Faculty Symposium: Dialogue Within the University – A model for Christian engagement

January 30, Saturday 9am – noon.  Location:  269 Arps Hall on the OSU Main Campus

Banner with symposium title and photo of Terence C. HallidayThe Theme of the Symposium will be Dialogue Within the University and we will explore how faculty and others who work in the university may contribute cogently and charitably to important conversations within the university as Christians.

Our speaker for the day will be Terence C. Halliday, who is a specialist in globalization and law. He focuses on globalization of markets and politics, with particular attention to global norm-making by international organizations. Halliday co-directs the Center on Law and Globalization. He is Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University. He studied at Massey University, New Zealand, and the University of Toronto, before completing a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Terry has spent the last several years interacting with faculty and ministry staff of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students on our symposium theme and co-led the Faculty and Researchers track on Engaging the Campus at the 2015 IFES World Assembly in Mexico.

I hope you will consider joining others from central Ohio and across the Midwest. To sign up, so that we can plan for refreshments and handouts, please register at: Faculty Symposium

Lessons (Re)Learned about Procrastination

Thursday, January 28, 11:30 AM

OSU Faculty Club – Faculty Club Junior Colleagues Room

It is challenging to overcome the urge to procrastinate, despite the behavior’s negative impact on learning, sense of accomplishment, and life satisfaction. From the perspective of a decade of work in higher education, Lauren Hensley will explain her motivation for studying the topic of procrastination and present key findings from the scholarly literature. She will also explain how faith in God’s promises can help us address the fear of failure, perfectionism, and need for immediate gratification that are at the core of many forms of procrastination.

Photo of Lauren HensleyLauren Hensley is Senior Associate Director of The Ohio State University’s Walter E. Dennis Learning Center. Her current efforts focus on developing and managing college success courses, leading the Dennis Center’s instructional team, conducting educational research, and collaborating with other university units on initiatives that support students’ learning and motivation. She has been with the Dennis Learning Center since 2006 in roles including Graduate Teaching Associate, Coordinator of Learning Services, and Interim Director. She is a graduate of Ohio State’s Educational Psychology doctoral program, where she received the Loadman Dissertation Award (2014) for her research on procrastination. She also received her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) from Ohio State. Her contributions have been recognized by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, who awarded her a Student Recognition Award for leadership and scholarship (2012), and Student Life Disability Services, who designated her a recipient of the office’s Special Recognition Award for exceptional service (2009). In addition to learning and helping others to learn, Lauren loves to sing. She is grateful to serve on the musical worship team at Vista Community Church and to be a member of Capriccio Columbus, an 85-voice adult choir.

Come, spend an enjoyable luncheon with the Fellowship of Christian Faculty & Staff (FCFS).  If you can please RSVP.

Lunch arrangements: We get lunch from the full buffet bar. We pay one price for the buffet bar of $20. If that is too much for your budget please pay what you can. If you can pay a little more that money can help cover others. We trust God will provide. Get your lunch at the buffet. When you bring it to the Jr. Colleagues meeting room you pay FCFS who then pays the faculty club. Please bring cash or check. The Faculty Club does not allow food to be brought in.

Future Luncheons

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
  • Paul, Apostle to Nations, An Introduction by Walter F. Taylor
  • Forgiveness is a Choice, A step-by-step process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope by Robert D. Enright, PhD

Sue noted that she had read that J. K. Rowling had put in clues in the early Harry Potter books that foreshadowed events at the end of the series. When she read the Harry Potter books she looked for they clues. She has also found that a helpful skill in reading the Bible.

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.