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Homecoming 2020

We won’t soon forget Homecoming 2020! See the virtual events and activities that made last year so memorable. 

Family Fun


    Coloring Pages

    Are your future Bobcats missing Rufus this Homecoming? Get the family’s fix with these fun coloring pages! From College Green to the Hocking River, Rufus is counting on you to make these scenes as unique as Athens itself.


    HoHo Cake Demo

    Tuesday, October 6, at 2 p.m.

    Join OHIO Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Gigi Secuban and Executive Chef Tim Bruce, as they host a cooking demo featuring the University’s iconic HoHo cake. Secuban, an avid home baker, and Bruce will walk through how to bake, assemble, and decorate the famous cake in the Jefferson Marketplace’s Culinary Studio.


    Esports: OHIO Students v. Alumni

    Wednesday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m.

    Watch the current OHIO Bobcat Esports team duke it out with Esports alumni in this student vs. alumni game. Alumni joining will include Matthew Shiftlet, social media manager for the Boston Uprising; Lemar Daniels, esports director of Lourdes University; and more.


    Esports: OHIO v. Eastern Michigan

    Friday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m.

    Watch the OHIO Bobcat Esports team go head-to-head against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles, who had been slated to face off on the football field for OHIO’s 2020 Homecoming Football game.


    Bobcat Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale

    In celebration of Homecoming 2020, members of the Bobcat Neighborhood, a directory of alumni-owned or operated organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, have put together these great deals for their fellow Bobcats.

Relive Campus


    Workout with Wellworks

    WellWorks has what you need to jump start your self-care this week, with special home workout events each day just for alumni. Sign up for a few – or all – of the following events to receive information on tuning in. Classes include: Cardio Tone, Reinvest in Yourself: Self-Care, Pilates, Midweek Dance Break, Introduction to Mindfulness, Zumba, and Restorative Vinyasa Yoga.


    Visit College Green in 360°

    Walk the brick pathways, hear the sounds, and learn some of the history behind the most historic and cherished buildings and landmarks on Ohio University’s College Green. Ohio Today magazine has created an immersive 360-degree experience that welcomes all to come home virtually to the heart of the Athens Campus—and even allows you to download a photo of yourself on College Green.


    Mapping Memories: OHIO Bobcats Share Their Stories

    The Ohio University Libraries is calling on all alumni to map your memories! Through an innovative, interactive project, you can pin a photo, document, or other file to a virtual map of Athens and Ohio University and add the story behind your image.


    HoHo Cake Demo

    Tuesday, October 6, at 2 p.m.

    Join OHIO Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Gigi Secuban and Executive Chef Tim Bruce, as they host a cooking demo featuring the University’s iconic HoHo cake. Secuban, an avid home baker, and Bruce will walk through how to bake, assemble, and decorate the famous cake in the Jefferson Marketplace’s Culinary Studio.

On Court Street


    Bobcat Trivia Night

    Monday, October 5, at 6 p.m. | Registration required

    This casual and interactive experience will test the knowledge of Bobcats near and far about the most magical place in Ohio. These questions can include the history of Ohio University, local businesses around Athens, and more! Fun is guaranteed, winning is not.


    The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Athens

    Tuesday, October 6, at 6 p.m. | Registration required

    Get entrepreneurship tips from a panel of Bobcat Neighborhood businesses and learn why they chose Athens, while you reminisce about your favorite shops and spots.


    Bobcat Mixology

    Friday, October 9, at 7 p.m. | Registration required

    Coming to you live from uptown, veteran Athens bartender Erin “Stonewall” Christian, formerly of Jackie O’s and The Union, will mix up both adult and kid-friendly versions of some classic Athens cocktails. You’ll learn how to make them yourself and also receive the recipes, so you can enjoy a taste of Athens any time you like.


    Homecoming After-Party with DJ A-Roc

    Friday, October 9, at 9 p.m.

    Jam out to current hits as we celebrate with Ohio University alumnus and uptown favorite DJ A-Roc, who will be bringing Homecoming Week to a close with your favorite songs and lots of giveaways for those watching!


    Bobcat Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale

    In celebration of Homecoming 2020, members of the Bobcat Neighborhood, a directory of alumni-owned or operated organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, have put together these great deals for their fellow Bobcats.

Alumni Leadership & Learning


    Empower Hour: Leaders of OHIO

    Wednesday, October 7, at 1 p.m. | Registration required

    Take a deep dive with the Ohio University Alumni Association as we hear from a group of extraordinary leaders at OHIO - who just happen to all be women - to learn what it takes to be a leader and hear about their experiences in leadership roles.


    History of Student Expression on OHIO's Campus

    Thursday, October 8, at 7 p.m.

    OHIO students have been expressing themselves and OHIO administrators have been reacting to student expression since the very first Board of Trustees resolutions governing student behavior in 1812. Ohio University Archivist Bill Kimok will use dozens of images of photographs, handbooks, student publications, and other interesting archived materials to present a history of this fascinating dynamic.


    5 Under 35 Panel

    Thursday, October 8, at 8 p.m. | Registration required

    Register for this panel hosted by the Student Alumni Board with five successful Bobcats under the age of 35. Ask questions of ambitious alumni who are forward-thinking and passionate members of the Bobcat community.


    Coffee and a Book Chat

    Friday, October 9, at 9 a.m. | Registration required

    Join the Ohio University Alumni Association for an informal chat about the book "Little Fires Everywhere," by Celeste Ng. The bestselling book explores the darker and enigmatic side of life that lies just below the beautiful surface in the suburbs and is set in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.


    International Alumni Panel

    Thursday, October 8, at 9 a.m. | Registration required

    The Office of Global Affairs and Ohio University Alumni Association will host a conversation with a panel of international alumni who are either in the U.S. or abroad. They will share how they are giving back and making an impact in their communities and discuss how their time at Ohio University has helped to prepare them to do so.

College & Division Videos

OHIO colleges and divisions joined in the virtual Homecoming spirit and created videos unique to their faculty experts. You might even learn something new!


Join OHIO's director of strength and conditioning as he and Rufus teach some basic exercises and stretches to keep you active and healthy over Homecoming and beyond—a great activity for Bobcats and their families!

Arts & Sciences: How Decision-Making and Voting Theories Impact Presidential Election Results

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Florenz Plassmann loves to study decision making, as in elections. As in what if there was no Electoral College? It’s not as simple as one might think, he says as he applies several different voting theories to the 2000 presidential election results (Bush/Gore).

College of Business: Focusing on Mental and Physical Wellbeing with College of Business Faculty

Breaking news! The Schey Sales Centre’s news anchors, Dr. Lisa Beeler and Dr. Colin Gabler, bring you this update from the lobby of Copeland Hall. This newscast includes segments from the field with Dr. Andrew Pueschel on College Green leading a session on positivity, mindfulness, and gratitude; Dr. Heather Lawrence-Benedict demonstrating a four-minute workout; and Dr. Adam Rapp at The Ridges with a weather report. College of Business faculty are creating video concepts like this and trying interactive practices to keep students engaged in their classes.

College of Health Sciences & Professions: Impacting Health and Wellness Amid a Global Pandemic

As one of the largest health-focused colleges in the country, CHSP is not only committed to educating the next generation of healthcare professionals—they're also dedicated to improving the lives of everyone in our communities. While a worldwide pandemic continues to create confusion and challenges, CHSP is stepping up to provide health-focused support in numerous ways.

College of Fine Arts: Still Creating, Still Learning, Still Growing as Artists

The pandemic’s reach has forced us to reimagine how we deliver the truly student-centered education for which OHIO is known and respected. However, as artists, pivoting, problem solving, collaboration, and creativity are part of who we are. So, here in this unprecedented time, we have used the power of the arts to engage our students and audiences in a new virtual world.

Diversity & Inclusion: Celebrating Homecoming 2020

The OHIO Division of Diversity and Inclusion wishes all our Bobcats a very Happy Homecoming 2020! Today and forever, our community will remain united in our desire to make Ohio University an ever-more inclusive, vibrant, and equitable community. See for yourself how we celebrate the many diverse experiences and identities at OHIO—and consider posting your own #SixWordsStory! To support the Ebony Bobcat Network (EBN) Urban Scholarship Endowment or the Hodson LGBT Student Support fund: Please visit ohio.edu/give, select "Give Now" and go to the drop-down menu and select "Diversity and Inclusion." Select "Fund Designation." Please choose your fund from there: Ebony Bobcat Network Urban Scholarship-en or Tom and Jan Hodson LGBT Student Support Fund. Thank you for your past, present, and future support of diversity and inclusion at OHIO!

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine: Improving the Diagnosis of Osteoporosis

Dr. Brian C. Clark, Executive Director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal & Neurological Institute, OHF Clybourne Endowed Research Chair, and Professor in the Biological Science discusses the work happening through research in HCOM to improve the diagnosis of osteoporosis. 

HTC Students: In Their Own Words

Alumni of the Honors Tutorial College know better than anyone that there is no universal HTC experience—every student story is as unique as our program. We don’t have time to tell them all, but we’ve selected just a few to give you an idea of the incredible achievements our students continue to pursue, even in the midst of COVID-19.

Patton College of Education: Blazing Trails with Hospitality and Recreation

Begin your Patton College adventure in McCracken Hall’s state-of-the-art demo kitchen where Hospitality students and their professor show you how to make healthy Bobcat Trail Mix (you can follow along with the downloadable recipe). Then head out on the trails at the newly developed Bailey’s Trail System where Recreation faculty share the college’s role in making it happen and how their students learn and benefit from it.

Healthy Bobcat Trail Mix Recipe


Russ College of Engineering and Technology: STEM Demo: Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

Computers are everywhere, and at Russ College of Engineering and Technology, our faculty and students are putting them to good use. Dive into the field of computer-aided manufacturing and advanced machining with Dr. Zaki Kuruppalil, and then use your computer to explore the exciting opportunities to Create for Good at OHIO.

Scripps College of Communication: Exploring the Creative Process with Your Family

Whether they’re writing news stories or screenplays, producing music or designing games, making infographics or taking photographs, Scripps College of Communication students and alumni spend their lives creating. Join us to learn more about the creative process and use what you learn to start a podcast with your family!

University College: Connecting Students and Launching Bobcat Journeys

Ohio University students and alumni remember forever the first time they set foot on campus. They remember the friends they made at orientation and the foundation they built that would support them in their time at OHIO. This year, a global pandemic meant students participated online in orientation and connected virtually with new friends in their first-year seminars. University College rose to the challenge of virtually welcoming a new class of Bobcats and launching them on their Bobcat path. We engaged students in reflection and storytelling through unique and creative projects. 


Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs: Expanding Broadband Access in Southeast Ohio

Lack of high-speed internet has long been a barrier to economic development in Southeast Ohio, becoming even more apparent with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as families struggled to work and learn from home. Learn how Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is supporting and working with the Southeast Ohio Community Leaders Group to expand broadband access using Ohio CARES Act funding, along with generating additional future investment in this area.