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"A Night in Athens...in Chicago" [Photo Essay]


More than 400 Ohio University alumni and friends gathered Dec. 12 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown on the Magnificent Mile for a special alumni event developed by the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) and co-hosted by the Chicago Regional The Promise Lives Campaign Committee.

Some 2,172 OHIO Alumni live in the city of Chicago. An unprecedented 8 percent of them came out this event — which wasn’t just any event in a hotel ballroom. Themed “A Night in Athens…in Chicago,” the OUAA took the opportunity to recreate the OHIO and Athens experience 429 miles from College Green. Take a look at some of the evening’s memorable moments.

Photos by Erica McKeenan. 

Dennis Minichello
Dennis Minichello, AB '74, co-chair of The Promise Lives Campaign Chicago Regional Committee, speaks to a packed room of more than 400 Bobcats from around the region.
Signing mock Seigfried
An alumna leaves her mark on the mock Seigfred Hall exhibition. In addition to serving as a center of activity for visual arts at OHIO, Seigfred Hall houses offices for the School of Art + Design and the School of Visual Communication, whose programs are nationally recognized for excellence.
OUAA Chicago Chapter Leadership
Leadership and members of the OUAA's Chicago Chapter Network pose for a photo in front of a life-size replica of the Alumni Gateway.
Young Alumni in Chicago
Young alumni mingled throughout the event with fellow Bobcats, faculty, staff and Campaign leadership while enjoying OHIO-themed food and scenery.
President McDavis
President Roderick J. McDavis, who delivered a rousing speech during the event, mingled with alumni and friends in front of "Chubb Hall" and "Wilson Hall."
Peggy Viehweger and Patricia Conner Study
Peggy Viehweger, AB '71, member of the OHIO Board of Trustees, The Foundation Board of Trustees and The Promise Lives Campaign Chicago Regional Committee poses for a photo with Emerita Trustee of The Ohio University Foundation Patricia Conner Study, AB '48.
Signing Scripps Wall
School of Journalism alumnae Kaitlin Shultz and Kylie Whittaker sign their names on one of the 11 campus buildings represented in the Chicago Marriott Ballroom.
A night in Chicago dancing
A diverse mix of alumni and friends dance the night away during one of the largest alumni gatherings ever hosted by the OUAA.
couple in front of "Alden"
Wait? Is that Alden Library in Chicago? A Bobcat couple pauses for a photo outside of the replicated version of one of OHIO's most famous landmarks.