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Ambassador Movie Night

Griffin Braun

Griffin Braun,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 21 October 2020

On October 15 the engineering ambassadors hosted their monthly social event, in this case…a movie! In efforts to connect the ambassadors we hosted a virtual watch party for what was planned to be a football game. However, the votes were cast, and the majority wanted to watch a Halloween themed movie instead. We scrolled through Netflix and decided on an Adam Sandler movie called “Hubie Halloween”. Anyone with a Netflix account was able to watch the movie via Netflixparty.com.

Hubie Halloween

Those who participated in the event cannot recommend the movie enough! It’s not the fact that the movie was the best we have ever seen, but it surely took us on a journey. Throughout the movie we could unmute our mics and make comments about jokes, characters, etc. And no, I will not tell you what happened in the movie…it’s a secret.

It was great to be able to connect to other ambassadors, especially in a relaxed atmosphere. The platform we used made it feel like we were watching the movie in the same room as each other. In an era where we crave the feeling of social and physical not-distancing, this physically distant watch party was a great alternative. All-in-all, the movie/watch party was a great way to connect with fellow ambassadors as well as see a free movie.

Future City Regional Competition

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 16 January 2019

The Engineering Ambassadors once again participated as judges for the Future City Regional Competition in Columbus, Ohio last Saturday. The Future City competition inspires middle-school students to come up with feasible and creative designs for a city of the future. They develop skills such as engineering problem-solving, public speaking, time management and many more.

The competitors had to write an essay, build their city on Sim City and then present a model of their city to a panel of judges. In addition, each year the competitors are given a special criterion that their city must meet. Last year, they were tasked with making their future city age-friendly with special consideration for their elderly population. This year, natural disasters were the focus, so the competitors had to design cities that could keep their citizens safe during catastrophes from hurricanes to volcanoes.

The 3D models of the future cities were inventive and impressive. A significant portion of the model had to be made from recycled materials, so plastic water bottles were seen to make excellent sky scrapers. Additionally, the models had to have a moving part. Some cities had spinning windmills while other cities made cars moving along magnetic tracks.

The dedication of the competitors to their Future City projects made judging the competition that much more enjoyable. This was seen through the informative and humorous presentations, and the well thought-out answers to the judges’ questions at the end of the presentations.

Overall, the Future City competition is excellent at teaching kids about engineering and inspiring students to consider the field and the Engineering Ambassadors were honored to be a part of it.

“Meet the Ambassadors” Event

Tanner Wick

Tanner Wick,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 8 October 2018

On October 3rd, the Engineering Ambassadors hosted “Meet the Ambassadors” in the Academic and Research Center. Food and drinks were provided to students in exchange for feedback on the Russ College. The ambassadors were interested in student input about the college facilities, classes, and amenities.

The event was a huge success! There was a total of 196 suggestions. The External Relations committee divided up the feedback into multiple categories including room layouts, career development, and major-specific topics. Each category was analyzed for common themes and discussed for feasibility.

Now that the information has been organized, the External Relations committee is meeting with college faculty and the Dean to relay student input to them. One goal of the ambassadors is to bridge the needs of students with the attention of administrators.

A few key topics we are focusing on include study room availability with a reservation system, technical issues in the computer labs, and facility maintenance requests. Once a decision is made for plausible changes, the ambassadors will follow up during their implementation. Ultimately, the external relations committee is eager to continue Meet the Ambassadors in the future and continue to learn of student concerns within the college.

Saturday at The Ridges on the Challenge Course

Julia Nebbia

Julia Nebbia,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 10 September 2018

On this past Saturday morning, a group of ambassadors set out bright and early for some challenging fun at The Ridges. As we gathered together, with donuts courtesy of Dr. Masel, we were all a little curious to see what activities awaited us. As soon as everyone arrived safely, we started off with a name game that entailed introducing ourselves with a witty name and an appropriate motion (mine being Jazzy Julia featuring jazz hands).

Ohio University Challenge Course

After some laughs, we then went right into a variety of different activities designed to test our team coordination, trust, and ability to “weinie walk”, a skill that many of us learned that day. We participated in a mute, balance test on a log where we tried to order ourselves by birthdate. Then, we were blindfolded and directed to make shapes while holding onto a rope. We had to rely on feeling the tension of our neighbors’ rope and sometimes, snapping our fingers, to get to where we thought we should be (we didn’t do too bad!)

Soon enough, the rain started to come down so we took the fun indoors and played blind, underwater jenga, human knot, and a few more games.

After three hours, our fun came to an end and we were all ready to head home. Altogether, the experience at the ridges brought us together as a team. We were pushed to think in different ways, rely on each other, and use each of our strengths to the fullest. The lessons we learned at the ridges can be applied to our work on campus as Russ College Ambassadors. We strengthened our ability to communicate, strategize, work together and support one another.

I’d say it was a very successful Saturday!

First-Year Student Welcome Dinner

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 27 August 2018

Last night, the Ambassadors teamed up with faculty and other volunteers to welcome the new first-year students into the Russ College. Starting in the ARC Atrium and ending in Baker Ballroom, our goal was to help the students see what our college has to offer.

Throughout Stocker Center and ARC, there were displays set up for the students to visit. Some of these displays were concentrated on research upperclassman students had been working on in different majors, while others were focused on making sure the first-year students knew about resources that the college offers, like the Virtual Desktop.

An event like this is a way for the students to observe what a future with Ohio University is like. They get to see what other students have been able to accomplish during their time here and even possibly get involved themselves. That night I believe they got to see how we Create for Good.

We finished off the night by walking over to Baker Ballroom for the Welcome Dinner. Sitting at tables made up of faculty, ambassadors, and students, we all were able to get to know each other over a plate of lasagna and cookies. They asked us their burning questions. We got to ask about their future plans.

Lastly, we listened to Dean Irwin and Associate Dean McAvoy express their hopes for what the new first-year students could bring to our community, and, additionally, what the College is hoping to give back to them. The first-year students left full of food and hope for what the next years could bring!