The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Griffin announces change in role at Ohio State | Like father, like son | New mesh could aid in oil-spill clean-up | Champion Buckeyes visit the White House

May 15 Football ticket invoices due
May 18 HireOhio Alumni Career Fair at the Ohio Union
May 21 Scarlet and Grapes at Cooper’s Hawk
May 27 Society Roundtable: Special session for special-interest societies only
May 29 Virtual Speed Networking
May 31 Buckeyes in the Kitchen
June 5 Ohio State Day at the Cleveland Indians
June 12 Webinar: Working with a professional recruiter, featuring Ken Lazar.
June 20-21    Buckeye Country Superfest
June 30 Club year-end report
July 15 Society year-end report
Aug. 1 Outstanding Club or Outstanding Society Award Spreadsheet due
Aug. 1 Nominations for Best Buckeye, Outstanding Society Leader and Outstanding CARL Award due

OSUAA news

Griffin announces change in role at Ohio State

In April, Alumni Association president and CEO Archie Griffin announced he intends to retire from his current role on July 1, and move into a new position as a senior advisor to Ohio State’s Office of Advancement. 


Save the date: Club and Society leadership symposium

Sept. 24-Sept. 25, 2015

Please mark your calendars for the 2015 Club and Society Leadership Symposium. We have a lot of information to share with you, so this year the conference will be one-and-a-half days, beginning Thursday afternoon, Sept. 24. There will be no cost to attend and no limit to the number of officers or board members you wish to register. We are currently working on a block of hotel rooms and will send information in the save the date email to presidents next week.

Alumni help keep Columbus beautiful

More than 100 Ohio State volunteers participated in Keep Columbus Beautiful on April 11, cleaning up the area alongside Livingston Avenue in Columbus’s Driving Park neighborhood. Future events will be coordinated in communities throughout the country.

Prevention: the new hospital specialization

Ohio State alumnus and Akron Children’s Hospital CEO William H. Considine knows that for our children to grow up to be healthy adults, it will take more than just emergency rooms fixing broken bones and treating infections.

Ross County club awards 20 scholarships

The goal was to provide financial assistance to an incoming freshman and help Ohio State recruit top local students. Yet the single $400 merit scholarship the Ross County Alumni Club awarded 24 years ago has blossomed into a much larger program.

Social media tip: Sharing club and society events

This spring and summer, many clubs and societies will host gatherings, volunteer events and summer send-offs with local Ohio State students. Using social media, you can share your club or society’s activities with the Buckeye community. Here are three tips to keep in mind when sharing event updates and photos on social media:

  • Assign a club or society member to social media: It’s hard to plan and run an event while also capturing photos and stories for social media. Find a member in your club or society who can focus on social media by taking photos and writing updates.
  • Take photos: Sharing photos from the event will immediately make your posts on social media more engaging. Be sure to have the member assigned to social media take photos. Don’t be afraid to ask Buckeyes to strike an O-H-I-O pose or get together for a group photo. 
  • Use appropriate hashtags: Using Ohio State-related hashtags will help make your posts more noticeable. For service events, use the #BuckeyesGive hashtag. For alumni-related events, use #BuckeyeForLife.

For questions or more information on all things social media, contact the Alumni Association’s Michelle Morgan.

Buckeye Country Superfest

The Alumni Association is giving away two pairs of tickets to a current club and society volunteer. To enter the drawing, send an email to Josh Harraman if you are a current club volunteer and Craig Little if you are a current society volunteer with the list of the country music artists performing on June 20-21 (hint – there is a link to the website in this issue of Nutshell) by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19. All entries with the correct list of acts will be entered into a drawing for the free tickets, good for both June 20 and 21. Good Luck! ***Note – The tickets are non-transferable and must be used by the volunteer who wins the contest.

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.

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: Special interest alumni society-only roundtable (May 27); and Leaders choice: Open topics and discussion (June 9).

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: Chad Bouton

Research Leader, Battelle

Bouton is a Research Leader at Battelle serving as principal investigator for numerous cutting-edge research and development programs. His expertise includes bio-sensors, neural prosthetics and decoding, and linear and nonlinear signal processing and control methods. Bouton developed neural decoding methods that allowed a person to control a wheelchair with a brain implant for the first time. He also developed new signal processing methods for cancer detection systems to aid surgeons in more efficiently and effectively pinpointing cancerous tissue intra-operatively.
TOPICS: Cutting-edge medical technology

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.

Campus news

Like father, like son

Archie Griffin has long said that his Ohio State degree was his most cherished accomplishment. On May 10, Griffin watched his son, Adam, match that feat when he earned his degree. Prior to that day, the two Griffins sat down for a talk about Ohio State and what it means to be part of Buckeye Nation.

Ohio State in bloom

Spring has taken hold of Ohio State, which means from magnolia blossoms to colorful tulips to Frisbee on the Oval, campus is in bloom.

High Points: May 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

New mesh could aid in oil-spill clean-up

The piece of stainless steel mesh in a lab at The Ohio State University doesn’t look like a very big deal, but it could make a big difference for future environmental cleanups. Water passes through the mesh but oil doesn’t, thanks to a nearly invisible oil-repelling coating on its surface.


Researchers discover link between prodigy and autism

Researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism. The scientists found that child prodigies in their sample share some of the same genetic variations with people who have autism.


Athletics news

Champion Buckeyes visit the White House

National championship celebrations continued in late April as the Ohio State Buckeyes traveled to the White House to visit with President Barack Obama.

Stieber helped inspire wrestling champs

Hunter Stieber grew up on a wrestling mat. He’s as comfortable there as most people are on a bike. But for the better part of a year, from this past October to this coming one, Hunter will have had about a month on the mat. Total. In fact, in the past two seasons, the two-time All-American has barely been able to compete: First, he took a redshirt his junior year. And this past season, he tore ligaments in both elbows.

Alumni travel

Classic China and the Yangtze River

Sept. 22-Oct. 5, 2015
$4,569 (air included from San Francisco)

Begin your 14-day tour in 2,000-year-old Beijing and experience its legendary sites: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall. A tour highlight is a special rickshaw ride along Beijing’s ancient alleyways, or hutongs, and a visit to the home of a local family. Continue to Xian and visit the museum housing the terra-cotta army of nearly 8,000 life-sized warriors, called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Fly to Chongqing and visit the zoo housing the beloved pandas. Board a premier ship of Victoria Cruises for a three-night excursion on the Yangtze. See the spectacular Three Gorges, Smaller Gorges, and the much-heralded new dam. Conclude with visits to the Bund, the renowned Shanghai Museum and the 16th-century Yu Yuan Gardens. Spend additional time exploring dynamic Shanghai on an optional three-day/two-night on-your-own extension.

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