OSU President Shares Updates On Commencement, COVID, And More

14 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

President Kristina M. Johnson sent the following email to The Ohio State University community on Thursday, May 13.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

While Mother Nature did not cooperate, even the rain could not put a damper on the excitement and enjoyment of our first in-person commencements since 2019 – two in one day!

We conferred 12,345 degrees and certificates, and attendees adhered to pre-arranged public health protocols that made these in-person experiences possible. I thank you for your cooperation and for observing requirements to continue to keep yourselves and one another safe and healthy. More…


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NECIC Receives Prestigious Award From The Ohio State University

15 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State’s University Outreach and Engagement Awards honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact.

Recipients were recognized on April 13 at “OSU Engages: Celebrating Engaged Scholarship at Ohio State”

The Community Partner Award is presented to a community agency/group/institution that demonstrates collaborative work with university faculty, students and staff, resulting in a partnership that produces positive impact in the community and at Ohio State. Nominations can come from faculty, staff, students and community organizations. The 2021 Award was made to the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) of Mansfield. More…

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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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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…



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…



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


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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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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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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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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…