Today's Update: Friday, January 22

January 22, 2021

Dear Student Life Team,

Happy High Five Friday! We are off to a good start this semester, and High Fives to everyone who is helping make a safe and healthy year a reality.  

The people helping with Move-In, including those involved with getting students into their residence halls, testing them as they arrive and providing them with meals while they await the results all get a High Five. I should also highlight that there are so many other support efforts here and there that would be hard to list, but just know, if you have any role in supporting move-in, this means you! 

High Five to Dr. Sheila Westendorf of Student Health Services for her unparalleled support and care shown to our students. She has been willing to reach out to anxious and concerned students at any hour to help ease their worries and address their concerns. And special thanks extends to Dr. Gladys Gibbs, Ian McKinstry, Megan Worley and Selene Carpenter, who joined Dr. Westendorf over last weekend to help with a special move-in testing project. 

Our regional housing staff, Mick Steiner, Caitlin Blake, Joe McCartney and Mike Schopieray, get High Fives for their perseverance and collaborations to help introduce COVID-19 testing using the new on-campus lab on their campuses.  

Technology Services’ Dan Hausman gets a High Five for being the Maestro of Maestro, the Mail Master who is always helpful and fast and getting out bulk emails when we need to send special messages out.  

Last night’s virtual Student Involvement Fair was a huge success, with more participation than typically seen for the in-person winter version. High Fives to Matt Couch, Brooke Olson and Jen Pelletier, as well as student co-chairs Morgan Leatherman (who also co-chaired the fall involvement fair) and Sri Vidya Uppalapati. 

High Fives go to Skylar Fought and J. Randall for their incredible social media and video support.    

Kellie Uhrig gets a High Five for, with everything else she does, making sure I get an update to you every single day.  

A High Five goes to BuckID’s Josh Bodnar for establishing a special scholarship at his alma mater, Youngstown State University. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a sophomore honor student, with preference given to a Western Reserve High School graduate or a Boy Scout (Josh is also an Eagle Scout and has remained involved in Scouting throughout his life). 

High Five to Rebecca Delo and the Buck-I-SERV team for a heartwarming story told in Norman, Oklahoma’s Boyd Street Magazine following a service project there with Habitat for Humanity in 2019. The story says, “The (Buck-I-SERV) students had the opportunity to make a ramp for a boy who happens to be a big Buckeye fan. The boy was born at the hospital near Ohio State’s football stadium and feels a connection to the university for that reason. The students brought the boy signed items from Ohio State’s football team and coaches, and everyone donned their Buckeye T-shirts for the day.” 

Stories like this of Student Life team members doing extraordinary things warm me up on a cold winter day, so keep them coming!  

I still have slots open for my “The Doc is In” session next week. It’s Wednesday, January 27, at 1:30 p.m. and is a chance to talk about whatever is on your mind. You can sign up online: go.osu.edu/TheDocIsIn.  

Stay Scarlet and Great!  

Melissa