Today's Update: Wednesday, April 7

April 7, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, I had a very rewarding experience this week and want to share it with you. 

You might have seen on the news that Gov. Mike DeWine and his wife Fran visited the Schottenstein Center to visit with students receiving their COVID-19 vaccine.   

I was honored to join President Johnson and Wexner Medical Center leaders on the tour, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the Governor and his wife.  

Four student leaders, new Undergraduate Student Government President Jacob Chang, Residence Hall Advisory Council President Lauren Etzkorn, Ohio Union Activities Board’s outgoing President Samina Hejeebu and incoming Council of Graduate Students President Nick Messenger had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the Governor. I’m grateful for their engagement, and also happy that they shared a couple of Fran DeWine’s amazing Buckeye brownies with me!  

The highlight of the day was seeing so many students receiving their vaccination and hearing them explain why getting the shot was important to them. For some, their motivation was to protect family members. Others want to get back to activities and gatherings (most often mentioned: football games in the ‘Shoe.)  

Each had a slightly different reason, but the themes were consistent: they want to do what will protect their loved ones, others and themselves, and they know that getting the COVID vaccination is an important step. 

It was inspirational to hear them talk about it, and it also validates what we’ve done to get through this year. Twelve months ago, the scene at the Schott would have been at best a dream, but here we are with vaccines available and lines of students queuing up for it. Our next reality is in sight.   

Through your Scarlet and Great work, in every aspect of dealing with the COVID reality, we have supported our students and have nearly made it to the end of a successful academic year. That is both rewarding and worth celebrating.