Buckeye Bits E-Newsletter: March 15, 2024

March 15, 2024

Enter the 2024 OSUDC March Madness Pool!

OSUDC has private bracket pools for the 2024 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments on the ESPN March Madness website! For each pool, one winner receives 50% of all proceeds, with the other 50% benefiting our Spearman Scholarship fund. Once you complete the form(s) for the pool(s) you wish to enter and submit your donation payment(s) (minimum donation $10 per bracket submitted), you will receive an email with instructions to enter the pool(s).

Please note: brackets for both tournaments will be available immediately following the NCAA selection shows this Sunday, March 17. The deadline to submit your form and payment for either pool is the same (Wednesday, March 20). The men’s tournament tips off on Thursday, March 21; the women’s tournament tips off on Friday, March 22.


To participate in the 2024 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament pool, you must submit this form and your donation payment by Wednesday, March 20. Brackets will be available one hour after the NCAA tournament selections are made public on Sunday, March 17, and must be submitted before tip-off of the first game on Thursday, March 21.


To participate in the 2024 Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament pool, you must submit this form and your donation payment by Wednesday, March 20. Brackets will be available one hour after the NCAA tournament selections are made public on Sunday, March 17, and must be submitted before tip-off of the first game on Friday, March 22.


Questions? Please email march@osudc.org


OSUDC Nature Walk & Bald Eagle Viewing at Mason Neck State Park

Join OSUDC for a nature walk led by Ohio State alum and Host of Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast (VAOA), Jessica Bowser. Jessica will be guiding us on a casual hike along Mason Neck State Park’s most popular trails. We’ll be learning about everything from forestry to wetlands, all while looking for the Bald Eagles that call the park home. This is a family friendly event and open to everyone.

Date: Sunday, April 7, 2024

Time: 10am to 12:00pm

Meeting Point: Visitor Center

Location: 7301 High Point Road, Lorton, VA 22079-4010



Glenn College
 D.C. Alumni and Friends Happy Hour

Join Glenn College D.C. Alumni and friends for a special happy hour in support of the 2024 Washington Programs Crowdfunding Campaign.

You’re invited to reconnect and network with alumni, Glenn fellows and MPA-DC students and also learn more about the Glenn College’s expanded programming in D.C. 
Heavy appetizers and two drink tickets will be provided. The event is free, but registration is required. 

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2024
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:Dacha Loft at Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001



Join the Black Alumni Society‘s panel What Women Want: A Women’s History Month Event on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30pm. As we celebrate the integral role of women in the American fabric, this program will feature a diverse, multigenerational panel of women around the topic of “What Women Want.” This event will be hybrid: both in-person in Washington, D.C. at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and via Zoom for those across the alumni network; the Zoom link will be sent to all registered users. This is more than just a panel discussion; it’s a vibrant mosaic of experiences and aspirations. Leave feeling empowered, equipped with fresh perspectives, and ready to contribute to a brighter future where all women can thrive. Register here.



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 Katie Smith, Buckeye basketball legend and Associate Head Coach for the Minnesota Lynx. For every ticket sold through this exclusive link, $5 will be donated back to the OSUDC alumni club. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to show your Buckeye pride and make a difference for our alumni community. Buy your tickets today!

If you have any questions, or if you’d like to purchase more than 8 tickets at one time, please reach out to Corey Payne at cpayne@monumentalsports.com or via phone at (202) 527-7945.


Friendship Place Walk to End Homelessness

Join the Friendship Place Walk to End Homelessness on Saturday, April 27. The Friendship Place Walk to End Homelessness is the annual walk in our nation’s capital aimed at bringing awareness and resources to the work to end homelessness. Folks interested in the walk will meet at the Reflecting Pool at the base of the Lincoln Memorial. Registration and fun start at 9:30am, with the program and Walk beginning at 10:30am. For more information on this year’s event, please visit The Friendship Place’s website.


Get two pairs of free Buckeye-themed glasses to view the solar eclipse

Get ready for THEclipse! On April 8, the sun, moon and Earth will align to create a solar eclipse, a unique event viewable from Ohio and other parts of North America. We created an exclusive limited-run batch of Buckeye-themed, ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified eclipse glasses for safe viewing of the upcoming solar eclipse. Act fast because only a limited quantity of glasses is available!

Each person will receive two pairs of glasses – one for you, and one for a friend!

How to get your two free pairs of glasses

Step 1Watch this two-minute video to learn more about the solar eclipse and how to safely view this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Step 2: Immediately following the video, you will be prompted to access registration for solar eclipse glasses.

Step 3: Glasses will arrive at your home by April 3, 2024. Enjoy the eclipse!

Other eclipse-related opportunities

Want to experience more about the eclipse in person? Check out these events in Cleveland and Columbus leading up to THEclipse!

March 7 – CLEclipse: A Buckeye Countdown to the Solar Eclipse Event

March 16 – Save the date for BUCKEYEclipse: A Buckeye Countdown to the Solar Eclipse Event


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 and fans as the Buckeyes take over the ballpark for a day on Saturday, August 3.

Everyone who purchases a ticket through this link will receive an exclusive Nationals Ohio State Alumni Day co-branded Jersey. More information will be sent out to eligible buyers 24 hours prior to the game.

For more information or to purchase a group of 13 or more, please contact Andrew Larson at 202.640.7696 or email Andrew.Larson@nationals.com.

Stay tuned for pre-game social details, coming soon!


Play Softball With OSUDC!

Are you looking for a fun summer sport activity? Join the softball team! We will play other alumni groups in the greater DC area. Pay $50 for 12 – 14 games played in DC plus a huge tournament in August. Payment avenues are listed below.

Venmo – @OSUDC⁠
Cash App – $osudcgameday⁠
PayPal – alumni@osudc.org⁠

Dates for your consideration:⁠
2/22/24 – Deadline to pay for the season⁠
4/19/24 – Season starts⁠
7/20/24 – Season ends⁠
7/27/24 – Optional rain date⁠
8/2/24 – Party/seeding and Coaches Meeting⁠
8/10, 11, 17 (18 rain date) 26th CAN Softball Tournament

Questions? Email our athletics chair Renita.


Renew your OSUDC membership or join today!

Our 2024 membership year has begun! Ohio State Alumni includes individuals who have earned associate’s, bachelor’s, graduate, professional, or honorary degrees from Ohio State, as well as medical resident graduates of the university. All Buckeye fans and supporters are welcome to join and be a part of the Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. Your membership in OSUDC provides the following benefits:

  • Membership dues are tax deductible
  • Exclusive access to member only events
  • Automatic Entry into raffles for free tickets to sports and cultural events
  • Free or discounted pricing for all OSUDC events
  • Be the first to hear about educational and enriching experiences in the DC metro area hosted by the university and/or OSUDC
  • Network with Ohio State alumni, faculty, students, former athletes, and supporters
  • Ability to serve on OSUDC committees

Membership renewal: Annual memberships for both OSUDC and The Ohio State University Alumni Association begin as early as January 1 of each year and expire on December 31 of the same calendar year. membership fees do not vary for those who join after January 1.


Two ways to join:

Option 1) Alumni Donor | Join now

Yearly Alumni Donor membership to OSUAA + a one-year membership in OSUDC.

  • This option is for alumniof Ohio State and is achieved with a gift of $25 or more to OSUDC’s support fund, found here.
  • Alumni donors receive early access to purchase football tickets through the university.

Option 2) Life Donor | Join now

Yearly Life Donor membership to OSUAA + a one-year membership in OSUDC.

  • This option is for alumniof Ohio State and is achieved with a gift of $150 or $10/monthly to the OSUDC support fund.
  • Life donors receive early access to purchase football tickets, the print edition of the Ohio State Alumni magazine, and special communications from OSUAA President and CEO Molly Ranz Calhoun.

Questions?


OSUDC is the 2023 Club of the Year!

OSUDC is the 2023 Club of the Year! This award is given to one club who exemplifies the mission of The Ohio State University Alumni Association and university as a whole, with volunteer efforts that exceed expectations and excel in all areas. OSUDC is the first club to be awarded Club of the Year three times consecutively (2021, 2022, 2023). Congratulations to the OSUDC Board and membership for this outstanding honor!


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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

Apr 27 9:00am

Service Event: Adopt-A-Highway April 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 …

Jun 15 9:00am

Service Event: Adopt-A-Highway June 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 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 …