The Alumni Association is launching the 2013 Club and Society Virtual Rider Challenge, an initiative that allows alumni from around the country to support Pelotonia.
Pelotonia is an annual bike ride in Central Ohio that benefits Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center. This year's ride will happen on Aug. 9-11, and marks the fifth year for the event. To date, nearly $45 million has been raised for cancer research at Ohio State through Pelotonia.
To participate in the Challenge, clubs and societies are asked to create a peloton (team) within Team Buckeye, the super peloton that represents all Ohio State participants. Pelotons must have a minimum of 20 virtual riders join the team to qualify for the competition. Virtual riders are Pelotonia supporters who are not riding, but have made a minimum $10 donation to join a peloton.
A peloton should be named after the alumni group it represents, and must have a team captain. The team captain can be determined by the club or society.
The club and society that register the most virtual riders will win the competition and be awarded $500 to put toward any upcoming alumni programs.
For detailed instructions on how to register for the Challenge click here.
Downloading the Alumni Association's official app Buckeyes Unite earned fan Tamara Steffan two tickets to this Saturday’s showdown with Michigan.
Steffan, of Leipsic, Ohio, is one of the winners of the Buckeyes Unite Check-In and Win contest which gives Ohio State supporters a chance at prizes. To qualify, the winners checked-in at locations throughout the football season. Each check-in was an entry, and a random drawing gave Steffan and other fans prizes.
The Check-In and Win contest will continue through basketball season. Here are the check-in dates and prizes for each giveaway:
The other football season winners included: Eric Woedl, two tickets to Ohio State's game against the University of California; alumna Alicia Covert, an Archie Griffin autographed football; and Mike Ducheney, Penn State Buckeye Bash and game tickets.
Buckeyes Unite is the official app of the Ohio State University Alumni Association. The free geo-location application can be downloaded at iTunes or Android Market.
Registration is open for the Club and Society Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grille in Grandview.
This is an excellent opportunity to network with club and society leaders from all over Ohio and the U.S.
Cost is $10 for the reception that will include one drink ticket, appetizers, a cash bar and numerous giveaways. We also have a limited number of football tickets to the Ohio State vs. California game the next day. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased with the reception. Ticket pick-up will be at the reception.
Please be sure to notify ALL of your officers and board members of this great opportunity. To register, just call (614)292-2281 or (800) 762-5646. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline for the reception is Friday, Sept. 7.
Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee will visit with alumni in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 27, for a bowling and networking event hosted by the Alumni Association at Lucky Strike lanes.
The event is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. CT at Lucky Strike Chicago, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago. Cost is $10 per person, which includes bowling, shoe rental, food, unlimited soft drinks, and an adult beverage (one drink coupon per person). There is a $5 cancellation fee.
Alumni leaders from around the country will converge on the Ohio Union on Friday for the 2010 Alumni Leaders Conference.
This annual conference gives club and society leaders from around the country a chance to meet, share best practices, and hear from university experts about better ways to engage alumni in their area. The Association will also present its annual Club and Society Awards at the event, and 20 individuals and 40 groups will earn those honors.
You can follow some of the ALC sessions on Twitter Friday afternoon at twitter.com/OSU_Alumni. Use the hashtag #osualc to follow tweets from various breakout sessions.
Here is a schedule of afternoon sessions:
- Best practices in fundraising golf outings
- Alignment/Advancement update
- Society roundtable
- Club rountable
- Student recruitment training
- Fundraising tips for alumni groups
- Branding Ohio State through consistent communications
- Meet the Team: How to host the Buckeyes in your area
The final tally is in from Saturday's Scarlet, Gray, and Green Buckeye Bash.
Ninety-six percent of materials used in the Bash were either recycled or composted. This betters the 90 percent standard required for an event to meet zero-waste criteria.
Attendees at the Bash generated 615 pounds of waste. Here is a breakdown of where that waste went:
- Compost: 450 pounds (73 percent of total waste)
- Recycling: 140 pounds (23 percent)
- Landfill: 25 pounds (four percent)
Helping the effort was the event's primary sponsor Raising Cane's. The group used biodegradable and/or recyclable supplies, and green fuel. Raising Cane's also recycled all of its spent cooking oil with Griffin Industries. This is a longstanding practice of Raising Cane's and the business has recycled nearly 55,000 pounds of cooking oil in the past two years.
Athens Alternative Fuel provided the power for the Bash using a generator powered with Ohio-grown and produced biodiesel. The biodiesel was made on-site in a mobile sunflower processing unit that converts the seeds to fuel and food. For more information on this project contact Dwight Mitchell at email@example.com.
This week, the Association and our partners at Green Columbus will offer you some tips to make your tailgate party a greener one.
The Association is taking many of these same steps in preparation for its zero-waste Scarlet, Gray, and Green Buckeye Bash
prior to Saturday's game against Miami at Ohio Stadium. This is Ohio State's first zero-waste event.
Here's today's tailgate tip:
While it's true that paper is recyclable, that's only if it's clean. After greasy, messy foods spill on it, it isn't any more.
For reusable options, trade in vinyl tablecloths and paper napkins for ones made of fabric. If you really prefer paper napkins and tablecloths, then buy them unbleached with a high post-consumer waste recycled content and direct the used ones to the compost bin.
Here are more tailgate tips:
Waste Not Want Not
Instead of throwing everything but the kitchen sink into triply-ply bags and tossing them into the dumpster, separate into three groups--recyclable, compostable, or trash. Aim for a zero-waste party.
Simplify postgame disposal by clearly labeling boxes, bins, or bags so everyone knows what goes where. For trash, opt for plastic bags that incorporate recycled plastic. For compost, choose biodegradable bags or reusable (washable) containers. Dispose of recycling in red recycling dumpsters or red recycling containers.
Be proactive: the less waste you start with the less you'll have. Remember, buy bulk and choose minimal packaging. Choose reusable plates and washable tablecloths. And don't overestimate how much food you'll need.
To set up services for your tailgate at Ohio State, contact Energy Services and Sustainability at (614) 292-1528 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reusable, Recyclable, Biodegradeable
Trade in items otherwise destined for the trash can for things that are reusable, recyclable, or biodegradeable. Ask people to bring their own silverware (wrapped in a cloth napkins for transport), and their own reusable water bottles.
An added benefit of stainless steel or bamboo silverware is that they don't break like plastic silverware.
Besides not being especially recyclable or particularly reusable, Styrofoam cups tain the taste of hot beverages. Opt for ceramic or otherwise reusable mugs and tote out less trash.
Go Bulk and Reuse Before Recycle
Buy products in recyclable containers like bottles of ketchup and jars of pickle relish. Choose products with minimal packaging like sugar in four-pound bags (bring just what you need in Tupperware), or choose a carton of organic cream or milk (and keep cold in a thermos) instead of non-dairy creamers in individual servings.
Buy jugs of juice and pour into reusable cups instead of offering single-serving, single-use boxes. Encourage tailgaters to bring their own reusable water bottles and offer refills from gallon jugs (freeze about one third of the water before topping off to ensure a cool supply).
The Alumni Association has selected Ohio State men's basketball coach Thad Matta as the honoree at the 2010 Alumni Cup golf outing. This year's Alumni Cup is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 13, at the Ohio State Scarlet Course.
Matta recently completed his sixth season as head coach at Ohio State. This year's Buckeyes earned both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, and the team was a second-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Matta also took Ohio State to the NCAA title game in 2007. In his 10 seasons as a collegiate head coach, his teams have never won less than 20 games.
The Buckeye coach is the fifth person to be recognized at the Alumni Cup. Past honorees include: television analyst Clark Kellogg, Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, and longtime golf coach Jim Brown.
To register for the 2010 Alumni Cup or receive more information on sponsorship options, contact Courtney Shenk at (614) 688-8565 or send her an e-mail at email@example.com
One of the most popular and useful Alumni Association programs will return to Longaberger Alumni House in February.
The Women's Leadership Series is in its third year and promises to give attendees the tools they need to successfully lead in the workplace. This three-session seminar (Feb. 20 and 27, Mar. 6) covers important topics and features some of central Ohio's most effective leaders.
This year's topics include:
- Feb. 20: Structuring Your Career During Uncertain Times, facilitated by Celia Crossley, founder of Celia D. Crossley & Associates, Ltd.
- Feb. 27: Breaking Through the Noise: Capturing An Inattentive Audence In the Digital Age, facilitated by Dr. Debra Jasper, director of Ohio State's Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.
- Mar. 6: Work Smart: How to Eliminate the Gender Wage Gap, facilitated by Annie Houle, National Director of Campus and Community Initiatives, The WAGE Project.
The Women's Leadership Series costs $25 per session or $60 for all three. Registration is open.
Register now: Click.
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Nominations are now open for the 52nd Alumni Awards, which will be presented on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at the new Ohio Union.
Awards will be presented in seven categories:
- Alumni Medalist Award for national or international achievement
- Josephine Sitterle Failer Award for volunteer service to students
- Dan L. Heinlen Award for university advocacy
- Professional Achievement Award for career achievement
- Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award for community service
- William Oxley Thompson Award for early career achievement
- Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for service to Ohio State
The award nomination period is open until March 31.
For more information on the awards or to download a nomination form, visit the Association's Alumni Award home page here: Click
The Alumni Association's awards program celebrates more than 50 years of excellence by honoring alumni and others who have brought extraordinary credit to Ohio State.