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Happy Monday Everyone!


We hope you and your students had a great Winter Break and beginning to the New Year. Below you will find the latest news and information for Ohio State students and families for the week of January 9. Just a few additional points of information this week:


First, as a reminder, because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, there will be no classes next Monday. Students are invited to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service where they can join over 1,000 Buckeyes in honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. at the Ohio Union and volunteers will be taken on a first come, first served basis. For more information, click here.


Next, be sure to see the information below regarding the test for the Buckeye Alert system. As a reminder, a student must sign up a parent or guardian to receive Buckeye Alert. Information on how your student can subscribe you to the university's emergency text messaging system can be found on-line by clicking here.


Finally, you'll see information below regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and some changes in the FAFSA process. Be sure you familiarize yourself with the new deadlines for the application as well as the process changes.


Have a great week everyone!



Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’

We lost a hero and an American icon recently. John Glenn passed away last month at the age of 95. He was a remarkable person, and my family and I have been profoundly impacted through knowing him. I am proud to have known him. His relationship with his wife, Annie, is also an inspiration. It is more than being high school sweethearts and married for 73 years. Their deep love, admiration and respect for each other was obvious whenever they were together, and they were seldom apart.
Read the full column
Contact Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston

Headline news

Buckeye Alert system test

A Buckeye Alert system test will occur Thursday (1/12). Students, faculty and staff on all Ohio State campuses will receive a text message that will be clearly identified as a test. Prior to the academic year, the Buckeye Alert system integrated new technology to enhance the timely sharing of safety information. In addition, the system sends severe weather alerts to the entire university community for tornado warnings. If a Buckeye Alert is issued, information will also be posted at Read more about alert notices here.

FAFSA 2017-2018: Earlier, Easier and More Accurate

The Department of Education has made big changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year cycle, the FAFSA will be:

• Earlier -- The FAFSA for 2017-2018 became available October 1, 2016 and will be available 10/1 each year.

• Easier -- The FAFSA now requires income information from two years prior. Use 2015 tax returns that are already filed to complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA!

• More accurate -- Follow the FAFSA prompts and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to directly import tax return information into the FAFSA. No more estimating!

The 2017-2018 Ohio State priority date for the FAFSA and the Special Scholarships Application is February 1, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Student Life Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) Anniversary

The Student Life Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) recently celebrated its fourth graduating class of students in recovery. At the graduation dinner, a new video highlighting the CRC was debuted. Check out this inside look at the CRC and hear the perspective of some of the amazing students who are Buckeyes in recovery.

Click here to watch the video

Adena Recreation Center opens in NewarkSponsor

The new Adena Recreation Center opens its doors Monday (1/9), the first day of spring semester classes at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and Ohio State Newark. A grand-opening ceremony will be held Thursday (1/26) at 10 a.m. Renovation started on the 10,000 square feet of former maintenance and grounds workshops in spring 2016. The state-of-the-art recreation and fitness facility is free to students, faculty and staff.
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Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award nominations

The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award celebrates diversity and rewards individuals and groups for their commitment to diversity. Faculty, staff, students, student organizations and alumni can nominate their colleagues and peers. Five recipients receive a commemorative certificate and $1,200 cash award, along with being honored at a spring luncheon and on the field during an Ohio State football game. Honorees are recognized for making diversity and inclusiveness a part of university best practices. Deadline for nominations is Friday (1/13) at 5 p.m.
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Funding available for faculty, staff and student engagement

The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program incentivizes faculty, staff and students and their public/private sector community partners to submit pre-proposals that have the potential to catalyze engaged, collaborative teaching and research activities benefiting the community and university. Grants of up to $70,000 are available. Pre-proposals are due Wednesday (2/1). An information session will be held Tuesday (1/17) at 11:30 a.m. in the Research Commons and also can be viewed online here.

ECE students celebrate graduation

Each semester, graduating students of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering gather in the Garden of Constants, or "Numbers Garden," outside Dreese Laboratories for the traditional class photo and video. Several discuss their plans after graduation and share what Ohio State has meant to them.

Keeping a 'watch' on health

Ohio State engineers are finding new ways to monitor and detect health problems through real-time technology. The National Institutes of Health recently dedicated $10.8 million toward a multi-university research project to develop hardware and software that gather and analyze health data through wearable sensors built into smart devices. Doing his part, Ohio State professor Emre Ertin created the MotionSense "HRV" wristband, a wearable "stress biomarker" device.
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Volunteer with medical student health coach partners

The Health Coaching Project with the College of Medicine is seeking volunteers to work directly with first-year medical students. We are looking for volunteers who have at least one common health problem and are open to making a small change to improve their health. We welcome volunteers who have a sedentary lifestyle with the desire to be more active, too. Students must complete three in-person meetings between January and April.
Contact or 614-292-9001

'Follow Me' printing available

Students will be able to send print jobs to the cloud and release them at any participating Pay-to-Print location. "Follow Me" printing allows for increased flexibility by having your print job follow you wherever you go. This feature will be available initially in Thompson and 18th Avenue Libraries, with additional locations (other libraries, residence halls, etc.) to follow.
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FedEx is Hiring

FedEx Ground is NOW HIRING package handlers for multiple shifts, full- or part-time. FedEx Ground offers a tuition reimbursement program for up $5,000 for full-time and $2,500 for part-time package handlers. Starting wages for package handlers are between $12 and $14 per hour with multiple pay increases in the first six months of employment, career advancement opportunities and benefits available upon eligibility requirements.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Must be able to load, unload and sort packages, as well as perform other related duties.

  • Interested candidates must apply on line at:

  • For more information, please call: 614-871-9675

Zippy Shell Summer Storage Options

Are you wondering what to do about everything in your student's Residence Hall room over the summer vacation? Let Zippy Shell help you save dollars and make things easy for you! The Office of Student Life at Ohio State and Zippy Shell Greater Columbus are partnering, for the 2nd cosecutive year, to present ZippyU storage options. Regardless of whether you live on campus or off, Zippy Shell's got your back by offering one special price for all summer storage. Reserve early, and pay 2016 prices!
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Research news

Abstracts accepted for Denman Undergrad Research Forum

You are invited to submit an abstract for the 2017 Denman Forum by Thursday (1/26) at 5 p.m. Exciting changes this year include two poster sessions and oral presentations for students in the College of Humanities. The forum takes place Wednesday (3/29) in RPAC.
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Getting Involved in Research info session

Come to this info session on Thursday (1/12) at 2:30 p.m. in 070/090 18th Avenue Library to learn how to get started in research, develop a research topic and find a research mentor and resources to help make research a part of your undergraduate education. These sessions offer a great introduction to students who are just beginning to think about the possibilities of undergraduate research.
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Strategies for writing a successful abstract

Are you interested in presenting your research at a poster forum or conference? During this session you will learn from a faculty member about strategies for writing a research abstract in any field and develop the skills to compose a strong abstract. There also will be a brief overview of the guidelines for applying to present your research at the annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. Workshop is Wednesday (1/11) at 5:30 p.m. in 160 Jennings Hall.
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CABS service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, CABS will run weekend bus service on Monday (1/16). The Campus Loop North, Buckeye Village and paratransit will still operate. All other bus service, including the Med Center Express, will be temporarily suspended. The overnight on-demand transportation service in the Wexner Medical Center will not be available Sunday night; regular service resumes Monday night.
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