Join us for an evening with the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park in the Arena District, on Saturday August 14.  We are organizing a block of tickets and reserving a gathering table area. This is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids / grandkids! 

Tickets are only $12 per seat and will admit you to the ballpark for the game and into the Left Field Picnic Area to eat with us.  You’re on your own for food and beverages.


How Many Tickets?

You may also send a check (made payable to Franklin County OSU Alumni) to Leyla Hawkins, 1149 Tillicum Drive, Worthington, OH 43085.  Be sure to include your phone number and email address so we can send you a confirmation. We will distribute the tickets along with a ballpark map in early August.

Let’s fill the Clippers stands with Buckeye cheer! 


We need to welcome new members to our club! Social opportunities were so limited last year, that we have not met those of you who have recently joined us. If you would like to meet some members of the club, plan to join us on Saturday, June 19 from 4 to 6 pm at a small gathering (hopefully outdoors if the weather cooperates!) in Powell.

We will have a variety of sandwiches, snacks and beverages, tailgate style!  If you want to dress up in your Buckeye gear like you’re going to the Stadium, that is totally acceptable!  Bring a lawn chair / tailgate chair if the weather is nice, so we can relax and talk and have a little fun in the sun. 

If you have joined our club within the past year, and have not yet had a chance to join us for an event or meet anyone, then we really want to encourage you to join us for this event. Come meet our leadership team, ask questions about the club, and see how much fun we are!  There is no cost to attend, simply RSVP to OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com!  Tell us your name, phone number, and how many people are coming. This is a family-friendly event, so feel free to bring yours!  We will send you a map / directions when we reply to confirm. Questions?  Call Leyla at 614-893-0559. 

Eddie George returns to Ohio as Head Coach of Tennessee State Univ

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is also home to the Black College Hall of Fame, and is proud to host the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic Game between Grambling St. University and Tennessee St. University.  The game will take place on Sunday, September 5th at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.  This will be the first game for Heisman Trophy-winning Buckeye Eddie George as Head Coach of the Tennessee State University Tigers.

This presents a unique opportunity for Buckeye Alums to welcome Coach George back to Ohio and pack Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Tickets for the game start at $29 and Premium Seats and Suites are available for those interested in attending.

Below is a link to purchase tickets to the game. 

Black College Hall of Fame Classic

It would be great to fill the stadium with a strong Buckeye contingent! 


Please consider joining us on as we celebrate the re-opening of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. We will be organizing a guided tour on Saturday, May 22, at 1:00 pm.  This amazing facility is a national monument, on par with the ones you may have visited in Washington DC.  It was the dream of our late Senator and astronaut John Glenn, for this museum to be built here in Ohio.

The tour guides will break us into small groups to maintain social distancing, and you are also welcome to walk thru the exhibits on your own, if you don’t want to stay with the group. There are displays, videos, interactive presentations, and so much else to see and do!  If you want to learn more about the museum, their website is NationalVMM.org.

We are co-hosting this event with the USG Alumni Society, so if you were involved with student government while you were a student at OSU, you may run into some old friends! 

Discounted tickets are sold out, but you are welcome to join the group with regular admission at the door.

If you would like to send a check (make it payable to “Franklin County OSU Alumni Club”) mail to Leyla Hawkins, 1149 Tillicum Drive, Worthington, OH 43085. Group Discount Rate: $12 for Adults, $8 for Children 6-17, and Veterans are FREE. Please include your name, phone number, and email address (and the number of people you’re bringing) with your check payment, so that we can contact you to confirm.

Questions?  Contact Leyla at 614-893-0559 or Leyla_Hawkins@yahoo.com


ou are invited to participate in a very special virtual event on Tuesday, May 18, at 5:30 pm. Coach Ryan Day will be discussing what he finds compelling about managing our team during the Covid crisis, and the challenges and opportunities of the upcoming season.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Please use this link to sign up:


Signing up is quick and easy, but do it soon before they run out of space! This event is sponsored by the Varsity O Alumni Society and the OSU Alumni Association.


Are you tired of being cooped up at home like it’s still 2020?Well we are too!  So now that more people are getting their Covid vaccine shots, we are ready to have a real live, in-person event!  
Back by popular demand, its the Wine Tasting Dinner at the Wine Bistro on Lane Avenue!  Our Spring date will be Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 pm.  Seating will be very limited, and masks are still required until you are seated for dinner.
So get your reservation in early!  Parking is available around the Wine Bistro, behind the building (very limited), or on the street, or also across the street in the Lane Ave Shopping Center. 
The chef will provide an amazing 4-course dinner with wines paired to complement each serving.

Questions?  Call Mary at 614-323-5379.

President & Provost’s Cultural Arts Series

You are invited to participate in a special virtual event on Wednesday, March 24, at 5 pm.  The OSU President & Provost’s Cultural Arts Series will present Dr. Robin DiAngelo, author and educator, as part of their program of artists, scholars and professionals who discuss and exemplify inclusive excellence thru diversity.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Please use this link to sign up:


Signing up is quick and easy — and please identify yourself as a member of the Franklin County OSU Alumni Club!   

If you have questions about this event, there is contact info on the page link above.  


Join us for another Community Service days as we volunteer at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank on Saturday, Jan 23.  We will be assisting shoppers in the pantry from 9 am to 12:30 pm, so you would need to arrive by 8:45 am to get instructions.  The pantry is located at 3960 Brookham Drive, in Grove City.  A map with details will be sent to you, when you RSVP. Social distancing and sanitizing safety practices will be in place.

Please call or email our Community Service Co-Chair, Karyn Johnson, (614-822-1430 or englanke@yahoo.com). 

Thank you for helping us “Pay it Forward” in true Buckeye Spirit!

Alumni Club “Pausing” in December

In the interest of the health and safety of all our members, we are pausing all in-person Alumni Club activities for Franklin County for the month of December, including the Ladies Holiday Brunch and the monthly leadership team meeting.

We hope to resume monthly meetings as well as club events, such as our scheduled community service day, in January. 

We hope you will all stay safe and healthy for the rest of this holiday season.


Our book club dinner date with the OSU Asian-Pacific Islander Alumni Society was cancelled in March, so we are setting a new date to meet!  Now you have time to review the book (to remember what you read in the spring!).

We will discuss the memoir written by Aarti Shahani called “Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares.”  It is the story of a family who came to the US from India in the 1980’s, dealing with being undocumented, obtaining their green cards, the unforeseen obstacles that propelled them into years of disillusionment and heartbreak, and the strength of a family determined to stay together. 

Our alumni club will pick up the tab for Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 pm, when we meet with the Asian- Pacific Islander Alumni Society that evening at the Hunan Lion restaurant (2038 Crown Plaza Drive, Columbus). The author has agreed to join us by Zoom call to discuss the book!

Please Email us (include your name and phone number) at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com  to let us know you still wish to participate, so we can send you details about the dinner as it approaches.  If you have questions, please contact Mary at 614-323-5379.