Today's Update: Friday, June 26

June 26, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, 

We’ve made it through another week, and that means we get to celebrate by celebrating our Scarlet and Great team members for their outstanding work.  

I want to start with a High Five to everyone who stood outside the Ohio Union to surprise me with a physically distant, fully masked pop-up birthday (which is actually tomorrow) celebration. I shared a photo of it on my Instagram account (scarletandgrayvp). It totally made my day and reminded me just how much I love working with all of you.  

I’ll send a High Five to the Student Health Services Providers who have worked at the Ohio State Covid testing station this summer. Even on hot and humid days, wearing extra layers of personal protection equipment, they haven’t complained and are making a difference during this pandemic with their work.  

High Five to the Student Wellness Center’s Nick Fowler for being featured as the WBNS 10TV Hero of the Day. They recognized him for his continued dedication and hard work on behalf of the Buckeye Food Alliance Food Pantry. I missed the broadcast, so a bonus High Five to the people who brought it to my attention. 

High Five to the Student Life Dining Services staff, Keri Creech, Kallie Haines, Matt Nichols, Matt Shock, Nate Farley, Joe Paine, Michael Johnson, Khadija Rabii and Kathy Grant, who work at the Ohio State Child Care program, which recently reopened, and provide nutritionally balanced and toddler-approved meals. 

The Housing Administration team gets a High Five for contacting students, answering questions, pulling lists, (you name it, they’re doing it).      

High Five to the Student Life Orientation team for making our new Buckeyes feel at home even if they aren’t here yet.  

Today is his last Friday as president of this amazing institution, so I also want to give a farewell High Five to President Michael Drake for his leadership, support and kindness to me.

Melissa