Gibraltar Island, OH Stone Laboratory and Ohio Sea Grant staff welcomed 39 donors and other supporters to Gibraltar Island for the 6th Annual Donor Dinner this past weekend. In addition to giving guests a chance to see everything that’s changed since they may have last visited the island, the event allows Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant to recognize significant contributions to the lab’s operation through awards and personal conversations.
In addition to dinner in the Stone Lab dining hall, guests were able to tour the newly renovated Research Building and the historic Aquatic Visitors Center before catching a boat to Gibraltar Island, where tours continued to show off the many renovations that occurred over the past year. Presentations by Stone Lab staff covered topics ranging from updates on the lab’s new cost-saving green energy technology and the summer’s student enrollment to upcoming conferences and plans for Ohio Sea Grant’s new water quality lab, which is currently under construction in the Research Building.
“Stone Laboratory and Ohio Sea Grant have had huge impacts on Lake Erie, the environment, the economy, and education”? says Dr. Jeff Reutter, Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Lab Director. “We could not have done this without a large group of very faithful donors, and events like this give us the chance to say thank you to a wonderful group of people in a casual and enjoyable setting.”?
A Superior Leadership Award was presented to Ohio State University’s Office of Research, in recognition of the department’s ongoing support of research, education, and outreach programs at Stone Lab. Vice President for Research Dr. Carol Whitacre, Senior Associate Vice President for Research Dr. Jan Weisenberger, and Senior Fiscal & HR Officer Michael DeWees accepted the award, along with honorary deeds to Gibraltar Island, for their roles in facilitating renovations, equipment updates, and administration of Stone Lab projects.
A second Superior Leadership award, for his dedicated work in managing a healthy Lake Erie fishery, was presented to Roger Knight of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, at a science writers’ workshop earlier in the week. Amanda Smith, Assistant Director of Development for Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, also attended the dinner and was recognized for her assistance in obtaining grants from the Lonz Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and the Royal Bank of Canada.
Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is the Ohio State University’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the education and research facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 32 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For information on Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.
Christina Dierkes, Ohio Sea Grant Outreach Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org