Upcoming Faculty and Staff Opportunities

OSU Health Plan wellness webinars open for registration Benefits-eligible faculty and staff can explore free wellness programs offered by the OSU Health Plan as a service of Your Plan for Health. Topics relate to healthy eating, active living, emotional well-being and weight management. Upcoming wellness webinars include: 

  • Meal Planning for the Winter Season on Dec. 6
  • Figuring Out Food Labels on Dec. 7
  • Coping With Seasonal Affective Disorder on Dec. 9

Visit LinktoHealth for complete details and to register (click Educational Program under Appointments and Classes).Join your fellow Buckeyes for Group Health CoachingJoin your fellow Buckeyes on a similar journey by attending the next series of Group Health Coaching webinars:

  • Recipes, Recipes and More Recipes beginning Dec. 6
  • Mindful Minutes: Simple, Everyday Strategies beginning Dec. 7.

Times and webinar details are available when you register via LinktoHealth (click Group Heath Coaching under Appointments and Classes). Join Asian Pacific Islander Desi American ERG Ohio State’s Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Employee Resource Group (APIDA ERG) cultivates belonging and community by promoting professional and personal development of APIDA members through networking, advancing cultural competency, recruitment and retention, improving visibility of APIDA members and increasing representation in executive leadership. This ERG is supported by the Diversity Council, the Wexner Medical Center and health science colleges, but any employee at the university or medical center can join. Complete the APIDA ERG membership form to join. The group’s first town hall meeting is from 4-5 p.m. today, and will feature senior leaders, expert talks and open dialogue. Register to attend via Zoom. Attend Career Roadmap town hall for staffThe University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC) will host a Career Roadmap town hall for staff from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom. The event will allow staff the opportunity to submit questions about Career Roadmap to Jeff Risinger, PhD, senior vice president for Talent, Culture and Human Resources. Submit your questions ahead of time when you register to attend the town hall. Questions will also be accepted live during the event. After you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email with details about how to join the webinar. Live transcription services will be provided. If you can’t attend the event, a recording will be available on the USAC website.

Empower Students to Engage in Wellness with LIVEWELL Classrooms

The pandemic and its continuous uncertainty has brought new and unique challenges for faculty to keep up with the needs of our students. Unfortunately, more students are languishing, struggling with burnout, anxiety, depression and stress now more than ever. However, faculty play a key role in helping our students.

Join us for the LIVEWELL webinar series, which uses evidence-based strategies and resources to empower you and provide the tools needed to combat these issues for your students. Learn how to support students in developing and sustaining resiliency and healthy lifestyle behaviors through incorporating wellness strategies into teaching and learning. Gain the skills needed to help your students perform their best and take care of themselves.

You will also learn how to create a LIVEWELL classroom by adopting a classroom wellness philosophy and how to incorporate wellness strategies in online and in-person learning formats.

This monthly virtual series begins at noon on Wednesday, November 17. For more information about the series, speakers or registration, please visit our website.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Buckeye Wellness with questions.

Free Week at Rec Sports for Faculty and Staff

Student Life Recreational Sports is hosting Free Week for Ohio State faculty and staff Monday, November 29, through Monday, December 6, 2021. All five indoor facilities and the outdoor parks are available for faculty and staff recreation during regular operating hours. Free group fitness classes and fitness equipment orientations will also be available to Free Week participants! Please note masks are always required at the facilities except when swimming. Learn more and sign up for Free Week here.

Beat Michigan Wellness Blitz!

It’s the College of Pharmacy 

Beat Michigan (Wellness) Blitz 

November 16-December 1, 2021 

The rivalry with Michigan and Michigan State are real, and you can get real about your wellness as we celebrate our upcoming games with the “Team Up North”! Remember, every time you participate in a COP wellness event you get a raffle ticket for our end-of-the-semester raffle.  


Texting Touchdown!
November 16-December 1, 2021
Sign up for student wellness texts: 
Sign up for faculty/staff wellness texts:  

Sign up to receive text messages from our Wellness Team and every day between November 16 and December 1, those who opt in will receive an OSU trivia question. Text your reply back by 6 pm for an entry into the raffle and correct answers get an extra entry. If we get a touchdown for each day (at least six correct answers for every question) be on the lookout for a special treat on December 2 in the Parks Lobby! 

Buckeye Blood Battle
Month of November
During the month of November, Ohio State University and University of Michigan take their rivalry off the field to help save some lives. The two archrivals will be partnering up with their respective blood service organizations to see who can bring in more blood donations leading up to the rivalry game. To help out OHIO STATE, you can volunteer at a blood drive, sponsor a drive, or donate blood! Click on the link below. This year, our goal is 1,500 donations. 

Make Your Own Buckeye Necklace
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
2:30-4 pm in the Riffe Lobby
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Swing by to make your very own Buckeye Necklace with REAL buckeyes from Ohio’s second largest Buckeye tree. You can make it there or take the supplies with you to make at home. Show your scarlet and gray love! 

Scarlet and Gray Wellness Walk
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Meet at 11:30 in the Riffe Lobby
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Strap on your walking shoes and don your best scarlet and gray as we take a lap around campus! The walk will be approximately 30 minutes. 

Coach’s Coffee
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
8-9:30 am
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Swing us outside the Parks Hall classrooms for coffee, tea, and healthy breakfast treats to take with you or stay and socialize with your fellow COP family. 

Victory Lap
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
11:30 am
Parks 250
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Join us as we celebrate our victory (hopefully) and hold our annual end-of-the-semester wellness raffle. Get your red tickets in by this date to be eligible for the raffle! Due to COVID we will not have a potluck, but light healthy snacks will be available to take with you. 

Staying Connected Through Comics: With M.S. Harkness

Join cartoonist M.S. Harkness for an hour of tips and tricks on articulating a wide range of emotional states with drawing comics! Tune in to learn about some helpful strategies for externalizing a bad mood, drawing even when you “can’t draw” and the power of staying present by zoning out with a pen in your hand. Bring something to doodle with, or feel free to just listen in.

M.S. Harkness is the author of the graphic novels Desperate Pleasures (Uncivilized, 2020) and Tinderella (Kilgore Books, 2018) and various self-published works including Rotten and Dope Dealer. Harkness has been featured on The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts and was a recipient of the Minnesota Artist’s initiative grant for her autobiographical comics. She is an NASM certified Personal Trainer is currently working on her third graphic novel.

Check out her website:

October 29, 2021
noon-1 p.m.

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If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Caitlin Donahue ( Requests made by Oct 22 will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Medicine & the Arts is part of the Linda C. Stone, MD, Program for Humanism & the Arts in Medicine and is supported by grants from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, the OSU College of Medicine Alumni Society, the Wexner Medical Center Service Board and generous donors to the Medicine and the Arts Fund with the OSU Foundation.

New safety enhancements for Ohio State students and community members.


A suite of safety enhancements for The Ohio State University students and community members is now available as the university continues to pursue ways to strengthen safety on and off campus.

Protecting the campus community and keeping students, faculty, staff and families informed remain our top priorities. The following new tools help add to an existing toolkit of safety resources:

  • Stay Safe, Buckeyes is an online safety class that teaches students how to enhance their own safety through scenario-based exercises. Students can take the interactive course via BuckeyeLearn. Parents and interested community members can watch all 10 videos on YouTube.
    • Classes focus on topics most relevant to students who live and gather off-campus and include crime prevention, crime reporting, when and why the university issues safety notices, mental health, police engagement and the differences between where Ohio State and Columbus police patrol.
  • Portable personal safety devices that students can attach to their backpacks or purses and pull to signal a loud alarm. The Office of Student Life is offering thousands of these devices that can attract attention in the case of an emergency. This is in addition to the nearly 5,000 window and door alarms, safety timers and smoke alarm batteries that have already been distributed to students this year. Students can register for a pickup time online to get one of the devices at the Willie J. Young, Sr. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement office in the Ohio Union.
  • Increasing access to Ohio State News Alerts – the new communications tool that offers timely updates to students, faculty and staff ­­­– to parents and families of students. These are separate and distinct from Buckeye Alerts. Instead, these brief, timely updates are designed to provide safety tips and information, health resources, timely traffic information and more.
  • Expanding the Office of Student Life’s Community Ambassador program. Another outcome of the safety task force, ambassadors – students who serve as off-campus advocates and focus on an assigned off-campus area to help promote a safer, engaged and collaborative community ­– is expanding in size and scope.

The university recently expanded Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State into the Short North area along High Street. Program hours run 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. and the discounted rides are no longer capped each month.

“These new offerings provide students with additional tools and give parents and families more information about what’s happening around campus,” President Kristina M. Johnson said in an email to the campus community.

Other recent additions include increased private security and mobile lighting and camera systems to support police patrols in the off-campus area.

After the tragic death last October of Ohio State student Chase Meola, President Johnson established the Task Force on Community Safety and Well-Being to help identify and implement holistic solutions to safety and well-being in the campus area.

So far, 13 of the task force’s 15 recommendations from the task force have been partially or fully implemented. An overview of safety measures and actions, and how the university has communicated about safety issues, can be seen here via the Department of Public Safety.


PharmD Opportunity – Art of Analysis

“I will approach patients with an open and curious mind, not brush off something that doesn’t make sense to me, and not anchor to one thing or diagnosis and stop exploring” – past participant  

The Art of Analysis brings together students from all seven of the health science colleges at OSU for an evening at the Columbus Museum of Art, exploring art and developing analytical and empathetic skills needed for the medical profession. This single-evening program supports a culture of close looking and collaborative learning, using art as a catalyst for conversation and new ways of thinking. No prior experience with the arts is necessary.

October 7, 2021
6:00 – 7:30pm

Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad St.


Art of Analysis is offered free-of-charge and is open to a select number of students from the OSU Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine, and undergraduates in the Humanism in Medicine program.

Contact Tracie McCambridge to sign up:


Medicine & the Arts is part of the Linda C. Stone, MD, Program for Humanism & the Arts in Medicine and is supported by grants from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, the OSU College of Medicine Alumni Society, the Wexner Medical Center Service Board and generous donors to the Medicine and the Arts Fund with the OSU Foundation.

Poetry: Good Rx

A poetry reading brought to you by the Hospital Poets

Welcome to the first Hospital Poets reading this year! Poets Beth Weinstock, M.D., Fred Andrle, and Charlene Fix will share a variety of great poems to lift your spirits, bring heart to mind in medical practice, and inspire quiet reflection. A recent NYTimes article includes a quote stating: “Poetry can serve as a vaccine for the soul.” We hope you can join us at this virtual event! To register, click the link below.

Poetry: Good Rx
September 17, 2021

noon-1 p.m.

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Safety Spotlight: RAVE Guardian

Never walk alone again. Download Rave Guardian, a free safety app for students, faculty and staff that can enhance safety as you travel to and from campus. In this week’s Safety Spotlight, OSUPD’s Lt. Marjorie Rizalvo shows users how to use the app to select friends or family to follow them virtually via GPS tracking as they travel. Watch the video to get started.