March 3, 2004
By Breana Krotz
"Bring Back the Bobcat" is Senior Class Council's way of encouraging students to show their school spirit and give something back to Ohio University.
Donations for the "Bring Back the Bobcat" fundraiser will be collected around campus this week, marking an effort to raise funds for the Class of 2004 Endowment.
"The Bobcat will be at different donation collection points around campus this week," says Adam Covington, Senior Class Council member. "He's helping us to promote philanthropy and encourage students to give back."
Senior Class Council is asking Ohio University departments, administrators and student organizations to donate $200.40, in spirit of the Bicentennial. The fundraiser, which will help enhance the University Professor program, will end Saturday March 6, when the grand total is announced during the halftime of the Ohio vs. Kent State basketball game, when the Bobcat returns to re-ignite school spirit.
The University Professor program awards outstanding Ohio University professors for teaching and mentoring excellence. Chosen by the students, this prestigious award recognizes the best of the best. Faculty selected receive a wage increase, are given the opportunity to design their own class and are excused from teaching a course of their choice.
All Ohio University students have the opportunity to voice whom they feel should be selected online. A student committee then surveys classroom performance and makes the final selections.
"Senior Class Council is hoping to revamp the entire University Professor Program," says Senior Class Council President Ryan Mick. "It's been around for more than 30 years and is a prestigious award. We are really hoping to increase awareness of the program in the University community and this is just one of the ways we're doing it."
Senior Class Council members will be collecting donations this week during the evening at the dining halls and at College Gate on March 3 and 4 from 1-4 p.m. and March 5 from 2-4 p.m. Donations can also be placed in collection containers at the registers of all the campus bookstores.
Breana Krotz is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.