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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 November 21. Just a few additional points for this week:

 

First, as a reminder, the university will not have classes from Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25. All of the residence halls will remain open for the Thanksgiving break so students are welcome to stay or come and go as they wish. The front desks will remain staffed and there will be staff members in the halls during the holiday break. The on campus Dining Services locations will close from November 23 at 2pm until November 26 at 10am. For a complete list of dining locations and hours, please click here.

 

Second, if you are planning to pick your student up or drop your student off for the break, please refer to the following information regarding university traffic and parking rules and regulations. To be clear and to help you plan, please remember that:

No vehicles may be parked on sidewalks.

No unauthorized vehicles may park in ADA parking spaces.

All parking spaces and garages on campus require payment as indicated.

For specific information regarding parking on campus can be found at http://osu.campusparc.com

Please be aware that areas around residence halls may experience heavier than normal traffic on Sunday, November 27.

 

If your student needs transportation to John Glenn Columbus International Airport (formerly Port Columbus International Airport), studens can rider free on the COTA 52 Express. For more information, including pick-up locations and times, click here.

 

Have a great week everyone!

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Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’

Can you think of three good things in your life? Can you think of three good things about today? What makes you feel grateful? These are more the rhetorical questions; in fact, having an attitude of gratitude is important for your happiness. There is a great deal of research that shows practicing gratitude can bring many benefits. One of the best ways to focus on gratitude is to write down things for which you are thankful. The Student Life Student Wellness Center has created a gratitude journal to help you. It’s available for free at the center’s office in RPAC.
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Headline news

A new Buckeye Link is here

A more visual, easy-to-use buckeyelink.osu.edu launched this week. We are renaming the online My Student Center to My Buckeye Link, and the Student Service Center on Lane Avenue to Buckeye Link. With these changes, we hope to create a strong one-brand identity: The business of being a Buckeye is done with Buckeye Link.
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Official Student, Faculty, Staff and Parent Bowl Tour

Buckeyes are bowl bound and you can be, too. The Office of Student Life is again offering Ohio State’s Official Faculty, Staff, Student and Parent Bowl Tour. Packages will include travel, lodging and game day ticket. To receive bowl travel information as soon as it becomes available, sign up at go.osu.edu/bowltour.
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Get your free Ohio State Thanksgiving dinner tickets

Ohio State's Thanksgiving Day dinner will take place on Thursday (11/24) in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Seating for the dinner is at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., and all guests must have a ticket to enter. Tickets are free and available in 140 Enarson Classroom Building, the Hale Black Cultural Center and the Ohio Union Information Center.
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Thanksgiving Bring Back a Book Drive

Bring back a children's book after Thanksgiving to support local, underprivileged schools! Drop off a book in the boxes located in the lobbies of Blackburn House, Taylor Tower, Lincoln Tower and Smith-Steeb Hall.
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December roommate fair

Looking to move off-campus, but need a roommate? Living off-campus and need a roommate? Come to Ohio State’s roommate fair Friday (12/2) 5-6 p.m. at 1000 Multicultural Center. Hosted by the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services, the fair is a free university-sponsored event for students who need roommates to meet face-to-face in a safe, casual environment. All you need is a Buck ID. If you are a transfer student, please bring your school ID. Light refreshments provided.
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Top 20 for study abroad, international student enrollment

Ohio State is ranked 8th among the nation’s colleges and universities with 2,603 students studying abroad in 2014-15 and 18th in the nation with 7,117 international students enrolled in 2015. The findings were recently issued as part of the 2016 Open Doors Report, an annual survey published by the Institute of International Education.
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A traveling military tribute

Eyes of Freedom, a nationally traveling military tribute, will visit Ohio State’s Remembrance Park next to the ROTC building on Saturday (11/26) 8 a.m. until the end of the Ohio State/Michigan game.  The memorial depicts in life-size portraits the fallen of Columbus-based Lima Company Marines and honors “ALL Who Answer Our Nation’s Call.” A total of 23 Lima Company members died in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.
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Holiday safety message

The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety reminds our campus community to prioritize safety during the holiday season. For those celebrating on or near campus this year, our public safety team will have a visible presence as it remains a busy week with the game and other events. Our security presence is here to help, so please cooperate with us and our city partners so we can be of assistance. See something, say something: report suspicious behavior at 614-292-2121. Get holiday and travel safety tips here.

OhioLINK takes steps toward textbook affordability

To contribute to statewide efforts on college affordability, OhioLINK will be joining the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network (OTN), a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives.
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Polish Studies Initiative scholarships for summer 2017

The Polish Studies Initiative (PSI) of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies has announced its scholarship competition for Summer term 2017. Undergraduate, master’s and pre-candidacy PhD students can apply for up to $1,000 of scholarship funds for education abroad, internship or language program tuition and fees. Eligible programs should take place May 10 to August 6, 2017.
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Transportation/traffic

11/20 - Traffic / CABS Impacts

Today's Hot Chocolate Run will produce rolling closures on several roads, including High Street, Lane Avenue, Olentangy River Road, Fifth Avenue and Neil Avenue, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The Campus Loop North will use Woodruff Avenue to College Road and will not service the Archer House and Taylor Tower bus stops. Riders in this area should use the Knowlton Hall and Fontana Lab bus stops.
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11/23 - CABS Thanksgiving holiday service begins

CABS will run break service on Wednesday (11/23). No CABS service Thursday (11/24) to Saturday (11/26). On Sunday (11/27), CABS service will resume with the Campus Loop North, Buckeye Village and paratransit service.
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11/24 - Traffic Impacts

The Columbus Turkey Trot on Thursday (11/24) will produce rolling closures on several roads, including Lane Avenue, Neil Avenue, Tuttle Park Place, Cannon Drive, Woody Hayes Drive, Kenny Road, North Star Avenue and Carmack Road from 8:30 to 11 a.m. 
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11/29
 

Research workshop to create, submit proposals for international projects

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12/2
 

EPN’s Lead in Drinking Water program features Ohio EPA official

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12/2
 

Fisher Association of Marketing Professionals presents second annual ‘Marketing for a Better World Event’

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