Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for October 21, 2016

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)

Ohio State 4 Miler (2014) logo featuring the university's athletic spirit mark, a football in the middle of the numeral 4 and the phrase "finish on the 50" with football yard stripes at the bottom


During the Ohio State Four-Miler event on Sunday (10/23), Cannon, between Herrick and Woody Hayes, will be closed 7 a.m.–noon. All lanes of Woodruff, Woody Hayes, Herrick, College, 19th, 17th, and sections of 12th, Tuttle and Neil, will be closed 9 a.m. – noon. From 7 – 9 a.m., the Campus Loop North will be rerouted via Herrick Dr. From 9 a.m. – noon, the Campus Loop North and Buckeye Village routes will be suspended. Significant traffic delays and limited parking availability are anticipated. During the Four-Miler, vehicular traffic will not be able to enter/exit areas located within the event route, including Tuttle, Northwest and Neil Ave. parking garages.  More information is available online.

Sexual Civility and Empowerment Committee


Student Life’s Sexual Civility and Empowerment invites all students, staff, faculty and administration to participate in the newly renamed Sexual Civility and Empowerment Committee (formerly known as the Sexual Violence Committee) on Wednesday, November 2, from 12:45-2:15 p.m. in Houston House 1874 Room. This is an educational meeting that offers an overview of services provided by Student Life Sexual Civility and Empowerment regarding the prevention of sexual violence and victim/survivor support. This session offers context for allies to provide support, advocacy and education to others. Please email Natalie Fiato at for more information.

Your Plan for Health


Open enrollment is November 1-15 when you can assess your benefit options and make changes to your current enrollment. The Office of Human Resources is offering webinars and in-person forums to explain the extensive 2017 changes. You can register and access links online. Student Life HR will stream the presentations on these dates (no registration needed).

Tuesday, October 25, from 12-1:30pm, Lincoln 128D
Tuesday, November 1, from 12-1:30pm, Ohio Union Senate Chamber Room
Tuesday, November 8, from 1-2:30, Ohio Union Maudine Cow Room

More information and resources will be available online beginning Monday.

Data analytics month at Ohio State


The first annual Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State runs Thursday, October 26, through Thursday, November 20.  The series of workshops, lectures, challenges and events focuses on data analytics and decision science, from privacy issues to how-to demonstrations to interactive art installations. All members of the Ohio State community are invited. More information is online or email

Medical Disposal Day 2016 showing a trash can with pills and pill bottles

Drug Take Back

Student Life Student Health Services is hosting a Drug Take Back Day on Thursday, October 27, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Wilce Student Health Center pharmacy. Drug take back days are an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted or unused medications. It is extremely important to dispose of medications in a secure manner to prevent drug diversion and to keep the people in our communities safe and healthy. Student Life, Generation Rx, the Ohio State Police Division and the College of Pharmacy are coordinating the event. More information is online.   

Alumni Awards 2016


BuckeyeThon has won the Ohio State Alumni Association’s E. Gordon Gee Spirit of Ohio State Award. The association is celebrating more than 50 years of excellence by honoring alumni and others who have brought extraordinary credit to Ohio State. The Gee Spirit of Ohio State award is presented to those who demonstrate devotion to Ohio State and who promote school spirit with integrity and honor. The association notes that these important traits are ones found in the university’s greatest and most accomplished alumni and friends.

Buckeye Leadership Fellows group photo (2016)


The application period for prospective Buckeye Leadership Fellows for the 2017-2019 cohort is open now through until Monday, October 31.  BLF is a diverse and select multidisciplinary program, encompassing a rigorous personal, professional and leadership development co-curricular experience spanning across four semesters.  Interested students may apply during their sophomore year.           

More information about BLF is online. Contact Beth Johnson at

Dine Originals Columbus with a knife as the "I" in dine.

Restaurant Weekend

Students, faculty and staff can discover some of Columbus' best independent eateries during Dine Originals' Ohio State Restaurant Weekend, now through Sunday, October 23.  Restaurants will feature original prix-fixe menus ranging from $15 to $20.

You can see all the participating restaurants and menus online

Heart shape-cartoon


Student Life employees are constantly receiving praise from the people they serve, and many students, parents and others take the time to write notes of gratitude. Among those recently thanked are South District Housekeeping’s Tracy Head, with a Canfield Hall resident writing that she has “a wonderful attitude, she is amazing at her job.” And a parent wrote to commend South District Housekeeping’s Reggie Shaw for being “an outstanding representative of your institution. A calm professional who couldn’t do enough to help us…”