In a Nutshell: January 23, 2023

January 23, 2023

Dear Partners in Student Success:  

I hope your new year and spring semester are off to a Scarlet and Great start. I look forward to working with you to support our students in 2023 and beyond. Below are a few updates I hope you find helpful: 

In this edition 

  • Stop Hazing 
  • Leadership Awards 
  • Career Closet 
  • Wellness Trends 
  • CCS Outreach 
  • Helping Students Through Winter  


Stop Hazing 
Ohio State is committed to promoting a safe and healthy environment where students have the right to be free from hazing. The university has a comprehensive policy in place which prohibits the hazing of students and establishes requirements for hazing education, reporting and response in accordance with Collin’s Law: Ohio’s Anti Hazing Act. As part of the policy, annual anti-hazing training is required of all students and employees. To complete the training, visit     

Leadership Awards 
This year’s Student Leadership Awards nominations are open now through Monday, Jan. 30. You can nominate worthy students online at There are a number of categories that celebrate those who demonstrate exceptional skills in leadership, activism and community engagement. 

Career Closet 
Student Life provides students with free, gently used professional clothing, shoes and accessories to help them make a lasting impression during career fairs and interviews. Buckeye Careers will host several pop-up events for students throughout this semester in room 150 of the Younkin Success Center. The next one is Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 3-6 p.m. You can help by donating new or gently used business attire for these Career Closet events by contacting Kristen Hill at to coordinate a drop-off or pick-up.   

Wellness Trends 
Learn about recent trends in student health and wellness on Wednesday, February 8, in a virtual conversation with staff from the Student Life Student Wellness Center from 4 - 5 p.m.  The discussion will focus on trends seen in their 2022 coaching sessions in the areas of alcohol and other drugs, mental health, finance and nutrition. Learn about the Student Wellness Center's coaching programs, how to refer students to support and simple tips for addressing some of the common concerns within our student community. Time will be provided for participant questions. All faculty and staff are invited to join this panel discussion. Registration is online.   

Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) has a new collaboration with Student Life’s Center for Belonging and Social Change. Dr. Darreon Greer now serves students and provides consultation to faculty and staff from his office in the Ohio Union. CCS is committed to increasing access by bringing their services to where students are located.  

Helping Students Through the Winter 
Lots of folks struggle with January in Ohio: it’s cold, it’s dark, and students are adjusting to a new semester. For some, New Year’s resolutions are already fizzling. Consider recommending students reach out to a Wellness Coach at the Student Wellness Center to get help setting SMART goals, instead. Here are some other timely resources: 

As always, thank you for your partnership and support of Ohio State students.   


Melissa S. Shivers, PhD  
Senior Vice President for Student Life  
The Ohio State University