The Nutshell is the official e-newsletter for Ohio State alumni club and society officers and board members. We encourage you to share the information with
your members via your own newsletters or Web sites. The current issue is also available at
Reminder: Club and society brand transition
Club and society leaders are reminded to contact Kimberly and Craig regarding the forthcoming alumni group brand transition. Please be prepared to provide confirmation
of your participation; identify and supply the name and email address of your group’s “brand ambassador”; and send a copy of your current logo in a digital format.
Congratulations to the 2013 winners of the club and society awards.
Advancement strategic plan
As a follow up to the Club and Society Leadership Symposium, please take a look at Ohio State’s Advancement strategic plan.
MORE (PDF): http://advancement.osu.edu/assets/files/ADV_StrategicPlan_2013.pdf
Programming ideas for clubs and societies
With the busy holiday season just about to begin, here are some ideas you can use to engage your members, show appreciation for the work they’ve done and encourage them to embrace the
spirit of giving:
Send a thank-you note to all of your volunteers around Thanksgiving, or deliver an email to your dues-paying members and thank them for being a member and highlight an upcoming
Program for students
Societies: Sponsor a study break during finals, and have alumni staff the snack break table.
Clubs: Send a good-luck note to your scholarship winners wishing them well on finals, or send
them a care package.
Combine a social networking happy hour with a community service project.
Host a happy hour in November and have everyone bring canned goods or other food items to donate to a local food bank. Work with the bar/restaurant to have each person who
brings four or more cans a drink special or ½ off an appetizer.
Host a happy hour in December and collect one new toy from each participant to donate to your local Toys for Tots program or other charitable groups collecting toys.
The community service project can also be done at any of your late game-watch events or during the Big Ten championship came on Dec. 7 (if Ohio State is participating in the
All of you should have been able to download ASP forms from our website,
your area schools with a supply of Alumni Scholars Program applications is a good idea for November. If you would like a list of accepted students from your area, please notify Leslie Smith,
email@example.com. We will supply you the list in early January.
Speaker profile: Bernadette Melnyk
Dr. Melnyk's role as Ohio State’s chief wellness officer is believed to be the first such position at a U.S. university. She is spearheading health promotion and wellness programs to
enhance the highest level of health and wellness, and to prevent physical and mental health disorders among faculty, staff and students. Topics: health and wellness promotion, evidence-based healthcare/practice, mental health, interventions to promote healthy
lifestyle behaviors in adolescents/college youth. Melnyk is also dean of Ohio State’s College of Nursing and Ohio State’s associate vice president for health promotion.
READ ABOUT MORE CLUB AND SOCIETY SPEAKERS: http://go.osu.edu/Speakers
The most viral band in the land
For the second-straight year, Ohio State Marching Band performances have rocked the internet with viral videos documenting the band’s innovative performances. Learn more
about The Best Damn Band in the Land.
TODAY SHOW: http://go.osu.edu/TodayShowOSUMB
SUPPORT BAND SCHOLARSHIPS: http://go.osu.edu/TBDBITLscholarships
Association recognizes graduates at 55th Alumni Awards
A driving force behind the establishment of Ronald McDonald House. A producer of some of television’s most popular shows. A rocket scientist. These are just some of the accomplished
Ohio State graduates who were recognized at the 2013 Alumni Awards on Oct. 25.
Alumnus confirmed as head of FCC
Tom Wheeler, a 1968 graduate of Ohio State, was confirmed in October as head of the Federal Communications Commission. Wheeler is a nationally recognized telecommunications expert and
recipient of the OSUAA’s 2006 Alumni Medalist Award.
Re-establishing your Alumni Association online account
As part of the Alumni Association's transition to a new database, alumni who have previously established Alumni Association online accounts will need to re-establish those accounts.
NOTE: This is unrelated to the online accounts clubs use for their scholarships. Those are unchanged.
Ohio State moving to a tobacco-free campus on Jan. 1
The use of tobacco is one of the leading preventable health risks worldwide, decreasing life expectancy by about 13 years. So beginning Jan. 1, no use of tobacco in any form will be
permitted on university property, including regional campuses and Ohio State medical care centers throughout the state, as well as airports, nature centers, parking lots and garages.
READ MORE: http://tobaccofree.osu.edu/
Alum and author to serve as Autumn Commencement speaker
The Ohio State University today announced that award-winning author R. L. Stine will address graduates – some of his biggest fans – as the speaker for Ohio State’s autumn 2013 commencement,
which begins at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State tops in Fulbright Scholars
The Ohio State University has been named the nation’s top-producing Fulbright Scholar institution and 14 in producing U.S. Fulbright students. The rankings were published this week in
The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program.
INTERACTIVE MAP: http://www.osu.edu/features/2013/fulbright.html
Ohio Scholarship Challenge
Will you help us meet the Ohio Scholarship Challenge? Our goal: to raise $100 million in general undergraduate scholarship funds for students from throughout Ohio. You can change the
lives of Ohio State students so they can create change for Ohio.
Saving a species
Ohio State is working to replenish endangered mussels--a key to the health of Ohio's waterways. Researchers and students recently released 4,000 mussels into Big Darby Creek
Study links newborn infections and later behavioral problems
Researchers exploring the link between newborn infections and later behavior and movement problems have found that inflammation in the brain keeps cells from accessing
iron that they need to perform a critical role in brain development.
Ohio State student-athletes post improving grad rates
In graduation data released by the NCAA, Ohio State student-athletes have a four-class average (2003-06) of 89 percent in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and, in the
2006-07 cohort, have a Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) of 75 percent.
Basketball game-watch locations
The basketball season is right around the corner. If your group does basketball game-watch parties at a different location than your football ones, please send that information to Susan
Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a Buckeye for life?
The Buckeyes have accepted a challenge from the “team up north” to see which state can register the most new organ and tissue donors before Thanksgiving Day! Last year, Ohio fell short
to Michigan by more than 44,000 new registered donors! Of course, in this challenge, everyone wins, but who likes losing to Michigan?
Griffin, Matta and Meyer…oh, my
Looking for a large ticket item for your next silent auction or want a special holiday gift for your favorite Buckeye? If so, then check out these special autographed posters from Archie
Griffin, Thad Matta and Urban Meyer.
Southwest National Parks
May 16-26, 2014
3,695 (Las Vegas)
A spectacular array of natural wonders and incredible scenery awaits you in the American Southwest. Learn fascinating geological, natural, and cultural secrets of larger-than-life preserves and national parks. Stand in awe before the Grand Canyon. Observe Canyonlands
National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park from incredible viewpoints. Visit Arches National Park to see its towering formations, walk between the monolithic hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, and follow the paths of ancient native peoples and pioneers at Zion National
Park. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Powell, a four-wheel-drive tour of Monument Valley, wine tasting in Moab, and the Southwestern charm of your accommodations, as well as special inclusions such as a canyon rafting trip down the Colorado River, a walk through Antelope
Slot Canyon with a Navajo guide, and an authentic Navajo cookout with storytelling.
For detailed information, please visit
or contact Debbie Vargo at Ohio State Alumni Tours by phone at 614-292-2372/1-800-852-8687 Ext. 1, or by email at
The Buckeyes are eligible for a postseason bowl game. Sign up now to receive information via email about the official Ohio State Alumni Bowl Tour.
SIGN UP: http://www.ohiostatealumnisportstravel.com
Buckeye Cruise for Cancer
The 2014 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer is scheduled for Feb. 20-24, with a destination of Grand Cayman. The Cruise benefits the Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research and The Ohio
State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
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