Today's Update: Friday, July 17

July 17, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, I hope you look forward to High Five Fridays as much as I do. We have a Scarlet and Great team, and I love being able to recognize our people for the above and beyond things you all do so regularly. And don’t be shy about sending me nominees. I want to hear from you about those who deserve a High Five.  

First up this week, Jarrode Davis and Nick Pangio from Rec Sports and Chris Coleman from Dining Services who were re-deployed to help out in Housing Administration for the summer. They’ve helped take phone calls, make assignment entries and more. 

A High Five goes to Drew Leininger, Sean McClure, Taylor Whittington, Caleb Lesley and Kim Pachell for helping out the Risk and Emergency Management group on very short notice to prepare some items for on-campus residents. 

High Fives for being leaders in their profession to two team members from Counseling and Consultation Service. Psychologist Dr. Chiaothong Yong has been elected as the Ohio Psychological Association’s Vice President of Diversity for the 2020-2021 year, and CCS Associate Director for Outreach Harry Warner has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Outreach. I read about them in Slice this morning.  

And a High Five to the Graduate School. They transferred a total of $40,000 ($20,000 in the spring and another $20,000 recently) from their emergency assistance fund into the Margaret Herlan Busch fund managed by Student Life Student Advocacy. We shared good data with them on how the fund is helping graduate students with unforeseen financial difficulties. High Fives to also Advocacy’s Shannon Jones and Emma Manier, plus the Center for the Study of Student Life’s Erica Regan, for all of their coordination on this.  

Last but not least, I simply want to thank every one of you. The thoughtfulness, intentionality and attention that each of you have provided in planning for a safe return is nothing short of extraordinary. I have been moved by the willingness to hear “no, it will need to be different this year” or “sorry, things are squishy right now and we cannot offer the absolute answer you’re looking for” or “ heck, we don’t know, but we will figure it out!” In such an uncertain time I continue to be grateful to work alongside an amazing group of humans. 

It’s getting busier for much of Student Life as we get closer to the start of the new semester. Know that I am very grateful for your Scarlet and Great efforts to make this transition as smooth as possible. And send me your High Five nominees!

Melissa