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Welcome to OHIO care packages

Welcome to OHIO small: Welcome to OHIO Care Packages are back again, filled with goodies sure to be loved by all new Bobcats. Purchase one for your favorite Bobcat, random OHIO student or a student living in your former room on campus.

Photographer: Megan Johnson, BVSC ’17

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The Bobcat Store offers OHIO care packages for incoming students


It’s almost that time of year, when new Bobkittens arrive at Ohio University, preparing to conquer their first year of college. To give incoming freshmen students a boost, The Bobcat Store and the Student Alumni Board (SAB) are bringing back “Welcome to OHIO” care packages to make sure new Bobcats feel right at home when trekking the bricks of Athens.

“’Welcome to OHIO’ bags are a great way to welcome Bobcats to campus, and help them start the year off right,” said Katrina Heilmeier, associate director of campus relations for the OHIO Alumni Association. “The bag has many things that will be useful in the first weeks of classes, making it very beneficial for all of our new freshmen.”

The “Welcome to OHIO” care packages include dozens of goodies, like a four-port USB hub, phone wallet, a laundry bag, snacks, 2016-17 academic planner, OHIO lanyard with a thumb drive, and more.

Faculty, staff, parents, alumni and students can send care packages to their favorite Bobcats, or a random student with a Random Act of Kindness bag. OHIO alumni are also able to send a package to a student living in their former, beloved room on campus.

“The Random Act of Kindness bags, and the bags that can be sent to students living in your old residence halls, are a great way to show students the power of the Bobcat Family,” Heilmeier said.

Each gift costs $40 and can be purchased directly through The Bobcat Store. Limited quantities are available, so ordering soon is recommended. To guarantee the bag is delivered to the student during the first week of school, orders must be placed by Saturday, Aug. 19. The last day to purchase a “Welcome to OHIO” care package is Aug. 31.

“So many students I have worked with have been able to experience the power of the Bobcat Family throughout their time here, and it has instilled an even stronger love for this University and the people that make OHIO great,” Heilmeier said. “Little notions of thoughtfulness, like the Random Act of Kindness and ‘Welcome to OHIO’ care packages, stay with students and remind them to pay it forward.”