Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week - Human Resources at Ohio State

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week is an annual celebration of Ohio State staff members to recognize their contributions to the university. Throughout the week of July 26-August 1, 2021, activities will be planned for faculty and staff to thank them for their dedication to advancing the university’s mission.

More information will be shared in the summer of 2021.

Show appreciation for your colleagues with personalized messages and virtual cards available to send from the Kindness at Ohio State website! Appreciation and recognition are powerful tools in boosting morale. This is true every day and even more so due to the change in our working environments. Taking the time to simply and sincerely thank your teammates for their contributions is gratifying and free!

Be Kind @ Ohio State

As part of the university’s Be Kind initiative, faculty and staff can create and send  virtual thank you and kudos greetings during Appreciation Week. Go to the Be Kind website, scroll down to the Give Your Own Kudos link, log in with name.#@osu.edu credentials, and send. You can send as many as you want to as many people as you want to appreciate!

Faculty and Staff, have a little fun while out and about while maintaining physical distance!  Look for one or all of these items, capture a photo and send to HR-EventsRSVP@osu.edu to be entered into a prize drawing.  Use the hashtag #OSUFacultyandStaffWeek if you post on social media. Five winners will be selected. Entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 31.

Capture a photo and/or a selfie with:

  • OSU flag
  • Buckeye tree
  • Bicycle
  • Wind chimes or bird feeder
  • Furry friend decked out in Buckeye gear
  • First responder vehicle (fire, police, ambulance)
  • Football field
  • 16 (for our 16th President) – look for numbers that would make this up
  • Flower pot
  • Pond
  • Toys in Yard
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 27-31.

Department of Dance

View the dance gallery for highlights our research and performances. Additional information is available at dance.osu.edu/inform.

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:

The Ohio State University Columbus Campus

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

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.

Arne Slettebak Planetarium
  • To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What’s happening above is coming back down to Earth!  Discover how we’ve been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery. Narrated by James May.
  • On Wednesday, July 29, from 8-9 p.m., join an online panel discussion of the 2016 film Arrival, based on Ted Chiang’s science fiction novella “Story of Your Life” will be hosted by the following departments at The Ohio State Univerity: Astronomy, Linguistics, Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP), and Philosophy.

Orton Geological Museum

Guests can explore “Treasures of the Orton Museum” with photos of some of its most beautiful and/or most interesting specimens with narration by curator Dale Gnidovec.

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.

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

Established in 2008, Urban Arts Space is a 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 serves as a community resource and is an integral part of Columbus’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Virtual content and events are updated weekly, so please sign-up for our mailing list for more.

Faculty and Staff can enjoy Urban Arts Space from Home, our digital platform for virtual experiences:

  • Virtual Gallery, featuring a rotating roster of virtual exhibitions, including
    • Class of 2020 Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition
    • Hopkins Hall Summer Series, featuring short-term, experimental arts projects by Ohio State graduate students
    • Voice:Röst, a collaboration between Swedish musician Ted Neüman and Ohio photographer Jana Pryor. Their goal of this collaboration with combining music and photography is to enhance the emotional experience for the viewer/listener.
  • Artist Interviews: Urban Arts Space undergraduate interns interview artists from current and previous UAS exhibitions
  • Exhibition Tours, led by Urban Arts Space undergraduate interns, providing a walkthrough of our current virtual exhibitions
  • Crafternoons Online!, our popular in-person arts activity series has been translated to a weekly virtual event led by Urban Arts Space undergraduate interns
  • DIY Art Supplies, a regularly-updated online series showing how to create art materials at home using household supplies
  • Home Studio, features print-outs of Project ideas for the creative artist in all of us
  • Facebook Live: we feature several interactive events with artists and intern-led activities on our FB page

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 organized many of its visual experiences virtually for all to enjoy.

Virtual activities offered by Your Plan for Health, Buckeye Wellness and Huntington National Bank

Green Bean Delivery

The Mindful Food Market.  Good, clean food. Made by locals you love and brands you believe in. Home delivered by a family-owned business dedicated to making a difference in your community. Faculty and Staff who sign-up for deliveries during this week only, will be entered into a drawing for Green Bean gift cards.

Green Bean Delivery is offering The Ohio State University faculty and staff 20% off the first 3 orders when using the promo code “OSUhealth” upon creating an account. Limit 1 discount per person and 1 discount per household. Discount cannot be coupled with any other Green Bean Delivery promotional offers.

Green Bean Delivery is offering The Ohio State University faculty and staff 1 free month of deliveries, which includes a $5 coupon to apply to each of your next 4 orders. current customers should use coupon code “OSUeats” upon checkout. Discount cannot be coupled with any other Green Bean Delivery promotional offers. This offer is available through October 1, 2020.

Contact: (844) 746-2326, support@greenbeandelivery.com

Huntington Bank

As the Official Consumer Bank of Ohio State, Huntington is committed to maintaining and improving personal finances for employees at Ohio State through no-cost digital, on-demand financial wellness programming.

Stretch Flow Yoga

Tuesday, July 28 | 1:30 p.m.

Join OSU Health Coach Michael for a 20-minute flow of gentle stretching. We will explore yoga poses in a chair to promote flexibility, breathing, and stress reduction. Register for Stretch Flow Yoga.

Mindful Minutes: Creating a Mindfulness Habit

Starts Wednesday, July 29 | 12:30 p.m. | 5 weeks

Participating in the Mindful Minutes Challenge from YP4H with your fellow Buckeyes? Join coach Amanda for a 5-week webinar series to go along with the challenge! Learn more about mindfulness and how to incorporate it into your daily life through group discussion and mindful exercises you can try during the sessions. This series can be helpful to those new to mindfulness as well as those with existing practices. Register for Mindful Minutes.

Is Health Coaching for Me?

Thursday, July 30 | 12:00 p.m.

Interested in improving your overall health and wellness, but life’s challenges keep getting in the way? Let the OSU Health Coaching Team assist you! A health coach is available to help you set and achieve an action plan related to weight management, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, and/or stress management. Already have a health coach? Meet the OSU health coaches in this online webinar to learn more about our team and other programs we lead throughout OSU. Register for Is Health Coaching for Me?.

YP4H Events and Challenges

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

  • Beginner’s Yoga
    Monday, July 27 | 4:30 p.m.
  • Zumba Fitness Class
    Tuesday, July 28 | 4:45 p.m.
  • STRONG Boot Camp Class
    Tuesday, July 28 | 5:15 p.m.
  • Zumba Toning Fitness Class
    Wednesday, July 29 | 4:45 p.m.
  • STRONG Boot Camp Class
    Thursday, July 30 | 6:15 a.m.
  • Zumba Fitness Class
    Thursday, July 30 | 5:15 p.m.
Time and Change. 150 Years of The Ohio State University

Faculty and staff can receive a 40% discount off the cost of the book, plus free shipping through July 31. Order through the University Press website and use code TIMECHANGE at checkout to receive the discount.

This photographic retrospective of The Ohio State University showcases its rich history and decades of growth, from its earliest years as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College to the prominent land-grant institution it is today. The book includes more than three hundred rarely seen photographs from the collections of the University Archives and contemporary university photographers.

Gain a visually stunning new perspective on iconic landmarks such as Mirror Lake, the Oval, Ohio Stadium, and the neighborhoods surrounding the Columbus and regional campuses. From beloved teams, symbols, and traditions to scenes from academic and campus life, reflect on time and change and rediscover the extraordinary connection that unites generations of Buckeyes.

Buckeye Nation Rewards

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

Homage Together As Buckeyes T-Shirt

Buckeyes are strong, compassionate, and resilient by nature. When they come together as one, we witness incredible outcomes. Now in these uncertain times, Buckeyes are stepping up to do good for the community. Be a part of that good when you purchase this Together as Buckeyes T-Shirt. A portion of proceeds from the sale of this women’s tee benefits The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Greatest Need Fund.


Get discounts through COESRA for amusement parks and summer family fun attractions*, including Cedar Point, Kings Island and Soak City Water Park, COSI, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and other travel, entertainment and leisure activities. Simply create a username and unique password, using Membership Key: 151956396803 to access discounts for Ohio State.

*Call ahead for COVID-19 impacts on operation.

Coffee Connections

At Hilliard Coffee Connections locations only (4004 Main Street and 5354 Center Street), receive $3 off any order. Redeem by downloading the Coffee Connections mobile app and enter code osustaffrocks3.

Crimson Cup Coffee House

Crimson Coffee House is offering 50% off on orders placed on the app.

  • Upper Arlington – 2468 Northwest Blvd., Upper Arlington, OH 43221
  • Clintonville – 4541 N. High St., Columbus OH 43214
  • Tallmadge – 116 Tallmadge Circle, Tallmadge OH 44278

You can download our new app by searching Crimson Cup Coffee in your app store. Apply coupon code GOBUCKS50 and show your BuckID or Medical Center ID at pick up.

HangOverEasy Ohio State/Neil Ave (1646 Neil Ave.) and HangOverEasy Olde Town East/ Parsons (53 Parsons Ave.)

Get a 25% off discount when you show your BuckID or medical center ID.

Hubbard Bar and Grille

Hubbard Bar and Grille (793 N. High Street) is offering free brussel sprouts appetizer with purchase of an entrée. Show your BuckID/OSU ID to redeem offer.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Short North location only (714 N. High Street)

Get a Free Standard/Single to Trio upgrade by showing your BuckID or Medical Center ID.

Piada Italian Street Food

Free pepperoni or parmesan Piada stick with purchase of an entrée – not eligible with other discounts or Piada One Rewards. In-store redemption only at Central Ohio locations. Valid 7/27 – 7/31. Please show cashier your BuckID or Medical Center ID at time of purchase to redeem this offer.

The Wine Bistro, 1750 Lane Ave. Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Save $10 when you purchase $50 or more if you show your Buck ID or Medical Center ID.

Zoombezi Bay

August 1, 3-11 p.m.

Exclusive Water Park After Dark Event, $29.95 per person, includes exclusive Zoombezi Bay access (not open to the public), meal voucher, drink wristband and late access to the Bay.

This event is not exclusive to Ohio State employees. This offer can be purchased online only. Tickets will not be offered at the Zoo for purchase and are subject to availability. No Refunds or Exchanges. Not for resale. Tickets are available for purchase until JULY 31st, 2020. Limited number of tickets for sale. While supplies lasts. For questions please contact your Sales Representative or call 614-724-3785.