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In the April 2012 issue:

•  Ohio State Mansfield Board initiates scholarship endowment

•  Dean's Message

•  Board alumni offer experience, expertise

•  Most Ohio State Mansfield students rely on scholarships

•  Family engagement prepares students for college

•  Upcoming Events

Ohio State Mansfield Board initiates scholarship endowment

ticoras_cut2Taking a major step to lead The Ohio State University at Mansfield’s capital campaign, board members created “The Ohio State Mansfield Board Leadership Scholarship” to provide permanent scholarship help to students completing their academic degrees at the Mansfield campus.


The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding third or fourth year students completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ohio State Mansfield. Other qualifications to be considered include involvement in university and community activities, a minimum 3.0 grade point average and written recommendations by faculty or staff members.


Ohio State Mansfield Board Chair Christ Ticoras, M.D., helped to shape the initiative and now encourages others to provide additional support to build the fund. “Helping students to complete a world-class education at Ohio State Mansfield is a notable mission,” said Ticoras. “This initiative is another important resource to help potential student leaders reach that goal.”


The Mansfield Board Leadership Scholarship endowment fund has a $200,000 funding goal. To date, more than $50,000 in pledges and gifts have been received. “We are one quarter of the way to our ultimate goal and encourage all individuals to support this meaningful endeavor,” said Ticoras.


Individuals may support this new scholarship by making a gift online at to fund #482021.


Dean's Message

gavazziHello! I am Steve Gavazzi, Dean and Director of The Ohio State University at Mansfield. I invite you to visit us soon and learn more about the transformation of our campus. Physically, you may not recognize the place if you have not visited in a while. A new greenhouse is about to rise up out of the woodlands that will enhance our botany offerings, and the Bromfield Library is being transformed into an Information Commons that offers high tech learning tools in a user-friendly environment for students, faculty, and staff. Programmatically, we are adding majors that will allow students who wish to remain with us for four years to complete an increasingly diverse number of degree offerings. And collectively, we are fostering important new relationships with school districts in surrounding communities in order to increase college aspirations, especially among underserved student populations. Join our excitement and enthusiasm… and GO BUCKS!  


Board alumni offer experience, expertise

Ohio State Mansfield’s long history of involving community leaders in Citizens Councils and advisory Boards has led to the formation of a Board Alumni Program.


At its inaugural meeting, about 40 individuals gathered over lunch to discuss opportunities important to the group and the campus.


“As Ohio State Mansfield prepares to provide a high-quality education for future generations, it’s essential for us to rely on the time-honored experience of those who helped to found this campus and provide important direction over the years,” said Don DeCenso, alumni board chair.


“Our hope is to help the campus in recruiting growing numbers of students and raising additional funds, while assisting the campus in its transformation into a 21st century learning environment,” added DeCenso.


Current plans call for engagement of board alumni members in the joint planning of some events and the hosting of social and business meetings with the entire group at least twice each year.


The Ohio State University President Gordon Gee will keynote the next meeting of the alumni board group scheduled May 18.


Most Ohio State Mansfield students rely on scholarships

About 23 percent of OSU Mansfield students received $550,823 in scholarships this academic year.


Scholarships awarded to 163 new students totaled $306,154. Over 150 continuing students received a total of $244,669.


Additional aid covering 1,182 students, or about 80 percent of the student body, totaled $3,830,710.  These awards represent categories such as federal grants, federal work study, student loans, and more. 


Almost half of the student body is composed of new first-year students.   In addition, sophomores total  about 22 percent of the student body and juniors and seniors, 15 percent and 17 percent respectively. 


Family engagement prepares students for college

Leaders at Ohio State Mansfield are developing a Family Engagement initiative that will provide programs to Mansfield City Schools and other school districts.


Many times, a lack of resources and practical ideas keep school personnel from having a more family-centered orientation as part of the educational process.  This program would, in part, provide district-wide family engagement training for teachers and other school-based professionals and promote family visitation days to colleges.


“Currently, there is considerable discussion in educational circles about the importance of engaging families,” said Stephen Gavazzi, Ohio State Mansfield dean and director.  “Ohio House Bill 1 established the requirement that all school districts participate in family engagement efforts.”


The project will build on efforts already taking place across Northeast Ohio.  Geared toward reaching two groups, under-served student populations and rising seniors with limited access and resources, the program seeks to help them prepare to be successful in college.


Through this initiative, campus leaders are creating more opportunities for low-income, first generation, and diverse students to raise aspirations for higher education.  These efforts will also complement the collaboration with North Central State College. 


Upcoming Events



April 29

 “An Illustrated History of The Ohio State University”

Dr. David Hothersall, Professor Emeritus of Psychology. 

Conard Performance Hall. 2pm–4pm. Free


May 3-6

Ohio State Mansfield Theatre

”Of Mice and Men”

Tickets 419-755-4045


May 23-24

May Daze

An annual celebration of spring at the Mansfield campus.


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