Global Consulting Program

Emily Morello

Emily Morello,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 19 February 2017

Out of all the courses I am taking this semester, my favorite is my Global Consulting Program Greece Course. It’s not that I don’t enjoy engineering–I find all my courses very interesting and have great professors. It is, however, refreshing having a class that is not math or science based.

I will be studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece for two weeks in May for a global consulting internship through the College of Business. Before we leave for the trip, it is required for all students to attend a course that teaches us about the program.

The class meets every Monday from 6-8 pm. The first hour is dedicated to learning everything we will need to know before starting our consulting project in Greece. We were each assigned a team of four or five students to submit mini assignments throughout the semester. Some of our assignments include a team charter; country and city report; pestle analysis; decision matrix; and a presentation at the end. This course is set up similar to a “cluster”, which are team based courses that business students take for a semester at Ohio University.

The second part of the course is to learn the Greek language. This is my favorite part of my Mondays. Our professor is very personable and passionate about this trip. He makes the class fun so everyone is willing to learn. We started out learning the Greek alphabet and then learned how to spell our names. Next, we were taught simple words to hear how Greek sounds.

Each week we add on to the previous week’s topics. We learn a little about the history, cultural differences, and enhance our vocabulary. Our final exam for this course is to be able to say each phrase on a sheet that is front to back that we received the second week of class.

I am very interested in the business section of class. Ultimately, I would like to earn my Masters in Business so I can become an Engineering Manager at some point in my career. I believe that these courses and this internship will help prepare me for my MBA in the future.

I am also very excited about the travel. Like I’ve stated in my previous posts, I do enjoy traveling a lot. I cannot wait to see a different part of the world and grow as an individual. Lastly, I am very excited for all the great relationships that I will gain due to this experience.

Water Problems

Jacob Motts

Jacob Motts,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 17 February 2017

Yesterday, I woke up at 6:00 am but this day was different. Later that day was the first day of the Russ College Career Fair, and I was in the market for an internship or full time position. With me graduating in less than a year, I had been definitely feeling the pressure creeping in of finding a job. So, when I woke up, I dressed in my best suit and tie, printed out what felt like 100 resumes, and went on my way to Stocker Center for my Lean Manufacturing class at 7:45. That was when things started to go crazy.

Not five minutes into class, I heard a couple of my peers in the row behind me start to make a ruckus about something on the computer. I couldn’t help myself from eavesdropping, and I heard one of them say “Man we aren’t even supposed to be here. The university is closed!” The words had not left his mouth when two other students on the opposite side of the room piped in as well with similar comments. One student after the next all began talking and trying to figure out what was happening. The professor, who was trying to pass out equipment for a project, became very confused as to what had happened to the class. That’s when my friend Sam showed me a picture of the gaping hole in the ground surrounded by water that she had found online in a report by the Athens PD.

Apparentl,y around the 300 block of W. State Street, a 16-inch rupture occurred in the city water main. The leak then caused a sequential sinkhole in the ground and put a halt to all normal water use. Back in the classroom my professor began calling the department secretary as well as the ETM department chair. At this point the university had not sent out notifications to the students and faculty. Around 8:10 or so everyone checked their phones to see the emergency mass text from Ohio University. Classes were canceled, but what mattered much more to me was that the career fair was canceled. I was pretty disappointed about that.

As of writing this post, the water line has been fixed. However, the water itself, is not. A boil warning is still in effect for all of Athens until 2 am on February 18th. Why that matters to me is that I have a week’s worth of dishes that I had been procrastinating on washing. Now it has gotten to the point that I do not have a single clean pot or pan and do not have the time to boil water to wash them. The lift on the boil warning cannot come soon enough.

Women in Graduate School Conference

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 13 February 2017

This past weekend, I spent my Saturday attending the Women in Graduate School Conference which was hosted by the Ohio University Women’s Center at Nelson Commons. My friend Stephanie, a fellow ChE major, told me about the conference because one of her friends helped organize it.

Although I was initially hesitant to spend my entire Saturday at a conference instead of enjoying sibs weekend with my friends, I have to say that the conference surpassed all of my expectations, and I am so glad that I went. There were a variety of different panels throughout the day which covered a wide range of topics: we learned about presenting ourselves professionally, budgeting in graduate school, and succeeding in and out of academia.

For me, the best part of the day was listening to the keynote speaker, Dr. Valerie Young, author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women. Dr. Young spent the day talking to us about impostor syndrome—that uncanny feeling that you sometimes get which tells you that you’re a fraud, not qualified to be where you are in life, and that someone is going to find out at any second.

I have to say, it was a huge relief to hear that I am by no means the first person to feel this way. In fact, around 70 percent of people—men and women—suffer from impostor syndrome. We talked about how the voices in our head tell us that we aren’t good enough, and how we should deal with them.

Within the next two weeks, I will be interviewing for PhD programs in biomedical engineering at two universities, and I have to say that Dr. Young’s talk could not have come at a better time for me. She reminded each of us that we are capable and qualified at a time in our lives when many of us are most doubtful of our abilities. I am so thankful to the Ohio University Women’s Center for putting on this incredible event—spending the Saturday with a group of talented and passionate women was a breath of fresh air and I felt lucky to be in attendance.

Winter Wonders

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, 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.