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Thanksgiving Dinner VolunteersRegistration is now open to volunteer at Ohio State's Thanksgiving Dinner, which will take place on November 28 in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Ohio State hosts one of the largest dinners on a college campus, with an estimated 1,600 guests attending each year.

Dinner is served at 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner is successful as a result of the help received from the community and Buckeye volunteers who spend a portion of their Thanksgiving Day serving dinner to those guests who are unable to make it home for the holiday.

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In April 2019, Ohio State launched an enterprise-wide planning process to reimagine its international role as a modern land-grant university.

Led by a steering committee chaired by Gil Latz, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs, and Randy Smith, vice provost for academic programs, Ohio State will develop a five-year international strategic plan that supports and complements the goals outlined in the university’s comprehensive strategic plan, Time and Change.

Chairs and co-chairs have been appointed for five working groups and are in the process of selecting committee members representing a broad cross-section of the university.

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It’s a family thing!

In 1984, Brazilian siblings Samir Raffoul (BA in engineering), Samira Raffoul (BA in economics and political science) and Lode Raffoul (BS in agriculture) graduated from The Ohio State University.

“We are not triplets. I am the oldest, then Samira, and Samir is the youngest,” said Lode Raffoul. “Having three siblings study at Ohio State together in the '80s, with a family investment, was a memorable academic and multicultural experience. Still today we keep our acquired knowledge. All thanks to the generosity and trust of our late parents, Saliba and Theresa.”

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From September 11-20, Jane K. Aparecido, director of the Brazil Gateway, was on campus along with Phoebe You, director of the China Gateway, and Nikhil Tambe, director of the India Gateway.

Ohio State Global Gateway directors visit campus twice a year to connect with faculty, staff and students, discuss future plans and strategies with leadership of different colleges and departments and share what the Gateway team has accomplished in their respective regions abroad.

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Marília Chiavegato is an incoming assistant professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

My name is Marília Chiavegato. I am an agricultural engineer with a PhD in animal science. Last year, I applied to a position of assistant professor in agroecosystem management for food system resilience at The Ohio State University and was offered the position. The appointment is in the Departments of Horticulture and Crop Science (60%) and Animal Sciences (40%).

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Future is Fusion event

Food can be a source of numerous benefits, including improving your mood, providing a creative outlet and bringing sustenance and enjoyment, but sharing food with others can also bring understanding and spark a sense of exploration.

“The Future is Fusion,” a presentation and experiential learning activity led by Zia Ahmed, senior director of Student Life's Dining Services, was the first of a series of topics to be explored throughout the academic year as part of a partnership between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of International Affairs.

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Angela Brintlinger headshotThe Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) has been awarded a $300,000 university partnership grant from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade. CSEES will work with the University of Belgrade, the largest state university in Serbia, to enhance linkages between Ohio State and Serbian faculty and students, enriching the academic environment of both campuses, increasing collaborative research, and strengthening academic programs and opportunities for students. This is the largest grant awarded to CSEES from the U.S. Department of State. Angela Brintlinger, professor and director of CSEES, is the principal investigator and will serve as the primary liaison between Ohio State and the University of Belgrade. Eileen Kunkler, assistant director of CSEES, and center staff will provide coordination and support for grant activities. 

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Nikhil Tambe and Anil MakhijaA visit to India by Anil Makhija, dean of the Fisher College of Business, further solidified partnerships with industry and government agencies and explored new collaborative opportunities for Ohio State.

Hosted by Ohio State’s India Gateway, Makhija visited Mumbai and New Delhi to meet with leadership at the Mahindra Institute of Quality (MIQ), which has an international agreement with Fisher’s Center for Operational Excellence, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the Income Tax Human Resource Development office. At MIQ in Mumbai, Makhija evaluated the success of Fisher’s joint certification program, which will mark its second year in December.

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shi.1328 webIn an increasingly global world, it’s paramount for highly skilled professionals to be well-versed in legal matters and practices beyond the scope of their country. It’s also an opportunity for students to learn more about U.S. legal education. For Southwest University of Political Science and Law student, Wei Shi, the Foundations of U.S. Law and Practice Summer Program, formerly known as  the American Law and Language Program (ALLP), at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, was a fantastic opportunity to get acclimated to the academic culture in the United States before starting her exchange program at Moritz.

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Roberto Abramson, Fisher College of Business 1975-1977, from Minas Gerais, Brazil.

The late Isaac Abramson finished his Master of Science in Ceramics Engineering at Lord Hall in 1946. Almost 30 years later, his son, Roberto Abramson, went to Ohio State with his wife and 20-month-old son to pursue a two-year professional degree at the Fisher College of Business.

“There, we faced one of the most rewarding challenges in our lives. Studying, living and experiencing the American way of life,” said Abramson, “We won, I made it. My wife is fluent in English, my son is a praised professional who gave me a wonderful granddaughter, Karen Abramson.”

While at Ohio State, Abramson took the MBA marketing program under advisory of Professor Roger Blackwell.

“I am very grateful for all life has granted to me as a professional forged in the Ohio State spirit…Thank you, Ohio State University, what a life,” said Abramson.