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Take a piece of campus home for the holidays
Printing and Graphic Services unveils Heritage Collection

Dec. 10, 2007
By Tasha Attaway | Photos by Rick Fatica

The perfect gift idea for the Bobcat who has everything has arrived. Ohio University's Printing and Graphic Services is offering a line of classic gifts featuring images from the university's history. From the 1907 Bobcat football team to a flooded green in the late 1960s, these images capture some of the more personal aspects of the university's history.

Photo by Rick FaticaThe collection includes wall and desk calendars, bookmarks, postcards and blank note cards bearing historic photographs. Wooden ornaments that incorporate the vintage icons reintroduced this year by Ohio Athletics add another dimension to the collection. With Printing and Graphic Services? new line, the paw, the all-caps Ohio, the classic attack cat and the full-body Bobcat made the jump from T-shirts and sweatshirts to wood.

When Dave Kasler, Printing and Graphic Services director, and Scott Oancea, graphic designer, visited University Archives to gather images for the collection, they had a specific goal in mind: to show familiar images that people would remember fondly and that would have visual appeal to anyone familiar with the university. 

Some of the images have backgrounds that will never be seen again, such as a shot taken of Cutler Hall before the College Gate was constructed or the Civil War monument's cannon (the cannon and cannon balls went to the WWII scrap metal drive). Other photos in the collection include a picture of the Athena Cinema in 1940, snapshots of men's and women's dorm life in 1955 and an action shot from a 1952 powder puff football game that doubled as a fundraiser for cancer research.

As university archivist, Bill Kimok has watched hundreds of people react to historic university photographs. He said these particular photographs resonate. "These images also seem to evoke, in their familiarity to alumni, a collective sense of identity and a nostalgic reminder of stability and continuity," he said.

Photo by Rick FaticaKasler is excited about the entire line, but he has a special fondness for the wooden ornaments because they were produced under the Arbor Gifts program, which uses wood from trees that have been removed from campus. "Giving these ornaments is truly giving a piece of the campus," he said. "We are able to keep the beauty of the campus green alive in a different form."

The wooden ornaments will be available through Christmas. After the holidays, the wooden cutouts will take the form of different items, such as keychains. All of the items will be available for a limited time, but the heritage note cards will remain as part of Printing and Graphic Services' standard product line. 

The collection is available at the Printing and Graphic Services office in Building 37 on The Ridges. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Select items also are on sale at local bookstores and Bobcat Essentials on the fourth floor of Baker University Center.

Both the Printing Services Heritage Collection gifts and Athletics Heritage Line apparel are available from the Ohio University Alumni Association's online store. Visit http://www.ohioalumni.org/store/ and follow the "Heritage Collection" link.

For more information about the collection, call University Printing and Graphic Services at 740-593-1930.

If you would like to speak with a media contact about this story, contact Media Specialist Katie Quaranta at 740-593-0858 or quaranta@ohio.edu.

This story was updated Dec. 13, 2007, to correct the Printing and Graphic Services phone number.


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