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Frederick Aldama, PhD, Professor, Department of English – Humanities
Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University, United States, where his lectures and publications use the advances in the cognitive and neurosciences to shed light on all subjects that make up the humanities. He is editor and author of 20 books. He is founder and director of LASER. He is also founder and co-director of the Humanities and Cognitive High School Summer Institute at The Ohio State University.

Topics: Creating Pathways to Education for Underrepresented (socioeconomic, ethnic, race), LASER – Latino mentoring program, what your brain does when you go to the movies, play video games, read novels, and peruse comics


Megan Amaya, Director of Health Promotion and Wellness at Ohio State
Megan Amaya graduated from Ohio State with the PhD in exercise science, health promotion, in 2009. Previous to her current role at Ohio State, she worked as the wellness coordinator for the City of Dublin (Ohio). In this position, she promoted health and wellness with City of Dublin employees and community residents. As OSU’s director of health promotion and wellness, she works closely with the University’s Chief Wellness Officer to promote faculty, staff and student health and wellness. In addition, she gets actively involved in community wellness initiatives across the State of Ohio. Megan is a certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor and Certified Health Education Specialist. She is currently President of the Ohio Chapter Society for Public Health Educators (SOPHE) and sits on the Central Ohio Healthy Ohio Business Council (HOBC) steering team. She has published several health and wellness articles, as well as her dissertation study results in the Health Education Journal. Megan enjoys presenting at local and national conferences.

Topics: Healthy Eating on the GO, Nutrition 101, Weight Loss Basics, The Weight of Stress, Wellness 101, Wellness Wonder Foods, Beyond the Gym, Fitting in Fitness

Kirk Barton

Kirk Barton, Former football player; producer for Willis Group
Kirk Barton is currently a producer for Willis Group. The 1st team All-American in 2007 began working in the private sector after graduating with his master’s degree in Business Administration in 2012 from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Kirk was a four year starter at offensive tackle from 2004-2007, and was a captain of the 2007 squad. In addition, Kirk was named academic All-Big Ten in 2006 and 2007. Among his favorite achievements was being the first person in the history of the OSU/Michigan rivalry to start and win four straight games. Kirk was selected in the 2008 NFL draft and completed his career in 2010. His last season with the football program was working for Urban Meyer during his undefeated 2012 season.
Dispatch article: Barton gets some good advice, earns MBA

Topics: OSU Football, Coach Meyer, Traditions, Business, Leadership

Picture1Greg Beals, Ohio State Head Baseball Coach

Greg Beals is a Springfield, Ohio native with 22 years of coaching experience, including eight years as head coach at Ball State where he won 243 games and three Mid-American Conference West Division championships. He is now in his sixth season as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Beals was named to his position June 17, 2010, following a national search to replace the winningest coach in school history, Bob Todd. Beals, who also guided Ball State to the first MAC Tournament crown in school history, to perhaps the biggest win in school history – a 2006 NCAA Lexington Regional win over No. 1 seed Kentucky – and who was named the “best game coach” in the MAC in 2009 by, is only the fourth head coach of OSU baseball in the last 50 years and only the 11th coach in 127 years of baseball at one of the nation’s most comprehensive universities.

During the interview process, Beals left the search committee somewhat stunned and speechless for a few moments when he initially introduced himself to the group. He spoke of families, including his personal family, his Athletics Department family, and the family of young men he developed at Ball State. He also spoke of his career in the sport as a player and coach, and his life-long dream to be the next baseball coach at the state school located just an hour from his home town. The committee liked what it heard, including the sincerity of his delivery, his enthusiasm for engaging various audiences – the surrounding community, alumni, the University as a whole, and potential recruits – and his goal of taking Ohio State back to the College World Series.

Beals has guided the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Tournament in each of his six seasons at the helm and has seen his players earn fifteen All-Big Ten honors, two Big Ten Freshmen of the Year, one All American, and ten MLB draft picks. This hands-on teacher, team-builder, program-builder, family man, and administrator was clearly the right choice to assume responsibilities of coaching the oldest sport on Ohio State’s campus.


John Bluem, Head Coach, Men’s Soccer
Coach Bluem, head coach since 1997, has led the Buckeyes to all four of their NCAA tournament appearances and he is Ohio State’s all-time wins leader with an over 170 win record in Columbus. His career record, which includes six seasons at Fresno State, stands well over 220 games as a collegiate head coach. Blue’s teams at Ohio State performed at the NCAA tournament eight times, most notably the 2007 National Runner Up and sweet sixteen appearances in 2004 and 2010. 16 of Blue’s Ohio State players have been MLS draft picks.


Nicholas Breyfogle, PhD, Associate Professor, History
Professor Nicholas B. Breyfogle received his PhD (1998) and MA (1994) in Russian and European History from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B. A. (1990) from Brown University in History and French Civilization. Professor Breyfogle is a specialist in Imperial Russian history, c. 1700 to 1917, especially the history of Russian imperialism and the non-Russian nationalities of the tsarist empire. His research interests include Russian colonialism, inter-ethnic contact, peasant studies, religious belief and policy, and the history and culture of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Siberia. In addition to things Russian and “Putin-ish”, he is also a specialist in global environmental history, so able to talk about global water concerns (droughts, floods, pollution, etc) climate, and other similar issues.

Topics: Russian history and today


John Brockington, Former Football Player; Founder The John Brockington Foundation
(CALIFORNIA EVENTS ONLY) An All-American running back at Ohio State under Woody Hayes, John Brockington was the Green Bay Packers’ first pick in 1971’s NFL draft. He claimed NFC Rookie of the Year and unanimous All-Pro honors. Prompted by his own experience with dialysis and transplantation, he founded The John Brockington Foundation to raise funds for dialysis patients and combat the conditions which lead to kidney failure. Together with his wife and former teammates, the foundation began the KIN (Keeping Inside the Numbers) Campaign in South East San Diego in January 2009. To date, over 300 participants have undergone free health screenings and discussed practical ways to overcome health obstacles.

Topics: Woody Hayes, lifelong bond among his national championship teammates, organ donations and men’s health

Trevor Brown - Glenn College (2)Trevor Brown, Dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University

Trevor Brown is the dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.  He previously served as the Director, Interim Director and as the Associate Director for Academic Affairs and Research at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.  He joined the Ohio State University as a faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Management in 2001.

He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University, Stanford California. He previously held the position of Pasqual Maragall Chair Visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona’s Department of Economic Policy and Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University. From 1994-2013, he served in managerial roles for the Parliamentary Development Project, a U.S. Agency for International Development funded organization that provided technical assistance to the Ukrainian parliament.

He continues to teach graduate and undergraduate courses on rebuilding failed and weak states, public management, and written and oral communication for public sector managers.

carlsonGeoff Carlston, Head Coach, Women’s Volleyball
Geoff Carlston is in his 6th year as head coach of Ohio State. He was named the head coach of the Ohio State women’s volleyball program in February 2008.
The Buckeyes have made the NCAA tournament four times, reaching the Sweet 16 twice. He has coached five All-Americans while leading his program to a perfect APR score each of his seasons at Ohio State, the only Big10 coach to do so. Carlston comes to Ohio State after spending five years a head coach of Ohio University where he built an outstanding program. His squads played in five NCAA tournaments, reaching regional play in 2005. At Ohio, Carlston guided the Bobcats to five consecutive Mid-American Conference championships with an overall record of 144-22. Coach Carlston earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and is a former Peace Corps volunteer. His wife, Sara, and son, Teddy, live in Columbus.

Tamar Chute

Tamar Chute, University Archivist and Head of Archives (Associate Professor)
As Head of Archives, Ms. Chute manages the University Archives, Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program, and the Ohio Congressional Archives. For the University Archives, her responsibilities include outreach activities, collection development, and records management. Ms. Chute has given presentations on all aspects of university history, including the University’s founding, student traditions and activities, buildings on campus, and OSU then-and-now. She is co-author of The Ohio State University Trivia Book, published in 2007. During spring semester Ms. Chute teaches the course “The Ohio State University: Its History and Its World.” Ms. Chute’s professional research has focused primarily on teaching with primary sources, college and university outreach, and how federal privacy laws affect archival users.

Topics: University history and trivia.

James CottonJames Cotton, Founder, Buck-Icon Foundation
The group’s mission is to become a premier professional and collegiate sports apparel and merchandise retailer, and provides resources with the intent of empowering and encouraging former members and associates of the Ohio State Football program. Our Tackle Tobacco Campaign provides awareness to students, athletes, parents and coaches of the importance of maintaining a tobacco-free lifestyle by illustrating the short and long-term effects of tobacco. Manual for Success illustrates the six characteristics that will help individuals achieve lifelong success to achieve their goals. Every corporation, organization, athlete, businessman, politician, mentor, and youth has used these characteristics: teamwork, commitment, discipline, faith, health, and goal setting to attain wealth, victories, luxuries, championships, and happiness. Cotton received his degree in sociology from Ohio State.

Topics: Tackle Tobacco Campaign, Manual for Success.

Steve DavisSteve Davis, Co-Author of Myles Traveled, Watershed Specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Steve Davis teamed with Legendary Ohio State Assistant Football Coach Bill Myles, to pen Myles Traveled, Stories of My American Journey. The book is the first-person life journey of Coach Myles, who traveled from a grandson of a slave born in segregated times, to Ohio State and the pinnacle of college athletics. First a coach in the Horseshoe with Woody Hayes, and then an assistant athletic director for Ohio State, no one tells stories like Coach Myles. This blend of “History, Humor and Happenings” brings to life more than 75 years of black history, sports history and Ohio State football memories. Myles Traveled is more than a football book, and Bill’s message of “Faith, Family, and Football” delivers a role model for today’s youth. The book appeals to those of all walks, not just Ohio State football fans.
Steve is a 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with Distinction in Agronomy. He has had a 42-year career in natural resource management with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. A sought-after conservation speaker, Steve has been awarded the USDA-NRCS State Conservationist’s Honor Roll, and was named Outstanding Individual in Public Service by the Ohio Forestry Association. Toledo Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur presented Steve with a flag flown over the U.S. Capital in recognition of his work to protect Lake Erie. A lifelong Buckeye Fan, Steve has been attending games in Ohio Stadium for nearly 50 years and is currently working on a book about Ohio Stadium.

Topic: Myles Traveled: Stories of My American Journey – About Coach Myles and the telling of his life story; OSU Football and Ohio Stadium Stories; What Ohio State has meant to my life.

Karen Dennis Coach, Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country
Karen Dennis, who recently completed her eighth season as head coach of the Ohio State women’s track and field and cross country teams, has been promoted to director of track and field and cross country for both the men’s and women’s programs, T.J. Shelton, associate athletics director for sport administration, announced Tuesday. “We are very excited to announce Karen as the director of our newly-combined programs,” Shelton said. “The men’s and women’s programs have outstanding tradition and combining the programs will not only bring stability, but provide opportunity to grow and strengthen both programs under Karen’s leadership. Coach Dennis has an exemplary track record in recruiting, training and graduating high-level student-athletes, having coached several conference and national champions in her career. The future is bright for both programs.

Steven Devor Steven T. Devor, Professor, Department of Human Sciences – Kinesiology Program, and Department of Physiology and Cell Biology
Devor is a gifted teacher known for building relationships that facilitate learning via his student friendly, open door policy. In 2004, Dr. Devor was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Education, and in 2006 Devor was a recipient of the university wide Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and inducted into the Academy of Teaching at OSU. Dr. Devor directs a research laboratory at OSU focused on human performance and how skeletal muscle adapts during the aging process. In 2001, based upon his research and commitment to the field of Exercise Physiology, Dr. Devor was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Outside the university Dr. Devor works with two local continuing care retirement communities in Columbus, where he serves as the Director of their Health, Physical Activity, and Exercise Centers. Devor also serves as the Exercise Physiologist for the central Ohio Commit To Be Fit program, and has worked extensively with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dr. Devor is also the Performance Physiology Specialist for Columbus Fleet Feet Sports Marathoner-in-Training (MIT) program, the largest MIT program in the Midwest region. Devor holds a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of California at Berkeley and joined Ohio State in 1999.

Topics: Exercise is medicine, importance of exercise and physical activity during the aging process, exercise for maintenance of health and prevention of obesity, and athletic performance.

Bill Dorenkott, Head Coach, Women’s Swimming
Ohio State women’s swimming is a program on the rise, under the steady and patient leadership of Bill Dorenkott, who will enter his seventh season in 2014-15. Since his arrival in 2008, the Buckeyes are well on their way to achieving his vision as a consistent contender vying for Big Ten Conference titles, racing for NCA Dorenkott has coached 28 different student-athletes to 34 Big Ten individual championships, including 19 women to 31 Big Ten titles. At the Big Ten 2014 meet, Ohio State broke four school records and had three top-three finishes.

Brian EdmistonBrian Edmiston, PhD, Professor of Drama in Education, College of Education and Human Ecology
The author of four books, numerous articles, and the recipient of both research and teaching awards, Dr. Edmiston presents nationally and internationally on classroom drama’s potential to transform education. His most recent book is Transforming Teaching and Learning with Active and Dramatic Approaches: Engaging Students Across the Curriculum. His digital story on imaginative inquiry has been showcased by the Digital Union at Ohio State as an exemplar for how to use the medium to share research findings with non-specialist audiences. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.

Topics: dramatic approaches to transforming education; learning wisdom and ethics through dramatic inquiry; “If we’re not doing Shakespeare I’m not coming to school”: engaging reluctant learners by dramatizing classic literature.


Donnie Evege, Motivational Speaker, Former Ohio State Football Player

Donnie is a dynamic motivational speaker who deeply cares about his audience. No matter what job title audience attendees have, they all will benefit from new ideas and tips to inspire better results. He’s able to encourage and empower his audience by delivering a tailored message that meets the needs of the organization. His compelling story will inspire audiences as Donnie shares the adversity he experienced and the empowerment that he discovered in himself to create solutions to the challenges.

Donnie’s athletic career has been wildly successful.  He played football for The Ohio State University where he was part of a team that won multiple championships.  His ties with the university have extended nationwide as he’s represented Ohio State at numerous leadership conferences.  But along the way, there have been extreme lows including Athletic Depression and season ending injuries.

His unique story and key take-a-ways will encourage your conference attendees to perform better and take advantage of the opportunities present. He will empower them with tangible materials and tips that will position them for greater success & results.

Topics: How to handle and overcome adversity, Leadership, The Intangibles, Goal setting,  Going deep within to bring outer excellence.

Matt FinkesMatt Finkes Associate Director of Development, Wexner Medical Center
Matt is a former All-Big Ten and All-American football player for the Ohio State University playing from 1993-1996. After playing at OSU, he was drafted in the 5th round of the NFL draft and played 5 seasons for various teams. Upon the completion of his playing career, he has returned to Ohio state and earned his BA in economics in 2009. Matt became a partner in the family commercial construction company Finkes Building Co. Inc. and began a real estate development & personal storage company, Kenridge Enterprises, in which he remains a voting partner. In 2010, he began an online personal development website for high school and jr high student athletes that existed on a web-based platform. Upon the successful sale of that venture in 2013, he began pursuing a career in development with the Wexner Medical Center at OSU specializing in Integrative health and Wellness. Matt also has a career in media, performing as the studio analyst for ABC’s Football Fever pre and post games shows for the Ohio State football games. He is also the host of a sports talk radio show on WZOH 95.5 from 9-noon.

Topics: Team building, goal setting and achievement, life goals for personal development, Ohio State Football, the giving culture at OSU.

Jim FowlerJim Fowler Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Outreach Director, The STEAM Factory
Jim is a mathematician at The Ohio State University. His research interests broadly include geometry and topology, and more specifically focus on the topology of high-dimensional manifolds and geometric group theory. In other words, he thinks in depth about highly symmetric geometric objects. He’s fond of using computational techniques to attack problems in pure mathematics. His teaching also employs technology: through his collaboration on MOOCulus (an online “cow”-culus course), Ohio State has reached hundreds of thousands of learners all around the world with engaging online calculus lectures and an adaptive learning platform for math homework. And in terms of service, Jim is the Outreach Director for Ohio State’s STEAM Factory; as such, he organizes public engagement events at farmer’s markets in Franklinton which bring Ohio State research demos to people in the surrounding community.
Prior to working at The Ohio State University, he received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Topics: Mathematics; the history of mathematics; creativity; STEAM; online education; MOOCs; creating lecture videos; inquiry-based learning; visualizing high-dimensional data; open source software; public outreach for STEAM; K-12 education; geometry; topology; summer mathcamps for high school students; computer typesetting

Steve GavazziSteve Gavazzi, PhD, Dean, OSU Mansfield Campus
Gavazzi currently serves as Dean and Director of Ohio State Mansfield, where he has concentrated intensively on modernizing the student experience of a regional campus. Steve has been with Ohio State for 23 years, and is a Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology. As a scholar, he has established a research program that identifies the impact of family dynamics on adolescent development and behavior, including the substantial impact that families have on educational success in children and adolescents. He has written the textbook Families with Adolescents for use in university classrooms, as well as a book for parents of teens titled Strong Families, Successful Students. More recently, his academic work has focused on leadership issues in higher education, as well as conceptualizing and measuring relationships among institutions of higher learning and their surrounding communities. A trained family therapist, he has been developing a systematic way of understanding the relationships between campuses and communities in ways that are remarkably like marriages.

Topics: Helping teens and families find their strengths, the college and campus and the community.

GnidovecDale Gnidovec, Curator, Orton Geological Museum
For more than 25 years, Gnidovec has served as the collections manager (and now Curator) of the Orton Geological Museum in the Department of Geological Sciences. Gnidovec is charged with managing a collection of over 50,000 rocks, minerals and fossils. He also cares for the museum’s exhibit hall, gives guided tours and identifies rocks, minerals, fossils, and bones that are brought into the museum, and speaks to over 4 thousand people a year. As part of his efforts to educate the public about geology, Gnidovec writes a geology column in the Columbus Dispatch.

Topics: Geology, paleontology, dinosaurs and Ice Age Ohio

Untitled-1Debra A. Goff, Pharm.D., FCCP
Clinical Associate Professor, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
Infectious Diseases Specialist, The Ohio State University Medical CenterDebra A. Goff, PharmD, FCCP, is an Infectious Disease Specialist and past program director of the Infectious Diseases Residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Goff is a founding member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) and leads the research program for the Department of Pharmacy. She has lectured in six continents and every state on various ID topics. Her extensive travel provides her the ability to meet antimicrobial stewards from around the world. She has published in several journals, including Lancet ID, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Pharmacotherapy, and others. Her research interest includes antimicrobial resistance, application of rapid diagnostic tests, clinical outcomes, and innovative ways to educate using technology. Dr. Goff received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and performed her Pharmacy residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Goff incorporates new technology to create useful tools to educate health care providers. She developed a web-based “app” for OSUWMC to help guide clinicians on the management of patients with S. aureus bacteremia, and she developed and co-authored 2 apps in the Apple & Google Store called Management of Candidemia and Management of Invasive Aspergillosis and Rare Molds in a Stewardship Era. She published an iBook for the iPad titled “Infectious Diseases: There’s an App for That” to provide a free global educational tool for stewardship programs worldwide. She also uses Twitter to engage, educate, empower and unite the global efforts of antimicrobial stewards. She teaches a social media workshop for healthcare providers titled “How to Use Twitter for Antimicrobial Stewardship” and is currently studying “Engaging Surgeons in Antimicrobial Stewardship Using Twitter”.

Cornelius GreenCornelius Green, Former football player; Coach at St. Albans School, Washington, D.C.
Cornelius received his BA in education from Ohio State in 1976. But you know him as Corny, quarterback of the Buckeye football team in the mid-1970’s. Until recently, Corny held the record for most passing yards by a Buckeye quarterback. His other honors include Captain of the Ohio State football team (1975), All Big Ten Quarterback (1974, 1975), All American Quarterback (1975), Rose Bowl MVP (1974), and Hula Bowl MVP (1976). He also played professional football for the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks. Corny’s life journey has taken him down many interesting paths, mostly involved with helping kids attain their life goals.

Topic: “Buckeye Words of Wisdom–From the Gridiron and Beyond.”

Roy Hall, President, The Driven Foundation
A Cleveland native, Roy Hall attended Charles F. Brush High School where he was a football and basketball standout. He attended The Ohio State University on a full athletic scholarship, and was member of the 2002 National Championship Team. Roy earned a degree in marketing and was a five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Award winner. The Indianapolis Colts selected Roy in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Hall spent four seasons playing for the Colts and Detroit Lions.
In 2008, Roy established the DRIVEN Foundation with a goal of impacting the world one life at a time through outreach events, mentorship programs and inspirational speaking. Since 2008, Roy Hall and DRIVEN have proudly distributed more than 450,000 pounds of free food to Central Ohio families.

Topics: Leadership, Staying DRIVEN, Teamwork, Living for Others

Pete Hanson, Head Coach, Men’s Volleyball
Hanson is the eighth volleyball coach for the Ohio State program. In 25 years at Ohio State he has posted a 493-273 (.644) record. In 2009, the Buckeyes finished 16-11 and won the MIVA Championship with a 9-1 mark. Ohio State has won the MIVA tournament the past two seasons and participated in the NCAA Championships in 2008 and 2009. The Buckeyes have been in the NCAA Championships eight times during Hanson’s tenure. Hanson was honored as the MIVA Conference Coach of the Year. In addition to his role at Ohio State, Hanson has assisted in many USA volleyball programs during his 25 year career including the United States Men’s Olympic team in Atlanta in 1996.

Steve HelwagenSteve Helwagen, Editor,
Helwagen is a native of Circleville, Ohio, and 1990 graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. An avid sports enthusiast growing up and primarily played basketball and golf. He covered sports for the Lantern during his time at OSU. After graduation, he spent two years as the sports editor of the Circleville Herald and two more as the managing editor of the Urbana Daily Citizen. Between 1994-2003, he was the editor of Buckeye Sports Bulletin. Since 2003, he has been the editor and later a senior writer for He has actively covered Ohio State football since 1989.

Topics: Experiences covering Ohio State sports nationally, Changes in college athletics: how things have evolved throughout the years and projections for the future, and Updates on OSU football, basketball and other sports

HooblerDennis Hoobler, Associate Director of Athletics and Special Assistant to the Athletic Director
Dennis Hoobler, three time graduate of OSU, from 1982-85 he was the Alumni Association Director of Clubs. He has been a member of the department of athletics since April 1985, when he served as the department’s first marketing director. In 1991, he became director of the Buckeye Club, the annual fund raising department of the athletics department. He was elevated to director of athletic development in 1998 and was named assistant athletic director in May 2001. Hoobler was the associate athletics director for development and ticketing, a role he took in February 2006. He now oversees the Marching Band, Varsity O and represents the Director of Athletics with other campus departments.

HothersallDr. David Hothersall, Professor Emeritus, Psychology
Joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University in 1968 and reached the rank of full professor in 1976. He has received a number of teaching awards including Ohio State’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Awards. Hothersall directed the Honors Program at The Ohio State University from 1990-98. He is now a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology.

Topic: The history and traditions of OSU with an emphasis on significant people and events in the university’s history

Stan Jefferson, Director of Player Development (football)
Stan joined the Buckeye football staff in July of 2004 as the associate director of football operations. After two years in that capacity, he was named Director of Player Development in the spring of 2006. Jefferson helps orchestrate the day-to-day operations of the football program, monitors the academic progress of the student-athletes, and coordinates community relations and outreach efforts. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Jefferson spent nearly 30 years as a high school coach and administrator in Mansfield, Ohio and was one of the most respected educators in the state.

Topic: The football team’s community involvement.

KaedingDr. Chris Kaeding, Executive Director of Sports Medicine

Christopher Kaeding has served more than 10 years as director of the Ohio State Sports Medicine Center. In that capacity, Kaeding oversees a program that combines the clinical care of the student-athlete with much broader research and educational programs designed to benefit the University and the entire community. Following his residency at Northwestern, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 1989. During his career, he has worked with high, school, collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes. As head team physician at Ohio State, he oversees a staff of physicians, nutritionists, psychologists and has primary responsibility for football.

Topic: Sports medicine

Paul Keels, Play-by-play Announcer
Keels, a native of Cincinnati, has been the “Voice of the Buckeyes” on The Ohio State Buckeyes Radio Sports Network for more than 12 years. He does play-by-play for football and basketball. His broadcast booth experience includes play-by-play for the Detroit Pistons, Cincinnati Bengals, and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. Ohio events only.

Topic: Ohio State football and basketball

Mark Kleffner, Professor of Earth Sciences, Lima campus
Mark is a true Buckeye, as he was not only born in Ohio and has lived there most of his life, but also earned all of his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Ohio State University. In fact, he has been at Ohio State, either in Columbus or Lima, as a student or instructor, ever since he graduated from high school. Mark is a paleontologist and stratigrapher who specializes in the study of Silurian fossils and rocks, which are common at or near the surface throughout much of northwestern Ohio. He recently received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching at Ohio State, and in the past has been awarded a grant that funded a course for Allen County educators on state standards in the earth sciences for three years (2005-2008), has received two National Science Foundation grants supporting his research on Silurian fossils and rocks, and has been a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Award on the Lima campus of Ohio State.

Lawrence (Larry) Krissek Professor and Associate Director, School of Earth Sciences
Larry Krissek joined the faculty of the Department of Geology and Mineralogy at Ohio State in 1982, and presently is Professor in, and the Associate Director of, OSU’s School of Earth Sciences. Larry’s research interests focus on marine sediments, such as sands and muds, and their ancient counterparts, sandstones and shales. The primary goal of his research is to understand the history of climates and ocean environments during the past 65 million years. He is particularly interested in the origin and evolution of high-latitude ice sheets, which has led him to participate in 9 field seasons of research in Antarctica, and in 8 scientific ocean drilling cruises. In 1998, he received the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Topics: Antarctica, scientific ocean drilling, How to read Earth’s climate history, the geology of Ohio, Overview of geologic hazards.

LeJeuneDr. Jeffrey T. LeJeune, Professor and Head, Food Animal Health Research Program
LeJeune is a veterinarian with advanced training and specialization in microbiology and public health. He worked for several years for the government in the area of food inspection before focusing his research interests on how to better prevent the transmission of infectious agents among animals, the environment, and people. He has authored nearly 100 journal articles on the subject, and serves on State, national and international committees working to enhance the safety of the food supply and public health. LeJeune speaks about a number of contemporary issues impacting the lives of everyone, everywhere-whether they know it or not.

Topics: food safety, antibiotic resistance, environmental contamination, as well as the prevention of disease threats in people that emerge from pets, livestock, and wildlife.

Mitchell Lerner Director, Institute for Korean Studies
Lerner joined the history faculty in 2000, with a specialization in modern American political and diplomatic history. He has served as a fellow at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, a faculty associate at the Mershon Center for National Security, and has held the Mary Ball Washington Distinguished Fulbright Chair in American diplomacy at University College-Dublin. His scholarly work has garnered numerous honors, including a Pulitzer nomination in 2001, and he is an officer of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Topics: Modern American politics and foreign policy

Lewis Jeffrey Lewis, PhD, Senior Lecturer, International Studies
Jeffrey W. Lewis received his bachelor’s degree in history from Case Western Reserve University and both his master’s degree and doctorate from Ohio State University. He has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He has been a guest scholar of Germany’s Max-Planck-Society for the Advancement of the Sciences and in 2007 began research on suicide bombing as part of a postdoctoral grant from the START Center (Studies on Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) located at the University of Maryland. Since 2003 he has been teaching in the Undergraduate International Studies Program at Ohio State University focusing on international security issues. His work on suicide bombing has been published in the journals Terrorism and Political Violence and Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict. His book The Business of Martyrdom: A History of Suicide Bombing was published by the Naval Institute Press in 2012.

Topics: Terrorism, International Security

LoganJeffrey D. Logan Managing Partner, McCloy Financial Services

Jeffrey D. Logan graduated from The Ohio State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Relations. He was chosen as an outstanding graduate of Ohio State, lettered four years for the Buckeyes and was part of four Big Ten Championships, played in four bowl games, including two Rose Bowls. Jeff was a two-year starter, co-captain, twice All Big Ten first team running back and an Academic All-American. Known as the “running back that followed the two-time Heisman Award winner, Archie Griffin,” Jeff became just the third person in Ohio State football history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a regular season (1976).  Jeff is a financial advisor with Lighthouse Wealth Solutions.  He served 12 years on the Varsity “O” Alumni Board where he is a Past-President. He served on the selection committee for the hiring of Jim Tressel, and has been invited by current football coach Urban Meyer to speak to the football team about the transition into “real-life” after football.  He married Dena (Barry) Logan a former OSU cheerleader and they have two grown children, Katie and Christopher.  Jeff lives in Dublin, OH and is actively involved with Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial Tournament and is a three-time former club champion at Muirfield Village. He has done radio and television broadcasts of the Buckeyes football games and appears regularly as a color analyst.  He speaks frequently to youth and business organizations.

Peter Mansoor, PhD, Chair of Military History
Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), is the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at the Ohio State University. He assumed this position in September 2008 after a 26 year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his service as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, the Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq. Col. Mansoor commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division in Iraq in 2003-2004, was the founding director of the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center in 2006, and served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff “Council of Colonels” that reexamined the strategy for the Iraq War. Dr. Mansoor is the author of Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq, an account of his brigade’s operations and the difficulties of the U.S. war in Iraq during the crucial first year of the conflict.

Shashi Matta, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing, and Faculty Director, Full Time MBA Program Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Shashi Matta engages extensively with industry through consulting and keynote speaking engagements at several companies in the U.S., and internationally, in the areas of marketing strategy, branding, positioning, value propositions, marketing metrics and return-on-investment, customer experience and service management. He is an OSU expert in these subject areas, for media stories locally and nationally. Dr. Matta’s industry experience prior to his academic career includes positions in brand management, advertising, and as head of marketing operations for an educational services firm. He teaches at all levels at Fisher College of Business, including in the full-time MBA program, the Undergraduate program, and the Executive Education program, and has won multiple teaching awards.

Topics: How to Build and Sustain a Powerful Brand, Strategic Marketing, Strategies for Growth (of your prooduct/Service/Company/Organization), Developing a Point-of-View (for companies, brands, or individuals)

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion and University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry in the College of Medicine
Dr. Melnyk’s role as Ohio State’s chief wellness officer is believed to be the first such position at a U.S. university. She is spearheading health promotion and wellness programs to enhance the highest level of health and wellness, and to prevent physical and mental health disorders among faculty, staff and students. Dr. Melnyk is a widely recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research, promotion of health and wellness, and child and adolescent mental health. Her research areas include interventions to improve coping/mental health outcomes in high-risk children and families, and healthy lifestyle interventions with adolescents and college youth. Her record includes more than 180 publications and more than $19 million in sponsored funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal/state agencies.

Topics: Health and wellness promotion, evidence-based healthcare/practice, mental health, interventions to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors in adolescents/college youth

Kendra McSweeneyKendra McSweeney, PhD, Associate Professor of Geography
Dr. McSweeney is fascinated by how people and forests coexist. Her research has taken her to the Ecuadorian Amazon, Central America’s Mosquito Coast, and closer to home in Appalachian Ohio. In more than 20 years of work with indigenous groups in Honduras, she has documented communities’ resistance to hurricanes and other natural disasters. For the past several years she has explored the impact of drug-trafficking activities on rural communities. She finds that cocaine traffic through Central America en route to U.S. markets is wreaking cultural and biological havoc. Her research in Ohio focuses on a more positive story: the impressive return of forests across the southeast, with emphasis on the under-appreciated ways in which long-term residents have been crucial to this ecological recovery. Her research has been supported by the National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation, and published in Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). She teaches courses on the environment, Geography of Latin America, professionalization, and fieldwork. She has won Ohio State’s highest teaching award.

Topic: Deforestation due to drug trafficking, Forest and Ecological Recovery

Dee MillerDee Miller Former Football Player; State Farm Insurance Agent
Native to Springfield, Ohio, Dee Miller is a graduate of Springfield’s South High School where he was an All-American wide receiver during his junior and senior year. Dee chose to continue to his education and football career at The Ohio State University. Dee went on to become to be a 2nd team Big Ten award winner his junior & senior year at the wide receiver position. Dee is still ranked in the Top Ten at Ohio State in career receptions and receiving yards. In the 1999 N.F.L Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Dee in the sixth round. After tearing his meniscus and being released by the Packers, Dee went on to try out with the Seattle Seahawks and the Chicago Bears. After a brief NFL career, Dee returned to The Ohio State University to complete his education and graduated with a BA in Sociology in 2001. Dee is also a sports analysts on 97.1 The Fan where he covers Ohio State Football on a weekly basis during football season.

Topic: Athletic experiences at Ohio State and with the National Football League, education, adversity, and perseverance

Ryan MillerRyan Miller Former Football Player; Co-founder m2 marketing, LLC
Miller served as a linebacker from 1993-1996 and was a starting linebacker in the dramatic 1997 Rose Bowl victory. In 2004, Ryan co-founded, which provides web solutions and a variety of marketing services to small businesses. One of m2’s first projects was working with The Ohio State University on the launch of Prior to his current position, Ryan was a sports reporter and anchor for WBNS-10TV winning two Emmy Awards for Sports Broadcasting. In 2000, Ryan founded The 2nd & 7 Foundation with fellow OSU teammates Mike Vrabel and Luke Fickell.

Topics: Stories from playing days, current team, business and, charity work and

Brandon MitchellBrandon Mitchell Former Football Player; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Brandon Mitchell is a “Double-Buckeye”, receiving his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University in 2012 after attaining his Bachelor of Arts in 2005. He was also a member of the Ohio State Football Team from 2002-06. Brandon currently serves as Senior Counsel – Corporate Transactions for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. He specializes in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Capital Markets Transactions. Brandon is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Council, where he serves as Treasurer and Relationship Manager to the National Bar Association. Brandon is also a participant in Nationwide’s Reverse Mentoring Program, which allows senior leaders to get to know the talent and emerging trends across the organization, and for the participants to have the opportunity to interact with senior leadership.

Topics: Stories from playing days, current team, Football 101, business and charity work.

Peter Mohler PhotoPeter John Mohler, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Physiology & Cell Biology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Physiology & Cell Biology, The Ohio State University

Peter John Mohler, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Department of Physiology & Cell Biology and a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Over the past decade, Dr. Mohler has worked with researchers across the world to define new mechanisms for excitable cell disease. He has co-authored numerous high-impact publications in areas of focus such as defining novel pathways for human ventricular arrhythmia; discovering new pathways for regulation of cardiac Nav1.5 and INa; defining new mechanisms underlying regulation of cardiac membrane proteins; identification of pathways for regulation of cardiac adrenergic signaling in arrhythmia; and defining new mechanisms for atrial arrhythmias and atrial myocyte regulation

Dr. Mohler received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biochemistry at Wake Forest University, his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Duke University Medical Center. He has since served appointments at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Iowa College of Medicine before coming to Ohio State in 2011. Dr. Mohler currently sits on the editorial boards of many scientific journals, including Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, Circulation Research, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, and Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Rustin Moore PhotoDr. Rustin M. Moore,  Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

A two-time graduate of the college, Dr. Moore has served Ohio State as chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, executive director of the Veterinary Medical Center, associate dean for Clinical and Outreach Programs, and associate executive dean.

He has taught at all levels of the undergraduate, professional and graduate curricula, both at Ohio State and at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he served on the LSU faculty from 1994 to 2006.  He has served as an advisor, co-advisor or committee member for 21 doctoral or master’s students, as well as the clinical advisor for more than 25 interns and residents.

A native of Spencer, WV, he earned a BS degree, summa cum laude, from the West Virginia University; a DVM, summa cum laude, and a PhD from The Ohio State University. In addition, he is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Topics: The Power of a Pet, the Human Animal Bond and Zooeyia; and The Important, Diverse and Comprehensive Role of Veterinary Medicine in Society

Frank Moskowitz, Founder/Publisher, Buckeye Sports Bulletin
Frank Moskowitz is the founder and publisher of Buckeye Sports Bulletin, a newspaper devoted to Ohio State University sports. With over 34 years in publication, BSB has a circulation of over 30,000 with subscribers in all 50 states and several foreign countries. The Washington, D.C., native is also the publisher of Reds Report, devoted to the Cincinnati Reds. Moskowitz received his MA in English from Ohio State in 1981. He is also a graduate of Michigan State University, receiving his BA in English. Before founding Buckeye Sports Bulletin, he was sports editor of the Madison Press in London, Ohio, worked for the Columbus Dispatch and was associate editor of the Buckeye Leaves.

Topic: Ohio State Sports

Don MuttiDr. Donald Mutti Professor, College of Optometry
Dr. Donald Mutti received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1982 from the School of Optometry at the University of California Berkeley. Following graduation, Dr. Mutti worked for CooperVision Ophthalmic Products, conducting in-house clinical research evaluating new contact lens designs and products. He co-holds a patent in soft contact lens design. He returned to Berkeley in 1988 as a National Eye Institute Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, receiving his PhD in 1992. Dr. Mutti is currently the E. F. Wildermuth Foundation Professor in Optometry at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He is a co-investigator with Dr. Karla Zadnik on the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) Study, a National Eye Institute funded study of normal eye growth and risk factors for myopic refractive error now in its twentieth year. Dr. Mutti was also the Principal Investigator of the Berkeley Infant Biometry (BIBS) study, an eight year NEI-funded investigation of ocular component development and emmetropization in infancy. This study determined the timeline for the development of the optical and physical anatomy of the infant eye.This information will hopefully inform practitioners on the appropriate timing of infant examinations and the range of age-normal refractions.

Topics: What eye care should an infant receive and why do children end up needing glasses for nearsightedness?

arnab_largeDr. Arnab NandiAssistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department
Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at The Ohio State University. Arnab’s research is in the area of database systems, focusing on exploiting user behavior to address challenges in large-scale data analytics and interactive query interfaces. This involves solving problems that span the areas of databases, interactive visualization, human-computer interaction, and information retrieval. He is 2016’s recipient of IEEE TCDE Early Career Award for his contributions towards user-focused data interaction. Arnab is also a recipient of the US NSF CAREER award, a Google Faculty Award, and a Yahoo! PhD Fellowship. Prior to joining Ohio State, Arnab received his PhD under the supervision of H.V. Jagadish from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2011.

Vladimir Nazlymov, Head Coach, Fencing
Now in his 15th season at Ohio State, head Coach Vladimir Nazlymov has transformed the Buckeye fencing program into a national powerhouse. Ten consecutive years among the Top 5 in the nation, including national championships in 2004, 2008 and 2012 are proof of that. But that is not enough for the former 10-time world champion. It is an Olympic feeder program that he desires for Ohio State, and with it national championships will continue to be won. In his 14 years at Ohio State, Nazlymov guided Ohio State Buckeyes to 9 Midwest Conference Championships, as well as produced 6 individual NCAA champions and 92 All-Americans.

Scoonie PennJames “Scoonie” Penn, CEO, POWR Management, and basketball analyst
James Penn, also known by his famous nickname, Scoonie, is a two-time NCAA All-American and Ohio State University Hall of Fame basketball player. Scoonie played two seasons for the Ohio State Buckeyes, leading them to their first Final Four appearance in more than 20 years. Scoonie finished his Buckeye career as the all-time leader in three-point shooting. After his playing years where completed, Scoonie tapped into his passion as an entrepreneur and a motivational speaker, using his life’s experiences to motivate youth. Scoonie translated his passion to win into a corporate message of success. Currently, Scoonie can be found working as a basketball analyst for a number of television and radio stations as well as CEO of POWR Management. Scoonie holds a bachelo’rs degree from The Ohio State University. He is also the recipient of numerous community and sports achievement awards. Scoonie currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, Nancy, and their four children.

Topic: OSU Basketball

Jack ParkJack Park Author consultant, Radio Commentator
Park is widely known for his over 30 years as an Ohio State football commentator on WBNS Radio in Columbus and throughout Ohio on the Ohio State Football Radio Network. In addition to his radio career, he writes a weekly football column each autumn, he authored Ohio State Football-The Great Tradition and The Ohio State Football Encyclopedia. Park is also a respected national public speaker, business consultant and owner of a financial consulting firm, Financial Insights.

Topic: Ohio State football or “The Leadership Secrets of Football’s Master Coaches”

PenningtonPeg Pennington Executive Director, Center for Operational Excellence

Peg Pennington works closely with companies, managing and coordinating problem-solving consultations, site visits, and best-practice knowledge sharing.  Peg is also the academic director of the Academy for Excellence in Healthcare, a collaboration between Ohio State University and Cardinal Health to bring operational excellence to healthcare. As a senior lecturer at the Fisher College of Business, Peg teaches lean enterprise and Six Sigma and serves as a coach for the college’s Master of Business Operational Excellence cohort.

Topics:  The Silver Bullet: Using Great Processes to Solve Great Challenges: How operationally excellent groups respond to system complexity to build sustainable, high-quality and robust processes that not only meet but exceed the customer’s expectations. Leading with Questions – How to create a learning organization by leading with questions.  The Lean Management System – An approach to running an organization that strives to improve efficiency and quality.

Rizzoni GiorgioDr. Giorgio Rizzoni Director, Center for Automotive Research
Giorgio Rizzoni received his BS, MS and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1980, 1982 and 1986, from the University of Michigan. Between 1986 and 1990 he was a post-doctoral fellow, and then a lecturer and assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan. In 1990 he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio State as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1995 and to Professor in 2000. In 1999 he was appointed director of the Center for Automotive Research. Since 2002 he has been the Ford Motor Company Chair in Electromechanical Systems, and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Rizzoni’s specialization is in dynamic systems and control, and his research activities are related to future mobility.

Topic: The Buckeye Bullet: A Story of three landspeed records.

roman-jpeg-jpgRobert J. Roman, Author

Author Robert J. Roman draws on extensive archival research to tell the untold story of the early days of football at Ohio’s flagship public university. The game was different. Fields were rarely level and often rocky. Eleven men played both sides of the ball, quarterbacks were often the smallest men on the team, and coaches were not allowed to communicate with the players during a game. The travel was different.  Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn will not only fascinate readers interested in the school’s sports history, but also those interested in the early history of athletics at American public universities.

Robert J. Roman was born in Connecticut and raised in Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University where he double-majored in psychology and American history/American studies. There he saw tens of thousands of students, who otherwise seemed to agree on almost nothing, be of one mind about their football team. He holds a master’s degree in psychology from New York University and currently lives in New York City.

Topic: Ohio State Football

Larry Romanoff, Assistant Director of Event Management
Having worked in the Athletic department for over 38 years, Romanoff is in charge of event management for the baseball, Women’s Soccer, Man’s Volleyball and the visiting team and visiting sideline for home football games. Larry also works with the football team in checking on the player’s academic progress in the classroom, helps with their community service program and is involved with their Real Life Wednesday program and Job Fair. He also works with the players in internship and job placement as well as resume writing.

Topic: Athletic development

Tom Ryan Head Coach, Wrestling
Tom Ryan concluded his eighth season as head coach of the Buckeyes in 2013-14. At the culmination of the season, Ryan witnessed redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber capture his third-consecutive NCAA title at 141 pounds, the first Buckeye to win three national championships. The third Buckeye to win a national title under Ryan’s tutelage, Stieber also won a Big Ten title for the third-consecutive year. In all, Ryan has coached three different student-athletes to six national championships as J Jaggers (141 pounds), the 2009 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, was a two-time champion in 2008 and 2009 and Mike Pucillo was the 184-pound champion in 2008. In the NCAA championship team race, the Ryan-led Buckeyes have finished in the Top 10 in seven of the last eight seasons, including back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009. Academically, Ryan’s Buckeyes have excelled in the classroom. In 2014, seven Ohio State student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten.

Ian SheldonIan M. Sheldon, PhD, Professor, Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics
Sheldon received his PhD in Economics from the University of Salford, U.K., in 1981. He served as a lecturer in economics at the University of Exeter in the U.K. from 1982 to 1990, before becoming a professor at the Ohio State University in 1990, where he is now the Andersons Professor of International Trade. He has published widely in the fields of economics and agricultural economics with a focus on trade and policy issues, and recently completed a three-year term as editor of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Topics: International trade policy issues and globalization, China’s economy, climate change and trade, food prices and food security

Shawn Springs, Founder and CEO of Windpact Inc

Shawn Springs is the Founder and CEO of Windpact Inc, a company developing safety technology to be used in sports, military and recreation equipment. Shawn is a graduate of The Ohio State University, BS Sociology.  As a member of the Ohio State football team, he was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten Athlete and was named the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1996.  He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and he finished his career in 2010 with the New England Patriots.

Topic: Helmet protection

Katie SmithKatie Smith, BS 2008, MS 2014 Former women’s basketball player
Katie Smith is a three time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most decorated American professional basketball players of all-time. Winning 2 WNBA championships with the Detroit Shock and 2 ABL championships with the Columbus Quest. She was a 7-time WNBA All-Star and named to the WNBA All-Decade team. Katie represented the USA at the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics along with winning 2 gold’s and 1 bronze in the world championships. She is presently serving on the boards of USA basketball, The Greater Columbus Sports Commission, and the iBelieve foundation that provides Appalachian youth opportunities. At her alma mater The Ohio State University she has her jersey retired and is a member of the athletic hall of fame. Katie earned a BA in Life and Human Sciences (2008) and a MS in Medical Dietetics this past summer. She is also a member of Mortar Board, which is a senior honor society that recognizes service, leadership, and academics. Currently Katie just finished her first year as an assistant coach with the WNBA New York Liberty and is also an analyst for women’s college basketball for ESPN, Big Ten Network, and Fox Sports. Columbus, Ohio is home where she is working to find a way to impact people by using her degree in nutrition and love for active living.

Topic: Olympic spirit; health & wellness; leadership; teamwork; women’s empowerment

Rick Smith, Former basketball player; President of Smith Realty Partners
A graduate of Ohio State, Rick served as captain of the Ohio State men’s basketball team in 1979. He was awarded the John Havlicek Most Inspirational Player Award in that same year. Continuing his affiliation with Ohio State, he served as Graduate Assistant Coach for the 1980 season and remains involved with the program as Past President of the Ohio State Athletic Alumni Society (Varsity “O”) and a former board member. With more than 29 years of industry experience, Rick has leased, sold or acquired more than 5 million square feet of office, retail, industrial and warehouse space. He has executed real estate investment transactions totaling more than $700 million. In August of 2009, Rick created his own Dublin-based commercial brokerage company called Smith Realty Partners LLC.

Topic: Life lessons and directions; playing and coaching; current information on Ohio State basketball


StaleyDavid J. Staley, PhD, Associate Professor of History
Dr. Staley conducts research in digital history and teaches classes on historical methods and on the history of the Ohio State University. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Design and conducts research in speculative design and futuring and teaches classes on design futures and design history. Professor Staley also serves as Director of the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching. He is the author of Computers, Visualization and History, one of the foundational texts in the field of digital history, and History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future. His forthcoming book, Brain, Mind and Internet: A Deep History and Future, will be published in the fall of 2014. In addition to his written work, Professor Staley has used digital tools to design installations and other digital history visualizations. He serves as President of Columbus Futurists, the local chapter of the World Future Society, consulting with organizations and lecturing frequently on future trends. He is currently at work on a “speculative design of the future of higher education,” and has written on future trends in higher education.

Topics: How Technology is Changing Higher Education; Future Trends in Higher Education; The Ohio State University in the Year 2030

SutterPaul M. Sutter, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics, Department of Physics
Sutter is an INFN Fellow in theoretical physics at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste, Italy, and a visiting scholar at Ohio State. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois before spending three years at the Paris Institute of Astrophysics. He has traveled to over 40 countries to give scientific seminars and outreach talks on topics ranging from the largest structures in the universe to the reason dung beetles follow the Milky Way. He is the host of the podcast and YouTube series “Ask a Spaceman!”, where he answers questions posted on social media in a lighthearted, conversational, and accessible way. You can find more information at .

Topics: Anything about space, even more about space, importance of STEM education, science outreach strategies, travel

TeitelbaumAndrew Teitelbaum, Head Coach, Rowing
The 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year and 2013 CRCA Division I and Central Region Coach of the Year, Andy Teitelbaum is the head coach of the Buckeyes. As the only head coach of the Ohio State rowing program since its inception in 1995, Teitelbaum most recently led the Scarlet and Gray to its second NCAA National Championship and its fourth Big Ten Championship. Previously, the Teitelbaum-led Buckeyes won a national title in 2012 (first varsity four) and conference titles in 2002, 2006 and 2011. Under his guidance, Ohio State has become one of only four programs to qualify for the NCAA Championships for 14 consecutive seasons, joining the ranks of Brown, Princeton and Washington. The four-time conference and central region coach of the year has produced 18 Collegiate All-Americans, including 13 first team honorees. Additionally, Teitelbaum has coached 34 All-Central Region selections and 36 All-Big Ten recipients. Academically, 34 student-athletes have earned CRCA Scholar-Athlete laurels, while 149 have been named Academic All-Big Ten. Teitelbaum has guided 364 Buckeyes to Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors.

Ty Tucker Head Coach, Men’s Tennis
Tucker, the 2009 National Coach of the Year, has lifted the Ohio State men’s tennis team to elite status. Since his inaugural season in 1999-00, Ohio State has four Big Ten Conference regular-season titles and five league tournament titles, including four-consecutive from 2006-09. In NCAA action, Tucker and the Buckeyes have compiled a 22-10 record, advancing to the program’s first national championship final last year at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Before being named 2009 national runners-up, Tucker led Ohio State as far as the quarterfinals in 2004, ‘06, ’07 and ‘08. Tucker also has coached 12 singles and nine doubles NCAA championship participants. A three-time ITA Region IV and five-time Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, Tucker has coached 11 All-Americans.

Rick Van Brimmer Director, Trademark and Licensing Services
Van Brimmer oversees Ohio State’s international licensing program that has been the top revenue-producing collegiate program the last three years, averaging nearly $5 million in annual royalties. His areas of expertise include marketing and product/idea development. His innovations include the licensing of the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe, the first licensed collegiate-themed restaurant in the country.

Topic: Overview of trademark and licensing

Dr. Carol Ventresca Executive Director, Employment for Seniors, Inc.
As the Executive Director of Employment For Seniors, Inc., Dr. Carol Ventresca has spent the past five years enhancing services and programs for Central Ohio employers as well as local residents who are 50 years of age and older seeking job opportunities. Employment For Seniors, a nonprofit agency, has provided service to more than 30,000 mature job seekers in our community during the past 42 years. During her career with the State of Ohio and The Ohio State University, Carol held a variety of positions focusing on employment issues, educational programs for adults, and the academic and career advising of students ranging in age from 18 to 80. She directed various programs in the Office of Continuing Education at Ohio State, concentrating on workforce development, increasing educational opportunities for non-traditional students, and promotion of lifelong learning in Franklin County.

Topic: Mature Job Seekers: Hidden Jewels of the Job Market

Sue WagnerDr. Susan Wagner Professor, Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering studies acknowledge the spiritual interaction between people and animals. She blends science, spirituality and the wisdom of the animal kingdom. Dr. Wagner is a much sought after public speaker in the areas of music therapy for animals, energy theory, healing and spirituality. She received her DVM from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a MS in Veterinary Clinical Sciences and board certification in veterinary neurology. Dr. Wagner recently co-authored a book entitled Through a Dog’s Ear: Using Sound to Improve the Health and Behavior of Your Canine Companion, and was research director for the Through A Dog’s Ear CD series. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Veterinary College and Specialty Leader for Integrative Medicine at MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets. Dr. Wagner has been interviewed on CBS Early Morning and The Today Show on NBC.

William WhiteWilliam White Former Ohio State and NFL Football Player; Regional Vice President (Midwest Region) Project Lead The Way
White received his Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He served as starting Corner Back from 1984 to 1987 and was Team Captain in 1987. He was awarded the Academic All Big Ten and Best Student Athlete/Arnie Chonko Award in 1986 & 1987 and the Dr. St. Pierre Award, Metallurgical Dept in 1991. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1988 and played professionally for 11 yrs. He ended his career with the Atlanta Falcons after SUPER BOWL XXXIII, where he led the team with 13 tackles. He has served on the Board of “Athletes in Action”, “Big Ten Conference Advisory Commission”, “Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary” and currently the Men’s Varsity “O”. From 2001-2010, White has served as a Director of Trazer Technologies Inc., a world leader in the use of computer-based simulation for the improvement of health, physical performance and fitness of everyone.

Topics: Life Choices, Opportunities, Preparation, Importance of setting goals

Trevor Zahara, Author of “Confessions of an OSU Usher”
Author Trevor Zahara, Ohio Stadium Usher for 17 years has created one of Ohio State Football’s most distinctive publications. The Ohio Stadium Ushers are some of the Buckeyes’ most committed people and Trevor reveals some of the most humorous, unusual, and captivating experiences of this very dedicated group. His long hours of research bring to light an abundance of fascinating stories. This is a very unique Ohio State football book that will bring hours of enjoyment for Buckeye fans of all ages. Enjoy “Confessions of an OSU Usher!” You will be uplifted and feel a personal connection with many of these noteworthy happenings”.
Trevor is an Ohio State ’71 grad with Bachelor of Science degree in pre-law; had a successful 31 year sales career with the Xerox Corporation, is an Army ROTC grad who proudly served as a 1st Lieutenant in the military including 13 months in Korea. An accomplished motivational speaker, he has been featured on TV’s Good Day Columbus, many radio programs including CBS’s the Stiller Project and numerous newspaper articles.

Topics: Inside stories of Ohio Stadium, the most famous stadium in the world brought to life in a couple of videos, 40 Minute PowerPoint, a fun trivia contest and ending with a no holds barred Q&A!

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