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Flat Rufus

Alumni and students join in a Flat Rufus contest for OUr Day, April 18.

Photo courtesy of: Sarah Filipiak

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OUAA celebrates in April: Senior Week, OUr Day


Each year the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) teams with various organizations and campus units to celebrate Senior Week, a week filled with activities and events aimed at honoring OHIO’s upcoming Athens and regional campus graduates.

Senior Week kicks off Monday, April 14 with members of the Student Alumni Board driving golf carts on the Athens campus to offer t-shirts and other OHIO clothing to seniors.

Some students will attend “A Dinner with 12 Strangers” at 6 p.m. This event is supported by OUAA and each dinner is hosted by OHIO alumni and friends, or faculty and staff.  “A Dinner with 12 Strangers” is an opportunity for students to strengthen their ties with alumni, learn about the possibilities after their time at Ohio University and network with professionals to help make their transition into the “real world” a bit easier. This spring’s event will take place at four Athens-area restaurants. Ryan Lombardi, vice president of student affairs, will lead one dinner event at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center.

TheBobcat v. Food” event, a favorite among students, is Tuesday, April 15. The event is open to all students and features teams of Bobcats who compete against each other to be the first team to finish signature dishes prepared by popular local restaurants. Winning teams receive prizes from Athens businesses. Click here to register.

The Campus Involvement Center also invites students to participate in “Extreme on the Green,” an event featuring rides on a zip line across South Green and The Great Lakes Timber Show, which offers a humorous twist on events from the 1800s logging industry.

Wednesday, April 16 is the academic year’s final “Bobcat-to-Bobcat Panel,” where recent graduates offer advice to upcoming graduates about life after OHIO. The event takes place at 6 p.m. in Walter Hall, Room 135.  

On Thursday, April 17 the Student Senate Black Affairs Commission and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board will sponsor a breakfast bar at the Multicultural Center in Baker University Center beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a free continental breakfast available to all students.

The University Programming Council is sponsoring a ’90s “Night On The Green” event on South Beach. Students can watch their favorite ’90s television shows like “Boy Meets World” and “Hey Arnold!” as well as enjoy childhood snacks.

Senior Week concludes on Friday, April 18 with “yOUr Alumni Celebration” at Konneker Alumni Center. Students can enjoy free food and games, and graduating seniors will receive a gift. The event is an opportunity for all students to learn about purchasing diploma frames and seniors will get a crash course on what it means to be an OHIO alumnus.

Friday, April 18 also marks OHIO’s annual OUr Day celebration. Seniors also are encouraged to participate. 

OUr Day offers Bobcats the opportunity to show their Ohio University pride. Alumni can view a Marching 110 video on YouTube, wear OHIO apparel or participate in activities via OUAA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

OUr Day brings alumni closer to OHIO, no matter where they live. Alumni can engage with other alumni by tweeting and posting their activities to OUAA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit ohioalumni.org/our-day for Ohio University-themed artwork and more details.  

As an added feature, OUAA also is launching an OUr Day “Flat Rufus Contest.” Alumni can print a paper Rufus at ohioalumni.org/flat-rufus-contest, take photos of the OHIO mascot visiting various locations, then post these photos April 14 - 18 to the OHIO Alumni Facebook Timeline. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win an “I’m with Rufus” t-shirt.

For more information regarding Senior Week and OUr Day activities, contact Katrina Heilmeier at heilmeik@ohio.edu