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From concerts to farmer’s markets to intramural sports, Bobcats offered many ways to have fun, get involved


As Bobcats are kicking off a new academic year, Ohio University’s Division of Student Affairs is setting out to ensure the success of all students by providing programs and activities designed to nurture their minds and bodies and get them involved on campus and in the community. 

Here is a snapshot of just some of the countless opportunities provided to OHIO students through the Division of Student Affairs’ various departments.

CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT CENTER

In this file photo, members of the Homecoming Court create OHIO-themed string art during a Campus Involvement Center “how-to” event.

In this file photo, members of the Homecoming Court create OHIO-themed string art during a Campus Involvement Center “how-to” event. Among the Campus Involvement Center’s many free activities is its How-To Series, held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Baker University Center Theatre Lounge.

A one-stop resource for student success outside of the classroom, the Campus Involvement Center offers a plethora of student programs and experiences throughout the year.

Among the center’s most-popular activities are its recurring programs – all offered to OHIO students at no charge. This year’s recurring programs include:

  • Pizza, Popcorn and a Movie – One Monday each month, the Campus Involvement Center invites all students to take a break from their studies and enjoy a movie and some snacks. Movies will be shown at 5 and 8 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theatre on the following dates:

Sept. 18 – “La La Land”

Oct. 16 – “Get Out”

Nov. 13 – “Beauty and the Beast”

Dec. 4 – “Elf”

Dates and movies for “Pizza, Popcorn and a Movie” are subject to change. Updates will be posted on the center’s website. 

  • How-To Series – Held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Baker University Center Theatre Lounge, this popular program allows students to take a break from their busy schedules to learn a new and interesting skill. The following “How-To Series” events have been scheduled for September:

Sept. 5 – Paper Plate Clocks

Sept. 12 – Hanging Pin Board

Sept. 19 – DIY Fidget Spinner

Sept. 26 – Picture Frame Dry Erase Boards

Crafts for the “How-To Series” are subject to change. Updates will be posted on the center’s website.

  • Singer Songwriter – Held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the 1804 Lounge on the fifth floor of Baker University Center, this program provides singers and songwriters an opportunity to share their ideas and to support each other in their art.
  • Coffee and Comedy – Held at 9 p.m. every Tuesday in the Front Room at Baker University Center, this program features the Black Sheep Improv and Blue Pencil Comedy student groups. 
  • Flavor of the Week – Held at noon every Wednesday in the Bobcat Student Lounge on the first floor of Baker University Center, this program, sponsored by the University Program Council, features healthy treats and desserts all revolving around a different flavor each week. 
  • Acoustic Showcase – Held from 8 to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Front Room, this program is hosted by local musician Bruce Dalzell.
  • Black Sheep Improv – Held at 9 p.m. every Thursday in the Baker University Center Theatre, this program features an OHIO improv comedy organization.
  • Open Stage – Held from 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday in the Front Room, this program is hosted by local musician Bruce Dalzell.
  • Blue Pencil Comedy – Held at 8 p.m. every Saturday in the Bobcat Student Lounge at Baker University Center, the program features an OHIO student-run stand-up comedy organization.

The Campus Involvement Center serves as the support unit for nearly 500 recognized Ohio University student organizations and more than 30 social fraternities and sororities on the Athens Campus.

The center also houses the following offices:

The Office of Community Engagement already has several events planned for fall semester, including:

OHIO Farmer’s Market

Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday from Sept. 1 through Oct. 27 at Lindley Park, located at the corner of President and South Court Streets, the market provides OHIO students, faculty and staff an opportunity to shop for locally grown and produced food and other items and to learn more about local food resources.

Off-Campus Housing Fair

Held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the Living Learning Center on South Green, this event is open to all students and provides an opportunity to speak directly with off-campus landlords and explore resources available to students seeking off-campus housing for the following academic year.

Community Service Volunteer Fair

Slated for 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in Lindley Park, several Athens-area community partners will be available to network directly with students interested in cultivating volunteer service opportunities. 

Project of the Week

Students involved in OHIO’s Community Service Leadership Council plan a “Project of the Week” every week, providing students an opportunity to get involved in community service. Information on the “Project of the Week” and all service projects is available here

Smart Renter Program

Students living off campus will receive bi-weekly “Smart Renter” updates that provide critical tips about how to have a safe off-campus living experience. The graphics contained in these emails are designed by local artist Kevin Morgan, and the Smart Renter Program is part of three-year partnership between the Office of Community Engagement and UpGrade Ohio, a nonprofit organization that connects people with resources to reduce energy use and to access renewable energy solutions.

PERFORMING ARTS AND CONCERT SERIES

This semester’s Performing Arts and Concert Series will welcome Gavin DeGraw’s RAW Tour to OHIO’s Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 21.

This semester’s Performing Arts and Concert Series will welcome Gavin DeGraw’s RAW Tour to OHIO’s Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 21. 

The Campus Involvement Center also houses OHIO’s one-stop-shop for all things arts and entertainment – the Performing Arts and Concert Series, providing the Ohio University and local communities access to everything from Broadway performances to award-winning musicians.

The 2017-18 Concert Series kicks off Friday, Sept. 8, as OHIO welcomes Brothers Osborne. The reigning Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association “Vocal Duo of the Year,” Grammy-nominated John and TJ Osborne will bring their equal parts country and rock sound to Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium for an 8 p.m. performance.

Other fall semester Concert Series performances include (more to be announced):

  • The Simon and Garfunkel Story, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. This 50th anniversary tour tribute to the iconic American folk rock duo will feature photos and original film footage of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel while a full band performs some of the duo’s greatest hits.
  • Gavin DeGraw’s RAW Tour, 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. A multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter, Grammy-nominated DeGraw will be showcasing songs from the five studio albums he’s released over the past 14 years.

The 2017-18 Performing Arts Series kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 27, with Project Trio, a chamber music ensemble that combines the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars. Blending their classic training with an eclectic taste in musical style, Project Trio is one of the most-watched online instrumental ensembles whose YouTube channel has more than 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers. This acclaimed musical group will be joined on a stage for a portion of their performance by the Ohio University Chamber Orchestra in celebration of the School of Music’s 100th anniversary. Project Trio takes the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m.

Other fall semester Performing Arts Series events include:

  • Mountain Stage, 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. A two-hour radio show produced in West Virginia and distributed weekly by National Public Radio, Mountain Stage is recorded before a live audience, hosted by singer/songwriter Larry Groce, and features performances by seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, world and alternative music. Mountain Stage features five guest artists who have not yet been announced. This event is being held in special partnership with WOUB Center for Public Media. 
  • Aquila Theatre’s “Sense and Sensibility,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. A classical theatre company and a national leader in applied theatre, the Aquila Theatre produces bod and radical adaptations of classical plays for contemporary audiences. In this performance, the theatre company presents its reinterpretation of Jane Austen’s popular novel, “Sense and Sensibility.”  
  • “The Wizard of Oz” national tour, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The yellow brick road of this iconic 1939 MGM film meets the iconic bricks of Ohio University for a lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. 
  • Broadway for the Holidays, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Broadway’s Mary Michael Patterson (“Phantom of the Opera”), Claybourne Elder (“Sunday in the Park with George”) and Hilary Morrow (“Birdland Jazz Club”) will join the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of OHIO alumnus and Maestro Luke Frazier, for an evening of holiday hits. This performance will celebrate the conclusion of the Ohio University School of Music’s 100th anniversary. 

The fall semester will also include several special add-on performances and one sponsored event, including:

  • Boston Brass, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Baker University Center Theatre. This brass quintet performs with a philosophy of providing audiences a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements.
  • The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!, 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Dubbed the “Houdini Times Ten” by NBC, this Parents Weekend performance will provide 90 minutes of interactive, action-packed magic and illusion.
  • The Second City Cure for the Common Comedy, 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. In honor of OHIO’s Parents Weekend, Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to the Athens Campus and is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and serving as the birthplace of many of the country’s comic geniuses. Note: This performance may not be appropriate for younger audience members.
  • Trio da Kali, 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville. The cornerstone of Nelsonville’s historic public square, Stuart’s Opera House, in conjunction with OHIO’s Performing Arts and Concert Series and the African Studies Program, is bringing the sounds of southern Mali to Southeast Ohio for this free show. Trio da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians). The trio includes Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, a vocalist and the daughter of the legendary griot singer Kassé Mady Diabaté; Lassana Diabaté, the trio’s musical director and master balafonist who is one of Mali’s most astonishing musicians; and Mamadou Kouyaté, a bass ngoni player and the eldest son of world-renowned, Grammy-nominated ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté. A community potluck will be held before the show starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://stuartsoperahouse.org/.
  • Dave Coulier, 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Best known as Joey from the ABC series “Full House,” Coulier’s clean stand-up comedy has been seen on everything from “The Tonight Show” to HBO’s “Comic Relief.” This special Dads Weekend performance will also feature special guest Matteo Lane, a New York’based comedian who recently performed on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and Comedy Central’s “Adam Devine’s House Party.”

OHIO’s Performing Arts and Concert Series is open to the public, with discounted tickets for students and senior citizens available for many shows. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (740) 593-1780 or visit https://www.ohio.edu/performingarts/

For more information on the Campus Involvement Center, including a full schedule of fall semester events, visit https://www.ohio.edu/involvement/.

CAMPUS RECREATION

Among the sports being offered during Campus Recreation’s fall intramural sports season is 4v4 mini soccer.

Among the sports being offered during Campus Recreation’s fall intramural sports season is 4v4 mini soccer. Photo courtesy of Campus Recreation
 
The Department of Campus Recreation seeks to provide quality, inclusive recreation experiences that are designed to positively impact the intellectual and personal development of OHIO students and the vitality of the OHIO community.

Campus Recreation is housed in the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center, which offers students and center members a plethora of activities, including a 36-foot, double-sided climbing wall; basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts; an indoor running track; and state-of-the-art fitness and weight areas. The department’s other facilities include Bird Arena, offering recreational skating and hockey; a driving range, nine-hole golf course and pro shop; the Walter Fieldhouse, providing open recreation hours; and the Aquatic Center, offering recreational and lap swimming, aqua fitness classes and other programs. In addition, Campus Rec’s Outdoor Pursuits provides ropes courses and a zipline through its Challenge Program as well as several adventure trips in Southeast Ohio and beyond.

Alongside its numerous facilities, Campus Rec offers activities and events throughout the year, including intramural sports and fitness programs. Here is a snapshot of some of the events it is offering to students during early fall semester:

Fall Intramural Sports 

Students interested in participating in intramural sports are required to purchase an Intramural Sports Membership. There are three membership options:

  • Annual Membership – Entitles students to play on as many teams as they would like for the school year; cost is $30
  • Fall Semester Membership – Entitles students to play on as many teams as they would like for the fall semester; cost is $20
  • Fall I Membership – Entitles students to play on as many teams as they would like for the Fall I season; cost is $15

For information and instructions on purchasing an Intramural Sports Membership, click here.  

Registration for the fall intramural season is being conducted online. The following sports are being offered during the Fall I Intramural Season:

  • 4v4 Mini Soccer – registration being held Aug. 28-Sept. 7
  • Dodgeball – registration being held Aug. 28-Sept. 14
  • Sand Volleyball – registration being held Aug. 28-Sept. 14
  • Softball – registration being held Aug. 28-Sept. 7
  • Tennis – registration being held Aug. 22-Sept. 8
  • Wheelchair Basketball – registration being held Oct. 1-13

Students who are interested in playing intramural sports but who do not have a full team to register are invited to attend a Free Agent Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in the Ping Center meeting rooms. 

For more information on OHIO’s intramural sports, click here

Back-to-School Bash 

Scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at South Beach on South Green, this free event will include sand volleyball, corn hold and KanJam. In addition, Campus Rec staff will be on hand to provide information on the intramural sports program and to help students sign up to play. Staff will also be available to share student employment opportunities at Campus Rec and how they can become intramural sports officials.

Officiating General Session Fall I

Students interested in employment and officiating for intramural sports are invited to this information session at 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in the Ping Center meeting rooms. 

Club Cycle 

Scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Ping Center Group Fitness Room, this high-energy cycling class jams to club music, creating a cycling party that coincides with the existing group fitness classes.

Bobcat BarBELLES

This eight-week women’s strength training program is designed to improve physical fitness, teach proper techniques, increase confidence inside and outside of the weight room, and promote a positive social environment. The program consists of one lecture meeting per week with all participants that will cover topics and issues relating to fitness. In addition, groups will meet once a week to learn barbell movements that include squat, overhead press, dead lift and bench press. The program kicks off Monday, Sept. 8, and costs $50. For more information or to register, click here.  

Campus Recreation also offers a variety of “learn-to” programs on everything from playing golf and hockey to skating and swimming. For more information on Campus Recreation, visit https://www.ohio.edu/recreation/

HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE

The OHIO Late Nights program offers students a chance to socialize and have some free fun on most Saturday nights.

The OHIO Late Nights program offers students a chance to socialize and have some free fun on most Saturday nights. Photo courtesy of the Division of Student Affairs

Students looking for something to do on Saturday nights need look no further than the Department of Housing and Residence Life’s OHIO Late Nights Program. Held most Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Living Learning Center on South Green, OHIO Late Nights features a variety of activities, including karaoke, games, free snacks and more. The program is free and open to all Ohio University students.