Motar Board - National College Senior Honor Society

Preconference Tours

The Mabel G. Freeman chapter of Mortar Board at The Ohio State University and the Ohio State Mortar Board Alumni Council invite you to visit the campus for lunch, a brief program and a tour of several campus landmarks. There is no fee to take either tour. An Ohio State University bus will pick up registered participants at the Sheraton Hotel promptly at 11 a.m. and return there at 1:45 p.m., in time for the 2 p.m. start of the conference.

Space is very limited, so register early. A confirmation will be sent in the summer with more details.

Tour Program 1: Leading Social Change


  • Box lunch with Eric Troy, director of the Keith B. Key Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program in the Office of Student Life

This program’s mission is to educate, equip and empower student leaders who seek to transform knowledge into action and create communities in which innovation, creativity and cooperative partnerships abound. You will have a conversation about driving social change by using your leadership and entrepreneurial talents and tactics to challenge the status quo and improve people’s lives.

  • Brief tour of the Ohio Union
  • Guided walk (0.4 miles) across the main Oval (15 minutes) to the Thompson Library to visit the Mortar Board Centennial Suite

In the Thompson Library two rooms were renovated thanks to the generosity of Ohio State Mortar Board alumni who raised more than $320,000. These rooms are now named the Mortar Board Centennial Suite. There, you will hear a story of social change when eight women created an honor society called Mortar Board in 1914 on the OSU campus. A stop on the 11th floor will provide an extraordinary panoramic view of the stunning OSU campus.

The bus will pick you up at the library and return to the hotel at 1:45 p.m.

Tour Program 2: Managing Senior Stress


The stresses and challenges faced by seniors in the final year of undergraduate study include saying “goodbye” to a community of friends and experiences and saying “hello” to new opportunities and challenges (perhaps unknown at this time). Coping skills and strategies will be discussed in this informal conversation.

  • Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) box lunch with staff of the Student Wellness Center
  • A conversation about Senior Stress
  • A brief tour of the award-winning RPAC

RPAC is one of the largest and most comprehensive sport, fitness and wellness programs in the nation with a number of facilities available to students. A very short walk will take you to Ohio Stadium.

  • Ohio Stadium Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Built in 1922 with an original capacity of 66,210, Ohio Stadium is on the National Registry of Historic Places. One of the most recognizable landmarks in sports, the current capacity is 104,944, third largest in the country.

You can imagine you are a high-school All-American as you visit the Recruit Room. Experience the Huntington Club and suites and the Press Box. The Joan Zeig Steinbrenner Band Center is considered the best band facility in the country with a state-of-the-art Rehearsal Hall.

You will get an exclusive view of “The Horseshoe” that very few fans who fill it on fall Saturdays ever see. NOTE: There is a lot of walking and some stairs are required.

The bus will pick you up at the stadium and return you to the hotel at 1:45 p.m.