Today's Update: Friday, July 21, 2023

July 21, 2023

Dear Student Life team, 

Happy High Five Friday. 

July 13-Aug. 6 is Ohio State’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week, so an early High Five to everyone on our team. I say it all the time--this is the best student affairs team in the country, and I am honored to work alongside you. High Five from me and give a High Five to your colleagues as well.  

You saw in last week’s Slice that Dining Services Chef David Wolf was competing in the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) 2023 Culinary Challenge in Baltimore. Last night, he won! Chef Wolf won first place and received an American Culinary Federation (ACF) gold medal for his Asian Inspired Pork – Three Ways. High Five, Chef. 

High Five to Jamonae Scarborough, Access Specialist in Student Life Disability Services, for planning a day of professional development activities for her peers to deepen their knowledge of campus resources. 

Brooke Olson, Erin McAlhaney and Jaylen Lindsey represented our team at ACUI’s recent Student Org Institute. Brooke served as one of the Institute faculty, helping design and facilitate the curriculum, and Erin and Jay co-presented educational sessions. The connections with colleagues and new ideas they gathered will definitely enhance the work we do with our community of Buckeye student organizations. ACUI, formerly known as the Association of College Unions International, focuses primarily on the work of those within the college unions and student activities field. 

Rec Sports nominates Aaron Moore, Anna Wagner and Kala McClure for High Fives, grateful for their help in facilitating a productive and restorative Rec Sports staff retreat this week. The staff especially appreciated Aaron, Anna and Kala’s expertise and enthusiasm. High Five!  

High Five to Daren Lehman for talking about how Student Life maintains elevators in our buildings for Elevator World magazine. I’ll bet you didn’t know there was a magazine devoted entirely to elevators.  

Have a Scarlet and Great weekend!  


Melissa S. Shivers, PhD

Senior Vice President for Student Life
The Ohio State University