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Otterbein University Hosts Ross Leadership Institute Series

Westerville — Otterbein University is hosting the Ross Leadership Institute Series, a professional development opportunity that is free and open to the public. The series hosts leaders in a variety of industries for lectures on topics related to leadership. All sessions are held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in room 114 at Otterbein’s Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required for this event. Email to register. For more information about the Ross Leadership Institute Series, visit

The remaining calendar for 2017 is:

April 18 – Guy Worley, President/CEO, Downtown Columbus

June 20 – Tom Feeney, President/CEO, Safelite

July 18 – TaKeysha Cheney, Director of Community Engagement, Molina Healthcare of Ohio*

Aug. 15 – Elfi DiBella, President and CEO, YWCA Columbus*

Sept. 19 – Craig Marshal, Columbus Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young*

Oct. 17 – Doug Kridler, President and CEO, The Columbus Foundation

Nov. 21 – Tara Abraham, Chair and Co-CEO, Accel, Inc.*

*serve on Otterbein President Kathy Krendl’s Otterbein Women’s Leadership Advisory Network Council

The Ross Leadership Institute is dedicated to raising the quality of leadership in business, education, nonprofit and government organizations. By bringing together proven leaders, it provides focused responses to critical leadership needs through a variety of resources, including: leadership developments programs, courses, consulting, coaching, and presentations. That includes coordinating and guiding an organization’s overall leadership development efforts.

Past speakers in the series have included: Tracy Maxwell Heard, former Democratic Leader, Ohio House of Representatives; David P. Blom, President and CEO, OhioHealth; Thomas Alton (AI) Hill, Head of Mettler Toledo, North America; Cathy Lyttle, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Worthington Industries; Jane Grote Abell, Chair, Board of Trustees and Founder, Donatos; Kathy Krendl, President, Otterbein University; Betty Montogomery, Former Ohio Attorney General, Former Auditor of State and Former State Senator; Jim Kunk, Regional President, The Huntington National Bank; Doug Smith, former CEO, Kraft Foods Canada; and others.

Founded in 2012, the Ross Leadership Institute is named in honor of two leaders who have had a major impact on our community, Richard M. “Dick” and Elizabeth M. “Libby” Ross. Dick was president of Ross Labs, the nation’s leading manufacturer of infant formula, which began as a family business, M & R Dietetic, founded by his father Stanley along with Harry Moore in 1903. Together, Dick and Libby demonstrated tremendous leadership in the arts, education and health care. They served on many boards and were leading philanthropists in the central Ohio community. They received the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award in 1991. After her husband’s death, Libby continued her community leadership and received the Columbus Foundation’s Harrison M. Sayre Award in 1999.

In addition to the lecture series, the Ross Leadership Institute offers daily Leadership Minutes and leadership development programs, courses, coaching, consulting and presentations. Learn more at

Otterbein Vocal Faculty Carolyn Redman and Helen Allen to Hold Recital

Otterbein University vocal faculty members Carolyn Redman and Helen Allen will present a shared recital with accompanist Philip Everingham at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park Street, Westerville. This event is free and open to the public.

Part of the program is traditional and starts with Henry Purcell, a middle Baroque period man, and moves through the ages into the 20th century. The other part is the program is a chamber recital — a duet recital, with soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano — which takes it a step away from the norm in the university setting. Early English music gives way to the Romantic German Lieder of Felix Mendelssohn, which in turn ushers us towards Italy and the operatic style of Gioachino Rossini. From there, the listener is transported to the sensuality and lyricism of the French contemporaries Leo Delibes, Emile Paladilhe, and Jules Massenet. There is then a return to the British Isles with the 20th century songs of Roger Quilter and Benjamin Britten, which finally capitulate to the 20th century American songs of Lee Hoiby and Leonard Bernstein.

Otterbein Department of Music presents upcoming performances.

Performances include student compositions, string orchestra and contemporary classical music.

The Otterbein University Department of Music offers a stellar lineup of upcoming performances, with genres to please a variety of musical tastes, including performances of student compositions, string orchestra and contemporary classical music. For more information about the Department of Music or these and other upcoming performances, visit or call 614-823-1508.

Otterbein Composition Students to Present Recital.

Composition students in the Otterbein University Department of Music will showcase their work at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park Street, Westerville. This event is free and open to the public. The program includes solos, chamber music, and electro-acoustic music composed and performed by students.

Otterbein String Orchestra Presents “The Silk Road.”

The Otterbein University String Orchestra will present its program, “The Silk Road,” with special guest Dr. Lee Siu-Leung on the erhu at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park Street, Westerville. This event is free and open to the public.

The Otterbein University String Orchestra joins the campus-wide focus on Asian culture, presenting a concert of music found in the many cultures along the Silk Road. Venice was Europe’s gateway to the east and the journey begins with an antiphonal work composed by one of Venice’s most celebrated Renaissance composers, Giovanni Gabrieli. The journey continues through Turkey and Persia, featuring the work Ascending Bird composed by Colin Jacobsen and Siamak Aghaei, both members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. This arrangement of a traditional Persian folk melody tells the tale of a bird’s attempt to fly to the sun. The creature fails twice, but on the third attempt loses its physical body in the glow of the sun; creating a metaphor for spiritual transcendence.

The second half of the program completes the journey to China with captivating arrangements of Chinese folk music. Featured in this program will be erhu soloist, Dr. Lee Siu-Leung. The erhu is a traditional Chinese bowed-string instrument, capable of hauntingly beautiful music, used today in many genres of music. The program will culminate with an evocative suite of folk songs by Chinese-American composer Zhou Long.

Red Noise to Hold Concert at Otterbein University.

Red Noise, Otterbein’s contemporary classical music group, will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park Street, Westerville. This event is free and open to the public.

The ensemble will play seminal works by Steve Reich and Frederic Rzewski, as well as an outrageous piece for guitar and electronics by Jon C. Nelson and an ethereal work for large ensemble by Jordan Nobles.

Prison Reform Activist and Spoken Word Artist to Speak at Otterbein University.

Tickets are now available to the public.

The Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecture Series at Otterbein University is proud to welcome Bryonn Bain for a lecture, Life After Lockdown: The Abolition of the Punishment Paradigm, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. The lecture is free and open to the public. Free tickets are available to the general public beginning March 29 at the Cowan Hall box office. The box office is open from 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 614-823-1109.

Bain is an assistant professor in residence in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of Brooklyn, he is a prison reform activist, actor, author, hip hop theater innovator and spoken word poetry champion.

In addition to the public lecture, Bain will visit campus twice during spring semester to meet with Otterbein students and community groups.

Described by Cornel West as an artist who “…speaks his truth with a power we desperately need to hear,” Bain has reached over 20 million viewers through his interview with Mike Wallace on “60 Minutes” and his award winning work as a BET host for the critically acclaimed weekly talk show “My Two Cents.”

Bringing the arts and education into prisons for over 25 years, Bain’s poetry and music are available on the LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN Mixtape, executive produced by the legendary founder of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc. Ever evolving, LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN has sold out on three continents worldwide.

Bain is the author of three books. His essays in THE UGLY SIDE OF BEAUTIFUL: Rethinking Race and Prisons are published by Third World Press with foreword by Mumia Abu Jamal and introduction by Lani Guinier. His poetry is available in THE PROPHET RETURNS, a hip hop generation remix of Kahlil Gibran’s classic The Prophet, and FISH & BREAD/PESCADO Y PAN, a bilingual children’s book illustrated by his son and godson (Brown Girl Books).

After teaching in the Dramatic Arts at Harvard University, Bain founded the prison education program at New York University (NYU). He then brought the courses he developed on hip hop, spoken word and the prison crisis at Boys Town Detention Center, Rikers Island, NYU, Long Island University, Columbia University and The New School to UCLA. At UCLA, he is developing a Prison Education Program and Center for Justice offering higher education at the California Institute for Women (CIW) correctional facility, the oldest women’s prison in California. He is also working with inmates at the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. In March, Bain will star in a hip hop theater/spoken word remix of The Wiz, adapted by women incarcerated at CIW prison and titled WHAT IT IZ: The Spoken Wordical.

Otterbein University is a small private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; seven master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit

Study finds one secret to successful schools that costs nothing.

“Social capital” linked to more students passing state test.

COLUMBUS – Most factors that help make schools successful cost lots of money – think teachers, technology and textbooks.

But a new study suggests one factor that doesn’t need any cash to implement can play an important role in helping students succeed at even the most disadvantaged schools.

That factor is what scientists call social capital: The network of relationships between school officials, teachers, parents and the community that builds trust and norms that promote academic achievement.

In a study of 96 public high schools in Ohio, researchers found that schools with higher levels of social capital also had students who performed better on state-mandated math and reading tests. The results held true as much for urban schools in high-poverty areas as they did for wealthy suburban schools.

In schools with high social capital, teachers reported more contact with parents, high levels of trust with students and an orderly and serious learning environment.

“The results provide some good news,” said Roger Goddard, co-author of the study and Novice G. Fawcett Chair and professor of educational administration at The Ohio State University.

“Social capital is available to all schools, regardless of wealth, and can provide real benefits for student achievement.”

Goddard conducted the study with Serena Salloum of Ball State University and Ross Larsen of Brigham Young University. The research appears in the journal Teachers College Record.

The results are significant because while scientists generally agree on the benefits of social capital, some have thought it wasn’t really available to those from disadvantaged areas.

“One argument has been that social capital is just a proxy for community wealth – that you can’t have one without the other,” Goddard said. “But that’s not what we found.”

That’s not to say there’s no relationship between community wealth and social capital. The study found that schools in wealthier areas did tend to have higher levels of social capital than those in more disadvantaged neighborhoods.

However, the majority of the difference in levels of social capital between schools could not be explained by their socioeconomic status, the study found.

“Wealthy schools do have an advantage in terms of social capital, but it is not overwhelming. All kinds of schools can develop high levels of social capital that will help their students,” Goddard said.

The researchers surveyed teachers in the 96 participating Ohio high schools.

Teachers were asked to rate how much they agreed with statements that measured the amount of social capital in their schools. For example, they were asked to rate whether teachers in their school had frequent contact with parents, whether teachers trusted their students, and whether parental involvement supported learning.

Each school was then given a total score on social capital based on the teacher evaluations.

The researchers then examined whether social capital scores were linked to the proportion of each high school’s students that passed math and reading tests – after taking into account whether the schools were in urban areas, the socioeconomic status of families in the school area, the size of the school and the percent of student cohort that passed the most recent previous tests.

Even after controlling for all of these factors, levels of social capital still predicted how well a school’s students did on the state tests.

“This suggests that a student’s success isn’t just based on the wealth of his or her neighborhood,” Goddard said. “That’s an important and hopeful message. The involvement of parents and community members in support of student and school success matters to children’s learning. ”

But he emphasized that even if schools in wealthy areas didn’t have all the social capital, they still did have an overall advantage.

“We still need to find ways to help all schools fully develop the social capital they have available to them,” he said.

Much of that is determined by school leaders, Goddard explained – which suggests principals have to be open to involvement by parents and community members, and should encourage teachers and parents to talk to each other.

“School leaders drive a lot of this. They can have open houses, meet with parents, and invite them into their schools. They need to organize and engage people across the community and not only parents. School leaders are the key to setting the tone.”

Our aging scientific workforce raises concerns.

Are older scientists less productive? Evidence not clear.

The science and engineering workforce in the United States is aging rapidly, according to a new study. And it is only going to get older in coming years.

Economists at The Ohio State University found that the average age of employed scientists increased from 45.1 to 48.6 between 1993 and 2010, faster than the workforce as a whole.

The study estimates that, all else being the same, the average age of U.S. scientists will increase by another 2.3 years in the near future.

“The aging of the scientific workforce is not over – not by a longshot,” said David Blau, co-author of the study and professor of economics at Ohio State.

Some researchers have raised concerns that older scientists may not be as creative or productive as those at the beginning of their careers, and might be keeping younger scientists out of the field. But those possibilities haven’t been proven, said co-author Bruce Weinberg, also a professor of economics at Ohio State.

“We don’t have the answers yet, but we are continuing to investigate the implications of our aging scientific workforce,” Weinberg said.

The study was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The main source of data for the study came from the 1993 to 2010 National Science Foundation’s Survey of Doctorate Recipients. Blau and Weinberg used detailed information on age, field of degree, job tenure, previous and current employment, occupation and sector of employment on about 73,000 scientists aged 76 or younger. They supplemented this with Census data.

Findings revealed that a substantial majority of the recent aging of the scientific workforce can be attributed to the large number of people in the baby boom generation getting older.

But there is another significant factor at work: Scientists have been working longer since mandatory retirement of university professors ended by law in 1994.

“We have scientists who prior to 1994 would have been forced to retire who are now working to older and older ages,” Weinberg said.

In 1993, 18 percent of scientific workers were aged 55 and older, but that nearly doubled to 33 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, the share of all workers 55 and older increased much more modestly, from 15 to 23 percent in the same time period.

Blau and Weinberg created a model to estimate what the future holds for the age distribution of scientific workers. Results suggested that the average age of scientists will go up an additional 2.3 years in the future, all else being the same.

“Even after the baby boom generation is long gone from the workforce, the scientific workforce will still continue to get older,” Blau said. “Scientists are retiring later and that will continue to have an effect.”

The growth in the number of women and the number of immigrants working in science had no real effect on the age of the workforce, the study found.

Results showed that the average age of scientists in nearly all fields is on the rise. Even computer and information science – which historically has had a much younger workforce than most other fields – has seen a graying of the workforce. In fact, the average age of computer scientists is increasing more rapidly than other fields, narrowing the historical gap.

This study is part of a larger project by Blau and Weinberg to determine what happens to the productivity and creativity of scientists as they get older.

“The conventional wisdom has been that scientists become less creative and less innovative as they age,” said Weinberg. But some of his own research has suggested otherwise.

“My work suggests the conventional story isn’t as true as we might think,” he said. “Many of the scientific fields people think about are not typical and over time people are starting to be more productive at later ages.”

The ongoing project will shed more light on this issue, the researchers said.

The new research may also help determine if advancing retirement ages are keeping young scientists out of the workforce. Blau and Weinberg said this current study couldn’t determine if that is currently happening.

Spring Benefit Concert for Ohio Central Bible College

The public is invited to attend our upcoming Spring Benefit Concert. The event will be held Friday, May 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the beautiful sanctuary of the Iberia Presbyterian Church in Morrow County. Mr. Simon Avila will provide a personal testimony and sing Christian songs. After a short break, Mr. Garry Newsome and his group Clean Slate will perform Bluegrass Gospel music. It is great to have these fine individuals return and help with this benefit once again. We appreciate their kindness and support for Ohio Central Bible College.

Information about the upcoming Summer Term and Summer Seminar will be available in the narthex, and refreshments will be served. A free will offering will benefit the Christian academic programs of OCBC.

As always, we are very grateful to the Iberia Presbyterian Church congregation for their continuing support and for their allowing us to meet in their historic church.

OCBC Graduation Ceremony

The 2017 graduation ceremony that was scheduled for Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to noon in the church sanctuary has been cancelled.

Summer Term and the Summer Seminar

Registration for Summer Term will be held on Tuesday, June 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. for OCBC 107, The Lives of the Apostles and Martyrs (Phillips). The course will meet for six Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon and six Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. from June 10 to July 29 (or ISP). No class on July 1 or 8. The Saturday Seminar will be held on July 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The instructor and topic will be announced later. For more information or to preregister as the dates approach: phone 419-946-5576; like us at; follow us on Twitter @Ohiocentralbc; send your Email to; or visit

All are welcome to attend our classes!

— Rev. Mark Phillips

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