OUS hosting block party

Published 10:03 am Tuesday, August 9, 2011

If you think you know everything about what Ohio University Southern has to offer, organizers of the annual block party for the school said there is more than meets the eye.

On Friday, the event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Ironton campus, and will have free food, games, inflatables, a live remote with WKEE and live entertainment for anyone who wants to join the party, student or not.

Organizers Robert Pleasant and Josh Noe said the event is a way for people in the community to get to know OUS, whether they want to enroll as students or not.

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“It’s the last big event before school starts back,” said Pleasant.

Pleasant, the director of student services at OUS, said the event would be festive, but tours of the campus and information about the different degree programs would be available as well.

“It’s an opportunity for OU to open itself up to the community,” he said.

As a student assistant, Noe said the block party is a fun way for the people and families in the community to get to know the school.

With classes starting Sept. 6 at OUS, information about enrollment will be available.

Pleasant said the annual block party usually encourages some people to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll, and not just teenagers right out of high school. Many adults have chosen to take advantage of the school’s Make Your Mark offer.

With the MYM offer, eligible students can enroll in one college class at a rate of $10 per credit hour.

Pam Wise, public information officer for OUS, said the MYM offer allows people to “get their feet wet” in getting back into an educational setting and is a bridge to continuing education.

The block party will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m., following a scholarship recognition ceremony in the Mains Rotunda at 5:30 p.m.