february 2016

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Extending OHIO’s reach across the state

Ohio University was founded in 1804 on Manasseh Cutler’s vision of a “university in the wilderness.” In its early days, the University was a single building nestled in the green hills of Athens with three students and one professor. In 2015, that university in the wilderness now has a footprint that extends across the state of Ohio. Video by Sway the Crowd.

Last chance to register for Alumni College in Fort Myers on Jan. 30.

On The Green Weekend schedule announced

The OHIO Alumni Association’s spring homecoming featuring academics and the arts will host many of the usual programming suspects, with some exciting new events scheduled to join the fold. For the first time, the Cruise-In at the Convo will be held during OTG. The classic car show is the OHIO Alumni Varsity Band’s annual fundraiser to support the Marching 110. Also new in 2016 is a special Concert Under the Elms, karaoke night, all-new Alumni College courses and Film Festival showings, and a Professional Development Conference for young alumni. On The Green Weekend is scheduled for May 18-22. Click here for more information and to register.

Shop for your OHIO sweetheart at The Bobcat Store

Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift is a lot of pressure. How do you declare your love to your significant Bobcat? No matter what stage in your relationship, The Bobcat Store has the right gifts to tell your sweetheart how you feel. Now through Feb. 14, save 14% on all orders of OHIO champagne flutes, Keith Chapman jewelry, and Loralie’s Minis OHIO Brownies by using promo code “LOVE2016.” Read more about our recommendations and sweet offerings here.

Sign up to be an alumni dancer for OHIO’s dance marathon

BobcaThon is Ohio University’s dance marathon benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. Last year the event raised over $18,000, and this year is looking to be bigger and better! The 12-hour dance marathon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13. You can sign up to participate as an alumni dancer and dance for four hours. Lunch will be included, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities the day of the marathon. Read more at BobcaThon.com, or contact Katrina Heilmeier at heilmeik@ohio.edu to sponsor a dancer or contribute to the event. Watch this short video to learn more about BobcaThon.

Cast your vote for the 2016 Homecoming theme

The OHIO Alumni Association and the Division of Student Affairs need your input regarding this year’s Homecoming theme selection! Cast your vote and help determine the look and feel of Homecoming 2016. The survey will be open for one week, has only one question, and will take less than a minute to complete. Watch for the theme announcement in Compass and on ohio.edu/homecoming this February. Once the theme has been selected, a Homecoming logo competition will follow later in the month.


Q: In 1815, trustees began to make plans for the “College Edifice,” a three-story structure that would offer labs, dorms, offices, lecture halls and a library. What is the College Edifice known as today?

A) Galbreath Chapel
B) Cutler Hall
C) Wilson Hall
D) President's House
E) McGuffey Hall

Think you know the answer? Click here to find out.

OHIO alumnus worked the cameras during the ‘Star Wars’ premiere

VISCOM alumnus Brad Shaffer,’02, sat dozens of feet away from stars Harrison Ford, J.J. Abrams and Carrie Fisher at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, while running the switchboard to a live stream on starwars.com. The website had 33,000 continuous streamers during the premier. Shaffer is a freelancer for My Media Group and has previously worked with ESPN and UFC. Read The Post article here.

Last chance to submit nominations for the Alumni Awards

Do you know a Bobcat that has given of his or her time and talent to OHIO? It could be a long-time chapter leader or Board member; it might be an OHIO superfan who rallies the alumni in your area to cheer on the Bobcats. It could even be you! The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support Ohio University and its initiatives. Click here to see other award categories and to nominate a Bobcat you know. Act now! The nomination deadline is Feb. 1.

OHIO Pride alumni event coming to Columbus

Warm up those singing voices and join the Ohio University Pride Society of Alumni and Friends on Jan. 26 for an evening of theatrics, sing-alongs and fun at a Broadway event featuring “The Sound of Music.” The society has been recognized as the Best New Alumni Society in 2015, and the group’s leadership is hosting a celebratory event to appeal to their diverse community of alumni. Read about the event here or click here to register.

DC Networking Week to offer alumni panels

The Alumni Association’s Nation’s Capital Chapter will host the first annual DC Networking Week on March 24-26. The program will provide an opportunity for students to network with alumni working in Washington, D.C. and explore the various career opportunities the nation’s capital has to offer. The featured panels will examine working in the business sector, government and communication industries. There will also be panels on the upcoming election and other issues central to Washington, D.C. Read more about the event here.

Last chance for your OHIO student to be a legacy scholar

Ohio University mourns the death of Wilfred R. Konneker

OHIO senior wins first place in prestigious journalism competition

Fall Commencement attracts about 650 graduates

Chemistry alumnus gets entrepreneur award for work on hepatitis c drug

A Group Of Sorority Girls Are Fighting Back Against People Who Think They Are “Spoiled” Partiers

upcoming events


Feb. 4
Greater Cincinnati Chapter: Alumni Happy Hour at MadTree Brewing’s Taproom
5 - 7 p.m.

Feb. 5-7
Sibs Weekend Bus Schedule – Cleveland – Ohio University Women’s Club

Feb. 6
Orlando Chapter: Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day

8 a.m. ‐ 2 p.m.
Orlando, FL

Feb. 6
Central Ohio Alumni Network: 9th Annual Flipping for Toys – Charity Flip Cup Tournament
5 p.m.

Feb. 13
Teacher Toolbox of Success Conference
11:30 a.m. ‐ 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 16
A Night of Networking: Employer Registration
5 ‐ 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 16
A Night of Networking: Student Registration
5 ‐ 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 18
Student Senate Society: The Cost of Higher Education
5:30 ‐ 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 20
Annual College of Business Basketball Bus Trip
Columbus & Cincinnati

Feb. 20
San Diego Bobcats: Temecula FUNraiser Wine Tour
10 a.m. ‐ 4:30 p.m.
San Diego, CA

Feb. 21
Ohio University Ebony Bobcat Network Annual Scholarship Theater Fundraiser
1 ‐ 5:30 p.m.
Cleveland Heights, OH

Feb. 27
Greater Cincinnati Chapter: 5th Annual Bobcats on Ice – Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Tulsa Oilers
7 ‐ 10 p.m.

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Ohio University Alumni Association
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Phone: 740-593-4300 | Fax: 740-593-0970
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