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Happy Monday everyone. Below you will find the latest news and information for Ohio State students and families for the week of December 15, 2014. Just a few additional points for this week:

First, as a reminder, you can find information on final exams and winter break on-line by clicking here. The residence halls will close for winter break from 2:00pm on December 18, until 8:00am on January 11. Students should check out no later than 24 hours after their last exam. If your student lives in an academic year residence hall, the building will not close for break. For a complete list of academic year residence halls, click here. Residence hall students should also familiarize themselves with the Winter Break Housing Checklist prior to move out.

Second, Residence Hall Move in day for Spring 2015 semester is Sunday, January 11, 2015 starting at 8am. The residence halls will open starting at noon on Saturday, January 10, 2015 but students who check in on January 10 will be charged an early arrival fee of $25 to move in early if they are moving into one of the non-academic year residence halls. For complete information on Spring 2015 move-in, including check-in information, parking information, and loading and unloading information, click here.

Third, the initial fee deadline for spring 2015 term will be Monday, January 5, 2015. The Statement of Account, located on the Student Center, is the official bill from The Ohio State University; paper bills will not be generated. Directions on how your student can view the Statement of Account may be found on-line by clicking here. For more information on registration and fees for Spring 2015, click here.

Finally, with the break nearly upon us, this will be the last edition of onCampus for Parents and Families until 2015. Publication will resume the weekend prior to classes beginning (January 12 is the first day of class). Though students will go on break, most university offices and departments remain open during the break though many have reduced or limited hours due to staff taking vacation. This includes Parent and Family Relations. Our staff will be out of the office from December 23 - January 5. During this time you are welcome to leave us a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. It may be easier to reach us via email at either or by emailing our director, Ryan Lovell at

Have a great break with your students everyone!


Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’


Your college years can go by in a blink of an eye. As many of you are getting ready to embark on your journey beyond Ohio State, I encourage you all to take the opportunity to reflect on your time here at the university. Read full column >

Contact Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston at


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City & Regional Planning students' light rail system

The City & Regional Planning Department’s 4910 undergraduate studio recently produced a plan for a light rail system in Columbus and presented it to the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission. The work has revived the discussion regarding transit needs in Columbus, receiving significant attention from numerous media outlets. The students’ website has generated more than 2,000 survey results. 
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Board of Trustees seeks undergraduate student member

Do you know of students who may be interested in providing the unique and highly valued student perspective to all discussions of the Board of Trustees? Applications are open for the new undergraduate student member of the board. Deadline to apply is Friday (2/27). Final information sessions will be on Sunday (1/25).
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Buckeyes beats Wolverines in Battle Against Hunger

Ohio State has defeated Michigan in the Battle Against Hunger, a program aimed at creating awareness of issues surrounding food insecurity. Through Student Life’s Pay it Forward, Ohio State collected 15,218 pounds of food to Michigan’s 3,147. Thirteen Ohio State student groups conducted food drives in November.
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CABS winter break service begins Dec. 18

During winter break, Thursday (12/18)-Sunday (1/11), CABS will run reduced bus service Monday-Friday, with no service overnight, on the weekends and on university holidays. For more information regarding the CABS winter break service schedule, visit the Transportation & Traffic Management web site at


Pelotonia Fellowship Program applications, info session

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program is accepting applications for undergraduate, graduate, medical, pharmacy, dental and postdoctoral student fellowships for cancer related projects in any field of study. Applications are due Thursday (1/15). Attend an info session on Wednesday (12/17) at 3 p.m. in 105 Biomedical Research Tower. Register for session.
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Brain imaging research awards available

The H. Dean and Susan Regis Gibson Research Award provides $1,250-$2,500 to students, with particular attention but not limited to female students, to conduct brain imaging research in Ohio State’s Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Apply by Saturday (1/31).
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GRE Polish Studies Initiative grants and scholarships

The Polish Studies Initiative is accepting applications for its 2015 grant and scholarship competition. Scholarships available for undergraduates and pre-candidacy PhD students to support the study of Polish language and culture through study abroad or summer intensive language programs. Grants are open to post-candidacy PhD students and faculty to support research and curriculum development in the arts, humanities and social sciences that will enhance the understanding of Polish society and culture.
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May session study abroad deadline Jan. 1

Enhance your academic achievements and broaden your perspectives by studying abroad during May session. More than 40 programs are available. Use the online search engine to narrow your choices depending on your specific interests. As an added incentive, students enrolled full-time during spring semester 2015 can take up to three credits during May session with no tuition costs. Sign up by Thursday (1/1).

New study abroad opportunity in Mexico for May 2015

The Department of Entomology is offering a new study abroad program in Mexico (Xalapa, Veracruz) for May 2015 in Vector Biology. This undergraduate/graduate course will provide students with field- and laboratory-based experiences involving the collection of arthropod vectors (e.g., mosquitoes) in the field and analysis of specimens in the laboratory. Apply by Sunday (2/1) via Buckeye Link.
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Summer jobs on Lake Erie

Stone Lab, Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie, has openings for summer jobs. Working at Stone Lab gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how things operate at the nation’s oldest freshwater biological field station. Part-time positions are available for college-level students taking five-week courses, and full-time Biological Field Station Assistants are needed from spring through fall. A hospitality internship on Gibraltar Island is also available June-August. Applications are open now through Friday (3/6).
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Summer Jobs with Student Life Conference Services

Conference Assistants with Student Life Summer Conference Housing are responsible for the execution of over 125 conferences and camps each summer that bring over 25,000 guests to the university. Conference Assistants are responsible for staffing the 24-hour front desk of our operation and assisting our meeting planners with conference preparation during the first few weeks of our season. To further enrich their experience, Conference Assistants will then have the opportunity to plan conferences on their own beginning in early June. Because of the demands of the position, Conference Assistants may not take classes during their employment and they may not have any other part-time or full-time employment. Applications are due February 2, 2015.
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Upcoming events

Take a finals week break at the Wex and study in its galleries. Through Wednesday (12/31) you can see works by Picasso, Degas and other masters of modern art in the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition Transfigurations, and exhibition entry is free for you. Walk-ups welcome; reservations not required. Exhibition; tickets

Join Summit Students and other organizations for FINALS, a space open to all students of every faith, race, gender and sexuality, to come and relax the week of finals. Snacks, meditation stations, small service projects, and a quiet study space available 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday (12/10)-Wednesday (12/17) at Summit UMC, 82 E. 16th. Contact: Erin Hardin at

The Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Art Senior Projects Exhibition displays the work of graduating art majors in the Autumn 2014 class at Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130, from Tuesday (12/2)-Saturday (12/20). Closing reception Saturday (12/20) from 3-5 p.m. Refreshments provided. Contact: 292-8861. Read more >


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