By Casey S. Elliott
It's only July, but you'll soon be seeing one sure sign of the approaching academic year: a crop of soon-to-be freshman Bobcats and their parents taking in the Ohio University campus.
Bobcat Student Orientation, formerly Precollege, starts July 23 and runs every day through Aug. 15, according to Director of Orientation Programs Jenny Klein. By the time it's over, some 4,000 new students and their parents are expected to have visited campus, she said.
All dark green and purple lots on campus will be available for orientation parking.
"Please help us welcome these new students and their parents, by exhibiting the best of Athens hospitality," Klein said.
Students and parents will spend about a day and a half here, and will stay in James and Sargent halls during orientation. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and sessions (registration, discussions, tours and expectations of students) end at 8 p.m. the first day, with open advising and events at Baker University Center running through 10 p.m. On the second day, advising and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. Transfer students' orientation takes place in one day, because they have been on a campus before.
During the sessions, parents and students will be introduced to Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi and Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit, and be welcomed by President Roderick J. McDavis.
The name change to Bobcat Orientation should make the purpose of the visit clearer, Klein said.
"Precollege only meant something to the Ohio University community," Klein said. "For students, when they got invited to Precollege, they didn't know what it was. We wanted to invite them with a word they understood."
For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/orientation/.