We are now officially halfway through February. Who knew it would be such an ongoing test of one’s survival skills? Normally, it is a great month. The days grow longer; the weather becomes bearable; and every day spring edges a bit closer.
February 2014 has not been normal; still there is much to celebrate.
It is National Black History Month and the Student Life Multicultural Center, collaborating with student groups and departments, including our Department of African American and African Studies, is hosting a month-long series of events to honor the legacy of those who fought for equal rights for everyone.
We can celebrate the progress made so far, but we aren’t done yet.
One critical challenge facing universities is to raise the numbers of minority students in doctoral science programs. This month, our ASC science departments had the opportunity to learn about strategies for increasing diversity from Vanderbilt University Professor of Astronomy and Physics Keivan Stassun, co-director of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Program. Now in its 11th year, it has become a successful model for others, including our new Bridge Program in Physics.
Our students continue to shine in the national spotlight. The latest, undergraduate Honors student Maria Khrakovsky, majoring in French and accounting, is living one of my dreams. She is a contestant tonight on Jeopardy, 7 p.m., WBNS.
Join me in watching and cheering her on!
This month, we introduce a fun series of pop-up events announced via Twitter—Donuts with the Dean. Follow @ASCatOSU to find out when and where, the first 50 students will receive a t-shirt AND get to enjoy some Buckeye Donuts with me.
I’ll also be giving away some of my own money to make some students’ spring breaks just a little more fun. Follow me on Twitter and let me know why you love being an arts and sciences major with #ASCbucks and you could win! Find out more about how to enter online.
Happy Valentine’s Day!