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Interview of Mary Wilkins by Tina Schneider - Wilkins, Mary
Mary Wilkins describes her experience as one of the first cohort of students to graduate from the Ohio State University Lima Campus, in 1969. Wilkins, who was raising a son at the time, decided to go to college since the then-new campus was conveniently located near where she lived and because she thought it would be an exciting challenge. She describes her experiences in classes, her student teaching experience, and the experience of graduation, in 1969. At the time of this interview, Wilkins, 88 years old, still volunteered twice a week at an after-school program at Westside United Methodist Church...
Interview of Lvera Sprague by Tina Schneider - Sprague, Lvera
Lvera Sprague describes her experience as one of the first cohort of students to graduate from the Ohio State University Lima Campus, in 1969. Sprague, who had attended Elkhart University and was working as a dental nurse, decided to go back to school for a teaching degree after her second child was born. She describes her experiences in classes, her student teaching experience, and the experience of graduation, in 1969. At the time of this interview, Sprague, 80 years old, still served as a substitute teacher at Elida Middle School.
Interview of Ray Bourhis and Sally Lanyon by Tamar Chute - Bourhis, Ray; Lanyon, Sally
Ray Bourhis and Sally Lanyon describe their roles in the creation of The Ohio State University's mascot, Brutus Buckeye, in 1965: Bourhis, then a New Jersey resident, and Lanyon, who was from Mansfield, both entered as freshmen in the fall of 1963. Bourhis came up with the idea of creating a mascot after noticing that, at the time, Ohio State was one of the few Universities with big football programs that did not have one. Shortly before Homecoming in 1965, he was at the Pi Beta Phi sorority house, where Sally lived, and she and other sorority members were making...
Interview of Marlene Owens Rankin and Stuart Rankin by Tamar Chute - Rankin, Marlene Owens; Rankin, Stuart
This interview details the experiences of Marlene Owens Rankin and Stuart Rankin while they were undergraduate students at The Ohio State University. Marlene Owens Rankin recounts her time at Ohio State from 1957-1961, including her Homecoming Queen campaign and victory during the 1960-61 school year. The interview also details the experiences of Stuart Rankin at the University from 1956-1961, including working multiple jobs to pay for school. During the 1957 school year Marlene and Stuart met, and would later marry. After graduating, both Marlene and Stuart continued a close relationship with The Ohio State University through various volunteer roles for...
Interview of Tom Simpson by Kevlin C. Haire - Simpson, Tom
Tom Simpson, a 1955 graduate of The Ohio State University, was born March 24, 1930, in Lorain, Ohio. He was the first in his family to attend OSU. After graduating from high school in 1948, Simpson attended OSU for two years before a two-year stint in the Navy. Before his military service, Simpson lived in a group house that included a Great Dane owned by the landlord. After his service, he lived in OSU’s military housing on the west campus, with his wife and baby daughter. Simpson describes various aspects of campus, including class sizes, buildings and graduation. He also...
Interview of David Frantz by Raimund E. Goerler - Frantz, David O., 1942-
David Frantz discusses his career at Ohio State University, starting with his arrival on campus as an assistant professor in 1968 to his service as Secretary of the Board of Trustees before retirement in 2011. Highlights include his early career in the Department of English, his transition to a more administrative role, both in the department and in the College of Humanities, his involvement in the University Senate, and finally, his role as the Board secretary, including his relationships with board members and OSU presidents.
Interview of Jon Woods by Kevlin Haire - Woods, Jon Richard
Dr. Jon Woods was born January 22, 1939, in the coal mining community of Spangler, Pennsylvania. He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, majoring in music education and trombone performance, while playing in the marching band and the symphony orchestra, as well as singing in the men’s glee club. His senior year of college, 1959, he was named band and choral director of his hometown’s high school, splitting time between work and school. A few years later he was offered a graduate assistant job at Penn State University. In 1968 he was accepted as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of...
Interview of James Tootle by Kevlin C. Haire - Tootle, James Roger, 1943-
James Tootle was a member of the staff in the College of the Arts and Sciences for many years and speaks of his experiences in various positions, such as student advisor and administrator. In this interview, he also speaks of his years as a student and his experiences during the riots in the late 1960s.
Interview of Barbara J. Tootle by Raimund Goerler - Tootle, Barbara J.
In this interview, Barbara J. "Barbie" Tootle discusses her many years at the University. Tootle first came to the University as a student in 1961. After graduating, she began a long career with the University that included stints as Coordinator of Greek Affairs in the Office of Student Affairs and as Special Assistant to three OSU Presidents.
Interview of Niki Schwartz by Bill Shkurti - Schwartz, Niki Z., 1938-
The interview discusses OSU alumnus Niki Schwartz's experiences with political issues as an undergraduate, then law-school student, on the OSU campus in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His experiences include work to combat racial discrimination in off-campus housing and involvement with the College of Arts Student Council, which influenced his him to later run for president of Student Council and student-body present. His participation in efforts to reform campus policies on student rights, including the abolishment of the Speakers Rule, and influences of certain professors helped him to switch from majoring in journalism to political science in his undergraduate...
Interview of Jeff Schwartz by Bill Shkurti - Schwartz, Jeffrey H., 1943-
The interview discusses OSU alumnus Jeff Schwartz's work on campus with the free-speech movement in the mid-1960s, particularly 1965. As an undergraduate, he became involved with the OSU student group, the Free Speech Front (FSF), because of his earlier involvement in the civil rights movement in Louisiana. He was a participant and important contributor to the Free Speech Front's goal of eradicating the University's restriction on campus speakers, known as the Speakers Rule. One strategy was for Schwartz and others in the FSF to participate in two sit-ins in the Administration Building to influence University officials to change the rule....
Interview of George Paulson by Raimund Goerler - Paulson, George W., 1930-
In this interview Dr. George Paulson talks about his personal history and his time at Ohio State, as a doctor, as an educator, as Head of the Neurology Department and as Chief of Staff of the OSU Hospitals. Dr. Paulson takes time to talk about the issues he faced with the education system during his time studying at Yale and Duke. He also speaks about the developments made and challenges presented, especially in the OSU Hospitals system, during his time at Ohio State. He finishes the interview by talking about his involvement in the creation of OSU’s Medical Heritage Center,...
Interview of William J. Studer by Raimund Goerler - Studer, William J., 1936-
In this interview Dr. William Studer discusses his tenure at Ohio State, from his first appointment as Director of Libraries in 1977 to his retirement from this position in 1999. He takes time to speak on various developments, both technical and philosophical, in the world of academic libraries, as well as his hopes for future developments and innovations.
Interview of Jeff Reutter by Kevlin Haire - Reutter, Jeffrey Michael, 1950-
The interview discusses Jeff Reutter’s work with Stone Lab, beginning as a student and later a graduate student, then taking a full-time position there as a researcher as well as teacher and director. Mr. Reutter also discusses the history of Stone Lab, and the work performed there, as well as the relationship between the lab and the University.
Interview of Lou Heldman, Steven Hirsch, and David Williams by Tamar Chute - Heldman, Lou; Hirsch, Steven; Williams, David
David Williams grew up in Tiffin, Ohio; the first member of his family to attend college, Ohio State was the only school he ever considered. Lou Heldman grew up in Cincinnati, and was also the first of his family to attend college. He chose Ohio State for its Journalism program. Steven Hirsch grew up in Pittsburgh, and chose Ohio State because of family connections, a scholarship and the fact that Columbus was still relatively close to home. They all met at Ohio State and were witness to the events leading up to, and culminating in, the student riots in May,...
Interview of David Hopcraft by Tamar Chute - Hopcraft, David
David Hopcraft was an Ohio State graduate working for The Cleveland Plain Dealer when he was sent to campus to cover the 1970 student riots. As a reporter, he witnessed key moments in the riots, as well as the Governor’s and administration’s reactions, and thus has a unique perspective of the events of May 1970. As a student Hopcraft worked on The Lantern and later, as an alumnus, served on the Alumni Advisory Board.
Interview of Martha Garland by Raimund E. Goerler - Garland, Martha
Martha Garland describes her academic career at the university. After completing her bachelor’s degree in history at Tulane University, and her master’s degree at Cornell University, Garland first came to OSU as a doctoral candidate in 1971. Since then she has been a teaching adviser, an academic advisor, a Professor in the Department of History, a member of the University Senate, Associate Director of Continuing Education, co-chair on the Committee of the Undergraduate Experience and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Garland also discusses many of the changes and challenges the university has undergone in the past forty years: the change...
Interview of Lloyd Fisher by Kevlin Haire - Fisher, Lloyd, 1923-
Lloyd Fisher was born on Oct. 23, 1923, in Medina, Ohio. In high school, Fisher was a cheerleader and a drum major with a good scholastic record. He was worried about affording college, though, until a good friend told him about the Stadium Scholarship Dormitories. Here, Fisher would work part-time and get a discount on tuition.
Fisher came to the Ohio State University in 1941 and took up residence in the Stadium Dorms. He worked part-time mopping floors in the Ohio Union for 25 cents an hour. This work also helped him reduce all his expenses, like room and board, tuition,...
Interview of Rick Greene by Tamar Chute - Greene, Rick
Rick Greene came to OSU as a freshman in 1969. He witnessed firsthand the student demonstrations and riots of 1970, and the changes that they brought to OSU and across the country. He currently makes his home in Florida, but returns to Ohio State for football games.
Interview of Robert M. Duncan by Tamar Chute - Duncan, Robert M.
The Hon. Robert M. Duncan was born in 1927 in Urbana, Ohio. He came to OSU as a freshman in 1945, and he graduated from the College of Education in 1948. Unable to find a teaching job as an African American in Columbus, he went to Chicago, worked as a bell boy, and decided to go to law school. He returned to Ohio State, and worked at the statehouse through graduate school. Duncan’s military obligations had been deferred during the Korean War, to allow him to finish law school, so in 1952 he was sent to Alaska to handle legal...