Today's Update: Thursday, April 22

April 22, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, I want to begin by recognizing that many of us are processing our reactions to the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial, the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting along with all other current events that impact social and racial justice. It’s a lot to take in, and that’s why our Student Life Commitment and Action Planning Team (CAPT) is holding an open session tomorrow (Fri. April 23) at 3 p.m. to facilitate a discussion. It’s an opportunity for you and all our team to discuss and share in a supportive environment as we work through our feelings and reflections.  

You can register for tomorrow’s session online: 
osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rfuyrrDIvGNMKEuoHzXJPnJyC3IV0peji  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

There is a similar session for Black faculty and staff at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Follow this Zoom link to attend:  
osu.zoom.us/j/98103962692?pwd=V3phZ25sWVZTMFBJMmFkeVFBZmluZz09.


Also in today’s update, I’m putting out another call for assistance with two of our most important upcoming efforts: Move-Out and Commencement.  

I don’t have to tell you these are unusual times. Historically, we haven’t needed to staff Move-Out, but during the pandemic, having team members on hand is important to help keep our community safe and healthy. Likewise, we’ve never had this kind of format for Commencement, but again, unusual times call for unusual measures. Your support is needed for both activities. 

We also owe it to our students. The past two years have been incredibly disruptive and have impacted their ability to have the extraordinary student experience.  

The vast majority of students leaving our residence halls in the coming weeks, whether they be in the first or second year at Ohio State, have never experienced what we’ve thought of as a “normal" year here. Our graduating seniors and those receiving advanced degrees at Commencement never expected the wrap-up of their time to be like this.  

Frankly, we owe them an extraordinary end to the year. There have been so many things that we have been unable to provide our students, or we have had to provide them in very unfamiliar ways. Giving them the benefit our presence as they end this academic year seems like the least we can do. Your being there says, “We care about you, especially in these weird times.”  

Here is the information you need to step up: 

Commencement 

There are two ceremonies on Sunday, May 9. Student Life team members are needed to be greeters and address issues as they arise, as well as assist colleges with diploma and program distribution. People are needed before both ceremonies (9:30-11 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.) and during each ceremony (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.) If you can help on any or all shifts, contact Daren Lehman, lehman.44@osu.edu or 614-247-8191.   

Move-Out  

Assistance is needed to greet families, wipe down carts, direct traffic, answer questions and wish students well as they depart. The dates are between Wednesday, April 28 and Saturday, May 1. There are 3 shifts each day: 8-11:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.–2:45 p.m. and 2:30-6 p.m. You can sign up online: go.osu.edu/moveouthelp

Our students deserve your Scarlet and Great help as we wrap up this academic year. I appreciate your willingness to show them your support.  

Melissa