OUS Block Party brings 2 communities together

Published 12:59 am Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Ohio University Southern Block Party is an annual event that organizers said brings two communities together, the academic and the public at-large.

On Friday, the Shafer Courtyard of the OUS Ironton campus played host to live music, food, games, inflatables, face painting, door prizes, campus tours and more. The popular dunk tank returned for block party attendees who wanted to take their turn at sinking several members of OUS staff and faculty.

The event also was a chance for students, parents and others to meet newly appointed dean Dr. Nicole Pennington.

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“This event is a good opportunity for residents, students, staff and faculty to come together in a fun-filled environment,” Pennington said. “It’s a great way to prepare for a new academic year.”

Students begin classes at OUS on Aug. 25 and senior health services administration major Emily Kerns was talking with students and parents offering any piece of information she could.

“This event is great,” she said. “It brings everyone together. I don’t think the people of this area realize what a wonderful asset is right here in Lawrence County. This block party is a chance for them to see it for themselves.”

OUS Director of Enrollment and Student Services Robert Pleasant echoed Kerns’ sentiment.

“The block party brings campus community and community together,” he said. “It is also a great chance to showcase this fine university.”

Prior to the block party nearly 250 students received scholarships at a recognition ceremony on campus.