Doc's Download - February 21, 2022

February 21, 2022

Dear Buckeye,

I hope you are staying safe and warm as our classic Ohio winter continues. During this time of year, you might be feeling the winter blues - I know I feel that way sometimes! If you are feeling down, I want you to know you aren't alone and that it is okay to reach out and ask for help, support or someone just to listen. Likewise, I want you to know that even if you aren’t struggling, it is okay for you to listen, ask others how they are doing, connect and talk with your fellow Buckeyes. Our care and compassion for one another will go a long way. 

And if you are looking for support, the university has a variety of options to offer. Visit the Get Help page for a list of resources and services available across the university and in the community. The Counseling and Consultation Service website also has a helpful page that overviews the on-demand resources you can access.

Life can throw so many curveballs your way, but know that we’ve got your back and are cheering you on all the way.

What's in this edition?

  • Health and safety updates
  • High fives
  • Well...well...wellness resources
  • OH! The places you'll go (off-campus events and opportunities)
  • Did you know?
  • Things to do (on-campus events and opportunities)
  • Meet the team

Health and Safety Updates

In case you missed it, Ohio State is awarding $100 gift cards to students who have received their COVID-19 booster shot. Each week through April 3, the university will conduct drawings to award $100 cash gift cards to 50 students. Enter the Buckeye Booster Drawing for your chance to win during the next seven weeks! Enter drawing

High Fives

February 17 was National Random Acts of Kindness Day and student orgs across campus showed up to demonstrate Buckeye Love. High five to the student orgs and student who shared kindness across campus! Give a high five


Refocus, re-energize and rejuvenate through the Health Athlete program! This online series of workshops can help you learn to manage your energy and become more engaged, productive and optimistic. The next session begins on March 9. Sign up

OH! The places you'll go

Love classical music or maybe you want to give it a try for the first time? Check out the Columbus Symphony Orchestra! D-Tix is offering discounted ticket prices for their upcoming performances in March and April. Visit the D-Tix website

Did you know?

During 2021, Ohio State launched the Commission on Student Mental Health and Well-being. The commission is focused on searching for best practices, identifying new and emerging needs, and developing and implementing evidence-based recommendations that will advance a wellness-focused community and improve mental health at Ohio State. Learn more

Things to do

Love Your Body Week begins today! Join Rec Sports, the Student Wellness Center and other campus partners all week long for events that celebrate and support all body types and experiences. See the full list of events

United Black World Month

The United Black World Month celebration continues with the Student Life Multicultural Center! Join the MCC through the end of February for events that center on connection, compassion and love. UBWM event list

Meet the team

Let me introduce you to Carla Smith Jones, Student Life's Senior Director of Development. Carla works to gain support for Student Life programs and services through fundraising efforts. Get to know Carla

I hope your February continues to be Scarlet and Great – O-H!

Melissa Shivers, PhD
Senior Vice President for Student Life