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These conceptual drawings of the Bobcat Depot in Baker University Center show what students returning to campus in the fall should expect to see.

Graphic courtesy of: FRCH Design Worldwide

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Graphic courtesy of: FRCH Design Worldwide

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Bobcat Depot to emerge in Baker this fall

Allen Student Help Center expands as part of project


Students returning to the Athens Campus in the fall will see two major changes in Baker University Center when Bobcat Essentials and Tech Depot merge into one location with a new name – Bobcat Depot.

The newly designed Bobcat Depot on the first floor of Baker will feature all the services offered by both Bobcat Essentials and Tech Depot. The new location will allow students and guests to receive in-store hardware or software troubleshooting and repair, purchase textbooks, school supplies and OHIO apparel in a unified retail environment.

“Bobcat Depot has truly been a collaborative effort between Ohio University Auxiliaries and OIT,” said Dan Pittman, assistant director of auxiliary sales. “We can’t wait to open the new venue’s doors to the campus community later this summer.”

Preliminary construction for the combined operation began in mid-April, and the new store is scheduled to open in late July.

In mid-June, Bobcat Essentials will close to allow construction crews to begin renovations to the space, which will be the new home of the expanded Allen Student Help Center.

According to Allen Student Help Center Director Jenny Klein, the extra space will create a more cohesive environment to assist students in determining the right major and explore minors and academic certificates.

“For students who are struggling academically and not sure why they aren’t doing well, we can help,” she explained. “We can help with general academic advising and assist with finding programs to help improve the success of the undergraduate student.”

Each year, the Allen Student Help Center assists to resolve more than 6,000 questions or concerns from students, she added.

A name contest was held among students to determine the new name of the Bobcat Depot, and 13 of the 186 submissions suggested the winning name of Bobcat Depot. Contest organizers conducted a random drawing to decide which of the winning submissions received the grand prize. The winning participate was Hayley Heminger, who was awarded a 16 GB iPad Mini. The 12 runners up received an OHIO T-shirt.