Friday, August 7, 2015

The Ohio State University, 7/29/2015

Founded in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural & Mechanical College, the names was changed to The Ohio State University in 1878. It is the largest, individual 4-year campus in the US. There are a total of 58,000+ students at the Columbus campus (44,700 are undergrads). We saw only a small portion of the campus on a walking tour. The architecture is a mix of traditional, modern, and post-modern styles. 

Both Karen and Katie (our nieces) are alumni of Ohio State as is Katie's husband, Dan. In fact, Dan attended on a baseball scholarship (catcher) from 1992-1995. They were the Big Ten Baseball Champions those four years!! 

McGuire checking out photo of his dad with 1994 Big Ten Champs; front row, 3rd from left.

1993 Big Ten Baseball Champions, Dan is row 2, second from left.

Katie has a friend that arranged for us to see the Ohio Stadium (formerly called Horseshoe Stadium) which was very cool. Seating capacity is 104,944!

The first photo shows the seven Heisman Award winners; and, the second, the years the team were national champions (2014 will be added shortly).

McGuire, Karen/Elizabeth, Keegan, and John, O-H-I-O!

There are many well-known athletes who attended Ohio State (Jack Nicklaus, John Havlicek, Jerry Lucas, Eddie George, Archie Griffin, to name just a few). And our own Dan Mathews, of course. Most notably is Jesse Owens, the phenomenal track and field athlete who gained worldwide recognition at the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin. There is a memorial plaza dedicated to him and several other tributes on the campus.

St. Johns Arena, the old basketball venue, will be torn down in the near future. We enjoyed seeing it!

Ice hockey arena

Recreation & Physical Activity Center

Mirror Lake

Ohio Union was completed in 2010 replacing the student union that had been situated at this same location. 

Keegan with Brutus Buckeye; and John, too. 

School of Business and School of Architecture

Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium

To learn more about this impressive academic institution, visit their website. It was especially fun to see it with alumni. Our daughter graduated from Penn State, huge rivalry between these two schools. We will need to do a PSU tour in the future for sure!


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