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Welcome week activities

Published August 15, 2022

Things to do around campus for Welcome Week

By William Troyer | For The Post

Bobcats, it’s almost time to return to the rolling hills of Athens, Ohio. Welcome Week is a massive celebration for returning students and incoming freshmen, and a time to come together and celebrate our next steps into the semester.

Ohio University has a week full of activities, concerts and events around campus planned, so look no further; this guide will give firstcomers insight into what you can do during Welcome Week.


Coming to college can be stressful, especially when you’re living on your own for the first time. To extend their support, admissions, financial aid, scholarships and the University Registrar have extended hours on Aug. 18 and 19, in addition to drop-in advising on Aug. 20. LINKS, a welcome program intended to aid in the transition to college of students of color is also a resource worth checking out when you first arrive to campus.


It wouldn’t be OU without good ole’ fashioned partying. On Aug. 19, the South Beach Bash will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public and takes place on South Beach, below Nelson Commons. Saturday, Aug. 20, the annual Party at Ping from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. will take place at the Ping Student Recreation center. This event is also free and open to all students.

Student Organization Involvement Fair

Aug. 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., is the Student Organization Involvement fair. It is an excellent opportunity for incoming first-year students to meet the various organizations we have on campus and connect with the more than 300 organizations in attendance.

Camp Alden

Camp Alden will allow new Bobcats to explore the library on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Students will embark on a scavenger hunt through all seven floors and earn a prize. But the fun doesn’t stop, there will be late-night s’mores, cornhole, putt-putting and a button-making station.

Movie Night on the Green

Are you a film fanatic? On Thursday, Aug. 18, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Campus Involvement Center will be screening films for anyone who is interested in joining.

More events

On Monday, Aug. 22, first day pictures are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Baker Center. Games on the Green will include cornhole, giant Connect 4 and more, in addition to an open house at Athena Cinema open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday hosts the petting zoo on South Beach from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and finally, on Thursday, there will be a comedy show from OU alumni Luke Null at Baker Theater starting at 7 p.m.