Winter Wonders

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Junior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 6 February 2017

Winter is a season that people either hate or love–there usually isn’t an in-between. I am one of those people that love winter for the sole reason that I love snow. With that said, Athens has been lacking the amount of snow which is a bit depressing. Luckily, I was able to go skiing over our winter break in Michigan at a ski resort called Caberfae Peaks.

I started skiing way back in sixth grade, after I was fed up of falling down every thirty seconds on a snowboard. I was amazed the first time I went down a trail on skis, that I had control of myself and didn’t fall! Every since that moment, I never looked back at snowboarding for the sole fact that my body was aching after a day out in the snow.

My favorite thing to do while skiing is meander through the trees. There have been a few instances where I start going really fast and the path is so narrow that you can’t slow down, so you find yourself face first with a tree. Thankfully for me, it has only happened a couple of times.

My favorite skiing story of all time is when my dad was bragging to my sister and I about how fast he could go down a hill. So we waited at the bottom to watch him come flying down, but ten minutes passed and we still couldn’t see him. Eventually, he comes down the hill very slowly to tell us that at the top of the hill he fell and he forgot that he had a golf ball in his pocket. Every since that day, we check our pockets before we go skiing so we don’t almost break our ribs from falling on a golf ball!

Working with Habitat for Humanity

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Junior, Electrical Engineeering

Athens, OH 6 February 2017

This past Thursday I started working at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ReStore is a hardware center where people in the Athens area can donate just about anything pertaining to home improvement, including furniture, gardening tools, lighting, and doors. By donating these items, others can buy them, like they would in a normal store, but the proceeds go to building houses for people in the community.

So far, my job at the ReStore has included cleaning donated furniture and setting it up on the floor for people to buy. But, on days where there isn’t donated furniture to fix up, I get to help reorganize the floor so items are more easily accessible. The volunteers and employees have been very kind and helpful to get me acquainted with the store and to make me feel at home. That makes me feel like I’m in the right bunch of people, actually helping make a difference in the Athens community.

I have had a small history with Habitat for Humanity. Starting in high school, I got to volunteer to build a house for someone in my community back home. Seeing the reaction on her face to finally get a home, made me want to come back to volunteer again. I have also helped shovel lava rock as part of the Habitat for Humanity student organization on campus. Because these experiences were so rewarding, I decided to become a weekly volunteer in Athens County!

Volunteering has always been one of my favorite pastimes. I love helping people, and knowing that I possibly made a small, positive, difference in their day, or sometimes even a large difference in their life. Not only does volunteering look good on a resume, but it also can make a difference in your world or someone else’s

Going to the Movies

Joshua Greenlee

Joshua Greenlee,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 31 January 2017

One of the best things to do in the winter months is Athens is…go to the movies?

Hear me out. Growing up in Athens, I never knew how good I had it in terms of movie theaters. There are two main theaters in the Athens area, Athena Grand, located on East State Street, and Movies 10/The Fun Barn located near Nelsonville, Ohio, off Route 33.

I would say most people are accustomed to spending loads of money at the movie theater, sometimes up to $12 per ticket with popcorn and candy seemingly marked up 1000%. This is absolutely not the case in these two Athens gems. Both theaters boast tickets under five dollars, all showings at any time. Despite the low prices, the theaters are actually well maintained, and the showings are always the most popular movies in theaters.

However, the real advantage is when it comes to snacks. For example, at Movies 10 you can get a popcorn, pop, and hot dog all for just one dollar a piece. The prices here are so low, they actually don’t care if you bring in outside food!

Movies 10 also has a recent addition to its theater, the Fun Barn. The Fun Barn is a huge arcade area filled with dozens of arcade games and a food court. Although it may seem childish, I can assure you my friends and I have had our fun reliving the glory days in the arcade. In the winter, when the weather is inclement and cold, outside activities seem to cease, making a trip to the movies a refreshing alternative.

Etiquette Dinner

Joshua Igwe

Joshua Igwe,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 30 January 2017

Last Wednesday, a group of Engineering Ambassadors gathered in Baker University Center along with other engineering students for dinner of professional etiquette training. As many students in the Russ College will have multiple opportunities to attend professional dinners, it is important to know how to conduct oneself.

There were about forty students in attendance, dressed in business professional attire. A three-course meal of soup and salad; chicken and pasta; and dessert was served.

During the dinner, a representative from the Career and Leadership Development Center helped students understand how to properly conduct themselves during each stage of the meal. As each course was served, she discussed some important things that should be kept in when dining under professional circumstances.

One of the things that was emphasized from the beginning of the night was the importance of continuing to converse with those at the table. Also, being sure to take cues from the host of the meal was another point of emphasis. Something that is often overlooked is the fact that certain foods can be particularly difficult to eat in a professional manner. Though these may be tempting to order, students were advised to stay away from ordering these foods when trying to make a good impression.

This event not only provided a nice three-course meal but also gave students an opportunity to learn important professional skills. Having a professional meal can often be intimidating. This event allowed Russ College students to gain confidence in their ability to stay professional in an environment where food is being served.

Intramural Basketball

Joshua Igwe

Joshua Igwe,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 29 January 2017

One of my favorite things about the winter time is basketball. Football season is wrapping up around this time and hoops take center stage for a while. I’ve enjoyed playing basketball for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t quite good enough to play in college, but like most schools, Ohio University offers an opportunity for students to play and compete against fellow Bobcats via
intramural leagues
. Unfortunately, because of my busy schedule last year I was unable to play. However, this year I am excited to compete on the court for the last time at Ohio University. I was added to a team of a group of friends from various areas of study, some engineers, some sports management, some business, and some coaching.

Our first game was a good test to see where we would stack up in the league. There are two types of intramural leagues: competitive and noncompetitive. Our team decided to sign up for the competitive league so we expected to be put to the test.

The beginning of the game started slow with each team struggling to score points, but things picked up midway through the first half. At half time, we were up by one point. Once the second half began, we were beginning to get into a rhythm. Shots were falling and with about ten minutes left we had captured a 15-point lead. About this time, we started to get complacent and let the other team back into the game. However, we held off the attempted come-back and capture a three-point win.

Our team has some things we can improve but I am excited to play the rest of the season and will enjoy the weekly break from engineering work.

Moving to Pittsburgh

Kevin White

Kevin White,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 26 January 2017

Over Winter break, I got the phone call that I will remember for the rest of my life. I was offered a full-time Industrial Engineer position with FedEx Ground in Pittsburgh, PA…and I accepted the position. I interned with FedEx Ground for the last 3 summers and I loved every second of my experiences. Working there full-time is such an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.

Working in Pittsburgh full-time means that I am going to move to Pittsburgh, which has always been a lifetime goal of mine. Shortly after accepting the job offer, my mom and I took a whole day and toured about 10 apartments around the area for me to live in. As an engineering major, of course I had my clipboard with me for every apartment and was being way too analytical when it came to the square footage and the pricing. I want to be close to work and close to downtown, so finding a perfectly located apartment was a challenge.

At the end of the day, I sat down and evaluated my top 3 apartments and now am waiting to send in an application. This was an eye-opening experience for me because I saw all of these costs that I am going to be responsible for while entering the real world. As I graduate in April, I will now be transitioning into the next chapter of my life and I am very excited. It has been a great 4 years at Ohio University and the relationships that I have built with the students and faculty here will last a lifetime.

Winter Break Travel

Emily Morello

Emily Morello,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 13 January 2017

This past winter break was a very exciting time for me. My only opportunities to work during break were to stay in Athens and work at my Guest Services job at Baker Center or begin research for a professor in Athens. Both of these options sounded great; however, since I live in a sorority house, I was not allowed to stay longer than the Saturday following finals (rules similar to dorms). I am not the type of person to sit around doing nothing, so I decided to plan a vacation.

My cousin Britni recently moved to the lower East Side of Manhattan. I decided to visit her with my boyfriend and brother for a long weekend. It was a great time. Even though this was my fourth time being in New York City, I still went to all of the sites because it was my boyfriend’s first time there. We visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Top of the Rock, and viewed Times Square. We also went to many local restaurants and events with my cousin, followed by some good old New York City shopping. As much as I loved being there and site seeing, I have realized living in New York City is not the life for me. By the end of the long weekend, I was ready to come back to Ohio.

The next place I went over break was to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My Mom’s side of the family lives there. My parents like to bring everyone there every year to celebrate Christmas in warm weather with all of our loved ones. For some, that may sound strange since Christmas in Ohio is usually thought of as being cold and snowy. For me, however, being in the warmth is a tradition. Florida was fabulous, as usual, but once again, after being there for nine days I missed the snow and being in Ohio.

Finally, to wrap up my crazy winter break, I began 2017 in Colorado skiing the week before OU started classes. This was my favorite trip of all. I was able to take both the NYC and ski trip because I saved all my internship money from the previous summer to fund special events like those.

We were at the Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado to ski during the trip. I rode a bus for 26 hours to get there, but honestly it was so worth it. Unfortunately, the day we got there we could not see the beautiful mountains…. Actually, we could not see them for the first three days of skiing because there was a blizzard! It was so bad that they actually had to shut down the tunnel connecting Denver to all of the ski resorts. On the bright side, a blizzard meant excellent skiing conditions, powdery slopes and all. On the final day, we lucked out with a blue bird (not a cloud in the sky).

I left Colorado with sore legs and a sad heart because I love that state so much. I have been to Colorado four times now, and each time I love it more and more. That is the state where I wish to establish my engineering career someday.