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Happy Monday everyone. Below you will find the latest news and information for Ohio State students and famililes for the week of November 22, 2015. Justa few additional points for this week:

First, as a reminder, Ohio State will not have classes on Wednesday, November 25, Thursday, November 26 or Friday November 27 as part of the Thanksgiving Break. Most University offices will remain open on Wednesday though some hours may vary. Most University offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The Ohio Union will be closed Thursday and Friday while recreational facilities will have varied hours during the break (closed Thursday). You can find information below regarding the Thanksgiving Dinner held on Thursday if your student is to remain on campus during the break. Parent and Family Relations would like to wish you and your family and safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Second, is your student graduating this semester? Graduating students for Fall 2015 have the opportunity to address their peers and families and share their college memories at the Candlelight Ceremony during Commencement Week. All graduating students and families are invited to the Candlelight Ceremony which will take place on Thursday Dec. 17 from 7-8 p.m. in Ohio Union Performance Hall. All graduating students can apply to be the student speaker by Sunday Nov. 29 at Graduating seniors can also submit their graduation pictures, which will be shown during the Candlelight Ceremony. The link for submitting graduation pictures is Students can visit to register for other events including Planetarium Tours. Please contact Ayush Kalani, Commencement Week Chair, at if you have any questions. All graduating seniors can share their thoughts on social media using the hashtag #OSUGrad

Third, is your student looking to get to and from the airport for Thanksgiving Break? Keep in mind that COTA's 52 Express shuttle may be a great option. The 52 Express offers free bus service to and from campus at peak times students need to access the airport (Thanksgiving, Winter Break and return from Winter Break). You can find more information on the 52 express, including pick-up locations and times, on-line by clicking here.

Next, be sure to encourage your student to read the information regarding Mirror Lake safety. We are aware that some students plan to jump into Mirror Lake tomorrow (Tuesday, 11/24) evening. Though we do not encourage students to jump into Mirror Lake, if your student is choosing to participate in this activity, be sure he/she is aware of the procedures, including the need to have a wristband to attend. Anything you can do to review these messages with your student would be helpful. The well-being of our students is our primary priority, and we are taking steps to ensure that this activity can be managed in a way that maintains appropriate levels of safety and security. You can review the FAQs online as well.

Finally, there will not be a publication of the OnCampus next week because of the holiday break. We will be sending information on finals and winter break as students prepare to conclude the semester.

Have a great week everyone!


Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’


There is a department in the Office of Student Life dedicated to research and assessment to make Ohio State a better place. The Center for the Study of Student Life routinely collects and analyzes a variety of data sources in order to inform how we continuously improve services, programs and activities that support your college experience. Read full column >

Contact Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston at

Headline news

Interim provost announced


Bruce A. McPheron has been named the interim executive vice president and provost at Ohio State, effective Dec. 2. For the last three years, he has served as the vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). McPheron is a member of the Discovery Themes executive team, and served as the 2013-14 chair of the Policy Board of Directors of Agriculture for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Ronald Hendrick, senior associate dean and professor, will serve as interim dean at CFAES.


Stay connected with Ohio State


President Michael V. Drake to deliver annual State of the University Address


President Drake will deliver his second State of the University Address on Monday (11/30) 3:30 p.m., sharing progress on the university’s 2020 Vision focused on access, affordability and excellence; community outreach; and diversity and inclusion. Drake will speak at the conclusion of the University Senate meeting, which was rescheduled from Thursday (11/19).

Watch in two ways: at the U.S. Bank Conference Theater, first floor of the Ohio Union, or online at (not active until 11/30).

Reading the brain, wirelessly


Wireless brain implants may one day help treat epileptic seizures, revive paralyzed limbs or solve the mystery of Alzheimer’s disease and other mental health disorders. Learn how Ohio State Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD student Cedric Lee (shown here) and his co-advisors, Ohio State senior research associate Asimina Kiourti and ESL director/professor John Volakis, are winning awards for their work advancing the field.
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Campus recycling: continuing assistance valued

Students, faculty and staff have a significant influence on campus recycling, and your help is needed to keep our recycling from getting contaminated. What can you do to help? Make sure you're putting the right items in the right bins. These items go in the trash bins: cups, food/takeout containers and napkins/paper towels.
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Pelotonia 15 raises $23.7M for Ohio State cancer fight

While the Ohio State community celebrates a record-breaking $23,659,675 raised this year to end cancer, we take a look back at #Pelotonia15 through the eyes of riders, researchers, patients and families.
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Fergus Family Scholarship applications due Dec. 1

Due Tuesday (12/1), the John Fergus Family Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in a degree-granting, studio based major in the Departments of Art; Arts Administration, Education and Policy; History of Art; or Design. Chosen applicants will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship applied to their student account for materials and will exhibit their chosen work in a group exhibition in January 2016 in the annual Fergus Scholarship Exhibition at Urban Arts Space.
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CABS Thanksgiving holiday service begins Nov. 25

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, CABS will run break service on Wednesday (11/25). There will be no CABS service Thursday (11/26)-Saturday (11/28). On Sunday (11/29), CABS service will resume with the Campus Loop North, Buckeye Village, and paratransit service.
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Parking/traffic/bus service impacts Nov. 24

Parking: At 7 p.m., Hagerty Drive (including Faculty Club Lot), Neil Avenue, and Neil Drive (including Campbell Hall Lot) spaces will be closed. Vehicles remaining in these areas after the closure will be relocated at the owner’s expense. Neil Avenue Garage will be inaccessible due to road closures beginning at 7 p.m. (vehicles remaining in the garage may continue to exit normally). Alternative parking is available in the 12th Avenue/Ohio Union South Garages.
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Traffic/bus: At 7 p.m., Neil Avenue, north of 12th Avenue and Herrick Drive, between Neil and Cannon will be closed. At 9:30 p.m., 12th Ave. between Neil and College, and College between 17th and 12th, will be closed. Roadways will reopen early morning on Wednesday (11/25). At 9:30 p.m., the CLN, CLS and ER CABS routes will be rerouted via High Street and bus stops along these roadways will not be serviced.
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Traffic impacts Nov. 26

In support of the Columbus Turkey Trot on Thursday (11/26), portions of Lane Avenue, North Star Avenue, Carmack Road, Kinnear Road, Tuttle Park Place, Cannon Drive, John Herrick Drive and Olentangy River Road will be closed (with rolling closures) from approximately 8:30-11 a.m.
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Register for English-language skills assessment

The ESL Programs is offering the TOEFL ITP® on Wednesday (12/2) 8:30-11:30 a.m. This is an opportunity for English learners to assert English proficiency for admission purposes at Ohio State. Register for the test by Thursday (11/19) 4 p.m. in 196 Arps Hall. A $45 fee is due upon registration. To register, contact Jacquelyn Monnin at or 292-3497.
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'A Day in the Life of a Buckeye' program volunteers

Student Life’s Department of Social Change is currently accepting applications from students to serve as hosts for the fourth Annual “A Day in the Life of a Buckeye” program. The event will take place on Wednesday (3/23). Apply online. The program offers a one-on-one experience for inner city and Appalachian area high school students to experience life at Ohio State, and college in general, for a day. 

Upcoming events

Ohio State Thanksgiving Dinner tickets available

Ohio State is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday (11/26) in the Ohio Union with seatings at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. Starting Monday (11/16), tickets will be available at 100 Oxley Hall, the Hale Black Cultural Center and the Ohio Union Information Desk. Tickets are free and are required to attend the event.
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Environmental Science Student Symposium Nov. 24

The Ohio State community and public are invited to attend the fourth Annual Environmental Science Student Symposium Poster Day at the Ohio Union Performance Hall on Tuesday (11/24) 8 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 700 poster presentations by Ohio State undergraduates will take place throughout the day. Posters will describe research in a particular area of environmental science, explore issues and present discoveries.
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