The Ohio State University​


March 4th at The Ohio State University​

Site Leader


Fabiola Bachinelo

Site Logistics

Friday evening reception address:

We will be at Woody’s Tavern from 6-7:30 PM in the student union as an opportunity for students to connect and move freely without having to worry about a full restaurant atmosphere.

1739 North High Street (The Ohio Union) Columbus, OH 43210

Saturday competition address:

Students and judges should meet on the first floor of Page Hall in room 130. We will have a table for check-in purposes on the first floor for students. NOTE: Everyone enters the building on the “Lower Level” and the first floor is up the stairs or elevator from there.

Hotel recommendations:

THE BLACKWELL INN AND PFAHL CONFERENCE CENTER Location: 2110 Tuttle Park Pl. at Woody Hayes Dr. Columbus, OH 43210 To Page Hall: 1 mile walk across campus

GRADUATE COLUMBUS Location:  750 N High Street Columbus, OH 43215 To Page Hall: Take COTA Bus (#2 line, $2 each way - 1.5 miles North)

ALOFT COLUMBUS UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Location:  1295 Olentangy River Road Columbus, OH 43212 To Page Hall: Driving recommended (2 miles)

FAIRFIELD BY MARRIOTT COLUMBUS OSU Location:  3031 Olentangy River Rd. Columbus, OH 43202 To Page Hall: Driving recommended (2.5 miles)

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT COLUMBUS/OSU Location:  780 Yard St. Columbus, OH 43212 To Page Hall: Driving recommended (3 miles)


  • Kelli Hanson - Indiana University Bloomington
  • Mark Jimenez - Arkansas State University
  • Christian Manalac - The Pennsylvania State University
  • Daniel Poth - University of Illinois Springfield
  • Maddison Reilly - Grand Valley State University


A very big thank you to all of our volunteer judges. Without them, the simulation competition would not be possible.

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    Tina Pierce

    (she/her) Chief of Strategy and Belonging; The Ohio State University Alumni Association (OSUAA)

    Dr. Tina Pierce is the Chief of Strategy and Belonging for The Ohio State University Alumni Association (OSUAA). She brings over 20 years of experience in higher education, civic engagement, leadership development, and in-depth knowledge of the strength and reach of the Buckeye nation.  Dr. Pierce is an alumna of The Ohio State University, President of the OSU Undergraduate Student Government Alumni Society, a distinguished thought leader and a highly effective partner on strategic priorities and initiatives for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.  She has received several honors including the OSUAA Pay It Forward Award for Volunteerism and the Association of Staff and Faculty Women Mary Ann Williams Leadership Award. Not only is she passionate about equity and inclusion, but also community service. Dr. Pierce is a servant leader who empowers individuals to create positive transformative change in their communities. She is serving her first term (elected in 2019) as a proud member of the Columbus Board of Education. In her first term, she has been a tireless advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion – leading the committee responsible for updating and re-writing the district’s equity policy.  Her dedication to leadership extends statewide where she serves as the President of the Ohio School Board Association Central Region.

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    Dr. Ruth Ellen Wasem

    (she/her) Senior Fellow; Levin College of Public Affairs and Education, Cleveland State University

    Ruth Ellen Wasem joined the Levin College of Public Affairs and Education at Cleveland State University as a Senior Fellow in August 2022. For more than 25 years, Wasem was a legislative policy specialist at the Library of Congress & Congressional Research Service (CRS). From 2016 to 2022, Wasem was a professor of public policy practice at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, where she taught courses on immigration and citizenship, refugee and human security, legislative development, and public management. Wasem remains engaged in Washington, D.C., as a Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Her widely cited publications span academic journals, books, and policy institute reports. Wasem earned her masters and doctoral degrees in history at the University of Michigan and received her baccalaureate degree magna cum laude from Muskingum University.

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    Junfeng Wang, Associate Professor

    (she/her) Academic Program Lead for the MPA Program; University of Illinois Springfield

    Dr. Junfeng Wang is an associate professor in the School of Public Management and Policy, University of Illinois Springfield. She is the Academic Program Lead for the MPA program. Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008. Her research interests include environmental policies, nonprofit leadership, and MPA education. Dr. Wang is a contributing author to the book Community Action Leaders: Rooting out Poverty at the Local Level (New York: Routledge, 2016). Her research has been published in China Land Science, State and Local Government Review, E-Mentor, Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, and The Journal of Extension.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions and Guidelines

The health and safety of all participants are a top priority. Vaccinations, boosters, and masks are not required for competition attendance, however, they are highly recommended. 

To protect not only the NASPAA community but the ones in which we live, let's work together to minimize the spread. Throughout the competition, please follow these safety tips:

  • Before leaving home:

    • Take a COVID test.

    • Consider getting vaccinated and boosted.

    • If you are not feeling well and are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, consider staying home.

    • Pack clean masks to wear indoors and during travel to the competition site.

  • While traveling:

    • Wear a mask in airports and while on public transportation.

    • Wash your hands frequently.

  • During the competition:

    • Wash your hands frequently.

    • Use hand sanitizer.

    • Wear well-fitted face masks

    • When possible during after-hour events, sit outside and/or practice social distancing.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (runny nose, body aches, loss of smell/taste, cough, chills, fever, etc) during your time at the competition, please isolate yourself and notify your site leaders.