As each year comes to an end, many of us begin to look back to take stock and hopefully we find an inventory of extraordinary milestones and accomplishments. This is certainly true in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Here’s to some of 2015’s memorable moments:
- Commemorating the 5th anniversary of the reunification of the arts and sciences
- Surpassing our $200 million But for Ohio State Campaign goal, thanks to support of alumni and friends
- Scaling awesome new funding heights: ASC faculty received $94.5 million for innovative, high-profile research projects and initiatives – up 15% from last year
- Giving the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) building a spectacular Grand Opening
- Celebrating release of blockbuster movies by two phenomenally talented alumni: Goosebumps, based on the series written by R. L. Stine; and, The Peanuts Movie, directed by Steve Martino. Both give generously to our students. Stine endowed a new scholarship for English majors; and Martino donated a portfolio of his work and came to campus in November to share his experiences
- Garnering multiple, highly coveted national awards: ASC faculty brought them in, including our country’s highest—the 2014 National Medal of Arts, honoring Ann Hamilton, Distinguished University Professor, professor of art
- ASC Students named top national/international scholars: The Rhodes: Alumna Ilhan Dahir, political science; English, 2015. We are now home to three of Ohio State’s six Rhodes Scholars. The Beinecke: Honors junior Nima Dahir, economics, mathematics. The Goldwater (Scholars): Alexis Crockett, Honors junior, neuroscience, psychology; and Henry Tran, Honors junior, chemistry, mathematics. (Honorable Mention): Lucas Beaufore, Honors junior, engineering physics. The Churchill: Jonathan Timcheck, Honors senior, engineering physics.
I believe that these examples, by no means all of the accomplishments we’ve seen in the past year, of how well our faculty, students and alumni thrive, compete and succeed brilliantly at the highest levels illustrate the absolute value of the arts and sciences.
Kudos everyone. May we have joy, peace and a bright New Year.