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Keeping Bobcats Informed Parents & Families, March 10, 2021

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Bobcat Parents & Families,

As midterms are wrapping up, students are reminded that registration for summer semester is open, and registration for fall semester is fast approaching. Students can meet with their own advisors or reach out to the Allen Student Advising Center for any guidance. And if your student completed any exciting research or produced an awesome creative project as part of their midterms work or throughout the year, encourage them to show off their work at the Virtual Student Expo.

We are so close to the first day of Spring, and with the nicer weather often comes the opportunity to gather with friends. I ask you to remind your students not only to socialize safely, as we are still taking every necessary COVID precaution, but also to practice being a Better Bystander for their peers. Bobcats should always look out for each other, and step in and speak up when they see another student in an unsafe situation.

I hope you’re getting this sunshine wherever you are today and have the time to enjoy it.

Be Well,

Patricia McSteen
Dean of Students


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Be a Better Bystander

As the weather gets nicer this spring and you take part in safe socializing, remember to practice being a Better Bystander to your peers and friends. Know the Four D's model of bystander intervention: Direct- Get involved! Delegate- Find someone to help! Distract- Disrupt the situation! Delay- Respond with empathy, share appropriate resources, and hold space with someone who is disclosing an act of violence. If you're interested in taking your efforts even further, consider becoming a Peer Health Educator.


Feature your work at the Virtual Student Expo

Showcase your creativity and research at the Ohio University Virtual Student Expo! The registration deadline is March 15. You can participate through posting on social media on the day of the expo, or through uploading a video with your registration. Video submissions are eligible for awards.

Register now



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Get advising help with registration

Registration for summer semester is available now for students who'd like to catch up or get ahead this summer. Registration for fall occurs in April, and students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to begin planning. Students transitioning between majors, unsure of their path, or struggling academically can meet with an Allen Student Advising Center Advisor to help them find their way. 

Mental health support

If you're seeking counseling services, Counseling and Psychological Services offers Telehealth appointments and services through My Student Support Program. Whether you've met with a counselor before or you're just seeking a little extra support during midterms, CPS is here for you! If you're looking for a space to talk anonymously with peers about mental health obstacles or successes, log in to Togetherall.

Tips and tools for surviving midterms

Have midterm exams coming up? Review these online testing tips from last semester from OHIO IT. Need some fresh air? Explore these trails and bike paths across Athens County. Need tutoring, writing support or help navigating online resources? Check out these academic assistance resources.


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Room selection

If you're returning next year as a second-year student and have completed your housing contract, room selection is approaching quickly! Visit the Housing Self-Service page for more information and to see your assigned room selection time. Return to the Same Living Experience selection is March 17-18. The general Returning Student Room Selection takes place March 22-26. Housing will be open extended hours, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., on March 22-25. Contact housing@ohio.edu or call or text 740-593-4090 for assistance.

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Testing Incentive Program

All students who complete required asymptomatic COVID tests are eligible for weekly and monthly prizes and can get commemorative stickers at the Athens Vault Health testing location. Washington Hall is currently leading the residence hall compliance competition with 80% compliance. 

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Commencement update

With recent changes in state guidelines for events and after extensive and innovative planning by the University events team, OHIO plans to host multiple in-person Spring Commencement events at Peden Stadium over the course of several days, streamed live for graduates who prefer to participate virtually.

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Well-Being Talk Series

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Join Campus Recreation during a four part Well-Being Talk Series where we take a deeper look into the elements of personal well-being. The first talk is tonight at 6 p.m. – Fueling Your Sense of Achievement, with Colleen Murnane, a marathon runner, Ironman competitor, and an OHIO alumna. The self-growth and inner peace that she has gained through endurance sports despite adversity continue to fuel her motivation to achieve. 



These are gatherings of those directly impacted by racism and sexism, as well as other interlinked forms of oppression, and their allies. They are created to build a community of support and to serve as a public space for expression.

Take Part


Coping Clinic:
Wind Down Wednesdays

Join us for a soothing meditation, relaxation or mindfulness practice, to restore and recharge at the end of the day. 



Interstate 1804: Out-of-State
Alumni Panel

The Out-of-State Alumni Panel will allow current students to connect with Bobcats that have relocated outside of the state of Ohio for employment or unique opportunities.



Robyn Ochs Presents: Side Bi Side

Join bi+ speaker, author, and activist Robyn Ochs in unpacking Biphobia and Bi Erasure and Creating a Culture of Inclusion. 

Learn More and Register


Nominate a professor

Student Accessibility Services is accepting nominations for the 2021 Accessibility Ally Award to recognize Ohio University faculty and staff members for their dedication toward inclusion and success of students with disabilities.

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Start your own student org

Have an idea for a new student organization that doesn't already exist on BobcatConnect? Follow the link below to learn how to start a new organization. Follow the official OHIO TikTok account for more tips straight from fellow Bobcats!

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