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Keeping Bobcats Informed Parents & Families, Dec. 9, 2020

Keeping Bobcats Informed Parents & Families, Dec. 9, 2020

Bobcat Parents & Families,

This will be my last message to you in 2020. I certainly won't be sad to see this year come to an end, but it has taught me a great deal about the resiliency and creativity of our OHIO family. I hope this season brings you and your families rest, hope, and connection. I will touch base with you again in January. Until then, you'll find me encouraging students to apply for a leadership award, playing virtual games with my family, celebrating our graduates and preparing for the Spring Semester.

Warm Wishes,

Patti McSteen
Dean of Students

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Bobcats, It's Cold Outside.

It's okay if you are not feeling your best this season – 2020 has been rough. On top of that, the winter months come with their own set of challenges independent of those that make this holiday season unique. Your Bobcat family is here to support you during the lows as well as to help you celebrate the wins.



Mentally brace yourself; identify your needs

Make a plan for how you will stay safe.

Recognize the source of your anxiety and share it with a trusted ally.

Find your resources and plan to use them.


Embrace the moment for all it has to offer

Recognize feelings of being overwhelmed and extend yourself care.

Find joy in the moments you have with your quaranteam.

Set expectations and boundaries with loved ones.


Channel your energy into worthwhile activities

Be creative or try something new.

Make career-focused moves, update your resume or find jobs.

Host a game night to bring friends and family together.


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Congratulations Fall Class of 2020

The end of another semester marks the beginning of a new chapter for many of our Bobcats. Read their success stories, attend virtual Fall 2020 Commencement, and celebrate online using our kit of graphics and tag #OHIOGrad2020.


OHIO Extends Current Restrictions on Travel

Student travel restrictions for OHIO-sponsored programs have been extended through spring semester 2021. This includes independent international travel opportunities.


Understanding Suicide Prevention

Author Josh Rivedal virtually visited OHIO last week to share his experience with depression and suicidal ideation in college, as well as how to identify signs and symptoms and prepare to intervene carefully if someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts. Watch the live recording and Q&A available on Google Drive until Dec. 31.

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OHIO Coronavirus Dashboard Check current COVID-19 case counts >

Creativity During the Pandemic See how Bobcats innovated in 2020 >

Experiencing Symptoms? Fill out an incident report >
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