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We can help! Coaches provide support to students on their involvement journey. Any student can request support from a Coach through a variety of options:

 
Get Involved Consultation: 

Looking to get involved and not sure where to begin? Wanting to take a different path on your involvement journey? Connect with a Coach through an Involvement Consultation to receive a personalized list of recommended student organizations based on your interests and aspirations.

This appointment is generally 20 minutes.
 

Student Org Planning Meeting:

Create an action plan with a Coach to address specific goals you have as an organization. As our most common type of meeting request, a Planning Meeting will entail discussing your priorities and collaboratively developing your road to organizational success. If your organization has previously met with a Coach, please schedule with your assigned team member. Common requests include:
  • Following organization processes (registration, elections, transitions, and any other constitutional processes)
  • Increasing member engagement (recruitment, retention, on-boarding, off-boarding)
  • Navigating organizational changes (developing new initiatives, re-structuring, leadership responsibilities)
  • Preparing for upcoming event/experience (brainstorming, action planning, risk reduction)
  • Using university resources (completing applications, integrating resources into the organization's operations)
  • All Student Organization Success Framework outcomes & resources

This appointment is generally 60 minutes.


Student Org Constitution Review: 

The constitution is one of the most valuable components contributing to an organization's success. It's important to make sure your constitution is best serving your organization. A Coach can do an in-depth review of your organization's constitution to help you and your team identify opportunities to strengthen the foundation of your organization. You will submit detailed information to the Coach who will then complete the review and provide you with feedback.

This appointment is generally 60 minutes.
 

Student Org Check-In Meeting:

Have a brief meeting with a Coach to address a quick need. If you have previously worked with a Coach, please schedule with your assigned team member. Common requests include:
  • Follow-up to a previous meeting
  • Question(s) about registration
  • Question(s) about a resource / receiving a referral
  • Question(s) about the Student Org Management System

This appointment is generally 30 minutes.


New Org Support:

A new student organization is encouraged to connect with a Coach who can be there every step of the way to support you launching this exciting new initiative on campus. You must go through the New Org Process before you can schedule with a Coach. Schedule a Check-In Meeting if you'd like an introduction to various resources, a Planning Meeting for thorough support in creating goals and action items, or a Constitution Review to work on your new constitution.
 

General Org Support: 

If you don't particularly need a meeting or need to connect sooner than a meeting is available, reach out to csls@osu.edu.
 

Coaches utilize the Student Organization Success Framework to pursue organizational excellence across a variety of essential outcomes. Coaches are well-versed in university contacts and resources, and serve as a liaison to help you find the answers you need.

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For help requesting support from a Coach, email csls@osu.edu.


Not seeing what you need? Maybe one of our partners can help!

Other Student Activities Services:

  • Student Leadership Advocates - Workshop requests for teambuilding, communication, recruitment, leadership transitions, and more!
  • Pay It Forward - Service consultations, single days of service, Columbus Service Support Program, and more.
  • OSU Votes - Voter registration consultations, workshops, and information.
  • KBK Center Resource Room - KBK Center room reservations and services offered to student organizations.

Campus Partner Services:


Meet the Team

Nick Braun

Nick Braun - Coach

When I’m not behind my laptop screen coding or moderating on Discord, you can find me pedaling around campus on my preferred mode of transportation – the unicycle! As the founder and president of Unicycle Club, I teach people how to unicycle and allow them to discover the world of unicycling. I love helping people do something they’re passionate about, and that’s what brought me to coaching. I want to see others succeed in bringing whatever it is they are passionate about to campus.

he/him/his ~ 4th year undergrad ~ Computer Science and Engineering

 

Maddie Chandler

In addition to being a Coach, I am heavily involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Ohio State and serve as the Director of SWE's Big-Little Program. I am also involved in the Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering department's mentorship program. I'm so excited to be a coach because it gives me a chance to give back to the student org community that has provided me with so much. I've gained a great community from being involved on campus through student organizations, and being a coach allows me to help student leaders foster the organizations that offer community to so many other students.

she/her/hers ~ 3rd year undergrad ~ Food Engineering

 

Martha Cibasu

I am passionate about involvement because it allows you to find your community of people on campus that you can grow and learn from as well as have fun together. I’m excited to work with organizations on recruitment and helping organizations plan events. Outside of being a Student Organization Success Coach, I am also involved with National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and OHI/O. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, baking, and reading.

she/her/hers ~ 3rd year undergrad ~ Chemical Engineering

 

Qingyuan Dong

During my time at OSU so far, I have been involved not only as a coach but also as the Peer Advisor at Fisher College of Business, and the President at the Chinese Business Students Association. All of my involvement has taught me how to communicate with people and lay the foundation for my job after graduation. I am passionate about connecting with people. Thus, I have a strong desire to help student organizations to operate more effectively.

he/him/his ~ 5th year undergrad ~ Finance, Marketing, and Economics

 

Katie Girouard

Hello, I come from Raleigh, North Carolina and have been a true Buckeye since I was little! Since my dad graduated from here I have a true passion for OSU, our sports, and buckeye-spirit. As an Animal Sciences major, I also enjoy working with CFAES and animal-related clubs such as 4 Paws for Ability. Being treasurer of ASCA for the past year has also given me great insight into financial management and connection among exec members. I would love to learn about your organization's goals and help you achieve them!

she/her/hers ~ 3rd year undergrad ~ Animal Sciences

 

Madi Hart

I'm currently the President of Peers Advancing Literacy in Students (Pen PALS) in addition to my role as a Student Org Success Coach. I'm also very involved in the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, which is very fitting for my future career as a high school English teacher! I love to help orgs in all capacities, but my favorite things to troubleshoot are issues with recruitment and retention, as orgs are very much defined by the people who are in them. I'm a firm believer in the importance of getting involved and want every single OSU student to feel like they belong to at least one community.

she/her/hers ~ 4th year undergrad ~ Secondary English Education

 

Yena Kong

Outside of the cohort, I am a member of the Korean Broadcasting Station organization and an organic chemistry lab TA. I am also a volunteer at the Wexner Medical Center and a research volunteer at the Cherian Lab at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center at The James. Since OSU is such a huge campus, I know the importance of students being involved and finding a community. As a coach, I look forward to working with organizations in creating a community that not only strengthens bonds, but one members can identify with and feel passionate about!

she/her/hers ~ 4th year undergrad ~ Psychology

 

Grace Momenee

Grace Momenee - Coach

Not only am I involved as a Coach, but I also have a job as a Resident Advisor and am a member of the Club Field Hockey Team. Being a Coach, I love connecting with new organizations on campus and helping them learn to run effectively and efficiently. It is awesome to work with a brand new organization from the very beginning and get to see what great things they end up doing!

she/her/hers ~ 3rd year undergrad ~ Public Leadership, Management, and Policy

 

Meera Nair

Outside of being a Coach, I work closely with BuckeyeThon as the Director of Team Member Strategy so recruitment and stewardship are my favorites aspect of organizations. I additionally volunteer in a Microbial Infections and Immunity Lab here at OSU. My hobbies includes playing volleyball, baking, and watching tv. I love to get to know people so the aspect of helping people find their community is what I am most excited about coaching.

she/her/hers ~ 3rd year undergrad ~ Neuroscience

 

Noi Sandlers

My time spent outside of the cohort includes being part of the Undergraduate Business Women Community as well as being a member of Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club. In my free time I like to garden and spend time outdoors. As a coach, I am excited to help out student orgs and the student body in any club-related decisions, and I am looking forward to a great year!

she/her/hers ~ 2nd year undergrad ~ Finance

 

Julie Schnell

When I am not studying or going to class, I enjoy being involved in every way that I can be on campus! Along with being a Coach, I am also the Vice President of Communications for Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, the Director of Communications for Peers Advancing Literacy in Students, the Marketing Coordinator for OSU Democrats, and a student assistant for the Graduate School. I feel that I have learned just as much from my involvement on campus as I have in the classroom. This is the reason that student involvement is so important to me.

she/her/hers ~ 4th year undergrad ~ Psychology

 

Sri Vidya Uppalapati

I was a Materials Science Engineering student for three years, and my involvement in Undergraduate Student Government and IGNITE was part of what guided to me to recognize that the work I wanted to do in the world was applying policy solutions and engaging in meaningful programming, not just standing at a lab bench making my polymers. So when people ask why they should get involved, my answer is to see if you've actually explored your passions because I realized mine only in my senior year and it wouldn't have happened without being involved! I love working with orgs on how to make membership meaningful in every level and space. Even if it's coming to one event a year and finding a welcoming atmosphere anyway, or putting in 10 hours a week at an exec-board level and gaining professional and interpersonal skills, every member should find that the organization gives back to them at the level they want. If you're trying to find me, I recommend your nearest library or bookstore, cafe or dance floor depending on time and day!

she/her/hers ~ 6th year undergrad ~ Public Policy and Analysis

 

Nick Wead

When you think of an Ohio State Super Fan, allow me to come to mind. Before college, I was fortunate enough to attend football games as a young boy without a thought of my college pursuits. For years, I was enthralled by the spirit and traditions that came alive in Ohio Stadium during a football game day. Years later, perhaps by chance or maybe it was fate, I found myself entwined with Block O, the Official Student Section Organization of Ohio State Athletics. I progressed from a Football Committee Member to being elected the Football Director to now serve as Block O's President. This journey has granted me unique experiences with Ohio State Athletics and has enlightened my passion to develop future leaders and guide them to succeed in their pursuits.

he/him/his ~ 4th year undergrad ~ Economics


Join the Cohort!

About Coaches:

With one of the largest student org communities in the country and the number one choice for involvement at Ohio State, Coaches fill the crucial need in providing support to students navigating their involvement experiences. Coaches consult with student organization leaders on a wide variety of topics which include member development, operational efficiency, event planning, leadership transitions, fundraising, community-building, wellness, and much more. Coaches help org leaders assess their organization’s strengths and growth areas to implement action plans that contribute to the organization’s success. Beyond consulting directly with org leaders, Coaches serve as involvement ambassadors by offering Get Involved Consultations to students looking for a meaningful involvement experience on campus and are also skilled in event management by overseeing and implementing the Student Involvement Fairs. Coaches truly carry a diverse tool belt in being able to support the student org community interpersonally through individual consulting, broadly in hosting one of the largest events on campus, and being an overall conduit of support for students on their involvement and leadership journey.

Members of this cohort:

  • Model peer leadership and network with many student leaders, forming strong connections across the university
  • Build a wide array of skills transferrable to a career, from individual consulting to large-scale event management
  • Empower student leaders to take action in strengthening their leadership and their organization
  • Represent Student Activities in providing experiences that contribute to the culture of involvement on Ohio State's campus
  • Support each other in problem-solving, navigating new situations, and caring about the success of student organizations collectively

Should I apply?

Are you passionate about helping others, a great listener, and an eager learner? You would do well as a Coach. With the dynamic array of opportunities and skills that come with being a Coach and to best serve the robust and diverse student org community, this cohort thrives when it represents all types of involvement and experiences on campus. There is not any specific pre-requisite student org experience needed to apply. Students from all types of leadership backgrounds and involvement journeys can thrive as Coaches, and students who have faced challenges in their leadership or involvement experience can offer a valuable and needed perspective in serving the student org community. All students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

  • Training is provided
  • Coaches have a minimum of two hours per week dedicated to offering organization appointments
  • Cohort meetings are on Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m.
  • Each Coach has a caseload of organizations they work with directly via email or appointments
  • Cohort operations are a hybrid experience of virtual and in-person engagements

Optional Information Sessions for all five Student Activities Cohorts are being offered during the application window. Consider attending if you'd like to learn more about the opportunity.

Application details and timeline:

Applications are now closed for the 2021-2022 school year. Interview invitations are issued in late February, and will be scheduled for early March. There are a couple of onboarding meetings in the end of spring semester with official cohort membership and participation starting in August. Email Brooke Olson, Coordinator of Student Organizations and Involvement, at olson.276@osu.edu with any questions or for more information.

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