It’s Book Club time again! The university and the alumni association are once again sponsoring an opportunity for alumni to read the same book as the incoming freshmen are required to read, and then to participate in discussions with students which foster interaction, for the purpose of engaging students with alumni.

The book for the 2015-2016 year is The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen. The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, he cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot just outside Milwaukee’s largest public
housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of locals. Despite financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm, now a food and educational center that produces enough produce and fish year-round to feed thousands. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power shows how local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country. An ecoclassic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

The university has provided us with copies for our members who want to commit to reading it and participating with the student discussions this Fall. If you want to participate, please notify Jessica Kohlschmidt ASAP at or 614-946-2614. Jessica is organizing a discussion group with students on Monday, October 5, at 6 pm in the Baker Hall East Rec Room.


Save the date! Our Annual Tailgate party will be Saturday, September 26 for the Western Michigan game. A limited number of tickets may be available to those club members who membership
fees are current. We will have information on purchasing those tickets along with our tailgate package soon.


The Social committee met last week to work on several summer events. We are now looking ahead to Fall events – football tailgate, Happy Hour with the Alumni Leadership Conference, Wine tastings, even the holiday events are starting to be planned. If you would like to join this active committee of volunteers, please get in touch with Mary Hemmer, 459-5752. The committee will meet again probably in late summer, to focus on details of these and other events.


Our annual Target Shooting Day at the Range will be Saturday, August 8, from 11 am to 2 pm. It is at the same great location as previous years, Tri-County Range on US 22 between Lancaster and Circleville. You are welcome to bring your own guns and ammunition, or rent/purchase from the range. You will have an opportunity to learn about and try out a variety of different guns if you wish. If you have never tried this, it is a great experience! Eye and ear protection will be provided at no charge. Its only $10 per person to attend, and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday August 5


It’s time once again for fun on the lawn! For the first time in a few years, we will revive our traditional excursion to Picnic with the Pops, featuring the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the OSU Marching Band, will be held on Saturday, August 1, at the new home of the Pops series, the lawn of the Columbus Commons. Details are still being worked out, but we will be joining our friends from the College of Education Alumni Society and other alumni for this annual performance. Please keep the date open and keep watching your email, future newsletters, and our website for further details. Go Bucks!


Join us for our fourth annual Happy Hour at the OSU Faculty Club on campus Thursday, June 25, from 5 to 7 pm. This is an opportunity for those of you who are not members of the Faculty Club to see the facility and sample some food and beverages, as well as time to socialize with other Buckeye Alumni. There is plenty of parking available around the Faculty Club. Some complementary hors d’oeuvres will be provided, along with a cash bar; additional appetizers are available as well. There is also a dinner following the event, if you wish to stay. To attend the Happy Hour, please sign up in advance online, by mail, or by phone for just $5, so we know how many to expect. Driving and parking pass directions will be sent when you register.