Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for February 1, 2019

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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Science Access Leadership

Student Life’s Anna Voelker is planning the upcoming SciAccess Conference in conjunction with her work as a 2018 President’s Prize winner. The conference, June 28 and 29 at Ohio State, will explore ways in which science and STEAM can be made more accessible for all. Registration is now open online until April 25, 2019. The conference will feature keynote speakers Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned autism advocate, and Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer. Applications are also being accepted online for speakers and presentations through March 25.

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Benefits and Wellness Leadership

The USAC Staff Benefits and Wellness Expo will be Tuesday, March 19, in the Ohio Union’s Archie M. Griffin Ballroom. The vendor expo will run from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with wellness breakout sessions from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Biometric screenings will also be offered between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can register for the screenings online.

Student Life Leadership Awards apply now over Columbus skyline

Leadership Awards

Over the past 50 years, The Ohio State University has honored and recognized thousands of students, organizations and advisors who demonstrate leadership, collaboration and a commitment to our Buckeye community. This year’s Student Life Leadership Awards will be presented on Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m. Any Ohio State student, faculty or staff member is eligible. Apply or nominate an outstanding Buckeye online.  Applications close Monday, February 11, at 11:59 p.m.

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Leadership Advocates

Student Leadership Advocates (SLA), a cohort in the Office of Student Life, is accepting applications from undergraduate students. SLA provides experiential leadership education and training. SLA members receive certification to facilitate leadership workshops around campus and in the Columbus community. Applications are due Sunday, February 17, and forms are available online. Info sessions are scheduled on Monday, February 4, from 7-8 p.m. in the Ohio Union Milestones Room and on Tuesday, February 5, from 7-8 p.m. in the Ohio Union Creative Arts Room. More information is available online.

Student Life Bowling Outing 2019 with drawing of pins over a bowling ball

Bowling Leaders

The 2019 Student Life Bowling Outing is Friday, April 5, at Capri Bowling Lanes near 161 and I-71. You can form a team of six or be paired with other Student Life employees. Bowling and pizza is $15, or $5 for just pizza. RSVP by Friday, March 29. For more information call 614-247-1669 or email Aubrie Smith.4488.

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Lost Leaders

Beginning today, Friday, February 1, the university-wide lost and found will be located at the Ohio Union Information Center. Stop by during regular building hours to turn in or claim lost items. For more information, visit or contact the Ohio Union by email at or by phone at 614-688-4636. Please note that some venues have their own lost and found offices specific to their location.


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LGBTQ Friendly Leadership

Ohio State has been recognized as one of the 25 Most LGBTQ Friendly Colleges of 2019 by College Consensus. The list recognizes “colleges and universities that have made a concerted effort to make their community a safe place for all students.” The organization credits the work done by the Student Life Multicultural Center for enhancing “awareness of the many issues faced by those who wish to live as their authentic lives in a less traditional gender identity.”


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Recreational Leadership

Student Life Recreational Sports is ranked number two in the nation on a list of 50 Great College Gymnasiums and Recreation Centers for 2019 by the website Great Value Colleges. The organization surveyed respected publications and websites that specialize in education or fitness. They say Rec Sports is nationally ranked on “an incredible 11 out of 14 methodology lists.” Great Value Colleges was especially impressed that “the college can offer world-leading recreational activities to such a large student body…ensuring that students can always get fit.” Only the University of Missouri ranked higher.

Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs 2019

Professional Leadership

Ohio State’s Office of Student Life has again been named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. This is the fifth year in a row for this recognition. With a focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices and work environment, the research uses a web-based survey approach to examine categories including family friendliness, salary/benefits and professional development opportunities. More information is online.