Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Aaron Cox wins OU Idol!

In honor of Prematurity Awareness Month which is the month of November, OU Idol was helf at Ohio University to heighten awareness for premature birth and raise money for the March of Dimes. Prematurity Awareness Month takes place every November in honor of all the babies born prematurely, many of whom are no longer here with us today. Even when premature babies do survive, they often suffer life-long health problems such as blindness or cerebral palsy. When these babies are born early, there vital organs are not yet developed causing severe problems. Here is a picture of our campus graffiti wall we painted to further heighten awareness of premature birth.

On October 27th, twenty-six students auditioned for the OU Idol competition on the Athens campus in the Baker Student Center Ballroom. The contest was open to all students on the Athens campus. Contestants paid a $10 fee entry fee that benefited the March of Dimes. Contestants were ask to sing 60-90 seconds A Cappella for the auditions. After each performance, the judges provided feedback to each contestant. At the end of Monday's show the Top Ten contestants were announced, and then two more contestants were added in to make a Top 12. These Top 12 advanced to the OU Idol Finals on Tuesday, October 28th. During the Finals, contestants performed their entire song and were critiqued by three, qualified judges imitating Randy, Simon, and Paula. A Public Vote accounted for the score of the “fourth judge.” Ticket prices were $1 for the audition round and $3 for the Finals round. All Prizes were offered to the Top 12 Contestants. At the end of the finals night, the Top 5 contestants were announced, each receiving $25 to a local hair salon. The grand prize winner several gift certificates from around Athens, a $150 to a local hair salon, a gift basket, and a 3 song demo recording CD with LeVeck Entertainment and Production.
Aaron Cox wins OU Idol and the prize package worth over $1000! Aaron sang John Mayer's,"I Don't Trust Myself with Loving You" while playing acoustic guitar in the Finals Round.

Around 125 students attended the auditions and about 250 for the Finals Round. OU Idol raised $700 for the March of Dimes! We had a great deal of media coverage and the front page of one of our local newspapers, "The Athens News." It was a fun show and was well supported by the community. Singers were able to showcase their talent and we were able to raise funds and heighten awareness for the mission of the March of Dimes.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Register for OU Idol

So you think you can sing?? Prove it! Ohio University will be holding an audition for the OU Idol competition on Monday, October 27th from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. This is an opportunity for solo vocalists to showcase their performance abilities. No experience is necessary.

Pre-registration is required, and applications will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 20th. Completed applications must be returned to, or you can turn them in on the 1st Floor of Lasher Hall. [From Union Street, use the front entrance; past the main desk you will see an NCASC bulletin board. Place your registration materials in the folder attached to the board.]

You will submit your $10 registration fee when you arrive at 6:20 P.M. the night of the auditions (Monday, October 27th). If you do not turn in your $10, you will not be able to audition. There are no refunds for any reason. (Checks can be made payable to: March of Dimes; a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality).

Please direct all questions to the OU Idol auditions will be held in the Baker Ballroom on Monday, October 27th from 7:30-9:30 pm. Contestants must arrive by 6:20 P.M. to check-in and participate in the contestant orientation. You will be asked to sing 60-90 seconds of a song A Cappella (without music). At the end of the show, the top twenty contestants will be announced and be asked to come back on Tuesday, October 28th to compete for the title of OU Idol.

For the Finals round, contestants must provide their own backing music on CD or cassette tape You may not use your own instruments. (CD is preferred. All cassette tapes must be cued in advance to the selected song. No lead vocals.) Song selections must be approved by the producers and edited less than 4 minutes.
The Finals round will be Tuesday, October 28th in the Baker Ballroom from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. There will be 3 professional judges. A Public Vote will count as the vote of a “fourth judge.” The finals will be judged by a qualified panel of judges, and scoring will be based on the following criteria: Vocal Quality, Showmanship, and Overall Performance. Contestants are required to arrive at 6:20 pm on the night of competition. At 6:30 pm, a contestant orientation will take place. No family, friends, coaches or visitors are permitted in contestant orientation.

Judges will use a 1 to 10 scoring system (whole numbers only) to rate contestants in (1) Vocal Quality* and (2) Showmanship**. Those two scores will be averaged to arrive at the (3) Overall Performance score. The scores for Vocal Quality, Showmanship, and Overall Performance will be added together to arrive at the Total Score.

So here is your chance! Email us at for more information.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Event Schedule for Fall Quarter

Meetings for the Quarter:
Tuesday, September 16th- Kick-off Meeting Baker Rm. 231 at 8:30
Tuesday, September 23rd- Social & Meeting Courtside Pizza at 7 pm
Tuesday, October 7th- Baker Rm. 231 at 7 pm
Tuesday, October 24th- Baker Rm. 514 at 7 pm
Tuesday, November 4th- Baker Rm. 514 at 7 pm

Events for the Quarter:
Grilled Cheese Sale on Court Street- Thursday, October 9th
OU Idol- Monday, October 27th from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in the Baker Ballroom
Prematurity Awareness Day events- Tuesday, November 11th

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bobcats for Babies Kick-off Meeting!

Tonight was our first Bobcats for Babies meeting. Thank you to those who were able to make it out. We went over general March of Dimes information and our schedule of events for the quarter. The most exciting update is that we will be helping plan an OU Idol where all proceeds go to the March of Dimes! Next Tuesday the 23rd we will meet at Courtside Pizza at 7 pm. We will announce who will be filling officer positions for this year and have sign ups for events and committees. We are excited to start off the new year and have lots of new faces joining us.
Check out our pictures below from the student involvement fair!
Hundreds of students attend the annual Fall Student Involvement
Fair to learn more about student organizations at OU.
A student signs up to learn more about the March of Dimes

Lauren and Jenna at our Bobcats for Babies table
Until next time!
Baby love,

Friday, September 5, 2008

Volunteer Fair this Sunday!

Bobcats for Babies will have a table set up on North Green this Sunday, September 7th from 4-6 pm for the annual Fall Volunteer Fair. We will have information on our organization, how you can become involved on campus, and leadership opportunities for the coming year. Stop by and check out how you can help all babies get a healthy start!