Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for March 20, 2015

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)

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers

A new session of Weight Watchers at Wilce is just underway. Ohio State has now partnered with Weight Watchers to offer a discount to employees for the cost of the meetings. Please contact Selene Carpenter at 614-688-3798 or for more information.

My Plate-Celebrate Nuitrition Month with a hashtag formed out of beans

My Plate

Mini health fairs as part of Nutrition Month are scheduled at the RPAC for March 25 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and March 30 (3-5 p.m.) Organized by Student Life’s Dining Services and Student Wellness Center, the events will feature games, healthy food samples and other giveaways. There is also an opportunity to meet and ask questions of Student Life dietitians and nutrition students.

The Student Life Dining Services social media campaign continues. Simply take a photo of your balanced plate with at least one fruit or vegetable and two other food groups including milk/milk alternatives, protein or grain. Post your pic to Twitter or Instagram (#MyPlateOSU) to be eligible for special prizes.

LeaderShape logo


Cluster Facilitator applications are now being accepted for the 2015 LeaderShape Institute – Ohio State. LeaderShape is a six day, residential, life-changing experience that focuses on teaching students to lead with integrity.

All Ohio State faculty, staff and graduate/professional students are eligible to apply for Cluster Facilitator positions. You can apply online. Applications are due by Monday March 23, at 11:59 p.m. Contact Matt with questions.

OWLs with birds doing O-H-I-O and the words "Buckeyes Flock Together" and "Ohio State Welcome Leader"


Applications for the 2015 OWL Coordinator are being accepted from students now. This position will help develop leadership skills, interpersonal communication skills and a greater connection with Ohio State. OWLs have the opportunity to influence the move-in experience of thousands of Ohio State students and be able to move in early. Interested incoming students can apply online today and follow the instructions on the website.  Applications are due on March 31. If you have questions please contact

Hult Prize (2015) Early Childhood Education showing children in a classroom


Student Life student employee Claudius Mbemba (SL Technology Services) is on an Ohio State team selected to compete for the Hult Prize regional finals in San Francisco. The challenge is to provide better education for children in third world countries. Claudius and his team are building a learning management system to be deployed on tablets so children can have access to instructional content regardless of their family's ability to pay. It will be piloted in Ohio, Kenya and Brazil.

ASERVIC, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, & Religious Values in Counseling

More Awards

Dr. Luis Cruz-Ortega of Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service has received 2014-2015 ASERVIC Pine Biggs Award for scholarly contributions to Counseling and Values for the article he co-wrote, “Religious orientation and ethnic identity as predictors of religious coping among bereaved individuals.” ASERVIC is the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, & Religious Values in Counseling.

OUAB-the Ohio Union Activites Board


Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) was recently recognized by the Ohio State University Department of Public Safety with a Citizen’s Award in recognition of their significant and valuable support of campus safety. In partnership with Student Life Risk and Emergency Management, OUAB worked to develop emergency response plans for all of their events including a standard message given at major indoor events aimed at educating event participants on evacuation procedures and a standard format for volunteer briefings which includes a significant safety focus. OUAB was recognized for displaying true leadership by incorporating a culture of safety throughout the event planning and management process.

Zia Ahmed recieving the Young Lion award

The Young Lion

Student Life Dining Services Director Zia Ahmed has received the 2015 Young Lion-Noncommercial Operator Award presented by Foodservice Equipment Reports. This award recognizes and honors younger equipment and supplies professionals who have already made a significant impact on the industry. “The future of any industry or market is dependent on the energy, expertise and commitment of its emerging leaders,” said FER Publisher Robin Ashton, in announcing the award. “We believe Zia’s dedication, vitality, creativity and intelligence will serve as an example that will help inspire others in the business.”

Student Life 5K for Families

Donate. Run. Have Fun.

Join the Office of Student Life’s 5K for Families, Sunday, March 29, at 9:30 a.m. (registration 8 a.m.) on the Lower West RPAC Plaza. This 5K gives students, faculty, staff and their families a chance to give back to our local community. Entry is free, however, participants are asked to donate at least two articles of clothing in various sizes suitable for families or a minimum of $5 cash. Please drop-off donations the day of the event during registration. All donations will be given to local shelters supporting families. For your in-kind donation you will receive a “5K for Families” t-shirt!

Go online for information or to preregister. Volunteers are needed, too. Contact Student Life Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement at 614-292-0100 or Kelly

Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis


The Student Life Multicultural Center’s Dr. Mitsu Narui has an article published in the current edition of the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis. Her article is entitled “Independent Study: How Three Doctoral Students Tackled Issues Recruiting Participants and Collecting Data with Historically Underrepresented Populations." She and two colleagues “outline challenges that we faced when conducting qualitative research on three different historically underrepresented populations, i.e., Asian/American gay, lesbian, bisexual students, doctoral students of color and black students at HBCUs, and how we addressed those challenges in order to complete our respective research studies.”