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The Opportunities from Being an Ambassador

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 9 December 2019

As the semester comes to a close, I want to take a minute to reflect on the wonderful opportunity students have to become an Engineering Ambassador in the Russ College. I encourage any and all students, if presented with a nomination, to pursue this opportunity as it is truly a life changing experience. Being a student ambassador is more than wearing a green polo shirt and giving tours; these students work to recruit and network students, strive to develop professionally across many facets, and participate in community engagement in multiple areas.

Thankfully, I have had the opportunity to not only partake in this wonderful organization, but also serve as their Vice-President. I have had the opportunity to extend my professional development far more than I would have ever imagined. I have had the opportunity to work with two different deans, more than thirty different students from different majors, and lots and lots of alumni. The Bobcat nation is truly fantastic all across the board.

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Bonita Springs, Florida to meet with the Russ College Board of Visitors. This team is comprised of some fantastic individuals they have set the bar high for OHIO graduates. They are truly an inspiration for all students and it was an honor to meet with them.

During the weekend, Lydia and I had the opportunity to participate in meetings related to the Russ College and business moving forward with the school. The board provides input to the Dean to help guide her down the correct path through their experience in their respective industries. I cannot express my gratitude for having the opportunity to listen and learn. I had some fantastic conversations with some of my new role models moving forward.

Thank you, Engineering Technology and Management, for nominating me for this role. Thank you to the Board of Visitors, Administration and Dean Wei for inviting Lydia and I to listen, learn and provide the perspective of current students. It was an honor to be a part of such an established team and I really look forward to speaking with everyone more in the future.

2019 Welcome Weekend for First-Year Students

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 28 August 2019

This past weekend, the Russ College welcomed the incoming freshman engineering students through presentations done by the Ambassadors followed by an ice cream social. This event is always one of my favorites during the school year because it’s so exciting to meet the new students and see their excitement to start college.

This event took place on Saturday afternoon of welcome weekend as incoming engineering students came to the ARC and filtered into classrooms based on their major. The purpose of the major-specific presentations was to get students familiar with each other and acquainted with the engineering college; most importantly, it was a great opportunity for students to ask any questions they had and get a current student’s perspective.

Following the presentations, an ice cream social took place on the front lawn of Stocker. At the ice cream social, students had the opportunity to talk to other students, ambassadors, and faculty. As this was a more informal setting, students felt more comfortable speaking with each other and asking questions they didn’t ask at the presentation. I had a few students approach me afterwards with questions regarding classes and the engineering program that sparked great conversations.

Overall, I thought the welcome weekend activities were a success; I felt like after the events on Saturday, incoming students felt more prepared and excited for the semester.

How OU has Changed Me

Ali McCormick

Ali McCormick,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 27 April 2016

With graduation only days away, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on how the last four years I’ve spent at Ohio University have affected me as a person.

Coming into Ohio University, I was very timid and soft-spoken. I had a difficult time putting myself out there because I generally kept to myself. I remember taking an introduction to ethics course and the final for the class being to present your beliefs on ethics to the class. (I actually had considered dropping the class, that’s how badly I disliked speaking in front of people.)

Back then, presenting in front of a classroom was the end of the world for me. Not only because of my anxiety of public speaking, but also due to my belief that what I had to say didn’t always seem that important.

The following years I spent at Ohio University changed my opinion on personal voice and, also my life, for the better. I went on to join Theta Tau, the professional engineering fraternity on campus. Through this, I gained friendships that I know will last me a lifetime.

I focused heavily on putting myself into situations that were out of my comfort zone, which gave me the opportunity to grow as an individual. I made sure to put everything I had into my studies, which lead me to obtain a Co-Op at L-3 Communications in Cincinnati, Ohio. I took the experience from there and brought it back to school with me, and applied it to classes.

But, the most important aspect of my college career comes from the opportunity of participating in Engineering Ambassadors. I was nominated for the position at the end of my sophomore year and performed the duties during my junior and senior years.

The position requires strong speaking skills, which as I discussed earlier weren’t as developed back then. I remember that during my interview for the position, I expressed that while my speaking skills may not be as impressive as the fellow applicants, my overall passion to better those skills was immeasurable.

The opportunity to speak with prospective students and parents strengthened my interpersonal skills in unimaginable ways and just the ability to lead students into a direction that will ensure success is extraordinary.

My voice was given purpose and pushed me to pursue opportunities that otherwise would have been unobtainable, and for that I can thank Ohio University.

Developing Leadership Skills

Nicole Sova

Nicole Sova,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 10 September 2015

This semester I joined the Robe Leadership Institute and Engineering Ambassadors. With both of these organizations I have had the opportunity to get to know some incredible people (although sometimes through some unconventional methods).

Below is a picture of the Robe Leadership Institute’s class of 2016 all standing on a small tarp; you can see me in bright yellow about to attempt to move the tarp. The goal of the exercise was to flip the tarp around (so that the top of it faced the ground) without ever stepping off of it.

Magic Carpet

Looking at the helping hands, close proximity, and smiles, I would never have guessed that this photo was taken within minutes of memorizing each other’s names. The “magic carpet” (as the activity was called) tested our communication skills, logistics, and personal space, but most of all it broke down barriers and built a foundation for trust and friendship.

Engineering ambassadors decided to take the team building off of solid ground and up onto a high ropes course. We climbed our way across eight different rope obstacles and then ziplined back down to awaiting doughnuts. Below is a photo of a few of the ambassadors climbing towards the central tower; you can see me standing below the top of the tower watching a friend climb.

High Ropes

As an engineer, I work on group projects all of the time. Leadership and team building strategies are at the foundation of engineering curriculum. What really helps make those group collaborations worthwhile are the fun and adventurous activities that complement them outside of the classroom.

2015 National Future City Competition

Emily Blaha

Emily Blaha,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 28 February 2015

Last week, Pat Hanlon and I attended the 2015 National Future City Competition in Washington, D.C. to represent the Russ College. At the competition, middle school students from around the country displayed their vision of the future.

This year’s theme was Urban Agriculture, so each design needed to incorporate ideas about how to supply food for the population of their city. There were a lot of interesting and creative solutions to this problem, including aquaponics, vertical farming, and urban gardens. It was neat to see the students work together to produce a city that incorporated so many things that are vital for their residents.

Future City Award Presentation

Presenting the award for honorable mention [Picture from the Russ College Article]

The students’ enthusiasm for engineering and the well being of their city residents makes me extremely hopeful for our future engineers. In my opinion, Future City is a great competition, which is helping to develop extremely creative and conscientious students. Future City is a great event for Ohio University to sponsor and support!

Future City After Party

Students enjoying the after-party

The Future City event organizers did a great job congratulating all of the students participating at the national competition. Many students received awards and the celebration party was a lot of fun!

Breakfast with Charles and Marilyn Stuckey

Claire Hall

Claire Hall,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 24 November 2014

Charles R. Stuckey Jr. graduated from Ohio University with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1966 and then began a career in Information Technology as a systems engineer with IBM.

Most recently, he served as president and chief executive officer of RSA Security until 2006. During that time RSA grew from 19 employees to 1,500 employees and was ranked in the top 100 security software companies in the world.

Last week, some of the Engineering Ambassadors had the opportunity to share a breakfast with Mr. Stuckey and his wife at the OU Inn. This was a great chance for all of the students to have a conversation with a former Russ College student about his experience and journey after graduation.

Mr. Stuckey spoke about how it wasn’t necessarily the knowledge he gained during classes that helped him have so much success. Instead he spoke on how the development of skills like problem solving and how their application is what supported his achievements. This is something all of us were able to relate to, as we’re all starting from the same position he had. We all have large opportunities in front of us and are beginning our own journeys of success.

Mr. and Mrs. Stuckey both answered questions and talked about how their relationship was impacted by his work and all of their family moves. It was great to hear how they both thrived through those stressful times by supporting each other and being supported by caring family. The breakfast was an awesome time and a great way for us to learn from an accomplished Russ College alumni.

Being an Engineering Ambassador

Connor Mitchell

Connor Mitchell,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 24 September 2013 – Last spring I was nominated and then selected to become an engineering ambassador. Looking back to last spring, it would have certainly been a mistake if I had chosen not to accept the engineering ambassador position. Throughout the years, I have found myself to be a helpful person. I enjoy aiding others and the satisfaction that comes with that.

The aspect of helping others is the majority of what engineering ambassadors are all about. The organization focuses primarily on future students. If a prospective engineering student comes to visit the Russ College, an ambassador is responsible for giving the student a tour of the engineering facilities and explaining what the university has to offer. Ambassadors also aid incoming freshmen on opening weekend by explaining the basics about the university, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, student organizations, and the life as a college student.

I enjoy talking about and helping prospective students and underclassmen about these issues. Entering college I didn’t know what to expect. I was always asking questions of upperclassmen for advice and how they reacted to certain situations that a typical student would encounter at some point in his or her college career.

From a student’s prospective, the ambassadors are the voice of the college. If there is a problem within the college, the faculty can hear it from us and then turn around quickly to resolve the issue. Community service is always important and the ambassadors feel it is important to give back to our surrounding community.

On the other hand, the engineering ambassadors do have fun as well. We participate in socials, dinners, and team building exercises. Recently, we successfully completed a high ropes course. From all of these activities comes reward. I have learned a lot about the different engineering majors and what activities they are involved in. I cannot say enough about the group of students I am with. As an ambassador, I am surrounded by some of the best students in the college. I am really glad I chose to become an engineering ambassador based on the friendships I have made with the other ambassadors.