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February 4, 2004
Bicentennial Web site sees significant enhancements
By Joseph Hughes

With Founders Day right around the bend, the corner of the Web dedicated to Ohio University's bicentennial,, has undergone many key enhancements with an eye toward Feb. 18 and beyond, greeting visitors with a robust, fresh look.

The Book section - located one click away from the page's front door - now includes links to nine new excerpts from Betty Hollow's "Ohio University, 1804-2004: The Spirit of a Singular Place," required reading for anyone interested in the institution's rich history. Simply move from excerpt to excerpt by following links conveniently located at the bottom of each page.

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The Tributes section has also been revamped - and reloaded - with a new look and new articles to match. Visitors can read about the bicentennial book, CD and more, as well as learn about "Turning Two Hundred," to be performed on the evening of Feb. 18 and "Free Man of Color," which is drawing rave reviews during its Chicago run. And more is on the way!

Those surfing to the Video/Music section will find two important new additions. They can listen to versions of "Alma Mater, Ohio" - with a twist. Five new takes on the classic sing-a-long include versions in French, German, Spanish, Swahili and a gospel interpretation.

Another link sends visitors to 10, 30-second radio commercials promoting the bicentennial, the book and the Web site. Recorded this fall, the segments originally aired during Ohio football and basketball games along the Ohio Sports Network.

Two special pages have been created in anticipation of Founders Day. A special Founders Day page has been generated through the Events section to keep friends and visitors up-to-date on the Feb 18 celebration. And starting today, Bicentennial Did You Know? leads visitors to a series of factual tidbits from the University's history that will be updated regularly through Feb. 18.

New material, however, isn't the only reason to visit the bicentennial Web page. Visitors can order University- and bicentennial-themed merchandise in the Bicentennial Marketplace, view and learn about the Bicentennial Mosaic and find out when other important bicentennial events take place, among many other features.

"Ohio University's bicentennial year is a special, singular occasion, and I'm proud of our staff who have developed this Web site," says Ohio University President Robert Glidden. "It's very helpful and I recommend it to anyone in the University family who wants to know more about our celebration or who wants to acquire memorabilia that remind us of the University's special place in the history of American higher education."

Joseph Hughes is a writer for University Communications and Marketing


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