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Cleveland Bobcats gather for first family reunion event of the year

Apr 16, 2015

Photos by Dustin Franz '10; Captions by McKenzie Powell, BSJ '16

T he Ohio University Alumni Association hosted its first of three Bobcat Family Reunions on the road on April 9, bringing together 230 members of the OHIO community at Windows on the River in Cleveland. The homecoming-themed reunions will take place in cities throughout Ohio during spring/summer 2015.

Take a look at some enjoyable moments from the Cleveland event:


In keeping with the Homecoming 2014 Bobcat Family Reunion theme, the venue was decorated with trees, picture frames, college adornments and a photo booth. The event hosted OHIO alumni, friends and University leaders in the Cleveland area.

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(L-R) Alyse Lamparyk '11, Sarah Kostiha '09, '11, Meghan Hanrahan '09 and Nicole Batchelor '09 pose for a photograph outside of the reunion at Windows on the River, a beautiful catering facility located in the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse in downtown Cleveland.

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Alumni and friends mingle and admire displays from each of OHIO’s colleges. Each college was highlighted throughout the venue, through photos, video and other décor.

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Cleveland alumni and friends enjoy each other’s company and the delicious hors d’oeuvres provided at the reunion event.

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Attendees admire the creative set design and audiovisuals, made possible in partnership with Event Services and faculty, staff and students from the Theater Department.

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Roderick J. McDavis ’70, OHIO’s 20th president, chats with guests at Cleveland’s Bobcat Family Reunion on April 9, 2015. Other University leadership in attendance included Foundation and OUAA board members, chapter and society leaders, and campaign co-chairs.

Michael Blauvelt, a 2001 College of Arts and Sciences graduate stands with his wife, Ann Blauvelt, a 2001 Scripps College of Communication graduate at the Bobcat Family Reunion event in Cleveland. The couple currently resides in Westlake, Ohio.

Dee Wirkiowski ’62 and Beth Kloos ’02 pose together in the picture frame photo booth used to capture the night’s memories for OHIO alumni. The Ohio University Alumni Association was excited to gather a broad spectrum of the OHIO community together.

Tree lights dance around the room, creating a calm, intimate atmosphere at Windows on the River. The room’s character, along with the bricks, was intended to create a feeling of being at home in Athens.

To see more photos of Cleveland’s Bobcat Family Reunion, visit

Don’t miss the next two Bobcat Family Reunion events in Cincinnati and Columbus on May 6 and June 4, respectively. Register for the events here.

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