Today's Update: Friday, March 5

March 5, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, It’s Friday, and that means it’s High Five Friday! It’s also national Employee Appreciation Day, but that’s every day for me and our stellar Student Life team. I appreciate you every hour of the day, every day of the year. You are Scarlet and Great, and I am grateful for all that you do. 

I want to start by offering a High Five for everyone who joined me for our All-Team meeting on Monday. I’ll be doing more of these sessions in the future, so keep reading my daily updates for information on the next one.  

I also want to reiterate something I said in that meeting. I am aware that it has taken a great deal from so many for us to get where we are today, and for that, and you, I am grateful. I also acknowledge that there has been so much uncertainty in the past months, yet many of you have remained flexible and trusting that our efforts would not be in vain. And here we are, knocking on the door of a reactivated fall term with hopes for the next normal. A big thank you to the whole Student Life team who made this possible. 

I also offered High Fives to our heroes in Dining, Environmental Services and Maintenance who help with the on-campus experience, maintaining basic needs, food, housing and safety, for our students; the team members involved in our massive testing effort; those who have taken such good care of the students in quarantine and isolation housing; and to everyone supporting students and student engagement in so many ways. High Fives to all!  

The MCC’s Sophia Antoun gets a High Five, along with the APIDA Heritage Month planning committee, for doing an excellent job leveraging new platforms like Instagram Stories and Instagram Live to connect with students. 

I saw in SLICE this morning that Counseling and Consultation Service’s Shivani Edwards was the subject of an article in the current NASW-Ohio (National Association of Social Workers) newsletter, talking about the various adjustments, initiatives and programs at CCS to deal with the pandemic. High Five!   

High Five to the Career Counseling and Support Services team. Their commitment to walk-in hours and workshops-by-request outside of traditional hours was highlighted as a best practice (3 ways to support first-generation students through the career center) by the educational consulting firm EAB.  

High Fives to the Student Conduct team of Kelly Smith, Krystal Reeb, Emma Anderson, Michael Volkman, Marsha Lucas and Nicki Adams. The Sorority and Fraternity Life team says, “This team has been essential in helping us enforce the Buckeye Pledge with our individual students, clubs and organizations. The work done in student conduct can be challenging and thankless at times. Thank you for having the fierce conversations that are keeping our community together as Buckeyes.” 

If you have a team or an individual you’d like to nominate for a High Five, send me an email. I am always Scarlet and Grateful to highlight team members doing extraordinary things. 

Have a Scarlet and Great weekend. 

Melissa