Incoming first-year students are escorted to individual advising sessions during Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) 2013. This year’s BSO kicks off June 4.
Photographer: Elizabeth Held
May 28, 2014
By Angela Woodward
The newest members of the Ohio University family will be converging on the Athens Campus next week as OHIO kicks off Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) – an event that will bring almost 10,000 individuals to the city of Athens.
Orientation sessions begin June 4 and end June 26 for incoming first-year and transfer students.
In their first official visit to campus as OHIO Bobcats, more than 4,000 students are expected to attend the orientation sessions, including nearly 3,700 first-year students and more than 300 transfer students. And they won't be coming alone. More than 5,600 parents or guests of those incoming OHIO Bobcats have registered for BSO, according to Jenny Klein, assistant dean of student persistence and success who oversees OHIO's orientation program.
When those students and their parents and guests arrive on campus, one of the first things they will notice is the number of construction projects underway at OHIO as the University builds for the future. Construction on Phase I of the University’s Housing Development Plan on the University’s south end and work on West Mulberry Street, Park Place and University Terrace near College Green will result in detours and parking lot closures throughout the Athens Campus.
In addition, several project on and around the University’s College Green have been planned for the summer. Information on those projects and how they may affect traffic and parking can be found here.
Bobcat Student Orientation will affect parking on the University's West and South Greens. All students and parents attending BSO have been issued parking permits allowing them to park in the purple lots around the Convocation Center (Lots 127 and 128) and at Peden Stadium (Lot 132). They may also park in Lots 50-55 on South Green. The dark green faculty/staff parking lots underneath the Convocation Center (Lot 129) and behind Walter Hall (Lot 134) will not be open to those attending Bobcat Student Orientation. For more information, visit Parking Services' website at http://www.facilities.ohiou.edu/parking/. Parking Services also posts all of its latest parking information on Twitter at @OhioUParking.
The goal of Bobcat Student Orientation is to allow new OHIO students and their parents to meet with faculty, staff and students and to prepare for fall semester through academic integration and socialization.
"It is our goal that every student leaves BSO with a complete and appropriate schedule and a new friend," Klein said.
During orientation, students will take placement tests, meet with an academic adviser and learn about the University's curriculum, register for fall semester classes, explore opportunities for campus involvement, and obtain their OHIO IDs – all while getting acquainted with some of their classmates.
In the meantime, their parents will meet with their student's academic dean, tour the Athens Campus, and meet and talk with representatives from various campus offices – all while getting to know other OHIO parents. Students and their parents will also have the opportunity to stay overnight in a residence hall and eat in an Ohio University dining hall.
"We want students and parents to feel as though they've made a great choice, that Ohio University will provide these students with an exceptional experience, and that they've put their trust and faith in higher education in a superb institution," Klein said.
Bobcat Student Orientation includes activities held throughout the Athens Campus, but some areas of campus will see more activity than others. For instance, students and parents opting for an overnight experience in a residence hall will be housed in Read and Johnson Halls on East Green. On-campus meals will be provided in Nelson Dining Hall on South Green. And several activities are planned for Baker University Center, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium and Gordy Hall.
All activities are designed to help students and their parents learn about Ohio University's outstanding academic programs, policies, people, facilities and services.
"We want our incoming students to leave Bobcat Student Orientation saying, 'Yes, I fit here. I belong here and I see myself succeeding here,'" said Jenny Hall-Jones, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "We want their parents to know that we are going to do everything possible to ensure that their child is successful and that we are partnering with them in their child's education."
One-day BSO sessions for transfer and first-year students who are unable to attend the earlier sessions will be held Aug. 21 and 22. Fall semester starts Aug. 25.
For more information on Bobcat Student Orientation, visit http://www.ohio.edu/orientation/ and be sure to follow @OHIObso on Twitter.