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Getting Out and Appreciating Campus

Reagan Richardson

Reagan Richardson,
Senior, Energy Engineering

Athens, OH 14 November 2020

It’s nothing new to say the world is a little hectic and a whole lot different right now. Any engineering student will tell you that classes are challenging enough under normal circumstances. Online learning brings on a number of other factors into play. One of those factors is sitting at a desk staring at a screen for long periods of time. This can take a toll on not only your physical health, but your mental health too.

I realized I needed to do something to give myself breaks and step away from the screen. Something that has really seemed to help is taking walks/jogs on the Athens bike path and walking around campus. I have scheduled in breaks in my day to go outside to make sure that I spend time relaxing and unwinding. Sometimes while I’m on these walks I’ll listen to music or call a friend or family member to talk and check in.

Being a senior this year I have made it a mission to take more pictures. Campus and the surrounding areas hold a lot of beauty and I like to capture it to look back on when I no longer having the privilege of being here. There’s also something really satisfying about getting that perfect photo and I wanted to share a few of them here.

Ohio University Campus

Ohio University Campus

Ohio University Campus

A Saturday Break to Enjoy Campus

Meghan Harris

Meghan Harris,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 8 November 2020

Yesterday, my roommate Kayla and I decided we both needed to step away from computers and schoolwork. It was very nice and sunny, so we went for a picnic on West Green. We made sandwiches, a fruit salad, and bottled some cranberry juice to drink. We grabbed a disposable tablecloth and one of my blankets and started our walk to West Green.

We walked down Court Street and all the local shops were open, so we made a mental note to check them out on our way back. Part of our journey included going under the new Richland Avenue Bridge. We admired the new walkway and the remodel of the front of West Green.

We wanted to sit a bit closer to the engineering building (Stocker Center), so we walked up the beautiful green. We found a nice shady spot under one of the many trees and started our set up. Once we had our picnic ready, we started to savor the weather and the feeling of being on West Green. There were only a few people out, a senior getting some pictures taken, and the occasional student out on a walk.

We reminisced about our semester and what went well or plans for the upcoming semester. We both want to read more and take daily walks. After talking and enjoying the weather we packed up our things and headed back home.

We did remember to stop by the local shops, and I got a few smaller gifts. An ornament for a family member and locally made stickers for some gift boxes Kayla and I were working on. Overall, getting out of our apartment was very much needed and a good way to get some extra vitamin D.

Favorite Spots in Athens

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 3 November 2019

Now that I fall has finally set in full swing, I have really been able to finally enjoy my favorite part of Athens once again. The cool, fall air has set in, the bright moon shines at night, and last but not least, the leaves have changed color!

Athens is full of trees all shapes and sizes. They look beautiful all times of the year, but the best is when fall hits. The landscape changes and makes the drives to and from Athens so mesmerizing. During this time of year, there are three places on and around campus that I love to go to.

The first place many students enjoy going to is on campus. A short walk from Stocker Center, Emereti Park is the perfect place to sit and do homework. This small park just North of Ping and Walter Fieldhouse, is a beautiful area. There is a small pond, gazebos, benches and plenty of wildlife to keep you company. If you enjoy hanging around in a hammock, this is a perfect spot. In addition, a Pokestop! During the fall, the pond fills with the different color leaves as the landscapes takes its shape and prepares for winter.

My second favorite spot is a just a short walk from campus. If you leave the ARC and head north on Depot Street, just a top the hill before the stairs is a small ledge. I love to sit on the ledge and watch as the sun sets into the hills. It is a very quiet spot on campus and therefore is a perfect area to mediate or reminisce on all the memories created on campus. Since this ledge is on hill, it becomes a very popular area for pictures. I often take many pictures as the sun sets on this side of campus.

My third favorite hangout is a little hike off of campus. Across the Hocking, just off of Rock Riffle Road, there is a small trail that leads up to an opening on a hillside. This is a very rewarding view as the hike is very much of an upwards hike and can be very exhausting. Once to the top, the clearing allows you to clearly look over all of campus. This is my favorite spot on campus to hike and just absorb all of campus life in one snapshot. This view is breathtaking but truly captures all of campus. During the fall, this hike is by far the best because campus becomes a beautiful collage of oranges, yellows and browns.

In conclusion, this campus is the prettiest campus by far. Perhaps a little bias, but in my opinion, the fall season is the prettiest here in Athens. These three areas best encompass the fall beauties and brings peace to mind while the semester is in full swing!

Why OU is one of the prettiest campuses in the US

Illona Hartman

Illona Hartman,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 21 February 2019

Welcome back everyone, I hope your semester or quarter is going well so far and that you enjoy our posts on the ambassador blog. Get ready for a virtual tour through the most beautiful campus of the United States of America. You will see that there is a connection between most of the buildings and roads by the famous red brick culture. Throughout this tour, you will also understand why I believe a lot of the American culture more than the Dutch comes down to networking.

Firstly, I would like to talk about different academic buildings on campus. On West Green, the part where I lived for my freshman and sophomore year, we have a couple of halls but mainly dormitories. The bigger halls are called Stocker Center (engineering), the Academic and Research Center (engineering and health sciences), and Irvine Hall (health sciences).

As shown below, the most remarkable thing about the buildings is the similarity with the European architecture such as classicism. For example, most halls have Doric columns at the entrance or a tympanon on top—the triangular shape of a temple.

Ohio University

Ohio University

Irvine Hall (top) and Stocker Center (bottom)

Another interesting building is by no doubt Baker Center, shown on the picture below and situated at the border of West Green and College Green.

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This building contains a lot of offices plus a theater, dining court, restaurant and coffee shop. The most remarkable about this building is the foundation and structure, since it is built along a steep hill! The picture shows the top of Baker Center, 5 floors above the base of the hill.

Furthermore, almost all academic halls have a concrete or steel structure from the inside and a brick wall from the outside. Some of them might be based on masonry bricks only, like the Dutch “schijvenbouw” (= disc construction / traditional unreinforced masonry design), since the university was founded in 1804. This makes it the oldest university in the state of Ohio.

College Green, our next stop, is the oldest part of the campus with the historical gateway shown below.
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This gateway is located at the edge of the campus which continues in Court Street, a shopping and bar. At the beginning, Court Street made me think of those typical streets shown in Western cowboy movies, haha. Probably because of some of the facades and green parking meters.

Our tour will continue to South Green and East Green where you will mainly find on-campus housing and dining halls. Notice the arty details here and there:

Ohio University

Ohio University

Secondly, most residential buildings are constructed with timber structures on the inside (HSB in Dutch). The floor plan of my dorm was designed in a way that two rooms are separated by a massive, load-bearing wall on one side and closets and drawers on the other side. This latter wall does not have any acoustic value, so when the air conditioning is switched off, you hear every single word of what your neighbors say, haha.

Luckily, air-conditioning is turned on 24/7 since it gets hot and humid during summer, but also during winter when they switch on the heaters. On the picture below you can see West Green with the typical crossed paths in the center and my old dorm on the left. Notice that you can also see the previously described Stocker Center and Irvine Hall in the background.

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Dining Halls
Finally, we will end the virtual tour with the dining halls. Two of them, Nelson Hall and Shively, are located on South Green, but the most delicious dining hall is definitely Boyd Hall on West Green.

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These dining halls serve different kinds of food every single day which usually repeats every other week. Most dining halls also have a market, coffee shop, or smoothie bar to get your meal of the day bought by meals on the so called “swipes” or Bobcat ID. By the way, the Bobcat is the mascot of our school.

Most students either have a flex-14 or traditional-20 meal plan. The number stands for the meals per week and flex means that you can use your fourteen meals whenever you want (breakfast, lunch, dinner). The maximum meals a week is twenty because the dining hall does not serve breakfast on Sundays.

Hope you liked our tour and we hope to see you soon at our beautiful campus!

Studying at Jefferson Marketplace

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 10 February 2019

If you are looking for a great place to study or socialize, I would suggest one of the best places on campus: the Jefferson Marketplace/Jefferson Hall Lobby.

For my first two years on campus, I lived on East Green in the Read/Johnson Complex. I would usually study at Alden Library, but occasionally, I would study in the engineering buildings (Stocker or the Academic and Research Center) or somewhere else.

However, after the renovation of Jefferson Hall, I found a great place to study where I could complete my work in a serene and comfortable environment. While there, you can grab a sandwich from Brick City Deli, then grab a cup of coffee (or tea) from Steeped and Stirred, and finally, find a suitable location to study which varies from room to room. All the study spaces include whiteboards and space for group projects, whether in the individual, multipurpose or corridor areas.

Overall, from the fireplace in the lobby to the cozy seats in the corridor, Jefferson does a great job in helping you feel comfortable and cozy. And plus, if you need snacks, the market is within reach.

If you are ever on East Green, I highly recommend studying (or socializing) there, it is definitely a memorable spot!