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Ohio University Founders Day is Feb. 18

OHIO Libraries' special exhibit opens Feb. 18; Student Alumni Board to host ‘OHIO Birthday Bash’ Feb. 21


Happy 215th Birthday, OHIO!

In celebration of Ohio University’s Founders Day, the Student Alumni Board (SAB) has partnered with Student Senate, Black Student Cultural Programming Board, International Student Union, University Program Council, and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) to host a birthday party.

SAB’s carnival-themed “OHIO Birthday Bash” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, and will feature numerous activities and performances, including:

  • Games, free prizes, giveaways, popcorn, cotton candy
  • OHIO history and trivia
  • A 5 p.m. film showing in the Baker University Center Theatre. Popcorn will be available. Film TBA.
  • Performances by student a cappella groups.


The bash will also feature white sheet cake, chocolate cupcakes with OHIO theme icing, and an ice cream sundae bar with traditional toppings available. The cake and cupcakes will be located on the fifth floor, while the sundae bar will be available on the fourth floor. Other food items will be placed throughout Baker University Center.

The special birthday event will give students an opportunity to give back. Anyone who brings non-perishable food and personal items to be donated to the Cats’ Cupboard (previously Baker Food Pantry) will be given a coupon for a free coffee at the Front Room Coffeehouse located in Baker University Center. Donations can be dropped off on the fifth floor of Baker University Center during the event.

OHIO Libraries' Founders Day exhibit opens Feb. 18
The Ohio University Libraries will celebrate Founders Day 2019 with an exhibit focused on the impact of housing and residence life on the Athens Campus.

The exhibit officially opens on Monday, Feb. 18 in the lobby outside of the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections on the fifth floor of Alden Library.

Additional details about the exhibit are available online via Compass. 

About Ohio University Founders Day
Founders Day, which is usually observed on Feb. 18, traditionally marks the anniversary of the Ohio General Assembly’s approval on Feb. 18, 1804, of the charter plans which led to the creation of Ohio University.

In June, 1815, Ohio University’s first degrees were conferred to Thomas Ewing and John Hunter. After practicing law in Lancaster, Ohio, Ewing served first as a Unites States senator and then as a cabinet member, including a stint as the nation’s first secretary of the interior. In all, Ewing advised four U.S. presidents. Unfortunately, Hunter passed away one year after receiving his degree.


Ohio University Libraries presents: "Making OHIO Home: The History of Housing and Residence Life from the 1800s to the Present"

Living on campus has been a defining experience for generations of Ohio University students. Starting with the first students residing in Cutler Hall in the early 1800s and reaching peak occupancy with over 9,000 residents in 1970, today more than 7,300 students live and learn in 39 residence halls, the housing and residence life experience is woven into the fabric of Ohio University life.

Throughout most of the 19th century, OHIO students who chose to live on campus were housed in the first University buildings, known then as the Center Edifice, the East Wing, and the West Wing, and eventually renamed as Cutler, Wilson, and McGuffey halls, respectively. Meanwhile, other students turned to private families in the Athens community for their housing.

Click here to read more about the history surrounding the OHIO Libraries’ 2019 Founders Day exhibit