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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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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All About Richland

OSUM Dean Joining Other Leaders In Discussing How To Reconnect America

19 Jan , 2021  

The Ohio State University’s “Education for Citizenship Discussion Series,” organized by deans, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and other university leaders, kicked off last week, and hundreds joined in a virtual discussion about fostering deliberative democracy in this era of political polarization.

The Divided Community Project has planned the next event, “Becoming Weavers in a Divided Nation,” which is scheduled for 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 21. Speakers include: More…

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History & Tourism, Schools

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: The Ohio State University At Mansfield

6 Jan , 2021  

By: 1812Blockhouse

It’s the latest in our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series — today looking at The Ohio State University at Mansfield.

First institution of higher education in Mansfield: Female Institute, opened in 1840s near the current site of the Renaissance Theatre on Park Avenue West More…

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Ohio State President Shares End Of Year Communication

26 Dec , 2020  

In an email to The Ohio State University community earlier this week, President Kristina Johnson addressed a variety of matters, including the return to all campuses after the start of the new year.

The email read as follows:

“Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Warmest holiday wishes, Buckeyes. This past year has brought historic challenges for our university. Through it all, you have demonstrated time and again the ingenuity and grace with which our Ohio State family faces moments of great adversity. I am proud to be part of a community that makes such a positive difference in the lives of so many. More…

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Beat Michigan Week: How Buckeye Football Began

7 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s Beat Michigan Week for those who bleed scarlet and gray – and as Mansfield is a component part of the OSU network of campuses, that certainly includes us.

The annual contest is set for this coming Saturday at noon at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. A 30 point favorite, the Buckeyes’ current win streak stands at eight games.

To kick things off this week, we thought that we would share a bit about how football began at The Ohio State University. Some time ago, we shared a story on our sister publication, 1808Delaware, about the very first OSU game — played not in Columbus, but on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware. We’re happy to share it today with 1812Blockhouse readers.

The storied football history of The Ohio State University started right here in Delaware County. Here are details about the school’s first football contest, hosted by the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University.

  • Date: May 3, 1890
  • Final Score: OSU 20, OWU 14
  • Attendance: 700
  • Where played: A site near the sulfur spring and the Delaware Run and north of the historical marker, not far from Selby Stadium. Spectators sat on the hill. The games were later moved as the ball kept falling into the river.
  • Touchdowns scored by each team: OSU – 4, OWU – 3 (each counted for 4 points)
  • Extra points scored by each team: OSU – 2, OWU – 1 (each counted for 2 points)
  • Time OSU left Columbus — 6:00 AM
  • Time OSU arrived in Delaware — 6:45 AM
  • Time game began — 9:03 AM
  • Weather — Cool temperatures, drizzling rain
  • Scored first touchdown in OSU football history — Quarterback Joseph “Jo Jo” Large. Large had actually previously attended Ohio Wesleyan. He passed away in 1908 and is buried in Whigville, Noble County.
  • Uniforms — OSU wore gray shirts with “OSU” in scarlet letters, gray pants, scarlet stockings
  • Other rules differences in 1890:
    • Players did not wear pads or helmets
    • No forward passes
    • Extra point kicks were attempted from the spot where the touchdown was scored
  • OSU record in 1890 — 1-4

Other facts — This was the only game OSU played that spring, and the team did not yet have a coach; a coach was obtained before the fall schedule of games. The right tackle for OSU was Herbert Johnston, inventor of the electric mixer. OWU played club football as far back as 1875; the faculty forced its termination until 1890.

Historic marker dedicated on the site where the game was played — May 3, 2008. At the dedication ceremony, two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin shared, ““I doubt on May 3, 1890, the participants on the Ohio State-Ohio Wesleyan football game could have realized that they were setting in motion something that would produce what we see today.”

Sources: Eleven Warriors,, The Lantern, Wikipedia

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History & Tourism, Richland Recollections

Richland Recollections: Sally Huber Lanyon Reflects On The Mansfield Of Her Youth

3 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

In this series, Richland Recollections, we feature remembrances of Richland County as told by those who lived here.

Today’s article features Sally (Huber) Lanyon, who grew up in Mansfield in the 1950s. Last year, she spoke at Main Street Books; she is the co-creator of Brutus Buckeye and co-author of “The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye: As Told To His Parents.”

Sally recently shared the following memories with 1812Blockhouse. It’s a great read! More…



OSU Sees COVID Positivity Rates Quadruple; President Shares Guidance

16 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University and its regional campuses are seeing COVID-19 numbers increase dramatically in a way that mirrors the rest of Ohio.

In fact, according to the OSU Office of Student Life, daily student positivity rates have quadrupled in the last two or three weeks. On one Tuesday, 141 positive cases were reported.

With this increase as a backdrop, OSU President Kristina M. Johnson has issued a letter addressed to The Ohio State University community. In it, she reviews current pandemic statistics for the State of Ohio, and then provides three pieces of immediate guidance while also discussing the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and winter break. More…

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All About Richland

My Ride With Woody Hayes

11 Nov , 2020  

From 1812Blockhouse Publisher Thomas Palmer:

This Thursday evening at 7 PM a virtual theatre performance will be shared by The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Entitled “Separate Together,” the program will include a work by Mansfield Pulizer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, as well as a “living history” portrayal of long-time OSU Football Coach Woody Hayes.

Information about that presentation and how you can virtually attend can be accessed here.

Speaking of Coach Hayes, I am reminded of an evening many, many years ago when I had occasion to meet and spend time with the man himself. The episode began on a crisp late fall evening as I sat quietly on a bench waiting for a bus. More…


OSU 2020 Football Schedule Announced

21 Sep , 2020  

It’s a subject of great interest to many Richland Countians.

The Ohio State Buckeyes will now kick off their eight-game regular season on Oct. 24 with a home game at Ohio Stadium against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Big Ten Conference released its new 2020 fall football schedule on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The Big Ten’s 2020 football campaign of games had previously been modified to reflect conference-only games on Aug. 5, and then was postponed entirely by the league on Aug. 11 because of uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

A return to competition was announced by the Big Ten on Sept. 16. More…



Agreement To Add Exciting New Opportunity For OSU Mansfield Students

29 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

When The Ohio State University Board of Trustees met on Thursday, it moved forward with an extraordinarily large and important project on the Columbus campus.

It also approved a joint use agreement that will introduce a new and exciting new opportunity for students at OSU Mansfield.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved moving forward on the largest single facilities project ever undertaken at the institution – a new 1.9 million-square-foot inpatient hospital that will enhance leading-edge research, clinical training and world-class patient care. More…

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Big Ten Canceling Football Season Tuesday, Freep Reports: Updated

11 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Updated at 6:30 PM on Monday: is reporting this evening that OSU President Kristina Johnson will not vote to cancel the season, contradicting information included in the report referenced below. To highlight the confusion, the report also has different information about when a vote is scheduled to take place.

What is clear is that nothing is clear. 1812Blockhouse will carry any definitive statement from the Big Ten Conference once it is released.

The Detroit Free Press, commonly known as the “Freep,” shared on Monday that the Big Ten Conference is expected to cancel the 2020 football season in its entirety.

The announcement is expected on Tuesday.

The story shares that the vote of Big Ten Presidents was 12-2, with Iowa and Nebraska voting to continue the season. It also stated that a final vote would be taken on Monday evening.

The Freep story can be accessed here.

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History & Tourism, Schools

Interactive: See the Lands Sold to Fund Ohio’s Land “Grant” Universities

7 Aug , 2020  

Native Americans Demand More Recognition From Universities They Funded, Sometimes Unwillingly

By Caitlin Hunt

This story was funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. This article provided by Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism. Please join our free mailing list or text us at (216) 867-6327 as this helps us provide more public service reporting.

Growing up in Cleveland, Cherokee tribal member Nicole Doran said Chief Wahoo always made her uncomfortable. 

“I remember growing up and seeing this caricature of Native Americans that I knew wasn’t true,” Doran said. 

Later she earned a biology degree at the Ohio State University. Doran loved the campus and appreciated the opportunities given to her, but she was not happy about the lack of Native American acknowledgement on campus. Instead, she found the university took pride in their status as a “Land Grant” university. The school sits in the heart of Columbus, home to the best-selling Land Grant beer. More…

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OSU 2020 Football Schedule Announced

6 Aug , 2020  

In the event that the Big Ten Conference and its member schools are able to hold an athletics season this year, the conference released its restructured 2020 football schedule today with a 10th conference game added for all schools amid a season that would extend from as early as Sept. 3 through games of Nov. 21. Ohio State would kick off the Big Ten’s first-ever conference-only campaign on Thursday, Sept. 3, against Illinois in Champaign, Ill.

Each Big Ten school would have five home games and five road games during a season that would be dramatically modified because of the ongoing and uncertain COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, each school has two off or open weekends that can possibly be used as make-up dates for games that are postponed during the season because of circumstances caused by the pandemic. More…

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OSU Updates Mask Requirements, Event Details, Other Matters

11 Jul , 2020  

The Ohio State University Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron and Dr. Hal Paz, executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at Ohio State and CEO of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, delivered a message of support for international students and detailed requirements for face mask usage on campus to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Ohio State continues to update a website with information about the pandemic. The university will also respond to an email account where general questions about COVID-19 can be directed: [email protected]

McPheron and Paz delivered the joint message on July 10: More…