Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for January 23, 2015

News and information for the Student Life family of The Ohio State University, distributed every other Friday. Submit material by noon Tuesday to Dave Isaacs (.84)

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Last Lecture

Mortar Board presents the Last Lecture Series with Student Life’s Dr. D'Andra Mull on Monday, January 26 from 7-8 p.m. in 130 Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall. Open to the entire Buckeye community, Mortar Board is facilitating this amazing opportunity to engage with one of The Ohio State University’s most influential figures as she conducts her "last lecture" on a topic near and dear to her heart. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary, but they would appreciate any book donations appropriate for students K-12 in support of the Reading is Leading Initiative. Contact Varun Rawal at with any questions.

Staff development

Staff Career Development Grants

The Staff Career Development Grant provides staff with an opportunity to further their growth and development by investing in themselves.

Eligible staff can apply for a grant of up to $1,000 and groups of two or more staff can apply for a grant of up to $1,500. Grants, awarded by the Office of Human Resources in partnership with the University Staff Advisory Committee, can be used for education and training costs related to job and/or career goals. Funds can be used toward professional development expenses, including registration fees, travel costs, training materials and other opportunities associated with learning and development.

More information is online.

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Toy Donations

The Ohio State University Sport Clubs through Student Life’s Recreational Sports partnered with the Marine Corps for Toys for Tots, an annual holiday toy drive. This year, 58 clubs participated, collecting 1,367 toys.  Both the Judo Club and the Women’s Volleyball Club collected 120 toys per team, more than any other participating club. Since the drive started five years ago, Toys for Tots has collected over 6,000 toys through this Student Life sponsored effort.

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Clothes Donations

Student Life and Goodwill Columbus recently collaborated on the #BuckeyesClothesOut clothing drive to help support programs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers. The drive was a great success, collecting 1,600 pounds of donations. These donations will be sold at Goodwill Columbus locations in Central Ohio. The money earned from these items will help support Goodwill’s Workforce Development programs.

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad (Cyber) Wolf?

Do you shudder when you hear the term “cyber security”? Do you think it doesn’t apply to you? If you use a credit or debit card, smartphone, tablet or personal computer, then you should learn how to keep you and your family safe from cyber criminals. One easy way to protect yourself is to read OUCH!, a free monthly security awareness newsletter for computer users, published by the SANS Institute. The current issue of OUCH! discusses mobile app security – how to safely download apps, tips on protecting your privacy when using apps and more. OUCH! is available online. More information is on the Student Life Technology Services website.

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Student Life and USG are holding an interactive dialogue to address issues concerning retention, mental health and inclusion of minority students on Monday, January 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the MLK Lounge of Hale Hall. Student Life leaders Dr. Patty Cunningham, Dr. Micky Sharma, Dr. Mitsu Narui and Cheryl Lyons are among the panelists. More information is online.

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Be Honored

You’re invited to submit a nomination for this year’s Student Life Student Employee Award. This award recognizes those students who demonstrate outstanding performance in their employment role. Any Student Life staff member may submit nominations online. Nominations are due by February 2. Student self-nominations are not accepted. Up to ten recipients will be recognized at the annual Leadership Awards Celebration held in April. More information is on the Leadership Awards website.

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Even More Honors

Morgan Bell, Graduate Administrative Associate with the Ohio Union and the Office of Student Life was recently appointed as the Student Representative and Board of Trustees member for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). ACUI is the leading professional association for college union professionals in higher education and student affairs. Morgan is a first year Masters student in Ohio State's Higher Education and Student Affairs program and serves as a graduate advisor to the Ohio Union Activities Board.

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More Honors

Student Life’s Bowen Marshall has received the Mark G. Noffsinger New Professional Award from OCPA, the Ohio College Personnel Association. The award goes to an individual with three years or less of experience in the profession who “serves as a role model to students and professionals, demonstrates creativity and innovation in the field with the potential for continued success.” The award has been given since 1981, and Bowen is the first winner from Ohio State.

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Congratulations to Student Life Career Counseling and Support Services Associate Director Ana Berrios-Allison, Ph.D. for receiving the Charles "Chuck" Weaver Award for service at the recent All Ohio Counselor’s Conference. As stated in the nomination form, “the recipient of this award has and continues to show consistent and distinguished service to the counseling profession and exemplary caring for people.”