Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week
July 31 - August 6, 2023
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week is an annual celebration of Ohio State faculty and staff to recognize their contributions to the university. Throughout the week of July 31, 2023, several activities are planned for faculty and staff.
More information will be updated on this website as the celebratory week approaches. Check back for more activities and discounts.
Activities and Discounts
Faculty and staff can enter to win an opportunity to cheer on the Buckeyes at the annual Ohio State faculty and staff appreciation football game. You have a chance to be randomly selected to receive four complimentary tickets to the Ohio State vs. Youngstown State home opener football game on Saturday, Sept. 9, at noon. Eligible faculty and staff are required to opt in by August 7 at 11:59 p.m. for the opportunity to receive the complimentary tickets. Tickets will be given based on a randomized selection process.
Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens
2120 Fyffe Road
Get to know your closest public garden and arboretum! This tour will highlight our beautiful Lane Avenue Gardens, which includes our Labyrinth, Hosta Collection, and Conifer Collection.
You can choose from 4 tour options including:
- Tuesday, August 1 – 12:15 p.m. (45 minutes)
- Wednesday, August 2 – 5:15 p.m. (1 hour)
- Thursday, August 3 – 9:15 a.m. (1 hour)
- Friday, August 4 – 4:15 p.m. (1 hour)
The Lane Ave. Garden is located just north of Agriculture Administration building at 2120 Fyffe Rd. You will see the trellis that reads “Chadwick Arboretum” once you have entered the parking lot. There is plentiful parking for those with A, B, and C parking passes or who want to purchase hourly parking. Three of the bus loops stop at the Agriculture Administration building. It is the stop labeled “Midwest Campus.” Visit the CABS website.
Orton Geological Museum Tour
155 S. Oval Mall (Parking at Ohio Union Garage)
To register for a tour of the Orton Geological Museum’s exhibit hall, by emailing email@example.com 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.
Tour time is approximately 45 minutes.
Dale Gnidovec will be your guide and if the weather is nice, he will meet you on the front steps of Orton Hall. If the weather isn’t nice, please enter the building and wait for him next to the dinosaur.
- Monday, July 31 – 1:00 p.m. – FULL
- Tuesday, August 1 – 11:00 a.m. – FULL
- Tuesday, August 1 – 3:00 p.m. – FULL
- Thursday, August 3 – 11:00 a.m. – FULL
- Thursday, August 3 – 3:00 p.m. – FULL
- Friday, August 4 – 1:00 p.m. – FULL
Arne Slettebak OSU Planetarium Show
Smith Laboratory, 174 W. 19th Avenue, 5th Floor (Parking at Parking Garage – Northwest)
Ohio State staff, along with family and friends, are invited to view the new show Night Sky 101. This 40-50 minute sky show spends less time on constellations and more time on understanding what is happening in the sky above us. Q&A follows the show. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and specifying date and time, and provide a contact phone number. RSVPs are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Monday, July 31 – 6:00 p.m. – FULL
- Tuesday, August 1 – 3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 1 – 6:00 p.m. – FULL
- Wednesday, August 2 – 11:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, August 2 – 6:00 p.m. – FULL
- Thursday, August 3 – 3:30 p.m.
- Thursday, August 3 – 6:00 p.m. – FULL
- Friday, August 4 – 11:30 a.m.
Ohio Stadium Tours
In recognition of Faculty and Staff Appreciation, we are pleased to offer tours of the Ohio Stadium on July 18, 19, 20 and 21. TOUR REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
Registered participants should meet at the main entrance (Rotunda) of the stadium 5 minutes prior to the start time. A tour guide will greet you at the North Rotunda at your scheduled reservation time. (Please arrive 5 minutes prior to tour time.)
The tour may consist of visiting the Press Box, University Suite, Huntington Club, Field Level, Band Room, and the Recruit Room. The Ohio State Locker Room is not available for tours. Tour locations are pending availability.
Important Note: You are permitted to take photos on the field, but any other activities are prohibited (i.e., tossing a football).
Please note no food or drink is permitted into the stadium.
There are three options for parking:
- Lane Avenue Garage
- Tuttle Park Garage
- To use the Pay-by-Plate machines located in the lots around the stadium.
Columbus Clippers – August 4, 5, 6
The Columbus Clippers invites all Ohio State University Employees to the award-winning Huntington Park for August 4th – August 6th as the Columbus Clippers battle the St. Paul Saints.
- Margaritaville Night with pre-game live music on the Yueng-Wing Stage by Randy Goin, and $5 FRIDAY!!!
- $8 – Reserved Seats – Sections 23-25
- $6 – Bleacher Seats – Sections 27-28
- Marvel Superhero™ Night featuring a character appearance from Black Panther and post-game FIREWORKS!!!
- Party-at-the-Park – Pre-Game live music on the Yueng-Wing Stage
- $8 – Reserved Seats – Sections 23-25
- $6 – Bleacher Seats – Sections 27-28
- Post-Game Fun Run around the Bases, and Ring Your Bell Sundays Presented by Dor Mar
- $27 – Reserved Family Pass – Sections 23-25
- $18 – Bleacher Family Pass – Sections 27-28
Columbus Clippers Tickets (online order link)
*** Family Pass includes 2 adults and up to 4 children
You will receive an email before the event with instructions on how to download your mobile ticket. For questions or concerns, please email email@example.com or call the Columbus Clippers Ticket Department at 614-462-2757.
The 2023 Ohio State Fair – Good Any Day Tickets (July 31 – August 6)
In honor of staff appreciation week, we’ve partnered with the Ohio State Fair to provide discounted tickets for the Fair! 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!
Starting July 31 at 8 a.m., Ohio State staff members can purchase $8 admission tickets. This 25% savings is available through August 6 at 4 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster and enter the password BUCKEYES23 to receive the discounted price. Each staff member can purchase up to eight tickets.
The 2023 Ohio State Fair will run July 26 – Aug. 6. We hope to see you all at the Fair!
Buckeye Nation Rewards
Access savings and deals at Buckeye Nation Rewards, the home for ongoing employee discounts. You must use your firstname.lastname@example.org or medical center email to create an account.
Thank you for all you do! The Faculty Club is proud to open our doors to the campus community for Staff Appreciation week July 31st- August 4th. Join us for lunch Monday-Friday (11 AM-2 PM) or Happy hour on Wednesday, Aug 2nd (4-6 PM) on our patio with complimentary bar snacks and drink specials. Be sure to bring your business card to enter to win raffle prize giveaways throughout the week. Contact us directly at 614-292-2262 for additional information. Reservations are preferred but not required.
Hang Over Easy (July 31- August 6)
Locations: 1646 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43201 and 53 Parsons Ave, Columbus OH 43215
Promotion: 25% discount for anyone who shows their OSU badge/ID
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Locations: All Columbus locations
Free waffle cone or bowl with purchase of a standard or signature item. Show Buck ID or Med Center ID at the register to redeem at any Columbus, OH scoop shop.
Student Life/Rec Sports
Student Life Rec Sports is offering Faculty/Staff Free Week July 31-August 6. All facilities, including the Aquatic Center and the outdoor parks, are available for faculty and staff recreation during regular operating hours. Family hours will also be available to Free Week participants! You can register for Free Week online or in-person at the RPAC Welcome Center starting July 17. Find more details on what is available during the week on the Recreational Sports website.
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 email@example.com credentials, and send.
Your Plan for Health
Give a Shoutout in the Your Plan for Health portal July 31 – August 6 and earn an entry to win $25 PulseCash, which you can redeem for gift cards from select vendors.
Scarlet Ribbon Gift Shop
- 25% off all OSUWMC logo items July 31-August 4
- Special pricing all week on fountain drinks and coffee
Buckeye Paws photos ops
- Main Campus/Prior Library – Monday, July 31, 12-1-p.m.
- East Hospital outside Bistr-Oh – Friday, August 4, 12-1 p.m.
New Tower Tours
- Tuesday, August 1 and Wednesday, August 2 (opt in closes July 17) 10 per tour
- Friday, August 4, 12-1 p.m., Ross Auditorium: The Power of Kindness