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Preparing for the International Space University

Josh D'Urso

Josh D’Urso,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 22 November 2014

This week at Ohio University, some distinguished professors from the International Space University (ISU) visited to get their curriculum finalized for next summer. That’s when Ohio University will be hosting the ISU Space Studies Program.

I didn’t realize how big of a deal this was until I did a little research and saw that last year’s ISU was held in Montreal, Canada. Countries from around the world bid on this program and try and have it held in their country, state, or university and Ohio University won the 2015 bid. The program will be held on campus from June 8th to August 7th. Students from around the world apply to this program. Last year’s program attracted 122 participants representing 32 countries.

When I met some of the professors this week they were from all over the world including Germany, France, Canada, India and more. One of the members from the ISU team that I met was named John Connolly. John was a great individual with an even better background. He has 28 years of experience with NASA and he has been a member of ISU for 22 years leading the ISU’s Space Studies Program. John’s specialties include human and robotic space mission design, human spacecraft design, and space systems engineering.

I did not find out about the Space Studies Program being held at OU until this week and it has been in the works for two years now. I am so proud of my University and of the all the people who put in so much time and dedication into bringing such a big program to my school. This is great publicity for the University and I think its going to be a great experience for our school and faculty to work side by side with distinguished individuals from around the world.

Events on Campus

Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 13 October 2014

I always heard that there is always something to do on campus, but I didn’t know how much until now. I picked up a fall semester involvement pamphlet at Nelson the other day that has most of the University sponsored events. I was really surprised to see how many events there actually are.

The pamphlet was split into weeks and looking through it I found that there is a minimum of ten events every week which is pretty amazing. I already added a few events that caught my eye and a few comedy shows on there that I am looking forward to going to.

Aside from just pure fun, I started finding a few other events and seminars that were actually pretty interesting and beneficial. The other day I received an email about a seminar on job offers and negotiating your salary with employers. This caught my eye because who doesn’t want to make more money!? The seminar was great and I am looking forward to using those tips I have written down in my notebook. One thing cool about the seminar is that the speaker not only researches different techniques about salary negotiation but he had stories about how he has actually used those techniques in his career.

I can’t wait for the upcoming comedy events to get away from classes and who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh every once and a while?

Bobcat Football

Paul Barina

Paul Barina,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 09 November 2012 – As a senior here at Ohio University, I have dedicated my Saturday afternoons and evenings to Ohio University Football! Ohio football can be one of the best experiences a student can find here at OU. Bobcat football is relaxed and easy going, but also still competitive. To get tickets, all one has to do is show up at the gate. There is no price for students which provide safe and affordable fun.

Before every game is a student gathering located right off the stadium. Here are a bunch of free giveaways which include OU free food and sometimes if lucky, some OU gear. This is a fun place to go with a bunch of classmates or friends from the residence halls. Once everyone is pumped up it is time to
head in for the game.

Once in the stadium, there are seats dedicated just for students. These seats are some of the best seats in the house. This location is known as the O-Zone and is one where every Bobcat is welcome. Experiencing college football on the 50 yard line first row is something everyone should enjoy once.

I have had some of my best memories with my some of my best friends at Ohio University football. They have helped me truly love Ohio University and all it has to offer.

Homecoming 2011

Abby Frankart

Abby Frankart, Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 18 October 2011

Homecoming at Ohio University is not only a fun opportunity for alumni to enjoy college again, but it is also a great weekend for current students.

To start, there is the parade that goes the wrong way up one-way Court Street. The street lines up with students supporting student organizations, Athens fire department and law enforcement, political parties, and the homecoming court. Voting for homecoming king and queen is a tradition not left behind in high school (though the homecoming dance is!!).

There is also the chance to show your school spirit by attending the football game. This year the stadium was packed with undergrads, grad students, and alumni alike in support of the Bobcats.

Another great opportunity that many don’t associate with homecoming is the fact that a lot of distinguished alumni come back to campus. This homecoming I had the privilege of meeting Carla Lucchino who is the highest ranked civilian in the Navy and recent recipient of the Medal of Merit from Ohio University. Myself and a few other students were able to listen to her speak in one of our classes as well as have breakfast with her.

Showing school spirit, meeting distinguished alumni, and enjoying the parade are just some of the fun things during homecoming weekend.