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Jennie Babcock Honored with Ohio State’s 2020 Distinguished Staff Award

Jennie Babcock

Congratulations to our own Jennie Babcock for receiving The Ohio State University’s 2020 Distinguished Staff Award. This award annually honors 12 individuals for their outstanding achievements, service, leadership and dedication to the university and is the highest honor bestowed upon staff since its inception in 1984.

In 2004, Jennie joined the college as a field education coordinator and in 2009, she was promoted to her current position as undergraduate program director where she became the first staff member to assume that role. Under Jennie’s leadership, undergraduate enrollment has tripled, the program has transformed into one of the fastest growing at the university, and it is recognized as one of the largest in the nation.

During her career, Jennie has worked diligently to expand the undergraduate program to the four regional campuses, worked hand-in-hand with the college’s educational technology experts to monitor and revise courses, and developed an honors program identified by the associate provost and director of Honors and Scholars as a model for what the university is trying to achieve. Additionally, Jennie has helped redesign the general education curriculum, lead a university team to develop an interdisciplinary minor on substance misuse in the college, recently launched an interdisciplinary minor on child abuse and neglect, served on a statewide committee to address accreditation requirements for transfer credit across Ohio institutions, and the college’s annual scholarship committee.

And yet with all of these significant accomplishments, it’s the students Jennie impacts most. CSW students would probably be surprised to learn of all of Jennie’s administrative responsibilities because they think of her as always available and as a go-to person when they need assistance. Across the five campuses, the college has over 700 undergraduate students enrolled. And while it’s likely not true, it seems from the college’s vantage point that Jennie might not just know all of them, but be clearly aware of their goals, needs and aspirations. Jennie has mastered the skillful balance of both caring for and supporting them, while also holding them accountable. It is hard to imagine anyone more dedicated to students and their educational success.

As these impressive examples illustrate, Jennie’s accomplishments reflect consistent demonstration of many of the university values including collaboration, excellence,
accountability, innovation, empathy and compassion and leadership. It’s easy to imagine that an award acknowledging the most distinguished members of the university staff would be even more complete and representative with Jennie Babcock as a recipient. Please feel free to offer Jennie your personal congratulations via email or in person when we are all together again.

2019–20 Scholarship Recipients & Donors

College Holds First-Ever Virtual Graduation Celebration Amidst COVID19

More than 5,100 people tuned into the College of Social Work’s first virtual celebration of its 2020 graduates on Friday, May 8, at 6 p.m. The Evening of Recognition was live-streamed and interactive, including live tweets to and from students, families, friends, college staff and faculty as well a message from Dean Tom Gregoire.

From Germany to Egypt, and as far away as Pakistan to India, people from all over the world including the United States watched and participated by sending 2020 CSW graduates off in grand style. A record number of more than 600 people remarked and sent well wishes via Twitter, along with another 1,000 reactions, including likes, hearts, cares and more.

Solving the distance problem is nothing new for the college. For years, it has allowed loved ones from across the country or ocean join the on-campus graduation celebration via live stream and Twitter. This year, it applied learned lessons and adhered to social distancing guidelines to host this special event for its graduates and their families.

Background: The college is known for its live-streamed graduation ceremony allowing faraway guests from all over the United States and world to watch their graduating family and friends be recognized, receive honors and walk the stage. Previously, onlookers, both via a live feed and in person, tweeted shout outs and well wishes to graduates on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the stage in Mershon Auditorium on Ohio State’s campus.

The ceremony, unofficially themed “Look out world, here comes help!” is a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media at their best.

To view this year’s virtual Evening of Recognition, click here.

Joe Ingram III & Jaylynne Likely: Two CSW 2020 Alumni to Watch

Congratulations to CSW alumni Joe Ingram III & Jaylynne Likely—both were named “graduate students to watch” by OSU’s Office of Student Life and graduated this spring.
Originally from Youngstown, Joe Ingram III has a great passion and desire to serve others, evident through his many mentorship roles and internship with LiFESports. Joe has inspired many through his leadership as co-chair for OSU Reads of the African American Heritage Festival, president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Kappa Chapter), and co-founder of Men With Purpose, a student organization to mentor first-generation, underrepresented male students in their transition phase from high school to college. Joe has also worked with the Young Scholarship Program, Department of Social Change to develop curriculum that addresses the needs of Linden and Near Eastside youth, and the Young Scholars Program of which he is also a recipient. Post-graduation, Joe plans to continue working with student-athletes and underrepresented populations.
Jaylynne Likely was a student in the college’s ASAP program focusing on mental health and substance abuse. Upon being accepted, Jaylynne received the Early Offer Inclusive Excellence Fellowship award which acknowledged her well-deserved scholarly achievements. As a change agent, she is a proven leader selected to attend an OSU signature event, “Buckeye Dinner of 12,” which paired six alumni with six students to create lasting relationships as well as the college’s Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Jaylynne completed her field practicum at the Department of Veteran Affairs on the acute care and hospice unit where she was offered a stipend to support her professionals goals. She plans to work in the community for two years then complete her doctorate in social work in advanced clinical practice, administration and leadership.
Read more about Joe and Jaylynne here.

2020 Evening of Recognition

2020 Evening of Recognition

Friday, May 8, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Watch #CSWEoR LIVE on our Facebook page!

Dean Tom Gregoire cordially invites you to a virtual celebration of our 2020 College of Social Work’s Graduates.

We want to make this celebration as interactive as possible, so feel free to:

  • Create and design a celebratory graduation cap
  • Get dressed up, or dress in a theme
  • Invite all of your family and friends to join us
  • Tweet your thoughts, well wishes and photos using #CSWEoR (If you’re not on Twitter, sign up!)

Decorated graduation hat

Send us your graduation creations!

Please send us a photo of your decorated caps, hats, outfits, posters or other inspiring creations, so we can feature them on our live broadcast! The evening is yours, so feel free to get creative and shine away!

Just email your picture to blake.348@osu.edu with the subject #CSWEoR by May 4th and be sure to include your name and program!

PhD Student Oliver Beer, First Author of Mindfulness Research

Congratulations to PhD student Oliver W. J. Beer who recently served as first author on a research article relating to mindfulness training and stress.
The article is titled “The Feasibility of Mindfulness Training to Reduce Stress among Social Workers: A Conceptual Paper” and appears in The British Journal of Social Work.
Doctoral student Rebecca Phillips, staff member Lois Stepney and assistant professor Camille R. Quinn are also authors on the published article.
To read the article, click here.

Age-Friendly announces Friendly Phone Line for Isolated Older Adults

To assist isolated older adults, the College of Social Work’s Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County initiative is partnering with Columbus City Council, the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center and other local organizations to establish the new Friendly Phone Line.

The Friendly Phone Line at 614/993-3614 is created for older adults in greater Columbus who are looking for informal conversation and social connection. It is staffed by social work students, staff and faculty volunteers.

The partnership also launched a program that packs and delivers 200 necessity bags each week to older adults across Franklin County. Bags contain three-to-five days’ worth of shelf stable food, dependent upon availability through the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, as well as other necessities like soap, shampoo and toilet paper. Educational materials, such as Files of Life (a list of contact information used in emergencies), community resources, notes of encouragement and Census 2020 information, are included in the bags as well.

Click here to learn about resources for older adults.

Student Life Resources

Food Security

  • The Buckeye Food Alliance will remain open to support students in need.
  • Starting Monday, March 23 the pantry will be open Monday/Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Tuesday/Wednesday 4 – 8 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. If these times do not work for someone, they can schedule a special appointment by contacting Nick Fowler at fowler.318@osu.edu.
  • Units are welcome to coordinate food drives. We encourage units to donate the goods to the Buckeye Food Alliance because of their structure for distribution. Please contact Nick Fowler at fowler.318@osu.edu to coordinate and schedule a time in advance to drop donated goods to the Lincoln Tower location.
  • If you are interested in giving monetary donations, you can visit the Give To website.

Emergency/Hardship Funding

  • The Student Advocacy Center offers an Emergency Grant program and has other support funds they can use to help students in need. Units can refer students in need to the Student Advocacy Center at advocacy@osu.edu or 614/292-1111.
  • If a unit would like to raise funds for this effort, the Student Advocacy Center team is in the process of creating a Buckeye Funder account. More information to come.

General Support for Students

  • We know that students may be stretched for time and resources while helping their families. It is helpful for course instructors to keep this in mind and be flexible as everyone becomes more familiar with the virtual learning process.
  • The Office of the Chief Information Officer has created a series of support tools for instructors, staff and students. Counseling and Consultation Service also has suggestions available.
  • For a list of resources, visit the We Are Here For You page on the Student Life website.
  • For FAQs, visit the Student Life website.

Housing

  • For information about the move-out process or the housing exception process, visit go.osu.edu/2020moveout.
  • It is important to note that the housing exception process takes a variety of considerations into account including inability to travel to a home address, housing insecurity, unsafe environments, financial instability and more.

Dining

  • In response to Governor DeWine’s announcement about the closure of restaurants, Student Life’s Dining Services has transitioned fully to pick-up and delivery options. The closure of many buildings on campus has also reduced available sites where food can be available. For current offerings, visit the Dining Services website.
  • We are working on a longer-term plan to support the students who will remain with us on campus after this extended Spring Break week.

Office Hours and Service Delivery

  • You can find information about the outbreak on the university’s medical website.
  • For specific information for faculty, staff and students, including building closures, visit the university’s faculty, staff and students website.
  • Ohio State has been very clear that we need to keep as many people off-campus as possible. Student Life operations have moved to virtual support. All offices are available via phone and email as usual and will determine in-person needs on a case-by-case basis. The following are the exceptions:
  • Limited dining operations
  • Housing support
  • BuckID will have a by-appointment only operation available soon, for more information visit the BuckID website.

Technology

  • Student Life is using tools that are available in the Office365 suite.
  • The Office of the Chief Information Officer has created a series of support tools for instructors, staff and students.

Counseling

  • For information about how CCS will support students during this time, visit the CCS website.
  • Students do not pay a counseling fee.
  • CCS has created a video series to help students in processing anxiety created by COVID-19. For more information about this and other support, visit the CCS website.

Student Health Services

  • While we still have students living on campus, Student Health Services will remain open.
  • SHS will follow the guidelines and practices that other healthcare providers are implementing, including the cancellation of all elective/non-urgent appointments. For more information, visit the SHS website.

Legal Services and Off-Campus Issues

  • Students who did not waive the Student Legal Services fee and need legal assistance can contact Student Legal Services. To learn more, visit their website.
  • Students who have issues with a landlord can contact Student Legal Services or Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services.

Off Campus and Commuter Student Services

  • Support from Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services can be accessed by contacting 614/292-0100 or offcampus@osu.edu. To learn more, visit their website.

Disability

  • For information about Disability Services support as the university continues in a virtual platform, visit the SLDS website.

Commencement and Events

  • On March 17, the university announced that commencement would be postponed.
  • In Student Life, we are expecting to not have any events through at least May 9, which is within the eight-week timeline announced.
  • Student Life is encouraging units to review ideas for continued virtual programming.

Parking

  • On March 16, CampusParc made an announcement about their response and changes to parking on campus.

Refunds

  • On March 15, that the university announced it will be providing an appropriate prorated refund of housing and dining to students who are departing from the residence halls by Sunday, March 22.

Tips for parents working from home!

10 tips for working from home with children present

  1. Create a schedule & routine
  2. Use online learning & free subscriptions
  3. Take advantage of free streaming programs
  4. Plan digital playdates & FaceTime parties
  5. Allow screen time—it’s fine
  6. Communicate, communicate, communicate
  7. Take breaks
  8. Alternate shifts with if possible
  9. Set boundaries for your children
  10. Practice self-care

Children using laptops

Helpful resources for parents


Children making art

Fun activities for children

Virtual Field Education
Supervision Schedule

Students may attend up to two sessions a week. BSSW & MSW program office weekly check-in meetings will also count for supervision. No RSVP necessary, just log on to join!

Wednesday, May 13

4 p.m. General Supervision All Levels


Monday, May 18

6 p.m. Addictions


Thursday, May 21

1 p.m. Policy & Advocacy


Tuesday, May 26

6 p.m. COVID-19 and Field Education


Wednesday, June 3

4 p.m. Child Welfare


Friday, June 5

Noon Social Work in Higher Education


Wednesday, June 10

6 p.m. General All Levels


Wednesday, June 17

4 p.m. General All Levels


Thursday, June 18

1 p.m. Policy & Advocacy


Tuesday, June 23

6 p.m. COVID-19 and Field Education


Thursday, July 16

1 p.m. Policy & Advocacy
6 p.m. Social Work in Higher Education


Monday, July 20

Noon Addictions

The more you know:
COVID-19 college information

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is continuing to operate remotely. If you have appointments, please communicate in advance to verify if your meeting will be held via phone or via Zoom. Information that addresses common questions related to students, faculty and continuing education is listed below. As a reminder, no one should be on campus.

Latest News


Messages from Dean Gregoire

Dean Gregoire’s communique sent March 13, 2020
Dean Gregoire’s communique sent March 10, 2020
Dean Gregoire’s communique sent March 6, 2020


Live Question and Answer Sessions

Students, please attend our online Q & A sessions with any questions about classes and/or field.


Student Information from the College of Social Work

Many courses will shift to using Zoom for class sessions for the next two weeks, to prepare you may want to review the Zoom Getting Started Guide or Join a Test Meeting to test your system.

While completing classes virtually, students may choose to return to their permanent place of residence or return to campus, where appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures will be actively encouraged.

Advising Services
Advising services are available by reaching out to your academic advisor via normal communication methods. Email addresses are listed below.


Pass/No Pass Policy (BSSW Students)

Undergraduate Social Work Students

Social Work students have until 5:00pm on April 17th to select an option of a Pass/No Pass (PA/NP) grade for any of their spring 2020 classes.

How do I select this option?

If a social work student wants to select a PA/NP choice, the student needs to consult with their advisor via email (Andréa Severson (.10) or Stacy Song (.1067)). In the consultation, the student and advisor will discuss the implications of a PA/NP grade, versus a GPA letter grade (A-E).

What letter grade equates to a Pass(PA) grade?

A Pass (PA) grade in a GE or Free Elective is given for all students who earn a minimum grade of D or higher in the class. For social work students, a Pass (PA) grade in a social work major class, a social work elective class, and/or any minor class serving as a social work elective (offered by or originating from the College of Social Work) is given for students who earn a minimum grade of C or higher in the class.

What are general considerations of the Pass/No Pass Option?

Students who are on financial aid are eligible for the Pass/No Pass option.

To earn Dean’s List standing, a student must have a minimum of 12 GPA letter-graded credits (A-E) and a 3.5 semester GPA.

A Pass/No Pass grade has no bearing on your GPA.

Once a Pass/No Pass grade has been selected, the selection cannot be changed.


Pass/No Pass Policy (MSW Students)

MSW Students

The Graduate School approved the Pass/No Pass Policy last week. Please go to this link to see what Alicia Bertone, DVM, PhD, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School shared about this policy on April 2, 2020 https://oaa.osu.edu/passno-pass-graduate-students-spring-2020.

Social Work students have until 5 p.m. on April 17 to select an option of a Pass/No Pass (PA/NP) grade for any of their spring 2020 classes.

How do I select this option?

If an MSW student wants to select a Pass/NoPass option, the student needs to consult with their advisor via group advising sessions currently scheduled for the following dates/times to explore their individual situation:

Individual academic advising sessions may also be scheduled with your MSW Academic Advisor. Please contact the MSW Academic Advisor assigned to you as noted below:

  • All currently admitted online students with last names A-I should contact Brittany Ward
  • All currently admitted online students with last names J-Z should contact Elena Moore
  • All currently admitted traditional (on-campus) students should contact Brenda Davidson

What letter grade equates to a Pass(PA) grade?

A C- must be earned for a PA grade. This applies to all MSW courses that currently are on a letter-grading scale.

What are general considerations of the Pass/No Pass Option?

Students who are on financial aid are eligible for the Pass/No Pass option.

A Pass/No Pass grade has no bearing on your GPA. Thus if you are currently on academic probation and need a letter grade to bring your GPA up to the 3.0 that is required to be in good standing with the Graduate School, it may not be in your best interest to choose Pass/No Pass.

For students pursuing School Social Work Licensure, the current information the MSW Program Office has is that the courses required for this licensure track must have a letter grade.

Once a Pass/No Pass grade has been selected, the selection cannot be changed.


Pass/No Pass Policy (PhD Students)

For PhD Pass/No Pass policy updates, please see Ph.D. Student Information (April 8, 2020)


Instructor Grading Information

The grade posting deadlines for autumn semester can be found here:
https://registrar.osu.edu/registration/Important_dates/SP20_important_dates.pdf.

The deadline for both, graduating students and non-graduating students, is Friday, May 8. Graduating student grades should be posted by 5PM and non-graduating student grades should be posted by 11:59PM.

Please note: Students request the option of Pass/No Pass grading through their advisor. When this request is approved and processed, it changes the options available to instructors for a student’s final grade in the Student Information System (SIS). The instructor may not know that the grade option has been changed until s/he posts the final grade in SIS. Because processing requests takes about a week and because many requests for Pass/No Pass grading may come in at the deadline of April 17, the Office of the University Registrar requests that instructors do not enter final grades before April 28 so that requested changes are sure to have taken effect.

Posting Final Grades Using the Grade Roster:

Step-by-Step guide to enter grades:

Instructors can manually enter grades in the Faculty Center or transfer them from their Carmen course directly to the Faculty Center. The Office of Distance Education and eLearning has provided an overview and details regarding options available for final grades here.

Also a reminder that grade changes are now being done electronically. Please find the instructions here: Grade Workflow (Instructor). You will login via the link below (using name.# authentication), and after being presented with a list of your courses, you will select the course, the student(s), and the grade(s) which should be changed. It will then be sent to either the undergraduate or graduate social work program office for approval.


Field Education

The OSU CSW Leadership team has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and assessing how to continue supporting our students in field work. Please review these resources and communicate with your field liaison for additional support in field education this summer.


Help Desk Information

The Keep Teaching help desk is open from 8am to 8pm Monday-Friday through 614-688-HELP or carmen@osu.edu.

Staff from the University Institute for Teaching and Learning are also available to provide support and consultation, particularly on identifying and implementing appropriate assessment tools for courses taught at distance.


Teaching Continuity

It is important to note that the university has not canceled classes. All courses, both face-to-face and online will not begin until March 23. Course content will be open to students beginning March 16, but ALL instruction does not begin until the March 23.

The deadline for withdrawals and grade forgiveness for Spring 2020 has been changed from March 20, 2020 to April 3, 2020. The original date, which falls within the extended Spring Break, comes before students will have had a chance to experience the modified instructional format mandated by the University’s Covid-19 mitigation plan. The new deadline allows students two weeks of instruction in the new format before requiring them to make a decision.


Faculty

Please monitor your Ohio State email and wait for communications for College leadership with further information. Begin to ensure that your Carmen course is up to date. To prepare you may want to review the Zoom Getting Started Guide or Join a Test Meeting to test your system.


Staff


Wellness Resources

For assistance with stress, anxiety or other mental health concerns, the university has a variety of resources for students, faculty and staff. These include:


Cancelled/Postponed Events

Following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that no large events be held within the next eight weeks, the following events have been postponed.


Career Services

All Career Services events for spring semester, including the Job Fair, are canceled.  Students can access Handshake, which is the university’s online job search platform.  The Career Services Office is available for online appointments, including resume and cover letter reviews, job search, negotiating salary, career planning and more. To schedule an online appointment click here.


Continuing Education

All in-person CE trainings scheduled through the end of April have been postponed as a precautionary measure to reduce the potential exposure and spread of COVID-19. If you have already registered for one of these trainings, guidance was sent via email the morning of Wednesday, March 11. Any new registration submissions will be held as pending (i.e. unconfirmed) until the new training dates are determined and the event registration links below are updated.

Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu with any questions or concerns. We are still open for business! We appreciate your understanding, patience, and support through this time.


Licensure Exam Update

PearsonVue will be open for exam scheduling starting on May 1st. We will work closely with our partners ASWB and NBCC to ensure applicants have what they need (e.g. extended letters of eligibility) to complete the exam process. More information about the testing center re-opening can be found at https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update.


Updates from The Ohio State University

Tips, tools and strategies


COVID-19 Resources, Services, and Support

Be Well: Technology-based Resources to Help With Your Well-Being

A Message From the Chief Wellness Officer: How to cope with anxiety about coronavirus

https://wellness.osu.edu/chief-wellness-officer/covid-19-resources 

Keep Learning: Temporary Remote Learning Resources

https://keeplearning.osu.edu/

Stress Busters

Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Check out this video!

Field Education Student Resource Center

https://csw.osu.edu/field-education/resources-downloads/

Council of Graduate Students/Student Legal Services Advisory Committee Update:

“At this time, there is no blanket rental payment relief in place for the COVID-19 crisis. The local Municipal Court is delaying eviction hearings, but evictions are still being filed for non-payment. We are closely monitoring all government orders and initiatives, legislative efforts, and outside resources available to tenants in order to have the most up-to-date information for our student clients.
The Ohio Landlord-Tenant Act in the Ohio Revised code governs the general legal relationship between tenants and landlords. However, a tenant’s specific legal rights and responsibilities can only be determined after review of their situation and their lease agreement. Our advice for one student might be different from another student depending on a number of factors including their lease agreement, landlord, and employment status. So, again, it is important that students schedule an appointment to review their unique circumstances.
We encourage all students to schedule a phone appointment to speak with a Student Legal Services attorney online through our website https://studentlegal.osu.edu. While we are operating remotely, we are still fully staffed and have plenty of availability! 
Student Legal Services provides legal advice and representation for a number of legal issues outside of landlord-tenant law, including criminal misdemeanors and traffic offenses, debt and credit matters, employment, and more. For a list of areas covered, please visit https://studentlegal.osu.edu/about/areas-law.”

The Crisis Kit: 5 Tools for Helping Clients Through Turbulent Times
https://positivepsychology.com/the-crisis-kit/ 

The City of Columbus COVID-19 guide
https://www.columbus.gov/covid19resources/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Student Life: We are here for you

Mental Health First Aid USA:

Free Class from Yale University
The Science of Well-being

Regional Campus Resources

Resource lists for each county with an Ohio State University campus

If you are looking for services for students with material support needs, here are lists of services.  We recognize that these lists will overlap service listings. For students living further away, a simple Googe search for “county name Ohio community services” will yield similar types of results.

Franklin County

Allen County

Richland County

Licking County

Marion County

Wayne County

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Click here to download a free Mindfulness and Wellness activity: Create Peace in Chaos

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health: A Comprehensive Resource Guide

Need academic coaching for online learning? The Dennis Learning Center is offering virtual academic coaching through Zoom! Click this link to set an appointment: http://ow.ly/UQSs50yU8Rm

Ohio State Wellness App

Finding balance and wellness in your life can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Ohio State University is here to support you in addressing mental health concerns and proactively building behaviors that support your overall wellness.

The Ohio State: Wellness app (free) is designed to make it easy to choose the right resources and take action. Use this tool to set goals, develop healthy habits and help someone you care about access the support they need.

  • Explore all nine dimensions of wellness through blog-style articles and scholarship written with the college experience in mind.
  • Support your recovery and proactive wellness by connecting with the support resources available to you as an Ohio State student.
  • Track habits that support your wellness goals.
    The Crisis tab provides clear directions for accessing support. This feature is also currently available as I’m Experiencing an Emergency or Crisis in the Ohio State app About You tab.

You can access the Ohio State Wellness App at this link.
https://www.osu.edu/downloads/apps/

Counseling and Consultation Services:

While our university acts to keep our community safe in response to COVID-19, Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is open and we are here to support the campus community. CCS acknowledges the impact on Ohio State students related to Coronavirus and recognizes that it is typical to experience anxiety, worry, or fear.
If you are in distress, please know we are here to help. Students may contact CCS at any time by calling 614-292-5766. If calling after hours, press 2 to be connected to a counselor. You can also visit our website at ccs.osu.edu.
For current clients:

If you are on campus, you can keep your scheduled appointment.

If you are not returning to the Columbus area, please contact your clinician to inform them.

If you are not feeling well, please call to reschedule your appointment at 614-292-5766. If you need to speak with a counselor urgently or need other resources, let us know during the call.

For additional resources, please see these links:
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
Share Facts About COVID-19
Taking Care During COVID-19

GREENTREE  YOGA PRESENTS:
FREE classes, available remotely through Zoom.

It’s our nonprofit’s way of providing some social support during these challenging times.
These FREE classes will be offered for several months – or until we are back to our regular ways of interacting.

  1. Mondays 1 -2:   https://zoom.us/j/160885765 (starts March 30th)

Simple Stretching and Mindful Breathing for all Shapes, Sizes, and Abilities
You can do these stretches seated or standing, in any way that feels good to you today.
No yoga mats necessary – just a chair (option for sitting in or using for strengthening, balance poses), a pillow on which to sit, and perhaps a blanket.  Please join us and release some stress.
www.greentreeyoga.org/self-care for more FREE breaks (mp3 and mp4).

  1. Wednesdays 1-2: Warrior Yoga (starts April 1st)

https://zoom.us/j/424543507
Have fun with some energizing power yoga flows. Various options for poses always offered so you can create a practice that works for you today.  Stretch, strengthen, and release some stress.

If you have a yoga mat, please use it.  But ou don’t need a mat to do yoga – one of my favorite ways to do these poses is in my hiking boots in the snowy mountains.  So yoga on a carpet or floor should work well too!
Please email me at greentreeyoga@comcast.net or text me (801-656-7885) with any questions!

  1. Thursday 1-2  April 2nd and April 9th FOR KIDS DOING HOMEWORK AT HOME

https://zoom.us/j/533515498 
A quick stretching and breathing break can help your child learn to manage stress, improve focus, and get some exercise! Plus, it’s a break for you too!
Practice some simple 5-minute yoga breaks to do while your kids are doing schoolwork at home.
Join us to practice the breaks and receive your FREE downloads of all the breaks and coloring sheets to go with them!
Please email me at greentreeyoga@comcast.net or text me (801-656-7885) with any questions!

Namaste, Yael

Yael Calhoun, E-RYT, MA, MS
Executive Director, GreenTREE Yoga: a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit
www.greentreeyoga.org 801/656-7885
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Teddy Roosevelt
Visit our website  for free yoga downloads.

We’re here for you – Headspace
Weathering the storm includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.
https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

Praying through Worry and Fear: Guided Meditations for Peace and Strength
https://media.salemwebnetwork.com/htmlemails/pdfemails/FearWorry.pdf 

NAACP Coronavirus Inquires:
https://naacp.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-inquiries/

U-Haul:
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage for students who have to move. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/13/us/uhaul-college-students-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

Comcast:
Comcast is offering free internet essentials package for qualified customers. https://www.wxyz.com/news/national/coronavirus/comcast-offering-internet-essentials-package-free-for-60-months-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Frontier Airlines:
Students Fly Free promo
https://www.flyfrontier.com/students-fly-free/?mobile=true

Are you bored? Looking for things to do for the rest of Spring Break?
Check out this list of 100 things you can do!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2020/03/16/coronavirus-quarantine-100-things-do-while-trapped-inside/5054632002/

Free Educational Resources for Kids
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t3r618pd8MAi6V87dG2D66PtiKoHdHusBpjPKXgm36w/htmlview?sle=true&fbclid=IwAR2yzlCb2v4C71tsl_ZPwFclGcROJ5RamZydYDIVhz03Z8tIlJoQE_uE4B4#gid=0

Home School Resources for Children and Free University Courses
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings
https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/

Scholastic Learn at Home
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Khan Academy (great technology)
https://khanacademy.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360040167432-How-can-Khan-Academy-be-used-for-remote-learning-during-school-closures-?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Resend%20Covid-19%20non-donors%20%5BC%5D&utm_term=all%20regions-all%20users-non-donors-covid_received_did_not_open

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRms6Z7DZNq-tQWS3OhuVCUbh_-P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Resend%20Covid-19%20non-donors%20%5BC%5D&utm_term=all%20regions-all%20users-non-donors-covid_received_did_not_open

The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents (Home Schooling Resources)
https://ontariohomeschool.org/about-homeschooling/homeschooling-faq/

Curriculum and Materials (Ontario)
https://ontariohomeschool.org/about-homeschooling/curriculum/

Home School Support Groups:
https://ontariohomeschool.org/resources/support-groups-ontario/

Canadian Home Based Learning
https://homebasedlearning.ca/

Free University Classes:
https://www.classcentral.com/

Remote Field Opportunities
https://www.naswoh.org/page/ideasforfield?fbclid=IwAR1h_ADLxltAIw78OF5QukIDW2XKyK0yRyVib11cq0qbba6DTlr6vhuN5Ck

Ideas for work that can be done remotely for field hours from NASW
https://www.naswoh.org/page/ideasforfield?fbclid=IwAR1h_ADLxltAIw78OF5QukIDW2XKyK0yRyVib11cq0qbba6DTlr6vhuN5Ck

Licensure Exam Information
Important test delivery information pertaining to COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Starting Tuesday, March 17, we are suspending test delivery at all U.S.- and Canada-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers for 30 days until April 16. Learn more. Updated: March 16, 2020
https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update


How to report COVID-19 cases

    • What to do about possible coronavirus cases:

Individuals: Contact your primary care physician if you are personally experiencing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness consistent with coronavirus, have been exposed to an individual with coronavirus or have been diagnosed with the virus. If you are unable to reach your primary care physician, call the Wexner Medical Center’s COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000.

Managers: If you receive a report, confirmed or unconfirmed, that a member of your team has been exposed to or has contracted coronavirus, connect with your HR Business Professional and call the Wexner Medical Center’s COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000 for guidance on what you should do.

Please remember: If you learn of a possible case, do NOT share this person’s health information with colleagues. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information is protected by HIPAA and other laws. Please trust health officials to investigate cases and trace potential contacts.

MWANAFUNZI Invites Fresh Perspectives, Conversations During Black History Month

Every Wednesday during Black History Month, MWANAFUNZI hosted Diversity Workgroup lunch sessions that offered fresh perspectives and invaluable conversations. They focused on the following topics such as Imposter Syndrome, the History of Violence & Trauma in Communities of Color, Racial Battle Fatigue: an Intersectional Lens, and Hair, So What?: Hair and Self-esteem in College Women. These informal conversations were selected by students and open to all. The college’s students, faculty and staff attended in record numbers!

MWANAFUNZI, Swahili for “student,” strives to promote unity and cohesiveness among minority students and the professional community. MWANAFUNZI provides a forum for African American students in social work, and related fields, to exchange ideas and promote activities, services and programs to strengthen the African American community.

Yoon’s New Research Links Childhood Physical Abuse, Neglect to Teen Smoking

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Yoon who recently published research linking childhood physical abuse and neglect to heavy cigarette use among teens. Read more here!

Press Release by Ohio State Research Communications

The Lantern

For more information about Yoon, click here.

Headstream Fellowship Awarded to BSSW Student Allie Businger

“Congratulations to BSSW student Allie Businger who has been selected to receive a fellowship with Headstream Innovation powered by SecondMuse. Headstream supports tech innovations that support teen well-being, particularly teen girls, teens of color and LGBTQ+ teens.

Allie will be working throughout the semester on creating a user guide, complimented by an Instagram page, to support the wellness of all teens. She is also working with the CSW’s Dr. Scottye Cash on her honors research, which focuses on deeply understanding the mental-health and well-being needs of homeless youth. Businger is one of three students selected by Headstream.”

Click here to learn more about Headstream.

For more information about Dr. Scottye Cash, click here.

Visit Headstream’s website to read Dr. Cash’s interview.

 

 

 

Jarrott Collaborates with Partners to Release Publication, Toolkit

Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Jarrott on two recent accomplishments impacting intergenerational research and programs.

Generations United has released a new publication that includes partners Jarrott, the Champion Intergenerational Center and The Eisner Foundation. It is entitled “Piecing It Together: What We Know About the Funding Puzzle for Spaces that Connect Young and Old.”

Jarrott has also partnered with Generations United and The Eisner Foundation to release a new Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit. A compilation of 15 years of collaborative research, the toolkit offers resources to help program providers and researchers impact intergenerational programing and practices. To view the toolkit, click here.

Also supporting intergenerational research, Jarrott is collaborating with faculty at Oregon State University to develop a measure of intergenerational contact. The study is supported by a grant from The Retirement Research Foundation.

For more information about Dr. Jarrott, click here.

For more information on the Champion Intergenerational Center, click here.

Alumna Maggie Griffin Celebrates 4,500 Pounds of Veggie Love

PhD Student Michelle Hand Student Lands GADE Award for Outstanding Teaching

Congratulations to doctoral student Michelle Hand who is the recipient of the 2019 GADE Outstanding Student Teaching Award! Hand was recognized at this year’s CSWE in Denver. GADE is the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work. Way to represent, Michelle!

For more information about Hand, click here.

For more information about GADE, click here.

LiFEsports Featured in U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Report

Congrats to LiFEsports! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is highlighting LiFEsports in its National Youth Sports Strategy report. The initiative is featured on pages 32-33.

To read the report, click here.

For more information about LiFEsports, click here.

CSW PhD Student Appointed to OSU Sexual Abuse Task Force

The college would like to recognize PhD student Brieanne Beaujolais who has been appointed to serve on OSU’s Office of the President’s Task Force on Sexual Abuse, charged with reviewing recent sexual abuse cases and identifying educational tools and best practices for fostering a culture of awareness and compliance in higher education.

To read more about Beaujolais, click here.

To read more about the investigation and task force, click here.

Ready, Set, Go: 2019 Orientation Kicks Off with Info, Food & Fun!

Nearly 300 students gathered at Stillman Hall for orientation this year on Monday, August 19, kicking off the 2019-20 academic school year. Some were new to Columbus. Others were new to Ohio State. And many were new to the College of Social Work.
The orientation brought students, faculty and staff together to share and receive information, meet, make connections and get off to a strong start to the school year.
Best of luck to our CSW students as they start their journey into the field of social work!

CSWE Honors College, Age-Friendly with Community Partnership Award

Congratulations to the College of Social Work and its initiative, Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County, for receiving the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Community Partnership Action Award.

This award is bestowed by CSWE’s Diversity and Social and Economic Justice commission and will be presented at this fall’s CSWE’s Annual Program Meeting in Denver, CO.

 

Bunger Awarded First NIH R Award, Project to examine Ohio START Implementation

Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Bunger whose R34 “Collaborating to Implement Cross-System Interventions in Child Welfare and Substance Use” was recently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This is Bunger’s first NIH R award.
This three-year project, with a total funding of over $700,000, will examine implementation of Ohio START in the initial 17 counties. The study focuses on cross-system collaboration strategies, and the conditions under which they are most effective for implementing the START model, an intervention that integrates substance use treatment and child welfare systems to facilitate parents’ access to treatment and recovery. The team will develop and pilot a collaboration decision-support guide for executive leaders.
The project is being carried out in partnership with the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO). The interdisciplinary team includes Drs. Emmeline Chuang (UCLA Fielding School of Public Health), Amanda Girth (OSU Glenn College) and Kathryn Lancaster (OSU College of Public Health).

For more information about Bunger, click here.

CSW Visionaries Haynes, Lynch Launch Nonprofit to Address Access

Congratulations to CSW alumnus DaVonti Haynes (MSW ’18) and PhD student Raven Lynch who were recently featured in The Ohio State University’s The Lantern for their nonprofit and social movement work to help students from underrepresented communities share their stories as a way to motivate others to pursue success.

Click here to read about these incredible CSW visionaries!

ASAP MSW Orientation Serves Up Lots of Info, Food, Fun

Food trucks, sunshine and smiles! You couldn’t ask for a better day to welcome a new group of students to the college’s MSW ASAP Orientation!

Not an MSW student but want information about our programs designed to fit any schedule or lifestyle? Click here.

 

 

 

Dr. Dabelko-Schoeny Leads Project in Honda, Ohio State Partnership

As part of a new program in a partnership between The Ohio State University and Honda R&D Americas, Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny will lead a project to create a monthly user group of older adults and individuals with disabilities to test, review and provide recommendations to enhance future mobility products and services. The project will be led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty, students and community members and will be digitally documented through branded storytelling. The goal of the new partnership is to nurture innovative ideas to help make transportation easier, safer and more environmentally friendly.  Read more.

Ella Lewie, Nekyla Hawkins Lead, Share about OSU’s It’s On Us Movement Via Podcast

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to a close, we bring you this special episode of the Social Change Podcast.

The college’s Karen Porter, field education coordinator, sat down with two catalysts for change – Ella Lewie and Nekyla Hawkins of It’s On Us–The Ohio State University.

No matter the month, bringing awareness to movements like It’s On Us is incredibly important in the growing dialogue of our culture at Ohio State and around the world.

 

 

College Leads Federally Funded Initiative’s Core to Reduce Opioid Deaths by 40 Percent

The College of Social Work is pleased to announce its involvement in a new Ohio initiative that aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent in 19 Ohio counties, including nine rural counties, six of which are in Appalachia.

The new initiative, part of the federal HEALing Communities Study, will use real-time research to focus prevention, treatment and recovery programs in the state, which has been hit especially hard by opioid deaths.The study is a $350 million investment by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); its HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) initiative is designed to reduce overdose deaths by 40 percent in participating communities.

In total, Ohio will receive $65.9 million federal research grant dollars to address the opioid epidemic and implement interventions, headed by The Ohio State University, and including a consortium of academic, state and community partners.

The college’s Dr. Bridget Freisthler, professor and associate dean for research and faculty development, will lead the initiative’s Community Engagement core, along with the College of Public Health’s Dr. Pamela Salsberry, professor and associate dean for community outreach and engagement. Embedded in their work is the perspective that communities are the experts of their local environment. Freisthler and Salsberry will work with communities to identify and implement evidence-based interventions that will be most likely to reduce opioid overdose deaths given their local context, determine ways to strengthen connections of agencies involved in local coalitions, and work with communities to try and reduce stigma related to addiction and treatment.

“This is a real opportunity for Ohio to reverse the entrenched problem of opioid misuse and overdoses while drawing on the strengths and resources of local communities,” says Freisthler. “By providing counties with the much needed training, technical assistance and funding to implement evidence-based interventions, we hope to bring solutions to the many families affected by this epidemic.”

For more information, click here.

For an interview with Freisthler, contact Frankie Jones-Harris, Communications Director, at 614/330-2206 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

 

Students Present at Student Run Free Clinics Conference

Congratulations to students Taylor Ollis, Dalia Gheith, Allie Syrowski and Meghan Ninneman who had one oral and three poster presentations accepted by the 2019 Society of Student Run Free Clinics Conference, held at the University of Kansas Medical Center. All four students have field placements at the Columbus Free Clinic housed at the Rardin Family Practice at 2231 N. High Street.

Topics for the posters included how food security is addressed at the clinic, social work intervention with patients enrolled in longitudinal programs for chronic diseases and its women’s health clinic.

The oral presentation titled “It Begins and Ends with Social Work” gave a brief overview of the ongoing integration of social work at a student run free clinic and all  of the services provided.

A special shout out goes to Taylor, Dalia and Allie for attending this year’s conference!

College Ranks 6th among Publics, Top 13 Overall

The Ohio State University College of Social Work’s graduate program is celebrating another milestone as it climbs in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools. In the 2020 rankings, the college advanced to 6th among public universities and 13th overall among the 268 graduate social work programs in the United States.
Last year, the college ranked 7th and 15th respectively. In 2016, the college marked its first appearance in the top 10 among publics and in the top 20 overall, ranking 9th and 17th, respectively. Rankings are determined from an annual survey of all graduate programs.
“Our continued climb in the rankings is a direct result of the hard work of our faculty, staff and students,” said College of Social Work Dean Tom Gregoire. “Our success reflects their impact as innovative scholars and creative instructors in the field and the classroom. We are a community of difference makers, and I’m happy that our impact is recognized in this way.”
The newly announced ranking landmark is especially significant as the college celebrates its 100th year anniversary.

Post Doc Donna Ruch’s Research on Imprisoned Youth and Suicide Draws National Interest

Congratulations to alumna Donna Ruch (PhD ‘17) whose research findings that incarcerated youth are more prone to suicide has attracted national media attention, including the U.S. News & World Report.

The research article titled, “Characteristics and Precipitating Circumstances of Suicide Among Incarcerated Youth,” appeared in the January 23 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Ruch is a postdoctoral fellow at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Innovation of Pediatrics Practice in Columbus, Ohio, and lead author of this research.

 

Read more:

U.S. News & World Report

HealthDay

Mental Health Weekly

WOSU Radio

Listen to WOSU Radio interview