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New students learn ins and outs of being a Bobcat  

Aug 6, 2009  
By Casey S. Elliott  

New students to Ohio University are getting their bearings through Bobcat Student Orientation, attempting to absorb information on campus life, housing, academics, recreation and more.

From taking placement tests to scheduling classes during Bobcat Student Orientation, incoming students also are learning where to get their basic needs met. That is where the Resource Fair at Baker University Center comes in, which offers information on everything from academics and campus groups to facilities.

More than 4,000 new or transferring students will go through this year's orientation, which runs through Aug. 15. During a recent stop at the fair, Outlook talked with students about their concerns as well as with representatives of campus groups presenting at the fair.

For many students, leaving home for the first time is a big worry.

"I need to learn how to do laundry," joked incoming freshman Katie Chicotel. The Findlay resident said she was most concerned about "not having someone to look after her" but is hopeful that her roommates and new friends will help her make it through her first year.

Incoming freshman Chris Polczinski said he is looking forward to getting away from the nest and exploring the campus. But academics are his biggest concern.

"In high school, we didn't have to study too much," the West Jefferson resident said.

Polczinski and other students have plenty of resources at Ohio University to help them succeed. The Academic Advancement Center offers study tips, tutoring and information about courses to enhance basic skills. For more information, visit the center's Web site at www.ohio.edu/aac/.

Other students are taking time now to find their way around campus, focusing on making sure they do not get lost. Mandi Homan, from Mason, Ohio, said she is keeping maps handy and familiarizing herself with how to get from her residence hall to her classes.

For new and returning students, the following are some good places to get questions answered.

Campus life

Ohio University student services and information are compiled in one specific spot: The student page on the university Web site. The site includes links for class scheduling, graduation, dining services, housing, e-mail, transportation and safety, Alden Library and more. Visit www.ohio.edu/students/.

Student involvement

A number of student organizations and groups, ranging from Student Senate to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, have information available from the main student page. For reference, here are some links to those organizations.

Academics and Career

The following are a few extra resources for academic support and career counseling:

Health and Safety

To promote student health and safety, Ohio University provides the following resources:



Related Links
Bobcat Student Orientation:  http://www.ohio.edu/orientation/ 
Arrival guide for new and returning students:  http://www.ohio.edu/arrivalguide/  

Published: Aug 6, 2009 8:33 AM  

Bobcat Student Orientation Resource Fair  
Kevin Smith from the Department of Campus Life, center, answers questions about student involvement.

Convocation slated for Sept. 7 

Each year, President Roderick J. McDavis -- along with the executive staff, deans and student and faculty representatives -- welcomes first-year students with a ceremony marking their induction into the Bobcat family. This year, more than 4,000 students will come together to learn more about Ohio University, its traditions, and expectations for them as members of the university community.

In her inaugural university event, Executive Vice President and Provost Pamela Benoit will address her first class of students since beginning her post on July 1.

Here's a look at Convocation Day activities:

  • Convocation will be held at 2:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 7 at the Convocation Center on Richland Ave. in Athens.

  • During the ceremony, students also will hear from various university constituents, be introduced to the university's history and learn the Ohio University Alma Mater and Fight Song.

  • Following the ceremony, the Marching 110 will lead the students on a march from the Convocation Center through the university's College Gate, marking their official first day as Bobcats.

  • Students will have the opportunity to check out more than 350 university student organizations at the annual Campus Involvement Fair on the College Green.

The convocation is the culmination of Welcome Week, which begins Thurs., Sept. 3, with a Luau on South Green's "South Beach;" Friday's Bobcat Bash game and dance party in Baker University Center; a Bobcat Tailgate Party prior to Saturday's home football game; individual college orientations; Movies on the College Green Sunday and three days of on-campus move-in.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the convocation to meet and welcome the newest members of the university's family.

-- Jennifer Krisch



Devorah Shiffman

Devorah Shiffman, an incoming freshman from Cleveland, signs up to join the "O Zone" -- the Bobcats' student cheering section.

Photographer: Kevin Riddell  

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