In the August 2012 issue:
It is frequently perceived that OSU Mansfield receives part of its institutional budget from The Ohio State University in Columbus. But that is not – and never has been – the case.
“Our institutional budget is maintained at the local level,” said Stephen Gavazzi, dean and director. “In fact, in recent years, we have paid about three-quarters of a million dollars of our revenue each year for certain services that OSU Columbus provides to its regional campuses.” The OSU regional campuses also depend on more direct financial assistance from the state than does OSU Columbus.
The general budget for the Mansfield campus has been tight the past two years and administrators have developed plans and made appropriate cuts to maintain the future quality of institutional programs.
A number of campus operations are cost shared with its co-located partner, North Central State College.
Areas such as maintenance, security, recreation, student activities, childcare center and library operations are maintained through budgets supported by both institutions. Representatives of each institution gather monthly for discussions and are currently looking at additional ways to share the cost of services common to both.
OSU Mansfield’s past fundraising and future capital campaign gifts will forever be utilized only at the Mansfield campus. OSU Columbus merely manages the funds in their institutional portfolios.
Ohio State Mansfield faculty, staff and students have enjoyed the addition of important new facilities over the past 20 years. This year brings another new educational space to campus with the addition of a 432 square foot greenhouse.
Anchored on a concrete foundation, the greenhouse will be placed on a site between Ovalwood Hall and the Campus Recreation Center to provide optimum sunlight. The facility will include an automated cooling/ventilation system, an irrigation system, and a timed grow light system among its varied elements.
Our students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty in the study of areas such as plant biology, seedling germination experiments and other horticultural research projects.
A dedication ceremony and open house will be held for the public at a later date during Autumn Semester.
Combined with plans for the expansion of degree programs and an upcoming capital campaign, new opportunities for our students really are “sprouting” at the Mansfield campus.
OSU Mansfield’s recently completed Campus Campaign showed sterling results as full-time faculty and administrative/professional staff provided donations to support campus initiatives at a 95 percent participation rate. The rate for all employees totaled 85.6 percent, a result that doubled any previous year.
“Our faculty and staff understand the significance of taking the initial step to support the campus as our institution prepares to move forward with a community-wide capital campaign,” said Rodger Smith, co-chair of the faculty/staff division. “It’s important that we are the first to step forward to support what we create.”
Each year the Campus Campaign offers faculty and staff a variety of funds to which they can contribute. An initiative was added this year to help fund scholarships for students entering autumn semester’s new bachelor’s degree program in education with licensure.
The inspiration for the Ohio State Mansfield Education Scholarship came from long-time education professor Barbara Lehman. “The scholarships will benefit students we know and work with each day,” said Margaret Hersman, education program manager and department colleague of Lehman. “We hope to grow the fund in future years to serve more students.”
Future plans call for developing more current use and endowment funds to provide scholarship support for all academic degree programs offered at OSU Mansfield.
STEMpowerment is a new Learning Community for students who want to engage in opportunities for education and community improvement.
Students of all academic majors will come together in shared courses, lectures, group discussions, service learning and study abroad opportunities. Further, they may also become involved as mentors, and join off-campus initiatives.
Actively supporting the development of healthy youth, the program will work with K-12 students and community and social service organizations on issues of empowerment related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects.
“The program will expand the horizons for OSU Mansfield students, as we believe today’s students have a responsibility to offer service to the community,” said Stephen Gavazzi, dean and director.
Students will work actively with faculty and staff to gain a greater understanding of social justice movements, community action and service, and career options.
Ohio citizens aged 60 or over are invited to enroll in college courses at Ohio State Mansfield free-of-charge on a space-available basis.
The program is unique in that participants do not pay tuition, do not appear on a class roster, and do not receive college credit.
It is a great way to remain engaged in intellectual activity with people of all ages without having to complete assignments, take exams, or purchase books and supplies. Participants are encouraged, however, to take part in class discussions.
A completed registration form must be returned no later than one week prior to the semester. Autumn Semester begins August 22, 2012. Spring Semester starts January 7, 2013.
Individuals who have an interest in Program 60 should contact the program coordinator at 419-755-4203. You may also review program information online under the Community and Alumni tab on the OSU Mansfield web site, www.mansfield.osu.edu.
Constitution Day Program
Buckeye Book Experience with speaker David Lacks, son of Henrietta Lacks
7:30 p.m., Founders Auditorium
Homecoming Pep Rally,
Campus Recreation Center,
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hollywood Creature Special Effects artist Brian Demski,
7 p.m., Student Union