Spring 2020

Dean’s message | College life continues off campus

Most of our students have left Athens, and the only living beings on campus are essential staff and faculty who keep the infrastructure running as well as countless birds and squirrels that enjoy their spots of freedom on the deserted College Green. But with the help of modern technology, university life continues off campus.

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They went on spring break... and they didn't come back

It’s best told in their words, which are inspiring and uplifting. Here are their stories.

Cooking with Grandma, iced coffee on the beach, before social distancing

"I am a senior here at Ohio University. When I left for spring break this year, I didn't realize it was the last time I would be leaving Athens," writes Abigail Phillips.

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Safe at home but missing friends & coworkers

"I am glad that I never took my time with (my coworkers) for granted because I was the oldest and only one graduating. But I still wish I had more time to spend with them goofing around, helping our boss around the office, making copies, and door dashing almost every day. But I know that virus is just making our friendship even stronger and once all of this is over, the gang is getting back together," writes Hayli Flynn.

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Working out and looking for creative vegan options

"Before the outbreak of the COVID-19, I was able to go to the gym with my friend to gain more knowledge.... This became the foundation of me working out every day since," writes Danita Pitts-Medley.

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Coping with COVID-19

Grad student preps for space flight in apartment-turned-lab

From Al's apartment refrigerator to the International Space Station? The Wyatt Lab is going strong on NASA Mission to the Moon research.

At first, Al Meyers' refrigerator had eggs on the middle shelf, experiments on the bottom....

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Hines brings COVID-19 drug discovery to online environment for innovative learning

Before spring break, Dr. Jennifer Hines told her Tier III Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery class that they would be discussing anti-proliferative agents including anti-viral agents after spring break.

Now these classroom and tutorial topics have now turned into powerful online teachable moments.

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Biology donates lab coats, gloves & masks to O'Bleness Hospital

Biological Sciences Department donated supplies including 300 disposable lab coats, 280 boxes of gloves from the biology laboratory courses, and some masks to O’Bleness Hospital. 

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Working from home | From concerned to coping

"My daily planner and my year supply of Post-it Notes have become my new best friends. Staying in contact with my professors and advisers has been more important to me now than ever before, and doing little things around my apartment like cleaning and exercising keeps me motivated for what this year continues to offer," writes Dililah Gonzalez.

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COVID-19 student emergency fund

A gift to the COVID-19 Ohio University Student Emergency Fund will help students who are facing immediate financial hardships. These funds will support our most affected Bobcats at every OHIO campus.

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Support scholarships and take advantage of “The OHIO Match” through June 30

OHIO has dedicated $25 million to strengthen the University’s endowed scholarship program. The Ohio University Board of Trustees recently extended the program deadline through June 30, 2020. The University is using these funds to match 50 percent of every donation committed to eligible scholarship endowments.

  • When you give to scholarships for OHIO's undergraduate students, your gift could be matched 50¢ on the dollar! Read more about the Ohio Match.
Sit back, relax and watch some history

Settling Ohio: Stories to tell, legacies to preserve

More than 300 people came to Athens in February to hear stories about Settling Ohio: First Nations and Beyond.

The conference shed light on groups who "have not always received the attention they deserve, and this includes the indigenous populations as well as African Americans and immigrants."

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Taking care of business: Balancing history and legacy

Chief Glenna Wallace's tribe left Ohio on foot and arrived at the "Indian lands" out West in December of 1832, with only 69 people left.

Watch her discuss how Ohio can protect the legacy of Native Americans today.

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Settling Ohio: Waterways, apples, power & class

Speakers described apples as a symbol of class, wealth and power, the role of Ohio’s rivers in commerce, and 17 days walking the vestiges of Ohio’s first road.

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Settling Ohio | An early commitment to public education proved difficult to implement

Ohio celebrated Statehood Day on Feb. 26, 2020, with one contentious issue still lingering since the founding of the state—property tax funding of public education.

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Future Bobcats

Alumni invited to participate in volunteer alumni admissions network

Ohio University alumni are invited to participate in the Volunteer Alumni Admissions Network, serving as OHIO's personal link to prospective students, parents, and guidance counselors in your community.

There are multiple ways alumni can volunteer:

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STEMstart helps freshmen get ready for science

Coming a week early for STEMstart helps science majors transition from high school into college-level biology, chemistry and math courses.

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Career Corner
Watch video about Handshake here

Need Help with Your Career?

The Career and Leadership Development Center continues to provide coaching appointments by phone and virtually through TEAMS as part of Ohio University's lifetime Bobcat benefits.

Alumni, especially recent graduates, are encouraged to schedule an appointment in Handshake, set up a profile and gain access to internships and job opportunities from companies and organizations seeking workforce support from Ohio University.

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Online on your time

Ohio University’s College of Arts & Sciences offers online programs for

  • Dual enrollment teachers
  • Science professionals
  • Working professionals and recent graduates who want to transform themselves and society


Master’s Degrees


GIS Certificates


English as a Second Language


Support as you transition back to college

Whether you're going back to college after a few years on the job or you're starting your first online program, Ohio University has a support system to help you.


Success coach: Your coach will help you navigate financial aid, course registration, and more. Your coach also can provide helpful guides and resources as you balance life, work and college.


24/7 tutoring services: You'll have access to a free online tutoring and writing service. A 24-hour drop-off essay review service also is available to help you polish your papers, including review of punctuation and citations.


Easy to apply

  • No GRE needed
  • Summer 2020 application deadline extended: May 1
  • Fall 2020 applications are open.

Browse our programs and tell us what you’re interested in!


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