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Bobcats are back: OHIO welcomes new and returning students

Published: September 1, 2021 Author: Jennifer Cochran

Neither scorching heat, nor pouring rain could stand in the way of OHIO Welcome Week festivities as new and returning students arrived on campus in preparation for fall semester. Students moved in before classes started and celebrated their arrival at a variety of events and activities including class photos, Party at Ping, comedy, concerts, and events organized by each college.

A time of celebration and transition for incoming and returning students, Welcome Week kicks off an activity-filled fall semester. As OHIO’s newest Bobcats arrived in Athens and settled into their residence halls, returning students whose first year at OHIO was impacted by COVID-19 also got to experience Welcome Week.

Assistant Dean of Students Chad Barnhardt said he was excited to see a great turnout of sophomores for events including the sophomore class photo and the Student Involvement Fair. “I was glad to see so many students out and about across campus,” Barnhardt said.

Party at Ping highlights included a visit from the Marching 110, inflatables, and a spirited Rock, Paper, Scissors challenge with students challenging President Hugh Sherman, Interim Dean of Students Patti McSteen, and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Jenny Hall-Jones. On Sunday, Aug. 22, President Sherman hosted the annual President’s First Year Convocation at Peden Stadium. Despite a soaking rain, the Marching 110 kept spirits high as they led students up Richland Avenue to the College Green for the Involvement Fair. 

“Our Bobcats did not let the rain stop them from enjoying the traditional march to the green for the Involvement Fair and we were happy the rain held off long enough for our returning students to take advantage of the fair,” said Josh Gruenke, associate director of student activities. 

New Bobcats were excited to meet new people while checking out the Welcome Week activities. 

Lauren Vernon, a first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences, was grateful for the opportunity to build a sense of belonging by participating in Welcome Week.

“The events really helped me transition into college life as smoothly as possible and made me really excited for my future here,” Vernon said. “People are so incredibly welcoming. The kindness is palpable here on campus and I've made so many wonderful connections.” 

“Ask a Bobcat” tents popped up at three campus locations. Students stopped by for first day of school photos while student leaders and OHIO staff gave directions and answered questions.

First-year Russ College of Engineering and Technology student Braden Lloyd enjoyed the Welcome Week festivities. “I have met so many new people through all the activities,” Lloyd said.

After attending the Scripps College of Communication welcome session and the Involvement Fair, Carter Shear said he was excited to be on campus getting to know people and learning more about life at OHIO. “I learned about a ton of new clubs and what they have to offer,” Shear said.

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A student gets help from parents while unloading a car to move into the dorms

A student moves into a residence hall on South Green.

A woman pushes a large cart full of stuff in front of an West Green dormitory

A student moves into a residence hall on West Green.

President Sherman shakes the hand of a student while delivering a talk to the incoming class of freshmen students

Ohio University President Hugh Sherman greets students at the First Year Student Convocation at Peden Stadium.

Students in the crowd of the 2021 First Year Convocation jump to grab OHIO items thrown into the crowd

Students attempt to catch a Forever OHIO T-shirt that was launched into the crowd by Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Jenny Hall-Jones at the First Year Student Convocation.

The back of President Sherman is seen as he addresses the incoming freshman crowd in Peden Stadium

Ohio University President Hugh Sherman speaks at the First Year Student Convocation at Peden Stadium.

The class of 2025 organized in the shape of OHIO as seen from a drone

Class of 2025 photo.

The class of 2024 organized in the shape of OHIO as seen from a drone

Class of 2024 photo.

The OHIO Marching 110 drum line performs in the rain on College Green

Members of the Marching 110 perform in the rain at the Student Involvement Fair.

A group of female students in shirts supporting Greek Life at OHIO cheer in the rain

Students cheer on the Marching 110 at the Student Involvement Fair. 

A student carries a cactus across College Green in the pouring rain

A member of the Plant Club holds a cactus during heavy rain at the Student Involvement Fair.

A student smiles while ducking under a table to avoid the rain

 A Meteorology Club member takes cover from the rain at the Student Involvement Fair.

Students enjoy a game of spike ball in the rain on College Green

Students play spike ball, unphased by the rain, at the Student Involvement Fair.

The crowd of students at the 2021 Student Involvement Fair

 Student organizations recruit first- and second-year students at the Student Involvement Fair on College Green.

The director of the LGBT Center gives a presentation to first year students while three others stand to help facilitate

Micah McCarey, director of the Ohio University LGBT Center, welcomes LGBTQ+ community members at the Athens Community Center.

 

A drag queen stands, arms extended, in front of lights with a cheering crowd

Coco Montrose emcees a drag show for students on South Green.

Students react with surprise and take photos of a drag queen on South Green

Students react to a performer at a drag show on South Green. 

An OHIO Bobcats football player signs an autograph for a young fan at Peden Stadium

A football player signs an autograph for a fan at a practice at Peden Stadium. Athletics opened practice to the public as part of Welcome Week.

Students feed and pet goats at a petting zoo that was held on South Green during Welcome Week 2021

Students enjoy a petting zoo on South Green. 

Performers dance in the Ping Center during a Multicultural Expo held for Welcome Week 2021

Students perform at the Multicultural Expo at Ping.

A group of performers pose in matching outfits during the Multicultural Expo

Student performers pose for a photo at the Multicultural Expo at Ping.

Friends embrace each other happily during the Multicultural Expo

Students hug at the Multicultural Expo at Ping.

The back of a yoga instructor is visible leading seated stretches on West Green

A yoga instructor leads students through some seated stretches during Sunrise Yoga on West Green.

Rows of students practicing seated meditation on West Green during a Sunrise Yoga session

Rows of students practicing seated meditation during Sunrise Yoga on West Green.

Students sit and enjoy a meal during an outdoor gathering for Honors Tutorial College

Honors Tutorial College kicked off the year with a Party at Park Place, the new Academic Engagement Center located at 29 and 35 Park Place.

Students play a game of cornhole as the sun sets over Baker University Center

Honors Tutorial College students kick off the year with a Party at Park Place, the new Academic Engagement Center on campus.