News & Events
Mabel Freeman Honored at Mortar Board National Conference
On Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Mortar Board National Conference held in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mabel Freeman was presented with the Distinguished Lifetime Membership Award. The namesake for the Ohio State chapter of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society and a model of service & leadership, Mabel was cheered by friends from across the country. Congratulations!
Last Lecture with Urban Meyer
The outgoing 105th class and the incoming 106th class hosted assistant athletic director and former Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer for a "Last Lecture" on March 6, 2019 at Pomerene Hall. Meyer shared anecdotes and lessons learned on education and motivation, both inside and outside the world of football.
In memory of Rich Hollingsworth
The Ohio State and Mortar Board communities mourn the passing of Richard Hollingsworth on December 24, 2018. Rich was a Mortar Board chapter adviser for 12 years and was named a Centennial Torchbearer at the 2014 Centennial celebration. He taught and mentored so many in a 35-year career in Student Life at Ohio State, and his booming voice welcomed students at Convocation and Commencement.
100 Years of National Mortar Board
The Mortar Board National Conference and Centennial Celebration was held August 3-5, 2018, in Columbus, OH. Events included:
Pre-conference tours, including visits to Ohio Union, Ohio Stadium, and Mortar Board Centennial Suite in Thompson Library
Alumni Summit with presentations on health care and the future of honor societies
National Citation Luncheon with keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson, author of "Just Mercy"
Reception at and tours of the Ohio Statehouse
Many Ohio State Mortar Board Alumni Council members volunteered to make the National Conference and Centennial Celebration a rounding success. Thank you!
Mabel Freeman Honored by Ohio State
Mabel Freeman received the Distinguished Service Award at the December 20, 2015 Ohio State Commencement from President Michael Drake. This prestigious award recognizes exceptional service to the university in both official and unofficial capacities.
Mabel was saluted for her “pivotal role in the lives of a generation of Ohio State graduates” as Assistant Vice President for Under-graduate Admissions and the First Year Experience and earlier with the University Honors and Scholars Program. Mabel was a valuable mentor to hundreds of student leaders. A 1965 Mortar Board initiate, she is a former National President of Mortar Board. The OSU chapter is named in her honor.
Mortar Board Named Rhodes Scholar
Congratulations Ilhan Dahir on being named a Rhodes Scholar. Ilhan was initiated in 2014, our centennial year, and was a leader in the chapter. She received her degree magna cum laude with honors in English and political science in 2015. This year, she is teaching English in Turkey on a Fulbright grant. Ilhan was selected by the Rhodes Trust for her commitment to the empowerment of refugee communities around the world.
Click here to read a press release from Ohio State about her extraordinary accomplishments.
100 Years of Mortar Board at Ohio State University
The Centennial Celebration was held April 4-5, 2014. Events included
101st Class Pre-Initiation Family Reception
101st Class Initiation Ceremony
Reception for Donors to the Mortar Board Centennial Suite
Class Reunions at Longaberger Alumni House
Celebration of Leadership & Service Brunch
Centennial Gala Banquet
Sunday, December 15, 2019
with Alumni Council member
Kitty Kisker ('65) receiving a
Distinguished Service Award
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Selection Sunday for the 107th class of Mortar Board
TBD: February 2020
Mortar Board Alumni Council meeting
Friday, March 20, 2020
Initiation of 107th class of Mortar Board
TBD: April 2020
Mortar Board Alumni Council meeting
Saturday, April 18, 2020
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Greater Columbus Mortar Board Alumni Chapter's Spring Luncheon: Professional harpist Tiffany Envid
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