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Keeping Bobcats Informed, March 20, 2024

Bobcat Families,

Whether you got a chance to spend time with your student during spring break or they took an adventure of their own, I hope they are returning relaxed and recharged to finish this semester strong. These last weeks are still packed with plenty of opportunities. Read on for important reminders about Commencement, upcoming events, career support and community volunteer opportunities. 

I hope to see many of you around campus April 5-7 for Moms Weekend! There are a variety of events planned from tea with the president, to the International Street Fair, to a Mamma Mia viewing at the Athena Cinema. Make your plans for the weekend now!

The beginning of spring also brings nicer weather and more activity off campus as Fest Season begins this weekend. Students have been reminded of our Student Code of Conduct and our responsibility to uphold a culture of respect. Bobcats support each other, and if our students see a situation that needs addressed, we encourage them to step in if they can. There are plenty of resources to help us all Make Respect Visible to our Bobcats and our Athens community.

Kathy A Fahl, MSW
Dean of Students

Take Back the Night - Thursday, April 4, 7-8:30 p.m. - Baker Center

Take Back the Night is an annual event hosted by OHIO's Women's Center and Student Senate designed to promote awareness of sexual and domestic violence and is focused on the survivor experience. All members of the OHIO and Athens community are welcome. On April 4, doors to the Baker Ballroom open at 6:30 p.m., followed by speakers until 8 p.m., then the evening concludes with a march through town.
Learn more about Take Back the Night

How many squirrels are in your Bobcat Family Tree?

Family members wearing OHIO shirts sit around a table and talk with one another

Celebrate your Bobcat heritage by participating in the Ohio University Bobcat Family Tree Challenge! We want to recognize your family's deep connection to our beloved University. The winners of the “Most Bobcats in a Family” category will be invited back to Ohio University’s Athens campus as part of our Family Weekend celebration.
Submit your Family Tree by April 9

Celebrate Women's History Month

This Women’s History Month is well underway with this year's national theme, "Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion." If you're still looking for ways to get involved, attend the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 27, get an exclusive Women's History Month sweatshirt from the Bobcat Depot featuring OHIO women who empower those on our campus and in our community, and stop by Front Room, Court Street Coffee, Brennen's and Bagel Street Deli to discover Women's History Month facts and cool promotional items. 

Out with the old, in with the new

The University is transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas as OHIO’s preferred learning management system this fall. As part of the phased transition, many colleges and departments will teach in Canvas in the fall semester. Canvas is an intuitive system with 24/7 support and has received positive feedback from students with early access to the platform. More information will be shared soon, but if students have questions now, they can talk to their advisor during their registration appointment or check out the Canvas Resources webpage.  

Attention spring graduates

If your student is graduating at the end of this semester, make sure to start planning now! Commencement takes place May 3-4, and the deadline to order caps and gowns is April 4. 
More Commencement information

Celebrate student leaders

Attend the Annual Leadership Awards on the evening of April 17. This event is free and open to all members of the OHIO community. Help to lift up the incredible work of fellow Bobcats.

Keep Athens beautiful

Throughout the month of April volunteer events will be posted to GivePulse for Athens Beautification month. This annual spring tradition is a great way to connect with our community, get some volunteer hours, and help keep Athens beautiful. 
Get involved

Prep that resume

Encourage your student to attend a Resume Writing Lab. They can get personalized resume help and advice from writing tutors and career peer coaches. Upcoming labs are on Wednesday, March 27, in Alden 319 from 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 19, in Alden 251 from 3-5 p.m.

Feedback wanted

Does your student have feedback for Housing and Residence Life regarding the Returning Room Selection Experience? They can come to the Living Learning Center during one of our Cookies and Conversation events to chat with staff on March 29 or April 2 from 4-5 p.m.

Catch the solar eclipse

Come watch the eclipse with the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership at Paw Print Park. Enjoy snacks and entertainment, and get a free limited edition OHIO eclipse sticker if you are one of the first 500 attendees! The event runs from 2-4 p.m. on April 8 with peak viewing (per NASA) at 3:15 p.m. Glasses will be provided.

Upcoming Events

SAP Open House

March 26 | 2-4 p.m.
Be prepared to support the survivors in your life. Come see SAP's space, get to know their staff, ask questions, and gather materials about their services. Faculty, staff, and students welcome to attend. 
Find more information

International Week

April 1-6
The International Student Union (ISU) hosts International Week (I Week) each spring, featuring the International Street Fair. Events are open to everyone, ISU invites both international and domestic students to connect and enjoy the festivities!
Find the event schedule

StartUp Market

April 6 | 12-3 p.m.
The Mom's Weekend StartUp Market is a pop-up shop comprised of OHIO student entrepreneurs and local vendors selling their wares! The event will take place in the CoLab on the third floor of Alden Library. Refreshments and local snacks provided.
Find more information

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  • More on the One-Stop Resources page
March 20, 2024
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