Dedicated vaccine appointments

The university is asking every eligible student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated and to follow all other safe and healthy guidelines. In partnership with the state of Ohio and Gov. Mike DeWine, beginning today, the university is dedicating a portion of the first-dose vaccine appointments at the Schottenstein Center Vaccine Station to any Ohio State student, faculty or staff member. In addition, the state has also worked to secure additional supply of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine specifically for university students. To schedule a vaccination appointment via the Wexner Medical Center — including appointments that have been set aside for students, faculty and staff — log into MyChart or call 614-688-VAXX (8299). For more information or to sign up to “Get Notified” when new appointment times are posted, see the Wexner Medical Center website.
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Guiding students to wellness

Join the Student Wellness Center for a 2.5 hour workshop specifically for faculty, staff and graduate/professional students at Ohio State. Participants will learn the skills needed to effectively guide students to wellness through active listening, motivational interviewing, goal-setting and best-referral practices. Participants will learn and practice tangible skills to help students access wellness-related resources on Ohio State’s campus.
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Hope walks here

Help prevent suicide and promote a campus culture of care at Ohio State by supporting this year’s spring virtual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. This event, a partnership between the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Ohio Chapter and Ohio State Suicide Prevention Program, will take place April 9-11. The walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, healing and support, and is an opportunity to unite as a campus and community. Ohio State alumni, staff, faculty, students and their friends and family (even pets) may participate. Register online.
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Reducing barriers for students with hidden disabilities

Students with disabilities can experience a layer of barriers, bureaucracy and stigma that can challenge them on their path to success on our campuses. This is especially acute when disabilities are non-apparent and/or undisclosed. In this April 1 session, we will share data and narratives to illustrate how students experience academic and campus practices. We will discuss the culture-setting and stigma-reduction strategies faculty can use to refine their inclusive instructional practices.

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Weekly testing available to faculty and staff working on campus regularly

Beginning today, asymptomatic faculty and staff who are regularly working on the Columbus campus can schedule weekly COVID-19 testing at Jesse Owens North Recreation Center via MyChart. This new testing program is available due to increased capacity at the university’s Applied Microbiology Services Laboratory (AMSL) and is meant to provide employees with an additional testing option and critical information to help themselves and members of their household feel safe. This program is not meant for intermittent, mid-quarantine or symptomatic testing. As a reminder, regional campus employees who are working in person are encouraged to test on their campuses each week.
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Promote the Stay Calm and Well Part IV Series

Six week series starting March 17, 12:30-1 p.m.
Back by popular demand! The Office of the Chief Wellness Officer is pleased to announce registration is open for Part IV of the Stay Calm and Well Webinar Series. The latest edition will continue to build participant knowledge to overcome the lingering COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our lives at home and at work, while enhancing skills to cope with social issues in our country. Encourage your colleagues to participate and earn 2,000 YP4H points by completing five out of six post-evaluation surveys.

Tackling Challenges with Coach Day: Mental Health During a Pandemic

Join us for “Tackling Challenges with Coach Day: Mental Health During a Pandemic,” a virtual keynote address with Coach Ryan Day, on Thursday February 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Hear from Coach Day as he discusses the importance of breaking the stigma of mental health, while sharing how mental health has affected him personally and recognizing the mental health challenges we all face during the pandemic. Coach Day will also be answering questions attendees submit ahead of time. You can submit your questions at

Registration is required to attend. All Ohio State students, staff and faculty can register using Zoom.

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.
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Pharmacy Education Appreciation, Reflection, and Laurels (PEARLS)

Pharmacy Education Appreciation, Reflection, and Laurels (PEARLS) is an effort to broadly recognize and celebrate the contributions of educators and staff in the College of Pharmacy in 2020-2021. Pearls are created when a piece of sand gets inside an oyster’s shell. Our community of faculty, staff and students has gotten a sand dune’s worth during 2020-2021.

Please reflect on how your colleagues made teaching pearls in the spring, summer and autumn of 2020 as well as spring 2021. Think about what was innovative, inspirational, effective, creative, conscientious or meaningful in the ways they overcame obstacles to promote the learning of our students.

As an expression of gratitude, faculty will receive a gift for the first time they are recognized by a colleague. Some of the PEARLS will be assembled for a presentation at the May faculty meeting. Share teaching PEARLS here.