Mayoral Welcome


A welcome letter to students from the mayor of Athens

Mayor Patterson

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Athens Mayor, Steve Patterson, poses for a portrait on Court Street on September 10, 2015.

Dear new and returning Ohio University students, as the mayor of Athens, Ohio, I personally want to welcome you to our beloved community.

Although the time you spend here in Athens will seem relatively short, I truly hope that you will take the time to experience your new home. Enjoy not only what Ohio University has to offer, but also that of the city, county and region.

As I am sure that the cities and towns that you hail from are unique, I think that you will find Athens unique as well. Experience it. Take time to explore it. Visit Sells Park and hike the trails, get out and enjoy all 21 miles of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway or experience one of the nation’s best markets right here in Athens at the Athens Farmers Market.

This is your home, and I encourage you to care for it and learn from it. While you are earning an education at Ohio University, I strongly encourage you to learn our fine city, as well, by becoming engaged via one or more of our 19 city boards and commissions.

I encourage you to immerse yourselves in Athens, and I hope that when your time here is finished you will come back to experience the memories that you will have created in our beloved city.

Again, welcome to Athens,

Mayor Steve Patterson

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