Jun 19, 2014
By Kelee Garrison Riesbeck, ’91, Photos By Katelyn Petraitis ’09
The Ohio University Alumni Association welcomed more than 400 alumni and friends living in the Big Apple to “A Night in Athens…in New York!” a themed event that recreated the feel of Athens’-original sights, sounds and tastes. Held on June 5 in the Vanderbilt Room of the historic Waldorf Astoria New York in midtown Manhattan, the venue featured wall-sized photos depicting scenes from the Athens Campus and Uptown Athens. Arrangements of cherry tree blossoms were elegantly displayed—a nod to the cherry trees that grow near campus along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. Alumni and friends also were treated to dishes and drinks modeled after some of Athens’ favorite food and nightspots like O’Betty’s Red Hot Dogs and The Pub.
“A Night in Athens” events have been one of the most popular events ever developed by the Association. The event in New York City not only marked the last of these events to be held this year, but it was also the largest gathering of OHIO alumni in New York City to date. It was hosted by OUAA in collaboration with the Greater New York City chapter.
“This event was so different from all of the other ‘Night in Athens’ events,” said Dawn Werry, director of external relations for the Association. “It really felt like Athens with all the cherry blossoms, photos of campus and Court Street, the streetlights and the benches. It was such a warm evening.”
Alumni, friends, members of the OUAA New York City Chapter, the OUAA Board, the Ohio University Foundation Board, and the OHIO Board of Trustees all attended the event.
Take a look at some of the memorable moments from “A Night in Athens … in New York!”
The Waldorf Astoria New York provided a regal setting for the Association’s final “A Night in Athens” event, attended by more than 400 alumni, friends, OHIO staff and OUAA board members.
Alumni gathered to reminisce their time at OHIO in the Vanderbilt Room amid signs just like the ones on College Green. Wall-sized photos of Athens and OHIO’s beautiful campus completed the look and feel of their alma mater.
Alumni, friends and guests were treated to Athens fare including cocktails reminiscent of those served at The Pub. In business since 1974, The Pub is a still a popular bar and restaurant in Athens, winning in the “Best Burger” category in the 2013 Best of Athens contest sponsored by the Athens NEWS.
Arrangements of cherry tree blossoms and familiar Athens Campus signs brought OHIO and Athens to mid-town Manhattan.
Alumni, friends and staff of OHIO enjoyed the event set inside this elegant and historic hotel. Pictured from left, Dean of the College of Business Hugh Sherman; Tina Pidwell; Ohio University Foundation Board Emeriti Trustee, former Chair of The Promise Lives Campaign Steering Committee and 1966 Fritz J. and Delores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology alumnus Charles Stuckey; and 1969 and 1970 Russ College grad and Ohio University Foundation Board member David Pidwell.
Young OHIO alumni were treated to a walk down memory lane as they recalled good times at locally-owned Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, one of only a few breweries located in Athens.
Seth Apple, a 1997 Scripps College of Communication grad, showed off his vintage Front Room mug at the event as Carol Fanning, a 1965 graduate of The Patton College, joined in on the fun.
A popular Athens-themed food station inside the Waldorf Astoria’s Vanderbilt Room brought back memories of Kosher dogs and garlic fries. O’Betty’s Red Hot Dogs is an Athens-original and a favorite among recent alumni.
Young alumni joined more than 400 other OHIO alumni who came out to show their Bobcat pride. Over 4300 alumni live in the New York City and the greater New York City area and 19 percent of this alumni base graduated between 2000-2009.
Alumni pose for a picture with OHIO’s 20th president, Roderick J. McDavis, a 1970 graduate of OHIO’s Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education.
To see more photos of “A Night in Athens…in New York!” visit http://ohioalumni.zenfolio.com/nia-nyc-2014