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This Founders Day will mark Ohio University’s 207th year

In the past, Founders Day has been marked by excitement and ceremony. This year will be no different, with a two-day celebration to welcome the occasion and honor excellence.

“Founders Day helps to deepen our appreciation for Ohio University,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit. “It reminds us that the partnership between a self-taught surveyor turned soldier and a graduate of Yale who spent most of his life as a minister created what was for a time the farthest outpost of Enlightenment.”

To ring in Founders Day, there will be an concert on Feb. 17 in the Baker Center Theater, with President Roderick J. McDavis and Benoit giving opening remarks at 7 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., there will be a concert with performances by Ohio University School of Music faculty members William Averill, on the piano, and Michael Carrera, on the cello.

The next night, the historical Founders Day date, Feb. 18, will celebrate the University’s excellence with the Distinguished Professor Lecture.

This event will honor 2010 Distinguished Professor Charles Smith, professor of playwriting and head of the Professional Playwriting Program in the School of Theater. Joining the celebration will be Distinguished Professor Peter Jung, professor of Astronomy and Physics.

President McDavis will welcome attendees at 7:30 p.m., and Smith’s lecture will begin at 8 p.m.

“Through the hard work and sacrifice of succeeding generations something that was improbably and fragile took root,”  said Benoit. “As we approach the 207th birthday of Ohio University, we should celebrate the fact that our potential is as unlimited as it was when this institution was still only the fond hope of a small group of New Englanders.”

Accessibility for Founders Day

Anyone needing a sign language interpreter or any other accommodation for effective communication for the Founders Day celebrations should contact Caitlin Barnhardt at (740)593-4004 by 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14.