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Good day everyone! Below you will find the latest news and information for Ohio State students and families for the week of March 29, 2015. Just a few additional updates for this week:

First, thanks to the many students, "sibs" and other guests who joined us on campus for Sibs and Kids Weekend 2015. Though everyone had to brave some below-average temperatures, we hope everyone had a great time connecting with their students and celebrating the Buckeye experience. We hope to see you on campus again soon!

Second, we've gotten several questions over the past couple of weeks regarding Parent and Family Weekend 2015. Though we are still working on the many details for the weekend, PFW 2015 is scheduled for October 2-4, 2015. We'll send out more details in the coming months but we at least wanted everyone to be aware of the dates.

Next, if you have a student graduating, information on the commencement ceremony, graduation announcements, academic costume, the diploma and other items associated with graduation can be found on-line by clicking here. Also, graduates and family members should be sure to take advantage of the many fun activities during Commencement Week. Commencement Week is a week-long celebration to recognize graduates' achievements. For Commencement Week in Spring, these events include Planetarium Shows, Orton Bell Tower Tours, Grad Cap Craft Night, Candlelight Ceremony on the Oval, and the Time-and-Change Tailgate. All undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are encouraged to participate and invite their family and friends along.

Have a great week everyone!


Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’


If you’re feeling somewhat anxious, stressed or even depressed, there are two things you should know. One is that you are not alone, and the other is that it is very easy to get help. Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service offers daily drop-in workshops.
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Contact Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston at

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Students can identify as LGBTQ in student database

Ohio State students can begin identifying, in the student database, whether they consider themselves members of the LGBTQ community. This opportunity complements an option given to new students this year on the undergraduate and graduate applications. This information is for internal purposes only and will be used to help Ohio State gather data about LGBTQ students and track their academic success, enrollment and retention rates. It will help inform support services, resources and activities the university provides the LGBTQ community.
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Denman Undergraduate Research Forum winners


Congratulations and thank you to the 624 student presenters and more than 600 judges who made the 20th Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum at RPAC on Wednesday (3/25) another success. See the winning presentations from the 2015 Denman Forum here:

MHA program recognized

The College of Public Health’s Master of Health Administration program has been named one of the top programs in the nation according to US News & World Report's 2016 Best Grad School rankings. The MHA program faculty consists of distinguished scholars who are national leaders and program graduates occupy leadership positions in health care institutions around the United States.
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Mirror Lake sustainability

Continuing with the next phase in making Mirror Lake sustainable for future generations, work will begin on Monday (3/30), to supply Mirror Lake with water from a nearby well. During construction, fencing will be in place and the lake will be temporarily drained. Depending on field conditions, construction should be completed in early May. Pedestrians are reminded to exercise caution near construction zones. The project continues Ohio State’s ongoing, comprehensive work to address sustainability across campus.  
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Ohio State announces vaccination requirement

To enhance the health, safety and well-being of the campus community, Ohio State has announced a new vaccination requirement. All new students to the Columbus campus enrolling for the autumn 2015 semester and later will be required to have vaccinations for: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox). Students who are new to residence halls on all Ohio State campuses will be required to have the meningococcal conjugate (ACWY) vaccination recommended by the CDC.
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BuckeyeBox: Ohio State cloud collaboration tool

Did you know that Ohio State offers free cloud storage to all students, faculty and staff through a partnership with Box? BuckeyeBox is the only approved Ohio State cloud collaboration tool. Users can create files and folders, share them using a direct link and invite classmates to collaborate. Each user receives up to 50 GB of cloud storage. Log in at to sign up.
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Intermittent, loud noises along Olentangy River corridor

The City of Columbus has continued its agreement with the USDA in 2015 to discourage geese from remaining along the Olentangy River, between Fifth and Lane Avenues. These measures are intended to continue to prevent geese from inhibiting long-term growth of vegetation along the river corridor. Beginning Monday (3/30), loud noises similar to fireworks or a car backfiring, sirens and whistles may be heard along the river. This is being shared to avoid confusion / alarm that may be caused by the noise.
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Stevie Wonder ticket offer

Stevie Wonder is scheduled to perform at the Schottenstein Center on Wednesday (4/1) at 8 p.m. Now through 6 p.m. Wednesday (4/1), fans can take advantage of a special offer ($59.50 tickets for $35, plus service charges) while supplies last. No password needed. 
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Upcoming events

Enjoy an evening at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center with dinner, presentations on research in Latin America, Andean music, and optional tours on Tuesday (3/31). RSVP at Contact: Jason Cervenec at 688-0080 or

Peace Studies Society’s annual Peace Conference, “Practices and Strategies of Nonviolence,” Monday (3/30), 3-8 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Award and scholarship to a student who has worked for peace. Register:

Registration for the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) is open. Sign up today and stay involved! Read more >

The Future of the Military: The Makeup, Size, and Role of the U.S. Military Going Forward, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (3/31) at Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law. Read more >

Department of Design Spring Exhibition features the senior theses of undergraduates from industrial design, interior design and visual communication design, Tuesday (3/31)-Saturday (4/11), Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.; reception Wednesday (4/1), 6-8 p.m. Read more:

Off-Campus Roommate Fair, Friday (4/3), 5-6 p.m. in 1000 Multicultural Center, Ohio Union. Student ID needed. First 20 attendees receive a door prize. Contact: Student Life’s Office of Neighborhood Services and Collaboration, 292-0100 or

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