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How do you do O-H-I-O? We’d love to see it

Our team is always looking for great travel photos from alumni showing off their Buckeye pride. Here are some examples and tips.

Standing in front of an ornate platform with stairs that extend from both sides, four white men dressed in tuxedos in matching color schemes each form a letter with their arms above their heads, spelling out OHIO. The second man, Nobel winner Pierre Agostini, has flowing white hair, a beard and a smile as he reaches high to make the H.

Professor Emeritus Pierre Agostini won the Nobel Prize in Physics this year, and celebrating in Stockholm were, from left, Michael Poirier, chair of the Department of Physics; Agostini; Lou DiMauro, the Edward and Sylvia Hagenlocker Chair/Professor of Physics; and David Horn, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Fanny Staveby Widinghoff)

As the setting sun lights up the evening sky in shades of gold and orange, four people form an OHIO. Because of the backlighting, they appear solely as dark silhouettes.

Photo by Alec Sutliff

A moment in time 

Peggy Conroy Sutliff ’85 of Galena, Ohio, keeps this photo hanging in her home office. Her husband, Alec Sutliff, snapped it in the summer of 2014 as she stood oceanside with their three children — all teenagers at the time — near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. “It might have been the last time, other than a long weekend, that all five of us were together for a vacation,” she says. Nine years later, Abby Sutliff Zafris ’16, left, is now married. Jill Sutliff ’20, next to Abby, is working on her master’s degree in social work, and Reed Sutliff, right, is married with a 1-year-old son. “Alec and I are empty-nesters,” Peggy says. “This life is kind of flying by. I’m so glad we took that trip.” — Todd Jones 

Four horses stand in a row facing the camera as their riders use their arms to spell out OHIO. They’re in a dirt paddock; beyond the fence is a grassy field and a barnlike building. The people are three girls and their dad.

Photo by Trish Raridan Preston ’94

Pride in the saddle 

The Preston family’s strong ties to agriculture and Ohio State make an O-H-I-O on horseback perfectly logical. So, too, are three fresh degrees from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences: a master’s for Trish Raridan Preston ’94 and bachelors’ for twin daughters Lauren and Emma. The first two graduated at spring commencement; Emma graduates this fall. “Ohio State has been there for our family in many ways. From academics to the medical center, we are very connected to this university,” says Trish, a 25-year staff member who is grateful for the treatment her dad, Bill Raridan ’55, received at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Trish took this photo of her husband and kids during a birthday celebration for daughter Sophia, a barrel racer and prospective Buckeye. From left are Lauren, Sophia, Emma and Ken. — Varad Raigaonkar 

Standing on the edge of what seems to be a rocky cliff, four young adults spell out OHIO with their arms above their heads. They’re all wearing shorts, T-shirts and tennis shoes; those forming O’s are females, and the inside letters are formed by males. Behind them in the far distance is a valley coated in green trees and layers of mountains. The sun seems to be setting behind clouds.

Photo courtesy of Derek Ho

Global citizens 

A summer trip to Nicaragua brought these Buckeyes together in the shared spirit of service and adventure. From left, sophomore Kaya Yanagisawa, Derek Ho ’21, Joey Hughes ’23 and junior Elizabeth Eiting, who paused on their hike up Telica Volcano, camped near the 3,480-foot summit. This capped two weeks working in the fishing village of Jiquilillo as part of Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE). Alongside other volunteers, the four taught English to kids, dug a home’s foundation and worked on reforestation and garden projects. “I’ll cherish the memories and deep conversations we had,” Ho says. “We formed long-lasting friendships with each other and the people in the community we served. We’re Buckeyes for life. We’re global citizens.” — Todd Jones  

Sitting on a giant rock, four young women use their upper bodies to spell out OHIO as they smile happily. In the background a tall Taipei building made of glass rises above the treetops.

Photo by Erin Rogers

A life-changing season

On this crisp summer morning, rising junior Tiffany An, left, embarked on a hike up Elephant Mountain, seeking the spectacular view of Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei. She began the climb in the company of unfamiliar faces, fellow students also starting their Fisher College of Business Global Marketing trip. Among them were the rising seniors playing off An’s O: from left, Celine Demee, Jenna Wagoner and Ami Brannan. They descended the mountain as new friends. An recalls thinking, “This is the beginning of long-lasting friendships.” Their adventure continued as they learned about marketing in a city with leading technologies and found every moment an opportunity for growth. — Evelyn Kretzer 

How do you spell O-H-I-O?

We’ll consider your O-H-I-O photos for future issues if you tag them #BuckeyeForLife on social media or directly send them to the Ohio State University Alumni Association on Instagram, Facebook or the platform now called X.

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