The Nutshell – Sept. 2014



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  

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. 24 Life is what you make it: A concert and conversation with Peter Buffet at Weigel Auditorium
Sept. 24 Reaching back while moving forward: Generations of careers
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.
Oct. 15-18 Reunion-Homecoming Weekend at Ohio State
Oct. 30-31 Alumni Advisory Council meeting at Longaberger Alumni House

Alumni Association website gets an upgrade
On September 16, the Alumni Association unveiled a new-look website that features improved capabilities, more opportunities for audience interaction and better integration with the organization’s other digital properties. Visit the new site at

Still time to register for the 2014 Symposium
There is still time to register for the 2014 Symposium and Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour. A limited number of football tickets remain to see Ohio State battle in-state rival Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Pay forward through young alumni mentorship
The Alumni Association is seeking alumni mentors to participate in Young Alumni Academy, a program designed to nurture and engage Buckeyes who are just starting their post-collegiate life in central Ohio.

Alumni invited to nominate Commencement speaker
Please take an active role in Ohio State’s proud Commencement tradition. Alumni help is needed to identify Commencement speakers who can inspire the graduates, their families, our faculty, and other guests. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 26.

Come back to campus
Reunion-Homecoming Weekend gives you the opportunity to come back to campus and reconnect with your alma mater. Join us on Oct. 15-18.

Meet the volunteer relations staff
Meet Michell Domke and Nadine Holmes from the new Office of Volunteer Relations at the Club & Society Leadership Symposium this month. Learn how the office can be a resource for your club or society.

Career spotlight: Jill Westerfield
Ohio State alumna Jill Westerfield shares about how her experiences at the university set her up for success in her career.

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: Dr. Alam Payind
Director, Middle Eastern Studies Center, Office of International Affairs
Payind is the Director of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC), a senior teaching member of the International Studies Program and the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department, a liaison for the Office of International Students and Scholars, and a member of University’s International Programs Task Force. Payind, who was born and raised in Afghanistan, served in the Afghan government as the Director General of Cultural and Foreign Relations, and was a professor at Kabul University before the Soviet invasion in 1979 forced him to seek refuge in the US.

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.

Operation Safeguard is under way
The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety (DPS) is increasing its presence on and off campus as part of a pilot safety program called Operation Safeguard, designed to curb crime near the High Street corridor.

Ohio State strong in latest rankings
As The Ohio State University welcomes its brightest class ever, U.S. News & World Report is again naming Ohio State the top public university in Ohio in its latest ranking of 268 national doctoral universities.

An arts renaissance
With the Wexner Center for the Arts celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Sullivant Hall preparing for its grand re-opening, the arts are more relevant than ever at Ohio State.

High Points: September 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.

‘Buckeye Bullet’ sets another world record
Ohio State’s Venturi Buckeye Bullet team has successfully chased down yet another international record. On August 22, professional driver Roger Schroer guided the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3) to an average two-way speed of 212.615 miles per hour.

Stress, high fat meals can slow women’s metabolism
A new study in women suggests that experiencing one or more stressful events the day before eating a single high-fat meal can slow the body’s metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain.

TBDBITL with a take on TV Land
The Ohio State University Marching Band continued its show of excellence with a tribute to classic television shows that highlighted Batman, The Office and more.

Swim-a-thon to benefit Pelotonia
Buckeye fans are invited to participate in the Ohio State synchronized swimming team’s second annual Swim-A-Thon to benefit Team Buckeye, the university’s official Pelotonia peloton. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 28, at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

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. The next away-game Bash is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8, prior to the Buckeye game at Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.

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

Sailing the Windward Islands
Save $1,000 per person if reserved by Nov. 21, 2014
Jan. 31Feb. 7, 2015
From $4,295 (Fort-de-France)

Escape the depths of winter on this eight-day experience in the Caribbean’s Windward Islands aboard the exclusively chartered, 64-passenger M.Y. Le Ponant. Enjoy classic “life under sail” aboard this elegant three-masted yacht featuring all ocean-view staterooms and an observation platform near sea level for ideal viewing of marine life and optional water sports. Cruise round trip from Fort-de-France, Martinique, into secluded harbors to explore the natural and cultural treasures. The custom-designed itinerary features Martinique’s Balata Garden, showcasing 3,000 varieties of tropical plants and flowers; Bequia, the most beautiful isle of the Grenadines; the awe-inspiring reefs and marine life in the lagoons of Tobago Cays Marine Park; Grenada, the Spice Island; St. Vincent and its historic capital, Kingstown; St. Lucia’s iconic twin mountain peaks, the Gros and Petit Pitons; and Dominica, where it’s said there is a river for every day of the year. For detailed information, please visit or contact Addie Natalie at Ohio State Alumni Tours at 614-292-2372, 1-800-852-8687 ext. 3,

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.

Upcoming Events

Mar 21 5:00pm

2024 Hall of Fame Reception and Senior Breakfast

Join the Army ROTC Alumni Society and battalion for the formal induction of the 2024 Hall of Fame inductees and celebration to recognize …