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)

Pastor Appreciation and Briefing Luncheon

Thursday, November 20, 11:30 am
Faculty Club, Jr. Colleagues RoomInvite your pastor to lunch

The luncheon was presented by the Fellowship of Christian Faculty and Staff (FCFS) at OSU, a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, in partnership with the Christian Graduate Student Alliance at OSU.

This was an opportunity for our pastors to hear about Christian groups on campus, and also hear from some of our faculty and staff about the realities of living out their Christian faith in their university roles.

Dr. Bob Gillespie (School of Music) was the MC. The program included, introductions, sharing, and guest speaker Professor Jeff Chalmers describing some tensions between being a church member and being a faculty member. Cost is $16 per person.  Please reserve a place for yourself and pastor below.


Influential Books Luncheon

Thursday, October 16
Books that have changed your life

We  shared with each other brief reviews of books we have read recently and that could then be used to start discussion groups on campus. A list of the books discussed is linked below as is a list of books read by the Dead Theologians Society.

Books Discussed October 2014

Dead Theologians Society Reading List

Bob Trube posted on his blog about this luncheon with Amazon links to all the books:

Past Luncheon – September 18

Thursday, September 18

What the Bible says about creation care?
      ~ Living Faithfully To Live Sustainably

Speaker Dr. Greg Hitzhusen,
School of Environment and Natural Resources

Photo of Greg Hitzhusen

Dr. Hitzhusen’s research has several areas of interest:
Theory and practice of faith-community environmental education and ethics,
Religious influences on environmental attitudes and behavior,
Environmental ethics; Eco-theology; Religion and ecology,
Energy and climate change education and outreach trends in faith communities,
Writing-in-the-majors and sustainability across the curriculum.

Greg’s Handout – EcoTheology, Genesis, Dominion & Christ


Following our recent symposium with the President of the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Santa Ono, we are seeking your thoughts moving forward with the conversation. This June we will host another event in the UP. In anticipation of the interactions on the topic: The Ends and Goals of Higher Education in Twenty-First-Century America: Change and the Calling of the Christian Educator, we have created a site to facilitate a dialogue., is now up and running! We invite you to go to the site and post a comment in the online discussion, If you are part of a small group on campus you could bring up this topic to others there or with a colleague over a breakfast, lunch, appointment and take notes on thoughts/responses and post to the board as “Thoughts from __________”.

New Small Group Forming

The link above entitled ‘Connecting’ will give you a list of small groups around campus that meet for mutual encouragement during the week. We are starting more groups. If you are interested please reply.

Currently we are interested in finding out who would like to be a part of a new group that will read and discuss The Good and Beautiful God. What follows is a brief snapshot of the topic. Group will meet at a time convenient for the greatest number of people. When you reply let us know what days and hours you are most available. The books have been ordered. This hardbound book retails at $23 but we have it for participants for $10.

We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true–but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here. This deep, loving and transformative book will help you discover the narratives that Jesus lived by–to know the Lord he knew and the kingdom he proclaimed–and to practice spiritual exercises that will help you grow in the knowledge of our good and beautiful God. Read more