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Happy Buckeye Monday everyone! Below you will find the latest news and information for Ohio State students and families for the week of February 1, 2016. Just a few additional points of information for this week:

First, health insurance choices can be a challenge. What factors guide your decision-making as it relates to your student’s coverage? We want to hear about your experiences! Student Life Student Health Insurance is recruiting parent volunteers for two opportunities:

- A 1-hour focus group session held on campus, for parents who live in the Columbus area.

- An individual telephone or video conversation, for parents who live out-of-state. (If you have upcoming travels that will bring you to Columbus, we can hold these in person as well.)

Feedback requested will include the type and source of information you utilize, and your opinions regarding current Student Health Insurance print and web materials. With your help, future communications can effectively address parents’ questions and needs. Please contact via email or phone (614-292-9153) to volunteer or request more information.

Second, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) administers the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate. Insurance companies must report who they covered to the IRS. Insurance companies must also send a copy of the information to the insured individuals, via a 1095 form. 2015 tax returns must accurately report coverage for tax filers and their tax dependents. If your student had the OSU SHI Comprehensive Plan during tax year 2015, your student is responsible for confirming his or her personal information, including Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, with the relevant insurance company so that the necessary 1095-B can be issued. Click here for more information.

Finally, The Ohio State University has issued its honor roll for autumn 2015, listing the names of students who have achieved high academic averages for their work. (Criteria for qualifying varies by college. It is usually based on the GPA for that specific term and the number of credit hours taken. Many colleges require a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with a 3.5 GPA or higher.) Questions should be directed to a students college on qualification criteria. In addition, the university has issued the list of students who earned degrees at commencement exercises on Dec. 20, 2015. The university awarded 3,305 degrees at the ceremony, including 212 doctoral, 9 professional, 450 masters, 2,377 bachelors, 255 associates and 2 certificates. Students are listed by county, and then by zip code within each county. An asterisk after a name indicates a perfect 4.0 academic performance. For the complete lists --> click here.


Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’


There are times when you need someone to speak up for you, someone looking out for you, someone to help you through a difficult situation, or to just answer questions that have you stumped. For you as a student, that someone can be Student Life’s Student Advocacy Center. Read full column >

Contact Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston at

Headline news

Comprehensive Energy Management campus meetings

To strengthen our sustainability efforts, Ohio State is considering an innovative energy strategy that also could provide new resources for our academic mission. Your input is important to the process. On February 4, the Office of Academic Affairs is hosting two meetings, which are open to faculty, staff and students. A project update will be provided and participants will have the opportunity to share thoughts and ask questions. RSVP for a meeting.
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Advisory committee for executive vice president and provost search

The university began a national search for its executive vice president and provost by assembling the advisory committee. Lonnie King, professor and former dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, has agreed to serve as chair of the committee, which is comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives from colleges and units across the university, including our regional campuses. The university anticipates having a permanent executive vice president and provost in place for the 2016-2017 academic year.
-- > Read more: View the advisory committee roster

Food security drives student's engaged scholarship


Connecting with people is a huge part of Meera Nagarajan’s life. The fourth-year nutrition science major and pre-med student focuses on the issue of food security in the Columbus area through research at a local food pantry, Neighborhood Services, Inc. Throughout her time at Ohio State, she has been extensively involved with community engagement, as well as educating students and non-students about the impact of inadequate food security on our society.
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Two seniors awarded Churchill Scholarships


Senior honors students Alexis Crockett and Henry Tran have been named 2016 Churchill Scholars. Each year, eligible institutions may nominate only two students for Churchill Scholarships. It is an extraordinary accomplishment for two students from the same university to be awarded the scholarship in a given year and this is the first time Ohio State has accomplished this feat.
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Celebrating mentors


The first time Gerard “Moe” Modecki sat across from his mentee, Modecki felt as if he was looking at a version of himself from 40 years ago. The Fisher College of Business Alumni Undergraduate Mentor Program brought together Modecki (’75, ’76) and Ben Eddingfield, a third-year finance major from Sylvania, Ohio.
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Upcoming events

United Black World Month opening celebration

The Student Life Multicultural Center is presenting United Black World Month events during February. The opening celebration on Monday (2/1) 6:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union Performance Hall for An Evening of Artistic Expression features national spoken word artist Dominique Christina and the BRUSH Experience with live painting by David Butler, entertainment by Renee Dion and Speak Williams and canvas and brushes for you.
-- > Contact: Katherine Betts at or 688-8449
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Submit an abstract for Denman Forum/Spring Expo

The deadline for abstract submissions for the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and Spring Undergraduate Research Expo is Thursday (2/5). We are pleased to invite research abstracts for consideration at the 21st annual Denman Forum and our new, non-competitive Spring Undergraduate Research Expo. Both events will be held on Wednesday (3/30) in the RPAC. More details and instructions for submitting abstracts can be found at

Apply for summer undergraduate research funding

Undergraduate students can use the joint Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship application to apply for multiple funding awards including Undergraduate Research Office fellowships for students from any major; designated fellowships for Psychology and Economic Majors; Holbrook Fellowships for undergraduate research in an international setting; and scholarships through the Mayers Summer Research Scholarships for Natural and Mathematical Sciences majors. Apply by Monday (2/15).
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