Wednesday, February 1

Friendship 7 at 50: An Anniversary Celebration of John Glenn’s Historic Space Flight, Thompson Main Library

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth during a space mission lasting just under five hours.  Taking place during the height of the Cold War, NASA’s first orbital flight gained the United States parity in the space race with the Soviet Union. The mission propelled John Glenn into the national spotlight as an American hero and helped shape his later career in public service as a four-term United States Senator. Using manuscripts, photographs and artifacts from the John Glenn Collection, the exhibit details Glenn’s selection and training as one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, his Friendship 7 space mission, and the public acclaim following his return to Earth. Display runs through April 30, 2012.

 

Saturday, February 4

Pre-Valentine’s Ball Dance Classes—12:00 – 2:00 p.m., RPAC A200

John and Annie Glenn's decades-long love story is one that belongs on the silver screen. The two met as children and became high school sweethearts. Now you can prepare for a night of dancing at the Valentine’s Ball with two introductory dance classes for graduate/professional students and faculty/staff.  RSVP preferred to OUAB.grad.prof@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, February 5

No events scheduled

 

Monday, February 6

Pre-Valentine’s Ball Dance Classes—6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Women’s Field House

John and Annie Glenn's decades-long love story is one that belongs on the silver screen. The two met as children and became high school sweethearts. Now you can prepare for a night of dancing at the Valentine’s Ball with two introductory dance classes for graduate/professional students and faculty/staff.  RSVP preferred to OUAB.grad.prof@gmail.com

 

Monday, February 13

Navy/Marines Breakfast—7:00 – 8:30 a.m. at RPAC Amphitheater

John Glenn's astronaut experience centers upon his deep commitment to our country through his service in the Marines and Navy. This breakfast celebrates the commitment of Glenn, along with the past and present service of men and women in the Marines, Marines ROTC, Navy, and Navy ROTC.

Astronaut Ice Cream—12:00-1:00 p.m., Ohio Union and RPAC

Have you ever wondered what space food tastes like?  Now's your chance…sample Astronaut ice cream. Look for students walking around the Ohio Union and RPAC handing out samples.

Orbiting Campus—12:30 p.m.

Look for fellow students “orbiting” around campus, passing out Orbit gum to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of John Glenn orbiting the Earth. Check out fun facts about John Glenn on the CABS buses and learn more about the week’s events leading up to the large celebration.

From the Sea to the Field: Fitness Assessment—3:00 – 4:30 p.m., RPAC Upper Gym

See what it takes to be in the Marines or Navy by participating in fitness assessments according to U.S. Marine and Navy Academy protocols. RSVP required to John Katsares at (614) 292-5153 or katsares.1@osu.edu.

Launch into Group Fitness: H2O Challenge Fitness Class—5:30-6:30 p.m., RPAC Natatorium Class Pool

It takes strength, endurance, and flexibility to become an astronaut like John Glenn. Embark on your fitness journey with your peers at Rec Sports by participating in several group fitness classes sure to challenge you.

"A Career in the Field of Space Exploration, with Some Personal Reflections" by Jim Free, Deputy Director, NASA Glenn—12:30 p.m., Scott Lab, Room E100

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Senator John Glenn's orbit of the earth in Friendship 7, NASA Glenn Deputy Director James Free will speak to Ohio State students about “A Career in the Field of Space Exploration, with Some Personal Reflections.” All students are invited to attend; a pizza lunch will be provided.

The event is open to the public but registration is requested. To register for the event, contact Gina Langen at Langen.2@osu.edu.

 

Tuesday, February 14

Love Story Lunch—11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Ohio Union Great Hall

The Love Story Lunch celebrating John and Annie Glenn's life together will take place on February 14, 2012 at 11:30am- 1:00pm in the Great Hall Meeting Room at the Ohio Union. A diverse group of undergraduate and graduate/professional student couples from all areas of campus have been invited. There will have a buffet lunch and a fun activity to tie in space and love. It will be a fun setting to celebrate Valentine’s Day and hear about John and Annie Glenn's love story. INVITATION ONLY.

From the Sea to the Field: Fitness Assessment—3:00 – 4:30 p.m., RPAC Upper Gym

See what it takes to be in the Marines or Navy by participating in fitness assessments according to U.S. Marine and Navy Academy protocols. RSVP required to John Katsares at (614) 292-5153 or katsares.1@osu.edu.

Launch into Group Fitness:  COREtastic Fitness Class—3:45-4:45 p.m., RPAC South Gym

It takes strength, endurance, and flexibility to become an astronaut like John Glenn. Embark on your fitness journey with your peers at Rec Sports by participating in several group fitness classes sure to challenge you.

 

Wednesday, February 15

Ohio Union Activities Board Movie - Space Jam—6:00 and 8:30 p.m., Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre

In the spirit of our celebration of the historic exploration of space, take some time out with a nostalgic favorite. OUAB presents a special free screening of the hit classic, Space Jam

The Future of Space Exploration:  A Faculty Panel—7:30 p.m., 130 Page Hall

Space travel is very different today than it was 50 years ago when John Glenn first orbited the Earth. In the 1960’s, space travel was frequent and national news, and the accomplishments of John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, and others were historic points of national pride. Since that time, space travel has seen a decrease in public interest and government funding. Join us for a panel discussion featuring distinguished Ohio State faculty who will discuss the state of space travel today and what’s next for NASA and the future of space exploration.

 

Thursday, February 16

From the Sea to the Field: Fitness Assessment—3:00-4:30 p.m., RPAC Upper Gym

See what it takes to be in the Marines or Navy by participating in fitness assessments according to U.S. Marine and Navy Academy protocols. RSVP required to John Katsares at (614) 292-5153 or katsares.1@osu.edu.

"Gallery Talk"—4:00-5:00 p.m., Thompson Library

Archivist Jeff Thomas leads a tour of the Friendship 7 at 50: An Anniversary Celebration of John Glenn's Historic Space Flight exhibit and discusses some of the lesser known aspects of NASA's first manned orbital space flight.

"Astro-Not" Your Typical Dinner—5:30 p.m., Ohio Union Instructional Kitchen

Step into our “space” to blast back to the sixties. Participants will have the opportunity to cook and prepare foods using different space ingredients. Some highlighted menu items include, Shake and Bake Style Chicken, TANG Orange Julius, and Cool Whip and Strawberry Jell-O Pie. Don’t miss out on this!  Space is limited. This event is geared for graduate and professional students. RSVP is required. Please RSVP to poth.20@osu.edu.

“Name that Tune”— 8:30 – 11:00 p.m., Ohio Union Woody’s Tavern

You may know that John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth or that he served a quarter century in the U.S. Senate.  But did you know that as a young Navy pilot, he appeared on the TV game show, “Name That Tune?”  Test your quick song recognition and solve musical mysteries while you connect with this fun piece of John Glenn lore!  OUAB hosts a fun and entertaining music game show for students with prizes on the line.

 

Friday, February 17

"Friendship 7":  Joining Forces for Service—1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Ohio Union

Join The Ohio State University and Muskingum University as we partner together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Glenn orbiting the earth by uniting in service. Giving back to others is something that is very important to John and Annie Glenn. Be a part of this memorable service experience as we form new friendships and follow in the footsteps of the Glenns’ and give back to the community. Open to all students and alumni!  Please RSVP to poth.20@osu.edu.

From the Sea to the Field: Fitness Assessment— 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., RPAC Upper Gym

See what it takes to be in the Marines or Navy by participating in fitness assessments according to U.S. Marine and Navy Academy protocols. RSVP required to John Katsares at (614) 292-5153 or katsares.1@osu.edu.

Launch into Group Fitness: Boot Camp Fitness Class—5:00 – 6:00 p.m., RPAC South Gym

It takes strength, endurance, and flexibility to become an astronaut like John Glenn. Embark on your fitness journey with your peers at Rec Sports by participating in several group fitness classes sure to challenge you.

Quiz Night—6:00 p.m., Ohio Union Woody’s Tavern

Join us for a night of food, fun and trivia! The themes for this quiz will honor John Glenn's legacy as a space pioneer and public servant. Pre-arranged and inpromptu-created teams compete in this night of trivia competition. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams and the last place team. All particpants are eligible for door prizes. To purchase Ohio beer or wine, please remember to bring proper identification. OSU students with a BuckID may bring a guest. To register your team of up to 10 participants (all teams must include two faculty members), e-mail ouab.grad.prof@gmail.com or show up the day of the event and join a team while spaces last. Reservations are preferred so that we may plan adequately for refreshments. 

 

Saturday, February 18

Tour the NASA Glenn Research Center—8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Join other Ohio State students for a tour of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. Meet astronaut Greg Johnson, view the Zero Gravity pit, tour the Green Lab, and learn about Ohio’s historical ties to the space program. The Glenn Research Center designs game-changing technology for spaceflight that enables further exploration of the universe and inspires the next generation of explorers to dream big. The NASA Glenn Research Center is named in honor of former senator John H. Glenn, the Ohioan who was the first American to orbit Earth in 1962. Buses depart and return to campus from the Ohio Union. Breakfast, lunch, transportation, and tour provided. To find out more about how you can attend, please visit www.fye.osu.edu.

Note: The Glenn Research Center is only open to US Citizens or persons with legal permanent residency. Government issued photo ID required for the tour.

  

Sunday, February 19

Friendship 7 Indoor Triathlon—7:00 a.m., RPAC and RPAC Natatorium

Do you have what it takes to complete a 17-minute run, 17-minute bike ride, and a seven-minute swim? Compete in the Friendship 7 Indoor Triathlon, honoring the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s orbit around the earth in the Friendship 7 Capsule. The $7 entry fee benefits the John Glenn Scholarship Fund, and participants who complete the challenge receive a T-shirt.

The John Glenn Family Space Experience—2:00 – 4:00 p.m., RPAC South Gym

Join Rec Sports’s Community Programs in celebrating John Glenn’s 50th anniversary of orbiting the earth by participating in out-of-this-world arts and crafts, “Train Like an Astronaut” activities, and other space-themed fun. 

Launch into Group Fitness: Indo-Row Fitness Class—6:00-7:00 p.m., RPAC. Room B138E

It takes strength, endurance, and flexibility to become an astronaut like John Glenn. Embark on your fitness journey with your peers at Rec Sports by participating in several group fitness classes sure to challenge you.

  

Monday, February 20

Center of Science and Industry Space Show, 333 West Broad Street—1:00 p.m.

Space Show followed by Q&A Ed Buckbee—author, lecturer, and space advocate emeritus, has been associated with the U.S. space program for four decades. Buckbee began his space career in 1959 when America’s first Mercury astronauts were selected. He attended the launches of Alan Shepard and John Glenn and was present when the Apollo astronauts lifted-off for the moon landings. He continues to be associated with America’s space program as an senior  advisor to NASA.  http://www.cosi.org/visitors/calendar.

NASA Future Forum—2:00 p.m., Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theater

Panel: “Learning from the Past to Innovate for the Future”
A retrospective look back at Senator John Glenn’s amazing career and also looking toward the bright future in human exploration.  http://events.signup4.com/futureforum_osu

NASA Future Forum—3:30 p.m., Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theater

Panel: “Inspiration and Education: Building the Innovators for Tomorrow”
As a Nation, Americans must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to ensure the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of assuming their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. This Panel will discuss the challenges and needs in the field of STEM education to sustain U.S. leadership and global competitiveness. It will look at the perspective of students and the struggles of maintaining interest in STEM fields and related area.  http://events.signup4.com/futureforum_osu

Celebrating John Glenn’s Gala—7:00 p.m., Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom

The Ohio State University is proud to lead the celebration of John Glenn’s legacy on the 50th anniversary of his historic flight aboard Friendship 7. Proceeds from the celebration dinner will directly benefit faculty, students, and programs related to science and technology research and policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering. Through this celebration, we will honor John Glenn and his legacy of leadership, citizenship, and public service.  http://www.osu.edu/johnglenn/the_event.

 

Tuesday, February 21 

NASA Future Forum—9:00 a.m., Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theater
Welcome and Keynote Address – 9am
Panel: "Importance of Technology, Science and Innovation for our Economic Future"
The panel will examine the role of how innovation and technology investments are changing how we approach future human and robotic exploration missions and how it can improve our economy beyond the space sector. The panelists will bring their unique perspectives on investments in technology and innovations that are impacting and shaping the future of their industry sectors, academic institutions, government agencies, and the overall US economy. http://events.signup4.com/futureforum_osu

NASA Future Forum—11:00 a.m., Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theater
Panel: "Transferring and Commercializing Technology to Benefit our Lives and our Economy"
The panel will discuss the tangible direct and in-direct benefits of technology and innovation as to our society, and will look at potential opportunities and partnerships with between NASA, industry, academia, and other government agencies to contribute to the global economy. http://events.signup4.com/futureforum_osu

NASA Future Forum—1:45 p.m., Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theater
Panel: "Shifting Roles for Public, Private, and International Players in Space"
Twentieth century space exploration was led by national governments, but this model is giving way to many different players, including private companies and many different nations. While governments continue to commit resources to space science, they are strapped for funds. The private sector has also stepped up and begun to explore possibilities for leadership in technology development and exploration. This panel will address the roles of government, the private sector, and international collaboration in the future. http://events.signup4.com/futureforum_osu

 

Wednesday, February 22

No events scheduled

 

Thursday, February 23

No events scheduled 


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