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The Ohio University Columbus Alumni Network meets throughout the year. There are networking events such as happy hours, game watches, and annual dinners as well as fun outings such as group trips to sporting events and an annual golf outing.

Upcoming Events

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Columbus Blue Jackets game

Coming soon!  Stay tuned for more details.

Past Events

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Give Thanks November Game Watch and Food Drive 

The Ohio University Columbus Alumni Network and the Ebony Bobcat Network Columbus joined together to mingle with fellow alumni and donate food for Give Thanks November.  We collected a whopping 224 pounds of food for the Worthington Resource Pantry!  We had a great crowd gather at Bobcat Sports Bar in Grandview.

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The third annual Ohio University Columbus Alumni Network’s Topgolf event was a great success!  We raised over $1,300 for the Network’s Endowed Scholarship.  Attendees enjoyed lunch, casual golf games, and Bobcat camaraderie.  The first and second place teams went home  with gift cards to local breweries and bars.  Special thanks  to our generous sponsors.

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Homecoming away from home

Jackie O's on 4th hosted a big homecoming party for those local Bobcats that couldn't make it down to Athens for the festivities.  Both the parade and the football game were streamed on the big screen so attendees could get as much of the experience as possible.

Bobcat Beautification Event

The Ohio University Columbus Alumni Network and the Ebony Bobcat Network Columbus teamed together for a fun project on May 20 in Historical Poindexter Village.

OU Alumni and community members planted flowers around the community sign, vegetable container gardens, and picked up litter at Legacy Pointe at Poindexter located at Mt. Vernon Ave. and Champion Ave in Columbus.

Alumni Happy Hours @ Local watering holes

During the Spring 2023 we gathered at breweries and bars around Columbus to meet new Bobcats and enjoy the nice weather.  Land Grant Brewing, Crooked Can Brewing, and Bobcat Sports Bar hosted our gatherings.

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Columbus Alumni @ Topgolf
The second annual Ohio University Columbus Alumni Network’s Topgolf Columbus event took place November 13, 2022 and was a huge success! It was a Bobcat-filled day that raised more than $2,700 for the Network’s Endowed Scholarship.

It was a bit chilly, but the heaters were working, and we hope everyone who joined us enjoyed the day with OU alumni from central Ohio.

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Let's Network!

The importance of networking and information on how to best network was the focus of a session on Ohio University’s Dublin Campus on June 16.  Taking place in the Dublin Integrated Education Center, Kari Lehman, the assistant dean of graduate and professional programs administration in Ohio University's College of Business, led a session titled “Let’s Network.”

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Bobcat Happy Hour

Nearly 40 Ohio University alumni attended a happy hour at Land Grant Brewing on May 18 in Columbus.  It was the first happy hour hosted by the Columbus Network in more than two years.  Bobcat alumnus Joe Brehm (top image) gave a short presentation on the return of the bobcat to the forests of Ohio. 

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Bobcat Beautification Day

The Ohio University Columbus Alumni Network and the Ebony Bobcat Network Columbus collaborated to assist in a spring clean-up of the Maroon Arts Group MPACC BoxPark on April 23.  
The MPACC BoxPark is a 24,000 square-foot park providing a performance stage, art gallery space, and pop-up restaurants. A dozen or so Bobcat Alumni joined with other community volunteers to get the park ready for its summer season of events. Participants said they had a wonderful time and recommend all local alumni try to check out the park this summer. 

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Ohio University Night

with the Columbus Blue Jackets


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Columbus Alumni @ Topgolf 

A host of local Bobcat alumni gathered at Topgolf on October 3, 2021 to swing the clubs on a fall day, raise funds for the Network’s annual scholarship fund, and have some fun.  Together, the contingent and sponsors raised nearly $3,000 for the Network’s scholarship fund.  Attendees enjoyed nearly three hours of golf, food, and drinks. 
The sponsors who donated generously to the day were:
•    Taylor Reid, Century 21 Realtor
•    Crooked Can Brewing Co.
•    Industrious
•    Chris Harrington, HER Realtor
•    Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery
•    Ohio University Alumni Association
•    Ohio University College of Business

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Personal Branding: Stand out and Move your Career Forward with College of Business

Executive in Residence at Ohio University, Tom Marchese, gave a lively talk that helped us think about the ways in which we can brand ourselves in our careers.   It was a timely discussion for one attendee - she landed a new job just a few days later after she utilized some of his techniques.

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More Than 50 Fans Watch Blue Jackets Victory
More than 50 alumni got together at Nationwide Arena for the Columbus Blue Jackets game vs. the New Jersey Devils on January 18, 2020. A great time was had as Columbus shut out the Devils 5-0. After the victory, the Bobcat faithful went on the ice for a group photo complete with an Ohio University flag.

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Rufus the Subject of Paint Night
The second-ever paint night for the Chapter took place December 18, 2019 at the pARTy Studio Columbus in Worthington. A picture of Rufus was the piece created. Fun and drinks were had at the event that raised $50 for the Chapter’s scholarship fund.


Pregame Party for OU-OSU Women’s Basketball Game Packed
Ohio University fans descended on the Varsity Club on the campus of the Ohio State University on November 17, 2019 for a pregame party before the Bobcats squared off with the Buckeyes in women’s basketball. At least 100 OU fans heard pregame talks from OU Athletic Director Julie Cromer and Women’s Basketball Coach Bob Boldon and took in appearances by Rufus and the cheerleaders. The fans then headed to Value City Arena where they stayed excited as the Bobcats knocked off the Buckeyes 74-68.


Fans Turn Out for OU-Miami Game Watch
Approximately 50 Ohio University football fans hit the Blarney Stone in Worthington on November 6, 2019 to watch the latest installment of the OU-Miami University rivalry. Unfortunately, the Redhawks won a close team 24-21, but a fun time was still had as nearly all of the Bobcat fans received an Ohio University gift.


10th Annual Golf Outing

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The new location for our outing gave us the beautiful rolling hills of Hickory Hills Golf Club.  We had a picture perfect August day for our 84 golfers who enjoyed a round of golf, raffle prizes, games, dinner, and drinks.  Rufus was even there to take pictures and land the fairway with our ceremonial tee shot.  We raised just shy of $4,000 for our Endowed Scholarship.


Bobcats at the Clippers

Tickets for the family friendly night out at the ballpark sold out quickly.  It was a casual event that gave green and white garbed alumni and friends a chance enjoy a beautiful July evening out in Columbus.  The group outing was even featured on the big screen!

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Bobcats Beautification Day

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In conjunction with Athens Beautification Day we joined the first ever nationwide Bobcat Beautification Day on April 14, 2019.  In memory of a beloved and dedicated volunteer and friend, Marilyn Allen, we planted a Japanese cherry tree on the Ohio University Dublin Campus.   The rain stopped just in time for the group to gather around the blossoming tree.

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Bobcats at Blue Jackets

OU alumni attended Nationwide Arena to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets hosts the Edmonton Oilers on March 2. And while Edmonton won the game 4-0, attendees raised $100 for the chapter’s scholarship fund.

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DXL Frisco Bowl Game Watch

We met at The Blarney Stone Tavern in Worthington to Stand Up and Cheer for our Bobcats.  We had a good crowd for a Wednesday night during the holiday season and a great win! OHIO stole the game 27-0 over San Diego State.

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Fall Dinner Features New Alumni Association Executive Director

More than 30 alumni gathered at The Boat House on November 1, 2018 for the annual Ohio University Central Ohio Alumni Chapter Fall Dinner.

Attendees networked and enjoyed dinner in a room with a wonderful view of the Columbus skyline.

The featured speaker was Erin Essak Kopp, Ohio University’s new Alumni Association Executive Director. She discussed her plans for the future of the association as well as the latest happenings in Athens.  

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Thirty Participate in First-ever Paint Night

The Chapter hosted its first-ever paint night at The pARTy Studio in Worthington on Sept 27, 2018.

There were plenty of laughs—and wine—as the group painted an Ohio University-inspired piece featuring the school’s Rufus logo.

The event also raised $300 for the Chapter’s scholarship fund.

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Alumni Gather to Watch OHIOFootball  Approximately 25 alumni descended on Skybox Sports Bar September 15, 2018 in Worthington to watch the Ohio University football team square off with the University of Virginia.

While the Cavaliers won the game 45-31, a good time was still had by all in attendance.

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