Autumn is always a perfect time for great beginnings and celebrations. It has never been more true than autumn 2014.
The next two weeks are positively crammed with great things.
The fourth season of our free, public lecture series, Science Sundays, gets underway Sunday, Sept. 14. This year’s incredible lineup includes a Nobel Laureate, a Pixar digital tailor and a Ghost-particle hunter, among others.
Sullivant Hall Grand Opening
On Saturday, Sept. 20, we are throwing a colossal party, a festive, public opening celebration of the transformation and renovation of the historic Sullivant Hall – a model of what a premier arts facility should be and the first visible piece of our new Arts District – a unified and comprehensive cluster of the arts at the university’s traditional “front-door” at 15th Avenue and High Street.
The ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m., honoring donors Lawrence and Isabel Barnett and their family, kicks off an afternoon of non-stop activities: world-premiere dances, motion-capture and animation demos, films, remarks from university leaders and open houses in the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD); the departments of Dance and Arts Administration, Education and Policy; and the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.
Sullivant’s Travels, a site-specific promenade performance work by world-renowned director/choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, is the grand opening’s centerpiece. With 11 simultaneous performance elements and more than 85 ASC performers, dancers and vocalists, Sullivant’s Travels includes dance events on the balcony over High Street, a performance installation on all levels of the East Rotunda, an aerial dance using ropes, audience participation performances, dance film, dance utilizing new technology, and a finale event in the Barnett Theatre.
ASC Staff Cornhole Tournament
Finally, I invite everyone to take me on at the ASC Staff Advisory Council Cornhole Tournament’s “Dean’s Challenge” on the Oval, Sept. 24. Registration deadline: Sept. 10.
These are only four examples of how at Ohio State so much fun can fill such a small window of time.