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Women’s Leadership Symposium

Mira Cooper

Mira Cooper,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 15 April 2016

Waking up at 4 am on a Wednesday sounds like an awful way to start the day, right? Pair that with a four-hour bus ride to the other side of the state, and you’d think that the day is going poorly. Actually, when it involves networking with women in professional leadership positions, it’s not so bad.

I spent my Wednesday at Cleveland State University attending seminars and panel discussions on what it means to be a woman in the workforce, and what we can do to support our sisters in professional growth.

Here’s about how the day went:

4:00 am (Athens): Wake up, eat a small breakfast, get dressed in business professional attire—don’t ask me the difference between business professional and business casual, I probably couldn’t tell you—and try to leave my house on time.

5:30 am: Be late, leave my house in a hurry, and take one step down the hill, purse breaks. Great start to the day. Speed walk to Baker Center to catch the bus that’s supposed to leave at 6, see a bus leave the Baker parking lot, panic, consider going home, decide against that and begrudgingly walk with my head down to the designated meeting place.

5:45 am: Realize that the bus I saw leave was theGoBus, feel embarrassed, stand with the other attendees and wait for the real bus, not saying a word to anyone.

6:00 am: Bus leaves for Cleveland. Commence napping.

9:45 am (Cleveland): Bus pulls up to the Cleveland Public Auditorium. Attendees all pile out of bus, directly go into first session.

10:00 am: Walk in late to a panel discussion on women in male-dominated fields. Listen to testimony from female police chiefs, construction company CEOs, and athletic directors. Feel empowered. Take lots of notes. Scurry off to next seminar.

11:00 am: Arrive early for discussion on LGBTQ rights in Ohio. Realize that Ohio is still very far behind in the fight for equality. Leave feeling motivated.

12:00 pm: Lunch at a table of professional attendees. Discover one is an OU alum. Briefly chat about Athens. Lunchtime keynote speaker begins. Listen to presentation on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Feel enlightened.

1:30 pm: Keynote speaker ran long, after-lunch sleepiness kicks in. Wander into panel discussion on women in creative fields. Ears perk up at the statement “I graduated in a class of 75% women”. Try to imagine what engineering would be like with 75% women. Leave feeling disconnected and a little jealous.

3:00 pm: Attend discussion on emotional intelligence. Learn so much on emotionally conscious leadership. Decide to implement in everyday life. Leave feeling rushed, but excited.

4:00 pm: Load back up onto bus. Immediately fall asleep. Realize that I’m an 80-year old woman trapped in a 20-year old’s body.

8:00 pm (Athens): Arrive home. Fall back asleep. Too much excitement for me in one day.

It was an interesting event, to say the least. Usually, I attend these kinds of things with at least one person I already know, but this time I decided to roll solo. As a remarkably socially awkward person, this was probably not a good idea. I don’t think I had a conversation that lasted more than two minutes the whole day. But, this allowed me to spend a lot of time sharpening my observation and listening skills.

I did feel a bit disconnected from the other attendees, being one of the only engineers there, but the community was still very strong. I’ll probably try to attend again next year, if possible. Even though it’s not an engineer-focused event, it would have been nice to have an engineering presence there. Maybe it’s an event that SWE would like to partner with, since it’s like a mini-conference. I think that would be a good idea!

Spring Break in Cleveland

Drago Cvijetinovic

Drago Cvijetinovic,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 9 March 2016

Before Spring Break occurred on February 28th, you could literally see students slowly starting to become somewhat sluggish. It’s the middle of the semester. With midterms inching closer, unpleasantly cold with shades of gray—without the summer and spring foliage as a pleasant reminder how great being in a beautifully landscaped, campus can just bring up anyone’s spirits. Luckily, we have a week off from school to have a mini getaway!

Now, some people don’t leave Athens at all; some go on trips around the country or even across the border… Me? I decided to go home and reconnect with my family and friends that I haven’t had an opportunity to see in a long time. Spending my time with people that have been by my side since day one has a refreshing effect on me. Having those different childhood memories that are interwoven with friends and reminiscing about the past while at the same time talking about the future is simply just honest fun.

One great adventure I went on was with my best friend, Maximillian. We have been friends since freshman year of high school and have shared many memories of competing in tennis matches and tournaments, family events, and even crazy late night adventures that ultimately ended up at Taco Bell. We always manage to have a great time!

During spring break, we were trying to find something new and different to do. So after searching the internet for a total of 7 long grueling minutes, we found that the Science Center was having a showing of the new Star Wars on their OMNIMAX Theater. So naturally, we had to do it. For anyone who hasn’t been to an OMNIMAX theater, I highly recommend trying it at least once! You sit in a massive dome theater and watch a film that stretches from one end of your peripheral vision to the other. And on top of it, there are speakers located everywhere to enhance the theater experience!

Below, there is a picture of the two of us taking a selfie with the ONIMAX Theater in the background. Also, if you look closely, you can see one of the characters from the movie that they projected on the outside wall of the dome theater!

Outside the Omnimax

Another adventure that I found myself on was going to the Cleveland Museum of Art with my friend, Devon. For a short period of time after graduation, she was working at the museum (part-time) simply because she loved art and history. Since I’ve never been to the museum, she insisted that I go and give it a try because of my passion of making art myself.

It was unbelievable! I feel slightly ashamed for being a native Clevelander and not ever going. Unfortunately, there was so much to see that the museum closed before we even got a chance to see everything. Below, there is a picture of the two of us next to one of her favorite paintings. It’s called “Romaine Lacaux” and it was done by Pierre-Auguste Renoir back in 1864.

Romaine Lacaux