Today's Update: Friday, September 8, 2023

September 8, 2023

Dear Student Life team, 

Happy High Five Friday! 

I’ve always said it takes a village to get the academic year off to a Scarlet and Great start, and we’re certainly well on our way this fall.  

I have gotten more names of those who helped out during Move-In! In addition to the High Fives last week, Move-In High Fives go to Dylan Delay, Amanda Johnson, Matt Couch, Holly Heffernan, Sarah Favara, Amber Raymond, Maureen Cahill, Prestin Minter, Christian Manning,  Michael Masonbrink, Kaylin Masonbrink, Aliya Beavers, Adeline Green,  Michelle Blackstone, Aubrey McKee, Allan Leary, Kim Traverse, Adam Specht,  Madison Eagle, Leanne Stearns, Michael Loomis,  Samantha Bradway,  Gabi Bockelman, Estrella Jacobsen, Josh Oconer, Dave Reed, John Kuilan, Erick Moyers, Kristen Rupert Davis, Lacey Gosnell,  Nicholas La Torre, Zarek Bell, Kirby Bell,  Erica Regan, Leah Halper, Mohammed Baseer, Matthew Altendorf, Anna Wagner, Tom Reeves, Kristin Knisley, Sarah Geisler,  Paul Wojdacz, Ray VanBoven, Domonique Dunn, Courtney McCrary, Allison Boman, Teri Cugliari, Chelsea Black, Maddie Klang, Courtney Garcia,  Lindsay Seitz, Tom Novotny, Carol Bechtel, Catherine Black, Taylor Allen, Molly Hall, Michael Bower, Nancy Yates, Katie Hall, Mary Beth Zacks, D'Arcy Oaks, Teresa Yu, Debra Ward, Mary Decenzo, Jeff Pelletier, Ryan Wilhelm, Chinwe Dabo, Chris Potts, Julie Wagner, Claudia Bonham, Ryan Benroth, Kyle Beck, Doug McGrew, Jason Working, Shannon Daly, Anne McDaniel, Bridget McDaniel, Kristin Hill, Mark Basford, Aisha Echols, Micky Sharma, Erica Brown, Andrea Gintert, Brendan Greisberger, Brad Seaholm, Mollie Workman, Jordan Smoot, Chrisse Edmunds, Arianna Camel, Tiffany Quattlebaum, Alex Thomas, Julie Schultz, Marci Shumaker, April Adkins, Susan Hagos, James Noe, Remi Timmons, Peyton Timmons, Ian Trautman, Edward Kehres, Pauletta Haynes, Pamela Haynes, Tamisha Reyes, Madeline Fiorucci, Marjorie Freggens, Brad Myers, Rose Tyler, Natalie Hensley, Jody Shipley, Abigail Krummel, Lily Xing, Hillary Carter, Harold Davis, Cynthia Watson, Amanda Shimp, Felix Alonso, Suzanne Brown, Susan Kimmel, Alex Torchia, Jarrode Davis, Zachary Redecker, Nancy Thompson, Stacey Renker, Jason Holbrook, Shina Drummond and Lisa Selfinger. 

High Five to Connor Vezina for taking on not just one, but two roles within the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) networks. Connor will be serving as the External Programs Coordinator for the Multiracial Network (MRN) and as a Regional Ambassador for the Asian Pacific American Network (APAN).  

Friend of Student Life Debbie Melser gets a High Five for helping connect the Center for Belonging and Social Change team with University Advancement so that our Lambda Support Fund had the appropriate links, resources and information. 

Be sure to come to next week’s Scarlet and Great Gathering. It’s Thursday, September 14, with, as usual, two sessions that will be identical in content. The morning version is 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Ohio Union Performance Hall, and that afternoon from 2-3 p.m. we’ll be at RPAC in Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3. The morning session will be livestreamed at in case you can’t make it in person.   

And speaking of other opportunities to connect with your colleagues, there are still spots available for the food packing event on Tuesday, September 26, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the French Field House. For more information and to sign up, visit this link

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank Carla Smith Jones from our development team and Erica Regan from the Center for the Study of Student Life who joined me for an amazing visit with a donor this week. Special thanks to them, along with Stacy Smith and Candyce Williams, who helped us figure out some tricky travel arrangements after Mother Nature gave us some challenges! 

Have a Scarlet and Great weekend and GO BUCKS!!!!!   

Melissa S. Shivers, PhD   

Senior Vice President for Student Life   
The Ohio State University