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From training primary care physicians who will serve thousands of patients to building partnerships with community colleges that help more students earn college degrees, OHIO makes a difference through endeavors that benefit residents across the region and people around the world. Below are a few examples of our service mission in action.

Record-breaking $105 million gift to help train more doctors

The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations awarded OHIO’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine a transformational gift that will enable the University to train more primary care physicians, open an additional campus in central Ohio, and enhance research efforts. The gift is the largest single private donation ever given to a college or university in Ohio, and the fourth-largest ever awarded to a U.S. medical school. Read more

Alumnus lifts up nursing and kids’ education programs

OHIO alumnus Charles Beck and his wife Judy have pledged a $1 million gift to support the University’s nursing program and its Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs for area schoolchildren. Enrollment in OHIO’s School of Nursing has increased significantly as it strives to help address a shortage of nurses in the region. Kids on Campus is an outreach initiative that provides tutoring, meals, and enrichment activities to academically at-risk youngsters in the southeastern Ohio region of Appalachia. Read more

OHIO awarded military-friendly designation

OHIO joined the ranks of G.I. Jobs magazine’s Military-Friendly Schools. The designation annually recognizes 20 percent of post-secondary institutions for commitment to military and veteran students. Read more

Community college partnership builds pathways for degree completion

OHIO launched its first-ever partnership with an out-of-state community college with Mountwest Community and Technical College in West Virginia. The collaboration will enhance accessibility and affordability of bachelor’s degrees for a greater number of students. OHIO has been building partnerships with community colleges in Ohio since 2008. Read more

OHIO students assist with tsunami relief in Japan

Ten OHIO students studying in Japan assisted with relief efforts in areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Nine of the students are enrolled at Chubu University in Nagoya, and one is studying at Musashi University in Tokyo. The students were accompanied by Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Culture and Director of OHIO-Japan Study Abroad Programs Christopher Thompson and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences Thomas Scanlan. Read more

National Institute and University partner for answers to childhood language impairments

An OHIO-led research team received a $2.4 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to study the underlying causes of sentence comprehension problems in children with a condition called specific language impairment (SLI). More than seven percent of U.S. children experience SLI, which is characterized by significant delays in language development. The condition puts children at serious risk for reading disabilities and low academic achievement as they get older, according to Jim Montgomery, a professor of communication sciences and disorders who is one of three lead investigators on the project. The funding will allow the team to pursue five studies on 300 children over the next five years. Read more