Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

  • 2016 Tosstober Fest 2016 Tosstober Fest
  • Participants enjoying some cornhole and food! Participants enjoying some cornhole and food!
  • Visit your Community Ambassador's cookouts and learn what it means to grill safe! Visit your Community Ambassador's cookouts and learn what it means to grill safe!

Community Events

The Community Ambassador program works to build community in the off-campus area by hosting several events and encouraging off-campus students to socialize and meet their neighbors. It is the belief of the Community Ambassador program that a stronger sense of community breeds pride and respect - something that consequently makes the off-campus community a better place to visit and live for everyone.

OCCSS Welcome

Each year, during the week prior to the start of class, Community Ambassadors, Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services, and volunteers in the office of Student Life set off into the off-campus area to welcome new and returning residents in the University District. The meet and greet serves to welcome returning students back, to introduce the Community Ambassador program and to provide students with essential information regarding their off-campus rights and responsibilities and provide access to various resources that students can take advantage of to make their off-campus life safer and less stressful. Through the work of the Community Ambassadors and a large group of Student Life volunteers, thousands of students are equipped with useful information and welcomed back into the community!

Community Cookouts

During each Autumn semester the Community Ambassadors welcome back off-campus students by hosting free cookouts on their respective streets. The cookouts encourage students to get to know their new neighbors, meet their Community Ambassador(s) and build a safe, friendly community in the off-campus area. Approximately 100 to 200 students attend each cookout, making it a great way to introduce the Community Ambassador program and upcoming events. Students not only get a chance to socialize with their neighbors, but also get informed other great CA programs, most specifically, Buckeye Block Watch. The cookouts are fun for both the Community Ambassadors and the off-campus students because, doesn’t everyone love free food?

Off-Campus Living Expo

The Off-Campus Living Expo is one of the Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services' signature events that we offer to the off-campus community each year. Last year, we had a record high turnout filling the Performance Hall in the Student Union. Residents had the opportunity to visit booths with potential landlords to rent from and other booths pertaining to safety regarding self, property, bike, and more while receiving an Expo t-shirt and window signs. Thank you to our sponsors for 2016 - University Village, Inn Town Homes and Apartments, Hometeam Proeprties, Buckeye Real Estate, Student Legal Services, T-H-E Griff, Locations LTD, and Gateway Self Storage! Event and other departments that came included:

  • Self-Defense
  • RAD
  • Share the Road
  • A Beer Goggles and DUI Demo
  • Wheel of Fun 
  • Transportation and Traffic Management
  • Joint Patrol 
  • Distracted Driver
  • Fire Safety
  • OSU Police Department
  • Columbus PD
  • Party Smart

Tosstober Fest

Interested in playing cornhole with your friends and neighbors? Want to put your skills to the test?

The Community Ambassadors host the Cornhole Tournament every year known as Tosstober Fest. This event is one of our most exciting events! Tosstober Fest provides a chance for students to demonstrate their skill and prowess in the highly competitive world of cornhole! Teams participate in a battle royale amidst the off-campus community--they first compete against street-mates and then progress against other streets.  The tournament has become one of the better-known and heavily anticipated CA events of the year.

The Scarlet Sprint 5K

The Scarlet Sprint brings together Student Life Departments and other communities around Columbus, all while having the spirit of being a healthy Buckeye. The race takes place at Fred Beekman park on west campus. Donations from the race will benefit the Buckeye Food Alliance, a student organization on campus. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to sign up! Join us at The Scarlet Sprint to get to a healthier you!

Light up the Night

Light up the Night (LUTN) is an annual holiday decorating contest hosted by the Community Ambassadors. It is the only holiday lights competition in the off-campus area that encourages students to decorate their residences and neighborhoods with holiday lights and other festive decorations. Students can enter their residences into one of three categories: apartments, Greek houses and houses. First, second and third place winners receive prizes in the house and apartment categories. Greek houses also have the chance to compete for first and second place prizes.

 

If you have any questions about any of these events, please contact our office at offcampus@osu.edu, or call us at 614-292-0100.