Ohio Union Student Life Exhibit

Ohio Union Student Life Exhibit

The brand new Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University
is an expansive multi-purpose facility.
A gathering place for students, the Union is also home to, and a valuable resource for, a host of student groups and organizations.

As construction of the new building was being planned, Eyethink was called in to create a permanent display celebrating the rich history of student groups and traditions. Our client wanted the final result to be lively, engaging and interactive while representing the full diversity of student life and activities. The location (a 100-foot long curved wall outside the headquarters of student government on the second floor) provided an ideal canvas.

The initial challenge was finding a way to corral the
numerous, stories, anecdotes, histories and legends into
a cohesive format that allowed visitors
to experience the breadth, scope and context of the comprehensive Ohio State student experience. Inspiration was found in a verse of the University's alma mater, "Carmen Ohio", "the seasons pass, the years will roll…". It made sense to organize the exhibit around the academic calendar (beginning in the fall with orientation and culminating in the spring with commencement) to represent not only a typical school year but also the complete student journey from freshman to graduate.

The various histories are told in scrapbook form with images and memorabilia representing the collected memories of different generations of Ohio State students. Image
juxtapositions and accompanying text remind viewers that although student life and fashion have changed over time, the unique Ohio State traditions are the threads that bind all alumni through the ages. Punctuating and framing the scrapbook visuals are displays devoted to specific aspects of student life like honorary societies, campus landmarks, student-organized events and Buckeye spirit.

Visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibit by taking the "Buckeye Tradition Trivia Challenge" a quiz designed to test one's knowledge of Ohio State tradition and history. Quiz cards are available at the entrance, and all the answers can be found within the exhibit.
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  • school spirit column
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  • quiz cards
  • plan drawing