Friends and Fun at the Climbing Wall

Patrick Hanlon

Patrick Hanlon,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 27 September 2014

The rock climbing wall here at Ohio University may seem like the climbing wall at any other school, but it really isn’t. See, people who aren’t regulars at this second home of mine may miss out on the close community we have developed in the Ping Center. Friends of all ages and years of school come together and have a great time together and work out and rock climb.

Sometimes school gets stressful, and when it does there is always a cushiony place to fall into, and it’s not the rubber padding at the bottom of the wall. In fact, it’s the people who are there for you the entire way up that plastic, hold-covered wall. I have to say that most of my friends outside of my engineering courses have been made here, and they are all wonderful.

Here at Outdoor Pursuits, there is not just a climbing wall. There are plenty of hidden adventures any student can go on if they’d like. There’s anything from back-country backpacking trips to canoeing adventures to even rock climbing expeditions. For anyone who would like to get their fix of outdoor adventures while still managing to be successful in school, Outdoor Pursuits is the place to go.

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Fall Season is Here!

Rachel Fryan

Rachel Fryan,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 26 September 2014

Fall is in full swing here at Ohio University. Even though the temperature is in the high 70s/low 80s, it is still fall. My favorite thing about the campus is its beauty, and fall is the prettiest time of year around here. All the trees start changing color and it is just a busy time of year. All the fall sports are in full swing so there is always something to do or go to. Also Homecoming is right around the corner, which is always a fantastic time in Athens.

Other than extra curricular activities, school is in full swing as well. I am taking a victory lap because I am pursuing a double major and am also on the
OU women’s soccer team
, but it is still hard to believe I am 1/3 of the way through my last fall semester of college. It is a bittersweet relationship. Everyone who is not in college says to enjoy this time, but I am certainly ready to move on and start working.

This week we had a Career Fair with the university as well as one for only the Russ College. It is nice we have an exclusive career fair, because you know going into it, companies are looking strictly for people in engineering and technology. I have gotten a few interviews and I’m looking forward to moving on in the career process, which will hopefully result in a full-time job soon.

ASCE Tour of On-Campus Construction

Nick Sparks

Nick Sparks,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 25 September 2014 -

Being president of two separate student organizations I am in the process of getting activities organized that will be fun for all. As a civil engineering student there are quite a few projects that are going on around campus that are great real-life learning tools. The biggest project going on right now is the South Green Dorms. For the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) we scheduled a tour. The project engineer took us around the grounds and inside two of the four buildings.

ASCE Tour

As a senior I will not a get a chance to live in these new dorms or go inside but, seeing the structure and all the inner workings was a great learning tool.

ASCE Tour

The new dorms are using a building method that has never been done before on campus. The entire building is made out of precast concrete. A precast building comes in sections that are made off site and transported to the job site. This means that the building can go up in the matter of weeks instead of months.

ASCE Tour

These new dorms are also going to have office spaces and there are rooms set aside for student use like workout room, study room, and can be a classroom if needed.

ASCE Tour

As a civil engineer it is cool to get out to a job site and see how what we are learning in class can be used in a structure.

Getting Involved in Student Organizations

Julie Stenger

Julie Stenger,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 23 September 2014

My senior year started off with a bang. I didn’t have very much time to kick it into high gear on my time management skills, as I became involved with a number (read “too many”) activities this year.

Last year I was in Phi Sigma Pi, a coed National Honor Society, and was a scuba diving teaching assistant. In addition to those, this year I am an Engineering Ambassador and a Learning Community Leader; I play intramural soccer; and I am the president of Pi Tau Sigma, the National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

On top of that I started Senior Design this fall, plus my other classes. “I must be crazy for taking on all these activities” and “which organization should I drop to keep my sanity?” were things that initially went through my head this year.

However, as time went on I realized that I couldn’t drop any of them without being disappointed in myself:

  • I love being an Engineering Ambassador and becoming friends with people in other majors as well as having the opportunity to talk to prospective students and their families about why Ohio University and Russ College is the greatest place to be.
  • Being president of an organization also makes me feel accomplished and proud to be a leader of others and to do good things for our school
  • Scuba diving is my get-away from engineering and the opportunity to get to go to Florida every semester for free is never something I could quit!
  • Finally, as a Learning Community Leader I get to interact with freshmen all the time and I appreciate that I get to make them excited about Ohio University and school, as well as being able to sort of live my freshman year again vicariously through them!

There isn’t one thing I would drop and it’s helped me learn to be better organized. Despite how much time they take up and stress they create, I greatly appreciate that I get to be involved in my school and meet tons of new people all the time. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

A Scary Experience in Junior Composition

Natasha Norris

Natasha Norris,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 21 September 2014

When I signed up for junior composition for this fall semester, I had no idea I was in for such a “terrifying” experience. Of course, to any engineer, an English course doesn’t sound as appetizing as our math and science based curriculum, but in any case, it is a refreshing change.

A week before my classes started, I got an email from my soon-to-be English professor informing me of the required literature. To my shock, I found the movie “Carrie” by Stephen King, “Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris, and “Rosemary’s Baby” by Ira Levin just to name a few. I had signed up for a section of the class that was focused on “Women in Horror”. I have always avoided anything with terror, blood, etc. so I didn’t think I would be able to survive the course. My first reaction was to drop it, but after a few classes, I decided to give it a shot.

Recently, I’ve just completed one of my more interesting projects for the course: I live-tweeted my experiences while watching the movie “Carrie” (1976). Hopefully, nightmares won’t come and my followers on Twitter won’t think I have the most random tweets in the world, but this was a great change from the usual calculations my engineering courses require. So far, I’m very happy with my decision to try something bizarre and completely different from my engineering courses.

Getting Involved in Student Organizations

Lance Jackson

Lance Jackson,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 21 September 2014

When in a field such as engineering it is important to find a balance between school work and recreational activities. Ohio University offer a plethora of clubs and organizations that students are able to join. From intramural sports all the way down to the hula-hooping club, it would be tough not to find at least one club that interested you. Sometimes it’s nice to get away from the anti-derivatives and go for a nice Sunday run with the running club (my personal club of choice).

From my personal experience, being able to take a step back and not think about schoolwork for a while actually helps me focus on my work once I decide to get back to it. During my time at Ohio University I’ve tried to join a different club each year. During my freshman year I joined an intramural flag football team and my sophomore year I was very active in the running club. My junior year, I would go to weekly bible sessions with Divine Covering.

Joining clubs is a great way to make new friends and relieve stress. Although it takes good time management skills to juggle the demands of a rigorous engineering course-load while still remaining active outside of Russ College, I think it is well worth the sacrifice.

Lunch with Dean Irwin

Natasha Norris

Natasha Norris,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 19 September 2014

This past Tuesday, the Engineering Ambassadors and several student organization representatives had the honor to attend a luncheon hosted by Dr. Dennis Irwin, the Dean of the Russ College. This was not only my first formal meeting with Dean Irwin, but this was the first for several of the other new ambassadors as well.

The Dean started off the meeting with a variety of stories all emphasizing the purpose of the meeting and of the ambassadors. All of the Ambassadors are students, so we experience all the classroom settings that every student experiences. The Dean emphasized that ambassadors are added eyes and ears for Russ College.

The purpose of the luncheon was to relay the concerns of Russ College students to the Dean. He wants the students to be able to reach out to him and express their ideas for improvements and new technology. It was evident that student ideas and contributions are vital to the success of the Russ College.

Some of the ideas the ambassadors brought to the meeting were improvement of lab equipment, discussions on the atmosphere in classrooms, and the technology available in the computer labs. Even smaller things, such as replacing the erasers in the ARCM/a> were mentioned.

I have already seen some of the suggested improvements appear around the Russ College since the meeting. As a Russ College student, I fully believe that the ambassadors and the Dean have the student body’s best interest at heart.