Freshman Welcome Dinner

Rob Parker

Rob Parker,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 2 September 2016

With the start of every new school year, all of the new faces within engineering are welcomed by the engineering community and this year was no different. The freshman welcome event held by the Russ College of Engineering is a fun and great way for the freshman to get to know one another and their professors.

This event allows for the hundreds of new engineering students to interact with upperclassmen who show off their current projects, competition teams, student organizations and so on. These student organizations and project teams at the event this year consisted of anything from concrete canoe to the rocket club to the human powered car. It just goes to show how much there is to do outside of the classroom and everyone can find something that interests them.

Rocket Club

Human-Powered Vehicle

Along with seeing how one can get involved outside the classroom, the event provided a tour of both Stocker Center and the Academic Research Center to the new students. It’s rather cool to me to have the opportunity to be one of the first interactions that a new student has with the engineering community at OU.

After the tour and interaction with the current students, we headed to Baker University Center to have dinner. At the dinner the tables were arranged by major and at every table sat an engineering ambassador and a faculty member from the major.

Dr. McAvoy

At this point, we (as engineering ambassadors) really got to bond and build relationships with the freshman and for most of us, this is the best part of the night. After dinner, the associate dean of academics Dr. McAvoy gave a presentation on what to expect in the next four to five years here at the Russ College of Engineering. The event is something unique to experience and I hope that everyone that attends feels the same way.

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