Doc's Download-March 28, 2023

March 28, 2023

Dear Buckeye,

We’re in the home stretch of the semester, so now is the time to finish strong. You are Scarlet and Great, so I know you can do it! I always tell students that this all starts with taking care of yourself, including good nutrition, rest, physical activity, making sure to get some downtime and staying hydrated. To help with that last part, watch this video about how you can get free hydration at Freestyle machines in dining locations across campus.   

What’s in this edition:  

  • Well, well, wellness  
  • Did you know?  
  • High Five  
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month   
  • Student Life Planning   
  • Things to do on campus  
  • OH! the places you’ll go  
  • Meet the team 

Well, well, wellness  

From natural to man-made disasters and all different types of crises, traumatic events leave all of us with varied emotional experiences. These can range from shock and disbelief to other painful emotions such as anger and sorrow. You may also notice that your daily routine may be affected as you notice changes in sleeping, appetite and concentration. Additionally, exposure to such events either in person or in the media may impact your perceptions about the world. Reactions vary from person to person, and we want you to know there are resources that can be accessed to support individuals and groups. We’ve got your back at Ohio State. You can read more online.   
Did you know?  

Did you know that Ohio State is home to 1,441 registered student organizations? With that many to choose from, you’re almost guaranteed that at least one group, and probably more, matches your interests. Joining an organization can help you with leadership skills, better grades, friendships and mentors, and make a big campus seem smaller and more welcoming. Check out the many possibilities at  
High Fives  

High Five to the Graphic Design interns with Student Life Marketing. They design logos, apparel and event marketing for a variety of student organizations and the Office of Student Life. You've seen their work all over campus. Interested in joining them? Contact Mariana for information about summer and autumn semester opportunities.  
High Five to the Muslim Student Organization for their programming and support for students observing the Ramadan holiday, which includes fasting from dawn to sunset each day for a month. Ramadan fasting began last week and goes through Thursday, April 20, or the evening of Friday, April 21.  
Sexual Assault Awareness Month    
The Student Life Student Wellness Center is taking part in Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 3 – 21, 2023. This campus-wide collaboration is designed to raise awareness of sexual violence and support resources, educate communities and individuals on how to help prevent sexual violence, empower everyone to practice consent and boundary setting in healthy relationships, support the healing process and explore what it means to be an ally in sexual violence prevention and survivor support. More information is online.   
Student Life Strategic Planning  
The Office of Student Life’s strategic plan was designed to be agile, nimble and dynamic in nature, which is why we are in the process of reviewing and refreshing our plan for the coming year. As a student at Ohio State, we are looking for your input. Please complete this short, anonymous survey at by April 30 to share your thoughts and ideas on the future priorities of the Office of Student Life.  
Things to do on Campus  
The annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk will take place Friday, April 14, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at RPAC and on the Oval. The event is a journey of remembrance, hope and support, and offers a way to unite as a campus and community to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. Join the Ohio State Suicide Prevention Program, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and help make suicide prevention a shared campus responsibility. You can register online.  
OH! The Places You’ll Go  
Looking for a quick break from powering through to the end of the semester? How about a movie at Gateway Film Center. You can save money by getting tickets through D-Tix, Ohio State’s discount ticket program. Gateway film tickets are just $3 each, two per BuckID for current Ohio State Columbus campus students. D-Tix has plenty of other opportunities as well, including shows, museums, concerts, sporting events and more available at an exclusive rate. Find out more online:  
Meet the Team  
I’d like to introduce you to Dr. Julie Schultz, the Program Director for the Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) and Strategic Student Initiatives.    
I hope your spring is off to a Scarlet and Great start. O-H! 



Melissa Shivers, PhD 
Senior Vice President for Student Life