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The latest news and information for Ohio State students and families for the week of November 23, 2014. Just a few additional points for this week:

First, as a reminder, students do not have class Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week and University offices are closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Residence Halls do not close for Thanksgiving break though most dining facilities have reduced hours or are closed for the break. If your student lives on North area, there is specific travel and parking information for resident pick-up. You can find that information online by clicking here. Pleae be sure to follow all parking regulations during student pick-up to avoid ticketing. If you are returning your student to campus on Saturday, November 29, please keep in mind that the Ohio State and Michigan football game kicks at 12 noon. You should expect traffic delays and limited parking due to typical game day visitors beginning early Saturday morning.

Second, after the win over Indiana, the Ohio State Football team is gearing up for Beat Michigan Week! There are many events and activities on campus that celebrate the spirited rivalry Ohio State has with "That School Up North". For a complete list of events and activities associated with the week, including the Pep Rally and Blood Battle, you can click here.

Finally, as we discussed last week, safety information for Mirror Lake can be found on the Department of Public Safety's website. 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.

Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday everyone!


Message from VP for Student Life ‘Dr. J’


I’d like you to pause just a moment and ask yourself, “What am I thankful for?” Your answer can be as deep as the support of friends and loved ones or as fleeting as a few days away from classes, but the important thing is to take a moment to practice gratitude.
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Contact Vice President for Student Life Javaune Adams-Gaston at

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Top 15 ranking for study abroad, international students

Ohio State is ranked in the top 10 nationally among doctoral institutions for the number of students studying abroad and is in the top 15 for its international student enrollment, according to a national report released Monday (11/17). Ohio State ranks 7th among the nation’s colleges and universities with 2,255 students studying abroad in 2012-13, a 31 percent increase over the previous year.
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Buckeye Voices: All hail, Hale Hall

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Chief Diversity Officer Valerie Lee shares experiences from her youth in the turbulent 1960s and the importance of Ohio State’s Hale Black Cultural Center: “Situated on an Underground Railroad site, Hale Hall stands as a physical commitment to access and inclusive excellence.”
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If you or someone in your area has an idea for a blog post, contact buckeyevoices@osu.eduMonica DeMeglio at 292-3076, or Amy McKay at 292-0614.

Ohio State joins Partnership for a Healthier America

Ohio State is among the first schools to join the Partnership for a Healthier America, which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, in a three-year commitment to make its campus healthier by adopting guidelines around food and nutrition, and physical activity and programming.
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Traffic, bus service impacts

Tuesday (11/25), 12th, between Neil and College, as well as College, between 17th and 12th, will be closed from approximately 8 p.m. until early morning on Wednesday (11/26). The CLN, CLS, and ER CABS routes will be rerouted via High Street and bus stops along these roadways will not be serviced.
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CABS Thanksgiving holiday service begins Nov. 26

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, CABS will run break service on Wednesday (11/26). There will be no CABS service from Thursday (11/27)-Saturday (11/29). On Sunday (11/30), CABS service will resume with the CLN, BV, and paratransit service.
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Traffic impacts on Nov. 27

In support of the Columbus Turkey Trot (11/27), portions of Lane, Kenny, Woody Hayes, Cannon, Carmack, Kinnear, North Star, Tuttle Park Place, and Neil Avenue will be closed (with rolling closures) on Thursday (11/27) from approximately 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
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Apply for Summer 2015 Research Funding Awards

The Undergraduate Research Office, in partnership with Honors & Scholars, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, Psychology, Economics, EEOB, and International Affairs, is announcing the 2015 Summer Research Funding Awards. These awards, $3,500 each, support full-time research over 10 weeks during summer semester 2015. Students from all majors are eligible; must already have a research mentor and project proposal.
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SOLAR fund undergraduate research awards

Applications for SOLAR awards of $500 or $1,000 are due Friday (12/5). Undergraduate students who are conducting research in the fields of epidemiology, virology, HIV and AIDS education, other blood infections and related subjects are encouraged to apply.
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University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards

The offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Student Life and Undergraduate Education, and the Service-Learning Initiative, have joined together to recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners with the University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards program. A total of $21,000 will be awarded. Apply by Monday (2/16).
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Become a University Ambassador

University Ambassadors provide campus tours to high school students and special guests. Applications will be available starting Thursday (12/18) for the next hiring cycle of summer or autumn 2015. Applications are due Monday (1/26). Info sessions will be held from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday (12/3), Thursday (12/4) and Wednesday (1/14). Details/RSVP online at
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Undergraduate Research Office Peer Research Contacts

Are you involved in research in any discipline at Ohio State and graduating after Spring 2015? Volunteer to be a Peer Research Contact and answer questions and provide guidance to other students via email on how to get involved in research. Help us promote undergraduate research on campus in a fun, easy way.
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Upcoming events

Denman Demystified, Wednesday (12/3), 5:30-6:30 p.m., 160 Jennings Hall. Learn about participating in the 2015 Denman Undergraduate Research Poster Forum. RSVP to, walk-ins welcome. Read more >

Light Up the Lake 2014 lighting ceremony, Thursday (12/4), 6 p.m., Browning Amphitheater, includes performances by Buckeye Twirl, BuckThat!, 3D Urban Dance Crew and Off the Lake Productions! Contact: Alex Biddle, (330) 614-1384 or


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