AURCO 2018 Conference - OSU Mansfield

24th Annual Conference - Regional Campuses Building Bridges

Friday Night Reception & Cultural Evening (April 6): 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday Conference (April 7): 7:30 AM - 2:15 PM
AURCO Business Meeting (April 7): 2:30 - 4:00 PM
OSU Mansfield AURCO 2018 conference logo


Saturday Conference: April 7, 2018
Friday Reception & Cultural Evening: April 6, 2018


Ohio State Mansfield
1760 University Drive
Mansfield, OH 44906

2018 Conference Chairs

General Chair: Ozeas Costa (Earth Sciences)
Committee: Terri Bucci (Education)
Joe Fahey (Theater)
Adrienne Hopson (Education)
Andrew Kinney (English)
Vanessa Kraps (Librarian)
Kim Miers (Destination Mansfield)
Tammy Siciliano (Chemistry)
Cindy Wood (Development and Community Relations)
Faith Wyzgoski (Chemistry)

Keynote Speaker and Discussion Panel

Dr. Terri Bucci photo

Engagement is the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Engagement involves collectively solving societal challenges through meaningful partnerships between faculty, staff, students, and the people and institutions of Ohio, the nation, and the world. These partnerships foster greater integration of university and community resources, leading to enhanced efficiency and impact. This panel will discuss some of the ongoing and past collaborations between our campus and our local community, and use these collaborations to explore the many benefits – as well as the multiple challenges – of engagement between universities and their communities. An extended working session will follow the keynote panel.

Dr. Terri Teal Bucci
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
Education Program Coordinator at OSU Mansfield
Co-Director of the OSU Mathematics Literacy Initiative
Director of the Haiti Empowerment Project

Dr. Bucci has been working with outreach on the local, regional, national, and international arenas for the entirety of her career. She works within the Freirean applications of collaboration and inclusion, and non-hierarchical structures of involvement. Dr. Bucci is the Director of Ohio State’s Haiti Empowerment Project, working with Haitian community members, universities, and OSU students and faculty. She is the Co-Director of the Ohio State Math Literacy Initiative, a work involving seven school districts in Richland County, in partnership with Bob Moses’ national Algebra Project, Inc. As the Coordinator of the Education Program on the Mansfield Campus, Dr. Bucci has forged alliances with students and staff to engage with recruitment and with local career tech partners. Terri earned a BA in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, a MA and a PhD in Mathematics Education from The Ohio State University. She has been an advocate for community involvement throughout her career and works closely with the Mansfield City Schools. Originally from Milford, Michigan and a competitive sailor, Terri lives in Bellville, Ohio, has a loving husband, Rick, a son, Marino, 25 and a daughter, Maris, 22.

Alan Mitchell II – Richland County Foundation

Alan is a Community Investment Officer for the Richland County Foundation. Before joining the foundation, he had been a social entrepreneur, implementing best practices and proven business techniques to find community solutions to social problems. He is the former Executive Director of Zion Community Development Corporation in Oberlin Ohio, where he also served as a program coordinator at Oberlin Community Services. Alan had been helping Zion CDC to build safe, sanitary, sustainable, affordable housing while aggressively helping Oberlin Community Services to end hunger in Lorain County. He began working as a social entrepreneur as a charter school developer, teacher, and Dean of Students at The Arts Academy of Lorain and Cleveland. He has served the Northeast Ohio area as an executive, an educator, a coach, a referee, program manager, board member, and more since leaving the U.S. Navy in 2004. Alan has a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College. He moved to Mansfield, OH after marrying Tiffany (Knight) Mitchell. They have two amazing daughters, Aliya and Alana, whom they love and adore.

Deanna West-Torrence – North End Community Improvement Collaborative

Deanna is the founder and Executive Director of the North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc. launched in July 2007. In 2016, in her role as Strategic Development Director, she helped launch the Temp2Higher social venture staffing service program of NECIC. Deanna is currently the chair of Richland County Children Services Board and is an ambassador for Mansfield City Schools. Deanna is a former member of Mansfield City Council and the Mansfield City School Board. Deanna has served in various leadership roles in the education, public and non-profit sectors for twenty years.

Missie Strawser – The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Missie is a senior social work student soon to be graduated and entering the Social Work Master’s program. Her community outreach includes being the Best Buddies Chapter President, College Democrats President, CASA volunteer for the Richland County Juvenile Court, and serving as board member for the Pioneer Career and Technology Center's Dental Assisting program. She has a 12-year-old son with autism. As a mother of a special needs child, she has become an advocate for vulnerable populations in our community, and is extremely passionate about inclusion and community service.

Sarah Schmidt – Kent State University at Stark

Sarah is the Outreach Program Coordinator of Global Education Initiatives at Kent State University, Stark Campus. Sarah holds a master’s degree in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University, Washington D.C. Her passion for international social justice has led her to speak at conferences and seminars in Washington, Oxford, London, and Prague; she has advocated for refugees in the Middle East, partnered with schools and universities in Haiti, and travelled throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Arabian Gulf learning language and culture to further her understanding of Human Rights issues. Before her work at Kent State University, Sarah served as the Program Coordinator of the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace at American University. Sarah is a graduate of the Ohio State Mansfield Campus.

Christina Drain – Springmill STEM School and Learning Center

Chris is the outreach coordinator for Springmill Learning Center as well as program coordinator for the OSU Mathematics Literacy Initiative. Through a partnership between The Ohio State University at Mansfield and the Mansfield City Schools, she has secured grants to conduct STEM learning outreach activities such as Science Saturdays, summer camps, a coding camp and field trip activities for area summer camps at the Center. Christina's past experiences include chamber of commerce director, United Way executive, marketing and communications and an extensive volunteer work. She is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a BA in Journalism.

Friday Night Reception & Cultural Evening

Ohio State Mansfield
Friday, April 6, 2018
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Events will begin at 5:30 pm and many will be happening simultaneously throughout the evening at multiple locations on campus.

The list of events include:
  • Welcome Reception and Musical Performance – from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, at The Marketplace (Eisenhower Hall)
    Ohio State Mansfield leaders and local stakeholders will welcome you to our campus with light refreshments, drinks, and a musical performance from the OSU School of Music Jazz Ensemble.
  • Ohio State Mansfield Student Art Show – from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, at the Pearl Conard Art Gallery (Ovalwood Hall)
    Join us for the Annual Student Exhibition, showcasing artwork created by students at The Ohio State University Mansfield during the academic year. A multitude of art forms will be represented, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and video.
  • Ignite talks – from 6:15 to 7:00 pm, at the Scarlet & Gray Café (Ovalwood Hall)(Ovalwood Hall)
    Join colleagues from across Ohio’s regional campuses and share your passion on these quick-paced, high-energy, 5-minute presentations. Ignite is all about fast and fun presentations covering virtually any topic. The first Ignite took place in Seattle in 2006, and since then the event has become an international phenomenon. Click here to learn about Ignite Talks
  • Theatre: The Vagina Monologues – Friday and Saturday, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and Sunday at 2:30 pm, at the Founders Auditorium (Ovalwood Hall)
    Join Ohio State Mansfield students, faculty, staff, and community members on this presentation of Eve Ensler’s acclaimed episodic play, which delves into consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, sex work, and several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences. A very timely topic! In keeping with the conference theme (Regional Campuses Building Bridges) this production has the involvement of our community partner, the Mansfield Domestic Violence Shelter.
  • Poetry & Creative Writing Read Aloud by faculty and students – from 8:30 to 9:00 pm, at the Scarlet & Gray Café (Ovalwood Hall)
    Join faculty and students from our English and Creative Writing programs as they share their poems and creative expressions out loud. We hope to include participants from all regional campuses in Ohio so, make sure to contact us if you or your students would like to present your/their work!

New for AURCO 2019 - Family Field trips on Friday, April 6th, Saturday, April 7th, and Sunday, April 8th

For the first time in AURCO’s Conference history, we will be offering field trips to local attractions. Come early on Friday (or stay late on Saturday/Sunday) and enjoy the company of your peers as we stroll through the local cultural and natural heritage! Discover north-central Ohio with us! Field trips will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (so, make it a family weekend!). The field trip fee includes transportation to and from campus plus entrance/ticket to the attraction or tour.

Contact Us for More Information

Conference Chair: Ozeas Costa ~~ Email:

Field Trips (click on the trip for more information)

Ohio State Reformatory


The Ohio State Reformatory, also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison built between 1886 and 1910 and remained in operation until 1990, when a United States Federal Court ruling (the 'Boyd Consent Decree') ordered the facility to be closed. This facility was used in a number of film productions – including Tango & Cash (1989), Air Force One (1997), Ghost Hunters (2005), and Fallen Angels (2007) – it was made famous by the film The Shawshank Redemption (1994) when it was used for the majority of the movie. Trip fee is $15 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

Malabar Farm State Park


Nestled in the hills of Pleasant Valley, Malabar Farm was built in 1939 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield and was his home until his death in 1956. On May 21, 1945, Bromfield hosted Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's wedding and honeymoon at Malabar Farm. The Park offers a variety of activities, including tours of the big house, hiking, wagon tours, and a program of special events in the rich, green surroundings beloved by Louis Bromfield. The park maintains a working farm, exhibits and interpretive programs, and a twenty-five-hundred-volume library on sustainable agriculture. Trip fee is $8 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

Mansfield Carousel District


Take a stroll through the district on brick paved pathways and tree-lined streets and think back to a time of quaint shops featuring antiques, art, food, books, gifts, model trains and more! In the Carrousel District, you will find beautifully restored Victorian-age buildings with tin ceilings, solid oak floors, brass lighting, ornate iron fencing, secluded courtyards and the feel of yesteryear, including an expert-carved and beautifully-restored working carousel. The District hosts a shop-hop the first Friday of each month, where you can browse the shops while enjoying refreshments and entertainment. The trip also includes a visit to the historic Renaissance Theatre, home to the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. Trip fee is $5 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

Kingwood Center Gardens


The Kingwood Center Gardens is a historic 47-acre estate with a house, gardens and greenhouses. Built in 1926 for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King, the Kingwood Center opened as a public garden in 1953, one year after Mr. King's death. He made his fortune in Mansfield, working with the Ohio Brass Company. This field trip includes a tour of the beautiful gardens, the greenhouse, and of Kingwood Hall. Trip fee is $7 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

Ohio Bird Sanctuary


The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a 90-acre preserve (originally the Richland County Raptor Center) dedicated to the recovery and rehabilitation of native species of bird. The Sanctuary’s living museum is home to over 30 different species of native raptors, vultures, and songbirds, that due to an injury can no longer survive in the wild. These birds permanently reside at that Sanctuary as ambassadors for their species. The preserve also contain numerous hiking trails, and provide important habitat for 52 species of breeding birds and migratory species. Trip fee is $7 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

Mohican State Park


The 1,110-acre Mohican State Park and the adjacent 4,525-acre state forest are outstanding in their beauty and offer limitless opportunities for visitors to explore one of Ohio's most unique natural regions. The striking Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest and scenic Mohican River offer a wilderness experience while the resort lodge and cabins provide luxurious accommodations overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake. This field trip includes a hike through the park, with stops at the Pleasant Hill Dam, Lyons Fall, and the Clear Fork River gorge and covered bridge. If conditions allow, a canoe float will also be included. Trip fee is $10 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

The Shawshank Trail


The Shawshank Trail is a driving tour of 15 authentic filming sites used in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). As we travel from site to site we will relive the feelings and the places from Andy and Red, starting at Pugh Cabin (where the opening scenes were filmed) and ending with Red’s Bus Ride to meet his friend at Zihuatanejo, on Route 95. You've seen the gang's original adventure, now it's time to finish your own. A brochure listing the stops along the trail is available online at Trip fee is $5 per person (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).

Wine and Ale Trail


Sip and sample your way along the Wine & Ale trail, exploring historic buildings, local food, and even some specialty themed wines and brews. Hear the history at a brewery that was a former mortuary or pay tribute to the filming sites from the locally filmed movie The Shawshank Redemption with Reformatory Red or Redemption IPA. Trip fee is $5 per person - does not include food and drinks (min of 8 and max of 12 per trip).