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Apply to be a Signature Events Student Chair - Deadline Extended to April 4

If you are a student interested in putting your organizational and leadership skills to the test, then apply to become the chair of one of our signature events - Thanksgiving or Taste of OSU. The Office of International Affairs is accepting applications from students who want to learn more about running a planning committee, budgeting, time management and communications. The deadline to apply has been extended to Monday, April 4.


The Study Activity fee helps support 21 Ohio State Signature Events, which are some of the most popular and well attended events on campus. Events under the direction of the Office of International Affairs include, Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 24, 2016 and Taste of OSU on Friday, February 17, 2017.

Since these events will be partially funded through the Student Activity Fee, the planning committee for each event will be chaired by a student. The student leader will be paired with an International Affairs staff member who will serve as their advisor throughout the planning of the event.

Seeking Student Leaders to Chair Special Events

Applicants for the Thanksgiving co-chair position should be rising juniors and seniors. Students interested in applying for the Taste of OSU chair-elect position will need to be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in spring 2018. If selected as Taste of OSU chair-elect, the student will be mentored throughout the Taste of OSU 2017 planning process so he or she will be ready to assume the position of chair of Taste of OSU in February 2018.

Responsibilities of the Event Planning Committee Student Chair:

  • Planning and organizing committee meetings; developing agendas
  • Managing event budget
  • Assisting in overall event planning, coordination and implementation
  • Communicating and providing follow-up with event planning committee and volunteers

Responsibilities to the Ohio Union Council:

  • Participate in leadership and event planning workshops and attend Signature Event Committee meetings and activities spring or autumn quarter depending on the event
  • Provide interim and final reports on event planning and budgeting as requested by the Ohio Union Council
  • Agree to achieve a pre-determined list of goals for the event and additional guidelines provided by the Ohio Union Council

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to lead one of our signature events, please complete the online application.
If you have any questions, you may contact Catharine Lewis at lewis.1464@osu.edu.

Application Deadline:

Monday, April 4, 2016

A committee will review applications and make final selections for interviews. All applicants will be contacted directly and informed of the status of their candidacy.