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AldamaFrederick Aldama, PhD, Distinguished University Professor Center for Latin American Studies and Director of LASER

Bio and Topics

Frederick Luis Aldama is Distinguished University Professor, Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and Alumni Distinguished Teacher at the Ohio State University. He is the 2019 recipient of the Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring and the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award. He is the award-winning author, co-author, and editor of over 40 books. In 2018, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comicswon the International Latino Book Award and the Eisner Award for Best Scholarly Work. He is editor and coeditor of 8 academic press book series as well as editor of Latinographix, a trade-press series that publishes Latinx graphic fiction and nonfiction. He is creator of the first documentary on the history of Latinx superheroes in comics (Amazon Prime) and co-founder and director of SÕL-CON: Brown & Black Comix Expo. He is founder and director of the Obama White House awardwinning LASER: Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research as well asfounder and co-director of the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. He has a joint appointment in Spanish & Portuguese as well as faculty affiliation in Film Studiesand the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences.In 2020 he debuted his children’s book The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie.

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Topics: Diversity and education; especially creating Latinx pipelines from high school to college and from undergraduate to professional and graduate school; Diversity in pop culture, including comic books, film, TV; Importance of humanities in everyday life; Storytelling Science

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AlonsoFelix Alonso, Director, Student Philanthropy

Bio and Topics

Félix oversees and directs student philanthropy initiatives for the university. He also oversees BuckeyeThon, a student-driven philanthropic organization which coordinates Ohio State’s Dance Marathon and has raised over $10.5M for hematology/oncology department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Felix began his career at Ohio State in 2000 as director of student programs for the Alumni Association and later served as associate director for the Student Life Multicultural Center. He holds a BA in Spanish from Ohio State and a MEd in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermontand is completing a PhD in leadership and changefrom Antioch University.

Topics: Student/youth philanthropy; Servant Leadership and its impact on pro social behaviors; Diversity and Inclusion; Leadership and Change

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BuchananCharles Buchanan, Lt Col, Senior Lecturer

Bio and Topics

Charles Buchanan is a Senior Lecturer with Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business (FCOB). He is also the principal owner and Chief Executive Officer of MB Leadership, LLC and has co-founded two other technology and leadership development companies. He earned his Master of Business Administrative (MBA) degree through the FCOB Executive MBA program.

Prior to working at FCOB he served 15 years in the military. While in the military he deployed three times, once each to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. He completed the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, Command and General Staff College, and various other professional development courses. He has served in several key leadership positions including Battalion Commander of the 1-145 Armor Regiment. He continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Ohio Army National Guard.

His primary expertise is leadership and the scalability of leadership development through technology. He teaches various leadership and teamwork courses at the executive, graduate and undergraduate level. He has taught Personal Leadership Effectiveness, Developing Leaders through Practical Exercises, Leadership and Character, Managing Individuals in Organizations, Organizational Behavior, and Personal Leadership and Team Effectiveness.

Topics: Leadership and Character; Leadership in Crisis; Personal Leadership Effectiveness; Leadership in Athletics

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BurtonJohanna Burton, Director, Wexner Center for the Arts

Bio and Topics

Johanna Burton is Director of the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.Prior to joining the Center, she held leadership positions in curatorial and educational departments at the New Museum, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, andwas a CCL (Center for Curatorial Leadership) Fellow in 2019.Burton has curated exhibitions including Sherrie Levine: Mayhemat the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011); Haim Steinbach: once again the world is flat at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2013); Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideologyat the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); and, at the New Museum in New York XFR STN(2013), Cheryl Donegan: Scenes and Commercials(2016), Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room(2016), A.K. Burns: Shabby but Thriving (2017), and Trigger: Gender As A Tool And A Weapon(2017), among other projects.

She is the editor of Cindy Sherman(October Files, MIT Press, 2006); and, as the series editor for The Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture (co-published by The New Museum and MIT Press), oversaw volumes including Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century(edited by Lauren Cornell and Ed Halter, 2015);Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good(edited by Johanna Burton, Shannon Jackson, and Dominic Willsdon, 2016); Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility(edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton, 2017); and Saturation: Race, Art, and the Circulation of Value(edited by C. Riley Snorton and Hentyle Yapp, 2020).

Topics: Contemporary art (visual and performance); Intersections of art, pedagogy, activism, and education; The role of research, engagement, and community in art practice and exhibition; Art and its role in contributing to equity, access, inclusion, and diversity; Art’s relationship to individual and social well-being

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CaseyHelka Casey, LPCC-S, Employee Assistance Program, Psychiatric Counselor 

Bio and Topics

Helka Casey is Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Ohio and has over 13 years of clinical experience. Helka has worked in several settings, public mental health, partial hospitalization program, private practice, and currently is employed with the Ohio State University’s Employee Assistance Program. Helka is proud to call OSU her alma mater and enjoys supporting her fellow Buckeyes to be their healthier selves with trainings, workshops, and counseling with the EAP. Helka is also a member of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club. She is excited to be part of such a robust wellness community at OSU and have the opportunity to present wellness topics to fellow Alumni. Go Bucks!

Topics: Health & Work-life balance, coping skills, embracing change, self care

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James CottonJames Cotton, Former Football Player, Founder Buck-Icon Foundation 

Bio and Topics

Currently, Mr. James Cotton is an advocate for BUCK-ICON LLC. Their mission is to provide resources for former members of the Ohio State football program and assist Everyday Individuals with transitioning throughout life’s journey. Also, they will provide programs that will provide financial awareness and the importance of leaving a legacy. Ohio State University awarded him a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. As a Junior, James was an instrumental part of the Buckeyes Big Ten Championship and Sugar Bowl Victories over Michigan & Texas A&M in 1998 (arguably one of the best team’s in Ohio State history). During his senior season in 1999, he was voted by his coaches as the team’s Most Outstanding Lineman by leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss.

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Topics: Tackle Tobacco, Ohio State football, Buck-Icon

CowherdDerek S. Cowherd, Sr. Associate Athletics Director / Executive Director of the Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO)

Bio and Topics

Prior to joining the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cowherd had a successful stint at the University of Mississippi where he served as the senior associate athletics director for student-athlete development where he helped to develop a variety of programs related to the academic success of student-athletes, pushing the graduation success rate to 85 percent –the highest in school history, and 4 consecutive 3.00 overall GPA’s for the department –the first in school history.

Before heading to Mississippi, Cowherd was the director of academic affairs at LSU, a position he took over in 2011 after joining LSU’s Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes in 2007. His primary role at LSU was academic oversight of the Tiger football team while supervising seven full-time advisors and other staff spread out amongst the other sports. Cowherd started his career at his alma mater, the University of Louisvillefirst as a student-athlete, then graduate assistant, academic counselor and ultimately as assistant director for academics in athletics after the completion of his master’s degree. The Greensburg, KY native earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Louisville in 1998, and completed his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2003. He started the pursuit of a doctorate in educational leadership and higher learning with a specialization in higher education administration while at Louisville and LSU and plans to complete his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. Cowherd and his wife, Misty, are the proud parents of a son and daughter, Jackson and Eden.

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Topics: Academic Success; Support for under-represented groups (African American males and females, first generation, non-traditional students, transfers, etc.); Academic Support for Student-Athletes; Building complex systems to create academic success for under-represented groups (hiring practices, diversity of workforce, inclusion, networking, communication)

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DoupRussell Doup, Wealth Advisor, Fisher College of Business Board Member, Former football player

Bio and Topics

Russell Doup is a member of the 2014 CFP National Championship Buckeyes and had the honor to play under Coach Jim Tressel, Coach Fickell and Coach Urban Meyer. He is from Mount Vernon, Ohio and Graduated from the Fisher College of Business where he sits on the Fisher Alumni Board. Russell is a Wealth Advisor for Maxwell Financial Management where he helps his clients make the world a better place through Charitable Giving.

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Topics: Academic Success; Support for under-represented groups (African American males and females, first generation, non-traditional students, transfers, etc.); Academic Support for Student-Athletes; Building complex systems to create academic success for under-represented groups (hiring practices, diversity of workforce, inclusion, networking, communication)

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Jim FowlerJim Fowler, Assistant Professor, Executive Director The STEAM Factory

Bio and Topics

Jim Fowler, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at The Ohio State University. Hisresearch interests broadly include geometry and math education. Prior to working at The Ohio State University, he earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Forbes magazine said he “is making calculus go viral” and his YouTube channel of math videos has over 4 million views.

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Topics: Math education; High school math camps; Open educational resources; Online education

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Steve GavazziSteve Gavazzi, PhD, Professor

Bio and Topics

Stephen M Gavazzi is a Professor of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Long known for his work on families with adolescents, Professor Gavazzi more recently has been writing about higher education leadership, campus-community relationshipissues, and the mission of our nation’s land-grant universities. In 2018 he co-authored (with former Ohio State president and current West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee) Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good. Dr. Gavazzi’s newest book with President Gee is entitledWhat’s Public About Public Higher Ed?which will be published in 2021 by Johns Hopkins UniversityPress. Professor Gavazzi also is the co-editor of a collection of essays entitled Fulfilling the Land-Grant Mission in the 21stCentury: Essays in Honor of The Ohio State University’s Sesquicentennial Commemoration,to be published this year by The Ohio State University Press.

Topics: Ohio State, 6 Communities 6 Campuses; The Land Grant University Mission for the 21st Century

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PJ Hill, Wealth Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisers
Former Basketball Player

Bio and Topic

For P.J. Hill, life imitates sports. His keys to success are the same for both – work hard every day, take advantage of the opportunities you are given, learn from challenges and surround yourself with trusted mentors. Hill received a basketball scholarship to Midland Junior College in Midland, Texas. He led his team to the 2007 NJCAA National Championship during his freshman year. Hill did not go unnoticed. Division 1 college basketball coach, Thad Matta – then Ohio State men’s basketball head coach, offered Hill to play at Ohio State.

In 2010, Hill received his BS degree in Business/Managerial Economics from Ohio State. Following graduation, he pursued a career in professional basketball playing in Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, China and the Baltics.

As a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, many of his clients are former professional athletes who have experienced the ups and downs that come from newly found wealth. He strives to help his clients succeed in their financial life; but he also takes a personal interest in helping to educate them thus creating the opportunity to change life’s narrative for their own families.

Topic: Perseverance

HochChristopher Hoch, PhD, Director of Marching and Athletic Bands

Bio and Topics

Dr. Christopher Hoch is in his fifth year as Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at The Ohio State University, where he also serves as an assistant professor in the School of Music. Prior to his current appointment, he served three years on the band staff at Ohio State and seven years as director of bands at Rutherford B. Hayes High School in Delaware, Ohio. Dr. Hoch’s work with The Ohio State University Marching Band has received national and international recognition for innovation in show design, and under his leadership, the band has given performances across the country and overseas at Wembley Stadium in London. Dr. Hoch is active nationally as a clinician, guest conductor, musical arranger, and guest speaker. His Ohio State education includes bachelor’s degrees in music education and mathematics, master’s degrees in conducting and music education, and a PhD in music education. He currently resides in Powell, OH, with his wife, Linda, and children Benjamin and Margaret.

Topics: The Ohio State University Marching Band –history, show design, etc.

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JusticeLaura Justice, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Executive DirectorThe Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy

Bio and Topics

Laura Justice is Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Ecology; she is also Executive Director of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and the Schoenbaum Family Center. Justice actively researches issues specific to early childhood (0-5 years) including effects of child care on children’s development, parent-child interaction quality, and education of children with disabilities. Justice is well known for her efforts to develop and test early-learning programs that positively affect young children’s development, and many of these programs are used globally in such settings as New Zealand, Laos, Mexico, and Denmark. Justice was the first-ever recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering in the field of education, and is a University Distinguished Scholar.

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Topics: child care; early childhood development; language, learning, and reading disabilities; education effectiveness

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MazzoccoPhilip J Mazzocco, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology

Bio and Topics

Phil Mazzocco is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Ohio State Mansfield. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2006 from Ohio State Columbus. His research focuses primarily on race-related beliefs, social diversity, implicit bias, and opinion change. He has published numerous of articles in academic journals. Recently, he published a book on racial ideology entitled “The Psychology of Racial Colorblindness” (2017). He also delivered a related TedX Talk on the same topic, entitled “What’s Wrong with Racial Colorblindness.”

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Topics: Racial Colorblindness; Racism; Implicit Bias; Social Diversity

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Ryan Miller, Community Leader, Former Football Player

Bio and Topics

Ryan Miller played football for The Ohio State University from 1993-1996, where he started at outside linebacker and helped the team capture a victory in the 1997 Rose Bowl. The two-time Iron-Man Award winner was also selected as the co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior for the Buckeyes. Ryan earned his Masters degree from the Fisher College of Business (OSU) and founded m2 marketing, LLC with former OSU Women’s Basketball Player Megan McCabe. M2 creates websites with a content management system and provides graphic design services. For more information, visit: www.m2marketing.com. Ryan is involved in many charities in central Ohio. He is the co-founder of The 2nd & 7 Foundation–whose mission is to “Tackle Illiteracy.” Miller and former Buckeye teammates Mike Vrabel and Luke Fickell started the foundation in 1999, and have read and donated over 500,000 books in the past 21 years with help from The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and over 100 other schools throughout the country.

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Topics: 2nd & 7 Foundation; Ohio State football

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MooreDr. James L. Moore III, Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer

Bio and Topics

Dr. James L. Moore IIIis the vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University. Dr. Moore is also the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Maleand the inaugural Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education. From 2015 to 2017, he served as a program director for Broadening Participation in Engineering in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia, and, from 2011 to 2015, he was an associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University.

An internationally-recognized researcher, Dr. Moore’s research focuses on school counseling, gifted education, urban education, higher education, multicultural education and counseling, and STEM education. He is also renowned for his work on African American males, and throughout his career, he has received numerous prestigious awards, honors, and distinctions.

Topics: Gifted, urban, higher, multi-cultural education; STEM; school counseling

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Rustin Moore PhotoDr. Rustin Moore, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Bio and Topics

Dr. Rustin M. Moore, the Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine, officially became the 11th dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine on Sept. 1, 2015. A two-time graduate of the college, Dr. Moore has served Ohio State as chair ofthe 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.

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Topics: The Power of the Pet: One Health; Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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MurphyLucy Murphy, PhD, Professor of History at the Ohio State University, Newark

Bio and Topics

Lucy Eldersveld Murphy is Professor of History at the Ohio State University, Newark, where she has taught since 1999. Her research focuses on intercultural, interracial, and gender relations on Midwestern American borderlands. She is the author and editor of five books, including Great Lakes Creoles: A French-Indian Community on the Northern Borderlands, Prairie du Chien, 1750 – 1860, a case study of a fur-trade town in transition (Cambridge University Press, 2014) Most recently, she co-edited with Mary Elise Antoine Frenchtown Chronicles of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin by Albert Coryer, which was published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 2016.

Dr. Murphy helped to create Ohio State’s American Indian Studies Program and serves on the AIS oversight committee; in addition, she helped to create the Ohio State Newark Earthworks Center and is a member of its Faculty Oversight Committee. She has received numerous awards, including the Ohio Academy of History 2020 Teacher of the Year Award, and the Ohio State University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, among others.

Topics:The Newark Earthworks of Ohio and quest for World Heritage Status, Native Americans and the creation of Ohio’s Earthworks, US History prior to 1877, Women’s Gender and Sexuality History

Media links

https://history.osu.edu/people/murphy.500

http://ancientohiotrail.org/sites/newark

http://worldheritageohio.org/

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J. Nwando (Onyejekwe) Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP,  Chair & Professor, Department of Family Medicine Founder, Center for Primary Care Innovation & Transformation, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Bio and Topics

Dr. Olayiwola previously served as the inaugural Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for RubiconMD, a leading eConsult platform that improves primary care access to specialty care for underserved patients. Dr. Olayiwola is one of a very small number of physicians and women of color bridging academic, healthcare and health technology leadership. She also provided clinical care to underserved patients at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for many years, including the Newcomer’s Program for refugees and asylees in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Since 2007, Dr. Olayiwola has been named one of America’s Top Family Doctors by the Consumers Research Council of America annually. She received the Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award from the American Medical Association in March 2005 and was honored as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in October 2007. In October 2008, she was one of three physicians in the nation to receive the Emerging Leaders Award from the Family Medicine Education Consortium and in September 2009, she received the William Oxley Thompson Award for Early Career Achievement from the Ohio State University Alumni Association. In 2011, Dr. Olayiwola was named one of the Top 40 Physicians under 40 by the National Medical Association and was also named as one of the Top 100 Buckeyes You Should Know by the Ohio State University Alumni Association.

Topics: Diversity and Inclusion; Charting your own career; Leadership with Grace; Healthcare Redesign; Minority Women’s Empowerment

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PelletierJeff Pelletier, Director, Ohio Union Operations and Events

Bio and Topics

Jeff is the Director of Ohio Union Operations and Events in the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University. He has been at Ohio Statesince 2002, when he started as a graduate student in the Ohio Union. He has held a variety of roles in the Office of Student Life, including business operations, Sorority and Fraternity Life, and student organization management.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Boston College, then spent five years as an active duty officer in the U.S. Navy, working in the submarine and intelligence communities, and three years supporting Naval Warfare Analysis as a contractor in the Washington D.C. area. He relocated to Columbus to pursue a career in higher education, and earned two master’s degrees from Ohio State, in higher education and student affairs (2004), and business operational excellence (2014).Throughout his career, Jeff’s has served theAssociation of College Unions International (ACUI) in a variety of roles including International Education Council member, regional conference co-chair, regional business manager, and Board of Trustees at-large member. He served as the 90th President of the Association from 2017-2018, and is currently a member of the Education and Research Fund team. He has received regional awards for his volunteer service to ACUI, and has shared his knowledge and love of college unions at countless regional and annual conferences, professional development programs, and online learning programs.

Jeff and his wife Jen live in Columbus, Ohio, where they enjoy participating in their local curling club, as players, instructors, and volunteers.

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Topics: Role of the College Union on campus; Ohio Union History/traditions/branding; Working with Military-Connected Students; How to Find Your “Why”

*Available for golf outings

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RodisDr. Jennifer Rodis, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement

Bio and Topics

Jennifer L. Rodis is Professor and Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (OSUCOP). She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy training at Ohio Northern University and residency training at OSUCOP. Jen is dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities through pharmacist-provided care and community engagement. She fosters change through positive interactions and helping people to find their version of success. She also serves as Mom to eleven-year old Ali and eight-year old Charlie, enjoys travel, eating good food, and sharing time with friends and family.

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Topics: Pharmacists –what they do and how they do it?; Mentoring students to make change through community partnerships

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SchmuhlKelsey Schmuhl, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Bio and Topics

Kelsey Schmuhl is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She enjoys teaching Introduction to Pharmacy to undergraduate students and teaching substance use disorder therapeutics to Doctor of Pharmacy students. She also provides pharmacy services to patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio in the Adolescent Medicine Clinic. In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Kelsey is a part of the Generation Rx team at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and serves as a clinical content expert for the team.

Topics: The opioid epidemic; Naloxone; Harm Reduction; Generation Rx and medication safety

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ShepferTyler Shepfer, Senior Lecturer; Director, Honors Cohort; Academic Director, Master of Human Resource Management Program

Bio and Topics

Ty Shepfer is a Senior Lecturer of Management and Human Resources at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He is also the Director of the Honors Cohort Program and the Academic Director of the Master in Human Resource Management Program. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Labor and Human Resources at Ohio State. He also obtained a Certificate of Leadership from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2019, a 14-month program.

Prior to returning to Ohio State in 2015, Ty worked at Royal Dutch Shell holding various strategic HR positions in Houston, Texas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and New Orleans, Louisiana. Ty teaches Business Environment and Skills which is part of the core business curriculum at the Fisher College reaching almost 2,500 students each academic year. He also teaches HR Strategic Management, Compensation & Benefits, and two Leadership & Teamwork Courses. The Honors Cohort Program, of which Ty leads, is Fisher’s preeminent leadership development program.

Ty is also a former manager for the Ohio State men’s basketball team under Coach Thad Matta.

Topics: The changing environment in business education; Crisis management; Business ethics; HR; The future of work; Basketball and Should Athletes be Paid?

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ShkurtiWilliam J. Shkurti, Author & Adjunct Professor, John Glenn College

Bio and Topics

Bill entered Ohio State as a freshman in the fall of 1964. He graduated with a BA in Economics in 1968 and earned a Master’sDegree in Public Administration in 1974. He served for 20 years as Ohio State’s Vice President for Business and Finance before retiring in 2010. He still remains involved with university as a distinguished adjunct professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He has written two books about Ohio State in the 60s: The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order, published by Ohio State Press in 2016 and Ohio State Student Life in the Sixties published in 2020 by History Press. He lives in Upper Arlington with his wife Renee, who is also an Ohio State graduate.

Topics: Ohio State student activism in the 60s (includes antiwar, civil rights and free speech movements); Ohio State student life in the 60s (includes how students partied, what they wore, what they watched and where they hung out); Ohio State sports in the 60s (explores both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, including the 1961 Rose Bowl that wasn’t, the 1961-62 basketball dream team and the 1969 national championship)

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SmithBrandon Smith, Esports Director, Office of Student Life

Bio and Topics

Brandon Smith ’94, ’95 MA serves as Ohio State’s Esports Director in the Office of Student Life. He leads Ohio State’s competitive esports program and directs the first esportsfacility for students with over 80 gaming PCs, a live-streaming broadcast studio and virtual reality experiences accessible to all students. Brandon is a Columbus, Ohio native and holds degrees in Technology Education from Ohio State. He attended Columbus City Schools and lives in Westerville, Ohio with his wife Holly and their three boys.

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Topics: Esports, gaming, and community: New student engagement at Ohio State; Innovating with technology in Student Life

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StaleyDavid J. Staley, Associate Professor of History

Bio and Topics

Dr. David Staley is an associate professor of history and a futurist at The Ohio State University. He is the author of four books:

• Alterative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education

• Brain, Mind and Internet: A Deep History and Future

• Computers, Visualization and History

• History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future

He serves as host of the podcast “Voices of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences,” and has been the host of the “Buckeye Biography,” an online course on the history of Ohio State produced for the Sesquicentennial. Everyspring semester, David teaches the course “The Ohio State University: Its History and Its World” with University Archivist Tamar Chute.

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Topics: The History and Future of The Ohio State University; Technology Trends and their Future Implications (Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, the future of work, the future of education, e.g.)

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WinslowChristopher Winslow, PhD, Director, Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Laboratory

Bio and Topics

Christopher Winslow, PhD is the Director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. As director, he oversees all aspects of the program including developing goals, objectives and policies for the program; hiring and managing staff; maintaining facilities and equipment; overseeing fundraising and budgets; writing proposals and serving as principal investigator; awarding grants and scholarships; public speaking; donor development; overseeing development of Stone Lab curriculum; hiring faculty; coordinating legislative/ congressional interactions; and leading/serving on state, regional and national boards, task forces, committees and groups. He is currently managing >150 grants totaling $14,000,000 in areas such as algal bloom science, fisheries, green infrastructure, dredging, crude oil transport, and pharmaceutical and personal care products. Winslow’s recent publications include topics such as phosphorous reduction, usage impairment criteria for large waterbodies, and fish passage through man-made structures in Lake Erie.

Topics: Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

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