ONTARIO – Students arrived with duffel bags, boxes and plenty of clothes, and with help from their parents, unpacked their bags as move-in day began last weekend at Ohio State University.
Courtney Rapp, 18, of Youngstown, a freshman studying biochemistry this fall, even brought a plant as she moved into the Buckeye Village apartments on Saturday morning with help from her family.
Friday and Saturday were move-in days at Molyet Village Apartments in Ohio 39 and Buckeye Village Apartments on North Lexington-Springmill Road.
Ofek Naveh, 18, of Cleveland, moved into Molyet Village apartments on Thursday. In the first year, he studies engineering.
Students ready to meet classmates
“I love my room, and it is better than I expected. I thought there was only one shower and there are two,” he said about of the apartment for four people.
Naveh said he made sure to bring his mattress topper.
“I want classes to start so I can meet people,” he said.
Christopher Campbell, 18, of North Royalton, also a freshman this year, one of Ofek’s roommates, said he was studying communications.
Of her new bedroom, “I like it. It’s a lot more comfortable than I thought,” Campbell said.
Students, faculty and staff are returning in person to Ohio State University at Mansfield or North Central State College this fall semester after last year’s coronavirus pandemic made many courses go virtual.
Housing complex has new big screen TV for OSU games
Housing manager Mike Schopieray said on Friday 189 students are moving into the university-run housing complex which this year has a new recreation center where students can study or watch Ohio games. State on a big screen TV with other classmates.
“It was open last year, but students could only enter in groups of six,” Schopiray said.
In Buckeye Village, 83 resident students from OSU Mansfield and NCSC moved in along with 15 other nursing students from Ashland.
OSUM and NCSC students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their immunization status, as OSU-M classes begin on Tuesday; NCSC classes began August 16.
OSUM Dean and Director Norman Jones said, “We are delighted that the Ohio State Mansfield is back in person while maintaining security measures: 75% of our classes are in person, our accommodations on the campuses are full and we are celebrating with a lot of guests. We have tested our ventilation and filtration systems to make sure they meet pandemic standards, and will be offering easy-to-use COVID-19 tests weekly.
Extension of hybrid and online course offerings
“For those who want hybrid or online course options, we’ve expanded them,” Jones said. “Yet the vast majority of students prefer at least one in-person instruction, as do our faculty. The numbers tell the story: Our student enrollments grew 6% this fall and College Credit Plus enrollments doubled. The number of new freshmen enrolled at the Mansfield Ohio State campus has increased by more than 20% over the same period last year, ”Jones said.
“The Richland County students who register here will meet a lot of new people as we see students coming to us from all over Northeast Ohio and beyond,” Jones said. “Our new engineering technology major is proving popular, as is our new organic chemistry lab for students interested in careers in healthcare. We are also rolling out a new four-year nursing degree.”
“All new Ohio State Mansfield freshmen receive free iPads, and students receiving federal support from Pell can qualify for our Buckeye Opportunity program, which pays any remaining tuition bills after the first semester,” Jones added.
“We are preparing for another great Buckeye football season and another great year at Ohio State,” Jones said.
The planned “Weeks of Welcome” activity week at the local Mansfield campus includes a call-up at the Founders Auditorium, a 7 pm beach party on Tuesday in the patio of the Eisenhower Center; Community and Participation Fair 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday outdoor on the oval, sand volleyball tournament and barbecue 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Buckeye Village Apartments, and many other events planned for students until to September 2.
The Buckeyes UNITE concert is scheduled for August 30
On August 30, OSU Mansfield is hosting their first Buckeyes UNITE, a concert designed to bring people together and celebrate differences. Taking place in the teaching staff parking lot (parking lot one) on the Mansfield campus near Lexington-Springmill Road, the event will begin at 4 p.m.
The concert is free and open to the community, with four performances scheduled: 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm Sarah Goff; 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Aurelio and Troupe Flow; 6.30 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. CONNE; and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jeffrey Boyd and Park St. Blue.
Food will be available for purchase from Smitty’s & Co. and Deja Foods food trucks.
In case of bad weather, the concerts will move inside the founders’ auditorium.
Tiffany Mitchell, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at OSU Mansfield, said the Buckeyes UNITE Concert Series is “an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and uniqueness.”
“Students have been virtual for so long it’s great to get them back. I’m so excited to see students,” she added.
Classes began at North Central State College on August 16.
For the fall, more classes are available in person, but many classes continue to be offered online, according to university spokesperson Keith Stoner.
Greater flexibility to adapt to student schedules
Many students are enrolled in online and in-person courses.
“We provide students with increased flexibility to accommodate their busy schedules, coupled with hands-on learning that helps them develop the skills that will be required in their profession after graduation,” said Stoner.
“It’s wonderful to be back on campus and to see the students coming back. We missed them, and frankly, they missed being here. Part of college is making friends and build relationships that last beyond graduation, ”Stoner said. “I hope COVID and the new variants do not require the closure of activities on campus this year.
“At NC State, we ask all of our students, faculty and staff to wear masks inside our buildings and classrooms. Our goal is to protect everyone and keep NC State open. Because one of the best things we can do for our students is to remain available to meet their needs when they need our support, ”said Stoner.
One part of campus life that will certainly remain in place this semester is the COVID-19 protocols for students, staff, and faculty.
With the increase in cases in Franklin County, the headquarters of OSU’s main campus in Columbus, masks are required for everyone in the state of Ohio – including visitors – on its campuses, at inside medical facilities and on public transportation, regardless of their immunization status, according to the Columbus Dispatch, a sister newspaper of the News Journal.
Wearing a mask is compulsory in the common areas of the residences. However, students do not have to wear masks inside their dormitories, unless many students gather together.
Arrival and surveillance testing for COVID-19 will also continue this fall, but there will be some changes for vaccinated Buckeyes.