St. Louis Alumni Reception

The Ohio University Alumni Association welcomed more than 50 guests to the Algonquin Golf Club in St. Louis, Mo., on May 17.

Photographer: Brian Storm

Charlotte, NC Alumni Dinner Cruise

A sold out crowd of 48 alumni and friends enjoyed sunset views of North Carolina’s Lake Norman during the Charlotte Alumni Dinner Cruise on June 1.

Photographer: Kim Walker

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100 Missouri and North Carolina Bobcats gather for spring alumni events

Two cities. One hundred guests. Countless memories.

On May 17, 52 alumni and friends gathered in St. Louis, Mo., for a special event at the historic Algonquin Golf Club. Then, on June 1, 48 Bobcats boarded the Catawba Queen in Mooresville, N.C., for a Charlotte Alumni Dinner Cruise. The Ohio University Alumni Association hosted both events, which were made possible by the efforts of alumni volunteers in both regions.

More than 550 Ohio University alumni live in Greater St. Louis. Local alumnus Mike Worley helped to secure the event’s location and alumna Lanna Swindler helped with event marketing.

Worley earned his bachelor’s degree from The Patton College of Education in 1995 and his master’s degree from the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) in 1996. Swindler, who is president of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter Network, earned her bachelor’s from the Scripps College of Communication in 1973.

Developed by the Charlotte Regional The Promise Lives Campaign Committee, the Charlotte-area event featured a dinner cruise of Lake Norman that hosted a sold out crowd. Regional Committee Chair Todd Calamita and committee members Virginia Popovich and William Rakatansky were instrumental in developing this signature event in an effort to reach out to the more than 1,800 OHIO alumni living in Greater Charlotte.

Calamita is a 1993 College of Business graduate, Popovich is a 1980 CHSP graduate, and Rakatansky is a 1972 College of Fine Arts graduate.

“These were both wonderful events with warm friends enjoying beautiful surroundings, reminiscing about Ohio University’s rich history, learning about its vibrant present, and celebrating its bright future,” said OUAA Interim Senior Director Dawn Werry. “Each of the 100 guests and these events left knowing more about how alumni help to make OHIO one of the country’s great universities.

“Through events like these, we welcome all alumni into the University community. We invite them to offer their expertise and experience to today’s students through mentorships and internships, and we remind them how special it is to be a Bobcat,” Werry said.

The Promise Lives Campaign seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015, and already has secured more than $424 million toward its goal in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities. Learn more at