Volume 10 - November 2020
Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself, your family, and your friends healthy and safe. We wish you well as you take your tests and turn in final projects. You've got this!

Nominate a Favorite Teacher for an Outstanding Teaching Award
Nominate an arts and sciences faculty member or Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) for a College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award. These awards are notable because they are completely administered by students through the Arts and Sciences Student Council. Students may submit a nomination here.
Monday, December 14 - Nomination Deadline.
Featured Spring 2021 Course Offerings
From vampires to mafia movies, national parks to freakonomics, the College of Arts and Sciences is offering in-person, distance and hybrid courses that will pique your curiosity and fit your schedule. Visit the College of Arts and Sciences website to see a sample of the thought-provoking courses offered next semester.
New Course for Spring 2021
Personal Wellness and Mental Health (ARTSSCI 5194) 1 credit
Personal wellness and mental health are important determinants of success. In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of evidence-based strategies for managing stress, warding off/combatting anxiety and depression, and promoting personal wellness. To learn these strategies, students will be asked to try them out and explore how they can use them in their own lives. The course aims to provide students with a psychological toolkit that they can rely on in facing a wide variety of challenges as they progress through their university experience and into the years that follow. Taught by Department of Psychology faculty. No pre-requisites. Instruction mode: distance learning. 
Connect with a College of Arts and Sciences Faculty or Staff Member and Receive a $5 Digital Starbucks Coffee Card
Compliments of Arts and Sciences
Coffee Connections is a new initiative for arts and sciences majors and is intended to encourage connections during this time of physical distancing. Sharing a cup of coffee, or tea, and an informal conversation is a great way to learn more about your program of study, explore educational and research opportunities, to identify or confirm your career direction, as well as to build an educational relationship - an important factor when requesting a future letter of reference. Meet with an arts and sciences faculty or staff member and request your digital coffee card. Read more.
Student Organization Spotlight
Women in Math and Science (WIMS)
Women in Math and Science (WIMS) focuses on creating connections between females in STEM fields and promoting academic success and well-being. Meetings may feature mentoring sessions, presentations from female professionals in STEM, and career workshops. Remaining autumn semester Zoom meetings are on November 17 and December 1. To be placed on the WIMS email list, email
First-Gen Student Community Mentorship Program
The First-Generation Mentorship Program aims to supports the success of first-gen students by pairing students, staff, faculty, and alumni with first-gen students at any stage of their academic career. It's helpful to connect with someone who has been “around the block” and can share strategies and a supportive sounding board. All first-gen students are welcome! Apply at Contact: Melissa Beard Jacob at
Funding for Unpaid and Underpaid Internships & Research
Internships and research opportunities are great: they help you clarify your career goals, build a professional network and add work experience to your resume. However, some are unpaid or underpaid, which presents financial challenges. The Career Accelerator Fund provides financial support for students participating in unpaid or minimally paid internships, undergraduate research, or experiential learning opportunities. Read more.
December 8 - Spring Semester Application Deadline.
January 29 - Summer Term Application Deadline.
One Day Left to Apply for Student Advisory Board
The College of Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success is seeking applicants for their Student Advisory Board for AY2020/21. Board members will provide the student voice in decisions made by Career Success regarding how they connect with, serve, and propel students into their lifetime of opportunity. Read more.
November 6 - Application Deadline.
Education Abroad - Buckeye Bridge Series
Buckeye Bridge is a virtual series that brings the world right to you. On CarmenZoom, students can explore international cultures from their own homes. Sessions include international cuisine, how studying abroad positively impacts careers, identity and education abroad, sports, and much more. Watch past Buckeye Bridge events on the Office of International Affairs’ YouTube or check the calendar to RSVP for the latest Buckeye Bridge series events.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships
Ohio State's Center for Slavic and East European Studies is seeking applications for its 2021-22 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition. Applications are being accepted for Summer 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22 fellowships for students pursuing a course of study requiring advanced foreign language and area studies training. Eligible languages taught at Ohio State include Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, and Uzbek, however, subject to approval, fellowships may be used for study at other U.S. institutions, to study abroad, or for other languages. Interested students should attend an online info session. Read more.
November and December Info Sessions - register here.
Monday, February 1 at 4:30 PM - Application Deadline.
Fellowships for Undergraduate STEM Students
From the East Asian Studies Center
Available to undergraduate students of junior or senior standing in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field who have successfully completed two years of East Asian language study at the college level. Academic Year 2021-2022 fellowships are expected to contribute $10,000 towards tuition and fees and provide a $5,000 stipend. Summer 2021 fellowships are expected to cover $5,000 in tuition and fees and provide a $2,500 stipend. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an info session. Read more.
November or December Info Sessions - register here.
Monday, February 1 at 4:30 PM - Application Deadline.
Professor Aldama Creates Complex Latinx Representation
In his debut children's book, The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie, Distinguished University Professor and Director of LASER, Dr, Frederick Luis Aldama, re-defines a popular Latinx mythological monster to fill a gap in representation and get kids thinking about immigration along the U.S./Mexico border. Read more. Join Dr. Aldama for a virtual reading and discussion of his book on November 16 from 4 - 4:30 PM. Register here.
Respectful Dialogue Toolkit
To achieve a fairer, more equitable, and just society, conversations about race, inequity and difference are critical. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning, and University Libraries have created a respectful dialogue toolkit with strategies, webinars, and events for engaging these meaningful conversations. Read more.
Holiday and Vacation Tips
Before leaving your campus residence for the holidays, consider a few security issues: take items of value home; lock all doors and windows; disconnect electrical extensions; record serial numbers of your devices; and do not leave money, checks, ID, or credit cards in your room. If something is missing when you return, alert the police immediately.
Free Safety Devices for Students
The Office of Student Life's Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services offers students free window and door alarms and light timers to increase their home security. Deterrence tools can play a big role in helping to prevent crimes. Access to the devices is easy. Students fill out a simple form and arrange a time to pick up the devices at the Ohio Union. Read more.
Stay Healthy This Flu Season
Flu shots are available for all students at Student Life's Student Health Services. Most insurance plans, including Student Health Insurance, cover flu shots at 100 percent. Check with your insurance carrier.
SHS offers several options for receiving your influenza vaccination:
  • Schedulable Influenza Clinics (Tuesdays and Saturdays, see webpage for details)
  • Schedule an appointment with the Preventive Medicine team via My BuckMD
  • Schedule an appointment with the Pharmacy via My BuckMD and select "Vaccine Pharmacy Appointment" under appointment type
  • Ask your medical provider during any scheduled appointment.
More information about medicine/flu-shot-clinics can be found online on their website.
Free Financial Planning Sessions for Students
As part of a new service-learning project in the Department of Human Sciences, financial planning students at Ohio State, Franklin University and Columbus State will be paired with professional financial advisors to help students in need of financial advice. Student-clients will receive one hour of financial planning with the advising teams via Zoom. Register by November 15. Read more.
Native American Heritage Month
Each November, the Student Life Multicultural Center sponsors programming for Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) which celebrates and educates students, staff, faculty, and allies about the diversity within over 574 tribal nations that were here before, during, and after contact. There will be a variety of events including Alternative Thanksgiving. Calendar of events. For questions about a particular event or NAHM programming, contact Melissa Beard Jacob at
OUAB Calendar of Events
The Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) provides a variety of events that are now virtual such as Flicks for Free and cooking with OUAB In the Kitchen. The Student Life Calendar is updated frequently with all kinds of campus events, so keep yourself informed of opportunities and connect with other students. Check out their calendar.
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