Campaign Kickoff Week Includes Putt Putt, Cake

Leading up to the public kickoff of the Connect Today, Create Tomorrow campaign on Friday, Oct. 20, students were invited to join the celebration with a series of events designed to draw attention to the priorities of the campaign. (Giant hamster balls were involved.)

Monday: Scholarships

To highlight the scholarship component of the campaign, Charlie Lennon ’18 (right), a theatre and dance major, played the interrogator for a “Bishop on the Street” video that asked students if they could identify Kevin Paskvan (center) and correctly name his role as director of financial aid to win $1.

Tuesday: Professors

The third annual i³ (i-cubed) mini-lecture series featured 10 professors selected by students to give three-minute presentations with ideas, insight, and imagination on a topic of their choosing. With standing-room-only crowds in the Benes Rooms, the event is a bigger draw each year. Featuring topics such as “How theatre can change the world,” by Ed Kahn (right), professor of theatre and dance, it’s a showcase for OWU’s talented faculty. Watch the videos at

Wednesday: Capital Improvements

A putt-putt course with holes representing the various capital improvement priorities of the campaign filled the lawn outside Beeghly Library, fostering appreciation for the campaign and inviting some friendly competition.

Thursday: OWU Connection

Students were invited to take The OWU Connection theme of “Think Big, Go Global, Get Real” literally and participate in human hamster balls on the JAYwalk. Merrick Mentors were on hand to answer students’ questions about the program (read more about The OWU Connection in the Connecting 2 the World story). Think big, indeed. Kari Lynn Seymour ’18 goes for a roll.

Friday: Celebrating 175 Years

Students joined members of the Board of Trustees, Alumni Board, faculty, and staff for a free campus-wide lunch to celebrate 175 years. They had cake, and ate it too.

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