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Guests get ready for a morning Fitness Walk/Run during Black Alumni Reunion 2013. The 2016 reunion is Sept. 15-18.

Photographer: Karissa Conrad, BSVC '15

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Black Alumni Reunion 2016 promises to be “Straight Outta OHIO”  

Ohio University will welcome alumni and friends to Athens for Black Alumni Reunion 2016 (#OHIOBAR2016) September 15-18. More than 350 Bobcats participated via survey to select “Straight Outta OHIO” as the reunion’s theme. Taking guests back to where it all began, the Black Alumni Reunion tradition has more than three decades of history and draws more than 500 alumni and friends to Athens every three years.

“BAR is a tradition… and we look forward to gathering to celebrate our successes and to mourn the loss of those who have passed on,” said Kelly Davidson, a 1992 OHIO alumna, member of the Black Alumni Reunion Planning Committee, and academic advisor in the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. “Our shared experiences (good and bad) at OHIO have helped us become who we are. It’s good to reconnect with individuals who understand and value the OHIO experience. It’s also important for us to connect with current students to discover OHIO, today. Reconnecting, networking, reminiscing, philanthropy, and loads of fun are what make BAR a valued OHIO tradition.”

The weekend-long reunion celebrates the University’s Black Alumni tradition and provides alumni with opportunities to recognize the difference OHIO has made in their lives. In fact, since 1988, some 1,260 alumni and friends have committed more than $453,000 to the National Black Alumni Scholarship in honor of their Bobcat connections.

“I am proud of our tradition of giving! We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, and we understand that many sacrificed for us to study at Ohio University,” said Davidson. “BAR is a way for us to gather to celebrate… while also paying it forward. Donating to scholarships is an excellent way to give back to an institution that has given so much to us. Because we did, current students can and should plan to contribute to OHIO upon graduating.”

This year’s Black Alumni Reunion Planning Committee includes graduates from the classes of the 1960s through the 2010s. The group is working with the OHIO Alumni Association to plan activities that will foster connections with the University community, students, faculty, and alumni. The weekend will feature a mix of casual and formal events – from networking and learning opportunities to entertaining and festive occasions, including: an Alumni and Student Networking Luncheon; the Black Alumni Reunion Gala, celebrating Living Legacies; the Through the Decades Cookout; and an Old School/New School Talent & Improv Show. Guests also will enjoy an archival display, memorial exhibit, and campus tours all weekend long.

“The old school/new school show will be a great way to bring current students and alums together for an evening of fun,” said Davidson. “I’m sure the smell of Bengay will be in the air because the alums are going to show current students how things were done, ‘back in the day!’ I hope current students can appreciate the foundation that was laid years before they came to OHIO. I hope alums can celebrate their legacy while also valuing what current students are doing to keep the legacy alive.”

More information and registration is available online at straightouttaohio2016.org. For more information about events and opportunities for alumni and friends to engage with OHIO, visit ohio.edu/alumni.