skies, which raises funds            professor in the College of Nursing,         educational goals.                 State University.
for continuing his Ohio State        researches better ways nutrition can
physicians’ research.                help infant growth, particularly in
                                     premature babies.                      Also in this issue
                                                                            2 Facts & Stats
  ON THE COVER: Alana Gray of St. Louis, Missouri, credits                  3 Opening Remarks                        The Ohio State University Foundation
                                                                            20 Community Partnerships                1480 West Lane Avenue
  scholarship support with helping to pay for many of the extra
                                                                            22 Much Like a Puzzle                    Columbus, OH 43221
  expenses of majoring in electrical and computer engineering.
                                                                            23 Gift Planning               
  CENTER PAGES: Endowment infographic by Jeremy Slagle
                                                                            24 Recognition Societies                 Contact us at:
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     facts & stats

Points of Pride:
    Ohio State and Ohio University are                             Buckeyes who represented the United States
investing $35 million in venture capital                           in the 2012 Olympics in London, England,
     to help jump start entrepreneurial                            included diver Katie Bell (‘11), rower Margo
  activity in Ohio. The partnership will                           Shumway (‘02), and current students rifler
     help fund promising research and                              Amanda Furrer and fencers Zain Shaito,
               innovative technologies.                            Mona Shalto, and Margarita Tschomakova.

Ohio State ranks 10th nationally among public universities for the
amount of total private support raised, based on a three-year average,
and is the top university in Ohio for fundraising, according to the
national nonprofit group Council for Aid to Education.

              Ohio State Marion                           A record 211,000           The 2013 edition of U.S.
          students are learning                           alumni and friends
                                                                                     News & World Report
    firsthand about the impact                                                        ranked Ohio State’s
            of philanthropy and                           committed nearly           College of Arts and
        charitable organizations                          $365 million to            Sciences the best in Ohio
        through Pay It Forward                                                       with national rankings
          Marion. The program,                            Ohio State through         for interior design (2nd),
       through which students                             June 30, 2012, making      ceramics (4th), and
         work directly with area                          the last two years         industrial design (7th). In
      nonprofits to learn about                                                       the 2012 edition of Best
    grant writing, volunteering,                          of fundraising at          Graduate Schools, the
     and fundraising, promotes                            Ohio State the most        College of Pharmacy’s
           civic engagement in                                                       Doctor of Pharmacy
                                                          successful in the
           students to improve                                                       program ranked the best
                the community.                            university’s history.      in Ohio and 7th nationally.

Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster is ranked number one in the nation
among two-year institutions in the awarding of degrees in agriculture in Community College Week’s
2012 Top 100 report. ATI is ranked in the category of agriculture, agricultural operations, and related
sciences, which includes horticulture and power equipment.

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                                                                                       opening remarks

                            to Eminence
                            When President E. Gordon Gee returned to Ohio State in 2007, he
                            launched a challenge of elevating the university from excellence to
                            eminence. Since that time, Ohio State has engaged in a number of long-
                            term planning exercises designed to guide the strategic decision-making
                            that will lead us to eminence.
                            At the core of the university’s mission—and at the heart of all our units’
                            strategic plans—are four goals:
                            	    •	Achievement	of	demonstrable	excellence	in	teaching	and	learning
                            	    •	Creating	knowledge	through	research	and	innovation
                            	    •	Supporting	outreach	and	engagement
                            	    •	Exhibiting	effective	resource	stewardship	
                            Strategic plans throughout the university are—for the rst time—
                            becoming roadmaps to the same place: the achievement of academic
                            eminence. e overarching goal calls for Ohio State to be consistently
                            recognized among the top ten of all public, comprehensive research

                            In this issue of Ohio State Impact, you will discover speci c ways you
                            are able to support philanthropy. Giving at every level goes a long way
                            toward elevating the university to eminence in the coming years.

“For Ohio State to move from excellence to eminence, a clear
and aggressive goal must be defined in a way to assess whether
progress is being made and when that goal will be achieved.”
                            With our inaugural autumn semester underway, the university is again
                            bustling with activity. We welcome you to visit campus and see for
                            yourself all the incredible changes that are taking place. GO BUCKS!

                            Joseph A. Alutto
                            Executive Vice President and Provost
                            Office of Academic Affairs

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    alumni association

     Alumni One and All
        e size of the Ohio State Alumni Association grew to nearly     Career Assistance
     half a million on July 1. Voting members of the Alumni
     Association approved changes to the constitution that             The	Alumni	Association	now	offers	a	Career	Management	
     automatically make all degree-holders members. For now,           O ce for all Ohio State graduates. Among the free and fee-
     longtime members, as well as the newly welcomed, may be           based personalized services are a Virtual Career Advisor—with
     wondering: “What does this mean for me?” e implications           information on career assessment, resumes, networking,
     for the future are promising.                                     interviewing, and job search strategies—the Buckeye Job Board,
                                                                       LinkedIn, and e Ohio State University Buckeye Network.
     Historically, membership dues have underwritten the               According to Director Marilyn Bury Rice, the new o ce will
     association’s work, including publishing Ohio State Alumni        grow in popularity as more students and alumni discover what
     Magazine, sponsoring clubs and societies, funding Bowl Bashes     the	idea	exchange	has	to	offer.	
     and the Student-Alumni Council, and supporting special events
     and programs. Members have always been encouraged to give
     back to Ohio State through scholarship fundraising and student    Ticketing News
     recruitment, as well as other volunteer activities.
                                                                       Ohio State is unique among major Division I programs in
        e new inclusive membership model now allows the                allocating a signi cant block of football tickets to its alumni
     association to focus on helping all alumni become and remain      organization for sale to its members. Although demand will
     connected to Ohio State and their fellow graduates. For Life      always exceed supply, the Alumni Association is committed to
     Members who joined before July 1, 2012, much remains the          continuing this highly valued bene t to members through the
     same, including access to football tickets. Sustaining Members,   annual ticket lottery. With the approval of the constitutional
     those who previously paid annual dues, can now maintain           amendments, the lottery is open only to Life Members and
     similar status by making annual tax-deductible donations          Sustaining Members beginning in 2013. e timing of the
     of $75 or more to any of the thousands of funds that bene t       lottery remains the same. Members receive noti cation
     speci c areas of the university. e opportunity to support areas   of lottery details via U.S. Mail or e-mail in late April. e
     of personal interest at Ohio State is a meaningful enhancement    registration process follows in May, with results being available
     to	the	membership	structure.	All	other	graduates	are	offered	a	   in early July. Since its inception, more than 90 percent of lottery
     basic level of membership with a smaller array of bene ts.        registrants have been successful in getting two tickets to a
                                                                       Buckeye home game.
     Gi s may be spread across several areas to reach the $75
     minimum donation.

     For more on the new Career Management Office:
     To learn about the impact of giving:

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Membership levels
                       Individuals who have earned associate, bachelor, graduate, professional, or honorary degrees from Ohio State,
                       as well as medical resident graduates of the university.

                       Alumni who renew their commitment to Ohio State each year by making tax-deductible gifts of $75 or more to
SUSTAINING MEMBERS     the university program(s) of their choice.

                       Alumni and friends of Ohio State who joined the Association through a lifetime membership program before it
       LIFE MEMBERS    was discontinued on June 30, 2012.

                                                   Member benefits
                                                                                                            SUSTAINING          LIFE
                                                                   BENEFIT                    ALUMNI         MEMBERS          MEMBERS
                                                    Football ticket lottery eligibility                          n                 n
                                                    Golf course membership eligibility                           n                 n
                                                    Golf course daily play eligibility    1      n               n                 n
                                                    Bowl tickets                                                 n                 n
                                                    Tours2                                       n               n                 n
                                                    Ohio State Alumni Magazine (print)                           n                 n
                                                    RPAC3 membership                                             n                 n
                                                    Virtual Career Advisor                       n               n                 n
                                                    Career programming events                    n               n                 n
                                                    Job board/search                             n               n                 n
                                                    Career counseling sessions                   n               n                 n
                                                    Events   4
                                                                                                 n               n                 n
                                                    Online library privileges                    n               n                 n
                                                    Affinity offers                               n               n                 n
                                                    Electronic communications                    n               n                 n
                                                    E-mail forwarding                            n               n                 n

                                                   1. Advance tee times
                                                   2. Eligible to anyone giving to Ohio State at the Sustaining Member level, regardless
                                                      of alumni status
                                                   3. Recreational and Physical Activities Center
                                                   4. By invitation

                                                   Note: More benefits will be available as university funding increases. Former
                                                   associate members who continue as Sustaining Members remain ineligible for
                                                   certain alumni benefits.

 For more information, contact the The Ohio State University Alumni Association
         Customer Service Office at (614) 292-2281 or (800) 762-5646.

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    cover feature

An Investment in an Education
Ohio State’s cost of attendance is an estimate based on the average expenses of all students. This budget takes into account
basic calculations such as tuition, registration, and other required fees, and adds variable costs like books, living expenses, and
transportation. Yet, even with such consistent figures, students face varying costs depending on their courses, major, and college.

For 2012-13, full-time undergraduate students from Ohio pay about $24,400 for tuition and fees at Ohio State’s Columbus campus.
Nonresident students pay nearly $36,000. Tuition costs are less for students studying at the regional campuses or Agricultural
Technical Institute. Overall, more than 80 percent of Ohio State students receive financial aid, making scholarship support—
whether based on merit, athletics, or need—more vital all the time.

Ohio State is mindful of the burden that college tuition and loans place on students and their families. The university maintains its
commitment to affordability and quality. In fact, tuition increases have been held to 2.4 percent annually over the last five years.

Meet five Buckeyes who share details about their majors, expenses,
and Ohio State experiences.

                                                                    Alana Gray
                                                                    Year: Graduated spring 2012
                                                                    Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
                                                                    Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

                                                                    Alana Gray sought a university with both strong athletics and
                                                                    academics. And she knew she wanted a school located in a city, not
                                                                    a college town. Add to that list: a college far enough from home that
                                                                    she could grow and become independent. “I appreciated that Ohio
                                                                    State was renowned for a student population from different countries,
                                                                    backgrounds, faiths, and cultures,” she said.
                                                                    “I have not had to stress over finances while in school, and I am so
                                                                    thankful and blessed to leave college with few loans,” Gray said of her
                                                                    five years of track-and-field scholarships. Originally, the track and
                                                                    field program offered to cover 80 percent of tuition, books, and room
                                                                    and board. She was heading to school in another state when Ohio
                                                                    State let her know more scholarship funds had become available,
                                                                    increasing her scholarship and making Ohio State affordable. “I knew
                                                                    in that moment that it was destiny for me to be a Buckeye,” she said.
                                                                    What Ohio State Means to Me
                                                                    “Being a Buckeye means growth and opportunity,” Gray said. “If you
                                                                    take advantage of the moment and time, there’s a friend, a club or
                                                                    organization, or an opportunity for everyone here at Ohio State.”
                                                                    Costs of an Electrical Engineering Education
                                                                    Electrical engineering students pay for 24/7 access to certain computer
                                                                    labs. Costs also include breadboards for creating prototypes of electric
                                                                    circuits, a variety of computer programs, and graphing calculators.
                                                                    Different courses may require students to build projects and design
                                                                    posters. Other items to buy include books, course notebooks for
                                                                    classes and labs, and safety goggles.
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                                                                                                                      Chris Vogt
                                                                                                        Year: Graduating autumn 2012
                                                                                                                        Major: History
                                                                                                        Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania

Wilfred “Chris” Vogt
Year: Graduating Autumn 2012
Major: History
Hometown: Erie, Pa.

Background                                                               What Ohio State Means to Me
Chris Vogt was impressed by Ohio State’s reputation. He had moved        “But for Ohio State, I may not be heading in the right direction. I
from Erie to Columbus a few years earlier with the goal of finishing     wouldn’t have figured things out or be going where I need to go,”
his degree. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in the future and,      Vogt said. “Many people at Ohio State have helped me on my way,
down the road, would like to be an academic advisor who helps            such as advisors and professors. I’m glad that I have had the chance to
college students decide what path to take.                               talk to them and to get to know them. I’ll always be grateful for their
                                                                         encouragement, their advice, and their lessons as I continue forward
Scholarships                                                             in life.”
“For this school year, I received the Scarlet and Gray Scholarship,
which is making a huge difference in covering tuition and expenses       Costs of a History Education
for me,” Vogt said. “I transferred to Ohio State last year. Because I    History majors have a list of required purchases that may be
had applied so late into the year, I missed out on any extra financial   considered minor to many in the technical or creative fields. Vogt
aid beyond federal loans.”                                               cites a laptop, book bag, calculator, paper, binders, pencils and pens,
                                                                         parking passes, and dozens of textbooks.

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Nicklaus Meadows                                                       Scholarship
                                                                       Meadows received the Firestone Photography award a few weeks ago
                                                                       at the undergraduate show. “This scholarship is helping with the
Year: Graduating autumn 2012                                           financial burden of being an art student,” he said. “Scholarships help
Major: Photography                                                     college students more than donors can ever imagine.”
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio                                               What Ohio State Means to Me
                                                                       For Meadows, being a Buckeye means waking up every day and
                                                                       knowing his college education has prepared him for life and a job
Nicklaus Meadows chose Ohio State for its overall reputation as a
                                                                       within his chosen field. “My goal is a great career with a popular
leader in academics and as a university with a strong and thriving
                                                                       magazine such as National Geographic, or possibly teaching
art department. He chose photography because he loved making
                                                                       photography one day,” he said.
art and did not want a desk job. “I wanted a degree that truly meant
something to me and not one I felt was safe,” he said.                 Costs of a Photography Education
                                                                       Photography expenses are many, according to Meadows. On his list:
                                                                       a laptop, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, 35mm cameras, DSLR
                                                                       cameras, hard drives, tripods, countless rolls of film, memory cards,
                                                                       photo chemistry, stockpiles of darkroom paper, inkjet paper, film
                                                                       holders, frames, tacks, tape, mat board, photo cutters, paper cutters,
                                                                       and light meters.

“My goal is
a great career
with a popular
magazine such                                                                                                “I am so proud
as National                                                                                                     to represent
Geographic,                                                                                                       Ohio State
or possibly                                                                                                     as I continue
teaching                                                                                                          my career
photography                                                                                                      as a NASA
one day.”                                                                                                         engineer.”

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Mark Bell                                                               Background
                                                                        “Ohio State has one of the first ceramics programs in the country. I
                                                                        found the decision to be a Buckeye an easy one,” Mark Bell said.
Year: Graduating spring 2013                                            “The rich history in ceramics arts allows for many resources not
Major: Ceramic Arts                                                     available at other universities, such as excellent professors and
Hometown: Voorhees, New Jersey                                          facilities. Ohio State was definitely the place at which I wanted to
                                                                        pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree.”
                                                                        Bell received the Arthur E. Baggs Memorial Scholarship Award,
                                                                        the Gilmore Art Scholarship Award, and the Aida Cannarsa Snow
                                                                        Scholarship Award. The Baggs and Gilmore scholarship awards
                                                                        allowed Bell—along with three other Ohio State ceramic majors—to
                                                                        travel to Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Providence, People’s Republic of China,
                                                                        to study at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute for a quarter. “The
                                                                        experience enlightened and inspired me on every realm of ceramic
                                                                        art,” he said. “Studying in Jingdezhen improved my skills and
                                                                        knowledge of materials and techniques and provided opportunities to
                                                                        show my artwork across China.”
                                                                        What Ohio State Means to Me
                                                                        “Being a part of this great tradition of ceramic arts at Ohio State
                                                                        is unparalleled. The history is monumental,” Bell said. “I found
                                                                        the experiences of being in the Arthur E. Baggs Memorial Library,
                                                                        holding Bagg’s ceramic pottery, touching the tools of Adelaide
                                                                        Robineau, and looking at the works of past graduates like Beth
                                                                        Cavener Stichter to be amazing.”
                                                                        Costs of a Ceramics Art Education
                                                                        According to Bell, costs of being a BFA major often seem limitless.
                                                                        Beyond books, students must pay for studio fees and various supplies
                                                                        to complete their projects. These may often reach hundreds or even
                                                                        thousands of dollars a semester. “For me, my personal supply list
                                                                        includes tools, metal, safety equipment, glass, wood, paint, paper, and
                                                                        raw materials,” he said.

Madelyn Gruseck                                                         Scholarships
                                                                        “My family has four children, and I’m the oldest,” Gruseck said.
                                                                        “While my parents work hard to help support my education in any
Year: Graduating spring 2013                                            way they can, I have always known that I would have to find a way to
Major: Mechanical Engineering                                           finance my education. Scholarships and the co-op experience have
Hometown: Mason, Ohio                                                   made all the difference.” She received scholarships from Women in
                                                                        Engineering and the mechanical engineering department.
Background                                                              What Ohio State Means to Me
Madelyn Gruseck transferred to Ohio State after receiving a medical     “But for Ohio State, I would not have had the opportunity to continue
discharge from The United States Air Force Academy for suffering an     the tradition of excellence that all Buckeyes share. I am so proud to
injury during gymnastics practice. She returned to Ohio for several     represent Ohio State as I continue my career as a NASA engineer,” she
surgeries and then decided to continue her education at                 said. “Ohio State has helped me blossom into a bright, young engineer,
Ohio State because of its great reputation for mechanical engineering   and has given me the tools to excel in any career path I choose.”
and proximity to her hometown. Pursuing mechanical engineering
also lets her follow in her father’s footsteps. “He is an electrical    Costs of a Mechanical Engineering Education
engineer and was always having me help him with projects around         When she first arrived at Ohio State, she bought a laptop and
our home,” she said. “Mechanical engineering is very broad, so it       Microsoft Office package. Free software consisted of MATLAB and
opened many opportunities for me. I have always been interested in      Solid Works. The biggest expense following tuition was books. “Last
space flight, and through the mechanical engineering program, I         quarter, I spent $500 for books. While there’s the option of selling
completed a co-op with NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This summer         back textbooks, they are often needed for the next course or for
I completed my sixth tour with NASA in Houston.”                        important notes jotted in the margins,” she said. “We also have many
                                                                        group projects that require building materials. After several years,
                                                                        the cost for these projects adds up.”
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       student affairs

A University Place
for Veterans
                                                                                              The son of a career military man, Jim Miller
                                                                                              (BA ‘83) was inspired to honor his father,
                                                                                              Major Lawrence Miller (below) with the
                                                                                              Veteran’s House.

Generous gifts-in-kind from many sources helped to restore the former fraternity house. The
Veterans House now offers a homelike housing option for students who are veterans, active
duty, reserves, and National Guard. At right is the renovated dining room.

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The Veteran’s House received extensive landscaping in June, thanks to an   On Ohio State graduation day in 1968, Lawrence Miller is joined by
Eagle Scout project and gifts-in-kind from area businesses.                his wife, Carole, and their children Kim, Tim, and Jim (right end). Jim
                                                                           recalls going to his first Buckeye football game at age 7 with his father.

Ohio State is proud to offer a homelike housing option for students        Physical Activity and Educational Services. As he found gift-in-kind
who are veterans. The Veteran’s House, located on East 17th Avenue,        donors to provide materials and labor, the overall renovation goals
is a renovated residence that accommodates 17 soldiers living on           expanded. In total, more than $200,000 in monetary and in-kind
campus as they pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees. In this           giving was raised for the venture. Contributors included Dupler Office
way, veterans have an opportunity to be supportive of each other.          Co., Home Depot, Macy’s, Lifestyle Communities, and Buckeye
                                                                           Resources, as well as the Major Lawrence Miller Military Fund, an
The idea came about in 2009 when Jim Miller came across the                endowment for ROTC and veteran student activities.
rambling, two-story fraternity house in great need of repair. As
the son of a career military man, Miller—who now serves as a               In June, a local Boy Scout troop provided much time and energy
senior associate vice president of Ohio State’s Office of Technology       to help landscape the grounds, including the steep, grassy hill
Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer—decided that                      that makes up the front yard. Thirteen-year-old Bruce Reichert
renovating the university-owned house and creating a veteran               spearheaded the exterior facelift in his quest to become an Eagle
community was an ideal way to honor his father, Major Lawrence             Scout. With a combination of supplies and supervision from
Miller, and the Buckeye community of more than 1,100 veterans.             Buckeye Resources, Goods from the Woods, Buckeye Landscape,
                                                                           and Outdoor Living by Mr. Mulch, Reichert led troop members in
Jim Miller had moved with his family 28 times before he was 18             carrying out the project.
years old. They lived primarily in overseas bases and temporary
stateside housing, except for the occasions his father pursued his         The impact of this renovation is sure to be one of camaraderie and
bachelor’s degree at Ohio State—and returned as a commissioned             commitment as veterans find a comfortable home in Ohio State,
officer in the Air Force for a master’s degree. Because of these two       as Jim and his father did. “Ohio State is home to me, and it is
experiences, Miller viewed Ohio State as his most consistent home          a distinct honor to have attended and now work at this great
in the United States.                                                      institution,” he said.
“President Gee has often mentioned that Ohio State is the pathway to
the ‘American Dream.’ For my family that pathway started first with
some time spent in the Navy by my father,” Miller said. “At the age of     For more on ways to support veterans at Ohio State:
27, my dad was fortunate to attend and graduate with his first degree
from Ohio State. It was during the two times my dad attended Ohio
State that I fell in love with this great university.”
                                                                           To support the Veteran’s House:
To make his plan for veteran housing a reality, Miller located   
individuals and businesses that would support the concept, including
Linda Meeks, his neighbor and a professor emeritus in the School of

“Ohio State is home to me, and it is a distinct honor to have
attended and now work at this great institution.”
                                                                                                                – Jim Miller (BA ‘83)

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                                                                                                                                                        40    countries

4,671 total number of endowed funds
                as of June 30, 2012

                                                                                        industry partnerships
Established during fiscal year 2011-12:                                                     in 40 states

133 new endowed funds                                                                                                                                        400      students
6 chairs and professorships reached                                                                              Nearly
                                                                                                                                                             $534,975 in
                                                                                                                                                              scholarships by
full funding levels
                                                                                                         $829 million
                                                                                                                                                              Alumni Scholars

177,000 + alumni and friends                                                of projects at
                                                                                                           in 2011 research
gave $259 million in endowed funds                                             OARDC


                                                                                        ONLY aqualculture
                                                                                        genetics lab in Midwest          2nd      among U.S.
                                                                                                                        universities for
                                                                                            at Ohio State’s
                                                                                            South Centers                 industry-sponsored
                                                                                              at Piketon                        research

                                                             Bob Evans Farms Inc.                                Charles D. Hill
                                                             Hospitality Research                               Equine Research                                   Alumni Club
                                                               Ann Crowe Essig Patient              Fortney Endowed Research
                                                               Simulation Learning Lab                   Fund in Dentistry                                   Richard and Karol Wells
                                                                                                                                                                  Study Abroad
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                                               Ohio State’s Endowment
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  ly                    on

                                                    Ohio State
                                                     faculty in “Best
                                                       300 Professors”
                                                          in Princeton
                                                               2012 edition
                                         faculty named Fellows

                                    9                                                65
                                         of the American Association                        researchers based
                                         for the Advancement of                             at Stone Lab to solve
                                         Science in 2011                                    Great Lakes issues
                                                                                                                                              Wilma H. Schiermeier

                                                                                 of Central Ohio
                                                                                                                                                Olentangy River
                                                                                                                                             Wetland Research Park
                                                                                                                                               named 1st Ramsar
                                                                                   physicians named
                                                                                     2011-12 “Best                                           Wetland of International

              200            students help                                            Doctors in America”                                     Importance in Ohio
                             with as many                                                  are Ohio State

              BUCK-I-SERVE projects
                  a year during
                 school breaks
                                                                                                     on campus - the
                                                                                                   Nationwide and Ohio
                                                                                                       Farm Bureau
                                                                                                        4-H Center

                    7th       in the nation
                                                                                                                                                           Thompson Memorial
                                                                                                                                                              Library’s ranking

                                                                                                                                                             in Library Journal's

                                  in Big Ten                                                   Wexner Medical Center is
                                                                                                                                                               “New Landmark
                        for international                                                           1 of 5 academic
                        students                                                                                                                                Libraries 2012”
                                                                                                   medical centers
                                                                                                named “Top Performer”
                                                                                                      nationally by
                                                                                                University HealthSystem

                                                                              Scott Faculty Award
           Veterinary Medicine                                                   in Engineering
                                               Larry J. Copeland, M.D.                                      Ohio Union Art Fund                        Community Bankers of
              Class of 2013                        Professorship
               Scholarship                                                                                                                              Ohio 4-H Center Fund

                                                  Franz Theodore Stone           Memorial Chair                 Walter E. Dennis
                                                   Laboratory Visiting        in Constitutional Law             Learning Center         Jim Jackson Fund for Frank W.
         Barbara Fergus Fund
                                                      Professorship                                                                     Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center
       for Women’s Basketball
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     arts and sciences

Degrees of Inspiration
                                Dr. Bevra Hahn is proud to be a       scholarship from General Motors. I’ve chosen to help pay it back by
                                native of Central Ohio. A 1960        offering assistance to bright, hard-working young people who are
                                graduate of Ohio State with a         dedicated to moving us into the future through science. Over the
                                bachelor’s degree from the College    years, many generous individuals helped me obtain a top education
                                of the Arts and Sciences, she         and a key faculty job. I believe the responsibility of continuing the
                                earned a medical degree from          tradition falls to the next generation.
                                John Hopkins University School
                                of Medicine and studied internal      Do you have a favorite memory of Ohio State?
                                medicine at Washington University
                                in St. Louis. Dr. Hahn serves as a    I had many influential mentors including Dr. Donald McGinnis
                                professor of medicine and chief       in music and Dr. William Clatworthy in medicine. Both were
                                of rheumatology at the David          dedicated to their work, to teaching, and to progress. And the
                                Geffen School of Medicine at the      friendships I made with other students have served me well to this
University of California at Los Angeles and is renowned for her       day. They were inspirational people who have enhanced the quality
commitment to lupus research.                                         of life for our community. I believe through and through in the
                                                                      positive influences of Ohio State.
Why did you choose Ohio State for your
undergraduate studies?                                                You visited Ohio State earlier this year. What do
                                                                      you think of today’s students and the many changes
My family is all Buckeye. Both of my parents earned master’s
degrees from Ohio State. My mother taught school in Upper             to the university?
Arlington and worked with student teachers from the university.       Ohio State is growing well. Programs are expanding, and I see
She even taught John Glenn when he was in the third grade in          enthusiastic, talented faculty and students reaching for the top.
Central Ohio. My mother also liked to take university courses from    This is evident both in the College of the Arts and Sciences and
time to time in subjects that interested her. My father taught high   in the College of Medicine. The beautiful new hospital nearing
school and athletics in Grandview, Ohio, and we lived nearby in the   completion is a great example. The greatest inspiration comes from
community of Bexley, where I went to public school. They inspired     students—their optimism, enthusiasm, and pursuit of making a
me to pursue my degree at Ohio State as well.                         difference—who are excited to be studying at Ohio State. I find
                                                                      youthful enthusiasm to be awesome.
Do you credit Ohio State with playing a role in your
academic and professional achievements?                               What does Ohio State mean to you?
Yes, I majored in microbiology in a pre-med curriculum because I      But for Ohio State, I may not have been able to pursue my dream
wanted to focus on medicine. The outstanding education allowed        of research and patient care in the field of medicine. This direction
me to gain admission to top medical schools and prepared me to        turned out well for me and has been my good fortune. Thanks to
think independently.                                                  a solid background and education as a Buckeye, I was eligible for
                                                                      training and/or faculty positions at top institutions. All thanks to
Why have you decided to support students                              Ohio State.
with scholarships?
My education prepared me well for a life in medical research,
patient care, and community service. I had a great experience
studying biological sciences at Ohio State, thanks in part to a

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Dr. Bevra Hahn | The Ohio State University
                  College of Arts and Sciences
                  (BS ‘60)

                                          “But for Ohio State, I may not have been able
                                          to pursue my dream of research and patient
                                          care in the field of medicine.”

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     food, agricultural, and environmental sciences

The Tale of the Tomato D
                                                                                                        As an Ohio State freshman in 1977 without
                                                                                                        a defined educational plan, Dan Wampler
                                                                                                        visited many departments across campus. “I
                                                                                                        stumbled into the lab of Dr. Wilbur Gould
                                                                                                        in the College of Food, Agricultural, and
                                                                                                        Environmental Sciences (FAES) on one of
                                                                                                        those visits,” he said. “At that time, Dr. Gould
                                                                                                        was working on tomato-based donuts. He
                                                                                                        gave me a big bite of one and said, ‘Doesn’t
                                                                                                        that taste great?’ Although I desperately
                                                                                                        wanted to get rid of it, I said it wasn’t bad.
                                                                                                        Gould handed me the rest of the donut and
                                                                                                        said ‘Enjoy!’”
                                                                                                        And so, over a tomato donut, a lifelong
                                                                                                        relationship was born. Even as a young
                                                                                                        student in an awkward situation, there was
                                                                                                        certain camaraderie between the two men.
                                                                                                        Wampler knew Dr. Gould—who retired
                                                                                                        from Ohio State in 1985 and passed away in
                                                                                                        2005—was someone willing to experiment
                                                                                                        and take risks.
                                                                                                        “Dr. Gould was a pioneer in horticultural
                                                                                                        products processing and quality,” said
                                                                                                        Wampler, who earned a bachelor’s degree
                                                                                                        and PhD from Ohio State, and later, an
                                                                                                        MBA from Xavier University. “He was a
                                                                                                        very passionate person. Working with and
                                                                                                        learning from him made me what I
                                                                                                        am today.”
                                                                                                        After earning his PhD, Wampler remained a
                                                                                                        committed volunteer for the college, serving
Lisa and Dan Wampler of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed along their love for Ohio State to their daughters     on numerous committees and fundraising
Danielle and Alissa, who are alumni as well. Their son, Justin, is a senior in high school.             campaigns. In 1999, he branched out into
                                                                                                        the business arena and created Sensus, a
                                                                                                        high-quality flavor supplier to the food and
                                                                                                        beverage industry.
What does Ohio State mean to you?

     WHY TO GIVE                                                                          WHERE TO GIVE
     Private support represents an important vote of                                       Giving to Ohio State is an ideal way to support
     confidence in Ohio State’s future and the far-                                        the projects, programs, and people that matter
     reaching impact the university has on our state,                                      most to you. Your giving can help others achieve
     our nation, and the world.                                                            their goals and make an impact for many future
                                                                                           generations. Start your journey at

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 “The first two-and-a-half years were a               “I never told Starbucks that my ‘plant’ was     serves on the advisory boards of Ohio State’s
 struggle,” he said. Wampler put together             outdoors, how small it was, or that I was       Food Innovation Center and the Food
 every bit of money he could to purchase a            borrowing space from the university. They       Industries Center.
 coveted piece of food-processing equipment.          eventually sent someone to vet our company,
 But by the time he received it, he had no            and the night before that trial, I informed     Jessica Cooperstone,
 place to put it and no money to support it.          the fellow that tomorrow, because we love       a PhD student at
 “I got in touch with Winston Bash, who was           nature, we’ll be outside. That didn’t go over   Ohio State, is the
 then the director of the Ohio State Food             very well.”                                     first fellowship
 Industry Center, and Dean Bobby Moser for                                                            recipient.Her
 advice. They offered me space at the Ohio            Within years of that meeting, Sensus            research focuses
 State processing plant. I asked Winston about        became the premier natural product              on cancer
 the cost to house the equipment and he said,         extraction company in the country. In late      prevention with
 ‘No charge, but if it ever works out, come           2011, Dan and his wife, Lisa, a graduate        the bioavailability
 back and see us.’”                                   of Ohio State’s College of Education, sold      of lycopene from a
                                                      Sensus and were able to make good on the        unique variety of      Jessica Cooperstone
 When the equipment arrived at Ohio State,            promise to come back if things worked out.      tomatoes, developed
 they found they could not get it into the plant      The Wampler family made a $1.2 million gift     and grown at the Ohio Agricultural Research
 because of a measurement error. Rather than          to Ohio State to establish the Lisa and Dan     and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio.
 be daunted by another setback, Wampler had           Wampler Vice President’s Excellence Fund        Like her benefactor, Cooperstone may one
 it set up just outside the plant and forged ahead.   Endowment and the Lisa and Dan Wampler          day look back and attribute part of her
                                                      Endowed Fellowship for Food and Health          success to the tomato.
 “I was very lucky that I had a couple of             Research for FAES. Wampler, recently
 products in tea and coffee at that time, and         elected to the Ohio State Foundation Board,
 I stumbled into two companies—AriZona                co-chairs the FAES campaign committee and
 Beverage Co. and Starbucks Coffee,” he said.

 “Every gift has a personal story behind it. Dan’s is one of hard
 work and perseverance. We were behind him all the way, and he
 remembered us in a manner that will change lives for generations
 to come and could lead to cures for disease. We are deeply
 grateful for that.”
                                                                                                 – FAES Dean Bobby Moser

                                                                           To learn more about the College of Food, Agricultural,
    WAYS TO GIVE                                                           and Environmental Sciences:
    Cash                      Planned Gifts
                                                                           To make a gift to the Food Science and Technology
    Pledges                   Endowments
    Securities                Matching Gifts                               Annual Fund:
    In-Kind Gifts             Memorial Gifts
                                                                           To discuss estate planning opportunities, e-mail

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      corporate and foundation giving

Making a Critical
Difference for Women

                                                                               More than 25 years ago, a group of Ohio State women joined together
                                                                               with a goal and a desire to discover why many female students left
                                                                               the university before graduating. The reasons provided— family
                                                                               responsibilities and financial constraints—still top the list of
                                                                               challenges women face today. According to the study, scholarships for
                                                                               tuition, books, childcare, and other living expenses have a positive
                                                                               impact on women and their families.
                                                                               As a result, Critical Difference for Women (CDW) developed a
                                                                               scholarship and grant-offering program for women seeking advanced
                                                                               education and enhanced professional lives at Ohio State. CDW
                                                                               reflects the university’s commitment to generate support for the
                                                                               specific needs of women and help them realize their personal and
                                                                               professional goals. CDW comprises three funds:
President E. Gordon Gee (lower left) and Ingrid Saunders Jones (lower right)
                                                                               • Re-entry scholarships for women who have interrupted their
of the Coca-Cola Foundation speak to the scholarship recipients at the
26th anniversary celebration of Ohio State’s Critical Difference for Women       education due to unforeseen obstacles and who are seeking
program (top).                                                                   undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.
                                                                               • Professional development grants to help facilitate professional
                                                                                 development and career mobility.

                                                                               “But for Ohio State, I wouldn’t be purs
                                                                               and a bright professional future.”
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    • Research on women grants for faculty members and doctoral
      students, both male and female, researching any area of
      women’s lives.                                                                  133 women received a Critical
    Since 1994, the Coca-Cola Foundation has teamed up with CDW                       Difference for Women Re-entry
    to fund re-entry and first generation scholarships. Many of the                   Scholarship in 2011-12.
    recipients share similar socioeconomic, family, and financial
    backgrounds and benefit from a vote of confidence during these
    critical moments in their lives. This support from Coca-Cola and
                                                                                      The average CDW scholarship award
    CDW provides a unique opportunity for these women to develop                      was $1,955.
    momentum in creating a new direction in their lives.
    In 2011-12, the Coca-Cola Foundation added corporate support
    for workshops and initiatives designed to help women become
    acclimated with Ohio State and succeed in their academic pursuits.
    The women are also encouraged to create an engaging environment           To learn more about Critical Difference for Women:
    to help one another solve problems and achieve their goals.     
    In addition to CDW, the Coca-Cola Foundation extends its impact           To support Critical Difference for Women scholarships:
    to other areas of the university, including the Buckeye Kids Club and
    the 4-H program.

    In Gina’s Words: “I am a Survivor”
    In January 1992, when I was 23 years old, I was diagnosed with HIV.       I was revising my resume when I realized that an MBA could be a
    In fact, I was in critical condition and was not expected to live. If I   good fit for my future. I decided to apply for a Critical Difference
    did survive the acute illness, my life expectancy was no more than        for Women scholarship at Ohio State to help make ends meet while
    12 months. It has now been more than 20 years since my initial            reaching for my goals. And thanks to this incredible support, I
    diagnosis.                                                                began my studies at the Fisher College of Business in August.
     I was forced to abandon my formal education, but my real education                                                             — Gina Lee
    was just beginning. At that time in history, only AZT was approved
    for the treatment of HIV. I had an 18-month-old daughter (also
    discovered to be HIV+), and a life expectancy of one year was not
    acceptable. I researched everywhere possible; survival was my full-
    time job.
    I lived in the fullest sense of the word. I have been blessed with four
    amazing children, the second of whom was adopted from a Russian
    orphanage. My oldest child, the one who is also HIV+, is now 21,
    healthy, intelligent, and wise beyond her years. I am indeed blessed.
    When I was in college the first time, I studied computer science. I
    was good at it, but I did not have a passion for the field. Although I
    felt my former education was ancient history, I enrolled at Ohio State
    in 2007 and found that I love to learn. I pursued linguistics with
    minors in international studies and professional writing, graduating
    in March 2012.
    I faced many obstacles to get to this point, including financial. And,
    although my health suffered at times along my journey, I’ve been
    stable for two years.

suing a valuable, life-changing degree

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      community partnerships

After Connor Senn (at right) passed away from sudden cardiac arrest in 2001, his teammates adopted the “Play Like Connor Today” motto (at left) in his
memory. The Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund now benefits other student-athletes who have a love of soccer and Ohio State.

Play Like Connor Today
Ohio State will always remember Connor                     the educational costs for student-athletes      personal messages to their teammate to pay
Senn. As a freshman walk-on defender for                   playing soccer and pursuing undergraduate       tribute to his tremendous work ethic, positive
the men’s soccer team in 2001, the Granville,              degrees at Ohio State. Two scholarships         attitude, and selfless play.
Ohio, native quickly worked his way into the               are awarded annually—one male and one
starting lineup. Teammates liked his unique                                                                As time continues, new generations of
                                                           female senior high school player—with
combination of competitive streak and easy-                                                                Buckeyes fill out the Ohio State roster. Head
                                                           the goal of attracting players who exhibit
going nature. Two weeks following                                                                          coach John Bluem shares the story of Connor
                                                           determination, drive, and spirit similar to
the September 11 attacks, Connor played                                                                    Senn and reminds team members about the
                                                           Senn. In addition, an educational symposium
a match at the University of Akron. He                                                                     challenges they face when taking the field.
                                                           on sudden cardiac arrest was launched for
collapsed suddenly on the field and died later                                                             He notes that Senn’s history has been woven
                                                           the public and medical communities alike,
that night due to an undetected congenital                                                                 into the culture of Ohio State soccer and that
                                                           thanks to a partnership with Ohio State’s
heart defect.                                                                                              research has created a better understanding
                                                           Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research
                                                                                                           of the genetics behind sudden cardiac
                                                           Institute. The program highlights such topics
In memory of his son, Dr. Lance Senn—a                                                                     arrest. As a result, improved and more
                                                           as advancements in diagnostic imaging and
member of Ohio State’s tennis team in                                                                      cost-effective imaging modalities can detect
                                                           testing, and the need for proper training
the early 1970s and a 1975 graduate of the                                                                 issues with cardiac structure and cardiac
                                                           for interpreting electrocardiograms in
College of Dentistry—launched the Connor                                                                   electrical activity resulting in susceptibility
                                                           young adults.
Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund                                                                   to arrhythmias.
grew over the last decade through gifts                    In honor of Senn, a plaque hangs outside
from family and friends, as well as proceeds                                                               Before each game, as teammates lace up their
                                                           the Buckeye locker room at Jesse Owens
from the annual Connor Senn Memorial                                                                       cleats and prepare to take the field, Bluem
                                                           Memorial Stadium. On the wall inside,
Match—an exhibition game at which the                                                                      reminds them of the team’s motto: “Play Like
                                                           his chair is mounted as a symbol of
Buckeyes play the Major League Soccer’s                                                                    Connor Today,” he said.
                                                           remembrance for today’s players. All players
Columbus Crew each spring. A popular                       on the 2001 team signed the chair with
silent auction brings in funds with a variety
of autographed memorabilia from Ohio State
coaches and former athletes now playing in
the professional leagues.                                  To give to the Connor Senn Research and Symposium Fund on
Now fully endowed, the Connor Senn                         Congenital Heart Disease in Athletes:
Memorial Scholarship Fund supplements

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Ryan Ballou (center) with various triathletes wearing Ballou Skies logo on their apparel to raise awareness of the charity and funding for research.

Spreading Wealth
                                                                                                               stores in Columbus and Pittsburgh—came
                                                                                                               about through Ty’s involvement in food
                                                                                                               distribution. Ballou Skies also participates in
                                                                                                               a charity walk, happy hour, Facebook page,

and Peanut Butter                                                                                              and promotions by various triathletes who
                                                                                                               wear the charity’s logo during their races. All
                                                                                                               profits support Raman’s work.

What do peanut butter sales, heart research,           disorder with support from family, friends,             Emerging are new MRI techniques to detect
and Ohio State have in common? The answer              and an Ohio State medical team.                         early heart muscle changes before a patient
is Ryan Ballou, who at 24 years of age, has                                                                    reaches congestive heart failure or abnormal
battled Duchenne muscular dystrophy most               Dr. John Kissell, professor of neurology                heart rhythms. Ohio State is also involved in
of his life. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,             and pediatrics and director of Ohio State’s             a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of a
resident copes with the degenerative muscle            Division of Neuromuscular Medicine, cared               drug, with preliminary results expected for
                                                       for him during his adolescence. During one              year-end 2013.
                                                       of the medical visits to Columbus, Kissell
                                                       suggested that Ballou and his father, Ty,               Ryan Ballou shared the good news that his
                                                       meet Dr. Subha Raman, medical director of               heart remains healthy. “But for Ohio State,
                                                       Cardiac MRI and CT at Ohio State’s Heart                we would not be in strong pursuit of cutting-
                                                       and Vascular Center, who was doing scans of             edge treatments for heart ailments of any
                                                       the heart to detect early stages of scarring in         kind, not just in those
                                                       muscular dystrophy patients.                            caused by muscular
                                                                                                               dystrophies,” he said.
                                                       With heart and respiratory failure the                  “If we can help to slow
                                                       leading causes of death for MD patients,                down the deterioration
                                                       Ballou was inspired by the possibility                  of the heart and extend
                                                       of prolonging the lives of MD patients.                 lives, this may lead
                                                       So, in 2006, his family founded Ballou                  to other muscles and
                                                       Skies, a charity to raise awareness and                 in turn could help in
                                                       funding for research. As a result, Ballou               finding a cure.”
                                                       Skies peanut butter—sold at Giant Eagle

                                                       For more on Ryan Ballou:
Dr. Subha Raman of Ohio State’s Heart and              To support Dr. Raman’s research at Ohio State:
Vascular Center advocates for early detection,
treatment, and clinical trials for Duchenne
muscular dystrophy patients.

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Much Like a Puzzle
Deb Steward loves her job at Ohio State. As an associate professor
in the College of Nursing, she enjoys interacting with students and
hearing about their career goals. She appreciates the opportunities
to research better ways nutrition can facilitate infant growth,
especially for premature babies. And she hopes her role helps to
impact patient care in a positive way. Overall, she views her role
much like a puzzle, the pieces aligning for new discoveries and the
promise for future generations.
Steward graduated from Ohio State in 1998 with a PhD in nursing
and soon joined the faculty of the College of Nursing. For her
contributions, she has received numerous honors and awards,
including the 2012 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.
With a desire to support neonatal health care at Ohio State, Steward
and her husband, Rich Humenick, created a neonatal scholarship
fund for graduate students. They were not able to fund the
endowment fully at the onset and discovered they could establish
a five-year plan to complete the process. As a result, students now
in the program receive funds through annual gifts, while future
generations will receive scholarships through the endowment.              Deb Steward (center) with her husband, Rich Humenick (second from left),
                                                                          Alumni Association President and CEO Archie Griffin, university Vice Provost
Here, Steward shares more about why she and her husband chose to          Mike Boehm, and College of Nursing Dean Bernadette Melnyk.
support Ohio State.
Your neonatal scholarship is a good example of how a fund can             What does Ohio State mean to you?
grow over time. Can you share a little about this?                        This has two meanings for us. Rich was diagnosed with multiple
My nursing career has always been focused on sick babies in the           myeloma last fall and has undergone treatment at the James Cancer
neonatal intensive care unit, so I wanted to specifically support         Hospital and Solove Research Institute, including chemotherapy
graduate students in this area. When I was asked to speak at the          and a stem cell transplant. But for Ohio State, Rich would not have
College of Nursing scholarship reception, I had the opportunity to        benefited from the cutting edge treatment available at The James.
reflect on my educational experiences. I came to appreciate how the       And we would not have been overwhelmed by the support from
kindness of others has played a role in my success. As a five-year time   members of the College of Nursing as we journeyed through this
period was better for our financial circumstances, Rich and I made a      past year.
commitment that we are able to fulfill. From our perspective, this has
been a win-win for students and for us.
Do you have long-term goals for the fund? Do you have a philosophy
on philanthropy?
We will continue to give to the fund. We recently increased our
support to help doctoral students researching neonatal care as well.
Both of us believe in doing service for others, no matter how small
the donation may be. We have been humbled by the generosity of
others and by seeing how much need exists in the community. Often,
that need is overwhelming and you have to decide where to give and
where it will make the biggest impact.                                    For more on the College of Nursing:
As members of the President’s Club, Rich and I stay connected to the
                                                                          To make a gift:
university in ways that differ from being an employee. We are able to
learn about all the great things going at Ohio State.

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                                                                                                                                gift planning

                                                   Music for All Time
                                            Karen West knew not to disturb her father on
                                            weeknights at 6 pm when he was watching the
                                            MacNeil/Lehrer Report, and later the MacNeil/Lehrer
                                            NewsHour, on WOSU-TV. He valued the fair reporting
                                            he found there. He also loved listening to classical
                                            music on WOSU-FM, now Classical 101, and chose to
                                            make a bequest to the station to help ensure classical
                                            music radio for years to come. Here, Karen shares why
                                            her parents, Betty (BA ’48)and Walker Lowman (BS ’49;
                                            JD ’72), considered WOSU a unique cultural asset
                                            for the community. Betty passed away in 1994;
                                            Walker in 2010.
Betty and Walker Lowman viewed WOSU
as a cultural asset for the community.

What aspects of WOSU-TV did your parents particularly value?
My dad liked the variety of programming and was really interested in lifetime
learning. There were so many programs on WOSU-TV that appealed to him, including
This Old House, Antiques Roadshow, and, of course, the news. Together, my parents
watched Mystery! and Masterpiece Theatre. I can’t remember a time when our family
didn’t watch WOSU, and I passed this tradition along to my children.
What role did music play in their lives?
They both enjoyed classical music. My dad sang, or I guess it would be hummed, along
to the music on WOSU-FM. They listened at home and in the car. My dad voiced his
concern about ongoing funding for public broadcasting and wanted to help ensure
that high-quality programming continued for the community. That’s why he made a
bequest to WOSU that benefits classical music. In reviewing old financial records, I
discovered they often made annual gifts in support of WOSU television and radio.
Were your parents originally from Columbus?
My dad was a lifelong resident of Columbus and lived in the same house for 54 years.
As a student at Ohio State, he served as president of his senior class, Ohio Staters, and
his fraternity, graduating in 1949. He worked as an architectural engineer and then,
during the 1970s, returned to Ohio State to study law. He worked as an estate planning
attorney for a while. My mom was from Greenville, Ohio, and went to Ohio State,
where she and my dad met through their involvement with student government. After
my mom graduated, she worked for a few years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.
She also was an active volunteer for community organizations including the Ohio
Historical Society and Childhood League Center.
What other activities intrigued them?
My parents were big Ohio State basketball fans and enjoyed having great seats at St.
John Arena for many years. They also enjoyed traveling and went to Europe quite often.
As a family, we went on freighter trips to Australia and South America. My dad liked
photography and filmed the Upper Arlington football games, both home and away, for
30 years. He enjoyed reading and learning and was proud of his personal 6,000-book
collection. My parents also earned lifetime recognition from the President’s Club.

For more about WOSU and to make a gift:

                                                              Karen West ensured her parents’ wishes came true and their bequest
                                                              continues to support classical music radio for the future.

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     recognition societies

President’s Club Explores Stone Lab
President’s Club donors experienced a day on Lake Erie visiting
Stone Lab and Gibraltar Island. Activities included a tour of the
South Bass Island Lighthouse and the Aquatic Visitors Center,
both managed by Ohio Sea Grant. Current students working on
Research Experiences for Undergraduates at Stone Lab presented
their projects during a reception hosted by the Friends of Stone
Lab before guests took a Stone Lab vessel to Gibraltar Island
for lunch and a tour. e visitors also took a science cruise on
Lake Erie, and many attended a history demonstration at Perry’s
On Saturday, November 3, a President’s Club Pre-Game Brunch
offers	a	buffet,	musical	entertainment,	and	appearances	by	the	
Ohio State cheerleaders and Brutus. e event takes place three
hours	prior	to	kickoff.	
                                                                          Two groups of President’s Club members explored Stone Lab and Gibraltar
                                                                          Island this summer. To see more images of PC events:

Oval Society
Members Enjoy
A Cappella
                                                                    Professor Emeritus David            Neil Legacy members Jim and Marlene Helt
                                                                    Hothersall shared fun facts about   with Tom Hatch (center), a university treasury
                                                                    Ohio State with attendees.          management officer.

                                                                    Neil Legacy Society
                                                                    Hosts Annual Gathering
                                                                    In July, members of e Neil Legacy Society were invited to the Buckeye
                                                                    Reading Room at William Oxley ompson Memorial Library to take part
                                                                    in Celebration 2012. David Hothersall, professor emeritus in Ohio State’s
                                                                    Department of Psychology, shared an exhilarating talk full of intriguing facts
                                                                    about Ohio State’s history.
In June, e Oval Society welcomed new members
                                                                       is special group of donors is hosted at an annual event to celebrate the
during a special evening at the Pizzuti House.
                                                                    generosity of their future gi s to the university through their estates. e
Along with a reception and dinner, members were
                                                                    gathering	offers	a	chance	for	members	to	connect	with	Ohio	State	friends	
treated to an outstanding performance by Buck
                                                                    and learn about many of the new and exciting things happening on campus.
   at!, the premier all-male contemporary a cappella
group at Ohio State. e Oval Society recognizes
the lifetime, leadership philanthropy of Ohio State’s
most generous benefactors.

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                                  Marilyn Wenrick recalls the sunny October day she
                                  first stepped on the Ohio State campus. A high
                                  school teacher who led the tour inspired her to
                                  become a Buckeye. After graduating in 1956 with a
                                  bachelor’s degree in business, Marilyn worked as
                                  a successful retail buyer and stockbroker. Now, she
                                  is pleased to help students with a scholarship fund
                                  that honors her late parents and brothers.

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  Ohio State means the opportunity to pursue a profession change. After several years in finance,
    Luke Fedlam knew he wanted to study law. He relocated his family to Columbus and, thanks
 to scholarship support, began a new professional direction at the Moritz College of Law. Now, his
  family looks forward to building relationships and establishing long-term ties to the community.
                               None of it possible, but for Ohio State.

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