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Ohio University alumni get Up Close at Cleveland Museum of Natural History


Cleveland-area Ohio University alumni will explore their natural curiosity at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Friday, Oct. 19, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Cost to attend is $35 per person. Registration is available online at www.oupromise.org through October 12.

Hosted by the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA), the event was developed by Lakewood resident Dee Wirkiowski, a 1962 graduate of OHIO's College of Arts and Sciences, and a committee of Cleveland-area Bobcats that convened to plan events for the region's more than 20,000 Ohio University alumni.

Co-chair of OHIO's Cleveland Regional The Promise Lives Campaign Committee Wirkiowski said, "This is one of the signature 'venue places' in Greater Cleveland and is very highly thought of. Lots of people visit the museum; not many have the opportunity to spend a glamorous evening there."

She added that this unique event will feature "food, animals, lighting, music, exhibits and more that are not available to most people."

During "Bobcats Up Close" guests will interact with the museum's living collections including birds, small animals, and live bobcats that museum staff will have on hand in the galleries. Guests will visit the exhibits, engage in hands-on experiences, and enjoy the musical artistry of David Blazer. Widely known for his jazz piano, Blazer is the house pianist at the famed Velvet Tango Room.

As part of The Promise Lives Campaign, Ohio University is inviting alumni around the state of Ohio, across the nation, and around the world to attend special events like this one celebrating the transformational learning experience that is OHIO's hallmark.

"Alumni are joining forces to celebrate Ohio University's successes during this Campaign," said Dawn Werry, interim senior director for the OUAA. "'Bobcats Up Close' is a great opportunity for thousands of Cleveland-area alumni to catch up with old friends and to reengage with OHIO. It's our goal to welcome all alumni into the University community, to bring their expertise and experience to today's students through mentorships and internships, and to remind them how special it is to be a Bobcat."

The Promise Lives Campaign seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015, and already has secured more than $407 million toward its goal in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities. Learn more at www.ohio.edu/campaign.