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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 May 2, 2016. Just a few additional points of information for this week:

First, as a quick reminder, the Spring Commencement Eve Candlelight Ceremony will be hosted on Saturday, May 7 from 9-10 p.m. on the Oval in front of Thompson Library. All graduating students and their families and guests are invited to the Oval where graduates will receive a class pin available exclusively at the event. President Dr. Michael Drake and Senior Vice President for Student Life Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston will offer remarks. For a complete Commencement Week Schedule, click here. For information on the Commencement Ceremony, click here.

Second, summer housing is available to students who will be enrolled in summer classes at Ohio State and wish to live on campus. Students can contact the Housing Office at 614-292-8266 or to request a summer housing contract. This summer the univeristy will be using Siebert Hall for the summer housing location. Siebert offers 2 person rooms with semi-private bathrooms.

Next, if your student lives in a residence hall, information regarding closing is posted on-line by clicking here. Parking and traffic information for residence hall closing can be found by clicking here. Please familiarize yourself with this information to help make move-out a smooth process for you and your student(s).

Finally, this is the final edition of onCampus for the academic year. Buckeye Parent will continue throughout the summer. For those with graduating seniors, we will work to cycle your email addresses from the listserv in May or June as we clean up the database for next year. We thank everyone for taking the time to read onCampus each week and hope you've found the material informative. Our goal is to keep you and your family connected with what is happening at Ohio State so that you are better able to support your student. If you have suggestions on how we can better meet this goal, please let us know.

We hope you and your student have a great summer and we'll be back in August.


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Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’


It’s Commencement Week. Congratulations to all the members of the Ohio State Class of 2016. If you are graduating, you have earned a prestigious honor: a degree from The Ohio State University. You’ve worked hard for it, and I know you will take what you learned and apply those lessons toward your pursuit of success and fulfillment as you leave this institution. I’m proud of you.
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Headline news

Ohio State Newark student chosen assistant drum major

When you think of The Ohio State University Marching Band, one image that often comes to mind is that of the drum major. The drum major is iconic at Ohio State and is considered a position of honor. Each year, only two band members are selected to lead the band in this role. Ohio State Newark student Konner Barr, a freshman communications major, competed for one of those coveted positions last weekend and was able to achieve something he’s wanted his whole life.
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A special Buckeyes Cedar Point Day May 6

The Roller Coaster Capital of the World opens May 6, a day early in 2016 to offer exclusive access for Ohio State alumni and their guests. Be among the first to conquer Cedar Point’s newest addition — the Valravn, the world’s tallest, fastest, longest-dive coaster. The special day begins at 11 a.m. and includes a Buckeye Bash, autograph alley with Jay Richardson and Scoonie Penn, and free airbrush tattoos and caricature sketches.
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Undergrad creates mentoring, college access programs

DaVonti' Haynes, a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in public affairs, has been innovating the way educational programs are extended outside the university since his freshman year. He has been instrumental in creating multiple programs at Ohio State, including A Day in the Life of a Buckeye and Mentor-A-Buckeye. “I want to work with urban and rural students to encourage them to explore the idea of attending a four-year university,” Haynes says.
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New printing price structure to benefit students next fall

Beginning fall 2016, a new UniPrint initiative will help reduce costs for students at its pay-to-print locations. The printing process itself will not change. The plan also will create consistent pricing across campus for all UniPrint-supported print locations. Based on current use, this program will save students $200,000 over the year.
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CABS summer service begins

CABS summer service begins on Wednesday (5/4). CABS will run reduced bus service Monday-Friday, with no service overnight (except the overnight, on-demand transportation service at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center), on the weekends and on university holidays. Please note that the North Express does not run during this time. Beginning Monday (5/9), CABS summer construction reroutes for the Med Center Express and Campus Loop North will go into effect.
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Summer construction season

Increased summer construction activity beginning Monday (5/9) will have a significant impact on traffic and CABS routes along campus roadways. Those routes include Neil Avenue lane restrictions, closures along 9th and 11th avenues, Carmack Road and more. Motorists should anticipate delays and plan accordingly.
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Upcoming events

BFA senior projects exhibition at Urban Arts Space

The Arts Initiative presents the Department of Art’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition, featuring the work of graduating art majors from Ohio State. The event continues through Saturday (5/7) at Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St. The artists developed the works from a range of media and approaches during their course of study. A reception is planned for Saturday (5/7) 5-7 p.m. at the gallery.
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Technology Entrepreneur Workshop for Startup Week

The Technology Commercialization Office and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Law Firm are collaborating during Columbus Startup Week to host the Technology Entrepreneur Workshop Wednesday (5/4). The workshop is an exclusive one-day program designed for those in the process of — or considering — starting a new venture. Get practical information on the legal and business issues facing today’s entrepreneurs.
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van Amstel of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ celebrates nurses

Nurses, we thank you! You care, you innovate, you are the heart of the American health care system. Join LaBlast Fitness and three-time world ballroom dance champion and Emmy-nominated choreographer Louis van Amstel from "Dancing with the Stars" in celebrating National Nurse’s Week with a free LaBlast® Master Class with Louis. This event is open to Ohio State nurses, faculty, staff and students on Tuesday (5/10) at 7:30 p.m. on the Wexner Medical Center Plaza. This free event is sponsored by Buckeye Wellness and the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer.
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