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On The Green Weekend whips up OHIO nostalgia and Bobcat pride


On The Green Weekend, Ohio University’s spring homecoming, gave alumni the chance to travel back to Athens for a weekend full of nostalgia and laughter.

Since 2014, the spring event takes place during the most beautiful time of year in Athens. This year it was held from May 17 to 21, and included new and popular events alumni look forward to each year.

Alumni were welcomed back to Athens with guided tours on Wednesday. Thursday Bobcats returned to the classroom -- minus the tests -- for the Alumni College. There they were taught about dinosaurs, ethical decision-making they could make as consumers and delved into the travels of Mark Twain. 

 

OTG Alumni College

The Alumni Leaders Conference (ALC), an annual gathering for alumni chapter and society volunteers, kicked off Friday morning. 

“It gave me a lot of insight on some things I can incorporate into my recruitment efforts for the EBN [Ebony Bobcat Network] in Chicago,” Clarence Harris, BS ’67, said.

The Celebration of Volunteerism Awards Ceremony directly followed the ALC. 

On The Green Weekend Celebration of Volunteerism

The OHIO Alumni Association’s Awards Committee selected recipients for seven awards that honored volunteers and alumni chapters across the globe. The Greater Cleveland Chapter was honored with the outstanding chapter of the year award for 2016.

The Cruise-In At The Convo drove in a crowd on Saturday morning. Hundreds attended to admire the classic and vintage automobiles. Michael Astley, BSC ’75, is pictured below taking a photo of his Volkswagen bus. 

Cruise-In At The Convo 2017

“Who doesn’t love to come to Athens,” Astley said. “The bus knows the way.”

The inaugural Food Truck Festival took alumni back to their time in college, especially with the presence of the Burrito Buggy. 

Inaugural Food Truck Festival

“[The Burrito Buggy] seemed like the most delicious thing in the world at the time,”  Chrissy Pope Thompson, BA and BBA ’98, said. “So I’m super excited to try it again!”

More than just the Burrito Buggy brought back blissful memories. “OH, I dO!” allowed 14 couples to relive their wedding day by renewing their vows in Galbreath Chapel. 

"OH, I dO!" Vow Renewal

Some couples became teary-eyed as Ron Teplitzky, who presided over the ceremony, welcomed them back to Athens for the celebration of Bobcat love.

College Green was filled with Bobcat pride on Saturday evening as the Alumni Varsity Band Concert played crowd favorites, including Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” and P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass.”

Music On The Green

They closed the concert with OHIO’s well-loved fight song, “Stand Up and Cheer.”

On Sunday, a tour of The Ridges capped off the five-day weekend. Alumni said goodbye to their friends, OHIO and Athens, and promised to meet again for Homecoming in October.

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