Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for July 11, 2014

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)

Mayor's Twilight Ride 2014 with the Columbus skyline above a bicycle wheel and moon and stars in the sky

Mayor’s Twilight Ride

This evening from approximately 6:30-7 p.m. multiple groups of cyclists participating in the Mayor’s Twilight Ride will be traveling through campus. Roadways will remain open, however increased bicycle traffic will be visible on Neil, 17th, Tuttle Park Place, and Lane as part of the ride. During this time, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are asked to be mindful of additional traffic on campus and to share the road as they move through campus. More information is available online.

Talking Stick July August 2014 magazine cover

Park-Stradley in the National Spotlight

Student Life’s renovated residence halls are featured in the latest issue of Talking Stick, a publication of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.

The article in the July/August 2014 issue, “Rising to the Occasion,” outlines how “the high-rise halls of the past are being retrofitted to serve the students of today.” It features information and photos of Park-Stradley.

You can read the article online.

Rec Sports Cone drill with athlete running around cone

Boot Camp

Work up a sweat on the Lincoln Tower Park turf field Monday, July 14, from noon-1 p.m. by focusing on conditioning drills and speed work. Free for anyone with a university ID; just show up to participate.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers is Moving

Weight Watchers is moving to a temporary location during the remodeling work underway at Wilce. On July 24, the meeting will be held at Townsend Hall room 038, 1885 Neil Avenue Mall next to Wilce at the regular time of 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Then, after a return to Wilce for a brief period, beginning on August 14, the meetings will be back at Townsend until the renovations are complete. For more information, and details of the session that is about to start, contact Selene Carpenter (

Showtime with a crowd seating waiting in front of a closed curtain

Conference Encore

All Student Life staff and graduate associates are invited to the Ohio Union, Great Hall meeting room on Thursday, July 17 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for the Annual Conference Encore.” Participants will get a look at the work being done by colleagues across the Office of Student Life through an encore of recent professional conference presentations. The event will be delivered Pecha Kecha style. Check out this video to learn more.

400 second presentations, 17 speakers, 1 engaging emcee…the only thing missing is you! Register online to attend this event.

Brutus moving in

Move In Help Needed

It is almost time to roll out the Scarlet carpet for new students moving into the residence halls. We are in search of volunteers to help these two days go as smoothly as possible for new students and their families. There are three volunteer shifts available.

  • Thursday, August 21, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 23, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 23, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Volunteers will be provided with t-shirts and lunch. Please contact Aubrie Smith ( with questions or to sign up.

Pancakes being served at Pelotonia fundraiser

Pelotonia Pancakes at Lincoln THIS MORNING

The Student Life Peloton is hosting a pancake breakfast today (Friday, July 11) from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. in room 202 of Lincoln Tower. 

All proceeds go to Pelotonia for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.  

More information about Student Life’s Peloton is available online, or contact Jeremy Gabis ( or Amy Driscoll (

Celebration 2014 with beach and palm tree, Luau Party

You're Invited to Celebration!

The Student Life Celebration is right around the corner (Tuesday, July 15 from noon to 3 p.m.) and it will include team games again. You can put together a team to play Volleyball (6 people), Kickball (8-10 people) or basketball (3 People.)

Contact Dexter Shorter ( to sign up your team.

There will also be plenty of water games so dress appropriately to participate.

Barbie Tootle delivering her speech at Ohio State TEDx

TEDxTalks Picks of the Week

Two Ohio State TEDx Talks were recently featured as a TEDxTalks Editor’s Pick of the week. This is the first time any Ohio State TEDx Talk has been featured by TED.

One speech was by Barbie Tootle, a great friend to the Office of Student Life. She is a former student, employee and longtime advisor and volunteer at the university. In her TED Talk Word Magic: Success Behind the Podium, Tootle discusses how she has written hundreds of speeches and how to make a speech successful. You can read more and watch a video of her speech online.

The second Editor’s Pick was by STEP faculty member Dr. Matthew Stoltzfus. His speech was titled, “How Bill Simmons, the Amish & Socrates Can Stimulate your Brain Activity in the Classroom.” You can see it online as well.