Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for March 21, 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)

Yoga class with Rec Sports

Rec Sports: Yoga, Massage and Scholarships

  •  Whether you're in work clothes, school clothes or workout gear, come to Student Life's Rec Sports's Yoga As You Are, held Wednesdays through April 23 from 12:45 - 1:15 p.m. in Dance Room 1 at the Ohio Union.
  • Get a massage with Rec Sports in the month of March at the RPAC and you're entered to win a relaxation gift basket, complete with a $50 Cameron Mitchell gift card. View hours and learn more about our massage therapists.
  • Rec Sports offers scholarships for students who demonstrate leadership, professional development and service. Information is online. The deadline to apply is April 1.
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New Webinar on Assessment

A new webinar is available from the Center for the Study of Student Life. It's titled "Evaluation and Assessment," and explores the role of evaluation and assessment in Student Affairs, and shows how to get these two related but distinct activities started in your department. The topic is especially important for accountability and telling your story with data. The complete list of CSSL webinars is online.  

Alumni Awards

Speaking of Award Nominations…

The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the Alumni Awards. The program celebrates more than 50 years of excellence by honoring alumni and others who have brought extraordinary credit to Ohio State. You can nominate a prospect, friend or family member who has given extra time, service and support to students and/or Ohio State. Habiba Kamagate (, 2-0740) is coordinating the nominations sent to the Alumni Association on behalf of Student Life and will be accepting your recommendations and/or nominations through Monday, March 24, 2014. More information is online.

Disability Services 40th anniversary

Disability Services Nominations Sought

Student Life Disability Services is accepting nominations for the annual Dick Maxwell Award and the Celina Irby Award until March 28, 2014.

The Maxwell Award is presented to any staff or faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to a student with a disability or to Disability Services. All full-time or part-time faculty and staff members at The Ohio State University are eligible to receive this award. Maxwell nomination forms are available online.

The Celina Irby Award is presented to a student employee of Disability Services who has demonstrated a positive attitude, given exemplary assistance and provided dedicated service to students with disabilities. No more than one nomination per person will be accepted (i.e., one person cannot nominate several individuals). Irby Nomination forms are online.

Both awards will be presented at the annual Disability Services Recognition Reception on April 10.

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Student Life Bowling Outing

The 11th annual Student Life Bowling Outing is Friday, April 11, at Capri Lanes. Bowling will begin at noon, followed by trophy and raffle prices at 4 p.m. Bowling is $15, pizza and prize eligibility for $5. Payment will be accepted in the form of cash or check at the registration table on the day of the event only.

RSVP your team to Aubrie Smith (, or 7-1669) by April 3.

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STEM Students with Diversabilities

Student Life Disability Services and others are sponsoring "Building Momentum in STEM Research," a poster research forum for STEM students with diversabilities, on Monday, March 31, from 12 noon-3 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Ohio Union. The forum will exhibit the breadth and depth of STEM research accomplished by students with diversabilities, a group underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.  Opening remarks by Lois Harris, Director Office of Student Life Disability Services and Margo Vreeburg-Izzo, Director of Transition Services at Nisonger Center.

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Tax Help Available

The national IRS program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), is offering free tax preparation support to all students on Friday, March 28 (1:30-5:30 p.m.), Saturday, March 29 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Friday, April 4 (2:30-6:30 p.m.) at the Digital Lab in the Union. Students will have access to trained assistance and resources to aid in electronic filing. More information is available online.  

Jack Hanna

Join Jack Hanna for Breakfast

The Columbus Zoo's Jack Hanna will be the featured speaker at the Environmental Professionals Network monthly breakfast on Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 a.m. in the Ohio Union's Archie Griffin Ballroom. He will speak on sustainability and conservation topics and will bring animals. Student registration online. AEP Ohio is funding 600 students to attend the breakfast for free. Faculty, staff and non-OSU attendees can sign up for the breakfast for $10 online, and sign up here.  

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to share their green actions and photos on the sustainability social media platform myActions/Columbus.  Each action posted generates a donation to the Columbus Zoo.  For more information contact David Hanselmann  (     

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If you haven't seen it already, check out this year's music video from the students and staff at Park-Stradley. (Or watch it again to help push up their numbers.) The video is guaranteed to make you "Happy." The song by Pharrell Williams promotes the idea of being happy and finding your own happiness. The Park Stradley video is intended to highlight wellness, community and Buckeye pride, and you may see some people you know.