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Ohio University Southern hosts Donor, Alumni Reception
September 30, 2016 : Ohio University Southern hosts Donor, Alumni Reception
Few things will lure Southern Ohioans away from a high school football game on an autumn Friday night. However, good food, good music and a room full of fellow Bobcats drew more than 50 alumni and donors together as they gathered in the Riffe Center’s Mains Rotunda Sept. 9 for the Donor and Alumni Reception.
 
Participants were treated to a performance by the Joe Freeman Band and heard updates about campus initiatives. Director of External Relations, Viviane Khounlavong-Vallance, feels that events such as this are vital in order for Ohio University Southern to grow. 
 
“These events give us the opportunity to thank our donors and alumni for their continued support of our campus. Without the community behind us, we could not celebrate the tremendous success we’ve had over the past 60 years. Last Friday’s event was an outlet for us to not only show gratitude but to also showcase how our donors’ giving directly impacts our students and our community,” said Khounlavong-Vallance.
 
Ohio University Southern Director of Facilities Management, Adam Riehl, presented attendees with information about the Resource Commons remodel project and the Proctorville Center park project.
 
Ohio University Southern Dean Nicole Pennington said, “This special event provided the opportunity to update our alumni, donors and friends of the wonderful things going on at Ohio University Southern.”
 
 “The entertainment provided by the Joe Freeman Band was a great addition to the program. We appreciate that the band was willing to come out and share their music,” added Pennington.


Donor and Alumni guests enjoyed lively company and good food during the OUS Donor and Alumni Reception.
Donor and Alumni guests enjoyed lively company and good food during the OUS Donor and Alumni Reception.

 
Kim Keffer, director of enrollment and student services at the Southern Campus, believes that funds like these make it possible for students to pay tuition, purchase textbooks and pursue their academic and career goals.

“Scholarships are not just about the money. For many students, a scholarship is an all-important signal that someone believes in them, and their ability to succeed,” said Keffer.
 
“Each individual has something unique to offer the world, but they must be given the opportunity to discover that gift, and to develop it to the fullest potential. That is what scholarship donations offer to these students….the chance to discover, develop and give to the world their unique individual gifts,” Keffer added.
 
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a donor or sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Viviane Khounlavong-Vallance at 740.533.4593 or vallance@ohio.edu.