The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Summer send-off deadline | 2020 Vision | Landmark study shows magnets can control heat and sound | Buckeyes win first-ever wrestling title

April 18 Ohio State spring football game at Ohio Stadium
April 21 Society Roundtable: Engagement strategies
April 22 Scarlet and Gray Congressional Breakfast and Scholarship Fundraiser in Washington D.C.
April 24 Virtual Speed Networking
April 27 Deadline for submitting details on summer send-off events
May 5 Gradfest at the Ohio Union
May 10 Ohio State spring commencement
May 15 Ohio State Day at Cedar Point
May 15 Group football ticket invoices due
May 21 Scarlet and Grapes at Cooper’s Hawk
May 27 Society Roundtable: Special session for special-interest societies only
June 20-21   Buckeye Country Superfest

Happy volunteer appreciation week!

April 12-18, 2015

The Alumni Association thanks you for all that you do on behalf of Ohio State and the Alumni  Association. We have 2,800 volunteers working on behalf of our alumni clubs and societies and together we make a difference in the lives of our alumni, friends and students! We thank you for your efforts and encourage you to thank the many volunteers who help make your group a success. Go Bucks!

OSUAA news

Summer send-off deadline

Alumni clubs around the country will be celebrating the start of new school year by holding Summer Send-Off events for incoming Ohio State freshmen in their area. If your group is planning an event, please send details to Nadine Holmes by April 27. Details include: Type of event (cookout, picnic, lunch, etc.); Time, date and place; RSVP information (club RSVP contact and RSVP deadline).

Also, let us know that your club plans to hosts a send-off by signing up for this volunteer opportunity on Ohio State Volunteer Match! Then you will receive a confirmation message with a link to provide your event details once your club has everything confirmed.

On the right track: Alum leads students to Ohio State

Pugh, a Dayton, Ohio, native, is a business and personal finance coach near Atlanta and owns a Web development company, KTP Web Hosting, which helps people get their businesses online. He also regularly volunteers for Ohio State in a variety of student recruitment capacities.

Ohio State Day at Cedar Point set for May 15

All Ohio State alumni, family, friends and guests are invited to Ohio State Day at Cedar Point on Friday, May 15. Enjoy the BEST collection of roller coasters on the planet! Plus, visit Planet Snoopy, Kiddy Kingdom and other family areas with rides that won't turn your knuckles white.

Apple Alumni Discount program

The Apple Alumni Discount program makes the Apple Education Price available to Ohio State alumni. In addition to exclusive Apple pricing, purchases through the Alumni Discount Program will directly fund university programming. Alumni can purchase the products they want and need, at exclusive prices, while supporting their alma mater.

Commencement Week: May 4-9

Alumni are encouraged to change their social media profile photos to the Block O to help celebrate the success of the more than 10,000 graduates who will join the ranks of alumni when they graduate from Ohio State on Sunday, May 10.

Social media tip: Help Buckeyes find you

Imagine this scenario: An alumnus moves from Columbus to Buffalo for a new job. Far from home and family, he looks for his fellow Buckeyes in his new city. What search terms might he use? He might try and find Ohio State alumni in Buffalo by searching for things like “Ohio State,” “Buffalo,” “Buckeyes,” “alumni” or “OSU” on Facebook and Twitter.

To help fellow alumni find your club or society on social media, think about the terms you would use if you were searching for your organization online. After this, craft your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram bios using those keywords. For example, the Buffalo club’s bio would read “Buckeyes dedicated to cultivating an Ohio State family in Buffalo, NY #BuckeyeForLife.” This description has the keywords Buckeyes, Ohio State, Buffalo, NY and uses the alumni hashtag #BuckeyeForLife. For questions or more information on all things social media, contact the Alumni Association’s Michelle Morgan.

Best practices

On-boarding new board members

  • Here are some tips for on-boarding new members of your board:
  • Invite them to a meeting prior to their joining the board
  • Have a separate orientation session for them and review the mission and goals of your club/society
  • Provide them with a board member notebook with a copy of all pertinent information
  • Assign a current board member to a new board member like a “board buddy” for the first few meetings so the new board member feels welcomed
  • Be sure to steward your volunteers by being sure to show your appreciation for what they do

Share your group’s good work

Remember to share your club and society accomplishments and points of pride for consideration in Ohio State Alumni magazine. A new submission form makes the process simple and quick. The deadline is Monday, May 18, to have items considered for the July-August Buckeye Buzz page.

LGBTQ and ally coding project

Please share with your LGBTQ alumni/donors and allies the following link to stay current on advocacy initiatives, connect at LGBTQ-specific alumni events, learn about ways to support LGBTQ scholarships and programs; and discover opportunities to meet and mentor LGBTQ students.

Society leaders: Save the date

Dates have been set for upcoming alumni society roundtable topics. An email with further detail will be sent next week. Here are upcoming topics and dates: Engagement strategies: Creating a plan (April 21); Special interest alumni society-only roundtable (May 27); and Leaders choice: Open topics and discussion (June 9).

Share your volunteer opportunities

Have a great volunteer opportunity you’d like to share with fellow alumni and friends? Ohio State’s Office of Volunteer Relations can help through VolunteerMatch. Learn how to use this valuable tool with our step-by-step training guide and checklist.

Visit our job board

Are you looking for a new job opportunity? Are you an employer looking to hire fellow Buckeyes? Did you know that there is an active job board for Ohio State alumni? If so, the Alumni Association’s Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management can help.

Speaker profile: Jim Fowler

Assistant professor, Department of Mathematics
Outreach director, The STEAM Factory
TOPICS: Mathematics; the history of mathematics; creativity; STEAM; online education; MOOCs; creating lecture videos; inquiry-based learning; visualizing high-dimensional data; open source software; public outreach for STEAM; K-12 education; geometry; topology; summer math camps for high school students; computer typesetting.

Campus news

2020 Vision: Inclusive excellence

During his first months as Ohio State’s 15th president, Michael V. Drake looked, listened and learned. With time, his observations developed into a vision for the university, a path firmly grounded in Ohio State’s land-grant mission but one that also acknowledges the challenges of the modern-day world.

Investment in innovation

From anti-cancer drugs to chemical warfare antidotes to energy-efficient materials, Ohio State's new CBEC building will enhance the university's already leading-edge work in many different areas.

High Points: April 2015

Whether it’s research, academics or student success, High Points give you a quick and easy way to catch up on all the latest and greatest things happening at Ohio State.

Research news

Landmark study shows magnets can control heat and sound

Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field. In the March 23 issue of the journal Nature Materials, they describe how a magnetic field roughly the size of a medical MRI reduced the amount of heat flowing through a semiconductor by 12 percent.

Study: Don’t blame kids if they don’t like school

When children are unmotivated at school, new research suggests their genes may be part of the equation. A study of more than 13,000 twins from six countries found that 40 to 50 percent of the differences in children’s motivation to learn could be explained by their genetic inheritance from their parents.

Athletics news

Buckeyes win first-ever wrestling title

The 94-year wait is over. Ohio State, on the strength individual national titles by Logan Stieber and Nathan Tomasello, clinched its first-ever team title on March 21. The Buckeyes (102 points) topped second-place Iowa by 18 points, third-place Edinboro (75.5 points) and fourth-place Missouri (73.5 points).

Alumni travel

Ohio State at Rutgers

Oct. 22-25, 2015
$1,429 (New York City)

New York City is home to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Broadway and much more. Times Square—the cultural icon also referred to as the Crossroads of the World and the Center of the Universe—is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry.

For detailed information, please visit contact Amy Stoneking at Ohio State Alumni Tours by phone at 614-292-2372/1-800-852-8687 Ext. 2, or by email at