Doc's Download - August 23, 2021

August 23, 2021

Dear Buckeyes,

Happy autumn semester, Buckeyes! If this is the first you are hearing from me, hi! I am your Senior Vice President for Student Life. Each month, you will be receiving a download from me of some of the extraordinary things happening in Student Life and the ways you can make Ohio State your home. I would love to hear from you on what you would like to see from us this academic year. Until then, read through the updates below and start your semester off in a Scarlet and Great way!

Return to Campus. Return to Tradition.

We are so excited to have our Buckeyes back on campus! As we continue to fight COVID-19, please know the university is closely monitoring the virus's path and is taking action to promote a safe and healthy year. Watch video

Things to do

Welcome Week is just getting started and there are so many events, programs and more planned to welcome YOU back to campus! Visit the Welcome Week website.


I know how important it is to get help right when you need it. That's why there are resources available across Ohio State that support your mental health and well-being 24/7. See the list of support resources.

Find your place

With more than 1,400 student organizations at Ohio State, believe me when I tell you there is something for everyone! The student org directory is a great place to get started finding your people and place. Find a student organization.

Did you know?

Getting involved can enrich your life in many ways, such as connecting with others and building leadership skills. And according to the 2021 Student Life Survey, involved students are 1.5 times more likely to have secured a job or job offer upon graduation. Discover ways you can get involved.

Meet the team

Let me introduce you to Dr. Danny Glassmann, your Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Support. Dean Danny oversees Student Life departments focused on campus engagement, programs and support. Learn more about Dean Danny.

High fives

Buckeyes are known for doing some extraordinary things, and I want to (virtually) high five you! If you see a Buckeye doing something awesome, let me know and we'll celebrate them here each month. Give a high five by emailing

Here's to an amazing autumn - O-H!

Melissa Shivers, PhD
Senior Vice President for Student Life