The Nutshell – News from the OSUAA



The Nutshell is the official e-newsletter for Ohio State alumni club and society officers and board members. We encourage you to share the information with your members via your own newsletters or websites. The current issue is also available at


August November, December, January speaker requests due
Aug. 15 Alumni club football ticket lists due
Aug. 16 Ohio State Day at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
Aug. 29 Alumni Career Management: Virtual Networking Event.
Sept. 1 Request list of alumni in your area
Sept. 5 Football Friday with Archie Griffin
Sept. 11-12 OSUAA Board of Directors at Longaberger Alumni House
Sept. 12 2014 Alumni Awards
Sept. 20 Sullivant Hall Grand Re-Opening
Sept. 21 Opening of Transfigurations at Wexner Center for the Arts
Sept. 22 Alumni Cup golf outing honoring Buckeye legend Eddie George
Sept. 26 Club and Society Leadership Symposium and Student Recruitment Training. Invitations have been sent to all leaders. Please contact Craig or Kimberly if you did not receive the invitation.


Welcome Chad Warren
Chad Warren has joined the Alumni Association as its new assistant vice president for engagement strategies. Chad previously worked in the College of Engineering as the senior director of strategic engagement and alumni relations. Prior to joining Ohio State, Chad served as the executive director, university outreach and engagement for the University of Dayton, reporting directly to the vice president of university advancement. In that role he provided overall direction for UD’s alumni relations and the Alumni Association. Chad also has professional experience as the director of annual giving for Florida State University, and worked as a senior operations manager and consultant with RuffaloCODY. Chad will oversee clubs/societies, engagement strategies, alumni tours, career management, volunteer relations, advocacy and student recruitment. Feel free to send Chad a note welcoming him to the team


Meet the 2014 Alumni Award winners
The Alumni Association will host its annual awards gala in September when it recognizes 12 of the university’s most accomplished graduates.


Check out the new-look speakers’ page
Visit the Alumni Association website to view our updated speakers list. The list has grown to include more faculty and alumni who are willing to travel to visit your group and deliver a message about their important work. Speakers are free to clubs and societies and a service provided by OSUAA for annual events, spirit events, Summer Send Offs, Big Ten events, scholarship events and more. The speaker request form is on the speaker page. When requesting a speaker, please submit your four speaker choices and four potential dates. Submitting your requests several months in advance is the best way to ensure a chance at getting the speaker and date you require. Some of our speakers will also participate in the Club and Society Leadership Symposium Happy Hour from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, September 26.


Rousing success for Pelotonia 14
More than 7,000 riders took to their bikes in central Ohio last weekend to participate in Pelotonia 14, the annual bike ride that benefits cancer research at Ohio State. This year’s ride has already generated nearly $12 million, adding to the $75 million raised since the ride was started.


Ohio State alumni give big
Ohio State alumni contributed close to $70 million to the university in annual fundraising results which were released in late July.


Office of Volunteer Relations opens
Visit  to search for volunteer opportunities near you.  Create an account to sign up for an opportunity or suggest your own. Contact Kimberly Lowe or Craig Little to learn more about suggesting volunteer opportunities.


Career spotlight: Deborah Johnson
Ohio State alumna Deborah Johnson shares insight on the importance of differentiating yourself from other candidates when seeking a position.


Scholarship leaders:
Information about the Alumni Association’s 2015-16 scholarship season will be sent to you in September. It isn’t too early to start planning and selecting your scholarship committee.  Student lists will be sent in early January and scholarship amount projections will be sent in early February. The deadline for club ASP Cover Sheet and Rankings is February 25. If you have questions, contact Leslie Smith.


Speaker profile: Jeffrey D. Logan
Managing partner, McCloy Financial Services
Jeff is Managing Partner of McCloy Financial Services and served 12 years on the Varsity “O” Alumni Board where he is a Past-President. He served on the selection committee for the hiring of Jim Tressel, and has been invited by current football coach Urban Meyer to speak to the football team about the transition into “real-life” after football.


Establishing your Alumni Association online account
As part of the Alumni Association’s transition to a new database, alumni who have previously established Alumni Association online accounts will need to re-establish those accounts. NOTE: This is unrelated to the online accounts clubs use for their scholarships. Those are unchanged.


New partnership with Nationwide
Nationwide Insurance® is proud to be The Official Insurance Sponsor of The Ohio State University®. In honor of this sponsorship, Ohio State alumni are eligible for an exclusive auto insurance discount. We put members first, because we don’t have shareholdersSM.


University welcomes nearly 2,000 new alumni
Ohio State welcomed 1,791 new graduates to the alumni family at its 407th commencement ceremony in early August. 


The opportunities presented by study abroad
A year spent studying abroad in France opened up a wealth of opportunities for Ohio State’s Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs.


High Points: August 2014
Whether it’s research, academics or student success, High Points give you a quick and easy way to catch up on all the latest and greatest things happening at Ohio State.


Ohio State moves to a tobacco-free campus
Ohio State’s tobacco-free campus is more than policy. The university has also taken steps to ensure that staff, students and campus visitors also have a full slate of smoking cessation tools at their fingertips.


One simple question can identify narcissists
Scientists have developed and validated a new method to identify which people are narcissistic: Just ask them.

Children with disabilities benefit from classroom inclusion
A new study finds that the secret to boosting the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities may be to put them in classrooms with typically developing peers.

Join us for Football Fridays
Buckeye fans of all ages are invited to the Ohio State University Alumni Association’s Football Friday for a preview of the Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech game as well as fun for the whole family. The event is free. 


Register now for the 2014 Buckeye Bashes
For more than 40 years the Alumni Association has hosted away game events that give Ohio State football fans a place to bond on the road. This year’s Bashes are scheduled for Baltimore and East Lansing, Mich.


Football away-game hotels set
Traveling to a 2014 Ohio State football away game and want to stay in the same hotel as other Buckeyes? If so, visit our list of Buckeye hotels that feature group rates negotiated by the Alumni Association for alumni and friends. MORE:


Great game-watches
Do you have game-watch parties planned for Ohio State football games this fall? If so, let the Alumni Association know about your location and contact information so Buckeye fans in your area can find your event. Please send information to Susan Long at


Cruise Costa Rica and Panama
January 24February 1, 2015
From $3,190 (San Jose)

Behold incomparable natural beauty on a seven-night cruise that takes you from Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific coast through the Panama Canal to Panama’s Caribbean coast. Travel on Variety Voyager, a 223-foot first-class mega motor yacht. The Variety Cruises experience promises ample leisure time in ports, allowing you to linger on shore in many destinations or join optional excursions (available at an additional cost) that let you surround yourself in the local culture, explore national parks and more. As you travel along the Costa Rican coast, take advantage of opportunities to visit Curu Wildlife Refuge, Manuel Antonio National Park, a botanical garden dedicated to orchids and other local treasures. As you admire the lush scenery and abundant wildlife, you will understand how this country earned its name, the Rich Coast. After passing through the 51 miles of locks of the Panama Canal, you’ll discover the natural beauty of Panama’s islands. For detailed information, please visit or contact Addie Natalie at Ohio State Alumni Tours at 614-292-23721-800-852-8687 ext. 3, or


2015 Buckeye Cruise
Join fellow Buckeye fans and luminaries as part of the 2015 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, which benefits the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research. The 2015 cruise is scheduled for February 1923.


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