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​​Events & Activities

Mount is strong in tradition. From our Launch Week program to our end of the year Celebration Ceremony, Mount has many intentional activities and events. While we focus on leadership and in-depth community service, you also get to connect with prominent OSU faculty, staff, and alums, learn about yourself, and engage with social change agencies. 

The series of Mount events and activities combine to build your skills, empower your sense of commitment, and prepare you for the future. Know that as a Mount Scholar, you get to be part of something great. Be sure to take full advantage of all that Mount has to offer.​ We pride ourselves in wanting to make a difference and taking action.

Leadership

Leadership​ Training

  • ​First year Mount Scholars gather together on Monday nights two or three times a month for leadership training workshops. These workshops cover a wide range of topics, including diversity, ethics, public speaking and goal setting. Second year Mount Scholars meet on Wednesday nights and focus on citizenship and social change Again, guest speakers and dynamic activities are the norm.

Leadership Month

  • In the fall, Mount Scholars attend the Mount Summit, a student planned leadership conference on the Social Change Model of Leadership.  In addition, students sign up to share a meal with university leaders, faculty and staff to discuss social change

Service

Monthly Service Projects

  • First year Mount Scholars volunteer on a monthly basis to benefit the campus and Columbus area. Some of our projects include:

    • Cleaning up banks of the Olentangy River

    • Making clay bowls to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Collective as part of the Empty Bowls Project

    • Packing buddy boxes with Family Mentor Foundation

Mount Legacy Week
  • Mount Legacy Week is held in February. Each Mount Scholar joins a service team focused on a social justice issue, i.e., abuse, education, environment, global, health, and poverty. The goal of each team is to design and implement three service projects benefiting the community, incorporating the Mount Essentials, and honoring the legacy of Ruth Weimer Mount.

  • Past Projects include:

    • Hosting an activity day with children from Ethiopian Tewahado Social Services

    • Assembling gift baskets of cleaning supplies for CHOICES

    • Working alongsilde FLOW to clean up local areas of the Olentagny River

Year of Service​

  • Second years focus on citizenship and what it means to be a good citizen. Scholars devote their year to serving their community, spending a minimum of 75 hours working with a service agency of their choosing, centered on a specific social justice issue. 

  • Example Year of Service Projects:

    • Serving as a Best Buddy for a challenged younger student

    • Building houses with Habitat for Humanity

    • Tutoring at a local library help center

Trips

Leadership Retreats

  • Both first and second year Scholars attend leadership retreats in southeastern Ohio. Held in the fall, the retreat for first year Mount Scholars is a great chance for new students to  learn about decision making skills, diversity, problem solving, teamwork and more. The second year retreat is held in the spring and asks Mount Scholars to reflect on their accomplishments and the legacy they wish to leave behind.

Washington DC

  • Each year, a group of first year Mount Scholars travel to Washington DC over spring break to learn about leadership behind the scenes in our nation's capital.  Past trips have included:

    • Shadowing Congressional offices

    • In-depth tour of the Pentagon

    • Sitting in on a Congressional Committee meeting with your Representative

    • Networking with Mount Alums in the DC area

Other Events & Activities

In addition to leadership and service experiences, Mount Scholars have a lot of fun at organized and informal social events.  Past events include:

  • Fall "welcome back" picnic
  • Softball, volleyball, and basketball intramurals
  • Mount Gala (formal event in February)
  • Friday Night "Friend-zy"
  • Bowen Brunches
  • Chili Cook-off
  • And more