Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for December 14, 2018

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)

Graduation Survey-Ohio State with a cap and gown and confetti

Graduation Survey

The deadline for all autumn 2018 graduates to take the Ohio State University Graduation Survey is Monday, December 17. The feedback offered about experiences while at Ohio State allows Student Life and the university to enhance the student experience for future Buckeyes. For more information, please visit Please contact with any questions.

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

Drug Take Back

You can now dispose of unused or expired medications in a safe, legal and environmentally-friendly way through a new, permanent DEA-approved drug take back box at the Wilce Student Health Center Pharmacy. It is available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for all students, faculty and staff. Do not remove labels. Syringes, liquids and lotions cannot be accepted. More information can be found online

NASPA-ACPA 2019 conference book cover draft


Student Life staff planning to make presentations at this spring’s NASPA or ACPA conferences are encouraged to submit details so the information can be included in the annual Ohio State conference guide. The deadline is Friday, December 21. Fill out the requested information online. Also requested are details of any award of any kind, and publication of material in a peer-reviewed publication in 2018. Contact Student Life’s Chase Moore at

Energy with a drawing of a sun, part of the Ohio State Energy Partners mark


Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) contributes $810,000 annually to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes as part of its academic collaboration with Ohio State. Working with OSEP, the Energy Academic Collaboration Council is engaging the Ohio State community in a request for proposals that help advance important priorities while promoting inter-college and community collaboration. Proposals must be submitted by a current Ohio State student, faculty or staff member and cannot focus on coal or political advocacy. More information is online. This fund supported Student Life’s Collegiate Recovery Community and a number of Student Life sustainability initiatives last year. 

Beanie (Edward S.) Drake Endowment Fund


Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the Edward S. “Beanie” Drake scholarship. It provides funds that enable deserving students to participate in campus activities when need might otherwise make it impossible for them to do so. These funds are solicited in the form of donations from student organizations of The Ohio State University. Applications are available online.

Recreational Sports Free Week

Free Rec

Student Life Recreational Sports is offering free access to all Rec Sports facilities December 16-22 for all university faculty and staff. Free Week includes access to six state-of-the-art facilities, over 90 acres of outdoor facility space and family hours. Visit the Rec Sports website for more information on how to activate your free week pass online and view facility hours online.

Buckeye leaf drawing in red


The Distinguished Staff Awards recognize and celebrate staff who have made an impact at The Ohio State University. It is the highest honor bestowed upon Ohio State staff members. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 18, at 5 p.m. Read more or make a nomination online.

The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Awards celebrate diversity efforts at Ohio State and reward individuals and groups for their commitment to diversity. Honorees are recognized for their impact in making diversity and inclusiveness a part of university best practices by changing daily operations, program components or cultural awareness on the basis of any diversity qualities. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 18, at 5 p.m. Read more or make a nomination online.

Hunter Hartwig headshot


Student Life’s Hunter Hartwig recently received the Gayle Webb New Professional Award from the Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA.) The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession during an individual’s first three years in the field of sorority and fraternity life.  Winners are judged on achievements in their professional experience, AFA contributions and outstanding projects, programs and/or initiatives. Hunter is assistant director of Student Life Sorority and Fraternity Life and works directly with the Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council and serves as a liaison to 15 of our chapters. 

Ugly Christmas sweaters being worn by a group of people


Student Life Energy Management and Sustainability is holding their annual Ugly Sweater Contest to promote energy savings and the #2DegreePledge to turn down your thermostat this winter. Take a picture of your team wearing sweaters and send it to or post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #2DegreePledge and tagging @greenbuckeyes. All submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 28. This year’s competition will feature winners for two categories: “Ugliest Collection” and best use of the theme “Warm Buckeyes.”

Buckeye Clothes Out with a hashtag symbol


Clean out closets and storage spaces and donate your gently used clothing and shoes. On Tuesday, December 18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Student Life's Energy Management and Sustainability — in collaboration with Goodwill Columbus — will have drop-off bins in the turn-off lane at the Drake Performance Hall and Event Center. More information is online or contact Student Life’s Carlos Lugo (lugo.7). The #BuckeyeClothesOut drive for students in residence halls ends today.