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Keeping Bobcats Informed, Aug. 24, 2022

Bobcat Parents & Families, 

Move-in weekend – albeit the hot weather – was a huge success! We had a record-breaking number of students move into the residence halls in a matter of days, and nearly just as many moved into off-campus housing. It's wonderful to see so many students around campus and the town of Athens again.

We were glad the rain held off—it was a great reminder that we don’t always know what is coming next, but it helps to be prepared. We can do our best to prepare, sure, but innovation rarely occurs in a predictable environment. The unexpected holds great challenges but also great opportunities. In Student Affairs, we are excited about the future and whatever it holds.

With Hope,

Kathy A Fahl, MSW

Dean of Students


Be a Better Bystander and expect respect from yourself and others.


Get involved with a student organization on campus, like Student Senate.


Call out bias when you see it and use your voice to encourage inclusion.

How can you Make Respect Visible on campus?

Take the pledge and learn more.

The LGBT Center

The LGBT Center is welcoming students back with tons of fun and exciting programming all throughout the semester that is sure to help you find community. If you're looking for a quiet space to study, a space for intentional conversation, or just a place to connect with the 2S-LGBTQ+ community, then visit Baker 348!

Student health insurance mandate

If you do not elect to waive the student health insurance plan on or before the waiver deadline of Sept. 9, you will be automatically enrolled, and the premium charge will remain on your student account.

Welcome Week Video Contest

Win OHIO goodies

Share your Welcome Week experience and create a TikTok or IG Reels video documenting the fun you're having at Welcome Week events and submit it to be entered to win an OHIO prize pack that includes a t-shirt, tote bag, water bottle, and stickers.

Outdoor Pursuits

Get active

If you have an interest in yoga and have been looking to expand your fitness horizon, or if rock climbing is your thing but you want to incorporate a full-body warm-up, try Outdoor Pursuit's new combination activity, Yoga on the Rocks.

Fill Your Calendar

We hope you're enjoying all of the Welcome Week activities so far. Continue the celebration into this weekend and stop by these events! 

8/24 @ 1 p.m. Athena Cinema Open House

Head to an open house at the 107-year-old local movie theater to watch movies and get free popcorn!

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8/25 @ 3 p.m. Bike Ride

Learn how to get involved with campus sustainability while riding along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.

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8/25 @ 7 p.m. Camp Alden

Trek through all seven floors of Alden Library on a scavenger hunt, grill late-night s'mores, play putt-putt, and make buttons.

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Athens' Pedestrian Accessibility Committee

Help make Athens' walkways accessible

Your input is needed! Have you ever tripped, slipped, or encountered obstacles on the sidewalks of Athens? Take this survey to help improve our community's walkability.

OIT Tech Tip

Uncompromise your account

Oops! You’ve accidentally clicked on a link in a suspicious-looking email — what now? The first step is to change your password immediately. If you need assistance, contact the IT Service Desk. Next, report the phishing scam to OIT by forwarding the message as an attachment to The Security Team will then provide you with the best next steps.  

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