April 13, 2019 9:30 am - April 13, 2019 11:30 am
Saturday, April 13 | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Newton Hall Lobby
1585 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH

Join fellow nursing alumni and Nursing Alumni Society board members for a brunch before cheering on our Buckeyes at the annual spring game! Nursing Alumni Society apparel will be available for purchase via cash or check as well as information about upcoming events.

Parking will be available in the 9th Avenue East Garage (345 West 9th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210) on a first-come, first-serve basis.

$5 per person. Registration includes 1 spring game ticket and buffet brunch. ($15 value)

Children 6 and under are free.

Spring game tickets will be available for pick up at the event check-in table at Newton Hall starting at 9:30 am the day of the event. Tickets will not be mailed in advance.

Call 800-762-5646 to register.

Questions? Contact us at nursingalumni@osu.edu or 614-688-2255.

October 04, 2019 8:00 am - October 06, 2019 3:00 pm
October 4-6, 2019

Greetings alumni! The College of Nursing and Nursing Alumni Society along with a host of students, faculty, and staff await your return to campus. This year we will be honoring all graduates from years ending in "4" or "9". Not a milestone year? Come anyway — all alumni and guests are welcome!

Registration Information

Homecoming registration will open in July. Check back soon for more information.

Schedule of events

Friday, October 4
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Newton Hall Lobby

Join fellow nursing alumni, students, and guests for a light breakfast.


8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Tour #1 College of Nursing Technology Learning Complex

Tour departs from Newton Hall Lobby

Explore the Technology Learning Complex and learn how our faculty incorporate computer-controlled patient simulators and evidence-based practice into students’ learning experiences.


Tour #1 College of Nursing Wet Lab

Tour departs from Newton Hall Lobby

Take a look behind the scenes and discover the College’s wet lab, one of only five located in a nursing school nationwide. Get a glimpse of what goes on in the lab and have fun with this interactive experience lead by a faculty member and students who conduct research in the lab.


9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Historical Nursing Uniforms Presentation

Newton Hall Lobby

Join current College of Nursing students as they model nursing uniforms from the past and present.


10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Wellness Activity: Resistance Band Exercises

Newton Hall Room 172

Join Dean Bernadette Melnyk and Brenda Buffington, Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice and Co-Director of the Health & Wellness Innovation in Healthcare Program, and learn resistance band exercise you can practice at the home or office. Exercise bands will be provided to all participants.


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Dean Melnyk's State of the College Address 

Newton Hall Room 172

Dean Bernadette Melnyk will highlight the recent exciting accomplishments of the college, share her vision for the future, and will announce the leader of the class giving competition.


Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Class of 1969 50th Reunion Luncheon

11th Floor Reading Room; Thompson Library

Members of the College of Nursing Class of 1969 and a guest are invited to enjoy a luncheon at the Thompson Library to reunite with former classmates and meet Dean Bernadette Melnyk.


Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn – John Welch, CRNA, MSN (’03) Boston Children’s Hospital, Partners in Health


Newton Hall

Event description to come soon!


1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Wellness Activity: Guided Meditation

Newton Hall Room 172

Join Brenda Buffington, Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice and Co-Director of the Health & Wellness Innovation in Healthcare Program, for a guided meditation session. Stress balls will be provided to all participants.


2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Healthy Cooking Demonstration

Newton Hall Lobby

Sample healthy appetizers, view a live cooking demonstration, and learn about the benefits of eating nutritious flavorful meals with The Ohio State University Medical Center’s Nutrition Services staff.


2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Tour #2 College of Nursing Technology Learning Complex

Tour departs from Newton Hall Lobby


Tour #2 College of Nursing Wet Lab

Tour departs from Newton Hall Lobby


3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Q&A with Dean Melnyk


Newton Hall

Join fellow alumni and guests for a special Q&A with Dean Bernadette Melnyk.


6 – 8 p.m.
Nursing Alumni Society Awards Dinner

Invitation Only

Nursing Alumni Society Award winners and their families will join Alumni Society board members and college leadership to honor their professional accomplishments.


College of Nursing Milestone Class Events
Saturday, October 7
Time TBA
Alumni Society Tailgate

Newton Hall Front Lawn
(Rain Location: Newton Hall Lobby)

$25 Adults
$15 Children (Age 12 & Under)

Join nursing alumni and guests for the annual Homecoming tailgate before the Buckeyes takes on the Spartans! 


Time TBA
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State

Ohio Stadium

Sunday, October 6
Class of 1969 Celebration

Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom (Hosted by the University)
Invitation only

Join all university alumni of the Class of 1969 for lunch. Class members will receive an invitation in the mail and email this summer.

















When can I register for College of Nursing Homecoming Events?

Registration will open in July. Check back soon for additional details.

How do I register for College of Nursing Homecoming Events?

Online and phone registration will open in July. Check back soon for additional details.

How do I include dietary restrictions with my registration?

Please indicate any dietary restrictions online when prompted or inform an Alumni Association’s Customer Service Representative via phone. You can also contact Colleen Pelasky, director of alumni and constituent engagement, at pelasky.3@osu.edu or 614-688-2255 with this information.

What is included in the Nursing Alumni Society Tailgate?

Join nursing alumni and friends and enjoy a brunch or lunch buffet, cash bar, face painting, and live music.

Football tickets
Am I eligible to purchase football tickets?
  • Each person will be limited to purchasing four game tickets or four total tickets per household. Please be advised that tickets will be located in the C deck, which could require significant stair climbing. Cost: $157 per ticket.
  • To be eligible for football tickets, you must be an active member (sustaining or life) of the Alumni Association and a sustaining or life member in the Nursing Alumni Society.
    • PLEASE NOTE: To become an active member for the Association, alumni can make a minimum of a $75 gift to the Ohio State fund of their choice. Visit go.osu.edu/GivetoNursing to make a tax-deductible gift of $75 or more to the Ohio State College of Nursing fund of your choice.
  • In accordance with The Ohio State University Athletic Department and the Alumni Association, a football ticket must be purchased with a tailgate ticket. Football tickets will not be mailed in advance. Alumni who purchase football tickets pick them up at the check-in table at the Homecoming Tailgate.
  • The person purchasing the tickets must be the person who uses the tickets. Anyone caught reselling their tickets may lose future rights to purchase football tickets through the Alumni Association and our Society.
  • Football tickets may only be purchased via phone by calling the Alumni Association’s Customer Service Line at 800-762-5646 or 614-292-2281. If you would like to purchase tickets, please register for all Homecoming events at the same time. Tickets will be issued first-come, first-served based on the following call-in schedule:
    • Alumni years ending in 4 or 9 (1959, 1964…2009, 2014):
      • Please call in beginning Monday, July 8.
    • Alumni of any year:
      • Please call in beginning Monday, July 22.
Where do I pick up my football tickets?

Football tickets can be picked up when you check-in at the Nursing Alumni Society Tailgate on Saturday, October 5th. Please note that football tickets will not be mailed in advance.

Where will my seats be for the football game?

Your exact seating assignment will not be available until your tickets are picked up. Your seats will be located in the C deck.

What is the bag policy for the stadium?

Bags or purses of any size are NOT permitted in Ohio Stadium. Wallets and wristlets no larger than 5”x 8”x 1” are permitted. All items and persons entering Ohio Stadium are subject to inspection.

Guests entering with medical or child care needs must enter through the Steinbrenner Band Center entrance (between Gate 10 & 12) or at the Press Entrance (between the Huntington Club and Gate 23) to have their items inspected. One 14”x 14”x 4” bag per person will be permitted.

Please visit ohiostatebuckeyes.com/gameday/#bagpolicy for further details. 

Hotel, transportation and parking
Where should I stay?

Nearby accommodations for your consideration include:

The Blackwell
2110 Tuttle Park Pl at Woody Hays Dr.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus
1576 West Lane Avenue
Courtyard by Marriott Columbus
780 Yard Street
Hyatt Place Columbus
795 Yard Street
Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus OSU by Marriott
3031 Olentangy River Road
Marriott Columbus University Area
3100 Olentangy River Road
Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus OSU
3160 Olentangy River Road
Springhill Suites Columbus
1421 Olentangy River Road
Hilton Garden Inn
3232 Olentangy River Road
Staybridge Suites Columbus University Area
3125 Olentangy River Road
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus Univ. Area
3045 Olentangy River Road
Varsity Inn
1445 Olentangy River Road
Will there be a shuttle available?

A shuttle bus will be available for the Class of 1969 alumni and guests to and from Newton Hall to the 50th Class Luncheon on Friday, October 4th. On Saturday, October 5th, a shuttle will be available to and from the football game for alumni and guests.


Friday, October 4

11:40 a.m.
Pick up Class of 1969 alumni and guests at Newton Hall
Shuttle will be parked on 10th Avenue near Newton Hall loading dock. 

11:50 a.m.
Drop off Class of 1969 alumni and guests at Thompson Library

1:45 p.m.
Pick up Class of 1969 alumni and guests at Thompson Library

1:55 p.m.
Drop off Class of 1969 alumni and guests at Newton Hall


Saturday, October 5

There will be a shuttle available for College of Nursing alumni and guests between Newton Hall and the stadium drop-off location (Neil Avenue Garage Loop*). The shuttle will have a sign that reads “College of Nursing Alumni.”

Pre-game: Newton Hall to Neil Avenue Garage Loop.* The shuttle will pick up alumni and guests on 10th Avenue and run continuous circuits between Newton Hall and the Neil Avenue Garage Loop for two hours before game time.  NOTE: Pre-game will start approximately 30 minutes before kick-off.

Post-game: Neil Avenue Garage Loop* to Newton Hall. A shuttle will run continuously for one hour between the Neil Avenue Garage Loop and Newton Hall starting 30 minutes after the game ends. Bus riders should expect delays after the game due to game day traffic.

*The stadium drop-off/pick-up location is the Neil Avenue Garage Loop, which is located south-east of the Student Recreation Center (RPAC), just west of the Psychology Building and Lazenby Hall (approx. 10-15 minute walk to the stadium). This is the closest drop-off location that Ohio State Traffic and Parking allows. Shuttles cannot drop passengers off directly in front of specific gates.

Where should I park for the College of Nursing Homecoming Events?

If you are attending events in Newton Hall, you can park in any visitor garage near Newton Hall: 9th Avenue East Garage (345 West 9th Avenue), SafeAuto Garage (1585 Westpark Street), or the North Cannon Garage or South Cannon Garage (1640 Cannon Drive). The SafeAuto and Cannon garages are about a 5-7 minute walk to Newton Hall (1585 Neil Avenue).

Please note: only the front doors of Newton Hall (located off Neil Avenue) will be unlocked. All side doors are locked 24/7.

We anticipate a high volume of visitors during Homecoming weekend. Before you arrive to campus, it is highly recommended to check parking availability in The Ohio State garages by using the Garage Tracker. Clicking on a garage will provide you with additional information (parking rates, addresses, map, etc) on all campus garages. 

Do I have to pay for parking on campus?

Unfortunately, due to the large number of homecoming attendees, the College of Nursing is not able to offer complimentary parking.  To view parking rates for campus garages, select the garage from CampusParc's Garage Tracker for additional information.

Are parking rates different on Game Day?

Yes. Parking is available day of game on a first-come, first-serve basis. The charge for these lots is $20 (cash only) and will be collected when you pull into the lot/garage. Learn more about parking on campus on game days or view the football parking map.

Will there be any street or ramp closures during the weekend? 

Yes. Select streets on and around campus become one way on game day. Upon completion of the game, the patterns will be reversed. Traffic control officers will direct you. We anticipate a high volume of visitors on game day, so please allot plenty of extra time to reach campus.

Please note: parts of Cannon Drive are currently closed as of 9/5/17. 

Where are the accessible parking spots on campus?

Shuttles run from the ADA Accessible Lot, located north of St. John Arena, to Gate 22 on the east side of Ohio Stadium. In addition, there are various ADA accessible lots located on campus. Please visit the Football Parking Map for more information.

Communication and notifications
I am not receiving email messages about Homecoming. How can I be added to the list?

As long as Ohio State has your preferred email address and you have not unsubscribed from receiving messages from the University, you will be notified about Homecoming. If your preferred email address has changed, we encourage you to update your information by logging in to the OSUAA alumni portal or emailing us your new information at nursingalumni@osu.edu, so you do not miss any more important messages.

How else can I learn about what’s going on during the weekend?

In addition to the information provided on this page, we encourage you to use the College of Nursing and Ohio State’s social media outlets. Be sure to use the hashtags: #HomecomingOSU, #BuckeyeForLife, and #BuckeyeNurse!

What do I wear?

While there is no dress code, we encourage you to wear scarlet and gray. You can refer to photos from Homecoming Weekend 2018 for ideas. If you will attend the Tailgate, please dress accordingly for the day’s weather if the event is outside.

How to do I give a donation in honor of my class?

Click here to learn more about making a gift in honor of your class reunion!

Who is my class chair and how do I contact them?

Check back soon for class chair information. If you or anyone you know is interested, please email nursingalumni@osu.edu.













Can I take a tour of Newton Hall?

Unfortunately, tours are only offered of the Technology Learning Complex and the Wet Lab as classes are in session. Self-guided tours are not available.

Who do I contact if I have a question not listed on this page?

Please contact Colleen Pelasky, director of alumni and constituent engagement, at pelasky.3@osu.edu or 614-688-2255.

May 16, 2019 6:00 pm - May 16, 2019 9:00 pm
May 16, 2019 | 6 p.m.

The Grand Event Center
820 Goodale Blvd
Grandview Heights, OH 43212

The 13th Annual Nursing Alumni Society Wine Tasting will feature a flight of Californian wines and the Chef’s Napa inspired menu, silent auction, wine pull, and 50/50 wine cork raffle. All proceeds benefit the College of Nursing Scholarship Fund.

Complimentary parking available in adjacent garage

Ticket Information

Wine Tasting Dinner - $100 per person

The 2019 Wine Tasting Fundraiser will feature a flight of five Californian wines and a five course Napa inspired menu.

The charitable portion of your contribution is $30, which represents your $100 registration less the $70 fair market value of the goods and services received.

Wine Tasting Dinner + VIP Reception - $130 per person

Join the Nursing Alumni Society Board of Governors and College of Nursing Leadership for a VIP reception starting at 5:15 pm featuring three additional wine and hors d’oeuvre pairings.

The charitable portion of your contribution is $30, which represents your $130 registration less the $100 fair market value of the goods and services received.

Sponsor a Student - $100 per person

Sponsor a current College of Nursing student (21+) to attend the Wine Tasting Dinner.

The charitable portion of your contribution is $30, which represents your $100 registration less the $70 fair market value of the goods and services received.


Contact Colleen Pelasky, director, alumni and constituent engagement, at pelasky.3@osu.edu or 614-688-2255.

May 09, 2017

Congratulations to all of our new alumni from the College of Nursing! On May 7, 2017, we awarded degrees to 549 students, including three PhDs, 13 doctors of nursing practice, 26 masters of applied clinical and preclinical research, four postmasters, 243 masters of science and 260 bachelors of science in nursing. Special honors and awards were presented the night before at the Convocation ceremony. We are so proud of our outstanding students!

October 19, 2016

A graduate of the College of Nursing, who helped fight Ebola in West Africa and treated patients in Haiti, has been awarded for his early career achievements by The Ohio State University Alumni Association.


John Welch was presented with the 2016 William Oxley Thompson Award, given to young alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement or both.


“We are so very proud to call him one of our own,” said Colleen Pelasky, BA, assistant director for alumni engagement for the College of Nursing. “He has unwaveringly and selflessly served local and international communities and made important contributions to the world of healthcare along the way. John embodies our college’s vision to achieve what others consider impossible.”


Following his bachelor of science degree in nursing from Ohio State in 2003, Welch earned a master’s degree from Boston College. He later worked as a pediatric and cardiac critical-care nurse in Columbus, Ohio; California; Washington D.C.; and Australia. In 2012, he joined Boston Children’s Hospital as an associate nurse anesthetist before being promoted to senior nurse anesthetist in March 2014, specializing in pediatric cardiac anesthesia.


While working at Boston Children’s Hospital, Welch joined the Boston-based healthcare and social justice nongovernmental organization Partners in Health (PIH) in 2013. PIH works to address the root causes of illness for many suffering from poverty or marginalization caused by injustice. Welch’s introduction to global health came when PIH opened a 300-bed teaching hospital, University Hospital Mirabalais (UHM) in Haiti’s impoverished rural Central Plateau district.


Welch’s role in Haiti was a combination of anesthesia practice, teaching, mentorship, advocacy, program development, operations management and even student. Through a massive amount of time, effort and perseverance, Welch helped UHM improve in a major way. By September 2014, UHM was performing nearly 300 surgeries per month, more than any hospital in Haiti. The anesthesia-related mortality rate declined, surgical schedule efficiency increased and the UHM nurse anesthesia program he helped guide welcomed its first class of students.


Welch’s lengthy list of career accomplishments might earn him the label of overachiever for a 35-year-old. Yet his drive is not rooted in a desire to gain kudos, rather in a longtime discomfort with inequality. As a high-school student, Welch accompanied his church group from Woodville, Ohio, for a week-long trip to Columbus to help set up summer Bible school for youth at a Christian church on the city’s south side.


“A lot of kids would turn up without shoes or would be clearly there for the snack time and it just really struck me that we can sing songs and we can glue macaroni on paper but what these kids need is for us to stay and to provide something other than just singing songs about God,’’ he said. “At the end of that week, I was just unsettled by the fact that that was enough for any of us.”


Welch’s ambition to care for the health needs of vulnerable populations led him to West Africa in 2014 to help fight Ebola. After special training in Liberia to work in an Ebola treatment unit, Welch helped PIH roll out treatment units in multiple districts in Liberia.


When transmission of Ebola raged in Sierra Leone, Welch turned his attention there. In the short run, Welch helped the treatment units there improve the quality of care and increase the pipeline of medical supplies; in the long run, he leveraged the work of his PIH teams to improve the Ebola response nationwide. By January 2015, PIH had opened 21 Ebola facilities across six districts. In Welch’s seven months in West Africa, PIH cared for nearly 2,000 suspected Ebola patients.


Being back in the United States for the past year, Welch had a chance to return to a regular sleep schedule, yet that left him yearning for the rigors of his schedule in West Africa and Haiti.


“I long for the 20-hour days and the seven-day work weeks. When you’re in the field doing the work, you think a lot about being at home. When you’re at home, the only thing you can think about is being out in the field and doing the work.”


Days after receiving his Alumni Association Award, Welch was on a flight to Haiti to work with victims of the most recent hurricane.

September 30, 2016

The College of Nursing Alumni Society has just received three major awards, including Society of the Year, among the 46 Ohio State University alumni societies.


This is the first time the alumni society for nursing was named Society of the Year and the fourth year in a row it was recognized by The Ohio State University Alumni Association as an Outstanding Alumni Society.


“We’ve put in a lot of effort to start some projects we feel very passionate about. I think this showcases the passion and the drive our members have,’’ said Kelsie Miller, president-elect of The Ohio State University College of Nursing Alumni Society.


The society has over 1,600 sustaining and life members, and many committed members participate in events every year, Miller said.


The third award the society received was Program of the Year, for the society’s largest annual fundraising event, a wine tasting and silent auction held at the Ohio Union. Begun a decade ago, the summer event raised $13,500 in 2015 and $18,000 in 2016, all for student scholarships. With those contributions, along with other private support, the College of Nursing awarded scholarships to 135 students in 2015, totaling over $500,000.


The College of Nursing Alumni Society was among three Ohio State alumni societies to receive the program award this year. The event has led to increased membership for both the Ohio State Alumni Association and the College of Nursing Alumni Society.


All three nursing alumni society awards show what can be accomplished with a very committed staff and group of alumni, according to Craig Little, director of alumni societies for The Ohio State University Alumni Association.


“They set themselves up with goals and stuck to those goals, focused their energy and programming around those goals, and they’re reaping the benefits of their efforts,’’ Little said.


To learn more about the Alumni Society’s mission, goals and membership criteria, visit go.osu.edu/buckeyenursing


For information about upcoming society and College of Nursing events, visit go.osu.edu/NursingAlumniEvents

September 30, 2016

Four The Ohio State University College of Nursing alumni have received awards from the College of Nursing Alumni Society for their outstanding contributions locally and abroad.


Kristine Weiss Adams, MSN, CNP, received the Community Service Award. She is a certified nurse practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic, where she has spent the majority of her 24-year career. After graduating from the Ohio State College of Nursing in 1992, her career navigated through different specialty areas, including intensive care and post-anesthesia care units, medical-surgical nursing and home healthcare. Practicing in these varied areas gave Adams a view of healthcare that led her in 2008 to a magnet coordinator position for the Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. Two years later, she became a nurse practitioner.


Susan K. Frazier, PhD, RN, FAHAreceived the Mildred E. Newton Distinguished Educator Award. Frazier earned a BSN, MS and PhD in nursing from the Ohio State College of Nursing, where she also taught for 10 years, before accepting a position in 2015 as an associate professor at the University of Kentucky.  Before pursuing her graduate degrees, Frazier practiced as a certified critical-care nurse for nearly 20 years. During that time, she was instrumental in establishing and managing the intensive care unit of the local hospital Holzer Medical Center in southeastern Ohio.


Pamela K. Greene, PhD, RNwhose research and career have focused on suicide prevention, received the Distinguished Alumna Award. As a psychiatric nurse for over 40 years, she has worked in various positions, ranging from a captain in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps to the chief nursing officer and senior vice president of The Menninger Clinic, a Houston psychiatric hospital. During her tenure at Menninger, she also had a joint appointment as an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Greene received a bachelor of science and master’s degree from the Ohio State College of Nursing and received her doctorate degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She now works as an associate professor at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.


Sarah R. Meyer, PhD, a pediatric nurse practitioner, received the Distinguished Alumna Award. After receiving her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the Ohio State College of Nursing in 2007, she went on to attain a master’s of science degree as an acute-care pediatric nurse practitioner with a minor in global health from the University of California San Francisco, where she completed the Global Health Scholars Program. For much of her career, Meyer has focused on pediatric emergency medicine in Level I trauma centers. She currently divides her time between Haiti and Los Angeles, working as the pediatric ICU nurse educator at a hospital in Haiti and as an acute-care pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Level 1 Trauma pediatric emergency department. Meyer spent this past year as a Global Health Nursing Fellow at UCSF, living and working in Hinche, Haiti.


The awards for the four alumni recipients will be presented Friday night at a dinner ceremony at Red Brick Occasions.


For more information about the Alumni Society award recipients, visit go.osu.edu/NursingAwardRecipients.

February 10, 2014

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president of health promotion, chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing, will be inducted into her alma mater's Academy of Distinguished Alumni at West Virginia University on Feb. 21. According to the website of the university, four visionaries will be recognized with the "highest honor awarded to graduates of the institution."


Vicente Anido Jr., PhD, OIS; Gopala Krishna; Melnyk; and Joseph Steranka will join an elite group of fewer than 85 people to receive this prestigious honor.


“'Bernadette, Joe, Vince, and Gopala are true visionaries who exemplify our WVU ideals—entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and of course hard work. Each has achieved tremendous success in their respective fields and are very deserving of this recognition," Stephen L. Douglas, president and CEO of the West Virginia University Alumni Association, said.


See the complete article.