In A Nutshell: May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

Dear Partners in Student Success:

Summer is officially here! I hope your summer is off to a Scarlet and Great start and you can rest, relax and enjoy some time away. Below are some updates and information I hope you find helpful:

Student Support

We Are Here for You Webpage
Near or far, no matter where our Buckeyes are we want them to know we are here for them. The Student Life We Are Here for You webpage has been updated with support resources and services that are available for students over the summer. From career counseling to mental health support, recreation and everything in-between, there are resources available for all students.

Buckeye Food Alliance Summer Hours
The Buckeye Food Alliance has moved to their summer hours: Mondays 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays 2-6 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. If these hours do not work for a student’s schedule, they can coordinate an appointment by emailing Nick Fowler, Buckeye Food Alliance Coordinator. More information is available on the Buckeye Food Alliance website.

Let’s Talk Consultations
Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) will continue to provide Let’s Talk Consultations during the summer. These are free, confidential, informal consultations for students who may not need traditional counseling, but who could benefit from one-on-one support. Consultations are available Monday through Friday between 1-5 p.m. More information is available on the CCS website.

Student Engagement

We are looking forward to welcoming our Buckeye Bound students home this fall. Orientation will kick off on June 7, and the Office of Student Life has a resources and information available for new students and their families to become familiar with the university. Visit the Orientation page on the Student Life website for helpful videos, links to information and more.

#BeKind Instagram Walls Contest Winners Announced
During the spring semester, Student Life partnered with Kind Columbus to host the #BeKind Instagram Walls contest. The contest received more than 50 submissions, and we are excited to share the five contest winners: Sarah Sexton (Ohio State Staff Member), Roma Patel (Ohio State Alumni), Kim Traverse (Ohio State Staff Member and Parent), Madison Tracy (Ohio State Student) and Taylor Miracle (Ohio State Student). The artwork will be installed around campus over the summer so Buckeyes can enjoy them beginning this autumn. Read more about the winners on the Kindness at Ohio State website.

COVID-19 Updates

Reactivated Campus
Our planning for autumn continues, and Provost McPheron and I spoke about our approach at last week’s Board of Trustees meeting. For the fall, we are preparing for much greater density in the residence halls than we had this past academic year, which will mean more vibrant and active residential communities with more opportunities for students to come together, formally and informally. We are working through the details and process for autumn Move-In, which will be physically distanced and occur over several days.

We are also looking at the dining and recreation experiences. We will continue to offer mobile ordering with more spaces in dining halls and across campus for students to enjoy their meals. We are anticipating that we will have higher density in our Rec Sports facilities, including more students in our spaces like the Cardio Canyon in the RPAC and increased equipment offerings. We also are looking to bring back more in-person opportunities, like in-person, physically distanced group fitness classes, intramural sports, club sports engagement and Esports.

More information about autumn campus reactivation can be found on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

Administrative Updates

New and Improved Student Life Website
If you haven’t visited the Office of Student Life website recently, now is the time! At the beginning of May, we re-launched our website to be focused on the student and user experience. The website is now sectioned into our six areas of focus: Student Engagement and Support, Health and Well-being, Belonging and Inclusion, the Residential Experience, Academic Partnership and Career Success, and Administrative Excellence. Visit the updated website and encourage students in your areas to look as well.

Ohio State Ranked in the Top 20 Best Colleges for Veterans
Ohio State has been named one of the 20 “Best Schools for Veterans in 2021” by College Consensus. The site uses published expertise and reputable student reviews to create a comprehensive, aggregate ranking of colleges. Student Life’s support of student veterans includes hosting a series of student veteran and employer working events, the Ohio State Suicide Prevention Programs RUOK? Veterans program and other initiatives. Read more on the College Consensus website.

Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) Recognizes Buckeye Access All-Stars
Student Life Disability Services is recognizing this year’s Buckeye Access All-Stars, who are faculty, instructors and staff who were nominated by students as being excellent role models of access implementation in their teaching and work activities. 48 individuals were recognized from across the university in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Moritz College of Law, College of Pharmacy, College of Social Work and the Fisher College of Business.

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

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