Today's Update: Friday, March 1, 2024

March 1, 2024

Dear Student Life team, 

Happy High Five Friday! 

High Five to Phil Anderson and the Student Life Student Health Services Pharmacy team for working around a situation involving a vendor having nationwide computer issues so we could continue to serve students. 

AEPhi Sorority gets a High Five for saving a life. Five years ago, the organization had a donor drive for the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, which resulted in just recently finding a life-saving match for a man battling Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.   

As you know, growing the Student Employment Experience (SEE) program is a priority in Student Life. Just yesterday we hit our target goal for the year, with 5,763 students taking part to learn how their campus work experience translates to the kind of skills employers are looking for. High Fives to Anne McDaniel, Nancy Thompson, Taylor Koon, Aaron Moore, Erica Regan and Leah Halper for making this important milestone possible.  

High Fives to the Student Life team members who served as reviewers at the Spring STEP Expo last week, including Jennifer Chilman, Jamonae Scarborough, Rebecca Kapusta, Tara Nord, Kristen Rupert Davis, Jason Goodman, Chris Zirkle, Adam Specht, Dave DeAngelo, JR Rathjens, Kim Monteaux De Freitas, Aliya Beavers, Re'Nesha Weston, D'Arcy Oaks, Ryan Lovell, Nancy Thompson and Julie Sanzone.

Ahmed Hosni and Re’Nesha Weston get High Fives for participating in a recent visit to campus by National Drug Control Policy director Rahul Guta. He was here to learn about effective research and programs at Ohio State.  

High Fives to Chrisse Edmunds and Alex Green from the Center for the Study of Student Life for quickly stepping in to help a Counseling and Consultation Service search committee overcome an expected barrier. 

Kristen Rupert Davis gets a High Five for appearing on a NASPA Leadership Podcast as part of a Student Affairs Practitioner Panel on leadership education.  

High Five to Kim Monteaux De Freitas for contributing a chapter to the new book, Affirming Identity, Advancing Belonging, and Amplifying Voice in Sororities and Fraternities. Her chapter is “Exploring, Understanding, and Embracing Identity/ies in the Advising Process.” 

The 2nd Annual Center for Belonging and Social Change Student Empowerment Conference was a huge success. High Fives to the Student Life team members who served as presenters and facilitators, including Darreon Greer, Ashley Cooley, Justin Turner, Destiny Randall, Ildico Osei Twerefour, Madison Eagle, Indra Leyva Cook, Ari Grubaugh, Seneca Crump, Connor Vezina, Daniel Jimenez, Arrie Derricoatte, Akilah Jones, Celebrity Dailey-Brown, Owen Dennewitz and Charity Martin-King. High Fives as well to those who also supported the conference including Aisha Echols, Michelle Miranda and Estrella Jacobsen.  

High Fives to all the Student Life team members, university departments and student organizations that collaborated to put on the Equi-TEA: Dialogue and Celebration of Black Women and Femme.  

Have a Scarlet and Great weekend!  


Melissa S. Shivers, PhD 
Senior Vice President for Student Life  
The Ohio State University