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Homecoming 2016

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 9 October 2016

This weekend marked my final homecoming as a senior at Ohio University. In past years, homecoming week has meant a crazy flurry of preparation because I was a member of the Marching 110 and homecoming is our most exciting show of the season. I am not participating in the band this year because I have a class conflict, but I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the alumni band for the first time, which was an incredible experience in itself.

My oldest sister, Rachel, is an Ohio University and Marching 110 alumna, and she visited this weekend to march with the alumni band and experience my last homecoming with me.


Rachel and I were both a part of the trombone section, as were many of her friends who also came to Athens for the weekend.


Although missing my senior season is bittersweet, I could not have asked for a better weekend to introduce me to the world of the alumni band. From playing duck-duck-goose with the child of my sister’s friend on the attack cat in Peden, to learning the entire halftime dance in 15 minutes, to eating Goodfellas pizza and playing games in the lobby of the Hampton Inn, I made memories that I will never forget.


Being a part of the Marching 110 means that I have become a part of a group with so much pride and history. To march in the parade alongside both my same-aged friends and 70+ year old alumni is such an honor.


Every year, people come back to Athens for homecoming in celebration of the formative years that they spent here. I feel so lucky to have spent my college years in a community which allowed me to grow so much as a person, and although the thought that I, too, will be graduating and moving on in the spring is daunting, I can’t wait until I can come back next year for homecoming as an alumna.

Homecoming and the Marching 110

Caroline wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 4 October 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Hundreds of alumni flock in from all corners of the United States to be a part of the Most Exciting Band in the Land one more time. Some band members affectionately refer to Homecoming as “Christmas,” and while the promise of seeing family and friends at the end of it all does add some enjoyment to the week, this is also the time of year where we work our absolute hardest to make sure that our show truly is better than the best ever.

When I was a senior in high school, I came to visit Ohio University on the same weekend that the Marching 110 was putting on their annual Varsity Show. My oldest sister, Rachel, is an alumna of OU and the 110, so I’m sure that it was no coincidence that she insisted that I come visit during one of the most exciting shows of the season. I was tired out from a long day of tours by the time the band was about to play, and to be honest, I would have preferred to have been curled up in bed. I was not prepared for what happened next: it changed my life. When the Marching 110 took the stage, I was absolutely floored. Never in my life had I seen that many people who were truly passionate about what they were doing at one time. They were completely alive, and I wanted to be a part of their group with every part of my being.

Flash-forward three years, and here I am–music section leader to the trombones, nervously preparing for what is sure to be yet another thrilling show in order to impress my sister, who will be coming back to cheer me on. Even with the stresses of school–midterms, group projects, research, and everything else–I wouldn’t trade being a member of the Marching 110 for anything.

So next time you see us shaking it on the field, I hope you will be able to see that there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.

Learning Leadership

Joe Cook

Joe Cook,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 15 October 2013 – This semester I was given the opportunity to participate in the Robe Leadership Institute. The course is not a traditional engineering course; instead of equations and diagrams, we are challenged to understand ourselves. I’m not one to keep a journal, and part of the course is weekly reflections. Aside from my blog posts, I think I’ve used the word “I” a total of zero times in my technical writing courses. It’s interesting to sit back and look at how I’ve grown as a student and leader, but more importantly, how I can refine who I am and teach myself to be a better leader.

If I had been challenged to define leadership as a freshman I would have said something like, “the ability to effect change”. Now as a senior my definition has changed dramatically. I would define leadership as “understanding”. To not only understand myself and my needs, but also those around me. To succeed, we must know ourselves. How can I be happy if I don’t know what motivates me? It’s a question I think we should all ask ourselves more often.

On a lighter note, homecoming was last weekend, and seeing the drumline uptown is probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. The marching 110 exemplifies the spirit of Ohio University in their non-traditional approach toward entertainment. That tradition, coupled with the artistic spirit that lives in the hills of Athens Country creates an atmosphere that cannot be matched anywhere. I met several alumni at the annual Russ College alumni tailgate and heard stories as far back as World War II. The fact that alumni older than my grandparents still come back every year really speaks volumes about what makes OU special.

Marching 110 at Homecoming

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 15 October 2013 – The semester is really picking up speed now, but this week seems like a breeze compared to last. Last week was OU’s Homecoming week, and as a member of the marching band, this is an especially important time. It means that any and all alumni who have marched before us were invited back to Athens to reminisce, catch up with old friends, and, of course, march one more time in Peden Stadium. For the current members, excitement is in the air all week as we anticipate the arrival of our graduated members. We put in extra hours and work as we strive to make our performance the best it can be to honor those who have marched before us. It’s hard and adds a strain onto our already busy schedules, but it is all worth it when Saturday comes around and all day is one big family reunion.

Marching 110

At the morning parade and during the football game, the alumni band steals the show as they perform everything just as they did when they were here, whether that was only one year ago or 40. Any downtime is spent swapping stories of antics and past performances. The current members all hear about what it was like marching “back in the day” and hearing the differences, but more often, the similarities, between then and now. The best part is the enthusiasm the alumni have and the love and pride that they have for the band, Ohio University, and Athens. This is something they look forward to year-after-year with more than a few counting down the days and even hours until they step back on the bricks. I definitely take pride in being in the Marching 110 and more importantly, being a Bobcat, and I’m already counting down the days until my first Homecoming as an alum.

Why OU Rocks During the Fall

Steven Crane

Steven Crane,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 08 October 2013 – I’m currently working through week 7 of my fall semester and it’s been a doozy! This coming week I’ll have several midterms and most people get stress about these things, and I’ll admit I do feel it too, but it’s important from time to time to stop and smell the roses, coffee, or in my case the leaf pile! Athens is absolutely gorgeous during the fall and I love fall because it’s football season and hoodie weather!


This coming weekend is Homecoming and everyone is getting excited. OUr football team is coming back from a great victory over the University of Akron (43-3 OU-Oh Yeah) and we are looking to come back and dominate Central Michigan. After we defeated Akron, I had to call my brother to taunt him because he is currently a senior there; he didn’t find it as amusing as I did of course.

Marching 110

Alumni from Ohio University will be coming down and it’s cool to see how big OU really is. I love Ohio University because it’s a b-e-a-utiful campus and Athens is the definition of a college town. The Marching 110 (OU’s Marching Band) has an annual tradition with alumni of the band. The day before homecoming is when they’re all invited back and they will rehearse with the current band members. On Saturday, alumni will be able to relive the glory days and march with their instruments again. I remember last year’s show vividly and it was flawless, our band takes pride in perfection and in excitement too! OSU may be the best damn band in the land, but OU is the most exciting band in the land!

So enjoy the fall, because it happens only once a year. And fun facts of the day: 1) you are never too old to play in a leaf pile and 2) leaf piles are more fun when raked by someone else–until they chase you away with the rake!

Homecoming 2011

Abby Frankart

Abby Frankart, Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 18 October 2011

Homecoming at Ohio University is not only a fun opportunity for alumni to enjoy college again, but it is also a great weekend for current students.

To start, there is the parade that goes the wrong way up one-way Court Street. The street lines up with students supporting student organizations, Athens fire department and law enforcement, political parties, and the homecoming court. Voting for homecoming king and queen is a tradition not left behind in high school (though the homecoming dance is!!).

There is also the chance to show your school spirit by attending the football game. This year the stadium was packed with undergrads, grad students, and alumni alike in support of the Bobcats.

Another great opportunity that many don’t associate with homecoming is the fact that a lot of distinguished alumni come back to campus. This homecoming I had the privilege of meeting Carla Lucchino who is the highest ranked civilian in the Navy and recent recipient of the Medal of Merit from Ohio University. Myself and a few other students were able to listen to her speak in one of our classes as well as have breakfast with her.

Showing school spirit, meeting distinguished alumni, and enjoying the parade are just some of the fun things during homecoming weekend.

Homecoming Pride

Bill Kandel

Bill Kandel, Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 17 October 2011

This weekend reminded me how beautiful Athens can be in the fall. The temperature was perfect—in the low 70’s, the skies were clear, and the smell of fall filled the air. Yet this weekend was not about the weather; this weekend, like all things Ohio University, was about the people. It was about bringing together of the entire Bobcat family, with people from all over the nation, and even world, to celebrate the Green and White. Alumni, faculty, staff, and students all witnessed many heartwarming experiences this homecoming. Alumni filled the stadiums, streets, and bars renewing Ohio University pride for another year.

The Homecoming parade was probably my favorite part of the entire weekend. Thousands of alumni, students, facility and their children filled the street united in their sense of Ohio pride. The Marching 110 topped off the parade in the company of the alumni band in a beautiful demonstration of Ohio unity. You’re not a Bobcat for four years; you’re a Bobcat for life.

I had the honor of meeting people that graduated in the 1960’s to 5 year old children wearing Bobcat shirts that read “Class of 2028” (If that doesn’t make you feel old I don’t know what will). Regardless the reason for being there it was great to see the pride of Ohio at its finest. There’s no place like Ohio University home.