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Homecoming 2016

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 9 October 2016

This weekend marked my final homecoming as a senior at Ohio University. In past years, homecoming week has meant a crazy flurry of preparation because I was a member of the Marching 110 and homecoming is our most exciting show of the season. I am not participating in the band this year because I have a class conflict, but I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the alumni band for the first time, which was an incredible experience in itself.

My oldest sister, Rachel, is an Ohio University and Marching 110 alumna, and she visited this weekend to march with the alumni band and experience my last homecoming with me.


Rachel and I were both a part of the trombone section, as were many of her friends who also came to Athens for the weekend.


Although missing my senior season is bittersweet, I could not have asked for a better weekend to introduce me to the world of the alumni band. From playing duck-duck-goose with the child of my sister’s friend on the attack cat in Peden, to learning the entire halftime dance in 15 minutes, to eating Goodfellas pizza and playing games in the lobby of the Hampton Inn, I made memories that I will never forget.


Being a part of the Marching 110 means that I have become a part of a group with so much pride and history. To march in the parade alongside both my same-aged friends and 70+ year old alumni is such an honor.


Every year, people come back to Athens for homecoming in celebration of the formative years that they spent here. I feel so lucky to have spent my college years in a community which allowed me to grow so much as a person, and although the thought that I, too, will be graduating and moving on in the spring is daunting, I can’t wait until I can come back next year for homecoming as an alumna.

Homecoming and the Marching 110

Caroline wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 4 October 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Hundreds of alumni flock in from all corners of the United States to be a part of the Most Exciting Band in the Land one more time. Some band members affectionately refer to Homecoming as “Christmas,” and while the promise of seeing family and friends at the end of it all does add some enjoyment to the week, this is also the time of year where we work our absolute hardest to make sure that our show truly is better than the best ever.

When I was a senior in high school, I came to visit Ohio University on the same weekend that the Marching 110 was putting on their annual Varsity Show. My oldest sister, Rachel, is an alumna of OU and the 110, so I’m sure that it was no coincidence that she insisted that I come visit during one of the most exciting shows of the season. I was tired out from a long day of tours by the time the band was about to play, and to be honest, I would have preferred to have been curled up in bed. I was not prepared for what happened next: it changed my life. When the Marching 110 took the stage, I was absolutely floored. Never in my life had I seen that many people who were truly passionate about what they were doing at one time. They were completely alive, and I wanted to be a part of their group with every part of my being.

Flash-forward three years, and here I am–music section leader to the trombones, nervously preparing for what is sure to be yet another thrilling show in order to impress my sister, who will be coming back to cheer me on. Even with the stresses of school–midterms, group projects, research, and everything else–I wouldn’t trade being a member of the Marching 110 for anything.

So next time you see us shaking it on the field, I hope you will be able to see that there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.

Being Involved: Marching 110 and Cru

Erin Tracy

Erin Tracy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 12 October 2014

In October of my junior year of high school, I visited Ohio University for the first time to watch my older brother perform with the Marching 110 at a football game. I remember how exciting the halftime performance was and how much the crowd loved the band. I was so proud of my brother, and that visit was a big part of my decision to come to OU.

I auditioned for the band before my freshman year and have been a member all four years. Although it can be overwhelming and exhausting, it really is one of my favorite things about OU. I absolutely love performing at halftime and experiencing the crowd’s reaction, especially after a dance chart. It’s hard to explain that rush we get on the field, knowing that we’re a part of something that brings so much joy and energy to a stadium full of people. The 110 was recently named the ‘Nation’s Best College Marching Band’, which is such an honor, but we don’t do what we do for titles. Our goals every week are to perform to the best of our abilities, entertain the crowd, and have a ton of fun! If we do that, we’ve done our job.

As much as I love being in the 110, my involvement in Cru is what gives me life. I lead a community group of girls on East Green, and many of my best friends are in my Action Group of East Green leaders (pictured).

Action Group of East Green leaders

I love the opportunity I get to work with these awesome ladies and watch how God is growing them! At Fall Retreat last weekend, I made the decision to apply for STINT (Short Term International) with Cru for a year after graduation. It’s not official yet, but I may be ministering to college students in Asia next year, which is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. My path has definitely been shaped by the things I love, both band in getting me to attend OU and Cru in sharing my faith after leaving.

Focusing on My Final Year

Erin Tracy

Erin Tracy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 9 September 2014

It’s the third week of fall semester, and I’m still having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that this is my last year here at OU. I know I still have two whole semesters before graduation, but I just can’t believe how quickly time is flying by.

This past summer, I interned at Owens Corning Science & Technology Center in Granville, OH in a design role. I loved my time there and learned so much about myself and my abilities in the technical world, as well as the wealth of opportunities available to me after graduation. This looks awesome on paper, but it’s also a little overwhelming. I have to start thinking about what I want to do with the rest of my life, whether that be graduate school, starting my career in engineering, or doing something else entirely like full-time ministry. But, one of the greatest pieces of advice I received from a mentor at Owens Corning was to enjoy my college experience and to soak in every moment and opportunity while at OU. So, that’s exactly what I’m focused on doing this year.

These first few weeks back at school have been a whirlwind. I have been getting to know my Senior Design group and project, performing with the Marching 110, meeting with students to share with them the Good News about Jesus, getting inducted as an engineering ambassador (pictured below), and studying how osteoplast and osteoblast cells relate to the mechanics of bone fracture. My life may seem like a bit of a smorgasbord right now, but I’m loving every single minute!


Learning Leadership

Joe Cook

Joe Cook,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 15 October 2013 – This semester I was given the opportunity to participate in the Robe Leadership Institute. The course is not a traditional engineering course; instead of equations and diagrams, we are challenged to understand ourselves. I’m not one to keep a journal, and part of the course is weekly reflections. Aside from my blog posts, I think I’ve used the word “I” a total of zero times in my technical writing courses. It’s interesting to sit back and look at how I’ve grown as a student and leader, but more importantly, how I can refine who I am and teach myself to be a better leader.

If I had been challenged to define leadership as a freshman I would have said something like, “the ability to effect change”. Now as a senior my definition has changed dramatically. I would define leadership as “understanding”. To not only understand myself and my needs, but also those around me. To succeed, we must know ourselves. How can I be happy if I don’t know what motivates me? It’s a question I think we should all ask ourselves more often.

On a lighter note, homecoming was last weekend, and seeing the drumline uptown is probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. The marching 110 exemplifies the spirit of Ohio University in their non-traditional approach toward entertainment. That tradition, coupled with the artistic spirit that lives in the hills of Athens Country creates an atmosphere that cannot be matched anywhere. I met several alumni at the annual Russ College alumni tailgate and heard stories as far back as World War II. The fact that alumni older than my grandparents still come back every year really speaks volumes about what makes OU special.