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CEGE professor goes on Buckeye road trip

Brutus Buckeye poses outside Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a stop on the 2018 Ohio State Road Scholars Tour

Road trips are a favorite summer activity for many Ohio State students. The same goes for university administration, faculty and staff. Every summer, faculty and staff from across campus join President Michael V. Drake and the Office of Student Life Buckeye Bus for the Ohio State Roads Scholars Tour. This year, Tarunjit Butalia, Research Associate Professor, CEGE, joined the tour on July 10-11 as it traveled throughout northeast Ohio.

Tarunjit Butalia (R) chats with Dr. Raju Raval (L), Assistant Professor, Ohio State College of Medicine and other participants as the tour kicks off at The Ohio State University Airport.The bus tour, founded in 1997, affords Ohio State students, faculty, administrators and community partners the opportunity to visit multiple locations representing Ohio State's collaborations across the state. Professor Butalia relished his role in this year's event. "The tour was a wonderful opportunity to meet with faculty and students from across the university and to evaluate the impact Ohio State has on the State of Ohio and its economy," he stated.

The Roads Scholar Tour made seven stops, originating at The Ohio State University Airport and culminating with a visit to Flying Horse Farms in Mt. Gilead. In the interim, participants witnessed the manufacturing of bricks used in the construction of numerous Ohio State buildings, visited a produce farm that has been supplying Ohioans and most major metropolitan areas east of the Mississippi River with fresh vegetables for five generations, and paid forward by donating their time and talents to the Cleveland community.

"My favorite (tour) stop," Butalia added, "was the Greater Cleveland Food Bank where President Drake, Brutus and I, along with others, sorted through donations for the food bank." Professor Butalia looked back fondly on his two days spent representing the best of what Ohio State has to offer to Ohioans. "The Buckeye spirit was breathtaking," he said.

(L) Tarunjit Butalia works with Howard Greene, Director of K-12 Education Outreach, College of Engineering, and Ohio State students, to sort donations at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank; (R) Butalia snaps a photo of his Buckeye tour mates

Photos courtesy of The Ohio State University Office of Outreach & Engagement

Learn more about the 2018 Ohio State Roads Scholar Tour

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