Buckeye Bits E-Newsletter: September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

Amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, we have chosen to suspend alumni events. 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. As always, our full event calendar can be found on our website.

Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Monthly Meeting
September 16, 2020
7:00 PM
Eddie George

Eddie is a former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner. He was a first round draft pick in 1996 and went to FOUR consecutive Pro Bowls.

Join the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club via Zoom to hear his inspiring story and learn what he’s been doing since he retired.


Recaptive Shipmate Journeys through the Carceral Spaces of the U.S. Slave Trade Suppression

Date: Friday, Sept. 11, 2020
Location: Virtual
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Host: 1619 and Beyond Program, Department of History

Join the 1619 and Beyond Program and the Deptartment of History for a lecture by Sharla Fett, professor of history and chair of the Department of American Studies at Occidental College.

Fett’s most recent work focuses on the capture of slave ships off the American coast on the eve of the Civil War in the early 1860s. She offers a new view of a heretofore unexamined “middle passage” — the return of these recaptured people to Africa — that included the detention and containment of “liberated”/recaptive Africans in spaces ranging from U.S. jails and forts to ship holds to special “receptacles” used in Liberia.  She will unravel the question about how slavery-based practices of detention continued into suppression procedures for “managing” large numbers of recaptive Africans and how recaptives sought to resist and reclaim those spatial constraints.

The Importance of Independent News

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020
Location: Virtual
Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
Host: School of Communication

Join faculty, students and alumni from the School of Communication for a conversation about the importance of independent news organizations at universities. Learn about the critical work of The Lantern, the value of independent media and much more.


  • Spencer Hunt, Director of Student Media, The Lantern
  • Nicole Kraft, Associate Professor, School of Communication
  • Jack Long, B.A. Journalism ’22; Managing Editor for Digital Content, The Lantern
  • Jay Ridgely Smith, B.A. Journalism ’71; Retired President, Cox Newspapers Inc.
  • Mike Slater, Director, School of Communication

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, click here.

Virtual Annual Meeting Now on YouTube!

Thank you to everyone who joined us live on Thursday, August 13 for our first ever Virtual Annual Meeting! The full recording is just under an hour long and can be viewed on our new YouTube channel. Hear from Club President David Turkaleski, meet new OSUAA President Molly Ranz Calhoun, and join us in recognizing our 2020 scholarship recipients. (While you’re there, please subscribe! Once we have 100 subscribers, we can use our custom URL to make the channel easier to find.) 

Pictured above, from top left: OSUAA President Molly Ranz Calhoun; OSUDC Vice President & Game Day Chair Melissa Wasser; OSUDC President David Turkaleski; from bottom left: OSUDC Secretary Jenn Rubenstein; OSUDC Treasurer Melissa Harto; OSUDC Scholarship Chair Stephanie Rosner

OSULA’s Inclusion, Diversity & Racism Webinar

Our friends at the Ohio State Alumni Club of Los Angeles held a live webinar workshop on Inclusion, Diversity, and Racism on Sunday, August 9. The full 2-hour recording is now available to watch on YouTube

Glenn College DC Programs Update

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs offers two DC internship programs for students, allowing them to live and intern in Washington, DC. The Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP) brings undergrads to DC for a semester experience, and the MPA-DC program allows MPA students the chance to spend their second year in Washington in a field placement while they complete their graduate degree.
Due to COVID-19, WAIP has been moved to a virtual format for fall semester. Alumni volunteers are still needed to mentor, conduct virtual networking coffees and speak to the students. If interested in volunteering with WAIP this fall, please complete this short survey.
The MPA-DC program will move forward as planned, though students may conduct internships virtually for the first semester. The Glenn College is still seeking paid placements for a few of the MPA-DC fellows– these are graduate students in their second year of their MPA, and they can work Monday – Thursday, up to 32 hours/week. Their interests vary, but policy interests include: food/agriculture, environment, energy and international affairs. If you’d like to consider hosting a graduate student, please contact Katy Hogan: hogan.124@osu.edu.  

Support our partner bars with take-out or outdoor dining!


World of Beer
7200 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: 240-389-9317

U Street:

Solly’s U St Tavern
1942 11th Street NW
(11th & U St)
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202-232-6590


Crystal City Sports Pub
529 23rd Street South
Arlington, VA 22202
Tel: 703-521-8215


Blackfinn Ameripub
Loudoun Station
43781 Central Station Drive Suite 150
Ashburn, VA 20147
Tel: 703-723-3466

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, Alex Temple, at membership@osudc.org, or our treasurer, Melissa Harto, at treasurer@osudc.org.

Upcoming Events Calendar
Keep up with all of our upcoming events on our website! You can easily export the events you’re interested in attending to iCal or Google Calendar.

Countdown to Ohio State Vs. Michigan

Upcoming Events

Jun 29 2:00pm

Annual Meeting 2024

Our Annual Meeting will be held at Shipgarten in Tysons Corner (McLean, VA) on Saturday, June 29, from 2-5pm. Join us for …

Aug 03 4:05pm

Ohio State Alumni Day at the Nationals

Come out and show your Buckeye pride as the Nationals host Ohio State Alumni Day at the ballpark! Join Ohio State alumni, students, parents, faculty…

Aug 10 9:00am

Service Event: Adopt-A-Highway August 2024

OSUDC has service events in Fairfax County for Adopt-A-Highway throughout the year! We meet at the McDonald’s at the intersection of Lee Chapel Rd. and Old Keene …

Aug 17 2:00pm

Washington Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx

Join us for an electrifying evening of basketball as the Washington Mystics against the Minnesota Lynx on Saturday, August 17th at 2pm! Come out and support the Mystics and…