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 faculty and staff members to recognize their contributions to the university. The 2023 Staff Appreciation Week will be  July 31 – August 6. Several in-person and virtual activities will be planned for faculty and staff to thank them for their dedication to advancing the university’s mission. More information will be posted on this webpage soon.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the activities listed below, which include virtual experiences, 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 staff.Regional Campuses:

  • Faculty and Staff watch internal email for activities specific to your campus.

Special Thanks to the University Staff Advisory Committee, Your Plan for Health, Columbus Clippers and Zoombezi Bay for partnering with us.


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

Buckeye Paws

Have your picture taken with members of our Buckeye Paws faculty and staff therapy dogs on Wednesday, July 27, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the East Hospital main lobby, and Thursday July 28, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Main Campus. Our Buckeye Paws program is a very unique and supportive program for all faculty and staff. Learn more about the program.

  • Wednesday, July 27, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the East Hospital main lobby
  • Thursday July 28, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Main Campus
OSU Hospital East and UH gift shops

Receive 25% discount on Ohio State Wexner Medical Center merchandise in OSU Hospital East and UH gift shops.

The James Music

Enjoy the sounds of the Symphony playing at the James on Wednesday, July 27, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



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!

Give a Shoutout, get the opportunity to win a gift card of your choice!

Give a Shoutout to one of your colleagues July 25 – 31 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 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 can utilize and send thank you and kudos templates during Appreciation Week. Go to the Be Kind website at kind.osu.edu/, scroll down to the Give Your Own Kudos link, login with name.#@osu.edu credentials, and send.

Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens (in-person tour)

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. Register for the Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens tour. Available for the first 50 registrants.

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 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. Visit the Hale Center’s Art Collection website.

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:

Orton Geological Museum (in-person, guided tours)

To register for a tour of the Orton Geological Museum’s exhibit hall, by emailing hr-eventsrsvp@osu.edu and specifying date, time and provide a contact phone number. RSVPs are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. While the Museum displays beautiful minerals and fossils from all over the world, the guided tour concentrates on the geologic history of Ohio. The story begins 450 million years ago with Ohio south of the equator and under a tropical sea filled with trilobites, corals, and fish. It continues through the swamps that gave us coal, to the ice age with its giant sloths and beavers. At each stop real fossils are passed around, including trilobites, corals, a dinosaur bone, and mammoth and mastodon teeth.

  • Tuesday, July 26 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 27 11:00 a.m.
  • FULL Thursday, July 28 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 29 3:00 p.m.
The Ohio State University Columbus Campus
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. Visit The Ohio State University Marching Band website for more band performances and information.

ARNE SLETTEBAK PLANETARIUM (in-person, live show)

Smith Laboratory, 174 W. 19th Avenue, 5th Floor
Ohio State staff, along with family and friends, are invited to view the night sky in Ohio State’s Planetarium. Register by emailing hr-eventsrsvp@osu.edu and specifying date and time, and provide a contact phone number. RSVPs are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • FULL Tuesday, July 26, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 26, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 26, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Visit the Horseshoe and see where the Buckeyes play during a complimentary tour. Reserve your spot by emailing hr-eventsrsvp@osu.edu and specifying date, time and provide a contact phone number and your employee ID number. RSVPs are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis and are only for Ohio State employees. 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.

  • Thursday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 28, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, July 29, 2:00 p.m.
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, visit the Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery event calendar.

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

  • 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.

Stay in touch: receive newsletters and email updates by subscribing to our mailing list.

Virtual activities offered by Your Plan for Health. Check out the Events and Challenges page to sign up for the following free, virtual classes:

Monday, July 25

  • 6:00 p.m. – Beginner’s Yoga

Tuesday, July 26

  • 6:15 a.m. – Vinyasa Yoga
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunchtime Yoga
  • 4:45 p.m. – Zumba Fitness Class

Wednesday, July 27

  • 12:30 p.m. – 10-Minute Core Cruncher
  • 4:45 p.m. – Zumba Toning Class

Thursday, July 28

  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunchtime Yoga
  • 12:00 p.m. – Zumba Fitness Class

Saturday, July 30

  • 6:00 p.m. – Asanas and Karma Yoga Workshop

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.

Aracri Pizza – 1607 N. High Street

Receive 10% off order when you show Buck-ID or other OSU work ID.

Bookstore Discount

The Ohio State University Bookstores are pleased to offer full-time staff a year-round 10% discount and departments a 20% discount on all Ohio State apparel and gifts, general reading books, office supplies, and more. Additionally, to celebrate Staff Appreciation Week please visit the bookstores to register to win a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card. Staff may enter to win at either the Gateway or the Ohio Union bookstores during the week of July 25-31. A winner will be drawn and contacted via email on August 1.

Berry Blendz

1585 N. High Street (July 25-29)
Buy one, get one free on smoothies only, 10 a.m.-Noon; 3:00p.m.-6:00p.m.. Must show OSU-ID to obtain discount.

Zoombezi Bay – Ends July 31

Ohio State employees can purchase tickets to the Columbus Zoo’s water park at half-price!  General Admission $21.50, Child/Senior $18.50.  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, August 5, 6, and 7

Come cheer on the Columbus Clippers in Huntington Park on one or all three days of Ohio State Employee Weekend, as they battle the Rochester Red Wings. To order tickets, use this link or call 614-462-2757.

August 5

  • Game time: 7:05 p.m.
  • Reserved seats – $8
  • Bleacher seats – $6
  • Game Day Promotion: Pro Wrestling Ron Simmons Appearance & $5 Fridays

August 6

  • Game time: 5:05 p.m.
  • Reserved seats – $8
  • Bleacher seats – $6
  • Game Day Promotion: Party At The Park, BBoy McCoy Appearance

August 7

  • Game time: 4:05 p.m.
  • Reserved Family Pass – $27 (Family pass -2 adults and up to 4 children)
  • Bleacher Family Pass – $18 (Family pass -2 adults and up to 4 children)
  • Game Day Promotion: Post Game Fun Run
The 2022 Ohio State Fair (July 27 – August 7)

In honor of staff appreciation week, we’ve partnered with the Ohio State Fair to provide discounted tickets for the Fair!

Starting July 22, at 8 a.m., Ohio State staff members can purchase $6 admission tickets. This 40% savings is available through July 29 at 10 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the Ohio State Fair Ticketmaster page and enter the password “BUTTERS” to receive the discounted price. Each staff member can purchase up to eight tickets.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center employees may experience difficulties accessing this offer on a work device likely due to firewall security protections. Please visit this page on a non-work device or smartphone to access the discounted tickets.

Take part in the tradition of the Ohio State Fair. With big-name entertainment, educational activities, hundreds of exhibits, and one of the largest junior livestock shows in the nation!

The 2022 Ohio State Fair will run July 27- Aug. 7. We hope to see you all at the Fair!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Locations: Jeni’s Clintonville, Grandview, Short North, North Market and Columbus Commons.
Special Offer: Free upgrade to a trio (additional 1/2 scoop) when you purchase a single (2 half scoops)
How to redeem this offer: Employees can show their Buck ID or Ohio State Wexner Medical Center badge.