Athens, OH 07 September 2012 – The Russ College’s First-Year Student Welcome Dinner was held yesterday in the Baker University Center Ballroom. There was an amazing first-year student turnout. The first-year students had the opportunity to meet other new students, upperclassmen, and faculty. During the dinner, the students at each table were engaged in discussions and asked questions concerning life as an Ohio University and Russ College student. The group of upperclassmen at the event included the Engineering Ambassadors, the Robe Leadership Institute Scholars, and the Engineering Learning Community Peer Mentors.
Dean Dennis Irwin introduced himself to the new students and invited them to sign the Russ College Honor Code, which states “We members of the Russ College pledge to act with integrity and expect the same from each other.” The guest speaker was David Scholl, an Ohio University alumnus, who spoke about integrity and his entrepreneurial experiences. He asked the students to continually question what they are doing and why they are doing it, so that they can strive for improvement and innovation. Scholl increased the students’ awareness of the diverse opportunities that their education