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Thanksgiving Dinner VolunteersThe Ohio State University will host one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus on Thursday, November 24, in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The annual event estimates 1,600 guests will attend, including the students, faculty and staff, along with their families, who are unable to travel home for the holiday. Joining them will be many volunteers throughout the university community to assist in serving the traditional turkey dinner on actual Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers are needed for two shifts from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. The deadline to register is Wednesday, November 2.

To volunteer for the first shift, visit http://go.osu.edu/ThanksgivingDinnerShift1, and to volunteer for the second shift visit http://go.osu.edu/ThanksgivingDinnerShift2.

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Global Buckeye CelebrationCelebrate the beginning of a new school year while welcoming more than 2,000 international students to campus! Join us on Friday, August 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the RPAC for our annual Global Buckeye Celebration.

This year's celebration will include inflatable games, international dancing, Zumba fitness and Ohio State trivia competitions, pizza, games, prizes and more as we welcome these new students to campus and get ready for the beginning of autumn semester.

The Ohio State University is one of four finalists for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities’ inaugural institutional award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement. The award recognizes institutions as innovators in their comprehensive efforts to internationalize their campuses. Arizona State University, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Minnesota also are finalists. The winner will be announced during the 2016 APLU Annual Meeting November 13-15 in Austin, Texas.

“Ohio State’s motto, 'Education for Citizenship,' has long since expanded to preparing our students for their place in, and their contributions to, the global community. We deeply appreciate being among the four national finalists of the APLU’s inaugural award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron.

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Carlos Mendez and Daniella VieiraThe University of Chicago was the setting for BrazUSC, the largest conference for Brazilian students studying in the United States. Ohio State students Daniella Vieira, a senior majoring in finance from Vitoria, Brazil and Carlos Mendez, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering from Dayton, both attended the conference in April 2016 with support from the university’s Brazil Gateway.

BrazUSC also is the flagship conference of the national Brazilian Students Association (BRASA), which serves as a network for Brazilian students in the United States. Vieira, president of Ohio State’s BRASA chapter, and Mendez, treasurer, both hoped to gain knowledge and motivation at the conference and foster new connections.

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Before arriving on campus this fall, future Ohio State students from China will attend Pre-Departure Orientation, a one-day orientation session offered in Shanghai and Beijing from June 17-25.

Ohio State University is one of the first universities in the United States to organize a Pre-Departure Orientation in China, and this will be the fourth year of the program. Ohio State expects to welcome about close to 800 undergraduate students from China to campus this fall, and more than 440 students and 600 parents registered for the orientation sessions this summer.

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