Today's Update: Thursday, December 3

December 3, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, Ohio States Sesquicentennial is over, but the celebration will go on.  

The events and activities marking the university’s 150th anniversary are drawing to a close, but we can still celebrate our Scarlet and Great accomplishments and all the amazing things to come. 

I found it very meaningful to have joined Ohio State during this celebration. Being a part of the 150-year history of this institution is humbling, and even more exciting is being a part of the promise of the future.  

Student Life was very involved in the sesquicentennial with a number of fun and imaginative programs. Dining Services put the Sesquicentennial artwork on cookies and MyCups, D-tix sold 150 general discount tickets for $1.50, the Ohio Union did a history of the Union series using the 50 hashtag and Rec Sports featured a 150 minutes of activity campaign called “How do you 150?” It was obviously easier for everyone to play off the “150” than it was to use “sesquicentennial.”  

The university’s history also played a role in Student Life’s participation. The Multicultural Center’s Q*mmunity Dinner during LGBTQ History month was part of the celebration, as was The History of Native OSU program during Native American Heritage Month.  

I want to give a special, day-early High Five to all Student Life team members who were involved in the sesquicentennial.  

And there was much, much more. 

Ohio State did a series of “untold stories” called the Carmen Collection for the commemoration. Two in particular touch on Student Life. One is “The Need for Social Change” (carmencollection.osu.edu/story/need-social-change) a tribute to Dr. Patty Cunningham, whose advocacy led to the creation of Student Life Social Change, a department she led until her untimely death in 2017. Another is “Uniting Through Multiculturism,” a look at the founding of the MCC. (carmencollection.osu.edu/story/uniting-through-multiculturalism)   

The university published a book titled, Fulfilling the 21st Century Land Grant Mission with essays honoring the sesquicentennial commemoration. In a chapter on “The Student Experience,” Student Life collaborated on an article about “Ohio State’s Second-year Transformational Experience Program: Enriching Students’ Lives in the Modern Land-Grant Era.” The writers show how, even more than a century and a half after the passage of the Morrill Act that paved the way for the establishment of schools like Ohio State, the mission of providing higher education to all is still alive and well.  

I was honored to be among those interviewed for a university documentary as part of the sesquicentennial. I talked about how the land grant mission is as important now as it was more than a century and a half ago.  

The future of Ohio State is Scarlet and Great, and I’m excited that you and I get to be a part of it.

Melissa