The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Club fair sparks interest in Ohio State | Presidential welcomes | Look, something shiny! | Upp and coming

March 19 Buckeyes After Work at Pint House
March 26 Girls Night Out: Paint and Pour
March 27 Virtual Speed Networking Series
March 31 Michael V. Drake presidential investiture
March 31 Alumni Award nomination deadline
April 1 & 8 Stargazing at Ohio State
April 7 Society roundtable: Volunteers-Recruiting and retaining the best talent
April 18 Ohio State spring football game at Ohio Stadium

OSUAA news

Club fair sparks interest in Ohio State

Taylor Fitzgerald thought she had her college choice nailed down. After years of listening to a neighbor talk up Penn State, she was ready to depart for State College to study engineering. That is, until her mom suggested they go to a college fair at her local high school.


A family wherever you are

Being a Buckeye means you’re never far from family, explains Jamie Tacy Jalwan, Class of 2004 and an active member of the Sarasota-Manatee Ohio State Alumni Club.

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 Thursday, March 19, to have items considered for the May-June Buckeye Buzz page.

Alumni Award nominations close March 31

What do Woody Hayes, Jesse Owens, Novice Fawcett and George Voinovich have in common? They have received an Alumni Award from The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.! Do you know an alumnus, friend, or family member who has given extra time, service and support to students and/or Ohio State? Nominate them for an Alumni Award.

Social media tip: Capturing and sharing engaging photos

An easy way to get your social media posts noticed by fellow Buckeyes is to share engaging photos. Here are a few tips to get you started:
—Include Ohio State imagery: this could include Buckeye apparel, Ohio State celebrities, iconic campus backdrops or an O-H-I-O—Keep composition in mind: at events, zoom in on people or ask them to pose for a photo. If you’re taking a photo of a public figure, such as Brutus Buckeye, make sure to get on their level so that Brutus is the focus of the photo.
—Convey fun and excitement: make sure Buckeyes in your photos look like they’re having fun and enjoying your event. Don’t be afraid to ask people to pose for a photo.

For questions or more information on all things social media, feel free to reach out Michelle Morgan at

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: Volunteers: Recruiting and retaining the best talent (April 7); 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.

‘The Buckeye Room’ is open for you

Alumni are invited to provide input on the university and the alumni experience by participating in this new online forum. To facilitate hearing the voice of alumni on countless Ohio State priorities, the Alumni Association has launched a new initiative called the “The Buckeye Room.”

Surveying your members

If you need assistance with conducting a survey after your club or society event, please contact Heidi Glanzman at All you have to do is send us the email addresses of those who attended and we will send the survey for you.

Speaker profile: Nicholas

Nicholas B. BreyfogleAssociate Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine

Professor Nicholas B. Breyfogle received his PhD (1998) and MA (1994) in Russian and European History from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B. A. (1990) from Brown University in History and French Civilization. Professor Breyfogle is a specialist in Imperial Russian history, c. 1700 to 1917, especially the history of Russian imperialism and the non-Russian nationalities of the tsarist empire. In addition to things Russian and “Putin-ish”, he is also a specialist in global environmental history.

TOPICS: Russian history and current affairs

Campus news

Presidential welcomes

Since 1940, Ohio State has welcomed many of its presidents with ceremonial events that recognize a leader's official transition to the university’s highest office. The tradition started with president Howard L. Bevis’ inauguration in 1940, and will continue with Michael V. Drake’s investiture ceremony on March 31, 2015.

The evolution of ISIS

Peter Mansoor, an Ohio State military historian and former executive officer to Gen. David Petraeus discusses the meteoric rise of ISIS and what to expect from it in the future.

High Points: March 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

Look, something shiny!

When it comes to buying things, our brains can’t see the big, black-and-white forest for all the tiny, colorful trees. That’s the conclusion of a study at The Ohio State University, which found that people who were shown product images in color were more likely to focus on small product details—even superfluous ones—instead of practical concerns such as cost and functionality.

Youth suicide rate more than double in rural areas

The adolescent and young-adult suicide rate in the United States was almost twice as high in rural settings than in urban areas between 1996 and 2010, and new research suggests that the gap appears to be widening.

Athletics news

Upp and coming

For men's basketball student manager Derek Upp, being a Buckeye means being a part of a family, inspiring Buckeye Nation and paying forward for other kids with disabilities.

Great game-watches

If you have any changes to your game-watch locale let the Alumni Association know about your new location and contact information so Buckeye fans in your area can join you as the Ohio State basketball team starts its journey to March Madness. Please send new information to Susan Long at

Alumni travel

Symphony on the Blue Danube – A Classical Music Cruise

Oct. 1-Oct. 13, 2015
$3,995 (Krakow)
Visit six countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites on this exclusive journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music’s great masters. Travel through the stunning Wachau Valley aboard the M.S. Amadeus Fleet, one of the finest ship fleets to ply the waterways of Europe. Most suites and staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with a French balcony. Experience the musical heritage of Europe’s accomplished composers, including Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Enjoy a comprehensive schedule of exclusive expert lectures, classical music performances and guided excursions featuring the magnificent Melk Abbey, the storybook village of Durnstein, imperial Vienna and Bratislava’s medieval Old Town. A Warsaw pre-program option and Budapest post-program option are offered.

For detailed information, please visit or contact Addie Natalie at Ohio State Alumni Tours by phone at 614-292-2372/1-800-852-8687 Ext. 3, or by email at