COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
UNDERGRADUATE NEWS
Volume 10 - August 2020
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Greetings!
Welcome to Autumn 2020!

Through this monthly newsletter we will keep you informed about the many opportunities offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. You will learn about college scholarships, ways to become involved, opportunities to get to know your faculty outside of the classroom, college majors and minors, resources to help you succeed, and much more. Look for this newsletter in your BuckeyeMail at the beginning of each month. Best wishes for a terrific year at THE Ohio State University!
Welcome From Dr. Gretchen Ritter
Executive Dean and Vice Provost for Arts and Sciences
Whether you are new or returning to Ohio State, I am so pleased to welcome you to the autumn 2020 semester in the College of Arts and Sciences. Together, we are starting an academic year like none other in Ohio State’s long history. It will be our shared responsibility to actively care for one another – not just with safe and healthy habits, but also with patience, flexibility and good humor. With more than 80 majors and 100 minors and certificate programs, we invite you to explore, question and create in innovative ways. Whether you will be learning online, on campus or a mixture of both, you are all Arts and Sciences Buckeyes who will uncover the many benefits of our diverse university and college. I encourage you to get to know your instructors and classmates, take advantage of new experiences, and push yourself beyond your comfort zone. We will be here to support you along the way.
Safe and Healthy Buckeyes Website
This site includes information related to mental health and wellness, physical distancing, daily health checks, personal protection and hygiene, housing, dining, transportation, recreation, and more. The university will continue to evaluate recommendations based on evolving conditions and the site will reflect any updates. Read more.
Studying in the library
Starting Out Strong - Resources to Help You Succeed
Are you in a class that you think may be challenging? If so, there are numerous resources to help you succeed. For example, you can receive free help with writing and math courses. For information on tutoring in these and other areas, as well as many additional university resources that are here to support you throughout your enrollment, visit our resources web page (bookmark this page). For academic support and tutoring resources, click on that heading. Please refer to the specific resource web page for current information regarding delivery of services during this time of physical distancing.
Online, Hybrid, and In-Person Learning Resources
This site will guide you to the right tools and tips to help you be successful both in and out of class. Read more.
Writing Help
Need help with a writing assignment? The Writing Center, part of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing (CSTW), offers free help at any stage of the writing process. They can help you with research papers, lab reports, STEP proposals, team projects, and more. During the pandemic, students may work with a trained consultant by appointment through two kinds of online sessions: drop off sessions where consultants will return feedback to a document in 24-48 hours, and chat sessions where writers can work with consultants online in real time. The Center also maintains resources to help you with common writing challenges from constructing a thesis statement to correcting common writing errors. Visit cstw.osu.edu for more information.
Math and Statistics Help
Do you expect to need help with a math or statistics course? Get yourself on the right track early. The Mathematics and Statistics Learning Center (MSLC) provides free online tutoring to students in many math and statistics courses. In addition, they provide online resources, workshops, and exam reviews for most of the large enrollment mathematics
courses. For more information visit MSLC.
Learning and Motivation Strategies for College Success
Looking for an autumn elective that will help you get the edge in college? Enroll in ESEPSY 1259 to learn to manage your time, defeat distractions and study effectively for both in-person and online courses. This past year, 94% of students agreed that what they learned in the course would be useful in the future. Students from all majors can take this course. For questions, contact Lauren Hensley at hensley.121@osu.edu  Read more.
Student Involvement Fair
This year, the Autumn Student Involvement Fair will transition to a virtual event. Students attending this event are able to create an individual profile that will match attendees with suggested student organizations and resources, navigate hundreds of virtual booths, and directly connect with student organizations and campus departments to ask questions and learn more about opportunities. Create your profile and read more here.
Sunday, August 23 from 4 - 7 p.m.
Arts and Sciences Student Organizations
We can help you connect with other arts and sciences majors! It's easy to join an organization connected with your major or another area of interest related to the arts and sciences. Take a look at the many options listed here. Click on "Departmental Organizations" for a list of 60+ arts and sciences-related student groups
Student Life Multicultural Center Welcome Week Events
• LGBTQ Student Welcome Mix and Mingle – Tuesday, August 25 from 4 - 6 p.m.
• APIDA Student Welcome - Tuesday, August 25 from 6 - 8 p.m.
• Latinx Welcome Virtual Cookout - Wednesday, August 26 from 4 - 6 p.m.
• Women Student Initiatives (WSI) Welcome - Wednesday, August 26 from 6 – 8 p.m.
• A Family Affair and Reunion - Thursday, August 27 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
• Native American/Indigenous Welcome Event – Thursday, August 27 from 4 - 6 p.m.
For more information on these events visit MCC Welcome Week. For more info on ways to get involved, services, resources, programs, and cohort groups visit MCC.
Start Now! Don’t Wait to Prepare for Your Career
It’s never too early to begin building the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in your career. During Autumn term, Career Success will hold all signature programs, including career fairs and expos, virtually. Career coaches will continue to hold appointments via Zoom or by phone, and students can participate in Virtual Drop-in Hours for resume review, or make use of VMock, an AI based, data-driven, resume improvement site. Use Handshake as your primary resource for scheduling coaching appointments, discovering virtual programming, and finding internships and jobs.
Update Your Professional Wardrobe During JCPenney Suit-Up
Ohio State Buckeyes can update their professional wardrobe during JCP Suit-Up, September 4th through 8th. With recruiting season in full swing, you can take advantage of steep discounts on professional attire and accessories. This year, the event will be held virtually, meaning you can get the Ohio State discount while shopping from your phone. More information is coming. Register for the event on Handshake to get up-to-date information. Read more.
Virtual Education Abroad Expo Week
As an alternative to an in-person Education Abroad Expo, the Office of International Affairs is hosting a virtual Education Abroad Expo Week. From September 8 - 11, students can attend the launch of the Buckeye Bridge virtual series, catch a Getting Started Session, and engage with past education abroad participants. More details will be available on the calendar soon.
Buckeyes Abroadcasts Shares Resources About Education Abroad At Ohio State
"Buckeyes Abroadcasts," a new podcast brought to listeners by education abroad experts at Ohio State, shares information about nearly everything related to education abroad programs. The first episode, covering the different types of programs offered at Ohio State, can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud.
Theatre Auditions – Open to All Students
The Department of Theatre welcomes and encourages diverse casting opportunities. All Ohio State students in good academic standing are welcome to audition. You do not need to be a theatre major or minor to participate. The autumn semester production will be As You Like It: a film for young audiences. Audition details here. Thursday and Friday, August 27 – 28 via Zoom.
On-Campus Employment
Are you looking for an on-campus job? Use your Ohio State credentials to log into Handshake, build your profile, search and apply for jobs, and track your interview times. Handshake provides easy access to information about positions on- and around campus. You may also access positions on the Student Job Board here.
HEALTH, WELLNESS AND SAFETY
The Buckeye Peer Access Line (PAL)
PAL is a non-crisis peer-to-peer support line through the Student Life Student Wellness Center that provides space for students to engage in brief phone conversations in order to gain support and learn about campus resources. Common conversation topics range from adjusting to college and university life, balancing stress management, feeling pressure to succeed, navigating social identities and much more. PAL operates Monday - Friday from 8 p.m. - midnight when classes are in session during fall and spring semester. You can access PAL by calling 614-514-3333 during these hours. Read more.
"Let's Talk"
Feeling overwhelmed and need to talk? Let’s Talk provides drop-in informal mental health consultations on a first-come, first served basis. It’s free and confidential. It is open to all currently registered Ohio State students who may not need traditional counseling, but who could benefit from one-on-one support and consultation. One-on-one, 15 to 20-minute informal consultation with a staff member from Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) may be scheduled online. Read more.
CAMPUS LIFE
Recreational Sports
Student Life’s Recreational Sports is preparing to offer recreational spaces for use autumn semester. In addition to all available federal, state, local, and university guidelines, Student Life Recreational Sports will also follow the guidance of national sports governing bodies to re-open recreation facilities. The indoor facilities will be open with a focus on cardio and strength experiences, individual activity, and programming that can be offered with physical distancing practices in place. Read more.
Stay Safe Living Off Campus
Student Life's Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services support services for all off-campus and commuter students. They offer free home safety devices and smoke detector batteries, commuter lockers, lounge, and kitchen space, and support finding off-campus housing and roommates. To learn more, visit their website offcampus.osu.edu.
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