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The Promise Lives Campaign hits the road

OHIO alumni are invited to celebrate together at two special events in Central and Southwest Ohio

As part of The Promise Lives Campaign, Ohio University is inviting alumni and friends from around the state of Ohio to attend two special events in celebration of the transformational learning experience that is OHIO's hallmark. Both events will be hosted by the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA).

"Alumni are joining forces across the state of Ohio and the nation to celebrate Ohio University's successes during this Campaign," said Connie Romine, interim executive director of the OUAA. "These events are both at premier locations and will provide a great opportunity for Central and Southwest Ohio area alumni to reengage with OHIO and to remind themselves how special it is to be a Bobcat."

The Promise Lives Campaign seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015, and already has secured more than $409 million toward its goal in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University. Learn more at www.ohio.edu/campaign.

Central Ohio, Nov. 12:
"Bobcats and the Most Exciting Band in the Land"

Central Ohio alumni are coming together for the Marching 110's annual concert at the historic Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus on Monday, Nov. 12. The "Bobcats and the Most Exciting Band in the Land" event will feature a reception in the Galbreath Pavilion from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. followed by the concert at 8 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and registration is available at www.ohiopromise.com through Nov. 5.

The event was developed by Columbus residents Bill and Julie Righter and a committee of Central Ohio Bobcats that convened to plan events for the region's 27,000 plus Ohio University alumni. The Righters are graduates of OHIO's Scripps College of Communication.

The Marching 110 has earned national attention with approximately 5.1 million YouTube views (prior to the video's removal and reposting) of its performance of Korean rapper Psy's viral hit "Gangnam Style." The band's "Party Rock Anthem" performance last year accumulated more than 8 million views.

"People have a great time at this concert every year and it's a great time to come out and support the band," said Marching 110 Director Richard Suk. "The band enjoys performing for the fans and really looks forward to these performances."
Southwest Ohio, Nov. 14:
"Bobcats at the Ballpark"

Cincinnati- and Dayton-area alumni will come out to the Great American Ballpark in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The "Bobcats at the Ballpark" event will feature Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and two special alumni guests: Sportscaster Thom Brennaman and WLWT-TV Sports Director Ken Broo.

The event includes an exclusive reception in the Fox Sports Ohio Champions Club and tours of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., as well as a game watch following the reception as OHIO Football takes on Ball State. The cost is $20 per person and registration is available at www.ohioalumnireception.org through Nov. 6.

This event was developed by Warren County residents Steve and Traci Ellis and a committee of Southwest Ohio Bobcats in support of the region's nearly 9,000 alumni. Steve Ellis is a graduate of OHIO's College of Arts and Sciences, and Traci Ellis is a graduate of OHIO's Scripps College of Communication.

"The southwest area of Ohio loves the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds Hall of Fame Museum and Champions Club are both unique venues and a great opportunity to see different parts of The Great American Ballpark," said the Ellises, who are co-chairing OHIO's Cincinnati-area Regional The Promise Lives Campaign Committee.

They explained that the committee is especially proud to be hosting Brennaman, Broo and President McDavis.

"We are both very proud of our Ohio University degrees and the education and experiences we obtained during our four years at OHIO. We are excited about the rejuvenation of OHIO alumni in the Cincinnati-Dayton area," said the Ellises. "There is a certain 'spark' and feeling for Ohio University that immediately links and bonds all Bobcats. We hope to see many OHIO Alumni in the Cincinnati and Dayton area at the 'Bobcats at the Ballpark' event."