Today's Update: Friday, November 4, 2022

November 4, 2022

Dear Student Life team, 

Happy High Five Friday.

I’ll start with a High Five to everyone supporting BuckeyeThon this weekend. It’s a huge undertaking that involves a great many members of our team, and I am Scarlet and Grateful for all you do to help make it a success. 

High Five to everyone who has contributed to this year’s Buckeyes for Charity campaign. It warms my heart to know that so many of you are willing to give of your time and treasure to strengthen our community and state. High Five to Kim Traverse who won the Chili Cookoff at Lincoln, and Special High Fives to our Student Life captains, D’Arcy Oaks, Jasmine Stephenson and Xavier De Freitas. The campaign ends today. 

You may have seen in Slice this morning that Dr. Danny Glassmann is an ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree for 2023. High Five, Dean Danny. 

High Five to Dr. Shawnte’ Elbert, who will be the closing keynote speaker at #NASPAStrategies23 in January. 

Ryan Lovell gets a High Five for his work preparing for the implementation of Collin’s Law: Ohio’s Anti-Hazing Act. It takes effect in January, and Ryan has led our effort, including a recent presentation to the University Policy Review Committee. 

High Five to the Student Education and Empowerment team in the Center for Belonging and Social Change. They’ve educated more than 1,000 participants in the first two months of workshops and education sessions this semester and helped facilitate the growth of 175+ DICE (Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement) participants. 

Speaking of the Center, they nominate Ohio Union Operations and Events Director Jeff Pelletier for a High Five, grateful to him as he “consistently supports, answers questions, navigates space requests and gives grace to the entire CBSC Team as we continue to learn the ins and outs of the Union.” High Five, Jeff. 

High Five to Roger Perkey in the Student Wellness Center for an excellent presentation to a STEP cohort. His nominator says, “His session with the group was extremely engaging and informative. My cohort is almost entirely first-gen students. Several are balancing school with one or more paid jobs, internships and other responsibilities. In less capable hands, budgeting and financial wellness topics can feel like just another burden. But Roger presented budgeting and investing as accessible processes and beneficial tools!”

Finally, High Five to everyone who had fun with Halloween this week, especially including those who dressed in costume at work to bring a smile to the rest of us. 

Next Friday is Veterans Day, so an early High Five to all our Student Life team members who have served. The university is closed on Nov. 11, but I’ll be back the following week with more High Fives to celebrate your accomplishments. Keep sending me your nominations, and I hope to see you at one of our next Scarlet and Great Gatherings on Monday, Nov. 14.

Have a Scarlet and Great weekend and Go Buckeyes! 


Melissa S. Shivers, PhD

Senior Vice President for Student Life
The Ohio State University