Sept. 1, 2005
By Brianna Huy
Attending events outside the classroom is an enjoyable and important aspect of college life that can expand students' horizons. With the new Bobcat Passport, students could win prizes, including one quarter of in-state tuition, while they experience the wide variety of events offered on campus.
Students' involvement outside the classroom is becoming nearly as important as schoolwork said Assistant Director for Campus Programs Chad Barnhardt,. Co-curricular transcripts that keep track of a student's involvement in clubs, volunteer work and campus activities might soon accompany academic transcripts upon graduation.
Some key dates and deadlines
Sept. 1: Residence halls open at noon for new students.
Sept. 2: Orientation for new students who didn't attend Precollege.
Sept. 3: Residence halls open at 9 a.m. for new and upperclass students.
Sept. 5: Last day to cancel registration for fall quarter; University closed for Labor Day.
Sept. 6: Fall quarter classes begin.
Sept. 13: Last day to add a fall quarter class w/out instructor approval.
Sept. 20: Last day to register for fall quarter; Last day to add a fall quarter class.
Sept. 28: Last day to apply for fall quarter graduation.
Oct. 10: Last day to drop a class from your fall quarter schedule.
Oct. 21-23: Homecoming Weekend
Nov. 4-6: Fall Parents Weekend
"It's never too early for students to start thinking about adding to their academic experience," Barnhardt said. "This program will enrich and engage students for the ideal college experience."
Dean of Students Terry Hogan said the Bobcat Passport highlights the different events offered by various schools and programs on campus and promotes them in a more universal way.
"Students aren't always aware of the all the events happening on campus," Hogan said. "We think the Bobcat Passport will be a useful tool to encourage students to expand their interests by attending events they may not otherwise have considered."
When Precollege students and parents were informed about the program and shown an example of the passport, which folds up to the size of student ID, they were very enthusiastic about the prizes, Barnhardt said.
Students must turn in their passports by 5 p.m. on Feb. 17 to be entered into the drawing for at least 100 different prizes. They include books for one year up to $1,000, iPods, a party for 10 friends in the Skybox at the Convocation Center, performing arts series tickets and much more.
"We have a wide variety of prizes available for students with many different interests," said Barnhardt. "We want students to go to different venues and take advantage of all the events on campus, and they can pick up prizes along the way."
When they entered their residence hall rooms opening weekend, all first-year students received a passport. At every approved event, a table or stand will be set up where students must get their passport stamped coming in and out of the event. Each category has a unique stamp. Upperclassmen can pick up a Bobcat Passport at approved events or the information desk in Baker Center.
There is at least one free event in each category. Events include the first home football game on Sept. 9, Unify Student Diversity Conference, the Broadway play "CATS" and various speakers. During Parents' Weekend from Nov. 4-6, parents can attend the football game against Toledo and Laughter After Dark on Friday night and a concert at the Front Room on Saturday night with their students. Check out the Bobcat Passport Web site at www.ohio.edu/bobcatpassport for a complete list of prizes and approved events.
Brianna Huy is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.