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Students move into Ohio State University residence halls and are welcomed to campus

Autumn semester marks the start of the university’s 150th academic year

Students will be moving into residence halls over the weekend as The Ohio State University marks the start of its 150th academic year.

Here are the top events that media can cover as the university welcomes new and returning students to campus and to Columbus:

Residence Hall move-in, Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 7,000 students will move into residence halls on Saturday. First stop is the new Covelli Center, where students check in and get their room keys. Once they’ve reached their residence hall, students will be assisted by some 2,000 Official Welcome Leaders (OWLs) who help families unload cars and bring possessions to assigned rooms. Move-in day is highly orchestrated to avoid confusion and congestion due to the high number of vehicles and people on campus. Motorists are urged to avoid the campus area during move-ins. Media wishing to cover Move-In on-scene MUST CONTACT: Dave Isaacs, Student Life, isaacs.84@osu.edu. SEE: https://welcomeweek.osu.edu/events.aspx/2019/8/17/67408/residence-hall-move-in?d=54&p=1.

Student Involvement Fair, Sunday, Aug. 18, 4 to 7 p.m., on the Oval. During Welcome Week each year, members of more than 700 student organizations, campus departments and community agencies set up a booth or display on the Oval. Thousands of students will attend the fair, which is an opportunity to find a student organization that meets their needs and interests. CONTACT: Dave Isaacs, Student Life, isaacs.84@osu.edu. SEE: https://welcomeweek.osu.edu/events.aspx/2019/8/18/65641/student-involvement-fair.

President’s Convocation, Monday, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Schottenstein Center. Convocation is the official welcome event at Ohio State for first-year students. New students hear from President Michael V. Drake, faculty, administrators and special guests, and are introduced to some time-honored university traditions such as “Carmen Ohio.” Convocation is the first of many memorable moments for students at Ohio State and it is the only time prior to graduation that the class of 2023 is gathered in one location. SEE: https://welcomeweek.osu.edu/events.aspx/2019/8/19/65747/presidents-convocation?d=54&p=1.

First-year student Columbus Welcome event, immediately following Convocation, Schottenstein Center. The Columbus Welcome Event introduces the class of 2023 to many of the great sites, attractions and opportunities that Columbus has to offer, and focuses on how the university makes it easy for students to enjoy their new hometown. SEE: https://welcomeweek.osu.edu/events.aspx/2019/8/19/67414/first-year-student-columbus-welcome-event?d=54&p=1.

Buck-i-Frenzy, Monday, Aug. 19, noon to 4 p.m. in and around the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC). One of the most popular Welcome Week events is Buck-i-Frenzy, where select local and national companies offer samples of the latest products, services, fashions, sounds, technology and tastes. CONTACT: Dave Isaacs, Student Life, isaacs.84@osu.edu. SEE: https://frenzy.osu.edu/

First day of classes, Tuesday, Aug. 20. Volunteers will staff campus locator booths across campus to help students find their way to classes. CONTACT: Dave Isaacs, Student Life, isaacs.84@osu.edu. SEE: https://welcomeweek.osu.edu/about/campus_locator_booths/.

Buckeye Kick Off, Thursday, Aug. 22, 4 to 8 p.m., Ohio Stadium. Students learn about Buckeye spirit in a program that features TBDBITL, celebrities, a Block O card stunt and more. Fan fest activities begin at 4 p.m. and the South Stands Stadium gates open at 5 p.m. for a football practice (open to students only) followed by a special program. Students will be invited to stay until the end to come onto the field and pose for a historic group photo on the football field. All undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are encouraged to attend and wear scarlet. CONTACT: Dave Isaacs, Student Life, isaacs.84@osu.edu. SEE: https://welcomeweek.osu.edu/events.aspx/2019/8/22/65737/buckeye-kick-off?d=54&p=1

Community Commitment, Saturday, Aug. 24, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Over 1,000 Buckeyes are expected to volunteer during Community Commitment, one of the largest single-day community service events held on a college campus. After meeting in the Ohio Union, students travel to one of many agencies across Columbus to work on service projects. Past project hosts have included COSI, local food pantries, the Columbus Zoo and a variety of other nonprofit agencies. CONTACT: Dave Isaacs, Student Life, isaacs.84@osu.edu. SEE: https://activities.osu.edu/involvement/service_outreach/pay_it_forward/community_commitment/.

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