Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for April 7, 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)

Football helmet


Ohio State employees have the opportunity to buy tickets for the spring football game at a discounted price. Seats are general admission and $4.50 each. The game starts around 12:30 p.m. (no lacrosse game is scheduled before the spring game). Use this link with code word: OSUEMPLOYEE. More information is online.  

Tailgate--Scarlet Gray and Sober tailgate banner over a food table

Recovery Road

Saturday, April 15, is the LiFE Sports Spring Game Sober Tailgate. The tailgate starts three hours before kickoff at Larkins Plaza with food for the first 100 people. Stop by to get your face painted before heading in to the Shoe to cheer on the Buckeyes.  The tailgate is brought to you by the Student Life Collegiate Recovery Community, the Student Athlete Support Services Office and the Ohio State Student Legal Services.


The Golden Girls

New options are now available in Employee Self Service for accessing Supplemental Retirement Accounts (SRA). Instead of one link for both type of accounts, there will be separate links for 403(b) and 457(b) accounts. The enhancement is intended to reduce confusion for employees and reduce the number of steps to enroll or make changes. Printable SRA confirmation statements will also be available for those who enroll or make changes to their accounts. Questions can be answered by contacting HR@osu.eduor 614-292-1050.

COTA bus stop outside the Ohio Union

Expedition Unknown

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is launching a redesigned bus network on Monday, May 1. Service in the Ohio State area will increase along Lane Avenue, High Street, King Avenue and to the Wexner Medical Center by discontinuing service in areas well-served by CABS including Woodruff Avenue and College Road. This coordinated effort aims to reduce congestion on campus and improve connectivity between COTA and CABS. More information is online. You can contact COTA at or call 614-308-4400.

Holding flowers


A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Blackwell Grand Ballroom to remember the Ohio State students who died during this school year. We will celebrate the lives of those who passed away and reflect on our community’s loss. The annual nondenominational service is cosponsored by Student Life’s Student Advocacy Center and Parent and Family Relations, as well as the University Interfaith Association.

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

All in the Family

To celebrate Campus Campaign and all of the wonderful programs it supports, Student Life is hosting build-it-yourself cupcake bars on Thursday, April 13. There will be cupcakes, Ohio State swag giveaways and the famous MYcup tumblers. The locations/times are: Blackburn House Victory Room: 1:30-3 p.m., Morrill Commons North Dining Room: 1:30-3 p.m., Ohio Union Instructional Kitchen: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Completed packets will be accepted and blank forms will be available for those who don’t have or forget their envelope. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. A list of Campus Campaign ambassadors is online.

Medical Disposal Day 2016 showing a trash can with pills and pill bottles

Grey’s Anatomy

Student Life Student Health Services is hosting a DEA-approved Medication Disposal Day on Thursday, April 20, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Wilce Student Health Center Pharmacy. All students, staff and faculty may bring unused or expired medicines to be disposed of in a safe, legal and environmentally-friendly way. This service is entirely free of charge and is completely anonymous. Do NOT remove medication labels before drop-off. Syringes, needles and thermometers will not be accepted.

Student Life Student Health Services and Environment Health and Safety are sponsoring this important public health and safety event in collaboration with Generation Rx, the Ohio State Police Division and the College of Pharmacy. More information is online.    

Hello My name is name tag with name dot number sign


Over the past several months, Student Life Technology Services has been working with the Office of the CIO to connect our identity systems and simplify your login experience. Starting this month, we will begin migrating Student Life usernames from the format “a12345” to “name.#.” At the same time, your password will be synchronized with the one associated with your name.# account. If you already use your name.# and password to login to your computer, then this change does not affect you.

For more information, please visit the project page onlineor contact Helios Yu (


Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs 2017

The Office

Ohio State’s Office of Student Life has again been named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) in partnership with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). This is the third year in a row for this recognition. More information is online. The findings are in the current issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.  

With a focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices and the work environment, the CHEE research team used a web-based survey approach to examine categories such as family friendliness, salary/benefits and professional development opportunities.