Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for April 17, 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)

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Assessment Course

Have you ever “had a hunch” about the behavior of your students but didn’t quite know how to tell the story? Do you want to increase your ability to make data-informed decisions across various aspects of your job? Are you interested in developing transferrable skills related to assessment and evaluation?

Center for the Study of Student Life Executive Director Dr. Rob Aaron is teaching an Assessment in Higher Education (HESA 7576) course on Wednesday mornings this summer (May 13-July 29) from 9 a.m. to noon. The course is designed for current grad students and full-time higher education professionals. Contact Rob (, 614-247-6220) for more information.

High five


  • Student Life’s Dr. Patty Cunningham will receive the Staff Award for Excellence in Community Service Engagement at next month’s Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards ceremony. The award recognizes those who have rendered exceptional outreach and/or engagement through their personal and professional commitment to service.
  • The Student Life Multicultural Center’s Annabelle Estera has won the 2015 Ruth C. Bailey Award from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for her innovative collaboration and commitment to the Asian/Asian American community. The award recognizes Buckeyes who demonstrate a significant contribution toward multicultural interaction and understanding.
  • ODI also selected MCC student associate Michael Grundich for a Student Research grant for his senior thesis project, the Oasis Water Contamination Solution in Cameroon, Africa.


The first Student Life Peloton fundraiser of the year is a one hour Hot Yoga class on April 24, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Harbor Yoga Studio (4325 West Dublin Granville Road). The minimum donation is $15. All levels are welcome, but space is limited.

More information is online, or donate directly to Team Buckeye Student Life Peloton online.

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Reading Day

Students can rest, refuel and prepare for finals on Reading Day, April 28, 2015. A class-free day held at the end of each semester, Reading Day allows students to study and prepare for finals. The Office of Student Life has several events planned to help students get ready for their upcoming final exams. Study rooms are available all day at Royer, RPAC and the Ohio Union. Among the activities are sessions to ease stress in a variety of ways, study breaks and free food. More information is online.

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Bowling Winners

The best bowlers in Student Life are from Fiscal Support Services. At the recent Student Life Bowling Outing, the trophy for best individual male went to Frank Grubb, while the best female was Pam LaPlante. The winning team was comprised of members from Environmental Services and Building and Mechanical Services: Joe Marshall, Jess Carithers, Todd Guillozet, Shawn Middleton, Steve Moulder and Jacob Smithson.  

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Performance Management

Student Life Human Resources is offering Performance Management training for supervisors in May. The Office of Student Life believes in the importance of employee development, engagement and a commitment to a high performance culture. This blended learning course reinforces the performance management philosophy of the Office of Student Life and provides supervisors with the training and tools to effectively manage a performance cycle from goal development to evaluation. 

More information and registration is online.

Tobacco Free

Tobacco Litter Clean-up

As part of its ongoing commitment to a tobacco-free campus, Ohio State is hosting its third annual tobacco litter clean-up on its Columbus campus Friday, April 24, from 3:30-5 p.m. The clean-up serves to keep our community clean and to provide important data to the tobacco-free initiative. Volunteers will meet at the Women’s Fieldhouse between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m.

More information and registration is online.