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The India Alumni Club reached Scarlet level status during its inaugural year. Scarlet is the highest status for an alumni club given by The Ohio State University Alumni Association. This was made possible through your help and participation. Thank you very much for staying engaged within the Buckeye community in India. Our activities have included the Ohio State vs. Michigan game watch in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, a student recruitment career fair, networking events in various cities and a community service event in Mumbai.

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Ohio State is home to more than 6,000 international students who are a vibrant part of the campus community and interact with faculty and staff every single day.

To educate faculty and staff about how they can work more effectively with the international student population, the Office of International Affairs developed the International Student Experience Workshop Series.

The workshop has three sessions that cover three large themes: Pre-Arrival and Check-In and Orientation, Cultural Adjustment and Academics and Academics and Career Expectations

The workshops will include presentations by staff from the Office of International Affairs and other offices on campus, as well as a panel of international students who will answer questions and share their experiences on the selected topics.

Each workshop is offered twice, and you only need to choose one to attend. Those who complete the three-part series will receive a training certificate from the Office of International Affairs. There is no cost to register, and light refreshments will be provided during each workshop.

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Peter Ward, director of the Center of Operational Excellence at the Fisher College of Business, engaged the 20 participants at the Nashik campus of Mahindra Institute of Quality (MIQ) who were undergoing a short-term program on "ESSENTIALS OF LEAN & TPM." During his 90-minute session Ward spoke about ‘Decoding the DNA of Operational Excellence’ elaborating on the DNA of ‘Lean,’ scientific improvement method as well as touching upon the overall management system for operations excellence that includes governance, foundational and operational levels. He helped participants understand the importance of problem solving, strategic management, people development and daily management as well as organizational culture and its adopted standards.

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Professor Abhay Satoskar, vice chair for research in the Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, along with Nikhil Tambe, director of the India Gateway and Vishwajeet Phopale, business development specialist for the India Gateway, visited the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTech) on July 1. The invitation came Govindan Rajamohan, senior principal scientist at IMTech and a former post-doctoral researcher at Ohio State by way of his connection with Wondwossen Gebreyes, executive director of Ohio State’s Global One Health initiative. The objective was to connect with institute leadership to explore opportunities of mutual interest including research and implementation science and/or training capacity.

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Influencers webThe India Gateway and the Fisher College of Business hosted a round table conversation on July 22 at Taj Santacruz in Mumbai. The discussion featured key imperatives that are shaping U.S.-India business relations and brought together a group of alumni who are influencers across diverse domains such as academia, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare and technology in private and government sectors in India.

The unique vantage point of the invitees within their current organizations, along with broad professional experience and excellent knowledge of working with U.S. businesses, enabled interesting insights. The group spoke about their education at the Fisher College of Business and its importance in their professional pursuits. Each participant elaborated on the current scenario of business in India defining scope, value and the key trends. It was also an opportunity for the group to learn about the engagements in India from Peter Ward, director of the Center of Operations Excellence, and about strategic perspectives on internationalization from Anil Makhija, dean of the Fisher College of Business, who joined in via video conference. The roundtable was designed to identify productive future engagements.

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BlrAlumniGathering2019 webBangalore was the  location for our first alumni networking gathering in the new academic year. It turned out to be a fantastic day on June 16 for alumni to connect with local Buckeyes. The gathering witnessed a diverse group of professionals with different backgrounds and broad work experiences. Engaging activities were planned for the morning including a group activity that centered on topical discussions in areas of healthcare, academia, business and operations, technology and start-ups. Alumni teamed up within their expertise areas for engrossing conversations and sharing key trends and top challenges they see as well as things they learned at Ohio State that have helped them professionally.

The India Gateway team shared the latest updates around activities  in India. The meet up concluded with a group picture that illustrated everyone’s true Buckeye spirit!

Padmini Roy-Dixon

The Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University has appointed Padmini Roy-Dixon executive director of the Global Gateways. Roy-Dixon is an experienced leader in new business development and financial management and for the past 10 years has spearheaded high priority projects and engaged with a wide variety of stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

She most recently served as chief of the Business Services Division and the Office of Opportunities for New Americans at the Ohio Development Services Agency, where she managed 40 employees, oversaw more than 30 individual programs, distributed $75 million in grants and loans, as well as improved effectiveness, compliance and efficiencies within the organization.

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Danielle Schoon and Melinda McClimans awards UITL grantDanielle V. Schoon, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Melinda McClimans, Middle East Studies Center, were awarded a $2,000 Research and Implementation Grant from the University Institute of Teaching and Learning (UITL) at The Ohio State University to conduct a study during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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U.N. Sustainable Development GoalsThe Ohio State University has formally joined a United Nations initiative to help solve global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

The university is now a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a group of more than 60 leading U.S. academic institutions mobilizing global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Aline Gabbardo, PhD is an Ohio State material engineering alumna.

From April 15-21, we had the amazing opportunity to live the Buckeye experience...and we loved every minute of it!

My time as a PhD student at Ohio State was an amazing opportunity— a long journey of learning and growth. I’m happy to briefly share this experience with you.

I graduated with a PhD degree in materials science and engineering this May at the Spring 2019 Commencement. I’m a fresh alumna and a very proud Buckeye!

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