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Spring Break Safety

Spring Break is a time of fun and excitement for all students. If your student is traveling for the break, there are a few simple steps he/she can take to help with safety during their trip.

First, if traveling abroad, they can check the U.S. Department of State's website to see if a travel advisory has been issued in the country to which your student is traveling. Make sure all international travel documents are in order and know the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in case of emergency. Consider making copies of all important documents for your student (Social Security Card, Passport, travel itinerary, etc.).

The U.S. Department of State's website can be found here.

Planning ahead and setting communication expectations (when they will call you) for your students is one of the keys for a fun and safe spring break. Encourage your student to write down important numbers. In the event of a lost cell phone students will still have essential contact numbers.

To continue reading a more detailed article on Spring Break safety, click here.


Celebrate March Madness with Intramurals

Over the past 96 years, the Intramural Sports Department at the Ohio State University has become one of the premier programs in the country. In 1914, Ohio State, along with the University of Michigan, became the first universities to formally organize an intramural sports program for students on their respective campus. Though much has changed over the years, the goal of Recreational Sports remains the same: to provide the Ohio State community with opportunities to engage and interact in a fair, safe, recreational sports program at a wide range of skill levels.

With over 20,000 participants annually in 40 different individual and team sports activities, intramural sports offer a fun and easy way for students to get involved on campus. Intramural sports foster a student's commitment to recreation and can pave the way for a healthy lifestyle long after their college years.

Registration information and sports offerings for Spring can be found here.


Register for Sibs and Kids Weekend

Ohio State's Office of Parent and Family Relations is excited to announce Sibs & Kids Weekend 2011, Friday April 29 - Sunday, May 1. Sibs Weekend is a weekend in which Ohio State faculty, staff, or students can invite any child, brother, sister, niece, nephew, cousin, or friend of the family to campus to experience the excitement of life as a Buckeye! Fun activities and events for Sibs of all ages will be held throughout the weekend.  Registration is free and all guests who pre-register online receive a Sibs Weekend t-shirt at no cost. 

For more information and to register a "sib" click here.


OSU Regional Campuses Accepting Applications

As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio. If students are still determining if college enrollment is in their future, The Ohio State University is still accepting applications at many of these regional campuses.

Application requirements are:
-official ACT or SAT scores (all campuses except ATI)
-application fee
-high school transcripts
-College Prep form can be found by clicking here.

Whether your student attends a regional campus in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, or Newark; or the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, all their courses lead to an Ohio State degree.

For more information on the regional campuses click here.


BuckeyeThon Recap

On February 26 at 5 pm, over 800 students gathered in the Ohio Union's Archie Griffin Ballroom. The students danced for 17 hours in an effort to end pediatric cancer. Buckeyethon, an annual dance marathon, raised a record $222,518.17 for Nationwide Children's Hospital, more than doubling last year's $100,823.09.

Throughout the night dancers enjoyed live music, competitions, entertainment and games. Although dancers did not have to remain dancing all night they were encouraged to stand for the entire 17 hours in recognition of the nearly 17 million children who are treated by a Children's Miracle Network Hospital each year.

The amount raised was announced in a closing ceremony Sunday, February 27 at 10 am. Sixteen patients from Nationwide Children's Hospital attended the closing ceremony along with friends and family. Congratulations to all involved with this great student event!

For more information read The Lantern's (OSU's student newspaper) story here.

The event was also covered by the Columbus Dispatch here.

To see a video recap of Buckeyethon, click here.


Across the State
Wooster's Scarlett, Gray, and Green Fair

Learn how to save money, eat sustainably, recycle, and reduce your carbon footprint at The Ohio State University's 2011 Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair in Wooster. The fair will feature programs on the environment and how to improve it with a theme of "Green is for Life". Activities include a recycling station, green exhibits, cooking demos, student contests, a choral concert and local foods.

Last year's Scarlet, Gray, Green Fair drew 67 exhibitors and 2,000 people. Coordinating sponsors are Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the Agricultural Technical Institute and Ohio State University Extension -all three are part of the college; and the Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network.

The 2011 Scarlet, Gray, Green Fair will be Tuesday, April 19 from 11 am to 7 pm at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Fisher Auditorium and Lawn, 1680 Madison Avenue in Wooster, OH.

More information on the Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair can be found here.


Family Matters
Mother- Daughter Communication Key Role in HPV Vaccine

COLUMBUS, Ohio -Even after young women reach adulthood, their mothers can play a key role in convincing them to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, new research suggests.

"Mothers talking to their daughters were an important factor in whether young women were vaccinated," said Janice Krieger, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at Ohio State University.

Many mothers and daughters may be uncomfortable talking about the HPV vaccine, because it is designed to prevent the spread of a sexually-transmitted virus, Krieger said.

But regardless of the difficulty in talking about it, the vaccine is important because a persistent HPV infection may cause cancer.  HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and will infect about half of sexually active people in the United States during their lifetimes.

"It is an encouraging finding, because it shows that communication between mothers and daughters can be very helpful, even if it may be difficult sometimes."

The full article can be found online here.


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