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Thank You Video Project

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 27 April 2020

As you are aware things have really switched gears due to the novel coronavirus. Within a blink of an eye, life as a college student quickly changed. Announcements were released and within a week of spring break we transitioned online. Many events have been canceled or postponed until further notice.

As an ambassador, one of our favorite events to attend is the awards ceremony for the faculty and staff. Unfortunately, like many other events, this one has been postponed. Attention shifted to the students in attempt to give them the best education possible as well as give the graduating students a sense of normalcy.

Classes moved online, exams are wrapping up, and hundreds of students are about to graduate. This was only possible due to the drive and passion of the faculty and staff of the Russ College and Ohio University as a whole. In trying times like these it is vital to work as a team, and they did just that. We wanted to take a moment to recognize the people that made all of this possible.

Dr. Masel and I worked together to organize a video that included nearly all the
ambassadors. With enthusiasm and excitement, each member participated in a line in the script below and we all had the opportunity to say thank you to the ones that made everything possible.

I encourage you to read through the transcript below to understand how thankful we are for the faculty and staff as well as watch the video! We would love for you to continue to share the video as we are very thankful and want to give them the recognition they deserve. Thank you all for all of your hard work!



Transcript:

“It’s been a really unusual semester for everyone in the Russ College as faculty and students have worked together to make a huge transition. A lot of attention has been given to the students, but today we would like to give a shout out to all of the faculty and staff for their hard work and perseverance. We know it hasn’t been easy for anyone during this time. Students found out we wouldn’t be returning to class. You found out that you only had a few days to re-plan half of a semester. You all have made it work.

We would like to take some time to express our appreciation of all our faculty and staff. You have made a full commitment to ensure that we still get the higher education we set out to achieve. You all made a sudden transition to move to remote classes. We understand that being at home for you can be just as big of a challenge. Instead of talking in front of a class, you now talk into a camera. While attempting to pre-record lectures, we understand children and dogs may be running around in the background. Perhaps you have re-recorded a lecture 2 or 3 times because it didn’t sound right. As engineering professors, some of you have had even bigger challenges. How in the world am I going to give my students the hands-on lab assignment we do on a weekly basis?

Where there’s a will, there’s a way and you all proved that. Advising week approached and without hesitation advising sessions were held virtually so we could see each other and take a minute to catch up with our advisors. Our faculty and staff are the ingredients to the recipe of success the Russ College had when transitioning to the online classes. Despite the pandemic, you all are about to graduate hundreds of Russ College Undergrads. On behalf of the Engineering Ambassadors and the entire Russ College student body, THANK YOU!

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.

Russ College Board of Visitors

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 5 January 2017

Just before finals week last semester, I had the privilege of attending the Russ College Board of Visitors Meeting with my fellow ambassador, Rob Parker. The meeting was in sunny Sanibel Island, Florida. It was a welcome change to escape just as Athens was starting to get cold for the winter. Although I mostly had to enjoy Florida from the balcony of my hotel while I studied for finals during breaks from meetings, it was a nice change of scenery!

The Board of Visitors meets in person twice a year—once in Florida, and once in Athens. Rob and I were asked to attend to provide a students’ perspective. Over the course of the few days that I was there, I attended meetings which covered everything from the progress and goals of Ohio University as a whole to the Russ College Strategic Plan Goals.

As a student, it was extremely interesting to gain insight into the future of my college: being a graduating senior, it’s a bit bittersweet knowing that I won’t see some of the changes enacted while I’m still here. That said, I am incredibly excited about the direction in which the Russ College is heading, and the progress that we have made even since I have been here.

The Board of Visitors meeting was a great opportunity for me because it shed light on some of the challenges that the college has identified, allowing me the opportunity to brainstorm and potentially effect real change. There is a position on the Board open for recent Russ College graduates, and I hope that in the future I can be a part of the group in some capacity. I am proud to be a Bobcat, but more than that, I am so proud to be a soon-to-be graduate of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

EECS Advisory Board Retreat

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 29 November 2016

Earlier this month, I had the honor of attending the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board Retreat. This is where the faculty EECS meet with a selected advisory board to go over the objectives and plans for the departments.


The day started with the chair of the department, Dr. Juedes, presenting an overview of the college and how it expanded to where it is today. Throughout the day there were different discussions with groups of students and faculty about what is going well within classes and the college overall and what improvements could be made.

My favorite part of the retreat was getting the chance to communicate feedback from my classmates to the professors. This was a chance for students to convey their opinions on the development of classes and how to keep improving them for a better future. The professors cared so much about what everyone had to say which is a big reason why it was such a distinct experience.

Students don’t usually see what is happening behind the scenes and the decisions that are made about the program. Sometimes we think that changes can happen overnight, but in reality there are major steps that have to happen in order for that change to occur. I loved going to the retreat and having the chance to share the feedback from my peers!

Summer Work in Athens

Chris Delwiche

Chris Delwiche,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 28 August 2015

Fall semester is here which officially marks the beginning of the end of my time here in Athens! It’s time to start applying for jobs and preparing for the next chapter. While I’m sure I’ll miss Athens, I was able to spend one last summer here doing some really enjoyable stuff.

Ohio University hosted the International Space University (ISU) summer program here this summer. It’s an event where people who aspire to work in the space industry come from 31 different countries for a fast paced summer degree program to learn various skills, and network.

I helped transport people back and forth to the Columbus airport, which turned out to be a lot more fun than it sounds. I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, 3 different astronauts, various distinguished professors and entrepreneurs, and NASA engineers. I loved hearing all of their stories about space and work, and getting different perspectives from those who aren’t from the United States.

As well as helping out with ISU, I did some CAD work for the Innovation Center here in Athens. Using Solidworks, I recreated some old plastic Porsche 944 parts (as well as a few other things) and 3-D printed them out for a client who modifies this particular vehicle. This was especially cool for me since I’m a car enthusiast. I’m hoping to make my final year as enjoyable as this summer was!

Porsche 944