Christmas Carol Sing – Co-hosted with the Christian Graduate Student Alliance

Thursday, December 10, 11:30 AM

Ohio Union – Rosa M. Ailabouni Room

Sue and Stu Collins will introduce the Carols’ history.Musicians will be from the Christian Graduate Student Alliance.Carol Sing 2014, Sue and Bob leading

For December we will be in the OHIO UNION for our luncheon. The Rosa M. Ailabouni Room is on the third floor. We will start the Christmas Carol Sing over lunch (optional and can purchased in the Union Market or your own brown bag) at 11:30am.

Information and plans for the event:

  1. Come to the Ohio Union.
  2. If you wish to purchase  lunch, go through the line in Union Market with your tray. Pay at the end, cash or debit/credit card. Or you can come just to join in the singing.
  3. Go to third floor via elevator or stairs.
  4. Carol books will be available listing the music and lyrics for each song we sing but we will also project words on the screen up front.
  5. Toward the end we will have time to take requests if your favorite has not yet been sung and is known by our musicians and words are available.
  6. Dr. Stuart Collins, Jr. will be our MC and he will introduce his daughter-in-law, Susan Collins from the Oxley Thompson Library who will moderate the sing.
  7. Please click here to make your reservation so we can have an idea of the number attending make name tags.

Come, spend an enjoyable luncheon with the Fellowship of Christian Faculty & Staff (FCFS) and the Christian Graduate Student Alliance (CGSA) learning about and singing some of our favorite Christmas Carols. We will be looking at the history/backgrounds of the development of these influential hymns.


Future Luncheons

January 21, February 25, April 21, May 19

November 19 Luncheon – Books that have changed your life: Our annual sharing

Thursday, November 19, 11:30 AM

OSU Faculty Club – Faculty Club Junior Colleagues Room

Sue Collins led us in sharing with each other brief reviews of books we have read recently and how have helped us grow spiritually.  Some of the books we discussed included

  • The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  • The Book of Blessings by R. Scott Osborne
  • The Cross of Christ by John Stott
  • Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God by Timothy Keller
  • Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God by Charles H. Spurgeon
  • The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard

Future Luncheons

December 10 Carol Sing cosponsored by CGSA, January 21, February 25, April 21, May 19

Tick Removal

In time for summer outdoor adventures the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is featuring a video on tick removal that includes FCFS member Dr. Glen Needham. Glen demonstrates by removing a tick, presumably from himself.

Article on Cullen Buie

The American Society for Engineering Education ran a column on Cullen Buie in the November issue of Prism. Cullen was the speaker at the 2014 OSU Veritas Forum. The Up Close column was headlined Article of Faith: A cutting-edge researcher and devout Christian puts belief at the center of both.

May Luncheon

Thursday, May 14, 11:30 AM
OSU Faculty Club – Rooms A-D second floor

Between Heaven & Earth:  My journey from life to death to life again.

Lonnie G. Thompson
Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center


The presentation covered a quick personal story of Dr. Thompson’s journey from a small farm in West Virginia to the challenges of exploring the highest mountains on Earth and the lessons he has learned on that journey. He discussed the challenge of facing a heart transplant and coming to terms with the fact that we all must die. His saga of four months in the Ross Heart Hospital where he spent many weeks between life and death has led him to relate his near death experience and how that has changed his vision and quest for purpose in life.

An audio recording of the talk is available here.

The PowerPoint is here.

A video recording is coming.

Lonnie G. Thompson is a Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University. His research has propelled the field of ice core paleoclimatology Photo of Lonnie Thompson by glacierout of the Polar Regions to the highest tropical and subtropical ice fields. He and the OSU team have developed light-weight solarpowered drilling equipment for acquisition of histories from ice fields in the tropical South American Andes, the Himalayas, and on Kilimanjaro. These paleoclimate histories have advanced our understanding of the coupled nature of the Earth’s climate system. Special emphasis has been placed on the El Niño and monsoon systems that dominate the climate of the tropical Pacific and affect global-scale oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns. His observations of glacier retreat over the last three decades confirm that glaciers around the world are melting and provide clear evidence that the warming of the last 50 years is now outside the range of climate variability for several millennia, if not longer. He has published over 185 peer-reviewed publications including several in the journal Science, led over 54 field programs, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association, and NASA. Lonnie has been recognized with many honors and awards including the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize (the World Prize for Environmental Achievement), and the Dan David Prize. In addition, he is an American Geophysical Union Fellow, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. From the Geology Department website.

A Columbus Dispatch article from May 21, 2013 provides a brief description of Dr. Thompson’s heart failure, transplant, and recovery.

April Luncheon

Thursday, April 16, 11:30 AM
OSU Faculty Club Junior Colleagues Room

Passion and Purpose in Music and Education

Milton Ruffin
Principal and director of the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center
Lecturer, Music Education, OSU School of Music

Decisions and inspirations that ultimately aligned my passion with my purpose. Trials and victories that demonstrate God’s power in His promises. 

Picture of Dr. Ruffin holding electric bassMilton Vaughn Ruffin holds a BA in Jazz Studies and BA, MA and PhD degrees in Music Education from The Ohio State University. He has been employed by Columbus City Schools for 24 years, currently as principal and director of the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center. Under Dr. Ruffin’s leadership, Fort Hayes has been designated as a “School of Promise” by the State of Ohio, and identified as one of the “Top 100 High Schools in America” by U.S. News and World Report; also, the school was chosen by President Obama to introduce the Jobs Act. Fort Hayes is a member of the prestigious Berklee City Music network and has been awarded a Grammy Award as a Grammy Signature School for the 2011-2012 school year.

Audio of the talk is available here.


March Luncheon

Thursday, March 12, 11:30 AM
Starling-Loving Hall, Room M008

Sleep and Performance for Professionals

Mark Splaingard, MDMark Splaingard photo

Mark Splaingard, MD, is the director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in pediatrics, pediatric pulmonology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and sleep medicine. Dr. Splaingard’s research has concentrated on the outcomes of children with chronic pulmonary and acquired neurological disorders with a recent focus on sleep disorders in children. In 2013, his research projects included studies on a modified smoke alarm to awaken children during slow wave sleep, randomized trial of behavioral treatments for toddlers with insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea in children with bipolar disorder, drugs mimicking narcolepsy in children, sleep problems in cystic fibrosis with pulmonary hypertension and the pathophysiology of aerodigestive reflexes in sleeping infants. In addition, he has discovered that his faith and professional life can be integrated to a great degree and enjoys how his relationship with Jesus Christ informs and energizes his life.

Please Note: This luncheon is bring your own lunch. You can grab lunch from the Wendy’s in the hospital, the establishments along Neil Avenue, or brown bag it from home.

Room Location: Starling Loving Hall is located between the OSU Hospital and the old James Cancer Center. To find the room mount the steps to the main entrance on the north side of the building. Once inside turn and take the stairs down to the basement. Room M008 is on the north side of the building. Or, enter the ground level door on the west side of the building, go down a half flight of stairs, and turn left. Campus Map Information

You can RSVP here.

Future Luncheons

April 16, Location: TBA
Spirituality Expressed Through Music
 Prof. Milton Ruffin, The Ohio State University, School of Music, Jazz and Music Education.  Principal, Fort Hays High School, Metropolitan Education Center.
May 14,   Location:  TBA
“Between Heaven & Earth”  My Journey through death to life.
Dr. Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University. He is an American Geophysical Union Fellow, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


Symposium – The Well Lived Academic Life

February 28, Saturday 9am – noon.  Location:  269 Arps Hall on the OSU Main CampusPhoto of Dr. Elizabeth Topp

We have the opportunity to come together to discuss and interact on The Well Lived Academic Life. Plan now to join with other faculty, graduate students and others at OSU interested in the topic. All are welcome. It promises to be an important three hours of live interactive connection with other campuses who will participate via Interactive Video with the speaker from Purdue University, Dr. Elizabeth Topp. Dr. Topp is the Head, Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and holds the Dane O. Kildsig Chair in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy at Purdue University. She will speak to the issues involved in living The Well Lived Academic Life then we will discuss questions related to the topic and interact with Dr. Topp.



Veritas Forum

Miracles: An OSU Atheist and an MIT Christian Discuss Belief and Reason

February 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union

Photo of Ian Hutchison   Photo of Donald Hubin

Ian Hutchinson (Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Donald Hubin (Professor & PI for the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values, OSU)