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Fall Activities

Charlotte Kapral

Charlotte Kapral,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 23 October 2019

In my last blog post, I talked about all the things I was looking forward to in Fall. One of the events that I talked about was carving pumpkins with the other members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). I wanted to show the results of this year’s event! We carved 16 pumpkins kind of in the dark, so I was expecting the pumpkins to turn out a lot worse than they did. I was pleasantly surprised at how artistic a group of engineers could be!


Another event AIChE has planned is our annual dinner at our advisor’s house. He and his wife make us a nice home-cooked meal. We get to play card games, cornhole, have a bonfire, and play with his dog. It’s a nice way to get to know him better and to socialize with other chemical engineering students.

I am also a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Some members are going to the national conference in Anaheim, California in November. I’m really looking forward to this event because I’ve never been to California, and I’ve never been around that many women engineers! It will be a great opportunity to network and to learn from other women. November will be an exciting month!

Homecoming 2019

Adam Kirby

Adam Kirby,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 14 October 2019

As many of you already know, last weekend was homecoming weekend here at Ohio University. Unfortunately we couldn’t pull of the victory against NIU, however it was an amazing weekend for many other reasons.

Homecoming in Athens is a great time to meet up with friends that have graduated, family that have come to visit or just a great time to get to know some alumni and participate all the festivities.

This isn’t the only reason why homecoming is my favorite weekend, it also marks the start of fall and my favorite season. During this time, the leaves start to change, people are putting on hoodies and flannels, you can smell coffee from about any point on campus, and don’t forget about pumpkin pie. I for one am all for the cooler weather, the outdoor adventures and the atmosphere that fall can bring with it.

I was fortunate enough to share this weekend with my parents, my older brother, and my little sister (out of this group four of us have/will have our degrees from OU, Dad being the odd one out). Because my family has a bit of a history with OU my parents and siblings brought with them plenty of friends and entertainment. We had a pumpkin carving contest, cornhole tournament, and perhaps the most important was a tailgate cookoff. Here’s the pumpkin I carved:


Naturally this was the winning pumpkin regardless of what my family and friends might say. If you ever get the chance to visit or be a part of Ohio University homecoming, I would recommend grabbing some close friends, having a great time, and to find me if you want some delicious tailgate food and pumpkin pie.

Hiking Radar Hill

Haley Nau

Haley Nau,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 8 September 2019

It’s fall in Athens! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is hike one of OUs famous hiking trails: Radar Hill. It’s located on a hill behind The Ridges off a back road. There are no markers for it besides a gravel parking lot and an ajar gate that signals the trail head.

The trail takes you mostly through open grassy fields which is perfect in the fall because the bugs and heat have died down, but deer are always roaming about. The tall grasses also turn a golden color that catches the light any time of the day.

The best time to go though is in the evening when the sun is about to set. Due to the open grass fields, you can get a spectacular view of the open sky as it changes colors.

The hike ends at the top of a hill that overlooks the hilly countryside surrounding Athens. Typically, there are groups of people (and maybe a few dogs) scattered about the top sitting on logs or rocks waiting for the sun to set. It is a rewarding ending to a not too difficult hike. I can’t wait to hit the trail once again!

Fall in Athens

Lydia Shiffler

Lydia Shiffler,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 06 October 2019

Fall is by far my favorite season here in Athens and it being my last year, I am especially appreciative of all that it has to offer. After being insanely hot this whole semester, I know everyone is getting excited for the weather to start cooling down. It is the most beautiful time of the year here.

Fall in Athens

In Athens, the trees are so colorful and beautiful and there are so many fun activities to do. My favorite thing to do is go hiking up to Witch Hill where you can see the whole university. It is so fun to go up there and have a whole day with my friends of just enjoying the view. We always bring hammocks up and a picnic so we can stay up there for as long as we want.

Another fun thing to do is going to Libby’s pumpkin patch and get pumpkins to carve or paint. It’s such a beautiful place to go and yet another fun thing to do here in Athens.

Libby's Pumpkin Patch

One of my favorite weekends in fall is Homecoming, which is happening next weekend. I am so excited for friends to come back to the university and enjoy everything OU has to offer. Everyone comes together to watch the parade and the football game and celebrate all the students. It is so much fun for all the alumni to come and spend time with the current students and see the university again and I hope to come back and do the same next year when I am officially an alum.

Preparing for Fall in Athens

Charlotte Kapral

Charlotte Kapral,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 20 September 2019

Since it’s starting to get colder, I’m excited to get into the Fall mindset with all the events around Athens.

Most Saturdays there are football games; sometimes they even have evening weekday games (those are the best). The Marching 110 makes every game exciting, no matter how the football goes.


Their half-time show is always my favorite part of the game. It’s especially exciting when the alumni come back for Homecoming to play and dance along with the current members.

Then, there’s the preparation for Halloween. Every year a few of us chemical engineers buy pumpkins and carve them as an AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) event. Seeing what other people decide to carve is the most entertaining part.


Around this time of year, I start to decide what my Halloween costume is. Ever since I moved to Athens, Halloween has become very important to me. Last year, a friend and I went as Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. The year before that, my group of friends dressed up as characters from Scooby-Doo.

Scooby Doo Halloween

I still have to decide on what to be this year! As a senior, I feel like it’s my last chance to experience all the amazing and beautiful parts of Athens. I know that I’ll miss it when I’m gone!

Fall in Athens

Jason Wherry

Jason Wherry,
Junior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 4 November 2018

Fall Semester is my favorite time to be in Athens for endless reasons. To name a few in particular, Homecoming weekend and Halloween weekend have always been memorable. Alumni trek back to their old stomping ground for the parade and the football game during Homecoming weekend. Similarly, people flood the streets of Athens for Halloween weekend as the city population triples for two days.

Located in the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, Athens does not disappoint when it comes to the beauty of changing seasons. Vibrant leaves fill the sky with color before they participate in their annual autumn leaf drop.

As these natural changes take place, it reminds me of another phenomenon of the Fall semester; the growth, intellectually and socially, of the first-semester Freshmen. Starting with Welcome weekend in late August, I observe the first-year students develop a sense of who they are and what they want to accomplish as they embark on their journey at Ohio University.

For most college students, this is the biggest lifestyle transition they have ever experienced. Furthermore, living on your own and being responsible for making all of your decisions shows one’s true colors. Personally, Athens has been a great environment for me to learn, grow, and explore as a student.

Autumn on Court Street

Above is a photo I took on Court Street outside of Baker Center that is just a sampling of the stunning Fall views in Athens. Many more gorgeous sights can be seen whilst hiking Strouds Run State Park or Radar Hill (two common hiking destinations of mine).

Hiking, Biking, and Bouldering: Athens in Autumn

Daniel Riordan

Daniel Riordan,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 6 November 2017

During the fall semester in Athens, Ohio, a funny thing happens where nearly every day is warm enough for shorts or cool enough for a wind breaker. The winter weather rarely ever hits before the end of Finals Week, so every weekend or free afternoon offers an opportunity to get outside and have some

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway (in other words, the Athens bike trail) offers bikers, joggers, and walkers a scenic route on winding pavement under the canopy created by the autumn-colored trees lining the path. I’m a huge fan of the spot, and whether I’m feeling a short six-mile round-trip bike ride or if I’m feeling adventurous enough to go further, I do my best to head over there a few times a week.

Even if you don’t have access to a vehicle that can take you far from Athens, plenty of hiking opportunities very close to Athens are best experienced this time of year.

I’ve enjoyed my first trip down a mountain bike trail near The Ridges, but the best memories of the area are from going on runs up to the top of Radar Hill and back with my roommates. The trails at the Ridges, especially the one leading to the top of Radar Hill, are my favorite places to escape and get a breath of fresh air this time of year. The rolling green hills are pretty to look at, and I can’t think of a more beautiful and more convenient way to get a calf workout than exploring them.