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Alumni will meet “On the Green” during inaugural reunion weekend May 30-June 1

The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) will host an all-alumni reunion weekend in Athens from May 30 through June 1. The weekend will feature activities for the entire OHIO community, alumni and their families, and those celebrating class milestones and special reunions.

Currently, reunion activities are planned for members of the Golden Classes of 1963 and 1964, Gospel Voices of Faith, the Department of Aviation and OHIO’s Emeriti Faculty.

“On the Green Weekend welcomes alumni and friends to campus during the most beautiful time of the year in Athens. It will be a ‘spring homecoming’ with an emphasis on academics and the arts,” said Jennifer Neubauer, executive director of the OUAA and assistant vice president for Alumni Relations. “The OUAA is working with partners across OHIO’s campuses – including regional campus and academic deans, who have been tremendously supportive and contributed a number of great ideas.”

Throughout the weekend, OHIO faculty will take participants back to the classroom for Alumni College courses like Hamlet on Film, taught by Professor Emeritus of English Samuel Crowl, and Radio Serial Drama for Social Change, taught by Professor Emeritus of Media Arts and Studies Vibert Cambridge. Regional campus representatives also are presenting during Alumni College.

OHIO’s retired faculty will take part in weekend activities beyond Alumni College. “The Emeriti Board not only was willing to participate, but was enthusiastic,” said Emeriti Association President Drusilla Riley Evarts, professor emerita of journalism and three-time OHIO alumna.

“We want not only to involve alumni who are returning, but also former faculty who keep their ties up with the University,” said Evarts. The Emeriti Association will plan for at least one formal gathering; then, will simply “be around to meet with our former students and our former colleagues,” she said.

Saturday, May 31, will feature a “Barbeque on College Green” and an Uptown Street Festival, presented in cooperation with the Athens Uptown Business Owners Association.

On The Green attendees can enjoy theater and film, golf and a fitness walk, a Gospel Fest and more. Visitors can relax and enjoy a burrito on the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument and take a long walk on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.  

The weekend also coincides with the 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival, providing additional entertainment opportunities.

With a full slate of activities and programs, “On the Green Weekend” is the largest, most comprehensive alumni reunion ever planned for OHIO alumni and friends.

“We’re planning programs that bring together everything alumni enjoyed about spring in southeast Ohio,” said Neubauer. “Time relaxing on the College Green with friends. Time to learn from interesting courses and great conversations. Time to enjoy performances and art. Time to take in Athens food and fun. This weekend will have it all.”

In addition to reunion activities for all alumni, the OUAA Board of Directors spring meeting and Alumni Leaders Conference will coincide with On The Green Weekend with activities beginning Thursday, May 28.

A full schedule of events is available at ohio.edu/alumni/onthegreen.

For more information, e-mail alumni@ohio.edu or call (740) 593-4300.

Alumni College Spotlight

Vibert Cambridge

Alumni College participants get back into the classroom with faculty experts to explore and discuss topics and issues; but, with no term papers or tests.

During On the Green Weekend, Professor Emeritus of Media Arts and Studies Vibert Cambridge will present a course called Radio Serial Drama for Social Change –a chance to talk about changing the world.

“My course explores the field known as education entertainment. Ohio University has been a pioneer and has a long tradition in this field,” said Cambridge, who earned his master’s in international relations and PhD in mass communication from OHIO.

Cambridge’s course will provide participants with the chance to explore the history and contemporary practice of developing radio serial dramas to promote and support strategic social change in developing regions. He will explore the role education entertainment has played in agriculture, reproductive health, governance, and gender relations.

“This is an opportunity to explore with alumni and contemporary faculty the further development of this strategy on new platforms,” he said. “For example, we’ve seen this education entertainment move from radio to television and music videos. What is its potential destination in terms of gaming? This strategy of entertainment for social change? This moment provides an opportunity for that conversation.”

As an OHIO alumnus, Cambridge said “It’s good to reach out and stay in contact with the body of people who share that experience and, more specifically, to showcase Ohio University’s role in the development of this field.”