My first blog, on December 16, 2013, was titled, The Place to be: the Arts and Sciences at Ohio State.
Nearly two years and several posts later, I couldn’t agree more with that early observation.
In fact, time and change does surely show, that this is the place to be. The new academic year is three weeks old and already we are headed to another landmark year.
Ann Hamilton, professor of art and Distinguished University Professor, is universally celebrated as one of the world’s leading artists. This was reaffirmed last week at the White House when President Barack Obama presented her with the U.S. government’s highest honor for an artist, the 2014 National Medal of Arts.
She joins Lonnie Thompson, professor of Earth sciences and Distinguished University Professor, a world-renowned climate scientist and recipient of multiple national and international awards, including the 2007 National Medal of Science.
That these two outstanding members of our arts and sciences family have received our nation’s highest award for the arts AND the sciences is evidence of our leadership and innovation in all areas.
I am proud that our leadership and innovation are being noticed in several other arenas; for example, research support in FY 2015 is up an incredible 15% from FY 2014.
Just as importantly, it is being recognized by our alumni and friends, whose generous investment and support has made it possible for us to surpass our $200 million But for Ohio State Campaign goal.
Clearly, I am not alone in believing ASC is the place to be.