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OHIO’s Welcome Week 2017 was one for the history books (PHOTOS)


From a rare solar eclipse to Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis’ first Convocation for First-Year Students, OHIO’s Welcome Week 2017 made history.

Here is a snapshot of just some of the memorable and historic moments that occurred in the days leading up to the start of the 2017-18 academic year:

OHIO’s new faculty members took a break from their welcoming activities to gather on a balcony at Baker University Center for a solar eclipse viewing.

Photo by Ben Siegel

Approximately 100 new faculty members participated in OHIO’s New Faculty Welcome on Aug. 21. The event was extra special this year as it coincided with the first solar eclipse visible across the entire contiguous United States since 1918 and the first total eclipse visible from anywhere within the mainland United States since 1979. 

While Athens was not in the path of the total eclipse, sunny skies allowed for a viewing of more than 80 percent of the solar eclipse. OHIO’s new faculty members took a break from their welcoming activities to gather on a balcony at Baker University Center for a solar eclipse viewing made possible by University Libraries, which provided special viewing glasses to safely observe this rare phenomenon.

Ohio University’s beloved mascot Rufus donned an International Student Orientation staff T-shirt to help welcome new international graduate students to campus during the Aug. 18 International Graduate Student Orientation.

Photo by Nick Claussen

Ohio University’s beloved mascot Rufus donned an International Student Orientation staff T-shirt to help welcome new international graduate students to campus during the Aug. 18 International Graduate Student Orientation. The incoming class of international graduate students hails from 46 countries. To read more about the International Graduate Student Orientation, click here

First-year students enrolled in LINKS, their peer mentors and staff from OHIO’s Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) pose for a group photo Aug. 25 on the College Green during the annual LINKS Pre-Matriculation program.

Photo by Emily Matthews

First-year students enrolled in LINKS, their peer mentors and staff from OHIO’s Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) pose for a group photo Aug. 25 on College Green during the annual LINKS Pre-Matriculation program. Approximately 450 first-year students are participating in LINKS this year. A peer-mentoring program for first-year multicultural students, LINKS is designed to assist students in their transition from high school to college by making them aware of University resources, services and offices available to them.

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis and First Lady Ruthie Nellis participate in their first fall semester move-in at OHIO, helping first-year students settle into their new home away from home.

Photo by Ben Siegel

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis and First Lady Ruthie Nellis participate in their first fall semester move-in at OHIO, helping first-year students settle into their new home away from home.

A relatively new tradition for first-year Bobcats, members of OHIO’s Class of 2021 gather on the field at Peden Stadium the evening of Aug. 25 for their class photo.

Photo by Ben Siegel

A relatively new tradition for first-year Bobcats, members of OHIO’s Class of 2021 gather on the field at Peden Stadium the evening of Aug. 25 for their class photo. This OHIO tradition began three years ago and captures the first moments an Ohio University class comes together as one. Standing at centerfield is Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis, First Lady Ruthie Nellis and Rufus.

Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Jason Pina, President M. Duane Nellis and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Frank enjoy a light moment while preparing for the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students.

Photo by Ben Siegel

(From left) Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Jason Pina, Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Frank enjoy a light moment while preparing for the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students. Held Aug. 27 at the Convocation Center, the event marks the official start of first-year Bobcats’ academic journey at OHIO. For additional coverage of this year's President's Convocation for First-Year Students, click here

Members of Title IX, OHIO’s all-female a cappella group, are all smiles as they wait to perform at the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students.

Photo by Ben Siegel

Members of Title IX, OHIO’s all-female a cappella group, are all smiles as they wait to perform at the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students.

Ohio University’s Marching 110 – the Most Exciting Band in the Land – leads the Class of 2021 in a procession up Richland Avenue following the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students.

Photo by Ben Siegel

Ohio University’s Marching 110 – the Most Exciting Band in the Land – leads the Class of 2021 in a procession up Richland Avenue following the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students.

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis greets first-year students as they pass through the College Gate following the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students.

Photo by Ben Siegel

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis greets first-year students as they pass through the College Gate following the President’s Convocation for First-Year Students. Passing through the College Gate marks the Class of 2021’s official induction into the OHIO community.

The Aug. 27 festivities wrapped up with the annual Campus Involvement Fair on College Green.

Photo by Ben Siegel

The Aug. 27 festivities wrapped up with the annual Campus Involvement Fair on College Green. Hosted by OHIO’s Campus Involvement Center, the fair invited Bobcats to explore more than 300 of the nearly 500 recognized student organizations and clubs on the Athens Campus. For more information on how to get involved on campus and in the community, click here