The Ohio University is a public university with over 30.000 students located in the small town of Athens in Southeast Ohio.
As the first university in the American Midwest, Ohio University, founded in 1804, is the oldest university in Ohio.
The College Green is the center of Ohio University’s Athens campus.
With its brick walkways and shade trees, it has provided a quiet respite to Ohio University students for over 200 years.
The green and white colors of Ohio University date back to 1896. Before that time, the University’s unofficial colors were blue and white. Until 1925, or 29 years after the school colors changed from blue and white, the Ohio University athletic teams were called the „Green and White.“ At that time, however, the school’s athletic board decided the teams needed a nickname and a campus-wide contest was initiated. Many animal nicknames were proposed, but after great debate, the Bobcat won for its reputation as a sly, wily, scrappy animal. As Ohio’s first and finest institution of higher learning, Ohio University’s athletic tradition is rich and storied.
Ohio University currently fields 20 teams, including football, basketball, baseball or wrestling.
Many of Ohio University alumni achieved success in fields like politics, sports or journalism. Famous alumni are for example Richard Dean Anderson, Paul Newman or Nancy Cartwright.
Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is one of the United State’s most outstanding schools in instruction as well as research in the fields of journalism and mass communication. First courses are held in 1923, before a Department of Journalism is founded in 1924. In 1936 the university’s structure is reorganized and the School of Journalism is founded. Since 1982 the school is renamed after E.W. Scripps, a penny press pioneer who founded a newspaper group that eventually included almost 40 newspapers, including three in Ohio’s principal cities. Since 2013 the school’s home is the modern building of the Schoonover Center for Communication with several computer pools for students and classrooms.
Many students add to their experience by writing for and editing The Post, the independent daily campus newspaper; the Athena, the University yearbook; The Ohio Journalist, the school’s alumni publication; or for WOUB News, broadcasting on the university’s public broadcast stations (AM, FM, television and cable). Students also work on the staffs of local newspapers and University publications.
New technology is an important element within any journalism career. The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and provides courses and practical experience to aid students in developing the skills required to adapt to the new age of journalism. Additionally, Scripp’s School cooperates with the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, a laboratory used for research and development of serious and educational games, simulations, computer animation, and virtual reality.
The main library on the Athens campus is Alden Library, located on the College Green. The Libraries’ collections include more than 3 million volumes; a significant numbers of non-print items such as maps, DVDs, photographs and CDs; and more than 800,000 electronic resources, including e-books, e-journals, databases, and image collections, all available via the Libraries’ web site.
Many of these publications are available online. The Communication & Mass Media catalogue provides a large database for communication and media studies, journalism, marketing and public relations.
But the small city of Athens with about 20.000 inhabitants is not only famous for its renowned university. The green landscape offer many opportunities to hike or bike as well as for other recreational activities and sports. Furthermore, Athens has a huge music scene that varies from Jazz concerts in one of the town’s small bars to huge hip hop festivals.
Typically, students live together in shared houses. Those are often home for big parties. These Houseparties aren’t limited to one flat but whole streets join.
This enthusiasm is shown at sport events, too. The university’s teams, called by their nickname Ohio Bobcats, are supported freneticallly – during football, basketball or baseball games.
A special event is always the Ohio University Marching Band – especially if their members celebate popular pop songs.