In a Nutshell: August 25, 2022

August 25, 2022

 Dear Partner in Student Success, 

Walking around campus throughout Move-In last week and as classes start this week has truly put a new spring in my step, and I hope yours, too. There is nothing more energizing than the start of a new academic year, and I could not be prouder to partner with you on creating an Ohio State environment where students can fully engage, learn and thrive. All my best wishes to you today and throughout the year, and please reach out if my team or I can assist you, or students you know, in any way. See below for a few updates and bits of information:  

What’s in this edition: 

  • Center for Belonging and Social Change 
  • Career Week 
  • Counseling and Consultation Service accreditation  
  • Disability Services accommodation training  
  • Buck-I-SERV advisors 
  • Conduct Board recruiting members  
  • We are all Buckeyes 


Center for Belonging and Social Change 

Student Life is bringing together the Multicultural Center (MCC) and the Social Change program under the Center for Belonging and Social Change (CBSC). This new structure will allow us to activate the clear synergies that already exist between the MCC and the Social Change program, while providing new and relevant support services to the campus community. At the center of this transition is growing our collective ability to influence and drive a sense of belonging and the outcomes achieved through social change, on campus and in the communities we serve. 


Career Week 

Help spread the word and encourage students to attend the second annual Career Week taking place September 12 – 16, 2022. Open to students across all majors, campuses and degree levels, this is a great way for students to find career development and networking opportunities. Students can also meet some of the nation’s top employers on Tuesday, September 13, at the Fall Career and Internship Fair from 1-5 p.m. in the Ohio Union, and virtually on Wednesday, September 14, from 2–6 p.m. via Handshake. Brought to you by Buckeye Careers and the Office of Student Life. For more information visit, 


CCS Accredited 

Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service has again received accreditation from the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). The group said, “It is clear that you are...committed to providing excellent care for your students, staff and university community. Your IACS approval attests to the high quality of your services.” The association pointed to the use of telehealth and other virtual services and noted that the CCS staff-to-student ratio is within the guidelines established by IACS. To review a list of services based on acuity, please visit the CCS website


Accommodation Information  

Student Life Disability Services is hosting a series of 20-minute virtual information sessions for students registered with their office. The sessions are designed to share updates and reminders about implementing accommodations in August and September. The topics to be covered include sending course accessibility letters in AIM (Accessible Information Management), notetaking technology options, exam scheduling as well as attendance and deadline modification. More information and the complete schedule is online.   



Buck-I-SERV is currently seeking advisors for winter break domestic trips (December 17-23, 2022). Advisors can be faculty, staff, graduate students or professional students. Applications will be reviewed and advisors confirmed as applications are received. Buck-I-SERV provides participants with weeklong, substance free service trips and offers challenging and fun opportunities to lead and learn through direct service experiences. Not available for a winter break trip? Like to plan ahead? Watch for spring and summer applications in mid-December. Spring trips will be March 11-18, 2023, and summer trips will be May 6-13, 2023. More information is online


Conduct Board Recruiting 

The Office of Student Life Student Conduct is recruiting students, faculty and staff who are interested in joining the University Conduct Board (UCB). The UCB hears cases in which students are charged with non-academic violations of the Code of Student Conduct. The UCB is comprised of students, faculty and staff from across the university. By modeling civility and care during what can often be a challenging experience for students, the UCB provides a valuable service to the entire university by upholding the university’s standards through a fair and impartial hearing. More information, including how to join the UCB, is online at


We are all Buckeyes 

Some of my favorite times over the past year have been visiting various locations of Ohio State pride, including many of Ohio State’s campuses. Likewise, a major priority for Student Life is to expand and deepen collaboration, partnerships and meaningful relationships that help us all support Ohio State students throughout the state in the most robust way possible. One major area of focus is to identify ways to make all Ohio State students feel welcome and able to be engaged on any campus they happen to visit, for any reason. To reinforce this message, throughout this academic year we will regularly display a series of banners in the Ohio Union’s Great Hall that acknowledge each Ohio State campus and CFAES-Wooster. I hope you get the chance to see them. 


Have a Scarlet and Great semester, colleagues! 


Melissa S. Shivers, PhD  

Senior Vice President for Student Life  
The Ohio State University