Buckeye Bits E-Newsletter: June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020

Amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, we have chosen to suspend alumni association events through at least July 6, 2020. Thank you for your understanding as we monitor the situation and work to keep our Buckeye family safe. Please keep an eye out on your inbox for future virtual events with the greater OSUDC community.

The Role of the Land-Grant University in Addressing Racial Tensions

Monday, June 8, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

With protests against police brutality and misconduct sweeping our country following high-profile cases of racial profiling and police-involved deaths, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a virtual discussion exploring how The Ohio State University can respond to this crisis.

Hosted by Dr. Andreá Williams, the interim director of The Women’s Place, this panel discussion with university thought leaders will focus on discussing current racial disparities and prospects for social change.

Topics that will be explored during the discussion will include how what we teach, learn and do at Ohio State can make a difference in challenging racism and lead to meaningful change. Panelists will also address what kinds of initiatives already exist here at Ohio State and in partnership with governmental agencies that can help eradicate racial disparities and discrimination.


  • Tom Gregoire, Dean, College of Social Work
  • Norman Jones, Dean and Director, Mansfield campus
  • Leon McDougle, Chief Diversity Officer, Wexner Medical Center
  • Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Don Pope-Davis, Dean, College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Stephanie Sanders, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services

Please join us Monday, June 8 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. as we identify next steps going forward in addressing racial inequities on campus and in our broader community. Faculty, staff, students, and local residents and community partners are all welcome to join us for what promises to be a compelling and enlightening discussion.

Buckeyes in Law DC Summer Speaker Series

Join The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Washington, DC, and the Moritz College of Law for our Buckeyes in Law DC Summer Speaker Series. Hosted by Professor Chris Walker, the director of the Moritz Washington D.C. Summer Program, this weekly series will feature virtual conversations with prominent alumni who work in law and policy in Washington, D.C.

Join us on June 5 as we kick off the speaker series with the dean of the Moritz College of Law, Lincoln L. Davies interviewed by OSUDC Vice President Melissa Wasser, ’17, ’17.

These events are FREE and take place every Friday from 12pm-1pm ETplease register on CarmenZoomhttps://bit.ly/BuckeyesInLaw

Upcoming dates:

June 5 – Lincoln L. Davies, Dean & Frank R. Strong Chair in Law

June 12 – Nichole Francis Reynolds, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

June 19 – Carter Phillips, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

June 26 – Debra Dixon, Principal, TwinLogic Strategies

Webinar: Get the most from your story times with your young child

Are you concerned about learning loss due to distance learning and early school closures?

Join Kari Welch and Samantha Peterson to discover how reading with your young child is one of the best ways to continue enriched learning at home. They will share best practices and simple strategies to get the most from reading to enhance your child’s vocabulary, phonological awareness, number sense, and narrative building skills.

June 4, 2020

1:30–2:30 p.m. EDT

Zoom webinar

This webinar is free and open to all, but registration is required.

Ask Career Management – Career Q&A

Are you currently in the job search, or planning to begin your journey soon?

Through a virtual Q&A, your Career Management team will provide job-search tips and advice to help those looking for employment or to make a change.

June 5, 2020
Noon to 1 p.m. EDT

Online only


Webinar: Preserving your mental well-being during COVID-19

This webinar aims to provide tips for staying holistically well when navigating your career during a pandemic, focusing on balancing your media intake, allowing yourself to feel, using nature as therapy and crafting a healthy sleep routine.

You will also be guided through a live meditation and goal-setting exercise. This webinar is presented by Joe Doherty, Program Coordinator for Ohio State University’s Wellness Coaching Program.


  • Balancing your media intake
  • Allowing yourself to feel
  • Using nature as therapy
  • Crafting a healthy sleep routine
  • Practicing meditation
  • Setting effective goals

June 12, 2020

Noon to 1 p.m. EDT



The 2020 BTN Big 10K is going virtual! Show your school pride and walk or run in the 5K or 10K from wherever you live!

The VIRTUAL BTN Big 10K will take place starting on July 26th, 2020. Runners can compete any time between July 26th – August 1st.

Runners can connect with Big Ten fans across the country by sharing their race on social media with the hashtag #BTNBig10K and tagging the Big Ten Network at @BigTenNetwork!

Participants in this year’s BTN Big 10K will receive a 2020 Big Ten school-specific shirt and race bib as well as a Big Ten-themed running buff/headband. BTN will also be providing a BTN Big 10K Spotify playlist and finishers certificates. The cost of registration is $20. Click here to register now.

Kristina M. Johnson appointed 16th president of The Ohio State University

From the news.osu.edu release: 

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today appointed Kristina M. Johnson, PhD, as the 16th president in university history.

“We are pleased beyond measure to welcome Dr. Johnson to Ohio State,” said board chair Gary R. Heminger. “Her range of knowledge, service and accomplishments across sectors and throughout her career is nothing short of remarkable.

“She is uniquely positioned to make an immediate impact – building on Ohio State’s momentum and advancing our mission to uplift lives through academic excellence.”

Johnson has close family ties to Ohio State and Ohio. Her grandfather graduated from Ohio State in 1896, played right guard on one of the early football teams and was a member of the Tesla Club. Family lore has it that Johnson’s grandfather met her grandmother on the Columbus campus. Johnson has deep family roots in Ohio.

“Ohio State has always been a special place to me – well beyond its standing as one of the most respected teaching, research and patient-care institutions in the world,” Johnson said. “I am humbled to be selected to lead this great land-grant university, and I look forward to meeting with students, faculty and staff to begin our work together.”Click here to read the full news release. Welcome, Dr. Johnson!

Join the Ohio State Alumni Book Club

Our Book Club is Growing!

Our virtual book club is open to all alumni! Join fellow Buckeyes in a private online forum to discuss the selected book. Whether you are already an avid reader or looking to get pick up reading in the New Year, this book club has something for everyone.

Participants will vote to select each book. The following genres were selected as the focus of the 2020 year. We will announce future ones in the coming months!

  • May 28–July 30, 2020: Book-Screen Adaptations
  • August 6–October 8, 2020: Classics
  • October 15–December 17, 2020: Science Fiction / Fantasy
  • January 4–March 11, 2021: Ohio Reads (Books that take place in Ohio)

Membership is free. You simply need to borrow or purchase a copy of the book. Join now to start reading our next book.

Join the OSUDC Board of Governors

Looking for a way to get more involved? The OSUDC Board has several at-large openings! Self nominations are preferred. Please click here to download the nomination form.


Beginning on January 1, 2020, the OSUDC membership year now runs on the calendar year from January 1 – December 31. For $25, you are a member of OSUDC; for $75+, you are a member of OSUDC and a  sustaining member of OSUAA, which makes you eligible for OSUAA benefits such as football tickets. Membership dues are tax deductible contributions to our OSUAA current use fund that makes programming available to area alumni. Dues can be paid at one time, or you can set up recurring payments.

We offer two ways to become a member:

Option 1) Yearly membership to Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. | Join now

If you simply want to join the Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. you can do so for a modest donation of $25 per year. This option is open to both Ohio State alumni and Ohio State fans.

Option 2) Yearly sustaining membership to OSUAA + Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. | Join now

Becoming a sustaining member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association requires a yearly donation of $75 (which makes alumni eligible for football tickets and other great benefits). By allocating a yearly donation of $75 or more to the Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., you will get access to OSUAA benefits and Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. incentives. If you have any questions, please contact our membership chair, Kennedy Kowalski, at membership@osudc.org, or our treasurer, Melissa Harto, at treasurer@osudc.org.

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