OSU Alumni – Voyage thru the Galaxy

Join us on a trip thru the galaxy at the OSU Planetarium on Saturday, July 15, at 1 pm.  Your Franklin County OSU Alumni Club has arranged for a private presentation of “Voyage Thru Our Solar System” just for our members!  

This event will be free to all club members and their families.  Simply email us at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com with your name, phone number, and the number of people in your party.  There is limited seating in the facility, so reserve your seats early!  

We’ll send directions for parking when the date gets closer.  The Planetarium is located in Smith Laboratory on 19th Avenue on campus.  Questions?  Email us or call Leyla at 614-893-0559.


The OSU Office of Admissions is looking for people to assist with a postcard writing event on Tuesday night, June 27 at the Longaberger Alumni House. Our club is one of 3 alumni clubs participating. You’ll be writing post-cards to future students who have been accepted to OSU to start this coming Fall. The event begins at 5:30 pm, and refreshments will be served.

If you areable to assist with this project, please go to the event registrationpage set up by Admissions:


Click on the red Register button in the upper right corner of the page. Questions can be directed to Brittany Savko, 614-292-8031 or savko.7@osu.edu.


We want to welcome our new members to our club!  If you recently joined our club and have not yet had the chance to participate in an event or meet our members, plan to join us on Saturday, June 3 from 12 to 2 pm at a meet & greet picnic at the Longaberger Alumni House/

We will have a variety of sandwiches, snacks and beverages, tailgate style!  We will be indoors, but there is room to go outside if the weather cooperates.  If you want to dress up in your Buckeye gear, that is totally acceptable!  Bring a lawn / tailgate chair if the weather is nice, so we can relax and talk and have a little fun in the sun. 

Everyone is welcome to attend this event!  Come meet our leadership team, ask questions about the club, and see how much fun we are!  Simply RSVP to OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com.  There’s no cost to attend!  Tell us your name, phone number, and how many people are coming. This is a family-friendly event, so feel free to bring yours! 

Questions?  Call Leyla at 614-893-0559. 


At the tailgate / picnic noted above, we will have a variety of donated Buckeye items available for purchase.  All proceeds will go directly to our scholarship fund, so we can continue to provide local high school seniors with financial assistance to attend OSU.  We have awarded over $50,000 in scholarships in the last 10 years. Please support our fundraiser by donating items or purchasing items at the event. 

If you have items to donate, please contact us at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com or 614-893-0559.  We will arrange a drop-off or pick-up to thank you for your donation. 

Come take a tour of some Columbus / OSU history!  

Union Cemetery is the final resting place for several distinguished Ohio State greats, including Woody & Anne Hayes, Chic Harley, basketball coaches Fred Taylor and Lynn St John, as well as Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas.

Save the morning of Saturday May 6 for a guided walking tour of the highlights and history of this unique final resting place for many notables. We’ll meet our guide at 10 am for a walk thru history, then grab lunch together afterwards.

Sign up by emailing or calling Ron Kenat: abelcom123@yahoo.com or 614-420-2736. Include your name, email address, phone number, and the number of people you are bringing. Ron will confirm with a reminder and parking details when the date gets closer.


Over the past 11 years, the OSU Alumni Club of Franklin County has awarded $50,500 in scholarships to incoming first-year students from Franklin County high schools.
We can’t do it without your support! Mark your calendar for the Annual Day of Giving on May 3, and help us make Buckeye dreams come true!

The website link to make your donation is: HERE

If our FRANKLIN COUNTY Scholarship Fund doesn’t appear automatically, click the “search” button and enter our Fund Number 600137


It will be here before you know it – the Scarlet vs. Gray game has been announced for Saturday April 15. Everyone will be there – the band, the cheerleaders, and Brutus are all on the schedule, so how about you?  This is a family friendly event – very inexpensive tickets and free parking, so bring the kids and grandkids! 


Our fan-favorite event, the semi-annual Wine Tasting Dinner at the Wine Bistro on Lane Avenue will be on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 pm.  The chef is creating a special menu for us, to pair with a variety of wines.

There is limited seating available, so get your reservation in early!  They will provide an amazing 4-course dinner, with wines paired to complement each serving. You’ll be able to order bottles of the wines you enjoy right after dinner!

Plan to arrive by 6 pm so you have time to park and to socialize before dinner.  Parking is available behind the building (very limited), or on nearby streets, or also across the street in the Lane Ave Shopping Center. 

Questions? Call Leyla at 614-893-0559 or email us at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com

Diaper Drive

We’re sponsoring a diaper drive and packing party this spring to help the Columbus Diaper Coalition. This organization helps struggling families with access to clean diapers. For more information on their mission, visit https://www.columbusdiapercoalition.org/.

The Columbus Diaper Coalition is in need of the following:

  • Newborn through size 7 diapers
  • Pull-ups (any size)
  • Swimmers (any size)
  • Baby wipes (unopened)

They accept new or loose, open packs or sleeves of diapers.  

Feel free to bring your donation to our meetings in February and March. Karyn Johnson will collect them and deliver them on the day of our packing party.  

Can’t attend a meeting? There are various donation sites throughout Columbus or donate via their Target or Amazon wish lists. 

Packing party:

We will deliver donations and pack donated diapers on Saturday, April 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Columbus Diaper Coalition.

The address is:

3840 Lacon Rd, Suite 12 (volunteers enter at Suite 14)
Hilliard, OH 43026

This location is just off Cemetery Road. We will have lunch at either Scramblers or Rusty Bucket afterward. 

To sign up, please email Karyn Johnson at englanke@yahoo.com or call/text her at 614-822-1430. She will provide more details and a map just a few days prior to the event. 

Beat the winter blahs with Alumni Book Club

After all the holiday excitement and activity, sometimes January can be a bit of a downer.  Too cold for outdoor events, so you’re stuck inside?  We have the cure!   We’re bringing back our Book Club event!

The Alumni Association encourages alumni groups to present educational and cultural activities, so we’re combining those ideas into one activity.  We paired up with another alumni group, the Asian & Pacific Islanders Alumni, to present something educational with a splash of fun at the end.  We’re going to read the book, “Crying in H Mart,” by Michelle Zauner, a memoir about growing up Korean-American in Eugene, Oregon.  (A full description can be found below.)

You can find this relatively inexpensive book on Amazon or order it thru your nearest bookstore.  We will all try to complete reading it by March, and then the two alumni groups will get together for dinner to discuss.  You’ll get to meet a whole new group of alums, enjoy a great meal, and learn from an interesting discussion. Sometimes we are even able to invite the author to join us, (either in person or by Zoom)!  

If you’re interested, just email us at OSUAlumniFranklinCounty@yahoo.com  to let us know, and we’ll add you to the list to contact when we schedule the dinner.  If we get enough people to join us, the Alumni clubs might even be able to cover the cost of the meal! 

Below is a full description of the book.  We hope you will join us!  


A memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

Michelle Zauner tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band–and meeting the man who would become her husband–her Korean-ness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.