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Parents and Families - Below you will find the latest news and information for Ohio State students for the week of August. 25, 2014.

Just a few additional points for this week:

First, for those returning parents, you'll notice a slight change to the name of this publication. In past years, our weekly piece has been title Buckeye Net News for Parents and Families. That publication has evolved into onCampus. Though the name is different, the purpose of this publication is the same. onCampus for Parents and Families provides you information about what is happening on and around campus in a given week. Students receive a similar copy of onCampus on Sunday. We provide the information to you so that you know the many different events, resources, and other opportunities that are available to students in a given week. We encourage you to talk with your student about these opportunties so that he/she is maximizing the Ohio State experience.

Second, you'll see information below regarding a test of the Buckeye Alert system, Ohio State's emergency text message warning system. Students are automatically subscribed to Buckeye Alert if they have the correct cell phone number on record in their Student Center. To see how a student can update their phone number, click here. Students can also subscribe their parents or family members to receive Buckeye Alerts. The student must sign you up, however, that way you are removed when your student graduates. For information on how your student can subscribe you for messages, click here.

Third, if you are a Facebook user, become a fan of the Parent and Family Relations Facebook page. We post information, photos, etc. almost daily on the site to keep you connected to what is happening at Ohio State. You can access the Parent and Family Relations Facebook page by clicking here or by clicking the Facebook icon below. Our office also has a presence on Twitter.

Finally, we know many of you have made requests to have your email address changed, updated,or removed from our email list. We are processing through those requests as quickly as possible. We should get all updates done this week. Sorry for the delay and any inconvenience. We're processing those as quickly as possible.


Sponsored by OSU Tobacco Free

Ohio State is tobacco free. Last year, Ohio State joined other institutions across the country and in Ohio by going tobacco-free. Faculty, staff and students are reminded that no use of tobacco in any form will be permitted on university property, including regional campuses and Ohio State medical care centers throughout the state, as well as airports, nature centers, parking lots and garages. Tobacco cessation resources are available to help those trying to quit, and many of them are free.
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Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’


The new academic year is about to get underway, and the Office of Student Life is here to help you get it started in a memorable way. One of the most important things you can do now, even before classes start, is to get ready for your future. The university-wide Career and Internship Fair is Wednesday (9/10-Friday (9/12) at Student Life's Ohio Union. Read full column >

Contact Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston at

Headline News

Campus gems revealed


For 144 years, Ohio State’s campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It is where friendships are forged. It’s where rivalries and revelry are born. As another school year gets underway, up your Buck-IQ and connect with the generations of students by taking a closer look at campus gems hidden in plain sight.
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Buckeye Bullet team debuts newest electric supercar


A team of students and faculty from Ohio State is poised to race its latest streamline electric vehicle, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3), on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. Currently holding the record for world’s fastest electric vehicle, the team aims to eclipse its own record of 307.6 miles per hour (495 kilometers per hour) set in 2010. Weather permitting, the record attempts will take place today (8/18)-Thursday (8/21).
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Sept. 3: Buckeye Alert System test - Columbus

Ohio State’s Emergency Management Division will conduct a test of the Buckeye Alert system on Wednesday (9/3). Faculty, staff and students associated with the Columbus campus will receive a text message, which will be clearly identified as a test.
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Keep your password twice as long

By popular demand, you can now keep your password twice as long! You will now only be required to change your password once every 180 days instead of every 90 days. Passwords still must be 8 characters and must contain at least three (3) of the following: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers; and/or special characters .
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Welcome Week events

Get your year started off right with Welcome Week


Welcome home Buckeyes! There are more than 150 events taking place throughout the week, covering everything from traditions, academics, and diversity to athletics, service, and campus resources.

Want all 150 Welcome Week events, maps, social media, photos, and more in your pocket? Download Guidebook for iOS and Android and search “Ohio State Welcome Week” for the new mobile guide. Read more at

Highlights of Welcome Week 2014 follow. A complete schedule of events is available at and in the Guidebook guide.

Monday (8/25)

President’s Convocation, 10:30 a.m.-noon at St. John Arena. The traditional academic ceremony welcoming new students to Ohio State.
First-Year Student Columbus Welcome Event, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.

Tuesday (8/26)

Community Commitment, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. starting in the Ohio Union Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom. One of the largest single day community service projects on any college campus.
Buck-i-Frenzy, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in and around the RPAC. Five hours of food, fun, and free stuff await you at this amazing lifestyle festival.

Wednesday (8/27)

First day of classes.
OUAB Movie on the Oval, 7:30-11:30 p.m. on the Oval. Bring a blanket and some friends to this free outdoor screening of Captain America.

Thursday (8/28)

Buckeye Careers Job Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Ohio Union Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom.
Buckeye Kick-Off, 6-8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. Free tailgate at 6.

Friday (8/29)

Dump & Run, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Jesse Owens North. Columbus’ largest yard sale. Buy inexpensive items donated during last year’s move out.
OUAB Welcome Week Concert features Capital Cities with special guests GRiZ and Captain Kidd, 7-11:30 p.m. on the South Oval.


Ohio General Assembly Internship applications

The Government Internship Program provides sophomores, juniors and seniors an unpaid, semester-long internship with the Ohio General Assembly. Students can expect to work on things like assisting with the resolution of constituent issues, identifying constituent and community achievements for recognition, conducting research, drafting letters and memos, and attending committee hearings and session. 
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Student Health Center testing

The Wilce Student Health Center is offering patients the ability to be tested for select laboratory tests without a physician’s order, with the cost for the test to be billed directly to the patient. Tests under OIY include: Anemia, Blood Type, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Urine Drug Screen, Urine Pregnancy, STD Screening, Thyroid, and Vitamin D. Payment is due at the time of service.
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Traffic/parking news

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The Ohio State University Police Division is participating in the national enforcement blitz that kicked off Friday (8/15) and will run through Monday (9/1). Read more:

Regular Campus Area Bus service (CABS) has resumed. Review 2014-2015 CABS route information and service updates at

Aug. 31 traffic impacts. The Clunger Beats 5000 event will take place on Sunday (8/31). Rolling closures will occur on several campus roads from approximately 10-11:30 a.m. CABS service interruptions and traffic delays are anticipated. More info:

Sept. 1 Labor Day holiday: CABS will run weekend service on Monday (9/1). More info: The CampusParc Customer Service Center will be closed on Monday (9/1). During university observed holidays, any valid CampusParc permit may park in any unreserved A, B, or C surface space. Read more:

Plan ahead for travel on campus - home football Saturdays. Use extra caution when walking, driving, and biking on campus and follow the direction of officers in the roadway on football Saturdays. Read more:

Upcoming events

The Ohio State University Career and Internship Fair, Wednesday (9/10)-Friday (9/12), 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ohio Union. Open to students across all majors, graduate programs and degree levels. Read more:

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