Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for May 1, 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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Training for Managers

The Office of Human Resources is offering a series of learning and development trainings for managers. The topics include performance review (May 14, noon-1:15 p.m., RSVP to Nicole Nieto,, working through difficult conversations (May 15, 9-11 a.m.) and a one-day program for new managers (new to Ohio State or new to management) that will be offered on May 12, May 28 and June 25.

Open House for Managers Completing Performance Evaluations:
Come to one or more of Student Life Human Resources’ open computer lab times to assist with your staff performance evaluations and/or the use of the system. These will occur in the digital lab on the third floor of the Ohio Union these dates: Wednesday, May 13, 8-10 a.m.; Thursday, May 21, 2-4 p.m.; Tuesday, June 2, 8-11 a.m.; Thursday, June 11, 2-4 p.m.

Sloopy's Sandwich Club

Tasty Honor

Congratulations to all who can now say they have a sandwich named for them.

Sloopy’s Diner Sandwich Club

  • Dr. Herb Asher: Professor emeritus and one of the founding directors of what is now the John Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • DaVonti’ Haynes: Undergraduate student involved in Mentor-A-Buckeye and Buckeye REACH programs, USG, leadership and civic engagement
  • Sophia Ciminello and Mackenzie Hogan: Undergraduate student pair involved in Student Alumni Council, Greek Life and Student Leadership Advocates
  • Chris Schumacher: Alumnus (’95) and financial planning practice owner at The Schumacher Group
  • Brett Scarbrough: Assistant Athletics Director, Ticketing and Preferred Seats
  • Linda Meeks: Former faculty member and founder of Meeks Heit Publishing Company

Sloopy’s Diner Breakfast Club

  • Counseling and Consultative Service: department offering undergraduate, graduate and professional students comprehensive services
  • Buck-I-SERV: program that provides students with an opportunity to lead and learn through direct service experiences
  • Buck That!: Ohio State’s premiere all male a cappella group
Hali Buck with her award

ACUI Honor

Student Life’s Hali Buck has received the Adell McMillan Memorial Scholarship from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI.) The award honors the memory of one of the first women to lead in the Association and provides funds to support the recipient’s leadership development. ACUI says, “Exploring student engagement within ACUI as it relates to growing and shaping the profession when serving previously as a student member on the Board of Trustees, Buck has a passion and drive with everything she does, and her leadership potential has just begun to be tapped.”

Engineering Information Foundation-initials in black on an orange background

Selected Honor

The Student Life Multicultural Center’s Dr. Mitsu Narui has received a $19,500 grant from the Engineering Information Foundation. Working with Suzanne Shoger (current GAA in Student Activities, coming this fall to the SL MCC), Lisa Abrams (Associate Director of the Engineering Education Innovation Center at Ohio State) and Lauren Corrigan (also in the EEIC), the grant is called “Empowering Male Students as Allies within an Engineering College.” It will help develop programs to support and retain female students by creating allies to help improve the climate for women in engineering.

OCPA Ohio College Personnel Association, with an outline map of the state of Ohio

Elected Honor

Student Life’s Bowen Marshall (Office of the Vice President and Student Life Multicultural Center) has been elected to serve as the 2015-2016 President-Elect of the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA), Stephanie Volbrecht (Student Life Disability Services) was appointed to serve as the 2014-2016 OCPA Assistant Treasurer and Grant Walters (Residence Life) was selected as the 2016 Assistant OCPA Annual Conference Chair and will also serve as the OCPA Annual Conference Chair in 2017. 

Buckeye Leaf and Nut artwork

Another Partnership Honor

Student Life Career Counseling and Support Services is the 2015 Outstanding Community Partner as selected by the Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Counselor Education at Ohio State. The program cites their “outstanding dedication to the training and mentoring of counseling students in our program, your active involvement in the professional development of counselors and your passion and commitment to enhancing the lives of the students that you serve.”

Residence Life director Cheryl Lyons at podium for faculty and academic partners ceremony

Partnership Honor

Student Life Residence Life celebrates and thanks faculty and academic partners who come to the halls to provide programming for students. Here are this year’s winners:

Outstanding Academic Partner Liz Riter, Program Manager for the Engineering Scholars in Lane Avenue Residence Hall - Honors and Scholars; Outstanding Faculty Program for Fostering Student Learning Dr. Laura Wagner for the program “Buckeye Language Network Pod 2 U.” Psychology – Arts and Science; Outstanding Faculty Program for Promoting Inclusion Trena Shank for the program “Fun with ASL.” American Sign Language – Arts and Sciences; Outstanding Faculty Program for Enhancing Student Wellness Dr. Randi Love for the program “Sex School.” Health Behavior and Health Promotion – College of Public Health; Outstanding Faculty Program for Building Community Dr. D. Elder, Professor Eric Williams, Dr. Dan Linden, Professor John Arnold, and Dr. Cory Anderson for the program Are You Smarter Than a College Student? – ATI –Wooster; Outstanding Paraprofessional Commitment to Student Learning Resident Advisor of the German House--Adam Battle

Dennis Alexander photograph


A new award from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be named in honor of Student Life’s Dr. Dennis Alexander, a psychologist with SL Counseling and Consultation Service. The Dennis J. Alexander Spirit Award will go to a student who best embodies the spirit of the Bell National Resource Center. ODI says the award was named after Dr. Alexander because of his lifelong work with black males at Ohio State.