Meg Omecene

Meg Omecene, a junior in the Scripps College of Communication, is the winner of the second annual “#BobcatExperience Contest” and will speak at the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students.

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Ohio University junior wins #BobcatExperience Contest

Meg Omecene to speak at President’s Convocation for First-Year Students

Meg Omecene, a student in Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, has been named the winner of the second annual “#BobcatExperience Contest,” earning the honor of delivering the official student welcome at the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students.

Sponsored by OHIO’s Division of Student Affairs, the contest challenged the University’s upperclassmen to share what the Bobcat Experience means to them and to convey that message through any creative means they wished. Students were asked to submit their entries to the Division of Student Affairs via Twitter using #BobcatExperience or by e-mailing the division.

Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones judged the contest entries and selected Omecene’s written entry as the one that best conveyed the spirit of Ohio University.

“We received many great entries this year, making selecting a winner really hard. OHIO students love Athens, it was great to hear all the things that make this place so special,” said Lombardi.

A junior majoring in strategic communication, Omecene said her contest entry consisted of a speech that she would have liked to have heard as a first-year student.

“I wanted to enter the #Bobcat Experience Contest because of how much I love Ohio University,” Omecene explained. “As a freshman, I had a rather lonely first few weeks. I wanted to speak to the incoming first-year students to tell them that they are not alone and to let them know how much the community loves them already.”

Omecene will get the opportunity to do just that when the Class of 2018 is officially inducted into the Bobcat Family at the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Convocation Center. During that event, Omecene will join Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit, Lombardi, Hall-Jones and others in welcoming first-year students into the OHIO community.

“I am so excited for this opportunity,” Omecene said. “I want to be a friendly face for every student, and I hope that they feel they could come up and talk to me on campus after hearing me speak. I feel honored that I get to be a face that represents the upperclassmen body of Ohio University. I hope that the students listening feel like someone cares about them and understands what they are going through.”

Outside of the classroom, Omecene is public relations director for The Post, a marketing and public relations intern for the Office of Information Technology, and the health and safety manager at the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center.