The Ohio Union Hosts the Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference!


Greetings Buckeyes! Today, the Ohio Union is hosting the 32nd annual Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference. Sponsored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODW), this conference has long been a “must attend” for Columbus Audubon members. This year’s conference theme is “Exploring the Challenges Ohio’s Aerial Wildlife Face in the World Today,” or, as the ODW conference website says, “Top Guns in Flight: Wildlife in the Danger Zone.” I believe that as more and more encounters occur between humans and wildlife in Ohio, it is essential that Ohio residents know how to successfully handle these challenges while moving forward.

The first Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference was held at The Ohio State University in 1985 with 40 people in attendance. The conference has grown since then with more than 950 people attending last year’s daylong event. College students can meet with representatives from a wide range of conservation and natural resource organizations and gain meaningful insights on wildlife preservation. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Orley R. “Chip” Taylor. He is the founder and director of Monarch Watch and a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Chip Taylor has published various papers on species assemblages, reproductive biology, population dynamics and plant demographics and pollination. In 1992 he founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to monarch butterflies. Since then, Monarch Watch has recruited a tremendous number of volunteers to tag monarchs during the fall migration. This program has produced numerous new insights into the dynamics of the monarch migration. In 2005, Monarch Watch released the fact that habitats for monarchs are declining at a rate of 6,000 acres a day in the United States. Since then the organization established the Monarch Waystation program to inspire the public, schools and others to maintain and create better habitats for monarch butterflies. Monarch Watch has been actively educating the public about the decline in resources for monarchs, pollinators and all wildlife that share the same habitats and calling for the public’s attention and assists.

Students can also contribute to wildlife conservation in Ohio State by supporting this annual conference. If you are interested in wildlife research and conservation, are concerned about wildlife’s living environments or want to learn more about the sustainable habitats for the wildlife in Ohio, be sure to check their website for more details.

Rock Out at Buckeye Blackout!

Unplug for the night, grab some friends and join us April 9 at 8 p.m. in the Ohio Union Performance Hall for Buckeye Blackout’s annual concert.
Buckeye Blackout is a student organization that focuses on raising awareness about sustainability through art and music.

Rachel Skewer and Clayton Perry founded the organization as freshmen with the hopes that Buckeye Blackout would become a large campus event that brought light to sustainability. Clayton Perry, a founding member, explains “the whole idea is to get OSU students to contribute to one big night of energy conservation on the night of the concert, while we support our local and student performers.”

Buckeye Blackout’s annual concert is a free show and all they ask is that before you head over that you turn off your lights at home and unplug your appliances to conserve energy. The night will be filled with wonderful local musicians and bands, free giveaways and easy tips for leading a more sustainable life.

Click below for more information about Buckeye Blackout, their concert and how you can become involved.

Sibs & Kids Weekend!

Get excited Buckeyes, Sibs and Kids Weekend is upon us and its jam packed with exciting events and activities that are fun for all ages. What better way to show off how great being a Buckeye is to your relatives than hanging out on campus and participating in all this weekend has to offer. Sibs and Kids Weekend is open to any Ohio State faculty, staff and students who want to invite family or friends to visit. So call your brothers, sisters, children, nieces, nephews, cousins or favorite family and friends and invite them to come and join in on all the fun.

Sibs and Kids Weekend kicks off on April 1 at 4 p.m. with check-in at the Great Hall in the Ohio Union. The weekend is filled with activities and events for all ages. Friday night come test your senses by trying different chocolate and learning about the different processes that make chocolate so sweet or interact with a variety of animals from the Columbus Zoo at Zoo To You starting at 7 p.m.

Start your Saturday off right by getting fit with Rec Sports. Guests gain free admission to the recreation facilities with their Sibs and Kids Weekend wristbands and can enjoy special fitness classes.  Later head over to the Multicultural Center and see if your family has what it takes to win Buckeye Family Feud. Be sure to check out the link below to get a full schedule of all the activities taking place this weekend.

I am not fooling around; it’s going to be the best weekend of the semester! Registration is only $5 per person and those who pre-register will receive a Sibs and Kids Weekend gift! If you have any questions feel free to contact Parent and Family Relations at or call 614-292-9153.

More information about Sibs and Kids Weekend events can be found here:

Alpha Tau Omega Casino Night

The Ohio Union is lucky to host many annual events each year. These events range from celebrations and dance competitions to large lectures and fundraising events. One large event we look forward to each year is the Alpha Tau Omega Annual Casino Night. This year’s event will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4 in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. The 12th Annual Casino Night is already shaping up to be a great evening –multiple special guests, including Urban and Shelley Meyer, as well as a few current and past Buckeye football team members, will be in attendance while the men of ATO hope to raise over $50,000.

The purpose of Casino Night is to help raise funds that will support the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research as well as the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer at The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The dress for the evening is formal wear and guests can purchase tickets or make a donation at this link.

Be sure to follow @ATOCasinoNight on twitter for more event updates!

More information can be found at the ATO Casino Night website.

Taste of OSU

Taste of OSU Logo

Tomorrow evening at the Ohio Union the Office of International Affairs is hosting their annual Taste of OSU! Discover and learn about the cultures of your fellow Buckeyes as you snack and socialize. There will be plenty of delicious cuisines and exciting performances to go around from over 30 different student organizations.


Where: Ohio Union

When: Friday, February 19 from 5-9 p.m.

Each food ticket is $1 and they can be purchased ahead of time at the Ohio Union info desk or during the event.




For more information, visit the Taste of OSU website.