Today's Update: Friday, May 21

May 21, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, It’s High Five Friday again, and I’m excited to recognize more of our team members doing Scarlet and Great work.  

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve given High Fives to everyone who helped with Move-Out and Commencement. Today I want to circle back and recognize the two people who made our role in those extraordinary events possible. A very special High Five to Aubrie Smith who plans, coordinates and orchestrates Move-Out, Move-In and every Move we make. She truly does a phenomenal job. Likewise, a High Five to Daren Lehman, who takes care of running our efforts at Commencement. I appreciate all they do, but even more important, I know how much our students and their loved ones appreciate the support of Student Life.  

The Ohio Union team gets a High Five for their work facilitating the Wexner Medical Center’s vaccine clinic in the Performance Hall. Thanks to the quick planning and execution of the operations and events crews, 900 people were vaccinated over the two-week run. And if you are still looking for an opportunity to get vaccinated, as I shared yesterday, you can schedule an appointment at Jesse Owens North

High Five to Res Life’s Rochelle Toth for being featured in the department’s latest Inclusive Excellence Spotlight. 

Student Conduct wants a High Five for Technology Services’ Sean Miller, who updated all their laptops to include a program that allows easier viewing of .mov and .mp4 files. Happy to give that High Five! 

The Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) team gets a High Five for helping make the Buckeyes Together program a success. The program helped students connect with peers to network and build community on campus and included meeting with Faculty Leads in a shortened “STEP-esque” curriculum focused on developing skills related to wellness and resiliency. 

High Five to Res Life’s David Ternier, who helped a student pack up his entire room so he could be ready to move out. The student recently had lung surgery and was unable to lift anything.  

Finally for this week, a High Five to Luawanda West of Environmental Services for always being upbeat and positive. When many of us were counting down the hours until the end of the academic year, she talked about how she would miss the students because they “bring me so much joy.” I wholeheartedly agree, and that attitude brings me much joy!  

Have a Scarlet and Great weekend!  

Melissa