JANUARY 2010

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current issue is also available at
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 Feb. 1          Speaker requests due for club events in May, June, or July
 Feb. 15         Society year-end reports due
 Feb. 22-26      Football ticket requests forms sent to clubs (if applicable)
 Feb. 25-Mar.    Buckeye Cruise for Cancer:
 Feb. 27         Alumni Society Hockey Night
 Mar. 5          Completed financial forms due back to OSUAA

End-of-year financial forms
This is a friendly reminder that our finance department will soon be mailing
out financial questionnaires to all club and society treasurers. Now would be a
good time to update any information regarding your treasurer to help us avoid
any delays. Also, those who participate in our group filing will be receiving our
annual update forms separately. Both forms will be mailed out no later than
Feb. 5, 2010, and will be due back to Allen Hinojosa by Friday, Mar. 5, 2010,
in order for us to make the IRS deadline. Please note that not everyone will
receive both; only those participating in our group filing will receive two
separate forms. If you have any questions prior to or after receiving these
documents, please contact Allen at

Nominations now being accepted for 2010 Alumni Awards
Do you know an outstanding alum? Maybe you know a club or society leader
who has served for 10 years—why not nominate him or her for the Ralph
Davenport Mershon Award for service to Ohio State? For information about all
the awards or to download a nomination form, please go to Nominations will be accepted through Mar.
31, and groups that submit a nomination will earn five points toward their
Alumni Association Award totals. If you have any questions, please contact
Erin Kopp ( or Lisa Peck

2010 Nominating Committee for Board Candidates
The Alumni Association’s 2010 Nominating Committee is accepting
nominations from Active Association members for consideration for service
on the Board of Directors. If you or someone you know would like to be
considered for Board service, please visit
WHOWEARE/Pages/BoardNominatingCommittee.aspx for candidate
considerations and application requirements. Submission deadline is Jan. 15,
2010. Questions can be e-mailed to

Support students by giving to the Charity Bowl
Even though the Rose Bowl is over, the Charity Bowl is in progress, and this
year's cause is close to home. Learn how you can support current and future

And if you're still looking for a souvenir from the Rose Bowl, you can still
order an official game program at
bowl.html. Enter the promo code BUCKEYES to receive a $2.95 discount on

Indulge your Italian dreams with an Ohio State Alumni Tour
There is still time to reserve your place on our 2010 Portrait of Italy tour. This
comprehensive journey showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless
art, and beautiful scenery. From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, you'll travel to
eternal Rome and then through the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to
timeless Venice. For more details
travel/2010Tours/Pages/PortraitofItaly.aspx or call the tour office at (614)
292-2372 or toll-free (800) 852-8687.

Be part of the tradition: order your official Ohio State ring
Reserved exclusively for juniors, seniors, graduate students, professional
students, and graduates of the university, the ring is custom-made in your
choice of 10k or 14k solid yellow or white gold in either a signet or stone
style. Additionally, the stone ring is available in a two-tone style, featuring a
solid white gold top with a contrasting solid yellow gold base. Every ring
comes with a lifetime warranty and ring-loss protection plan. For more
information, contact Balfour at (866) 225-3687 or

Archie Griffin to be honored with naming gift
The ballroom at the new Ohio Union building at Ohio State will be named in
honor of Archie Griffin to reflect the wishes of a private donor who has given
$2 million to be split evenly between the Alumni Association and the
construction of the university’s new Ohio Union. The gift was made to honor
Griffin’s achievements as a student athlete as well as the inspiring leadership
he has provided to the university throughout his career. In accordance with
the donor’s wishes, his/her name is not being

Ohio State leads country in AAAS Fellows named
Seventeen faculty and staff at Ohio State have been named as Fellows of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest group
chosen from any single university in the country to receive this honor. The
list of 531 researchers, scientists, and scholars receiving this designation
was published in the current issue of the journalScience. AAAS is the world’s
largest general scientific organization and is the publisher of Science. http://

Strickland appoints Lissner to statewide panel
Scott Lissner, Americans With Disabilities Act Coordinator at Ohio State, has
been appointed to a three-year term on the Governor’s Council on People with
Disabilities. The 21-member council was created in 1982 to advise the
governor and general assembly on disability issues affecting the lives of
more than 1.9 million Ohioans with disabilities. In addition to informing state
policy, the Governor’s Council promotes equality, access, employment and
independence for individuals with disabilities through local, state and national

Small rise in consumer debt stress not worrying, economist
Consumers—especially women—felt slightly more stress concerning their
debt during December, but the increase was relatively small considering their
holiday shopping sprees, a new survey suggests. The Consumer Debt Stress
Index was up less than two percent in December, to 119.8 from its November
value of 118.0. “Given the increased holiday spending by American
consumers, the relatively small rise in consumer stress is not too worrying,”
said Lucia Dunn, professor of economics at Ohio State and one of the
leaders of the DSI.

In all the galaxy, just 15 percent of solar systems are like ours
In their quest to find solar systems analogous to ours, astronomers have
determined how common our solar system is. They’ve concluded that about
15 percent of stars in the galaxy host systems of planets like our own, with
several gas giant planets in the outer part of the solar system. The find
comes from a worldwide collaboration headquartered at Ohio State called the
Microlensing Follow-Up Network (MicroFUN), which searches the sky for
extrasolar planets.

Yoga reduces cytokine levels known to promote inflammation
Regularly practicing yoga exercises may lower a number of compounds in the
blood and reduce the level of inflammation that normally rises because of
both normal aging and stress, a new study has shown. The study, done by
Ohio State researchers and just reported in the journal Psychosomatic
Medicine, showed that women who routinely practiced yoga had lower
amounts of the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in their blood. http://

Football: Ohio State-Marshall game set for Thursday, Sept. 2
The 2010 season football opener between Ohio State and Marshall will be
Thursday evening, Sept. 2, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Kickoff time and
television plans will be announced at a later date. "This change to a Thursday
night opener offers a number of positives for Ohio State," Ohio State
associate vice-president and director of athletics Gene Smith explained.
"Summer quarter classes end the week before, so there will be minimal
campus impact on students, faculty, and staff that

Buckeyes connect with youth through Project Mentor
After final exams were completed, many students at Ohio State left
Columbus and started their winter break. But not everyone was able to leave,
especially those student-athletes who continued to train and compete leading
up to the holidays. While it was an opportunity for them to focus on their
sports, the Buckeyes also took advantage of their open schedules by
participating in Project Mentor, a program run through the Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Central Ohio.

Wrestling: No. 3 Buckeyes finish third at National Duals with
26-12 win over no. 5 Minnesota
Behind six wins, the No. 3 Ohio State wrestling team (11-1) finished third in
the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals after defeating No. 5 Minnesota, 26-12,
at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Buckeyes rebounded nicely from
a semifinal loss to No. 2 Iowa State earlier in the day to return to double-digit
scoring. Furthermore, aside from just the seven points it allowed against No.
15 Arizona State in the opening round of the National Duals, Ohio State gave
up only 12 points to the

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