By Gabrielle Johnston
With the holiday season in full swing, there's not much time left for procrastinators and last-minute gift buyers. In the spirit of making the holidays less hectic, Outlook has compiled a list of OHIO-themed gifts for those still searching for the perfect present.
Cookies are always a sweet gift, and there's still time to buy Santa's favorite midnight snack from Ohio University Catering.
A baker's dozen of holiday cookies costs $6. For more information, contact the catering office at 593-4035 or through its Web site at www.facilities.ohiou.edu/food/extsrvs_banquetandcatering.htm.
Ohio University coverlets and throws
Classified Senate is offering Ohio University-themed coverlets and pillows. Proceeds will benefit student scholarship funds and educational programs.
The coverlet, measuring 50 by 69 inches, features pictures of 21 historic campus buildings. It's available with a light cream or hunter green background and costs $50.
The pillow presents a colorful rendition of old Baker Center on one side and New Baker University Center on the other. Marked with the same border as the senate's previous bicentennial pillow, the new pillow can be easily added to make a set. The pillows cost $25 each.
"I think it's a really nice idea for people who are alumni or for students who want to give their parents something," said Cathy Sitko, an administrative associate in the reference section of Alden Library. Sitko, a member of the Classified Senate, oversees coverlet and pillow orders.
To order, visit the Senate's Web site, www.ohiou.edu/csen/historic_coverlet_pillow.htm, or contact Sitko at 593-2701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio University wooden ornaments
Printing and Graphic Services is offering the Buildings of Campus Signature Ornament Series. Pieces are engraved by a laser and showcase building and university heritage designs.
The building designs feature the oldest and newest buildings on campus -- Cutler Hall and Baker University Center. Heritage designs include a Bobcat and a paw print.
This is the first year the Buildings of Campus ornaments have been offered. The Heritage designs were introduced last year. Pieces are available at the Bobcat Essentials storefront at Baker University Center 417 or directly from Printing and Graphic Services by calling 593-1930. Ornaments cost $15 each, or $50 for the set of four.
Ohio University Press books
Is there a better way to enjoy a cold winter day than curled up with a good book? For the reader on your holiday gift list, check out the selections of Ohio University Press at www.ohioswallow.com.
Jeff Kallet, marketing associate for the press, suggested "Album Quilts of Ohio's Miami Valley," by Sue C. Cummings. Packed with illustrations, the book costs $20.
He also recommended "The AIA Guide to Columbus," which details significant buildings and neighborhoods in the Columbus metropolitan area.
Kallet characterized the book, written by Jeffrey T. Darbee and Nancy A. Recchie, as "an awesome gift" and said it would be a wonderful selection for anyone who enjoys architecture.
Other books that made Kallet's list were the "Ohio Amish Mystery" series by P.L. Gaus and "Out of the Woods" by Ora E. Anderson.
For a complete list of Ohio University Press' books and purchasing information, visit the Web site. A 20 percent off sale is under way, Kallet said.
Check out the Ohio University Alumni Association's December 2008 e-newsletter at www.ohioalumni.org for more gift ideas. The association's link to the Bobcat Store reveals a plethora of university-themed gifts such as sweatshirts, tote bags and hats.
Still undecided? Check out the Bobcat Essentials store, fourth floor, Baker University Center.
"My favorite thing in the store that we have right now are the wooden crafts," said Bobbi Napper, a manager and the student coordinator for Bobcat Essentials. In addition to the Buildings of Campus Signature Ornament Series by Printing and Graphic Services, there are mantle clocks and other wooden items. Other items include OHIO mugs, jewelry and apparel.
Bobcat Essentials closes for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 19.
For the health-conscious or habitual New Year's resolution-maker, WellWorks at Grover Center has some great ideas and special deals, including a buy one/get one half-off membership. For those affiliated with Ohio University, a one-year membership costs $105, the second costs $52.50. A family membership costs $180
WellWorks also offers massage certificates, $36 for an hour, and nutrition and training packages. For more information, contact WellWorks at 593-2093 or through its Web site, www.ohiou.edu/wellworks/.
Performing Arts tickets
Tickets to any one or all of the university's Performing Arts series are another great gift idea.
Tickets for various shows go on sale prior to performances at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium ticket office. While the ticket office is generally closed during the university winter break, it will open later this week, from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 17-19, for holiday gift purchases.
Call 593-1780 or visit www.ohio.edu/performingarts/ for more information or to purchase tickets.
For the sports fan, stop by the Ohio Athletics site for ticket deals to intercollegiate events this winter and spring.
The All Sport Season Ticket pass, at $40 per adult and $20 per youth, is good for women's basketball, volleyball, softball and baseball games.
For $99, a family of four (two adults and two youths) can go to all home games for men's basketball. Individual season tickets are $35
For more information or to order tickets, call 1-800-575-2287 or visit www.ohiobobcats.com.