Notes from a Fellow Buckeye

The following message was sent to all Ohio State students on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Click here to read the message to faculty and staff.

 

Students packing meals

Dear Buckeyes,

With the holiday season approaching and the end of the semester nearly in sight, we have much to be thankful for at Ohio State. Our success in academics, research and community engagement continues to increase thanks to your passionate dedication and hard work.

Our university will always work to advance a culture of inclusion and ensure that everyone can belong, fully participate and thrive. As always, I strongly encourage all Buckeyes to remember and live our shared values, take care of each other and reach out to fellow Buckeyes in need.

November is Indigenous Peoples’ Month, providing a time to celebrate the rich history and cultures of our nation’s first people. I invite all members of the Buckeye community to recognize the many meaningful contributions of the Indigenous peoples of our community and our country. I am thankful we have multiple programs and events to mark the importance of Indigenous peoples, including the College of Education and Human Ecology’s screening last month of the documentary “Blood Memory: A Story of Removal and Return” and the current display in Bricker Hall of hand-crafted Pokagon Potawatomi black ash baskets

Buckeye generosity

Members of the Ohio State community set the standard for helping others.

BuckeyeThon, the largest student-run philanthropy in the state of Ohio, is just one example of your propensity for generosity. The annual dance marathon raised more than $1 million last year and over $13 million in total over the past 21 years. It raises funds and awareness for the hematology, oncology & blood and marrow transplant unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Thank you to every student who participated this year.

The Ohio State-Xichigan game is one of the greatest rivalries in college football, but it has another tradition that makes it one of the greatest supports for trauma, organ transplant and cancer patients at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The annual Blood Battle with “That Team Up North” generates hundreds of pints of blood that save thousands of lives right here in our own community. Just one blood donation can save up to three lives. Please consider donating at one of several blood drives being hosted on campus leading up to the big game on November 26. To schedule a donation appointment, please visit versiti.org/bloodbattle.

Supporting zero-emission and low-emission public buses

Ohio State earlier this month celebrated the creation of a new testing center to support deployment of zero-emission and low-emission public buses. This was made possible by a $26.5 million investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration. Our university, the Center for Automotive Research and the Transportation Research Center have built an extraordinary foundation over the years. They’re pioneering new electric drivetrains, finding ways to charge vehicles faster and demonstrating the viability of hydrogen fuel. Our researchers have always done this work in tandem with industry partners — such as Honda, Ford, Cummins and COTA.

Free New York Times subscription

As a reminder, The Ohio State University Undergraduate Student Government is offering all students, faculty and staff free access to the New York Times for one year. Activate your subscription at this link.

New off-campus housing network

A new off-campus housing network will support students and property owners by establishing criteria for off-campus partners. The program connects students to a network of property owners committed to a set of standards for cleaner, safer housing. The university is committed to helping students make informed decisions through a network, which is a collaboration between Ohio State, the Office of Student Life, Student Legal Services, property owners and several City of Columbus departments, including police, fire, public safety and code enforcement. The network also establishes certain criteria for off-campus property owners.

Celebrating success

Congratulations to Victoria Diedrichs, a research assistant in the Aphasia Lab who is pursuing her PhD in speech and hearing science. She was chosen as a recipient of the prestigious 2022 New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship.

Kudos to Goonmeet Bajaj, a PhD candidate in our Department of Computer Science and Engineering, who won first place for graduate student research at the Association for Computing Machinery’s TAPIA Conference.

For the third year in a row, the Ohio State iGem team received a gold medal at the iGem 2022 Grand Jamboree in Paris. Our team consists of nine undergraduate students, two student advisers, and a high school senior.

Go Buckeyes!

Sincerely yours,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD
President

 

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The following message was sent to all Ohio State faculty and staff on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Click here to read the message to students.

 

Two Ohio State students looking at something on a computer screen while sitting outside

Dear Colleagues,

With the holiday season approaching and the end of the semester nearly in sight, we have much to be thankful for at Ohio State. Our success in academics, research, operations, service, clinical care, and talent and culture continues to increase thanks to your passionate dedication and hard work.

Our university will always work to advance a culture of inclusion and ensure that everyone can belong, fully participate and thrive. As always, I strongly encourage all Buckeyes to remember and live our shared values, take care of each other and reach out to fellow Buckeyes in need.

November is Indigenous Peoples’ Month, providing a time to celebrate the rich history and cultures of our nation’s first people. I invite all members of the Buckeye community to recognize the many meaningful contributions of the Indigenous peoples of our community and our country. I am thankful we have multiple programs and events to mark the importance of Indigenous peoples, including the College of Education and Human Ecology’s screening last month of the documentary “Blood Memory: A Story of Removal and Return” and the current display in Bricker Hall of hand-crafted Pokagon Potawatomi black ash baskets.

Academic Plan

I want to thank Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Melissa L. Gilliam and leaders across the Office of Academic Affairs for advancing our new academic plan. This ambitious and aspirational effort will expand faculty eminence; accelerate student success; enhance impact through external engagement; strengthen talent, culture and inclusive excellence; improve technological innovation; and achieve operational excellence.

Annual Blood Battle 

The Ohio State-Michigan game is one of the greatest rivalries in college football, but it has another tradition that makes it one of the greatest supports for trauma, organ transplant and cancer patients at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The annual Blood Battle with “That Team Up North” generates hundreds of pints of blood that save thousands of lives right here in our own community. Just one blood donation can save up to three lives. Please consider donating at one of several blood drives being hosted on campus leading up to the big game on November 26. To schedule a donation appointment, please visit versiti.org/bloodbattle.

Supporting zero-emission and low-emission public buses

Ohio State earlier this month celebrated the creation of a new testing center to support deployment of zero-emission and low-emission public buses. This was made possible by a $26.5 million investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration. Our university, the Center for Automotive Research and the Transportation Research Center have built an extraordinary foundation over the years. They’re pioneering new electric drivetrains, finding ways to charge vehicles faster and demonstrating the viability of hydrogen fuel. Our researchers have always done this work in tandem with industry partners — such as Honda, Ford, Cummins and COTA.

Free New York Times subscription

As a reminder, The Ohio State University Undergraduate Student Government is offering all students, faculty and staff free access to the New York Times for one year. Activate your subscription at this link.

Celebrating success

Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle, associate professor and director of the Goldberg Center, who won the American Historical Association’s prestigious Herbert Feis Award, which recognizes distinguished contributions to public history. Established in 1984, this award is offered annually to recognize distinguished contributions to public history during the previous decade.

Kudos to Dr. Anne Kloos, who recently received the Humanitarian Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, which recognizes organization members who exemplify and embody compassion and leadership in their work and have contributed to its mission. This honor is a testament to Professor Kloos’ skill and expertise as a physical therapist as well as her compassion and commitment for this field.

John Glenn College of Public Affairs Dean Trevor Brown was recently appointed as president of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. His appointment to this role reflects his skills as a leader and his unyielding advocacy for public affairs education.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) presented the College of Medicine and the Wexner Medical Center with the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement for exhibiting an extraordinary commitment to community service. The AAMC gives out the award annually to a member medical school or teaching hospital with a long-standing institutional commitment to partnering with the community to identify and address community needs.

Go Buckeyes!

Sincerely yours,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD
President

 

Wellness Resources