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Free Opt-In COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic begins on campus Jan 27th
Ohio State's COVID-19 testing program will return to the Marion campus and be available on Wednesday, January 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Alber Student Center Gymnasium. Weekly testing will continue on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This testing program for students, faculty and staff is voluntary, but your participation can help enhance the safety of the Marion campus community. Testing allows the university to draw conclusions about the level of spread in the campus population, identify asymptomatic cases for isolation, find potential hot spots and prevent further spread on campus and in the broader community.

As a reminder, the university transitioned to using a lab located on the Columbus campus. This change allows the university to test and process results more quickly and affordably, and the on-site testing experience will be more efficient because less saliva will be required. If you have not yet participated in the voluntary testing program, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

See testing details in your buckeyemail account or for more questions contact Kathleen Clemons-Keller at  


Study, Access Internet, Take a Break!
To help maintain as safe a campus environment as possible, the campus has decided to keep classrooms locked when they are not in use. However, knowing our students need places to study, access the internet, and eat (as only drinks are allowed in classrooms), we have identified a number of spaces around campus where students can gather-appropriately physically distanced-for these activities: 

  • Morrill Hall Auditorium (during times when it was not in use for classes)

  • Guthery Community Room (Room 220) in Maynard Hall (during times when it was not in use for classes) 

  • The Marion Campus Library (a few individual study rooms are available for Zoom classes) 

  • Student gathering spaces on the third floor of Morrill Hall  

  • The first and second floor atria in the Science and Engineering Building  

While it is not ideal, the exterior wifi hotspot in parking lot 3 (south of the Science and Engineering Building) that was set up in spring also is available. 

Spring Semester Safe and Healty Return to Campus
As we gradually return to the Marion campus, we all play important role in our campus culture of caring. When Buckeyes are safe and healthy, we can stay focused on our endeavors - and on improving lives. Learn what Ohio State is doing and how you can help keep yourself, your family and friends, safe and healthy - whether you're returning to a campus or continuing to work and study from home. For Marion campus specific return to campus safety information and guidelines visit: for specific university-wide safety information and guidelines visit: Information is available on physical distancing, personal protection and hygiene, upcoming on campus COVID-19 surveillance testing, daily health checks, training, student services information and much more. 

Key guidelines: 

  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others in any public space - indoor or outdoor. 

  • Employees will continue to telework whenever possible, and organizers will be expected to conduct most meetings virtually.

  • Face masks must be worn on all Ohio State's campuses indoors and outdoors.

  • A daily health check to report body temperature and health status will be required for all faculty, staff and students each day they intend to be on Ohio State's campuses or working in the community or with clients on behalf of the university during spring semester.    

  • This daily check will be reported through the Ohio State mobile app or

Virtual classes
The first two weeks of spring semester classes, Jan. 11-15 and 18-22, will be virtual. If you're out of the flow of online classes, check out these five tips for online learning.


A new student award is available!
The Student Opportunity Development Fund is now available thanks to the generosity of Ohio State's English Lecturer, Pete Dully. The S.O.D. fund finances opportunities for students to pursue unusual or adventuresome activities outside the classroom that would not otherwise be accessible to them. Funds are provided with the intent of broadening students' engagement with the world outside Central Ohio. Applications are being accepted until February 1, 2021. Visit to complete the application online. Submitted proposals will be approved and awarded based on compliance with university travel guidelines. Get the student prospective on this fund from alumna Alex Kauser. >>> WATCH THE VIDEO  

Download 2021-2022 Financial Aid Information Sheet
Be ready for the 2021-2022 academic year. Download the 2021-2022 financial information sheet. The sheet is a step-by-step process for filing for and maximizing your scholarship and aid at Ohio State Marion.

SAC scholarship
Apply for the SAC scholarship for a chance to earn up to $1,000 in scholarship funds! This is an easy way to earn tuition money during this unprecedented time. Apply at and contact with questions.  


Recognizing faculty excellence in Marion
We are calling for nominations for the Ohio State Marion Teaching Award for the 2020-2021 academic year. Nominations will be open until January 31st 2021. Do you know a professor who is dedicated to teaching and from whom you learned a lot? Nominate her or him for the Ohio State Marion Teaching Excellence Award. Please complete the attached nomination form and email it to Alternatively, please use the following link to submit your nominations: Nominations will be accepted from November 5, 2020 through January 31, 2021.  


Spring semester 2021 student services contacts and information
Ohio State employees will continue to tele-work whenever possible, and meeting organizers will be expected to conduct most meetings virtually. If you need assistance, please use the information linked above to help identify which office to connect with based on your questions. If you have a question and you're not sure who to ask, Maynard Hall, Room 100 will be staffed with one staff member on duty starting January 25th when classes are no longer fully virtual. The staff member on duty can help direct you to the appropriate office. Room 100 will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Interested in connecting with a mental health counselor? 
Simplycontact Leslie Beary ( or Ellen Thomas (   Both are licensed mental health professionals and are available virtually for a consultation or appointment. Appointments with students can address a variety of issues, from the relatively simple, to the more complex. Send an email to schedule a free appointment!

Learn stress management and relaxation skills at Stress Buster Break! 
Join via Zoom on Wednesday, January 27th from 12:45 to 1:30 pm.  Success Series credit available.  Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 996 3589 6023
Password: 497972

Learn how to be an advocate for mental health  
Attend a REACH OUT Suicide Prevention Training to learn more about how to identify the signs of mental health issues and how to respond and refer.  February 3rd, from 12:30 to 1:45 pm.  Success Series credit is available. Zoom link: 

Meeting ID: 981 4753 0108
Password: 863971

Campus Food Pantry
All students on the Marion campus are eligible to use the Marion Campus Food Pantry and Friendly Fridge.  Both are located on the first floor of Morrill Hall.  If you need pantry items before campus "opens" the week of January 25th, email Leslie Beary ( and you will receive a pantry order form that you can fill out and coordinate a no-contact pickup.

Free Produce Boxes
Produce boxes are available for students in January.  If you would like to reserve a free produce box on the next produce day, Wednesday, January 27th, please email Leslie Beary by Tuesday, January 26th by noon. No-contact pick-up will be held at Morrill Hall.




About Last Semester: A COVID-19 Student Org Roundtable, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
Join this session to connect with fellow student organization leaders across the regional campuses about the experiences of being a student org leader through the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as brainstorm solutions and new projects. Zoom link:
Join Our Participants List: Recruitment in a Virtual World, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
Join this session to connect with fellow student organization leaders across the regional campuses about the joys and pains of virtual recruitment, and how to effectively expand your student organization, even in a COVID-19 world. Zoom link:

"Sorry, You're on Mute": How to Make Your Virtual Meeting Fun and Engaging, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
Join this session to connect with fellow student organization leaders across the regional campuses and learn tips, tricks, and best practices for how to host effective meetings that are fun and engaging to your members, even over virtual tools. Zoom link:


About Last Semester: A COVID-19 Roundtable, February 3rd, 7 p.m.
Join this session to connect with fellow students looking to make connections across the regional campuses and discuss the experiences of being a college student through COVID-19, as well as some best practices for how to make this spring a better semester. Zoom link:
Buckeye Besties: Speed Friending, February 10th, 7 p.m.
Join this session to connect with fellow students looking to make connections across the regional campuses to participate in a series of rapid fire games and activities designed to help you get to more of your fellow Buckeyes and build connections, even in a virtual world.  Zoom link:
Exploring Your Values, February 17th, 7 p.m.
Join this session to connect with fellow students looking to make connections across the regional campuses and explore more about your own personal values and how those can guide how you get involved during your time at Ohio State. Register at:

9:O5 Series: Regional Campus Series: Ebony Stewart
January 27th a 9:05 p.m. on Zoom
The award-winning poet and storyteller, Ebony Stewart, has a powerful voice and a drive to make an impact. Her work speaks to the black experience, with emphasis on gender, sexuality, womanhood, and race, with the hopes to be relatable, remove shame, heal minds, encourage dialogue, and inspire folks in marginalized communities.  

For more upcoming spring semester events visit:      

Valentine's Day craft
2/11/21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Alber Student Center
Drop by the student center to grab a take home valentine’s craft.

The Office: Kahoot
3/9/21, 7 p.m. on Zoom
Test your best trivia knowledge on the TV show The Office. Office themed prizes for winners.
Register at Zoom link:

9:O5 Series: Jacob Williams Comedian
4/14/21, 9:05 p.m. on Zoom
Jacob Williams’ comedy follows his misadventures through the worlds of dating, day jobs and dining alone.


Applications are open for the annual OSEP awards
Grant proposals are due Jan. 29 for the annual OSEP awards. Offered in collaboration with Ohio State Energy Partners and the Office of Academic Affairs, awards between $10,000 and $50,000 will be given to select proposals that promote interdisciplinary and community collaboration. Priority will be given to the following areas: sustainability, leadership development and arts/humanities. Faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply. Learn more:



>>> Click the link to learn more about featured courses or visit the     
spring 2021 schedule for a complete listing of spring semeser available classes.


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