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Alumni Weekend, Ohio Bicentennial Activities Converge on Campus in May

May 7, 2003

DELAWARE, OHIO -- With the end of classes and approach of summer, Ohio Wesleyan University is preparing for Alumni Weekend 2003. Alumni who graduated in years ending in "3" and "8" will be welcomed back to campus from May 16-18 for a variety of events to celebrate their reunion and have the opportunity to be part of Delaware County's Ohio Bicentennial celebration.

Alumni Relations Coordinator Julia Righter says, "Alumni weekend provides an ideal setting to relive college memories and reconnect with classmates. Last year's Alumni Weekend drew over 1,100 alumni back to campus." This year, special recognition will be given to the class of 1953, celebrating its 50th "Golden Key" reunion, and the class of 1978, which celebrates its 25th "Silver Key" reunion.

The highlighted event is the all-alumni luncheon, which takes place on Saturday and is the largest on-campus gathering of alumni each year. In addition, the University will unveil a new Historical Marker in front of Elliott Hall as part of Ohio's Bicentennial Celebration. Other planned events include class reunion dinners; a convocation featuring the alumni choir; the Red and Black Dinner with University President Thomas B. Courtice, emerti faculty and staff; and "Alumni College" -- a series of open classes taught by current OWU professors and distinguished alumni.

Another highlight is the recognition ceremony for this year's Distinguished Achievement Citations (D.A.C.) recipients -- the Alumni Association's highest honor presented to past graduates for professional and service accomplishments. The 2003 D.A.C. recipients include: John Callaway '58, Emmy award winning broadcast and print journalist; Joseph Glatthaar '78, professor at the University of Houston and expert in American military history; Robert Hunter '43, retired professor of anatomy; and posthumously to Amos Dolbear 1866. Dolbear, a physics professor and inventor, is most notable for his experiments in wireless telegraphy (radio) which received a patent in 1885 and was later sold to Guglielmo Marconi in 1903. In addition, Michael Flack '68 will be presented with the Alumni Award for outstanding service to Ohio Wesleyan University.

While area hotels have filled up quickly, Righter says the University will open two residence halls for additional housing. "It's like being in college all over again," she says. "It really is a good time and a lot of fun."

In addition to the reunion festivities, alumni can attend the Delaware Arts Festival, Bicentennial Bell casting and fireworks to commemorate Ohio's 200th birthday.

For more information, go to the Alumni Weekend 2003 Web site, or contact the Alumni Relations Office at 740-368-3329 or alumni@owu.edu.