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Keeping Bobcats Informed Parents & Families, Oct. 21, 2020

Keeping Bobcats Informed Parents & Families, Oct. 21, 2020

Bobcat Parents and Families,

I can’t believe we’re already into midterms! This summer and fall have been full of long days but short weeks from my point of view. I hope you are enjoying the season. Please join me in encouraging your student to celebrate Halloween safely this year with small groups and healthy practices. It will take all of us to ensure that we keep our communities safe with flu season just around the corner.
This will be my last letter to you this fall as I move into my interim role as Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. Patti McSteen, Associate Dean of Students and die-hard Bobcat, will step in as interim Dean of Students beginning next week. She will be your primary point of contact for the foreseeable future, although I still hope to hear from you as well. You are in capable hands; no one loves our students more than Patti, and I have every confidence in her fulfilling this important role for the second time.
Happy Halloween,
Jenny Hall-Jones
Interim Vice President
Division of Student Affairs


Honey for the Heart


1. Drive through Honey for the Heart parade
Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. at West State Street Park

2. Pumpkin carving social media contest 
DM photos to @OHIOStudentLife

3. Plan a small gathering vs. going out
Hear from students about safe socializing

4. Plan your costume around your mask
Follow @ohio.university for ideas

5. Find a local u-pick farm near you

6. Start a neighborhood Halloween "Boo"
Combine these printables with a treat


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Seasonal Affective Disorder

As the fall cools down, you might notice that you aren't feeling as motivated, social or upbeat. Combine this with COVID-19 safety limitations, and daily life can be exhausting. Consider signing up for these two free Counseling & Psychological Services workshops titled Anxiety Toolbox and Getting Unstuck to arm yourself with coping skills.

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Join the Student Ambassador Team

A new remote job opportunity is open to any OHIO student to connect with alumni and generate support for OHIO. There will be up to 28 hires in the coming weeks, including student managers. 

Apply Now



Make a Plan to Vote

Whether you're mailing in or showing up, be sure to cast your ballot this year. Here's an FAQ to help you out.

Schedule a Flu Shot

Flu shots are free, you simply need to schedule in advance. This year is more important than ever!

Review Isolation & Quarantine Guide

Reference this guide to keep yourself and others safe if you are unwell.

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Debate Watch Party

Join your civically engaged peers, local media and political scholars to discuss the final Presidential Debate on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.

Join the Conversation>>


Anti-Racism on Campus

The Patton College's BLM series will feature Black Women’s Academic and Professional Experiences on Oct. 26 from 12-1:30 p.m.

Join the Conversation>>

Nursing Program Annual Blood Drive

Give the gift of life! Sign-ups are filling fast, but there are still available time slots for Power Red donors on Oct. 28 between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Every donor aged 16-24 will receive a $10 gift card and be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.


Adulting 101 in the Midst of a Pandemic

This interactive panel features distinguished Ohio University alumni who will help you thrive by discussing how to market yourself, maintain well-being, and navigate relationships in virtual worlds. Panelists will discuss how their lives have been impacted by COVID-19 and answer students’ questions. Join us Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.