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New Bobcats making memories at BSO (PHOTOS)


Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) is in full swing at Ohio University, bringing OHIO’s newest Bobcats from near and far to the Athens Campus.

Designed to allow new OHIO students and their guests to meet with faculty, staff and students and to prepare for fall semester through academic integration and socialization, BSO sessions began June 4 and continue through June 26.

This year marks the first time the University is holding BSO in June, allowing members of OHIO’s Class of 2018 to begin preparing for the transition to college even earlier.

More than 4,000 new students – including nearly 3,700 first-year students and more than 300 transfer students – are expected to attend this year’s BSO in their first official visit to campus. These newest members of the Bobcat Family are visiting their new home away from home with more than 5,600 parents and guests.

Check out these memorable moments from this year’s BSO:

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John Sherwood, an Ohio University student and orientation leader for University College, and a group of incoming Bobcats pose for a photo with Flat Rufus at Baker University Center during BSO. Bobcat Student Orientation is holding a Flat Rufus contest during BSO and awarding T-shirts to incoming students who snap photos with the cutout of Ohio University’s official mascot that demonstrate Bobcat spirit. Contest rules can be found on Facebook. Photo courtesy of Bobcat Student Orientation

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Jessica Gardner, director of external relations for OHIO’s College of Business, shares information about the college’s programming with a new student during the Involvement Resource Fair held during each session of BSO in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Photo by Ben Siegel

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Ohio University student Christian Bucey, who is an orientation leader for the College of Business, leads a group of incoming Bobcats in a Tim Tebow pose at Baker University Center during BSO. Photo by Justin Brabander

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Tanner Gerlacher makes her own waffle at Nelson Dining Hall during BSO. Incoming students and their guests have the opportunity to stay in an Ohio University residence hall and eat at an on-campus dining facility during BSO, getting their first tastes of the OHIO experience. Photo by Ben Siegel

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Members of Ohio University’s Class of 2018 engage in an activity outside Scripps Hall during BSO. The OHIO community strives to ensure that every incoming student leaves BSO with a complete and appropriate class schedule for fall semester as well as a new friend. Photo by Justin Brabander

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Posing for a photo with Rufus, Ohio University’s mascot, is a rite of passage for many incoming OHIO students. BSO staff have been posting photos of Rufus with OHIO’s newest Bobcats on Facebook. Photo by Justin Brabander

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Incoming Bobcats take advantage of BSO to get to know their new home away from home and to engage with members of the OHIO community. Photo by Justin Brabander

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The first day of BSO kicks off with an “Ohio University Welcome” session during which incoming students are seated according to their college in hopes that they will start making meaningful and lasting connections with their classmates. Photo by Ben Siegel

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At the University’s BSO, Rufus is one of the first members of the Bobcat Family to greet incoming students and their guests. BSO isn’t just for incoming students. The program also acknowledges the significant transition facing the families of incoming students. Photo courtesy of Bobcat Student Orientation

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Incoming students and their guest peruse the numerous opportunities to get involved on campus during the Involvement Resource Fair at BSO. Members of OHIO’s Class of 2018 will have another opportunity to learn about the many ways they can become involved in the OHIO community at the Campus Involvement Fair, which will be held Aug. 24 following the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students.

For more information on BSO, visit http://www.ohio.edu/orientation/.