Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week - Human Resources at Ohio State

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week

Appreciation Week is an annual celebration of Ohio State faculty and staff members to recognize their contributions to the university.

Throughout the week of July 26-August 1, 2021, several virtual events and select in-person activities will be available for faculty and staff to thank them for their dedication to advancing the university’s mission.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the activities listed below, which include virtual experiences, both virtual and in-person tours of university landmarks like Ohio Stadium, special promotions, discounts and ticket offers for local sporting events, and other special offerings for Ohio State faculty and staff.

Regional Campuses activities specific to each campus will be communicated locally.

Special Thanks to the University Staff Advisory Committee, Your Plan for Health, Columbus Clippers and Zoombezi Bay for your partnership.


Enjoy BUCKEYE BREAK pricing at all Bistr-OH! locations all week!

Hope’s Boutique

Show your OSUWMC badge at either of Hope’s Boutique locations and receive 25% off purchases July 26-30, 2021

Café Oasis

Café Oasis will offer all grande coffee at a tall coffee price all week

Recognition Coffee Talk – LIVE July 27 from 9-9:45 a.m. (Medical Center Only)

Amy Hurley LSW, CRP and Caitlin Hamm CRP, OSUWMC Faculty and Staff Recognition Team
How familiar are you with the BRAVO Recognition Tools and Resources at OSU Wexner Medical Center? Join the Faculty and Staff Recognition Team on July 27 beginning at 9 a.m. for a virtual coffee talk and learn more about the benefits of recognition.  We will go over the site and answer all questions. Click here to join

Our Own Buckeye Paws

Have your picture taken with members of our Buckeye Paws faculty and staff therapy dogs:

  • Tuesday, July 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside between Rhodes and Ross hospitals.
  • Thursday, July 29, from 9:30-10 a.m. in the East Hospital main lobby,
  • Thursday, July 29, from 10-11 a.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. be on the lookout for them as they round at East.

Appreciation and recognition are powerful tools in boosting morale. This is true every day. Taking the time to simply and sincerely thank your colleagues for their contributions is gratifying and free!

Give a Shoutout

In celebration of Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week, you could win a gift card of your choice!

Give a Shoutout to one of your colleagues between July 26 and August 1 and earn an entry to win $25 PulseCash, which you can redeem for gift cards of your choice.  A Shoutout can be created to show gratitude to a coworker, in the Your Plan for Health (YP4H) portal, powered by Virgin Pulse. Give a Shoutout by visiting the Social tab in your YP4H account.

Be Kind @ Ohio State

As part of the university’s Be Kind initiative, Faculty and Staff are permitted to utilize and send Thank you and Kudos templates during Appreciation Week. Go to the Be Kind website, scroll down to the Give Your Own Kudos link, login with name.#@osu.edu credentials, and send.

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Join the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center for a special virtual tour of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. During this virtual adventure, guests can wander through the halls of the research station, traverse the Antarctic ice sheet to visit a field site, and stand at the ceremonial South Pole! This tour will feature Karla Heidelberg and Margaret Knuth from NSF Office of Polar Programs, Michalea King from the University of Washington, and Santiago de la Peña from the Byrd Center.

Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens

Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens is an extensive, urban, green reserve of over 60 acres located within the 1,600 acres of The Ohio State University main campus in Columbus, Ohio.

Let us know you’ve visited the Arboretum virtually and enter to win 2 free memberships. Enter to win, by emailing HR-EventsRSVP@osu.edu. One entry per employee, valid only July 26-Aug 1. Learn more about Chadwick Membership information and benefits.

Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center

One of the largest Black art collections in the United States and recognized by the Association of Black Culture Centers as one of the top five collections in the country, the Hale Center’s artwork illustrates the Black experience through nationally recognized artists. The art exposes visitors to a variety of Black art, and many of the artists, such as Smokey Brown and Ralph Bell, are from the Columbus area. Traditional artifacts from various tribal groups within Africa, South Africa, and the Caribbean are also represented.

Historic Costume & Textiles Collection

The Historic Costume & Textiles Collection is a scholarly and artistic resource of apparel and textile material culture. The 11,500+ holdings encompass a range of three-dimensional objects such as textiles and articles of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children, including national dress costume, from the mid-18th century to contemporary 21st century designers. Faculty and Staff may enjoy the following virtual experiences:

Jack Nicklaus Museum

The Jack Nicklaus Museum, located in the heart of The Ohio State University sports complex in Jack’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, is a 12,000 square-foot educational and historical facility. Here, you will encounter the history of golf and its greatest practitioner…take an immersive journey through Jack’s brilliant career including trophies, photographs and various mementos from his unparalleled 18 major championships and 100 worldwide professional victories. Explore the museum and view photographs and facts about the famed Buckeye’s golf career.

The Ohio State University Columbus Campus

Faculty and Staff can enjoy a tour of the entire campus. Also available:

The Ohio State University Marching Band (TBDBITL)

Fans of The Best Damn Band In The Land can view past performances through their YouTube channel with past performances over the years.

Arne Slettebak Planetarium

The Arne Slettebak Planetarium is currently closed, however there are many opportunities to enjoy on-line. Check out a variety of programs at The Ohio State Planetarium.

Also available at this time:

University Libraries and University Archives

Faculty and Staff can check out free Virtual Experiences, Self-Guided Workshops, Digital Exhibits and Recorded Sessions on a variety of topics using the following links:

Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery

Urban Arts Space is a downtown gallery and reciprocal learning space for students, faculty, and staff of The Ohio State University, as well as the Columbus community at large. Through an extensive and diverse slate of exhibitions, educational programs, outreach, and events, Urban Arts Space deepens learning, challenges perceptions, and increases access to the arts. Urban Arts Space also provides direction for Hopkins Hall Gallery, a satellite gallery on Ohio State’s main campus. All events and exhibitions are always free and open to the public.

For a full roster of in-person exhibitions and events on view at Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery, visit our event calendar.

For online arts experiences, we invite you to explore UAS Online, our online platform for virtual experiences like:

  • Recent online exhibitions and performances, featuring Ohio state arts students, faculty and staff.
  • Artist Interviews, conducted by Urban Arts Space undergraduate interns.
  • Exhibition Tours, led by Urban Arts Space undergraduate interns, providing a walkthrough of our current virtual exhibitions
  • At-home art activities, including an online edition of our popular Crafternoons and Art Explorations series in addition to DIY videos and printouts.

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Reserve your spot for the tours below by emailing hr-eventsrsvp@osu.edu and specifying venue, date/time, and provide a contact phone number. Or follow specific reservation instructions listed. RSVPs are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis and are limited to employees only.

Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens

Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens is an extensive, urban, green reserve of over 60 acres located within the 1,600 acres of The Ohio State University main campus in Columbus, Ohio.

  •  Registration for this event is now full, but tours can be arranged for groups.  If you would like to request a guided tour, please fill out a Tour Request on Chadwick Arboretum’s website, hereStaff Appreciation Week In-person Tour, Thursday, July 29, 2021 6-7 p.m. Get to know your closest public garden and arboretum! This tour will highlight the Lane Ave. Gardens including the Labyrinth, hosta collection, and conifer collection.

  • Tuesday, July 27 – 1-2:30 p.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 30 – 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Visit the Horseshoe and see where the Buckeyes play during a complimentary tour. RSVPs must be received prior to 5 p.m. the day before and participants should meet at the main entrance (Rotunda) of the stadium 5 minutes prior to the start time.


Wexner Center for the Arts

The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University’s multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. The Wex has reopened exhibition spaces for visitors, and continues to offer many of its visual experiences virtually for all to enjoy.  Visit wexarts.org/exhibitions for virtual experience details.

Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967) Friday, July 30, at 7 p.m. (Showing In-Person): Unfolding over the course of a single day in a hyperstylized modern Paris, Playtime is most known for the elaborate set that Jacques Tati had built specifically for the film. Richard Brody writes for The New Yorker that “Tativille,” as it was nicknamed, was “built on the outskirts of Paris, featured two completely functioning mini-skyscrapers…and asphalt-paved roads.” Playtime follows Monsieur Hulot (played by Tati) and Barbara (Barbara Dennek) as their winding paths almost cross while crowds of modern Parisians bustle around them in perpetual, choreographed motion. Shot in 70mm to preserve every detail of the meticulously constructed set which cost Tati a small fortune to build, Playtime marks the most ambitious film made by a filmmaker whose work influenced countless contemporary favorites like Wes Anderson and Roy Andersson. (124 mins, 35mm)

Virtual activities offered by Your Plan for Health and Wexner Medical Center.

Virtual Events available all week, anytime.

Medicine and the Arts presents the Faculty and Staff Art Show

Visit the 2021 Art Show to view the artworks created by our own faculty and staff. If you would like to learn more about the exhibit or Medicine and the Arts contact Tracie McCambridge at tracie.mccambridge@osumc.edu.

Resilient Strategies for Balance and Effectiveness: Mindfulness in Motion

Klatt Mindfulness in Appreciation of Staff

Maryanna Klatt, PhD, Professor, Dept of Family and Community Medicine
Dr. Klatt’s research focus has been to develop and evaluate feasible, cost-effective ways to reduce the risk of stress-related chronic illness, for employees of high stress work environments. Dr Klatt has published over 50 articles and book chapters, and has presented her work at numerous national and international scientific conferences. A joy of her professional life has been contributing to the creation of a more mindful workforce, with her goal being to increase the joy of employees at work.

Eating Well:  See what chef Katie is creating in her kitchen!

Presented to you by Chef and Wellness Educator Katie McCurdy from the Nutrition Services department. Chef Jim Warner and Chef Katie McCurdy work in tandem to address community initiatives related to culinary and wellness education including but not limited to community gardening projects, virtual programming or just driving The Mobile Education Kitchen out to events across the state to provide food demo’s, recipes and a conversation about eating for health, wellness and disease prevention.

  • Egg Roll in a Bowl is a fun lunch or dinner recipe that has lots of veggies and is abundant in flavor!
  • The Brownie Omega Bites are a great energy booster or a delicious dessert option high in plant based omega 3’s to help our brains get that boost of healthy fats that we all need.

View Katie creating these great recipes.

Self-care, Compassion and Gratitude LIVE on Wednesday, July 28, from 12:30-1 p.m.

Suzanne Vickers, LISW-S is a psychiatric counselor who has been with OSU for nearly three years. Suzanne is passionate about providing education and training to the OSU community. Join the EAP for a 30 minute presentation where we will discover what you can do to increase your self-care with a focus on self-compassion and gratitude and how it can enhance your work and personal lives. Join Here

YP4H Events and Challenges

Check out the Events and Challenges page to sign up for the following free, virtual classes:

  • Monday, July 26 at 4:30 p.m. – Beginner’s Yoga
  • Tuesday, July 27 at 4:45 p.m. – Zumba Fitness Class
  • Wednesday, July 28 at 4:45 p.m. – Zumba Toning Fitness Class
  • Thursday, July 29 at 5:15 p.m. – Zumba Fitness Class
  • Friday, July 30 at 8:45 a.m. – Mindfulness/Meditation Group

Access savings and deals at Buckeye Nation Rewards, the home for ongoing employee discounts.  You must use your name.#@osu.edu or medical center email to create an account.


Get discounts for amusement parks and summer family fun attractions*, including Cedar Point, Kings Island and Soak City Water Park, and other travel, entertainment and leisure activities. *Call ahead for COVID-19 impacts on operation. Simply create a username and unique password, if prompted, use Membership Key: 151956396803 to access discounts for Ohio State.

Zoombezi Bay – Ends July 31

Ohio State employees can purchase tickets to the Columbus Zoo’s water park at half-price! General Admission $17.50, Child/Senior $13.50. Tickets must be reserved and purchased online and are not for sale to the public. To purchase tickets, use the link and info below:

Columbus Clippers, July 24 and August 7

Baseball is Back! Come cheer on the Columbus Clippers in Huntington Park on one or both Ohio State Employee Appreciation nights, July 24, versus the Iowa Cubs and on August 7 versus the Omaha Storm Chasers. Gametime 7:05pm.  Adults $10, Youth/Senior $7. Fireworks after the game each night. To order tickets, use the order form or call 614-462-2757.

Berry Blendz

Berry Blendz will offer this July 26-30 from 9 a.m. to noon, buy one get one 50% off for any smoothie – any size – any flavor. The less expensive smoothie is 50% off and no other rewards applied  Cannot be combined with appcard point redemptions or other deals. One deal per day. Must show Ohio State ID to redeem offer.

Carsonies Stromboli’s and Pizza

Promotion: 20% off any food order; dine-in or take-out; show OSU ID, 6000 Westerville Road and 1725 Lane Avenue

Coffee Connections

Promotion: (GrandOpening August 2) Promo valid August 2-6, 2021, Show ID to choose either free upgrade on a small or BOGO on any size drink OR $3 off any mobile app order. Show ID for upgrade/BOGO in store or download app at https://connections.coffee/app and use code OSUTHANKS3. Gateway location.


4214 N. High Street and 855 West 5th Avenue

Happy Staff Appreciation Week – enjoy $10 to FUSIAN!

Step 1: download the FUSIAN app

Step 2: register your account

Step 3: scan the QR code + when prompted, enter in email you registered your account under

Step 4: enjoy $10 at any FUSIAN location!

Claim URL: https://www.thelevelup.com/c/H7RKIQB5NL

Old Spice

Old spice would be happy to offer 15% off any service here at the shop. Show Ohio State ID to redeem offer. Located at 1614 North High Street, Columbus OH 43201.