The following message was sent to all Ohio State students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Dear Buckeye Family:
When we kicked off our 150th anniversary a year ago, the world looked very different. We could not possibly have anticipated the changes and challenges we would face.
As we are now approaching the close of our sesquicentennial, I continue to be impressed and encouraged by how the Buckeye community has rallied to overcome significant obstacles. Our perseverance and willingness to collaborate are our greatest strengths.
Over the past 12 months, we have honored and examined our history, celebrated who we are and envisioned a bold future for our university — all within the confines of new protocols required by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Carmen Collection highlighted untold stories of underrepresented Buckeyes whose examples inspire our own efforts to build a more inclusive and diverse Ohio State, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and University Libraries are continuing this important work.
The Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program provided 150 outstanding students from across the university financial support and opportunities to grow into engaged future global citizens. This program will continue to support returning scholars through the completion of their degrees.
These are just two of the many ways we marked this special year. I encourage everyone to visit 150.osu.edu to see the full scale of our celebrations and programming. I extend my thanks to students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and members of our community who made these efforts possible. The collective efforts and participation by Buckeyes everywhere ensured this would be an unforgettable anniversary.
We now turn our attention to building for the future. Our core mission is as clear today as it was at our founding: to uplift lives through education and scholarship, inspire thoughtful and engaged citizens, and tackle society’s greatest challenges head on. It’s what we have always done, and what we will continue to do — Together As Buckeyes.
Kristina M. Johnson, PhD