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Good afternoon parents and families! The Ohio State University believes that a strong partnership between the university and the families of our students can best promote the success of each student. Throughout the course of the year, Ohio State will send various email correspondences home to families as part of our comprehensive communications plan. Below you will find the first edition onCampus, our weekly communication that goes out to our families. The information below is a duplicate of what is sent to students on Sunday so that you know what activities and events are happening on campus each week. We encourage you to identify opportunities and follow-up with your students to make sure they take advantage of those experiences. You will also receive monthly email communications called Buckeye Parent. These will come out the second Wednesday of each month and provide more information and insights into Ohio State.

Below you will find the latest news and information for Ohio State students and families for the week of August 22. Just a few additional points this week:

First, we are still in the process of updating the listserv with correct email addresses for parents and families. As we have received hundreds of updates and changes over the past week it is taking some time to get all updates completed. We promise to complete those updates this week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Next, The Office of Student Life would like your feedback on the campus move-in process. Below you will find a link for our 2016 Move-in Satisfaction Survey. Staff use this information for improving our move-in process each year. If you moved a student into on-campus housing, we welcome your feedback on the survey. More information can be found below.

Third, if you are a user of social media, we encourage you to follow Parent and Family Relations on both Facebook and Twitter to gain more insights into campus life. Most campus departments and offices also have social media accounts that are great follows for students and families. The Ohio State University also has official social media sites for all fans of Ohio State.

Finally, be sure to check out the message below from Dr. J, Senior Vice-President for Student Life. Each week, she shares her thoughts and insights on the student experience of Ohio State. This is a great way to know about resources and campus trends to help your students.

Have a great week everyone!





Message from VP for Student Life 'Dr. J'

SponsorA new academic year is about to begin. It’s one of the most exciting weeks on campus, and I hope you will take advantage of all the events and programs that are a part of Welcome Week. First, you’ll want to download the Ohio State Events App and search for the Welcome Week guide. The app is available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The information also is available on the Welcome Week website.You can join the conversation on Twitter at #WelcomeOSU.
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Ohio State Move-in Survey - Feedback Wanted!!!

We are very excited to have your students on campus to begin the academic year. In an ongoing effort to improve our move-in process for both students and families, The Office of Student Life is conducting a survey assessing the level of satisfaction you and your family felt with the 2016 OSU Move-In process. This survey takes only a few minutes and will give us insight as to what we can do to improve the services that will be provided to Buckeye Families in the years to come. We realize that some of you have students who live at home, commute or live off campus. If this is the case but you'd like to provide feedback on move-in day, you are welcome to complete the survey. Also, if two members of your family receive the survey, only one of you needs to complete it (though it is not a problem if both do). Friday, September 9 is the deadline so please click on the link below to take the survey today!
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Welcome Week kicks off Sponsor

Welcome Week is underway at Ohio State. There are more than 150 events for students to participate in this week as they return to campus or begin their first year as Buckeyes. Some of the highlights include the Student Involvement Fair, President Michael V. Drake’s Convocation, the First-Year Student Columbus Welcome, Buck-i-Frenzy, the Community Commitment day of service and the OUAB Movie on the Oval (shown here).
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Meet the Class of 2020: "Where do you see yourself in four years?" 

Ohio State Student Night @ the Crew SC

Free tickets available for Columbus Crew SC hosting San Jose Earthquakes during a special Ohio State fan night on Saturday (8/27). The kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. A special program will be offered to students featuring Frankie Hejduk (former Crew SC and U.S. National Team player) and SC (Crew mascot) among other special guests at 6 p.m. Free shuttles from campus to the Crew’s MAPFRE Stadium will run for the duration of the match. This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.
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Touring Ohio

President Michael V. Drake and a contingent of university students, staff and alumni traversed the state over four days this summer as part of the annual Ohio State Tour. They covered nearly 1,000 miles and 20 stops in southwestern and northeastern Ohio. Read about four of these visits.
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How did Ohio State get the ZIP code 43210?

WOSU’s Curious Cbus series finds the university's zip code originates from an old postal zones map from 1943. Curious Cbus is a new series that answers questions about the city, the region or the people of central Ohio. Submit your question to Curious Cbus and we’ll work on getting answers, together.
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Share the road and the responsibility of safety

Autumn semester begins Tuesday (8/23). Additional traffic is anticipated in garages, on roadways and on sidewalks. All are reminded to keep safety in mind when moving on and around campus. Whether walking, biking or driving, we all share the road and the responsibility in staying safe.
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Prince Albert II of Monaco to deliver remarks on sustainability

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, a long-time supporter of global environmental and sustainability issues, will visit Ohio State Wednesday (8/31) to present a lecture on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water at 3:30 p.m. at Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High Street, on the Columbus campus. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
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Discovery Themes: Early Disease Detection in Food Crops

One day a farmer, cup of coffee in hand, may launch a drone from his back porch to check crop conditions using a simple smart phone app. Electrical engineering students and faculty at Ohio State are already working in the labs and sweating it out in the fields, trying to make it a reality. The research is all part of the “Crop Health Monitoring and Early Disease Detection in Food Crops” project, a multidisciplinary effort at Ohio State that falls within the broader Food and Agricultural Transformation (InFACT) Discovery Themes program.
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Are you looking for a part-time job on or near campus?

Attend the the Buckeye Careers Campus Job Fair Tuesday (8/24) noon-4 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union, to meet with campus departments and local employers offering part-time wage, work-study and internship opportunities. Resumes are encouraged. 
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 Contact or 614-292-4086

Buck-I-SERV applications available

Buck-I-SERV winter 2016 trip applications are now available at Application due dates are Sunday (9/4) for all trip leader positions and international trips and Sunday (9/18) for domestic participants and trip advisors. Travel dates are Saturday (12/17) to Friday (12/23). Please direct questions to Buck-I-SERV is a weeklong, substance-free alternative break program centered on community service and civic engagement. Buck-I-SERV is a program planned through the Office of Student Life and supported in part by the Student Activity Fee.
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Considering Graduate School? You’re invited to learn more.

Attend an upcoming information session online or on campus to learn tips and strategies for applying to graduate school, or to dig deeper into one of Fisher College’s graduate business degrees. Find out how a graduate degree from Fisher will help you accelerate your career today!
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Don't have a bike on campus?

Join Ohio State’s bike share program, which offers 115 bicycles at 15 campus locations. Sign up for your annual membership and get a free bicycle helmet (while supplies last).
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Register for the Ohio State Medical Ethics Conference

Join Ohio State Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities for this year’s theme "Faith, Culture and Modern Medicine: Implications for Medical Ethics and Physician Practice." Leading national and international experts at this two-day conference, on Thursday (9/15) and Friday (9/16) in the Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium will focus on the impact of faith and culture on the diversity of approaches to medicine. Registration fee for faculty/staff before Thursday (9/1) $175; after Thursday (9/1) $225. General registration is $250 before 9/1 or $300 after 9/1. 
Contact or 614-366-8405


Relative to You: Second Year Exhibition
The Master of Fine Art students entering their 2nd year of study are pleased to present Relative to You, an exhibition of artwork occupying nine locations on Ohio State’s Columbus campus opening Monday (8/22). In this non-conventional artwork display, the show sites range from courtyards to corn fields to the banks of the Olentangy River.
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Blood Drive at Wilce Student Center

The Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient blood needs 24/7. It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency. Please donate blood 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Wilce Student Health Center, room 170.
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Humanities roundtable for undergraduates

Representatives from International Affairs and career services will provide specific guidance and resources for pursuing culturally diverse careers, both domestic and international, in a variety of fields (not just the humanities fields). The forum takes place 4-6 p.m. in 165 Thompson Library and offers students insights into leveraging their strengths in the humanities. Current Ohio State students and recent graduates will share their stories.
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