Composite of top 10 stories of 2023 from Ohio State EHE news

Discover or revisit our most engaging stories of 2023. They profile how our college works to advance education, economic vitality and the health and well-being of the many communities we serve. Continue reading to learn of our proudest accomplishments, as well as our contributions to today’s most pressing social issues. 


Peanuts comic strip featuring Snoopy and Woodstock


The meaning behind the Woodstock character in ‘Peanuts’

Charles M. Schulz’s iconic yellow bird is found to be a representative figure of 1960s youth. Woodstock challenged the widely held beliefs of youth culture by portraying the young generation as innocent and kind. Professor Michelle Ann Abate’s critical analysis presents new perspectives on several ‘Peanuts’ characters.

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Young students working at a library computer


‘Time warp’ takes students to Native American past to search for solutions for the future

A recent research study brought history to life before students’ eyes with immersive storytelling strategies. Eric Anderman and Tzu-Jung Lin, professors of educational psychology, tested the innovative teaching method and found it combatted declining rates of U.S. history knowledge. They also found that students worked more collaboratively and were more likely to consider multiple perspectives in civic debates. 

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Student success reflected in spring 2023 Dean’s list

Nearly 2,000 education and human ecology undergraduates achieved academic excellence during the spring semester. Their hard work expands beyond the classroom into valuable, real-world experiences.

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Ohio State alumni Rick Middleton waving to crowd on football field


Five alumni named to Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame

The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inducted 14 alumni into its 2023 class last autumn. Five of the 14 alumni belong to the College of Education and Human Ecology. The ceremony recognized Yesenia Luces, Sean Melton, Rick Middleton, Kelsey Mitchell and Joe Roberts. 

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Tonya Orchard and Anna Maria Bittoni


Foods to lessen No. 1 cancer treatment side effect: Fatigue

Nutrition researchers unearthed promising findings that suggest a carefully balanced diet could be the key to addressing chronic fatigue experienced by cancer survivors. More than 18 million U.S. cancer survivors suffer from this condition. Tonya Orchard partnered with the university’s Comprehensive Cancer Center to test dietary approaches.

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Ohio State EHE HESA reunion


Higher Ed Administration Program marks 75th anniversary

The Higher Education and Student Affairs Program celebrated its 75th anniversary on Oct. 6. The impressive contributions of students and alumni earned the specialty program a No. 7 ranking by U.S. News and World Report. Alumni attendees shared their appreciation.

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Ohio State Sport Management group posing together for a photo on a football field


Master of Sport Management ranked No. 4 in North America

The college’s Master of Science in Sport Management earned its highest ranking ever on SportsBusiness’ 2023 list. The program leaped ahead in the rankings in both the North America and worldwide categories. Two illustrious alumni share their appreciation for how the program supported their careers. 

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Woman talking with financial advisor


Ohio State announces Charles Schwab Foundation investment in financial planning students

Schwab Advisor Services and the Charles Schwab Foundation have granted funding to support the college’s CFP® financial planning program. This grant will allow for the expansion of undergraduate participation and ensure that Ohio State is equipped to meet the rapidly growing demand for qualified financial planners.

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Teacher reading a picture book to young students in a classroom


Bishop’s legacy positively impacts Early Head Start children

Professor Emerita Rudine Sims Bishop has made immense contributions to increase representation of Black children in literature. The college’s Early Head Start Partnership Program is expanding her legacy by establishing her philosophies as a pillar of their monthly book series program. 

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Ohio State center's using virtual reality and AI


The use of Generative Artificial Intelligence in higher education

Artificial intelligence is a daunting addition to the academic field. The college’s Center on Education and Training for Employment is maintaining dedication to its principal value of innovation by considering how AI can be used as an efficiency tool to address issues of employee burnout and work-life balance. 

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