Akron Manor House

The Manor House at Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Photographer: Andy Fiala, AJF Photography

Yearbooks from the Mahn Center

Guests peruse yearbooks and other historical materials taken to Akron from the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections.

Photographer: Andy Fiala, AJF Photography

OHIO’s all female a cappella group, Title IX

Student members of OHIO’s all female a cappella group, Title IX, perform for alumni and friends.

Photographer: Andy Fiala, AJF Photography

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Akron-area alumni and friends celebrate OHIO’s history – and Tudor Revival architecture

More than 60 Akron-area Ohio University alumni explored Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens on Thursday, March 21 during “Bobcats at the Manor House.” Developed by the Akron Regional The Promise Lives Campaign Committee, the event was hosted by the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA).

Akron-area residents Ann Cousins and Gwen Hubach, who serve as co-chairs of the Akron Regional Campaign Committee, developed the event. Cousins is an OHIO parent – her sons Shane and Keith graduated from the University in 2001 – and is a member of the Akron Association of Ohio University Women. Hubach, who earned her bachelor’s degree in sports sciences from the College of Health Sciences and Professions in 2010, is a past-president of the OUAA’s Student Alumni Board and is the young alumni contact in Akron.

Event attendees experienced not only the rich architecture and furnishings of the Manor House, but also more than 80 years of Ohio University history brought to Akron from Ohio University’s Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections. Historical yearbooks and photos tied the University’s 209-year history to the nearly 100-year history of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Guests also were treated to a performance by Title IX, Ohio University’s premier all female a cappella group.

“It was a wonderful evening spent touring a historical Akron landmark and reminiscing about the history of OHIO,” said Dawn Werry, interim senior director for the OUAA. “The evening highlighted Ohio University’s storied past, thriving present and its bright future.”

The event was part of The Promise Lives Campaign, which has secured more than $419 million toward its goal of raising $450 million by June 30, 2015, in support of students, faculty, programs, outreach and select facilities.