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Ross and Tracey Hecht

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Dads coming to campus

Annual weekend offers numerous fun events

Each year, dads are able to experience all that Ohio University has to offer for one winter weekend. Dads Weekend, which has been one of the most popular family events at the University for decades, will take place Jan. 21-23.
Both students and dads look forward to this annual weekend as a bonding opportunity and as a chance for dads to glimpse what their child's college life is truly like. The exciting and diverse lineup of events this year will provide families with a variety of social activities to choose from.

Here is a preview of this year's Dads Weekend events:

  • Head to "Dads Sports Club," presented by the University Program Council, Friday night at 7 p.m. in Baker University Center Ballroom to enjoy great food, play interactive games with your dad, and cheer on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Admission is free; cash bar available (must be 21 to drink). Reserve your spot online at ohio.edu/parents.

  • Friday and Saturday, students and parents can head to Bird Ice Arena to watch the OHIO Bobcats host the Indiana University Hoosiers. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for dads and adults.

  • Treat your Dad to an Italian feast at the "Cucina Di Luci" (Kitchen of Lights) on Friday,4:30-7 p.m. Boyd Dining Hall will be transformed to look and feel like an authentic Italian restaurant, complete with made-from-scratch pasta, local tomato sauce and fresh bread from the bakery. Cost is $7.50 for those not on meal plans.

  • Take part in the longest running Open Stage in Athens at 8 p.m. Friday at The Front Room in Baker University Center. Enjoy a coffee or tea with your dad as Bruce Dalzell serves as the host. Admission is free.

  • The OHIO men's basketball team takes on the Buffalo Bulls at 3 p.m. Saturday. Cheer on the Bobcats at the Convocation Center in this exciting MAC match-up. Tickets are free with student ID and $20 for general admission. Reserve your tickets at ohiobobcats.com.

  • Join School of Music faculty for the International Day of Collaborative Music on Saturday. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall on the fourth floor of Glidden Hall.

  • The Ohio University Minority Male Mentoring Committee invites students, dads and administrators to attend the Ohio University Minority Male Mentoring Initiative Conference from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Walter Hall 135. This event features various speakers who will be discussing the steps toward becoming a prosperous minority male. Admission is free.

  • Come to Latitude 39 on the first floor of Baker University Center on Saturday between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. for a delicious casual dining experience with your dad. View the menu and reservation information at www.facilities.ohiou.edu/latitude39.

  • Enjoy an evening with actor and comedian Rob Riggle on Saturday at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Riggle has appeared in numerous major television shows and films, including "Saturday Night Live," "The Office," "Arrested Development," "The Hangover" and "Step Brothers." Tickets are $20. More information can be found at ohio.edu/performingarts.

For a complete listing of Dads Weekend events and ticket information, click here.

Father travels cross country for Dads Weekend

Ohio University's annual Dads Weekend means more than just spending a fun weekend with dad for one student – it provides the only opportunity she will get to see her dad when classes are in session.

Tracey Hecht, a senior from San Diego, Calif., looks forward to Dads Weekend because it is the one time each year her dad, Ross Hecht, gets to meet her friends, stay at her apartment and see where she goes to class and hangs out.

"Because my family is not from around Ohio like many other students, my dad is not able to visit anytime he wants," Hecht said. "Dads Weekend is a chance for him to make the trip back to Athens. It is my favorite weekend."

Hecht, a business management and marketing major, made the tough decision to travel across the country to attend Ohio University because both her father and her grandfather are alumni.

Ross Hecht graduated from Ohio University in 1971 with a degree in business management. Her grandfather, Martin "Marty" Hecht, is a 1946 graduate who is a former vice president of university relations, director of alumni relations and assistant to the president.  

With three generations of memories to share, Tracey and her dad enjoy walking down Court Street together talking about how things were and how things have changed in Athens.

"I get to go back to my school, see old friends from my home town of Athens, and the best part of it all is being able to share that with my kid. Now it is her school and I get to meet her friends and go out with them," Ross Hecht said. "Dads Weekend at Ohio University will always be really special to us."

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