This weekly newsletter for academic leaders is designed to share information of interest to the university community.
While we all wish the weather had cooperated yesterday, it was nonetheless wonderful to celebrate commencement with our graduating students. Their accomplishments are a testament to their grit and to the support of an entire community focused on their success.
A special thanks goes out to the team that made the two in-person events possible. If you were unable to join us yesterday, Ohio State News shared some highlights and the commencement website hosts videos of the ceremonies.
Key messages to amplify
Health safeguards remain in place: When summer classes start Wednesday, the university community should continue to follow the protocols listed on Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website, including wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing. Most guidelines from spring semester remain in place, although events and gatherings are now permitted if organizers follow the appropriate approval process. We will continue to communicate any adjustments as we reactivate our campuses.
Nominations sought for faculty trustee: The Board of Trustees is seeking a faculty member to serve a two-year term on the newly created Research, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships committee. Nominations are due by Friday, May 21. Learn more about the opportunity.
Virtual town halls will be held this week to gather input on the search for Ohio State's next senior vice president of talent, culture and human resources. These include sessions at 12 p.m. tomorrow (May 11) for medical faculty, staff and students and at 12 p.m. Wednesday (May 12) for university faculty, staff and students. Register to participate.
Other upcoming events
At 10 a.m. today (May 10), a Recovery is Spoken Here training for faculty, staff and students will share resources that support students in or seeking recovery, including ways to connect with with the Student Life Collegiate Recovery Community and become a Recovery Ally.
Starting at 9 a.m. next Monday (May 17), a Carmen Common Sense Cohort will guide instructors through the best practices of using Carmen, with an eye toward enhancing student learning. This cohort is facilitated by Clinical Associate Professor Nicole Kraft from the School of Communication and will meet through May 20.
At 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday (May 19), Integrating Student iPads into Your Course will share examples of the ways in which iPads can bolster course components and support student learning, engagement and digital fluency. Participants do not need to own or use an iPad to attend this workshop.
At noon next Thursday (May 20), an Information Literacy workshop will explore strategies instructors can use to clarify student expectations and common misunderstandings around research and inquiry-based assignments.