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Keep Calm and Green On [Photo Essay]

Alumni and Friends turn out for OHIO’s first-ever “On the Green Weekend”


More than 425 alumni and friends participated in a variety of events offered by the Ohio University Alumni Association during the University’s inaugural “On the Green Weekend”, May 29 through June 1, 2014.

Alumni from across the decades – from the Class of 2014 to the Golden Bobcats of 1963 and 1964 – as well as current and emeriti faculty and staff, and members of the Athens community joined in activities throughout the weekend.

Make plans now to join the OUAA for “On the Green Weekend” May 29 – 31, 2015.

Take a look at some of the memorable moments from this year’s spring homecoming (more photos are online at ohioalumni.zenfolio.com/otg-weekend-2014):

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Photo by Lauren Pond
Alumni of Gospel Voices of Faith (GVF) celebrate the 40th anniversary of their student organization with Professor Emerita Francine Childs (second from left). The GVF was founded in 1974, first performed in 1975 and first toured in 1976. Childs helped establish the group and served as its long-time director while teaching in the Department of African American Studies.

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Photo by Kayla Hoffmann
An alumnus shows off his Bobcat pride during the Welcome Reception on Friday, May 29. More than 200 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and emeriti enjoyed the event, which took place under five tents on the College Green.

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Photo by Lauren Pond
The Alumni Varsity Band (AVB) invites alumni to “Stand Up and Cheer” during the BBQ on the College Green on Saturday, May 30. The AVB is comprised of dedicated alumni of Ohio University’s Marching 110 who commit to routine rehearsals during the summer months to prepare for their regular gig at OHIO Volleyball contests.

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Photo by Kayla Hoffmann
Associate Professor Michael L. Butterworth, director of the School of Communication Studies in the Scripps College of Communication, presents his course titled, “Political Communication and JFK: Media, Memory and Myth.” Alumni College courses like this one welcomed nearly100 participants on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30.

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Photo by Kayla Hoffmann
The Friday evening Welcome Reception culminates with an LED luminary balloon release at the Class Gateway at the intersection of College and Union Streets. These alumnae inscribed messages paying homage to their OHIO memories and connections.

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Photo by Kayla Hoffmann
Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center hosts an installation from the Ohio University Chillicothe Campus Child Development Center, which collaborates with five agencies that provide services to 300 children each year. Each classroom created quilt blocks representing its favorite Curious George book during the Week of the Young Child, April 7-11, 2014. The quilts were displayed alongside other pieces of art created by the children and a video featuring the center’s children’s signing choir and a look at the campus’s strengths in community partnerships, student success and teaching.

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Photo by Sarah Barclay
The Ohio University Lancaster Campus Theatre Program presents Lend Me a Tenor in the Baker University Center Theater on Friday, May 29. Students, faculty and staff from the campus staged the production for a crowd of nearly 100 in Athens. The Lancaster Campus Theatre Program offers four major productions a year, one of which is featured during the historic Lancaster Festival. This year’s Festival show will be Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

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Photo by Lauren Pond
Ray Asik, Rufus, David Yuhas and James Wikoff make up a foursome during the “Play on the Green” Golf Outing hosted by the Thomas Ewing Society, which is comprised of former members of the OUAA Board of Directors. Asik and Yuhas are members of the Golden Bobcat class of 1963. Wikoff graduated from OHIO in 1961. (Rufus is, of course, the Bobcat’s mascot.) The Golf Outing raised $6,676 in support of the Association’s Legacy Scholarship Program.

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Photo by Lauren Pond
OHIO alumnae Connie Tobias and Joan Mace celebrate 75 years of Aviation Education during a special reunion dinner on Saturday, May 30 at the Gordon K. Bush Ohio University Airport. Both women earned bachelor’s degrees from OHIO in 1978. Mace is Chair Emerita, and was the first woman chair of the Department of Aviation.

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Photo by Kayla Hoffmann
First Lady Deborah A. McDavis, President Emeritus Vernon R. Alden and President Roderick J. McDavis pause for a photo during the Welcome Reception. Alden, who served as OHIO’s president from 1962-1969, participated in events throughout the weekend with the Golden Bobcat classes of 1963 and 1964. His presidency oversaw a doubling of enrollment and faculty, and a 750-acre expansion of campus, including the construction of Alden Library, the airport, and the Convocation Center. He also worked to bring to reality the re-routing of the Hocking River and the construction of the Appalachian Highway Network.