June 22, 2018

Fourth-Annual Summer Bridge Program Kicks Off

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Department of Athletics commenced the fourth-annual Summer Bridge Program this week, designed to foster a successful transition to college ahead of the autumn semester. Over 85 student-athletes will participate in the program across 20 different varsity sports.

On Monday, the group met for the first time to kick-off the program at the Younkin Success Center. Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith spoke to the newest Ohio State athletes about what it means to be a Buckeye, and then the student-athletes were given the opportunity to get acquainted with their new colleagues over icebreakers and a meal.

“It was great to welcome in the next class of Buckeyes,” said Adam Hatem, assistant director of athletic academic services (SASSO). “This is our fourth year of the program and it has been amazing to see how it continues to grow and evolve each year.”

Over the course of the summer, student-athletes will meet weekly with an academic coach, learning specialist or counselor to learn about essential transitional skills and resources available to them at Ohio State (i.e. Carmen, Canvas, GradesFirst, time management, classroom etiquette and learning strategies.)

New to the program this summer is a course called “Student Tech for Academic Success” (EXP 1500), co-taught by Professor Nicole Kraft from the School of Communications and Edina Reo, a learning specialist in SASSO. This course will improve study skills, regulate academic behaviors and continue personal development.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with SASSO and the Office of Distance Education and E-Learning to develop this original class that fully integrates technology with developing academic skills important to first-year students,” Nicole Kraft, assistant professor in the OSU School of Communications, said. “This is one more example of the commitment by Ohio State and Athletic Director Gene Smith to maximize the learning opportunities for our student-athletes.”

Check back on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for updates on the fourth-annual summer bridge program.