In a Nutshell: April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

Dear Partners in Student Success:

It’s hard to believe we have only one more week of classes in the school year. In so many ways this has seemed like an extraordinarily long year. And in other ways, it seems like just yesterday we were hosting the “Twelve Days of Move-In." As I often remind the Student Life team, we should be so proud of the way we have come together as an entire institution this year. As difficult as this year has been, I will always be grateful for the collaborations and partnerships that have been built and advanced. Below are some updates and information I hope you find helpful:

COVID-19 Updates

Testing for In-Person Commencement Participants
Students who are graduating and planning to attend one of the in-person commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 9, will be required to show a green status on their Daily Health Check App upon entry, which means they will need to schedule and complete a test during the week of Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 7. Jesse Owens North will be operating on summer hours starting that week. Facility hours can be found on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

Graduate and Professional Weekly Testing
Beginning this past Monday (4/12), graduate and professional students’ weekly COVID-19 testing cadence has returned to one test each week through the rest of the semester. This change applies only to graduate and professional students and reflects sustained, low infection rates among their cohorts.

Testing Out and Preparing for the Summer
As we enter the last few weeks of spring semester, it’s important for students to start prepping now for their summer plans. Students can reduce their chances of bringing COVID-19 home to their friends and family by completing their weekly, required COVID-19 testing and practicing safe and healthy behaviors. It is recommended that students get tested 24-48 hours before leaving campus and that they limit interactions with others after testing. More information about planning for a safe and healthy summer is available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

Student Volunteer Opportunity: Vaccine Clinic Runner
Do you know students who are looking for a volunteer opportunity? They can join the fight against COVID-19 and sign up to be a Vaccine Clinic Runner at The Schottenstein Center. Clinic Runners perform the important jobs of greeting and escorting patients, providing an overview of what to expect, explaining forms and cleaning the space afterwards. Staff and faculty members are invited, too. Interested individuals can sign up online.

Shuttle to The Schott
The university is providing a shuttle to the Schottenstein Center for students, faculty and staff who have vaccine appointments. Operating hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Stops are made every 10 minutes at The Schottenstein Center, Ohio Union and Blackburn House. More information is available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website

Student Engagement

National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza Groundbreaking 

We are thrilled to share that we will be breaking ground on a plaza that honors and celebrates the nine historically Black Greek lettered fraternities and sororities at Ohio State. The Buckeye community is invited to celebrate this historic moment by tuning into the event livestream on Wednesday, April 21, at 4 p.m. More information is available at go.osu.edu/NPHCgroundbreaking.

Virtual Processional Photo Submission
We are so excited to celebrate our graduates on May 9 in The ‘Shoe. The celebration won’t just be in-person - there will be some virtual elements as well, including a Virtual Processional. Graduating students can submit photos of themselves in their graduation attire to be included in the special processional video. We love witnessing their creativity and pride on full display, and we can’t wait to see what they send us. Graduates can submit their photos online.

Commencement Eve Candlelight Ceremony
Graduating students and their families and guests are invited to the Spring Commencement Candlelight Ceremony, which will be held both in-person and virtually on Saturday, May 8. We will be joined by President Johnson and members of the Ohio State Alumni Association to celebrate our soon-to-be graduates. More information about this event is available on the Commencement Week website.

OWL-C Application Deadline Extended
Residence Life has extended the deadline on Ohio State Welcome Leader Coordinator (OWL-C) applications. We are looking for student leaders who are familiar with campus resources, have a desire to lead a small group of Buckeyes and facilitate community building as we welcome students back to campus in the fall. Applications are due on April 23 and can be submitted on the Involved Living website.

Student Support 

Volunteers Needed: Second-year Transformational Experience Program Expo
STEP is hosting another round of virtual sessions of the Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston STEP Expo during the week of April 26. Each 1.5 hour-long session will be facilitated by a member of the STEP team and feature about nine students presenting their completed STEP Signature Projects. STEP is seeking reviewers who will join the students and fellow reviewers to watch presentations and ask questions. You can submit your interest and availability online

Residence Hall Move-Out Assistance Needed
Help is needed for Move-Out to make sure the process runs smoothly in a safe and healthy manner. Assistance is needed to greet families, wipe down carts, direct traffic, answer questions and wish students well as they depart. The dates are between Friday, April 23, and Saturday, May 1. There are three shifts each day: 8-11:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.–2:45 p.m. and 2:30-6 p.m. You can sign up online.

Resources to End the Semester Strong
With the warmer weather and finals coming up, students might need some support to end the semester strong. Student Life created a list of resources students can tap into for support and ideas on taking a break. See the full list of ideas on our Student Life blog.

All my very best to you as you prepare for next week and for finals. Have a lovely Spring Game weekend, and as always, Go Buckeyes!

Melissa