Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for February 5, 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)

Tour of campus with University Ambassador walking backwards with a group of parents and students

University Ambassadors

Applications are being accepted through Sunday, February 21, 2016, for University Ambassadors. These students, with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a graduation date no earlier than May, 2017, provide campus tours to high school students and special guests. More information, including details of upcoming info sessions, is online. Applications are also being accepted for University Hosts through Sunday, February 14. These positions require a graduation date no earlier than December, 2017. More information about being a University Host is online.

Sloopy's Sandwich Club

Sloopy's Sandwich Club

The 7th Annual Sloopy’s Diner Sandwich Club application is now available online. This award will honor individuals who embody the spirit of the Ohio Union and truly know what it is to be a Buckeye. Nominate a co-worker, a student employee, an alumni volunteer or anyone you think brings something special to the table at Ohio State. Nominations and applications are due February 28. Nomination forms are online. Email Molly Peirano ( with questions.

Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership written above color background boxes with M, S and L

Leadership Lab

The next “Leadership Lab” is Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Curl Viewpoint. The lab is a professional development series hosted by Student Life for all staff and faculty members interested in strengthening their approach to student leadership development. This month’s program includes an overview of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership from Dr. Anne McDaniel of the Center for the Study of Student Life and a presentation on operationalizing high impact practices with Kate Butler from Student Life’s Sorority and Fraternity Life. You can RSVP for Leadership Lab online.

Brutus Recycles, You Can Too on a sign held by Brutus Buckeye


March Recycling Madness is part of Recyclemania’s national competition between universities to increase recycling rates and awareness. Join your fellow Buckeyes and keep up the recycling momentum at Ohio State.  Remember: cups of any kind, food or takeout containers and napkins and paper towels are TRASH. Student Life’s Sustainability team can come to your next staff meeting to answer any recycling questions. They also have new stickers available with the updated recycling guidelines for your deskside recycling bins.  Contact: Carlos Lugo ( or visit

Journal of Counseling and Development cover


Research by Student Life’s Todd Gibbs of the Student Wellness Center and Ohio State professor of educational studies Darcy Haag Granello found even subtle differences in how you refer to people with mental illness can affect levels of tolerance. Their work is published in the January issue of The Journal of Counseling and Development. In this first-of-its-kind study, they found that participants showed less tolerance toward people who were referred to as “the mentally ill” when compared to those referred to as “people with mental illness.”

College Mentors for Kids with a smaller hand imposed inside a larger hand


Student Life’s Felix Alonso, Associate Director of Student Philanthropy, is a finalist for an Inspire Award hosted by College Mentors for Kids. Felix is one of five national finalists in the Education, Government and Nonprofit category. The awards recognize top mentors in the workplace and in the community. Winners will be announced later this month at an event in Indianapolis. Among other duties, Felix is the advisor for BuckeyeThon. The annual Dance Marathon supporting Nationwide Children’s Hospital (with an ultimate goal of ending childhood cancer) begins tonight (2/5) in the Ohio Union. 

OCPA Ohio College Personnel Association, with an outline map of the state of Ohio


The Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) recently gave the Student Life Wellness Coaching Program their Innovative Program award, and Adan Hussain from Student Life won OCPA’s New Professional Award. The Wellness award was in recognition of “innovative and effective approaches directed toward meeting the change needs of students.” The Mark G. Noffsinger New Professional Award goes to an individual who “serves as a role model to students and professionals, demonstrates creativity and innovation in the field with the potential for continued success.” This marks the second consecutive year that a Student Life staff member has won this award.

Your Plan for Health


All staff and faculty have until the end of February to complete the biometric screening to earn 200 bonus YP4H points. Student Life has two events scheduled this month: Tuesday, February 9 in Lincoln Tower and Wednesday, February 24 in Bowen House. Availability is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience. The appointment codes are:

February 9, 2016, at Lincoln - SL292016

February 24, 2016, at Bowen SL2242016

If you can’t complete a screening in February, you can still get 100 bonus points for completing it in March or April. 

Remember, employees must complete BOTH the biometric screening or a screening with primary care provider AND the online questionnaire portion before September 30, 2016, to choose their health plan and earn premium credit for 2017.

STEP-Second-year Transformational Experience program


The Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) Expo will be held in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union on Wednesday, February 17. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and see the transformational experiences that STEP students are engaging in through artistic and creative endeavors, service-learning and community service, study abroad, leadership, internships and/or undergraduate research. More information about the Expo is online.