January 2014

On the field and in the classroom, Buckeyes rule! Ohio State student-athletes posted an 89 percent graduation rate. The number marked a four percent increase for Buckeye student-athletes and exceeds the 81 percent national average. The data are compiled from a four-class average based on the 2003-06 school years.

$19 million to fight the fight. Participants in Pelotonia, the bicycle tour that funds cancer research at Ohio State, raised more than $19 million in 2013, a record that surpassed the 2012 total of $16.8 million. In five years, Pelotonia has raised $61 million.

Best in the century. Alumni Association president and CEO Archie Griffin has been recognized by the Rose Bowl as its All-Century Player in commemoration of the 100th renewal of the game. The bowl game also recognized Woody Hayes as a part of its all-century class, representing the 1950s.

Where's the waste? Not here. For the second-straight year, Ohio State was the diversion champion in the Gameday Recycling Challenge, a nationwide competition among more than 80 universities. During the 2013 season, 90.5 percent of waste generated at Ohio Stadium during Buckeye football games was either recycled or composted.

Full tuition for best of the best. Ohio State has been selected to participate in the Stamps Leadership Scholars program, one of the most prestigious full-ride scholarships in the country. This fall, five entering Ohio State freshmen will be designated as Stamps Leadership Scholars and will receive four years of tuition support.

Calculus on iTunes, anyone? Math lecturer Jim Fowler has created one of the world's most successful massive open online courses. Fowler's Calculus One class has over 150,000 downloads and was streamed 186,000 times, making it the most popular course this past summer.

National recognition for chief wellness officer. Bernadette Melnyk, Ohio State's chief wellness officer and nursing dean, was one of 70 new members elected to the Institute of Medicine. The IOM recognizes outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

The Most Viral Band in the Land. The Ohio State Marching Band rules the Internet with online videos of its halftime shows. In the 2012 and 2013 football seasons, TBDBITL halftime shows have been viewed more than 42 million times on YouTube.

Impacting the world one scientist at a time. Six Ohio State faculty were elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Specializing in disciplines from cancer treatment to number theory, the faculty were recognized for their distinguished efforts to advance science.

Recognition for nurturing first-generation students. The Young Scholars Program earned the national Magrath Community Engagement Award, one of the highest honors a university outreach program can earn. The YSP focuses on high school students in Ohio's nine largest urban school districts and has produced more than 800 first-generation college graduates since the program's inception in 1988.

A global attraction. Ohio State is ranked 15th nationally for its international student enrollment, according to the Institute of International Education. The university hosted 6,478 international students in 2012, a 5.5 percent increase over the previous year.