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Biology major Hannah Hylton earns prestigious Pelotonia fellowship

(Please note: this photo was taken prior to COVID-19 mask guidelines.)

Hannah M. Hylton, a senior biology pre-med major attending The Ohio State University at Marion, was one of a select group of students university-wide to receive a Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellowship Award through The James: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides research fellowships to the best and brightest Ohio State University undergraduate students who are invested in cancer research. >>> READ THE FULL STORY

Student wins $1000 scholarship award for Harding essay
Congratulations to Kyle Meddles, winner of the inaugural Warren G. Harding Symposium Award. Meddles was announced as the winner of a $1000 scholarship award at the 2020 Warren G. Harding Symposium, which was held virtually on Saturday, September 26th. His essay was chosen by a committee composed of Ohio State Marion faculty and staff and based on following criteria: theme topic adherence, creativity, insights and perspectives, and composition. Essays were centered on the symposium theme "America in 1920: The Year of Warren G. Harding."  The focus was on 1920, the year that our nation’s attention turned to Marion, Ohio during the famous “front porch” campaign of Senator Warren G. Harding.  >>> READ THE WINNING ESSAY

Grading policy changes for autumn 2020
On Sept. 17, 2020, University Senate voted to provide undergraduate students with additional flexibility to request Pass/No Pass grading for General Education and elective courses this semester. For details visit the following link.


Online Voter Registration
The deadline to register to vote in the Ohio November 3, 2020 election is October 5. Getting registered is simple. Go to: You can also update your address at the same site. To register online you will need to provide the following:

  • Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number
  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Last four digits of your social security number


Vote for Marion Campus Homecoming King and Queen, Oct. 5-7
The 2020 Ohio State Marion Homecoming Court representatives include:

Amber Alexander, senior, English major
Katie Jackson, sophomore, public leadership, management, and policy major
Bayli Sanders, senior, education major
Dylan Brown, junior, biology major
Rhett Hobbs, sophomore, marketing major
Ben Macklin, sophopmore, zoology major

Students may cast one vote for king candidates & one vote for queen candidates. Read student biographies & vote at:

All undergraduate students are eligible to vote. You may select one male and one female candidate. Be sure to double-check your selections before clicking “vote” as changes cannot be made once your vote is submitted.

(Please note: you will be taken to the for voting on the Marion Campus Homecoming Court. Candidate bios and information are available)

The Homecoming King and Queen from each regional campus will be announced at a virtual coronation ceremony on October

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Ohio Union Activities Board events for all Buckeyes

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Technical Tuesday: Maximizing the Value of LinkedIn
12:00 PM
Join OUAB Grad/Prof for a workshop focused on using LinkedIn most effectively to enhance your career. Facilitated by Megan Avellana, Assistant Director for International and Graduate Affairs at the Moritz College of Law, participants will learn about various strategies to improve their LinkedIn profile. Participants will also learn how to use LinkedIn to build their personal brand and how to use it as a networking tool.
Register here:

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Flicks for Free ft: Clueless, Space Jam, The Truman Show
8:00 PM

 is a 1995 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, Dan Hedaya, and Brittany Murphy. It was produced by Scott Rudin and Robert Lawrence. It is loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma, with a modern-day setting of Beverly Hills. The plot centers on Cher Horowitz, a beautiful, popular and rich high school student who befriends a new student named Tai Frasier and decides to give her a makeover.

Space Jam
 is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports comedy film directed by Joe Pytka and starring basketball player Michael Jordan. The film presents a fictionalized account of what happened between Jordan's initial retirement from the NBA in 1993 and his 1995 comeback, in which he is enlisted by the Looney Tunes to help them win a basketball match against a group of aliens who intend to enslave them as attractions for their theme park. Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, and Bill Murray appear in supporting roles, while Billy West, Dee Bradley Baker, and Danny DeVito headline the voice cast.

The Truman Show
 is a 1998 American psychological science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir, produced by Scott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman, and Adam Schroeder, and written by Niccol. The film stars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, a man who grew up living an ordinary life that—unbeknownst to him—takes place on a large set populated by actors for a television show about him. Eventually, he discovers the truth and decides to escape.

Link to access the movies: 


Space Jam:

The Truman Show:

Links are valid from Wednesday, September 30th, at 8 PM EST to Thursday,
October 1st, at 8 PM EST.

Friday, October 2, 2020
OUABilly on the Zoom
7:00 PM
Billy Eichner is a four-time Emmy nominated actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He most recently starred in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King as the voice of Timon, opposite Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, and Beyoncé Knowles. Eichner co-wrote, will star in and produce an Untitled Romantic Comedy for Universal Pictures. He will also star as the infamous Matt Drudge in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming third season of the Emmy winning American Crime Story: Impeachment, along with Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein, and Clive Owen. Other past projects have included American Horror Story, Difficult People, and his critically acclaimed series Billy on the Street - featuring notable guests such as former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Register here:

Saturday, October 3, 2020
OUAB Presents: Virtual Mysteries 2
6:00 and 8:00 PM
Join OUAB for another night of mystery solving fun and virtual reality game to compete against each other in the hunt to find the Philosopher’s Stone.

Register here:

Are you looking to grow and develop as a leader?
In this particularly challenging year, values-based leadership has never been more important. That’s where Leadership Week comes in! Leadership Week is a university-wide collaboration to strengthen the culture of leadership at Ohio State. Whether you have lots of leadership experience or are new to the concept, we encourage you to attend at least one event to strengthen your leadership abilities in one or several of the leadership themes explored throughout the week. Programs are all open to all students, staff and faculty, though some programs have indicated a target audience, and all are centered around one of our five themes: Career Development, Community Engagement, Inclusion, Personal Exploration and Wellness. Program Coordinator for the Office Student Life at Ohio State Marion, Karen Leuthold, will be presenting on the topic of Personal Exploration through the lens of The Enneagram. Leadership Week 2020 will be held October 5-9. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Leadership Week 2020 will be fully virtual. Visit to learn more and to register for sessions.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts lectures
Session 2: Black In Korea - Friday, October 2, 2020, 4 p.m.
In this session, Johnnie Jackson will discuss my Black male experiences in South Korea. Jackson will talk about how humanizing it is to live outside the USA as a Black American male. This session is based on an academic paper I wrote: “Meditation Gunrunner Speaking, Part I.”

>>> Zoom link

Session 3: Afro Asian Imaginations - Friday, November 6, 2020, 4 p.m.
In this session,Johnnie Jackson will discuss the concept of Afrofuturism, the movie Black Panther, and my experiences traveling through East Asia. He will speak to the important of traveling abroad for African American youth. This session is based on an academic paper I co-wrote: “AfroAsia Imaginations.”

>>> Zoom link

Johnnie Jackson is a traveler, critical race theorist, and teacher educator. He has traveled to fourteen countries, and lived in South Korea for four years teaching English as a Second Language and Intercultural Competencies. He is a PhD candidate in the department of educational leadership at Miami University. Jackson holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Busincess Administration and Marketing from The University of Findlay. He is currently the Diversity and Equity Supervisor for Marion City Schools. He writes about black male studies, Afrofuturism, study abroad, and critical race theory.

Career Week at Ohio State Marion
The Office of Career Services will be having a Career Week, November 2-6, 2020. A career chat will be offered Monday through Thursday at 12:30 p.m. There will also be virtual mock interviews offered November 4 from 9-11 a.m. and November 5 from 2-4 p.m. Mark your calendar. More information to follow.


Reserve your free fresh produce box!
Ohio State Marion students, reserve a free, fresh produce box to be delivered to campus for a no contact pick up on the following dates: September 23rd, October 14th, October 28th, and November 12th. Email Leslie Beary ( to reserve your box and receive more information.

Stress Buster Breaks
Wednesdays (September 30), 12:45-1:30 p.m. 
Join this mid-week virtual break to refocus and reset! Each week, learn a new stress management technique and be guided through a wonderful, calming, relaxation exercise.  Use this Zoom link to connect.

The Friendly Fridge Project
The Friendly Fridge is located on the first floor, west hallway of Morrill Hall (near the pantry).  The fridge is open during Morrill Hall hours and the contents are available for students to help themselves.  Take what you can use and be considerate of others who can use some too.  A new and improved Friendly Fridge is on its way and will be available to students the week of September 7th.

Let’s Talk/Zoom Drop- in!
Mondays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 12:30-1 p.m.
Have a question?  Interested in a consultation? Need to get something off your mind?  Drop-in to our “no appointment needed Zoom Room for a quick conversation!  Connect using this link.

Meeting ID: 954 2852 1901
Password: 064745


HR Connection begins Sept. 21
As of September 21, 2020, all university HR and payroll inquiries should be directed to HR Connection, Ohio State’s shared services operation and primary point of contact for HR and payroll needs. The contact information is provided below.  In addition, employees can leverage Compass, a digital home for Ohio State information.

HR Connection


Get an Annual Flu Shot
Getting a flu shot can reduce flu severity and prevent hospitalizations, and we encourage all benefits-eligible faculty and staff to take advantage of one of the following flu vaccination options available:

  • Visit your Primary Care Provider (PCP). You can make an appointment now with your PCP at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Central Ohio Primary Care (accepting appointments now for a PCP visit or a drive-through flu shot), or other in-network health care providers who are now scheduling flu appointments. 

  • Visit an In-Network Preferred Retail Pharmacy. When you do your weekly shopping, stop in and get a flu shot. Be sure to check your local pharmacy’s website to find locations, dates and hours, and/or to book an appointment. Flu shots provided by non-preferred pharmacies, such as CVS, are subject to copay/coinsurance/deductible. More information on pharmacies is available here.

  • Your Plan for Health flu vaccinations on campus. While these appointments are limited, there are some on-campus flu vaccinations available. Schedule your flu vaccination appointment today.

  • Employee Health Services. Get your flu shot, by appointment only, at Employee Health Services (201 McCampbell Hall), Monday through Friday; hours of appointments are from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. As a reminder, it is critical to remain socially distanced while waiting in line on these dates for flu shots at Employee Health Services.

The Ohio State University Office of Human Resources is introducing “HR Connection” to provide support for employee inquiries across the areas of benefits, compensation, employee & labor relations, talent, and payroll.  This will become the first stop for Ohio State paid employee for HR and payroll inquiries.

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