Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for October 31, 2014

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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Life in Motion=Good Grades

Getting in a physical work out can be good for not only your body, but also your mind. A new study conducted at Ohio State found that the GPAs of students who participated in Student Life’s Recreational Sports group fitness classes and intramural sports had higher GPAs than students who did not participate.

The research was conducted by Student Life's Center for the Study of Student Life. More information about the study is available online.




TEDxOhioStateUniversity 2015 is looking for speakers. You can apply or nominate someone online.

Centered on Technology, Entertainment and Design, TEDxOhioStateUniversity provides an interactive platform that highlights interdisciplinary storytelling from the Buckeye community in the hope of sharing captivating ideas, encouraging conversation and creating a positive atmosphere for change. This academic year’s event will tentatively take place on Saturday, February 14 at Mershon Auditorium. The theme is “The Human Narrative.”

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Bucks for Charity

Bucks for Charity, the annual charitable drive to benefit the Central Ohio community is under way until November 14. Student Life’s goal for this year is a 15.5% participation rate. If you have not already and would like to donate please do so by visiting Questions? Feel free to contact Aubrie Smith (.4488) or Chaz Jennings (.254)

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College Mental Health

The American Psychological Association has released a publication focusing on the role mental health plays in learning. The "Strategic Primer on College Student Mental Health" -- published by the APA, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the American Council on Education -- explains that mental health issues are a "critical component" of ensuring students' success.

"Mental and behavioral health problems are also learning problems,” Student Life’s Louise Douce, APA board member and co-author of the publication, stated. “Given the complex relationships among mental health, problematic health behaviors, learning, campus safety and the quality of the learning environment, mental and behavioral health should be a strategic priority on every campus.”

Intersectionality and Higher Education book cover


Student Life’s Mitsu Narui has been published in a new textbook, Intersectionality and Higher Education: Theory, Research and Praxis. Dr. Narui is assistant director for Academic Initiatives and Assessment in Student Life’s Multicultural Center. She wrote the chapter, “Hidden Populations and Intersectionality: When Race and Sexual Orientation Collide.” One reviewer said, “The authors illuminate the experiences of underexplored identities in higher education, call for us to recognize that no one can be reduces to one or two identities, and provide us with the tools to do so.”

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Supply Drive

Student Life is part of the Collection Drive for Urban Scholars. Donations of school, household and infant supplies will be accepted from Monday, November 3, through Thursday, November 6, in the Student Life Multicultural Center.

This drive is part of a competition coordinated by Columbus State Community College. Student groups from various universities are collecting supplies that can transform the lives of students at the Academy for Urban Scholars, a non-traditional school for students ages 14-22. Student Life is sponsoring a group of students there. More information, including a list of needed items, is online under “Documents.”

If you have any questions about the service project, please contact Spencer Harris at

WhatPill written on the side of a capsule

Tech Competition Winners

Two Student Life Technology Services student employees, Claudius Mbemba and Parimal Rane, are part of a team that won first place in Purdue University’s recent BoilerMake tech competition. Entering the category of "Best Healthcare Hack," they created an iPhone app, "Whatpill," that allows patients to better identify their pills and to get more in-depth info on a certain drug, all with the simple snap of a picture.

More information is online.

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Screening and Intervention

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery at Ohio State will host a webinar next week on Screening and Brief Interventions on Campus: Lessons Learned, Overcoming Challenges and Making it Happen. The webinar will be Friday, November 7, from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $50.

The science behind the impact of screening and brief interventions in the college setting will be briefly reviewed, as well as selecting a screening tool, implementation, common barriers and how to overcome them and future directions (including screening for marijuana).

It's On Us

It’s On Us

Undergraduate Student Government (USG) invites all faculty and staff members to join Ohio State students in taking a stand against sexual assault.  As part of the national “It’s On Us” campaign, Ohio State community members can take a pledge to make a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. Taking the pledge is simple and fast, and it is a meaningful way for the entire campus community to stand together on this very important issue. For more information and to take the pledge, visit For information about sexual assault resources at Ohio State visit

StrengthsFinder-the book


You are invited to a one-day "Strengths Educator" training on Wednesday, November 19, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Ohio Union. StrengthsFinder, the Gallup Organization’s strengths assessment tool, gives people the opportunity to develop strengths by building on their greatest talents – the way in which they most naturally think, feel and behave as unique individuals. 

This one-day “train the trainer” program will prepare instructors, advisors, student affairs administrators, faculty and counselors to present strengths-based workshops and implement a StrengthsFinder program. The cost for the training is $150 per person. For more information, contact James Larcus at