Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Newsletter for July 14, 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)

House for sale in University District


If you are thinking of buying a home or rental property in Weinland Park or near eastside neighborhoods, Ohio State offers faculty and staff homebuyer incentives. To help you through the process, OSU Extension is offering university employees free HUD certified and City of Columbus approved homebuyer two-session education workshops on Saturdays (8/5 and 8/12 or 9/9 and 9/16) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Schoenbaum Family Center, 175 East 7th Avenue. Up to $5,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance is available. More information and registration is available online.


Student Life Golf Outing

Golf Outing

Save the date: the 16th Annual Student Life and Friends golf outing will take place on Friday, September 29, 2017. Registration details will be released in early August. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us.



President's Prize below the official seal of The Ohio State University

President's Prize

Today (Friday, July 14) is the last day for students to apply for this year’s President’s Prize. Students who are graduating in fall 2017, spring or summer 2018 are eligible for the $100,000 President’s Prize. It includes a $50,000 living stipend and up to $50,000 in project expenses for the year after graduation. Two prizes are awarded annually. Recipients are chosen for the boldness of their ideas, their capacity to champion change and their commitment to the global community. If you have any questions, please email:

Campus Job Fair-Buckeye Careers (2017 version)

Career Beginnings

The Buckeye Careers Campus Job Fair is Tuesday, August 29, from 1-5 p.m. in the Ohio Union Performance Hall. It’s an opportunity to recruit student employees for the 2017-18 academic year. You can register online.

Staff development

Staff Development

Staff have an opportunity to further their growth and development through the Staff Career Development Grant, offered by the Office of Human Resources in partnership with the University Staff Advisory Committee. Eligible staff can apply for a Staff Career Development Grant of up to $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for groups. Grants can be used for professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. Applications are accepted until Monday, July 31. More information is online

Help Wanted sign


There are a number of upcoming opportunities for you to help greet incoming students and facilitate their extraordinary student experience as the academic year begins.

Volunteers are needed to help greet students and their families at Early Arrival on Thursday, August 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Move-In on Saturday, August 19 from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact Aubrie Smith ( for information or you can sign up online.  

Volunteers are also needed on Friday, August 18, for the Off-Campus Community Welcome to go door-to-door in the University District greeting residents and providing them with information on university and city resources. Email by Monday, August 7, for information and to sign up. 

Thank you written in script by hand with fountain pen


In celebration of Ohio State staff members’ contributions to the university, Staff Appreciation Week activities are planned. Activities start with the annual Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social on the Oval on Monday, July 24, from 1-4 p.m., with a brief program around 1:15 p.m. Student Life Recreational Sports is offering a free week to all Rec Sports facilities July 24-28, for all university faculty and staff! In addition to facility access, free week provides faculty and staff members with everything a membership would include like free fitness classes, pool and sauna access and day locker and towel rental.  You can sign up online for your free pass. Log in with your university name.#.  

Additional staff appreciation activities include Columbus Clippers games, a Columbus Crew SC game, Ohio State Fair discount admission, Ohio Stadium tours, Ohio State Planetarium shows, Wexner Center for the Arts tours and local restaurant and retail discounts. Share your Staff Appreciation photos using #OSUStaffWeek. More information is online.

Student Life's Summer Celebration 2017 with drawn beach scenes


You (all Student Life professional and student staff) are invited to Student Life’s Summer Celebration from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25 in and around RPAC, featuring free food, games, prizes and fun.

The popular lip sync competition is back. Organize your group (any size) and submit your group name, group members and your song to Lane Washington ( no later than Monday, July 17. Teams will be judged on how well they lip sync, choreography and enthusiasm. Songs will be strictly vetted based on appropriateness for the event.

There are team games, too. Email your team name, roster and sport you’d like to play to Jarrode Davis ( Kickball: 8-11 per team; sand volleyball: 4-8 per team.