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Go Green events designed to welcome new, returning Bobcats

The Ohio University community is gearing up to Go Green and has many activities planned to welcome new and returning students to the Athens Campus.

The University's Go Green Week kicks off Thursday, Aug. 22, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 25. A variety of activities – from welcoming and orientation programs to social events – will be offered.

"The events planned for opening weekend are focused on connecting students to campus life, creating a sense of community, and officially welcoming incoming students to the Bobcat family," said Jenny Hall-Jones, associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students.

Schedule of Go Green Week programming

Tuesday, Aug. 20

New Teaching Assistant Orientation – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Baker University Center Ballroom.

International Teaching Assistant Orientation – 3 to 5 p.m., Baker University Center Ballroom.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

International Student Orientation – For details, contact International Student and Faculty Services at 740-593-4330 or isfs@ohio.edu. Additional information is available at http://www.ohio.edu/isfs/arrival/orientation.htm.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Transfer Student Orientation – Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Baker University Center. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.ohio.edu/orientation/upload/8-22-13-TR-Schedule.pdf. Note: This event is only for transfer students who did not attend orientation over the summer.

New Faculty Orientation – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Alden Library 319 and Alden Library 301.

Graduate Student Orientation – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Baker University Center Ballroom.

Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) LINKS Pre-Matriculation Registration and Welcome – registration, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., welcome, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Moonlight Movies ("Now You See Me") – 8 p.m., South Green Beach in front of "Front Four" and West Green on the grassy area in the center of the green, free and open to all students. Popcorn, beverages and other refreshments will be provided.

Friday, Aug. 23

New Student Orientation – Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Baker University Center. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.ohio.edu/orientation/upload/8-23-2013-FY-ScheduleFinal.pdf. Note: This event is only for first-year students who did not attend orientation over the summer.

OMSAR LINKS Pre-Matriculation Program – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Morton 201.

OHIO Women's Soccer vs. Indiana – 4 p.m., Chessa Field, free admission.

Residence Hall Welcomes – 7 p.m. Signs will be posted at all residence halls. Attendance is mandatory for all first-year students living on the Athens Campus.

Bobcat Bash – 8 to 11 p.m., Baker University Center. This party to welcome new and returning Bobcats to campus will include karaoke, casino, a make-your-own-street-sign booth, air brush tattoos, caricature artists, inflatables, cornhole, video games, the showing of "Now You See Me," free food and a DJ. More than $3,000 in prizes will be given away. This program is open to all students, and admission is free.

Saturday, Aug. 24

College Welcomes – 1 p.m. See story to the right for locations.

Peace, Love, Rec – 8 p.m. to midnight, Ping Recreation Center. This event, which is free and designed for first-year students, will be held on the Ping Patio. First-year students are invited to come and relax on the patio, interact with their peers and enjoy some food from a few favorite local restaurants. Volleyball courts will be set up, and interested students will be able to play basketball and soccer as well as use the center's rock-climbing wall. The event will feature a DJ, and Campus Recreation will be providing information on all of its programs and facilities. Information on topics like intramural sports registration, officiating, club sports, facility hours, group fitness classes and employment with Campus Recreation will be available. Campus Recreation will also be giving away Peace, Love, Rec Class of 2017 T-shirts, sunglasses and other prizes.

Sunday, Aug. 25

Go Green Week will culminate with President Roderick J. McDavis officially welcoming the newest Bobcats to Ohio University at the President's Convocation for First-Year Students, which will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Convocation Center. 

Ohio University's President's Convocation for First-Year Students marks the official start of incoming Bobcats' academic careers. Approximately 4,000 first-year students are expected to attend.

Resident assistants will hold residence hall floor meetings at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 and will lead first-year students to the Convocation Center for the ceremony. Attendance at the convocation is mandatory for first-year students. Students attending the event are asked not to bring backpacks or other large bags, which, if taken, will be searched.

In addition to McDavis, the ceremony will include welcoming messages from Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit, Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones. Faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend as well to share in this milestone for the newest members of the OHIO family.

Immediately following the convocation, McDavis and The Marching 110 will lead first-year students in a procession up Richland Avenue and through College Gate, officially inducting the newest Bobcats in the University community. 

"My favorite event of fall semester opening weekend is President McDavis' convocation," Hall-Jones said. "This ceremony is a reflection of the University's history and its future. It's a powerful moment for the entire OHIO community."

Once through the College Gate, students are encouraged to participate in the Campus Involvement Fair, which will be set up on College Green. Designed to introduce students to the many opportunities to get involved with the OHIO community, more than 250 campus organizations and clubs will be represented at the Campus Involvement Fair. The event will be canceled in the event of rain.

For more information on any of these events and for additional Go Green Week information, check out the University's Arrival Guide. Updates regarding Go Green Week will also be available on Compass, the University's official news source.

#OHIOneed2know kicks off new academic year

As the busy fall move-in approaches, Ohio University will be launching a social media campaign designed to welcome students, faculty and staff, and friends of the University to the start of the 2013-14 academic year. 

Follow #OHIOneed2know on Twitter and Facebook from Aug. 20-27 for the latest news and information to ease the transition from summer to fall semester at OHIO, including ways to help students, faculty and staff settle in and become engaged on campus. The campaign will also serve as a means for OHIO graduates and friends of the University to connect with the rest of #BobcatNation (another popular hashtag), including its more than 4,000 incoming members. 

Follow #OHIOneed2know for tweets and posts centering on themes, including:

  • Move-in weekend activities and events

  • Campus construction updates

  • Who to follow on Twitter

  • Bobcat advice, including tips offered by #BobcatNation on what to bring and what not to bring to campus and how to get the most out of your Bobcat experience

  • Campus safety

Locations of college welcomes

Each OHIO college will hold a welcome program at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at various locations on the Athens Campus. The locations for those programs are as follows:

College of Arts and Sciences

African American Studies: Bentley 210

Anthropology: Bentley Annex 102

Biological Sciences: Walter Hall 135

Chemistry: Clippinger 194

Classics and World Religions: Ellis 213B

Economics: Bentley Annex 302

English: Ellis 024

Environmental and Plant Biology: Porter 104

Geography: Clippinger 119

Geological Sciences: Clippinger 311

History: Bentley 135

Linguistics: Gordy 311

Mathematics: Morton 322

Modern Languages: Gordy 113

Philosophy: Ellis 215

Physics and Astronomy: Clippinger 259

Political Science: Bentley 129

Psychology: Walter Hall 235

Sociology: Bentley Annex 007

Women and Gender Studies: 31 S. Court St., Room 102

Arts and Sciences Undecided: Bentley 227

College of Fine Arts

Wimmer Theater (Dance) on first floor of Putnam Hall

Global Studies

Yamada International House 009

College of Health Sciences and Professions

Grover Center E112

Honors Tutorial College

Baker University Center 2402/242 (Multipurpose Room)

Patton College of Education and Human Services

Morton Hall 201

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Atrium of Academic and Research Center (ARC)

Scripps College of Communication

Memorial Auditorium

University College

Baker University Center Ballroom