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Engineering Ambassador Google Hangout

Lydia Seiter

Lydia Seiter,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 16 April 2020

As President of the Engineering Ambassadors, one of my responsibilities was to plan social activities for the organization. With the transition to virtual learning, many of our spring social events, like bowling at Rollerbowl, were unfortunately cancelled. I still wanted to foster that warm sense of community we feel when we spend time together, so I decided to plan a virtual hangout on Google Hangouts for this past Monday.

Google Hangout

At the Google Hangout, we had a great turnout of graduating ambassadors, returning ambassadors, and new ambassadors. Even though we were not able to be together in person, we were still thankful for the opportunity to get to know each other and welcome the new ambassadors to our amazing organization. We spoke about what we had been up to in quarantine, movies and TV series we were watching, how our summer plans were developing, and how online classes were going.

It was wonderful to be able to empathize about how the current situation was affecting us, and to lean on each other for support. I wish we could all see each other in person to say our final goodbyes, but I’m thankful for all the Ambassadors’ willingness to adapt to the uncertainty, whether it was by attending a virtual hangout rather than an in-person event, or holding meetings with prospective students online rather than in-person, or working to make videos and presentations of our lab facilities rather than in-person tours.

Pumpkin Carving Social

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 26 October 2019

One of the things that most of us ambassadors look forward to each semester is the chance to attend socials put on by the Professional Development Committee. Another one of our favorite things is Halloween and fall in Athens. This year, we combined these two favorites things and did a pumpkin carving social.

The event was held on a crisp October evening outside of Stocker Center a few days before Halloween. The event was a big success. There was everything from a variety of pizzas, corn hole, music, and an entire set of tools/utensils specifically made for pumpkin carving!

Personally, this was only my third time attempting to carve a pumpkin without my dad’s help, so I was proud of myself and think everyone’s turned out so well! While it was messy at times to scoop out the pumpkin guts, it was so much fun to see the different jack-o-lanterns that everybody carved.

Pumpkin Carving

The one thing we forgot to bring was candles to light up our pumpkins. However, our phone flashlights worked just as well to act as an illuminating source for the photo. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the next social event the Professional Development Committee comes up with!

Ambassador Dinner at Jackie O’s

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 26 February 2019

The Engineering Ambassadors had an opportunity to get to know each other a little better last Thursday. Veronica suggested that we meet at the local Jackie O’s Brewpub and Restaurant for dinner.

Jackie O’s Brewpub and Restaurant is exactly what it sounds like—part brewery, part bar, and part restaurant (it is located across from Buffalo Wild Wings, if you want to try it out as well). Highly recommended by my fellow classmates, Jackie O’s is a great place to eat and mingle!

With this opportunity, I had a chance to explore a new place to eat as well as learn about my fellow ambassadors. Everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy being around each other. Tanner, Mia and I discussed future plans and current organizations. For example, Tanner talked about the Human Powered Vehicle Competition, Mia spoke about interesting sights she had seen while in New Mexico and I shared my future plans after graduation.

After spending time with one another, I discovered how uniquely different yet strikingly similar we are on various topics. Overall, I had a great time sharing a good meal and a good conversation with my fellow Ambassadors.

Experience Everything Athens

Julia Nebbia

Julia Nebbia,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 10 December 2018

As my fifth and final fall semester comes to a close, I’ve been making it a point to experience everything Athens. Taking walks through campus with an awareness and mindfulness of my surroundings, spending cold days in Donkey with a hot cup of coffee, and even trying out new restaurants.

In spirit of this, I treated my roommate to a holiday wine tasting at Athens Uncorked this past Friday for her graduation. It was our first time at the location, and as fifth year seniors, figured it would be a nice alternative to the chaos of Court Street or a night studying at Alden.

We were surprisingly the only college students there for the first few hours. The setting was a little surreal, but the unfamiliar feeling was almost comforting. After a little while, the place was full of people and holiday cheer! We indulged in a cheese plate and hummus, sipped on samples of wine, and enjoyed one another’s conversation.

Athens Uncorked

Altogether, we were extremely satisfied with the evening and went home smiling. It was bittersweet knowing it was our last weekend in Athens together, but it was well worth it.

If you are of age and looking to enjoy a hidden gem of Athens, I highly recommend checking out Athens Uncorked for a quiet evening and great service.

Going to the Movies

Joshua Greenlee

Joshua Greenlee,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 31 January 2017

One of the best things to do in the winter months is Athens is…go to the movies?

Hear me out. Growing up in Athens, I never knew how good I had it in terms of movie theaters. There are two main theaters in the Athens area, Athena Grand, located on East State Street, and Movies 10/The Fun Barn located near Nelsonville, Ohio, off Route 33.

I would say most people are accustomed to spending loads of money at the movie theater, sometimes up to $12 per ticket with popcorn and candy seemingly marked up 1000%. This is absolutely not the case in these two Athens gems. Both theaters boast tickets under five dollars, all showings at any time. Despite the low prices, the theaters are actually well maintained, and the showings are always the most popular movies in theaters.

However, the real advantage is when it comes to snacks. For example, at Movies 10 you can get a popcorn, pop, and hot dog all for just one dollar a piece. The prices here are so low, they actually don’t care if you bring in outside food!

Movies 10 also has a recent addition to its theater, the Fun Barn. The Fun Barn is a huge arcade area filled with dozens of arcade games and a food court. Although it may seem childish, I can assure you my friends and I have had our fun reliving the glory days in the arcade. In the winter, when the weather is inclement and cold, outside activities seem to cease, making a trip to the movies a refreshing alternative.