Today's Update: Friday, July 15, 2022

July 15, 2022

Dear Student Life team; 

High Five Friday returns (as promised!) 

High Five to you if you have or will be able to refresh and rejuvenate this summer.  

I have a bittersweet High Five this week. Student Wellness Center director Blake Marble is leaving us for an amazing opportunity at Quantum Health, a healthcare navigation company, to be their Director of Well-being and Employee Experience. It’s an excellent move for Blake, but I’m very sad that we are losing him. And a High Five to Brendan Greisberger for agreeing to serve as interim director while we do a national search.  

Dan Hausman, with Student Life Technology Services, gets a High Five for working tirelessly with a vendor to fix a problem with the alarm system in Lincoln Tower. The tenants are grateful, and the Support Center is especially pleased that they don’t have to acknowledge alarms every 15 seconds. 

High Five to Chelsea Black in STEP for creating and tracking key STEP metrics in such a clear, easy to understand way. It certainly has made my job easier! 

Josh Bodnar gets a High Five for helping a partner with a quick, turnaround request on some historical BuckID data.  

High Five to Leah Hall for being an amazing Human Resource Consultant. She is so excellent at understanding processes, answering questions and getting things done. 

Alex Thomas in the Scarlet and Gray Advantage Learning Community gets a High Five for thoughtfully considering the best ways to support students and their families as they join the Buckeye community this fall. 

High Five to Student Life Technology Services’ Sean Miller for always being willing to jump on a call and answer a question for a staff member in need. 

Tom Reeves has been elected co-chair of the Big 10 and Friends Sustainability Network. High Five, Tom, for taking a leadership role in university sustainability.  

High Five to Patrice Ivery and her student staff team members at Student Life Disability Services. They have managed several recent engagements with distressed and disruptive individuals with professionalism and kindness. 

Sorority and Fraternity Life wanted to be sure Christy Blessing in Housing and Residence Education gets a High Five for her partnership in assuring students living in second-year SFL facilities are exempted appropriately.   

A colleague nominated Robin Bolterman in SLTS for replacing a malfunctioning computer monitor in less than 15 minutes of receiving the support ticket. The monitor had suddenly turned very blue, and you know how we feel about the color blue on this campus. High Five, Robin. 

Have a Scarlet and Great weekend.  


Melissa S. Shivers, PhD 

Senior Vice President for Student Life 
The Ohio State University