Friday, August 30, 2013

Back at it! Playing hard and working hard!

Hey everyone!

My name is Kaity and I am a junior, Biology major at The Ohio State University at Lima. I am originally from Ada, OH. This upcoming year you are going to hear from a variety of students on the Lima campus about their experiences at Ohio State. I wanted to start off the blog this year by introducing myself and telling you about my summer and the start of classes!
To start off my summer, I saw my older brother graduate from The Ohio State University at the Ohio Stadium, which, even though it was crazy hot for the beginning of May, was awesome! It was really cool to see my brother receive his diploma from his dream school and to hear President Gee and President Obama speak. The rest of my summer consisted of working, taking summer classes and going to a few Cincinnati Reds games. As far as jobs go, I have two. I am a University Ambassador here on campus so I worked all the orientations and met all of the new freshmen. I also work at a movie theatre and popcorn company in Bluffton so I made A LOT of popcorn and watched a lot of different movies that came out this summer. Luckily, taking summer classes wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be! That was partly due to the classic mythology class I took with Scott Fisher, which if any of you have taken any of his classes you know they are never boring! The Cincinnati Reds games were especially fun because I had never been to one before so it
was a really cool new experience! We also got some bobble heads and saw the 4th of July fireworks show they have after the game!


Before classes started I went to the First-Year Experience/Passport to Lima event at the Allen County Fair which was the Josh Turner concert. It was great! Thompson Square opened up for Josh Turner and put on an awesome show! Josh Turner didn’t disappoint either, singing many of his classic and earlier songs as well as some of his new songs from his new album. If you don’t know about First-Year Experience at Ohio State check it out! It is an awesome program to get freshmen (and all students) acquainted and active on campus! With Passport to Lima, Ohio State realizes college students don’t have a lot of extra funds to be able to do some cool things around Columbus and Lima, so the program finds events that will give them discounted or free tickets for students. Hence Josh Turner!

Once classes started I participated in different Welcome Week activities here at the Lima campus as well as in Columbus. I attended the Involvement Fair to check out some of the clubs offered on our campus and get a yummy free hot dog lunch. Later that night I went to Columbus for a free The Band Perry concert. I saw a lot of great friends that have transitioned to the Columbus campus the past couple of years and had a great time enjoying the concert with some of my best friends from Lima Campus.
Now that we’re in the second week of classes I’m feeling pretty optimistic about the rest of the semester! My classes are going well and I’m enjoying them for the most part.  I hope all of you are enjoying your classes and your experiences here at Ohio State Lima and I wish you the best of luck this school year!
Go Bucks!
Kaity

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bucks on the Quad


Hey Guys!

I am coming to you with my last official blog post for the year. 

A lot of incoming freshmen had a very eventful Sunday this past week during Ohio State Lima’s event, Buckeyes on the Quad. Students from as far as Cincinnati and Michigan came to attend the event! This is a full day leadership retreat designed to help new incoming freshmen meet new people and develop leadership skills that will help carry them through their college years. 

During Buckeyes on the Quad students participated in numerous activities to get to know each other. In addition they worked together to create flash mobs for a dance competition judged by Ohio State Lima faculty and staff. This year's flash mob was designed around songs that were hits in 1994-1995. Those years were the most common birth years of many of the incoming students. For the past two years Shane McCrory’s team had taken first place, but this year Alyson Nye’s team came out from nowhere and took the win. The victors routine was based around the song "Tootsie Roll." 

Next the students went bowling at Westgate. Students did not know what they was in store until they arrived! We Buckeyes did not just bowl; We bowled with style! The FYE staff came up with ten different frames of fun, crazy stuff for the students to do before each round they bowled! Everyone had a blast bowling! Not to mention Westgate catered lunch. They have some of the best pizza in Lima!

Later in the afternoon the students participated in numerous leadership and group activities. My favorite activity was when the students had to pair up and lead their blindfolded partner around the Quad. There was a lot of Buckeye trust going on during that activity. 

After the Buckeye Activities there was a miniature involvement fair where the students learned about numerous organizations here on the Lima campus! They received one on one time with many of the club leaders or members. After this the students were treated to catered food from the campus cafe. There was everything from Italian to Chinese Stir Fry and even an ice-cream bar! The food was delicious!

To continue the night the students planted their own Class of 2017 Buckeye Tree on campus! We stood in a circle and heard about the many traditions we as Buckeyes have that unite us all the way from the first alumni to the newest students on campus! We symbolized the planting of the Buckeye tree joining arms and singing Carmen!

The students also participated in a staff and faculty versus student kickball game. I would like to mention the staff and faculty won!

After the game we joined together for a bonfire where we made s’mores and continued to build friendship through talking and bonding around the fire. Many of the students took advantage of a feature we have here on the Lima campus. We have an observatory where you can view stars. This is the first time in many years where the sky was clear enough to star gaze. At the end of the night none of the students wanted to leave and who could blame them! Buckeyes on the Quad is the perfect day for students to build friendships and have a great time with other incoming students!

During the day there were Ohio State Lima advisors, professors, staff, and current students talking to the incoming freshmen. This day is a full packed day of fun where students create bonds with incoming freshmen just like them! During this day many students created friendships and bonds that will last a life time!

I hope everyone had a great summer! 

Autumn semester starts today! We had convocation yesterday and are preparing for our upcoming Welcome Week so it is a very busy time on campus! I wish everyone good luck with their Autumn semester!

Brooke

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Playground!

Hello Everyone!

My name is Amanda Williams. I am a Senior majoring in Early Childhood Education from West Liberty. I am filling in for Brooke this week to tell you about our Lima Parks and Rec Day!

When did you decide you wanted to be a buckeye?  As a third generation buckeye, my mind was made up at an early age.  On Tuesday, July 9, 84 students ages 5-13 were a buckeye for a day as Ohio State Lima hosted the Lima City Parks and Recreation Day Camp program.  Although some of the students have interaction with someone who has gone to college, not all of them have the same push to further their education after high school.


While the young students were on campus, Ohio State Lima students and staff helped them get the feel of what it is like to be on a college campus.  There were four rotations that the young buckeyes traveled between.  They discussed what they wanted to be when they grow up and made buckeye necklaces with Meredith Kincaid, an Admissions Counselor.  All of the buckeyes were donated by Buckeyman himself.  Liz Trig, an Education student, taught the group about wildlife in a way that connected back to the students’ daily lives. 


Students had the opportunity to meet with the Baron’s baseball pitcher, Tyler Blumentritt, and play outside.  Finally, they got “thrilled” to be a buckeye as they learned the dance moves to “Thriller” and “Hang On Sloopy” with a previous Ohio State Dance Team member and Admissions Counselor, Alyson Nye.  It was a great event for the Lima area students to get their feet wet on a college campus in an enthusiastic and upbeat way.  However, I think our students and staff at Ohio State Lima had even more fun showing our buckeye pride to the future buckeyes!


Go Bucks!
Amanda

 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Time Keeps on Slippin’ Into the Future

Hey Guys!
I don’t know about you, but doesn’t summer feel like it is going way to fast. I mean it is already the middle of July?!
Here at Ohio State Lima, July is jam packed with orientations for incoming freshmen and admission events for prospective students. If you are an incoming freshmen it is very important you get scheduled for an orientation. If you call Enrollment Services – Admissions Office they can get you all set up for your orientation! Their phone number is 419-995-8391.  At orientation you will be given important information such as: financial aid and etc. You will also get to meet other incoming freshmen just like you. Maybe you will make a lifelong friend! You will hear from current students and get their opinions on the favorite professors, favorite parts of Ohio State Lima, how to get involved on campus, where to get help if you need it, and much more. As well you will schedule for your first Autumn semester, here at Ohio State Lima. Advisors and students will help you to pick the classes you need and point you in the directions of classes you may want to take. In addition, students and faculty will help and show you how to get officially scheduled on your Buckeyelink for future use. Orientations are a key component to transitioning from high school to college. I strongly advise if you haven’t already registered to attend one!
In July we are not only having orientations, but we have two events for prospective students: Discovery Day and Buckeye Blitz. If you see below I have put information of what these events are all about and how to get registered!

Discover what it’s like to Be A Buckeye at Ohio State Lima! From exploring majors to hearing from current students about their experiences, this day is all about finding out what it really means to Be A Buckeye! Admissions representatives will be available throughout the day to answer questions about admissions criteria and financial aid as you navigate your way through Ohio State and all we have to offer. Check-in is from 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. with the official programming beginning at 9:30 a.m. Please visit Lima.OSU.edu/RSVP and enter the code DISCDAY13 to register!


Come and join us for a Buckeye Blitz Rapid Registration night to become a 2013 Buckeye! A Buckeye Blitz Rapid Registration night is an opportunity to apply, receive information about financial aid and other Buckeye basics, and meet with an academic advisor to schedule classes for Autumn Semester 2013. Check in from 5:30-6:00 p.m. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. Visit Lima.OSU.edu/rsvp and use the code BUCKBLITZ to register for a Buckeye Blitz night or call the Admissions Office at (419) 995-8391.

I hope everyone is having a great summer, enjoy what we have left!

See you guys soon!

Brooke

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Is In Full Bloom

Hey Guys!
While new things are starting others are ending for the season here on campus. The Barons baseball season came to an end, but campus is in process of building its first ever community garden. The Campus Community Garden is a new addition to Ohio State Lima and Rhodes State College campus. The garden is located in between the Public Service Building and The Quad. This year the garden will have the title “rainbow garden.” The garden will consist of beautiful flowers of many colors. McAdams Greenhouse made a nice contribution to the project. Next year they plan to have multiple different concepts to the garden. There will be a rock garden plot for Dr. Kleffner, an O-H-I-O garden plot, a native grass garden plot by the Biology Club, a veggie garden plot and Lima Aggies will be doing an agriculture plot.


Getting the rainbow garden started! Looks awesome!
The Campus Community Garden is an ongoing project. There will be different additions and ideas each year. Faculty, staff, students, and Lima community members are encouraged to come out and get involved! Wrapping up here is the Barons baseball season. The Barons baseball team started games in March and ended in May. The team consisted of freshmen to senior students from Ohio State Lima and Rhodes State College. The Barons baseball team ended their season with 14 wins and 19 losses overall.  They had 6 conference wins and 10 losses.  The team competes in the ORCC, the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.  A few players also received individual awards. Codie Roberts and
Ryan Kortokrax received 1st Team ORCC and Cody Dukes and Brandon Burke received 2nd Team ORCC.  Also, on the ORCC ALL ACADEMIC Team were Ryan Kortokrax, Ryne Jeromem, Derrick Pease, Matt Stechschulte, Matt Youngpeter, and Sam Altenbach. Congratulations on a great season Barons Baseball!

Orientation season is underway. We will let you know more about orientations next week!

Brooke

Monday, May 20, 2013

Orientations are Coming Quickly!

Hey Guys!

It is that time of year again! Orientations are coming quickly upon us, so I hope you new incoming students are beginning to look at your Orientation Registration Guide you should have received in the mail. This book will have all the orientations dates as well as a step by step look at what you should be doing this summer to prepare for your first semester this fall here at Ohio State Lima.  The Admissions Office is already getting students registered for their orientations, so I hope you are already registered or you have picked out a date and register soon. Our first two orientations are already closed so please register soon!

It is important to attend an orientation not only because very valuable information is given out and scheduling your first semester, but you get to meet other new incoming students who will be in a majority of your classes with you. I know personally at my own orientation I met a few girls I still talk to! One of the girls I met at orientation shared a few classes with me, so it made my first semester not as nerve racking. I knew if I missed a day from being sick I could borrow her notes or ask her what we did that day. It took some of the first semester pressures off.

During my orientation one of the things I valued the most was having current students there while I was scheduling my classes. They can help you choose the right professor or class. Also, to give you student advice on what classes they most enjoyed and thought were good picks. It really is helpful!
Just a reminder if you have not paid your acceptance fee it is VERY important to pay it as soon as possible! The fee is $100.

I hope everyone is having a great start to the summer!

See you next week!

Brooke

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Summer has Finally Arrived

Hey Guys!

For a lot of us at Ohio State Lima it is FINALLY SUMMER! I bet most are happy to hear that! Finals are over and we can now take a breather until this fall when it starts all over again.

To start off my summer I took a vacation to Florida. My family and I went down to Fort Myers for a week. We spent time on the beach and at the pool. We also went to the Everglades. At the Everglades we saw a lot of dolphins, many species of birds and fish, and a manatee. While at Everglade City there were many places to stop off and see alligators. They were very neat. If you stayed about ten feet away; they just ignored you and went on with their business. They were not aggressive unless you toyed with them. If you go to Everglade City, you have to try alligator right? Well we went to a local restaurant and I did try alligator. It actually was pretty good! Other than the Everglades we went to local shops and outlet stores and went to an Indian Village. We ate at multiple local restaurants. I tried different types of seafood. Some I liked and others were not the best. All in all I had a fun vacation!  It definitely started the summer off on the right foot!

During this summer I plan to work at the bank as well as the Admissions Office here at Ohio State Lima. I want to work a lot to save money for my big move down the Columbus campus this fall. I am really excited to be continuing my education at Ohio State. Ohio State Lima was the perfect start for me, but my major is taking me down to Columbus this fall.

But it won’t be all work this summer. My family takes numerous mini vacations to Silver Lake up in Michigan throughout the summer. At Silver Lake there are sand dunes, attractions at the state park, and beaches. We ride four wheelers and soak up the sun for a few days to relax and then head back home. In addition my entire family on my mom’s side is planning to rent a house in Myrtle Beach and spend some time there this summer! I think that will be a lot fun. I have never been to Myrtle Beach before, so it will be something different than normal.

I hope everyone has a great week!

See you soon!

Brooke