april 2017

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Spring issue of Ohio Today features Athens as “Best College Small Town”

USA Today readers voted Athens, Ohio, the 2016 “Best College Small Town,” a fact alumni have known for decades! This sense of legacy is the theme of the spring issue of Ohio Today — landing in alumni mailboxes soon! The spring issue features stories about the people, places, and events that make OHIO a singular university. Click here to read why Bobcats agree about Athens’ new honor, and for an exclusive photo gallery featuring — what else? — Athens!

As you know very well, OHIO is transforming lives in many meaningful ways and rising to the challenge of our institution's third century. You can see this in action in the calendar 2016 President's Report and the fiscal 2016 Foundation Report on Giving, which provide you with a glimpse inside the past year at your Ohio University.

Show your Bobcat pride online April 21

Our OHIO family spans every continent on the earth, and that green and white blood runs deep. On April 21, show how proud you are to be a part of the Bobcat Nation in celebration of OUr Day. Let us count the ways to display Bobcat pride on OUr Day. Update your Facebook status with “I Love Ohio University.” Don Bobcat sportswear. Read The Post or an issue of Ohio Today Magazine. Make a gift to OHIO to support future Bobcats. However you celebrate OUr Day, share it on social media. Read more.

Winning Homecoming logo announced

The Homecoming 2017 (Oct. 6-8) theme “Back in the Mix, Back on the Bricks” honors the School of Music’s 100th anniversary and the Marching 110’s 50th and evokes memories of DJs and musicians mixing it up on the radio and on OHIO’s bricks. Alumnus Tim Martin (BFA ’10) and OHIO sophomore Nik Williams submitted the logo selected by the Homecoming Committee to illustrate the harmonious theme. The pair’s design pays homage to “mix tapes” (or MP3 collections for the Millennial and Gen Z crowds). Read more here.

Board of Directors joins Bobcat musicians in NYC

The Ohio University Wind Symphony kicked off the School of Music’s centennial year with a once-in-a-lifetime performance at Carnegie Hall. In the audience were members of your OHIO Alumni Association Board of Directors, whose board meeting was coordinated to be in NYC for the show — which featured the Canadian Brass, Broadway star Denée Benton of "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812," Professor and Director Percussion Roger Braun, and world premieres by composers Dave Malloy (BFA ’98), and Distinguished Professor of Music Mark Phillips. In addition to the concert, the Board attended an alumni reception, toured the city, and made plans for the year ahead. See photos from the Carnegie Hall event here and here.

On The Green Weekend to showcase live theatre and music

Along with the flowers on College Green, Athens’ arts and culture scene blooms in the spring. This year’s On The Green Weekend will feature several performing arts-based activities for OHIO alumni and friends to experience during Ohio University’s annual spring Homecoming held May 17-21. Kick off the festivities with live jazz music and desserts on the historic College Green. The Ohio University Lancaster Theatre will perform the 1960s musical “The Fantasticks.” Click here for details and a list of events. 


Q: One of OHIO’s first graduates, Thomas Ewing, defined public service. He practiced law in Lancaster, served in the U.S. Senate and was secretary of the treasury in 1841. He also counseled two presidents. Who were they?

A) John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon
B) George Washington and George W. Bush
C) George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
D) Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson

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

Research finds theater personnel as susceptible to concussions as athletes

There’s no tackling or helmet-to-helmet hits in theater, but actors and stagehands are just as susceptible to head injuries as those on the field. Assistant Professor of Athletic Training Jeff Russell and Brooke Kapple, BSAT ’16, noticed a growing trend in head injuries among students working in theater. Read about their research.

Bobcats storm windy city for networking event

More than 75 students traveled to the Windy City March 22-25 for the OHIO Alumni Association’s Chicago Networking Week. Students had the opportunity to connect with alumni and get a taste of life after graduation. Read more about the trip here.

OHIO family welcomes new president and first lady

Although March 17 was St. Patrick’s Day, hundreds of Bobcats also wore green that day to show University pride as they welcomed newly elected president Duane Nellis and his wife Ruthie. During the two-hour reception, the first couple greeted students and other members of the OHIO community. Meet the first couple.

Tantrum Theater revives performance art scene

The City of Dublin has a robust visual arts culture. However, there was a gap in the arts community: theater. In 2015 the City of Dublin, Dublin Arts Council, and Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts partnered together to form the Tantrum Theater. Today, the professional theater is supported by alumni and Dublin residents, and it is earning its place in Dublin’s buoyant arts scene. Read more

Konneker Fund awards two university-wide initiatives

The Konneker Fund for Learning and Discovery was awarded to the Ohio University Museum Complex on The Ridges submitted by Nancy Stevens, professor of biomedical sciences, and the project Normalizing College Challenges: Increasing Student Success through a Lay Theory Intervention, submitted by Loralyn Taylor, director of analytics for university student success initiatives. Read more

Alumni Association wins 10 CASE awards

Networking in Washington, alumni sending care packages to students, and cooking Thanksgiving meals for those who stayed in Athens, are some of the acts that earned the OHIO Alumni Assocation national recognition from CASE, an international association of education advancement officers. Read here

Primary care physicians trained at OHIO stay in Ohio

Media Arts to host annual workshop for High School students 

Past meets present as three friends revisit OHIO

upcoming events


April 1
Cabaret at The Ohio Theatre
2 - 5 p.m.

April 1
Cincinnati Chapter – Bobcats on Ice 2017
6:30 - 10 p.m.

April 2
Nation’s Capital Chapter – DC Area Admitted Student Reception

2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Fairfax, VA

April 5
2017 Bobcat Caravan – Columbus
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

April 7
OAA/CLDC – OU Southern Professional Development Day

11 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Ironton, OH

April 7-8
Geological Sciences 2017 Alumni Symposium  

April 7-23
Oceania Cruise – Outrageous Outback

April 8
Akron Association of Ohio University Women – OU HCOM CLE Tour and Luncheon
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Warrensville, OH

April 12
2017 Bobcat Caravan – Cincinnati

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

April 12
A Dinner With 12 Strangers – Hosted by Ohio University Southern
6 – 8 p.m.
Ironton, OH

April 12
Pittsburgh Chapter: Annual OHIO Alumni at the Pittsburgh Pirates Game Outing

7 – 10 p.m.

April 15
Ohio Pride Society – AIDS Walk 2017
10 a.m. – Noon

April 20
2017 Bobcat Caravan – Cleveland

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

April 21
OUr Day Dinner-Cincinnati
6 – 8 p.m.

April 22
School of Music Centennial Gala

5:30 - 7 p.m.

April 22
Chicago Chapter – Bobcats Night Out At the Ballpark
6:10 – 9 p.m.

April 22
OHIO Alumni at the Tampa Bay Rays

6:10 – 9 p.m.
St. Petersburg, FL

April 22-May 4
Eastern & Oriental Express

April 26-May 4
River Life Along the Dutch Waterway

April 28-May 6
Oceania Cruise – Timeless Treasures

April 29
Middle Tennessee Chapter: 3rd Annual Bobcats in the Vines

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Arrington, TN

April 30
Bobcats At The Wise Owl

3 – 6 p.m.
West Chester, OH

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