Today's Update: Friday, June 4

June 4, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, Happy High Five Friday. Let’s end the week celebrating more team members being extraordinary.

Student Life’s Dr. Donna Hight of Ohio State Mansfield gets our first High Five of the week for receiving one of the university’s Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Awards. The award goes to those who make a “significant commitment to enhancing Ohio State’s diversity and inclusion efforts.” She really deserves this honor, and I’m so grateful for all she does.

High Five to Rebecca Kapusta, senior program coordinator for the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP), for coordinating the implementation of STEP on the regional campuses. Our first regional campus student received their funding for their Signature Project recently. And High Fives to Virginia Cope, Willie Ho, Michelle McKinniss, Cynthia Callahan, Penny Nemitz, Julie Paxton and Courtney Roeder for leading STEP efforts on each campus.

High Five to Dr. Kim Monteaux De Freitas for her work on the NASPA Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community’s (FSKC) inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Institute.

Nicki Adams from Student Conduct and Emma Manier in Student Advocacy Center get High Fives for their coordination of the Maxient database merger. Maxient is the record-keeping database that is used by many offices — Student Conduct, Student Advocacy Center, Res Life/Housing, Sorority and Fraternity Life, among others. It was a huge undertaking that went off seamlessly, thanks to their coordination and prep work.

High Fives to Jennifer Lang and Morgan Blumenfeld of Counseling and Consultation Service for their hard work in coordinating and facilitating the recent Creating a Culture of Care virtual conference, which was a collaboration between Ohio State Harding Hospital and the Office of Student Life. The conference highlighted the holistic and collaborative support offered to students who experience mental health concerns. It was a huge success with nearly 120 participants from many areas of campus.

Paul Kraemer of Student Life Disability Services gets a High Five for his work on captioning. The procedure went through several changes, and Paul was successful in dealing with all the many details, as well as keeping up with a 243% increase in the volume of captioning needed during the pandemic.

Please keep sending me your High Five nominations. I want to hear about all the extraordinary things our team is doing, and I know your colleagues want to hear about your successes, as well.

Have a Scarlet and Great weekend!

Melissa