Bishop Visit: Liturgy & Lunch

Cami Jones

Cami Jones,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 7 November 2017

This past Sunday, the Ohio University Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) was blessed to celebrate the Divine Liturgy served by His Grace, Bishop Paul of the Orthodox Church in America, with the St. Ephraim’s chapel community in Athens, OH.

It was an unseasonably warm, bright, and colorful November morning as members of the community formally welcomed His Grace with traditional gifts. The parish community brought forth bread and salt, a symbol of hospitality in eastern Europe, while the youth of the church presented flowers. Although the OCF has not been around long enough to have a “traditional” gift of its own, we brought forth fresh fruit for His Grace as a symbol that the OCF is a fruit of the labors of the church community which also aims to be fruitful in growing the faith of college students.

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As the Divine Liturgy was served, the chapel itself was filled with a special warmth and beauty as community members of all ages and backgrounds came together to joyfully worship our Lord. The incense was especially sweet, the clergy’s vestments shown as with the light of Christ, and the choir offered up beautifully embellished hymns of praise — all to remind us that the Lord is always in our midst.

As college students, it can be so difficult (yet is imperative) to look past the ever-present mountains of school work and social pressures. But it is by doing so that we may be reminded of the Kingdom of God. Only then will we regain our eternal perspective and be renewed in our pursuits to serve our God and our neighbors with love.

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Thankfully, our community blessed us with an opportunity to do just that. At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, everyone was invited to a luncheon served in honor of His Grace. This was a time of fellowship and relaxation that could not have been more timely — our second round of midterms just ended! We all left the event closer in friendship and renewed in spirit.

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The OCF is a relatively new student organization on campus that my fiancé and I work closely with and are excited to see growing. The opportunity to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with one of the patriarchs of the Church (who came all the way from Chicago, IL) was a wonderful signal that though we may be a small community, we are always a part of something much larger.

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Hiking, Biking, and Bouldering: Athens in Autumn

Daniel Riordan

Daniel Riordan,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 6 November 2017

During the fall semester in Athens, Ohio, a funny thing happens where nearly every day is warm enough for shorts or cool enough for a wind breaker. The winter weather rarely ever hits before the end of Finals Week, so every weekend or free afternoon offers an opportunity to get outside and have some

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway (in other words, the Athens bike trail) offers bikers, joggers, and walkers a scenic route on winding pavement under the canopy created by the autumn-colored trees lining the path. I’m a huge fan of the spot, and whether I’m feeling a short six-mile round-trip bike ride or if I’m feeling adventurous enough to go further, I do my best to head over there a few times a week.

Even if you don’t have access to a vehicle that can take you far from Athens, plenty of hiking opportunities very close to Athens are best experienced this time of year.

I’ve enjoyed my first trip down a mountain bike trail near The Ridges, but the best memories of the area are from going on runs up to the top of Radar Hill and back with my roommates. The trails at the Ridges, especially the one leading to the top of Radar Hill, are my favorite places to escape and get a breath of fresh air this time of year. The rolling green hills are pretty to look at, and I can’t think of a more beautiful and more convenient way to get a calf workout than exploring them.

Acting Fundamentals

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 5 November 2017

I love my engineering classes. They are challenging and engaging. I feel like my limits are being pushed and expanded as my problem-solving skills are put to the test. However, sometimes, I need some variation in my day. This semester, it’s my acting fundamentals class, THAR 1130.

I registered for the class after hearing my roommate rave about it. I enjoyed musicals in high school so I thought it would be fun to work monologues and do scene work again. Though musical rehearsals were a huge source of stress during high school, my acting class always leaves me in a good mood.

In this class, it’s hard not to be friends with everyone. There’s a very welcoming environment and most of the class is spent interacting with each other in various over-the-top activities.

My favorite game is pass the movement. We stand in a circle and one person makes a movement accompanied by a sound and everyone copies it one at a time around the circle. As the class progresses, the movements become bigger and more outrageous.

Our first assignment of the semester was to find a portrait that wasn’t anyone famous or someone we know. After scouring Google imagines for a solid fifteen minutes, I found it: the perfect picture. The portrait was taken in the 1920s and featured a burly man climbing out of a sewer with a rifle in one hand and a dead rat in the other. We got to make a back story for our portraits, write a monologue and then become our character to deliver the monologue.

For an hour and twenty minutes every Tuesday and Thursday, I can forget about the stresses of college life and just be my goofy self with twenty other students.

Adopting a New Best Friend

Sean Neff

Sean Neff,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 5 November 2017

When someone asks, “What’s the one thing you miss most about home?” My answer from freshman year all the way to senior year remained the same: “I miss my dog.” It’s a common answer from a lot of college students. Yet, because I lived in the dorms for Air Force ROTC for three years, I was never able to get the chance to adopt my own new best friend to remedy my home-dog-sickness.

Now in my senior year, I live in an apartment complex that is dog-friendly…so I was finally able look at adopting dogs from the local shelters.

It was a long process, looking at all the options available for adopting a new best friend. There were so many amazing dogs that were fun and had such great personalities. On a beautiful October weekend, I took a trip to a rescue shelter just south of Athens. They had over 50 dogs at the shelter, a lot of which were rescues from the southern part of the country due to the hurricanes earlier this fall.

The shelter workers took me to see all of the dogs, but right before we were going to leave, they showed me one more room. In that room was a happy and smiling black Labrador retriever named Molly. After we took her out of her pen, I knew immediately that this dog was the one. She was so full of life and energy. I had to take her home that day, and I did.


Her story is quite remarkable as well. She is a survivor of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, being pulled out of the flood waters by rescue workers. After her owners couldn’t be found, she traveled the 17-hour car ride to Athens to be put into the rescue shelter.

She has been such a bright spot in my life this semester. Even though ROTC and school have been incredibly busy, it’s such a good feeling to come home to a bright smiling face. She loves running around in our apartment greenspace and chasing birds from the bushes. She’s always down to go for a walk or a run to the dog park.

Her favorite thing to do is play fetch at Strouds Run State Park. I’ve never seen a creature happier than when someone throws a stick or ball across the lake at Strouds and she swims after it. It is unbelievable to me to think about how our two worlds collided, and I don’t think we both could be any luckier to have each other.

Networking Through the Sales Centre

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 1 November 2017

I was recently inducted into the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre here on campus. Schey is the #1 sales center in the country and has 100% job placement after graduation.

A lot of people ask why an engineer would join a sales center and what kind of benefits they would realistically get? Well to answer that, Schey is one of the best networking platforms I’ve been a part of. Furthermore, I have always had a bit of interest in technical sales, and Schey has over 50 corporate sponsors, including many technical sales companies.

I went to the Schey career fair and I thought I wouldn’t be there long because I only wanted to hit the tech sales booths. While walking around, I saw a few manufacturing companies, and even though they were hiring for sales, I told them about my manufacturing experience and showed interest. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked out of that career fair with two manufacturing engineer interviews, and a phone screening with Dell EMC.

The point I want to get at is that networking is such a huge part of one’s career. Obviously, classwork and involvement is important but I do agree with the statement “it’s all about who you know”. Everyday you get out of bed and go about your business, you are networking.

The motivated individuals in a group like Schey that you surround yourself with, the countless connections on LinkedIn and your willingness to reach out to them, the guy or gal sitting next to you at the barber shop, even your barber can be valuable connections! Networking comes from a wide variety of sources and I always try to expose myself to many situations and experiences because I know it will pay off.

I have always been a natural extrovert. In regards to my education, people are my favorite subject. I say that people are my passion because I know I can learn a lot about myself, what I want in a career and plenty of other valuable knowledge from others. Taking the extra steps to meet people and learn about other industries has allowed me a sense of stability in my job search and I plan to keep up the solid networking in the upcoming years.

CS Senior Design: Hearty Software

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 29 October 2017

Every student who goes graduates with an engineering degree from Ohio University will go through a class called senior design. It is designed around the idea of giving students real-life experience before they graduate. For computer science majors, we are given mainly software projects presented by external clients.

I am in a group with four other people and our team name is Hearty Software. We were given the option to choose between different projects that were presented to us and we thought that the project named Healthy Heart Score sounded the
most interesting.

The Healthy Heart Score is an assessment designed in Harvard that is used to calculate your risk for Cardiovascular disease. Our job is to take this web application and convert it to an Android and iOS application.

Since this class goes for the entire year, we are still in the beginning phases
of this project. I am enjoying how we get to collaborate on a project with outside clients and how real this project seems compared to week long assignments given in class.

Senior design’s class structure is built around how a software business would be in the real world, which I think is unique from any other class. Once the end of the school year comes, we hope to have a working iOS and Android application that our client is happy with!

Fall in Athens

Nicholas Burton

Nicholas Burton,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 26 October 2017

Week 9 is in the books. We have not had many fall-like days so far this semester, so shorts and t-shirts to class have changed to coats and jeans in a matter of days.

So far, this semester has gone pretty smoothly. I feel like I have understood my core classes pretty well and I have started scheduling for next semester already.

In addition to the core classes, I am taking my first non-STEM related class since high school, Philosophy. I tell you what, it’s quite a change to go from equations and math in every step to a class that involves no numbers at all. It has made me use a different part of my brain than I have used in a while, and I think this has benefited me.

As the last little bit of the true fall weather comes to a close, it is only fitting that Halloween is this weekend. Like I said before, this is my first fall in Athens so I have never gotten to experience the well-renowned Ohio University “HallOUween”, and I am excited to see what it is all about. To make the weekend even bigger, Ohio State plays in the biggest game of the year on Saturday afternoon, so a win would make the celebration that much sweeter.