A Message of Gratitude – Office of the President

The following message was shared with all Ohio State students on Monday, November 21, 2022. Click here to read the message to faculty and staff.

Dear Buckeyes,

They are the reason the state of Ohio is such a special place. In this time of gratitude, Veronica and I want you to know that we appreciate you and are grateful that you are a part of the Buckeye community.

If you are on campus at Columbus over the holiday season, join us for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Office of International Affairs’ annual Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, November 23 at noon at the Ohio Union’s Archie Griffin Ballroom. You must show a BuckID to get a ticket. The event is also supported by the Office of Student Life’s Dining Services and the Ohio State University Alumni Association.

Enjoy the break this week and I hope you can use the time during the long holiday weekend to rest, recharge and cheer on our Buckeyes in The Game!

Kind regards,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD
president


The following message was shared with all Ohio State faculty and staff on Monday, November 21, 2022. Click here to read the message to students.

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin this time of gratitude, Veronica and I are so grateful to be part of a community like ours. As Buckeyes, we’ve faced challenges, celebrated great successes, and shown remarkable resilience. The state of Ohio is truly a special place because of your hard work and dedication.

So many of you are continually investing personal time and making sacrifices to support our mission of education, research and service. The health, safety and welfare of all Buckeyes is always my number one concern. With this in mind, I am pleased to announce that, similar to last year, the University will be closed for an academic break from December 27th to 30th, 2022. We can use this time to support health and wellbeing through classes not being in session and there are fewer people on our campus and reduced operations. December 23rd, 26th and January 2nd remain regular university holidays. I hope you can use this time to gather strength and spend it with your families, friends and loved ones.

I would like to thank the University Human Resources Council and so many others for their feedback on the importance of the academic break and their regular advocacy for staff well-being.

As with regular university vacations, critical services, as determined by department and college leadership, will continue from December 23 to January 3. Employees who have to work during the closure will be paid. In addition, employees who are not exempt are entitled to compensatory time and employees who are exempt are entitled to flextime.

My deepest thanks go to the staff who provide these important services – on holidays and every other day of the year. For more implementation and eligibility information, visit the Office of Human Resources website.

Thank you Buckeyes for everything you do.

Kind regards,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD
president

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