Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for May 15, 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)



Student Life Rec Sports Director Don Stenta has been appointed At-Large Director of NIRSA (Leaders in Collegiate Recreation). “Don’s passion for leadership development, professional development, and public policy align with strategic priorities for the Association in the next few years,” says Stan Shingles, Assistant Vice President at Central Michigan University and 2015-2016 NIRSA President. “He brings experience related to key areas of NIRSA’s strategic plan to the table, and his continued tenure on the Board as At-Large Director is a real strength since a core tenet of ‘Future First Governance’ is to avoid a majority of the NIRSA Board turning over each year.”

Help button with white letters on red surface


To better track and respond to Student Life staff technology requests, Technology Services has adopted a new support system, routing staff questions/requests more quickly and providing greater visibility to Student Life staff making these requests. 

What you will see in Remedyforce now is meant only to replace the Web Request Form “Technology Support Request” found on the Student Life home page and on the SLTS website.  Other new request forms (such as Computer Account and Hardware/Software Purchase) will be piloted at a later date.  Note that there is a large button labelled “View Tickets and Requests”. If you select that button you will see a list of the incidents that you have submitted with basic information, and if you select an incident number you will see details, attachments and notes as entered. 

More information is online.

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The 5th Annual Student Affairs Assessment & Research Conference, presented by the Office of Student Life, is just over a month away. Join over 350 colleagues to learn how to incorporate assessment into your everyday work and improve your practice. Be part of an event that will allow you to share your assessment practices and gain valuable feedback and ideas for improvement. More information is on the conference website, and registration is available online.



The 2015 OSU Football Ticket Raffle is back. The Season in the Shoe Football Raffle includes two President’s Club level tickets to every home game during the 2015 Ohio State football season. The Student Life team members are selling these raffle tickets to raise money for the Pelotonia ride on August 7-9. Tickets are $15/each or $30/three. If you’d like to purchase tickets, please email Amy Driscoll ( All proceeds will benefit the Student Life peloton. The Season in the Shoe raffle drawing will be held on Friday, Aug. 28.

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Increased construction activity in the spring and summer will significantly impact traffic on campus roadways. Download the spring and summer traffic impact map and the CABS construction reroute map. Upcoming projects that will impact traffic include, but are not limited to, lane restrictions along Woody Hayes Drive, the closure of the John Herrick Drive bridge, Magruder Road, the Stillman Hall parking lot and the intersection of College Road and 18th Avenue.

More information is online.



One of the volunteers on a spring Buck-I-SERV trip put together a video from the Habitat for Humanity site in Lake and Sumter counties of Central Florida. 20 people from Ohio State were on this trip. The video highlights the Domestic Global Village Experience of the Buck-I-SERV group and others on the build site.

You can watch the video here.

Collegiate Recovery Community photo of sign on entrance to their offices


Student Life’s Collegiate Recovery Community has produced its latest newsletter. It includes a spotlight on a CRC supporter, a review of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD) ribbon joining and a look at the CRC’s space in Lincoln Tower.

You can read the newsletter online.

Journal of Student Affairs, 2015 Volume XXIV cover with text in a triangle


Student Life’s Todd Gibbs and James Larcus have been published in the 2014-2015 Journal of Student Affairs. Their article, one of just 8 accepted from the national submissions, highlights the university’s Wellness Coaching program through the Student Life Student Wellness Center. This is the first year the journal has solicited original research articles.

You can read the article online.

Distinguished Staff Awards 2015 with a Buckeye leaf


Student Life’s Kathy Krajnak has been selected for a 2015 Distinguished Staff Award. This is the highest honor bestowed upon staff at the university since its inception in 1984. Annually, the Distinguished Staff Award honors twelve individuals for their outstanding achievements, service and dedication to The Ohio State University. Kathy, program coordinator for the Mount Leadership Society, is the only one from Student Life to be so honored this year.

A video of Kathy learning of the honor is online on the Student Life YouTube page.