Thanksgiving in the Ohio Union

You may not be able to make it home for Thanksgiving but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy all the food, festivities and fun that accompanies Thanksgiving, which is why every year the Ohio Union helps host the annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Come join us this Thursday, November 26 for some savory turkey and delicious pumpkin pie. Seating for dinner will begin at 11:45 a.m. and dinner will continue until 4 p.m. Tickets are available beginning November 16 at Hale Black Cultural Center and the Ohio Union Information Center. Tickets are free for all who wish to attend Thanksgiving Dinner.

Pumpkin pies featured at the Ohio Union's Thanksgiving dinnerThe annual Thanksgiving Dinner has been a tradition here at Ohio State for the last 24 years. The first Thanksgiving Dinner at Ohio State was composed of 25 graduate students who gathered at Hale Black Cultural Center to celebrate together. Since then the annual dinner has grown to over 1,600 guests from the Ohio State community.

The event is one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus. This day would not be possible without wonderful volunteers. If you live in the Columbus area and would like to give back, this is a fantastic opportunity to make this holiday special for those who could not spend it with their families. If you are interested in volunteering for the second shift please visit to sign up and help.

Volunteers serve students dinner at the Ohio Union's Thanksgiving Not only should you save room for dessert but remember to take a  moment and reflect on all you have to be grateful for. A special  thank you to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of  International Affairs for supporting the annual Thanksgiving  Dinner. Happy Thanksgiving!



An Utterly Unique Homecoming Queen

The homecoming queen election in the fall of 1926 was definitely one for the books. With only 10,000 students enrolled and 12,000 votes cast, the election had some irregularities. The winner of the election was Rosalind Morrison, who withdrew once these irregularities came to light. The runner-up was Maudine Ormsby, a candidate from the College of Agriculture. Maudine was actually a Holstein cow, but that did not keep her from being crowned and appearing in the Homecoming Parade, although she did have to miss the dance that was held in her honor.

Maudine the cow poses as Homecoming Queen

Today in the lower level of the Ohio Union, the Maudine Cow room honors Maudine’s memory and our rich land grant and agriculture history here at Ohio State. The Maudine Cow room is perfect for smaller size gatherings.  You can see all the details on this space here.

The Ohio Union is a great place to catch the annual Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 9. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium and will end at the Ohio Union. Along the parade route, there will be six grand stand areas with food and drinks at each. Following the parade, the Homecoming Pep Rally will be taking place in the Great Hall of the Ohio Union with appearances by the 2015 Homecoming Court and the football team. Be sure to follow the sOUrce for more Ohio Union updates and events.

Tradition Thursday – Light Up the Lake

It’s almost the “most wonderful time of the year.” It’s when adults become kids again and families come together to share their holiday traditions. I’m sure some of us have already started listening to our favorite Holiday tunes and some may have already starting putting up their festive holiday decorations. There is nothing like holiday traditions that bring people together each year.

The Ohio State University possesses so many traditions that have become near and dear to our hearts. The sOUrce will focus on a special tradition one Thursday a month, because these traditions bring us closer together every year as a Buckeye family and make our time at Ohio State an experience we will never forget. Of course, there has to be some Buckeye Holiday Traditions and the signature campus event “Light Up the Lake,” is one of those. This event, created by Ohio Staters Inc., is to be held at Mirror Lake with the goal of uniting the student body during the Holiday Season.

Light Up the Lake

“Light Up the Lake” will consist of a ceremony with a guest speaker and several performances. The ceremony will close with Carmen Ohio and lit candles while students gather around the lake. Students will also have the opportunity to enjoy sweet treats and hot chocolate.

Light Up the Lake Event

“My favorite part is coming together with my fellow Buckeyes and singing Carmen Ohio with our candles burning bright,” says Christine Snowden, a co-chair for Light Up the Lake. What better way to relieve stress right before finals than to join your fellow Buckeyes and spread some Holiday cheer? Don’t miss your chance to witness this joyous occasion. Head over to Mirror Lake on December 4, 2014 at 6 p.m. and “Light Up the Lake”!

What’s your favorite Holiday tradition? Please share in the comments below.