Keeping Bobcats Informed, Dec. 7, 2022

Published: December 7, 2022 Author: Staff reports

Bobcat Parents & Families,

As the fall semester ends and winter break begins, I have been reflecting on the last year and thinking about what is to come. You should all take great pride in the impact your Bobcat has made on this campus through their academic work, peer support, and community involvement. I am grateful for all that our students bring to the OHIO community and excited to celebrate graduating Bobcats this weekend.

On behalf of all of us in Student Affairs, I want to offer you our best wishes for the holiday season and for a happy and healthy end to 2022. I hope that over the break you will make space to do what feels right to you to renew and recharge.  I hope you have the opportunity to relax and reconnect with your friends and family.

I look forward to reconnecting with you and your students in January!

Happy Holidays,


Kathy A Fahl, MSW

Dean of Students

Enjoy winter in the best little town

Staying in Athens over the break? Stop by some of our favorite local activities this winter including open stage night at Donkey Coffee every Tuesday, or try out one of the many workshops at Community MakerSpace. Looking to get in the spirit of the season? The Athena Cinema is playing holiday films all month long. If you need to get started on gift shopping, then be sure to check out the local gift guide for all the best ideas.

Seeking Student Leaders

Be recognized

Each spring, more than two dozen awards and scholarships are given to students for their hard work and commitment to OHIO.

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Share creative skills

Bring your talents to university communications by gathering images, videos, and stories that celebrate diverse cultures on campus.

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Make an impact

Graduating students can contribute to the community as a member of COMCorps. Serve through local orgs such as The Hive of Nelsonville or Live Healthy Appalachia.

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Don't go at it alone during winter break

Mental health resources

If you or someone you know needs help, dial 988, the national suicide and crisis hotline, available 24/7. Additionally, OHIO's counseling services offers an emergency crisis line for students to speak to a counselor and receive a wellness check-in the day after.

Survivor response services

Reach out to the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization for guidance and support. You can call their support hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or chat online.

Full list of resources

Webinar on mental health services

Learn from the dedicated professionals supporting OHIO students. Watch our 30-minute webinar on the mental health and well-being services available to your student.

2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week

Mark your calendar and get tickets to celebrate the life and accomplishments of the remarkable civil rights leader.

Events all week


Silent March

Take part


Celebratory Brunch

Get tickets


Speaker: The Rev. Wheeler Parker

Learn more

Facility hours over break

Many facilities across campus are closed or have modified hours during December and early January. Be sure to check the hours of operation before you make plans to use these services.

Ping Recreation Center >

Aquatic Center >

Bird Ice Arena >

Baker University Center >

Culinary Services >

Transportation Services >

Campus Mail >

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