Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for March 24, 2017

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)

Facilities website screen shot


Student Life Facilities has a new website. It’s now This is the new departmental website for Building & Mechanical Services, Environmental Services, Facility Planning & Design, Facility Services and Risk and Emergency Management. is no longer in use. The following “go links” can be used for the most popular portions of the site. Need to enter a service request?
Visit Need to enter a key request? Visit

Substance Use and Misuse cover


Center for the Study of Student Life’s Dr. Anne McDaniel co-authored an article in Substance Use and Misuse on “Sexual Orientation and College Students’ Reasons for Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs” using data from the Center’s College Prescription Drug Study. The article finds that students identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual students are more likely to report nonmedical use of prescription drugs than heterosexual students and explores reasons for their higher rates of misuse. The results provide insights into how to educate and intervene with students at higher-risk of misusing prescription drugs.

Campus Campaign (2017) with Your Gift Does More...the "o" in gift is a buckeye


Ohio State’s Campus Campaign is underway. Here is one donor’s story: Mary Beth Baker, Wilce Student Health/Dental Clinic.  “I am honored to work with Campus Campaign for my second year.  I donate to the Terry D. and Cindy O’Connell STAR House Support Fund (#314768).  The OSU STAR House is a drop in facility for homeless youth between the ages of 14-24. The facility helps our youth with food, clothing, a place to rest, laundry, showers, healthcare, substance abuse counseling, job seeking skills and education support.  I have personally been to the facility and witnessed the amazing work they do for youth in need in our community.  I know these young adults are our future and I can only hope that my giving can impact their lives.”

Sexual Civility and Empowerment (SCE) Ambassadors group photo


Applications are being accepted for students to serve as Sexual Civility and Empowerment (SCE) Ambassadors to present sessions on sexual violence for the First Year Success Series (FYSS), Second-Year Transformational Experience program (STEP) and other SCE events throughout the school year. More information is online. Email Ashley Gerlach at with questions.


Survivor Gala (2017) on a textured background


Office of Student Life Sexual Civility and Empowerment invites you to the Sexual Civility and Empowerment Committee (SCEC) on Wednesday, April 5, in Meeting Room #3, RPAC from 12:45-2:15 p.m. This end of the year celebration is an opportunity to work on a group art piece for the Survivor Gala (April 11) in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Food and beverage will be provided. Please email SCEC professional co-chair, Natalie Fiato at for more information.

ACUI with interlocking lines


Student Life’s Jeff Pelletier has been inaugurated as president of ACUI, a professional association that focuses primarily on the work of those in college unions and student activities. Ohio State was a founding member of ACUI. In addition, Jeff served on the ACUI Future of the Brand Task Force that created a new visual identity for the organization. You can watch a video about its creation online.



Student Life Recreational Sports received a number of recognitions at the recent NIRSA conference near Washington D.C. Richard “JR” Rathjens and Charles Duane Anderson were recognized for their outstanding leadership and dedication as members of the Host Committee for the 2016 NIRSA National Basketball Championships. Rec Sports Director Don Stenta and Elon University’s Cara McFadden were honored for their vision and exemplary leadership as co-editors of the Student Leadership Development through Recreation and Athletics sourcebook. 

LendEDU in circle with upside down "y" graphic


Student Life’s Scarlet and Gray Financial program has been rated in the top 10 in the nation by LendEDU in their list of the Top 50 College Financial Literacy Programs. The study looked at hundreds of colleges and universities that are known to have a financial literacy program and ranked them based on the number of workshops and resources available, access to one-on-one financial consultation and incentivizing programs available. The report, which listed Scarlet and Gray at #7, singled out Ohio State for having a high number of peer counselors.

Voter Friendly Campus with a star for the O in voter


Ohio State has been designated a “Voter Friendly Campus” by NASPA and the Campus Vote Project. The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to celebrate efforts that help students engage in the democratic process. They cite the work of Student Life’s OSU Votes program for helping Ohio State earn this distinction. Last fall, OSU Votes ambassadors encouraged more than 4,000 students to register, vote early, vote absentee and bring their correct identification to the polls.

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Registration is open for Pelotonia 17. This grassroots movement began in 2009 with one goal: end cancer. Since then, Pelotonia has donated 100% of every dollar raised—over $130 million to date—to support cancer research at Ohio State. We invite you to join Team Buckeye—Ohio State Student Life as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer. Riders are at the heart of the Pelotonia movement. They will be fundraising and cycling on routes of between 25 and 180 miles on Aug. 5-6. Virtual riders fundraise and build the Pelotonia community without getting on a bicycle. Volunteers are essential to Pelotonia’s operations and help promote the Pelotonia spirit throughout the weekend of the event. Register online as a volunteer, virtual rider or rider at For more information contact Student Life’s Kurt Foriska (Foriska.1)