Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for April 21, 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)

Scarlet Spring 5k

Scarlet Sprint

Student Life Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services’ annual Scarlet Sprint 5K is Saturday, April 22, at Fred Beekman Park near the basketball courts. The event benefits the Buckeye Food Alliance, Ohio State’s food pantry, and participants should bring at least one nonperishable food item to be donated. Registration will be from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the race will begin shortly after. All students, staff and community members are welcome to participate and walk, jog or run the race. For more information, email or call 614-292-0100.



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

Campus Campaign

Ohio State’s Campus Campaign continues through April 30. Here is what Steve Sipe of Student Life Dining Services has to say:

“Every year as Campus Campaign approaches, I frequently get asked ‘why donate?’ Until this past year, I was only able to propose a very generic response about giving back. However, since then I have been humbled seeing the vast difference that Campus Campaign makes in the lives of individuals every day. When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, it took a toll on me and my family, but we found peace of mind and an incredible support system in The James. Without Campus Campaign, many of the resources, funds, and organizations present at this hospital would not be possible and this is why I choose to donate to the James Cancer Research funds every year. I can confidently testify that even a small donation can have a direct impact on someone.”

Fulbright written above a drawing of a globe


Student Life GAA Marisa Lally has been chosen as a Fulbright Scholar for 2017-2018. Lally, working in Student Life’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services department, will graduate in May with her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She will spend the next year teaching at the National University of Columbia.

Also in Student Life Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services, Department Manager Dilnavaz Cama recently served as the keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at the inaugural Student Cities Summit, held in Cape Town, South Africa.  

Ohio State seal

President's Prize

Applications are now being accepted for the President’s Prize, providing two graduating seniors the crucial connections and financial support they need to advance innovative ideas for change in their first year after graduation. There is an applicant information session Monday, April 24, at 1 p.m. in the Ohio Union’s Student-Alumni Council Room.  Other information sessions are listed online. Applications are due Friday, July 14.

Commencement photo with students in caps and gowns doing O-H-I-O


Student Life traditionally plays a critical role in helping graduates, their families and guests at graduation. Volunteers are needed for the rehearsal on Friday, May 5, and Commencement on Sunday, May 7.  Contact Scott Boden ( by Friday, April 28, at 5 p.m.  



No parking sign

No Parking

The Ohio Union North Garage will close for renovation starting Monday, May 8, and is scheduled to reopen in time for Move-In in August. CampusParc says renovations include structural work, as well as replacements for the entrance and exit equipment. The Ohio Union South garage will continue to be available via keycard access after 4 p.m. only.  Other options for parking include: Arps Garage, South Campus Gateway Garage, 11th Avenue Garage and available surface parking. 


Cheryl Lyons (left) with Kay Pohlschneider accepting Res Life award


Student Life Residence Life recently held their annual Faculty/Staff programming celebration. The event recognizes outstanding programming in each of the four value areas: community, inclusion, wellness and learning. The Directors Award goes to Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider, Senior Lecturer in College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science (pictured with director Cheryl Lyons) for offering multiple programs in the residence halls again this year and continuing to be a sounding board for departmental questions needing a faculty member perspective. She has also served as a faculty mentor in STEP since its' inaugural year.

Sloopy's Sandwich Club


Congratulations to the winners of this year's Sloopy’s Sandwich Club:

Vern Granger - Classic Reuben
Anthony Stranges - Buffalo Chicken Wrap
William P. Blair III - Cuban
Deb Miller - Brutus Bacon Burger
Molly Ranz Calhoun - Classic Grilled Cheese
Christopher Travers - Hamburger
Dave Wilson - Turkey Club
Student-Alumni Council - Fried Chicken Sandwich  
The Ohio State University Dance Team - Turkey Burger
In memory of Patricia Cunningham- Big Fish Sandwich

Chef David Wolf


Student Life Dining Services Chef David Wolf recently took home an American Culinary Federation gold medal at the NACUFS Midwest Regional Conference at the University of Iowa. The mandatory ingredient was pork, and Chef Wolf prepared a spiced rubbed loin stuffed with apricots, served with chorizo sausage, bâtonnet medley of vegetables and an orange pomegranate sauce. He will compete against other regional winners in Nashville, Tennessee this summer.




Student Life Associate Vice President Molly Calhoun is the recipient of a Distinguished Staff Award. The honor is given annually to 12 individuals for their outstanding achievements, service, leadership and dedication to The Ohio State University.

In addition, Mount Leadership Society program coordinator Kathy Krajnak has been selected for the 2017 Staff Award for Excellence in Community Service Engagement. The award is presented by the Office of Outreach and Engagement, the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Service-Learning, the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Office of Student Life.