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In light of current restrictions on large public gatherings, The Ohio State University hosted a historical virtual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 3. Approximately 13,000 degrees and certificates were awarded to the class of 2020.

While President Michael V. Drake, Vice Provost Bruce McPheron and other university officials were at the stadium, speaker Tim Cook, Apple chief executive officer, joined virtually. Buckeyes around the country and the globe heard these speeches from home surrounded by family and close friends. In his speech, Cook encouraged graduates to “build a better future than the one you thought was certain."

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Chineze Okpalaola, MBA '20"In my six years as a student at Ohio State, I connected with the Office of International Affairs in various capacities – as a member of Model African Union, as a Fulbright U.S. Student Program recipient, as the Program Coordinator for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, as a Student Consultant for the Ohio State Brazil Gateway, and finally as a Graduate Research Associate with Cindy Jiang," reflects Chineze Okpalaoka (’15 and ’20), a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University, who earned her MBA degree on May 3.

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Ohio State is conducting a study on the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning. Students and faculty are invited to participate and help benefit the university’s Margaret Herlan Busch Student Assistance Fund.

The survey, available at go.osu.edu/covidsurvey, is a joint effort by the University Institute for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Student Academic Success, the Center for the Study of Student Life and the Office of International Affairs. It is open now through May 15.

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SarahFlanagan webSarah Flanagan, computer science and engineering and Japanese double major and new Ohio State alumna, was recently awarded a position with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.

A teaching exchange program managed by the government of Japan, The JET Program brings people from all around the world to facilitate cultural exchange with students and communities throughout Japan.

Flanagan studied abroad at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan during the 2017-2018 academic year and said she was inspired to apply for the JET Program because of studying abroad.

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2020 GraduatesCongratulations to Class of 2020 graduating seniors Bella Caruso, Mathew Clement, Emma Cline, Delaney Morphew and Julia Phillips. Through their work with international partnerships, Fulbright, communications and the reception area in the Office of International Affairs, these five Buckeyes advanced internationalization efforts at Ohio State. We appreciate their commitment, hard work and dedication and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

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thumbnail clark jill GlennJill Clark, associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Canada for “Scaling-up food democracy: An analysis of Canadian and U.S. food policy councils.”

During her time in Canada, Clark will be researching at Carleton University to study the role of local, state and provincial food policy councils in a national food policy. Her work will involve engaging with the Canadian Food Governance project team, conducting interviews and drawing cross-country comparisons from the U.K. and Australia.

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The China Gateway is here to connect Buckeyes to resources to weather this storm, including networking and career help. The Gateway introduced a series of virtual events to support career development and to connect with alumni in China. The virtual events include an alumni career talk, employer information sessions and an online career fair.

ByteDance, Youhug Media and BOE hosted virtual information sessions to promote internships and full-time job opportunities in China. Many Ohio State students attended the information sessions.

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Scammers target international students and scholars because cultural and language barriers often make it difficult for international students and scholars to determine whether an offer for help or request for money is real or fake. The most common scams encountered are those involving immigration, tuition, taxes, employment, travel and housing. Most recently, scammers are also taking advantage of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to steal money or sensitive information.

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glove covered fist bumpOhio State’s research community is playing a critical role in identifying innovative solutions to the numerous impacts from COVID-19. To help assist in these efforts the Office of Research in coordination with the Office of the Chief Information Officer, has developed keepresearching.osu.edu to help better connect the people and resources at Ohio State that are moving COVID-related research forward.

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The China Gateway is helping Ohio State convince admitted first year students that the Buckeye state is the place to be autumn semester to start their college career in the United States.

The China Gateway is partnering with undergraduate admissions in the Office of Student Academic Success to host webinars for first year admitted students to provide more information about the university, answer questions and encourage them to commit to Ohio State.

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