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OSU Announces Updates On Fall Reactivation For Its Campuses

10 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

President Kristina M. Johnson and Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron sent the following email to The Ohio State University community on Friday, April 9:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Our plans to reinvigorate campus life this fall are taking shape as we look forward to an autumn semester of engaged classroom learning, thriving student activities and community events that bring us together, and we need your help to reactivate our Ohio State traditions.

First, we’re writing to share more details and to ask every eligible student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated and to follow all other safe and healthy guidelines. We will always base decisions on evidence-based public health guidance and the state of the pandemic, and a high vaccination rate will only increase the chances of normality. More…

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DeWine Channels Vaccines To Colleges, Workplaces To Speed Up Rollout

5 Apr , 2021  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio will surge doses into college campuses and private workplaces as an effort to speed up the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Gov. Mike DeWine announced late last week.

Starting this week, the goal is to provide mostly Johnson & Johnson vaccines to any Ohio college student who wants one, DeWine said. Unlike the two other available vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson’s only requires one dose and standard refrigeration. The other two vaccines require ultracold storage and a two-dose series, posing storage, transportation and scheduling difficulties.

Additionally, DeWine said vaccine providers can take up to 25% of their weekly dosage allocation to vaccinate their own employees or those of other businesses or labor unions starting April 12. Ohioans aged 16 and up are currently eligible for vaccination. More…

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Reflections of a First-Year Buckeye

29 Mar , 2021  

President Kristina M. Johnson sent the following email to The Ohio State University community last Thursday.

In it, she mentions a recent visit to the campus of The Ohio State University at Mansfield.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

We were excited to welcome U.S. President Joe Biden to our campus this week – and share with him just some of what makes Ohio State such an incredible place for teaching and learning, research and scholarship, community outreach and patient care. More…

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Artapalooza Fine Arts Festival Through Wednesday

22 Mar , 2021  

Mid-Ohio Conference Center

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is holding its annual Artapolooza Fine Arts Festival through this Wednesday at the MOESC Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth Street in Mansfield.

The gallery will be open from Monday, March 22 through Wednesday, March 24 from 8 AM to 7 PM. Masks and social distancing will be required.

The art awards presentation will be done virtually. A slideshow presentation and gallery walk will be available to view on Mid-Ohio ESC’s website at the conclusion of the event. More…

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OSU Plans In-Person Commencement

18 Mar , 2021  

The Ohio State University announced today that it plans to host a modified in-person spring commencement for graduates in what will be the first non-virtual commencement since late 2019.

“We are partnering with state and local health officials on a plan to provide our students and their families with the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments safely in person,” said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson.

While the university is working to maintain many of Ohio State’s proud traditions, health and safety guidelines mean that certain elements will need to change. More…

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Bill Allowing Ohio Schools More Time For Spring Tests Passes

18 Mar , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a year of learning upended by the pandemic, Ohio students would have extra time to take state-mandated tests under an emergency measure passed unanimously Wednesday by the Ohio House.

The GOP-controlled Senate approved some final changes to the school measure before sending it back to the House where it passed in a rare 92-to-0 vote days before the testing windows begin.

“I support any flexibility we can give to schools as we continue to address the pandemic’s impact on the students and families they serve,” Democratic Sen. Teresa Fedor said in a statement after the bill’s passage. More…

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Let’s Laugh A Little

9 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Theatre Department of The Ohio State University at Mansfield is offering just what the doctor ordered for its Spring 2021 production.

It’s going to make you chuckle.

As the notices shared, “After the year we’ve had, we all need a laugh.”

The antidote to the pandemic blues will be short ten minute comedies written directly for a remote audience and featuring both students and community members. More…

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OSU Plans For Reactivated Campuses in 2021-2022

7 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University announced this week that planning is underway for a reactivation of its campuses this fall to offer safe and robust in-person experiences significantly expanded from current restrictions.

Continuing to follow all appropriate measures to protect the health and well-being of the community, and with the partnership and approval of local, state and federal health authorities, the university’s plans will include increasing:

  • In-person teaching, learning and student activities
  • Students in the residence halls
  • Staff working on campus
  • In-person campus services and events
  • Fans in attendance at Ohio State football games and other athletic competitions

More…

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Coronavirus Snapshot: DeWine Shares Plan; County Schools Case Numbers Continue To Fall

5 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio and Richland County got a double dose of encouraging news on Thursday concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

For one thing, the weekly reported numbers of new cases for students and staff in local schools continued its drop, powered by increased teacher vaccinations and ongoing safety guidelines.

Ten Richland County schools shared news of 36 new infections, which number included 28 students and 8 staff in the following locations: More…

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As School COVID Cases Decrease Statewide, Richland Numbers Remain Steady

27 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio is seeing a marked reduction in the number of new infections of COVID-19 being reported by the state’s schools.

At the same time, fueled in large part by an apparent cluster taking place among staff at Madison Schools, Richland County numbers are staying relatively constant.

The numbers shared on Thursday for infections across Ohio showed 847 new cases, which represents the smallest increase since October. This brings the total infection number for Ohio schools to 60,954. More…

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OSUM Students Share Impact Of Scholarships On Their College Experience

23 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University at Mansfield awards scholarships each year to new and returning students. Applications for scholarships are open until March 1, 2021. Students who are interested in applying for a scholarship should review the qualification information here.

Students finance their college education in a number of ways including a part-time job, financial aid or loans. Scholarships also play a key role in helping many students lower the cost of their total investment in earning a degree.

Linda Cho, a freshman biology student at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, has received scholarships from The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Richland County and the Ohio State Mansfield Scholarship Endowment Fund. More…

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OSU President Announces Goal Of Providing Debt-Free Education

20 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The State of the University Address presented on Thursday by President Kristina M. Johnson of The Ohio State University, her first, included several important announcements.

Several dealt with various investments into research and researchers totaling some $750 million over the next ten years. This includes the physical improvements such as the Ohio State Innovation Center on the former West Campus, a $1.8 billion Wexner Hospital, and a just-opened science building on the Wooster campus.

Practically, however, the most transformative direction announced was the goal of providing a debt-free education to all OSU undergraduates over the next decade. This would make The Ohio State University the first to undertake such a monumental undertaking. More…

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County Schools See Dramatic COVID-19 Drop; Lt. Gov. Visits Richland Public Health

19 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Department of Health

Some rather dramatic statistics were shared today by the Ohio Department of Health relating to the incidence of COVID-19 in Richland County schools.

In this case, “dramatic” is a good thing, at least for almost all districts and schools reported no new infections during the last seven days.

The exception to that rule was Crestview Schools, which appears to have had a localized outbreak. Officials there reported that 24 students and 20 staff tested positive. In the entire rest of the county there were only five cases — one student in Mansfield City Schools, one student and two staff in Shelby Schools, and two students at Pioneer in Shelby. More…

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Ohio State Offering Apple App Development, Coding Courses To The Public

17 Feb , 2021  

By Chris Booker, Ohio State News

Richland County businesses and prospective employees, take note of this.

The Ohio State University is making its popular Swift Coding and App Development certificate program available to the public. By expanding access to learners everywhere, participants gain cutting-edge skills for today’s modern economy.

Additionally, the university is working with local businesses to provide workforce development opportunities for their employees through Ohio’s TechCred program.

In just over a year since it launched, more than 3,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni have enrolled in the certificate program, completing self-paced modules on their schedule and building valuable skills. More…

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Mansfield Board Of Education To Vote On Reduction In Force Resolution

16 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The February meeting of the Board of Education of Mansfield City Schools brings with it a matter that such boards hope never come.

At the meeting, to be held on Tuesday night, February 16 at 5:30 PM, the Board will consider a “Resolution of Intent to Consider a Reduction in Force” for the current school year, and dealing with both licensed/certificated and classified staff.

The wording of the Resolution ties the action to the “…current and projected financial condition of the Mansfield City Schools District,” and more specifically about the “…projected budget deficit at the end of this current fiscal year.” More…

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