Today's Update: Friday, June 23, 2023

June 23, 2023

Dear Student Life team,

Happy High Five Friday. 

First, High Fives to everyone who helped me celebrate my birthday this week (a full week early!). As you may know, birthdays are important to me, so I am Scarlet and Grateful to everyone who sent me cards and well wishes. 

High Fives to Peter Oduwole, Stephanie Grissett, Christina Szuch, Joni Sivey, Bansari Thakkar, Ven Palmieri, Darreon Greer, Sr. and Harry Warner of Counseling and Consultation Service for presenting at the national conference for the Association of University and College Counseling Center Outreach in Atlanta this month. This conference brings together higher education professionals who focus on mental health and well-being outreach, working improve access and health literacy while providing education, prevention and intervention to students.   

You’ve heard the phrase “See something, say something” many times, and I want to give High Fives to two team members who saw something and said something. Jen Cottrell arrived before the Ohio Union would normally be open recently and found the doors unlocked. She immediately reported it. And Will Cangialosi heard water rushing in a mechanical/electrical room. He alerted the building manager who was able to call maintenance to address the situation. High Five, Jen and Will.  

I’ve been encouraging you all to take some time for yourselves over the summer, and I am happy to report I am trying to do the same. That said, our next High Five will come out after the Fourth of July holiday. Please continue to email me kudos suggestions in the meantime! 

Have a Scarlet and Great weekend.  


Melissa S. Shivers, PhD

Senior Vice President for Student Life
The Ohio State University