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Happy Monday everyone. With the first major snowfall hitting Columbus this morning, winter has finally come to Ohio State. Brrrr!

Below you will find the latest news and information for Ohio State students and families for the week of November 17, 2014. Just a few additionial points for this week:

First, be sure to read the information regarding Mirror Lake safety. We are aware that some students plan to jump into Mirror Lake next Tuesday 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 also review the FAQs online.

Second, if you are an Ohio State Employee, applications for Dependent Tuition Assistance (DTA) must be submitted for each term for each dependent. The window to apply online for the Spring 2015 term is November 17, 2014 – January 16, 2015. To apply online, log on to Employee Self Service via Paper DTA applications are available for those needing them. For questions, view Dependent Tuition Assistance information, or contact Customer Service at 292-1050 or

Third, if you have a student graduating this semester, information is available online regarding the Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony. You can find that information by clicking here. The site includes information on parking, seating and live streaming of the ceremony for guests as well as information for graduating students. If you have any questions, please contact the Commencement and Special Events Office at 614-292-9051 or via email. Congratulations to all of our graduating students!

Finally, we wanted to share with you a bit of information about Thanksgiving Break.

  • If your student is staying on campus for Thanksgiving Break, be sure they enjoy one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus on Thursday, November 27, in the Ohio Union. The event is free of cost though participants do need tickets.
  • Most dining facilities have reduced hours over the break though some are closed. The Ohio Union, recreation centers, and university libraries will also have reduced hours. Most University offices and departments are closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.
  • Residence halls remain open over Thanksgiving break and students can return when they wish.
  • The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) offers a special shuttle to and from the Columbus Airport during peak travel times for students (Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks). The 52 Shuttle has several pick-up locations around campus. With BuckID, students can ride COTA for free.
  • The COTA website also offers a convenient trip planner if your student is trying to get the Greyhound station downtown or another location from where they are departing.
  • If you have other specific questions, contact our Parent and Family Relations Office.
Have a great week everyone!

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Mirror Lake safety announcement

Student safety is the university’s top priority. To enhance safety at Mirror Lake and limit the area to Ohio State students only, wristbands will be required to gain entrance Nov. 25. Ohio State does not encourage students to jump into Mirror Lake. Students who enter Mirror Lake do so at their own risk and may be subject to any number of foreseeable and unforeseeable dangers, risks and serious injuries. To learn more about wristband distribution and safety guidelines, visit


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Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for many of you it means your first extended trip back home since the academic year began. You'll want to be mentally prepared; a lot is likely to have changed since you were there last. For starters, the balance and roles that you and your loved ones play in each other's lives is probably going to be different.
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Contact Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston at

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Risk Institute open house Nov. 19

The Risk Institute at Fisher College invites faculty, staff and students interested in risk-related research to attend an open house on Wednesday (11/19) from 4-6 p.m. at Mason Hall (second floor rotunda). Learn about the work of the Risk Institute and available funding for research on topics related to the identification, measurement and management of the ever-changing and often interconnected risks impacting organizations.
-- > RSVP: Jana Hrdinova at
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Honors & Scholars' student enrichment grant program

Working toward the Honors & Scholars mission of providing students the ability to participate in opportunities that help create a holistic learning experience, the University Honors & Scholars Center will award $75,000 annually in enrichment grants. The scholarship amount will range based on the student’s proposals, with a maximum award of $3,000. Funds are available to undergraduate Honors and Scholars students of all majors. Apply by Sunday (2/15).
-- > Contact: Lindsey Chamberlain,
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22nd Annual Music Celebration Concert

The School of Music Celebration Concert will be presented Friday (12/5) at 8 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium and showcases the entire school – from the symphony orchestra to jazz ensembles, all presented in a non-stop collage setting. Seating is reserved and advance ticket purchase is recommended. Visit, in person at the Wexner Center for the Arts Patron Services Desk, or call 292-3535.
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Ohio General Assembly internships for spring semester

The Government Internship Program provides sophomores, juniors and seniors an unpaid, semester-long internship with the Ohio General Assembly. Students spend 10-15 hours per week at their internship in blocks of 4-5 hours.
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Upcoming events

Ohio State’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday (11/27), Ohio Union, seatings at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free tickets available starting Monday (11/17) at 100 Oxley Hall, the Hale Black Cultural Center and the Ohio Union Information Desk. Contact: Jin Yan. Read more:

GIS Day 2014 - Discovering the World through GIS, Wednesday (11/19), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Thompson Library, rooms 165 and 150B, features displays of Libraries collection materials, hands-on demonstrations of ArcGIS, and a chance to learn more about using GIS in research and teaching. Contact:

College of Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Fair for undergraduates, Wednesday (11/19), 6-7:30 p.m., Thompson Library,11th floor. Learn about study abroad opportunities in the arts and sciences for 2015. Contact Garett Heysel. Read more >

How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research: Informational Session, Tuesday (11/18), 2:30-3:30 p.m., 070 in 18th Ave Library. Read more >

Have Research, Will Travel features student panelists discussing their experiences conducting international research, Tuesday, (11/18), 5:30-6:30 p.m., 14 Psychology Building, RSVP to Read more >

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Training for Undergraduates, Wednesday, (11/19), 5:30-6:30 p.m., 160 Jennings Hall, RSVP to Read more >

Research Writing 101: Best Practices for Citation Management, Thursday (11/20), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 150 Thompson Library. Register >


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