The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Celebrating Buckeyes: Sharing our Buckeye pride and connecting with each other

October 1, 2020

We’ve been “Celebrating Buckeyes” by spotlighting some of our extraordinary Buckeyes – students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, volunteers and community members. In case you missed it, here is a recap of the week and some of the many stories of The Ohio State University at Mansfield Buckeyes doing incredible things on campus and in our community.

Celebrating Buckeyes – Alumni

Adam Molyet ’07

"When I started at Ohio State Mansfield my dad said go as undecided because you’re going to change your mind anyway. I didn’t listen because I thought I wanted to be a high school math teacher and a basketball coach. But then my dad was right, shocker, four majors later I graduated with a biology degree. From math to undecided to engineering to biology was my winding path. College is for finding yourself, trying new things and learning new things. While in college I worked on the football video team filming games which was really the start of my career. Now I’m the Sr. Manager of AV Tech for the Department of Athletics, and my student staff job helped lead me here. I just love Ohio State so much I couldn’t stay away!"

Listen to Molyet’s Buckeye Spotlight

Celebrating Buckeyes – Current students

Celebrating the Ohio State at Mansfield 2020 Homecoming Court

The Ohio State University at Mansfield is pleased to announce the members of the 2020 Homecoming Court. The students were chosen by a panel of faculty and staff for characteristics such as campus and community involvement, volunteer work, academic performance and Buckeye sprit. Ohio State at Mansfield students will select the 2020 Royalty by voting October 5-7.

Read about the court

Celebrating Buckeyes – Faculty and staff

“The dedication and hard work of all our staff is inspiring. I’m grateful for their Buckeye spirit! Keeping our campus healthy and strong takes a lot of extra work from so many different people, people I see as heroes.”

-Dean Norman Jones

Behind the scenes heroes

Because they deserve recognition AGAIN, we reshared our 2020 Leadership, Diversity and Service Award winners. Watch the award show and see students celebrating faculty, staff honoring students and faculty highlighting student achievement! We love celebrating Buckeyes for their impact, engagement, character, leadership, service and more!

Celebrating Buckeyes – Volunteers

Kayla Smith ‘17

Not only is Kayla Smith one of our campus admissions counselors, she’s also an Ohio State graduate. When not sharing her love for our campus with high school students, Kayla volunteers for the American Red Cross, Downtown Mansfield Inc and the local alumni club.

“I love the city of Mansfield, so I volunteer for events like the “Secret City Tours” to help show the beauty and history. I’m also Vice President of the Ohio State Alumni Club of Richland County and a member of the Scholarship Committee. I enjoy helping serve our members, the students on the Mansfield Campus and our local community.”

Celebrating Buckeyes – Donors

Dick Walters, ’81 – Buckeye, donor and passionate supporter

Anyone who knew Dick Walters would say he ‘bled scarlet and gray.’ An avid fan, Dick graduated from Ohio State with a major in business administration. Service was a way of life for him throughout his four-decade career at Rinehart Insurance Company.

In 1981, as president of the newly formed Ohio State Alumni Club of Richland County, Dick began a new tradition when he organized the Buckeye Bash as an instrumental scholarship fundraiser. In 1987, he assisted in creating the Richland County Scholarship Endowment. The Bash, continued annually ever since, raises scholarship dollars for students planning to attend The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Dick was in his element when he could share all things "Buckeye" with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

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Student scholarships cannot happen without donors

No matter how students choose to finance their education, scholarships can play a key role in helping lower the cost, often providing more opportunity to engage in activities on campus and have a well-rounded Buckeye Experience.

Whether the support comes is from an organization like The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Richland County, a fund like the Ohio State Mansfield Scholarship Endowment Fund, a donor legacy scholarship or a specific academic or major based scholarship – the impact of scholarships is lifelong and they cannot exist without continued donor support.

“By reducing the financial burden of a college education, I was given more time to focus on my studies and the opportunity to focus on a well-rounded college experience,” said Linda Cho, biology major.

More scholarship stories