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What’s Changed in Athens and What’s Unchanged

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 29 March 2020

A lot has changed since my last blog post, especially as far as the environment I now do my work in. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all, more than likely, in multiple ways. Little did the Class of 2020 know that the week before Spring break would be our last day of classes on campus. Everything would change. The University would extend spring break by 1 week to allow professors time to transition their classes, all classes would go online, and we as students would have to adjust to a new virtual world.

This has been a big adjustment for me as I am a hands-on learner; that is why I chose ETM as my major. The majority of my classes have moved to Microsoft Teams to host lectures whether they pre-record them or host them as a normal class session. I really enjoy using Teams because we can easily interact with our professor and our classmates still keeping that community feel.

I also think the professors have really done their best to make themselves available as much as possible. I know my professors have an open-door policy; therefore, they have extended that virtually. Anytime, during business hours, you can connect with them over phone, or virtually through teams to get help! I think the faculty have done an amazing job doing whatever they can to support us students.

I have been quarantining at my Athens residence since my return from spring break. This has allowed me the opportunity for quiet space, but to still maintain that Athens feel. For those of you not in Athens I will provide you with some background. Typically, this time of year Athens is filled with students. The first warm day of spring hits and the greens fill with people. On South Beach you’ll see students playing volleyball, picnics, people playing frisbee and so much more. On West Green, students will place speakers in their dorm windows playing music outside. People will tan on the green, throw football, hang in their hammocks between light post, or sit under the cherry blossom trees. For once this is not the case. I can assure you the cherry blossoms are in full bloom because my sinus infection is coming on strong right on time!

Although there is not a lot of life on campus, there are still upperclassmen residing in their off-campus houses. The sound of music bumping from a speaker carries for at least a mile indicating there are people here. It never fails, to take a jog on the bike trail and see other fellow Bobcats doing the same. I can also assure you that the campus “dogs” or the deer are lively and healthy. On my walk yesterday, I passed a record breaking 12 deer all together!

Students, prospective students, alumni, and faculty: although life has changed drastically over this last month, the end is unknown, and negativity continues to spread. I challenge you to reflect and soak in something positive and share that, because I promise someone needs that right now.

I can assure you although the student body is missing from campus, the community, the beauty and the buildings are just waiting for us to return. Not only will the Class of 2020 have a unique celebration, but I am sure opening weekend and homecoming will be bigger than ever so we can celebrate the challenges we have overcome together as Bobcats and celebrate being back together again here at hOUme!

Spring Semester Wrapping Up

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 22 April 2019

As the semester winds down and graduation approaches, I am trying to make the most of my weekends left as a college student. In a month’s time I will be moving into my apartment in Ontario, Ohio to start my first full-time engineering position. I am very excited about this, but I will miss all the friends I made in Athens as well as back home in Pennsylvania. So, the last few weekends, I balanced my engineering projects with enjoying time with friends and family.

My mom came up to visit me a couple weekends ago, all the way from Texas where she and my dad have recently moved. On her last day in Athens, we strolled along the bike path on the Hocking River. The cherry blossom trees were in full bloom and lined the river as far as the eye could see. The pretty pink blossoms were perfect for a mother daughter selfie.

Athens Cherry Blossoms

Last weekend, I went home to Pittsburgh and stayed with my close friend from high school. We attended Tekko, put on by the Pittsburgh Japanese Cultural Society. The event featured a ramen bar, panels with topics like origami and voice acting, art by local artists, and arcade games such as Street Fighter and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR).


This was a moment of self-discovery for me as I realized that I have no rhythm and consistently made a fool of myself playing DDR. Regardless, I had an awesome time and the convention was definitely worth the three hour drive.

Donkey Coffee

This weekend, I am at Donkey Coffee, a favorite Athens haunt, with my roommate. She’s just a junior so it is only the end of a semester for her. I’m trying to take in every detail, so I will have these fond memories to look back on. I photograph the milk heart in my latte while I research metallic corrosion. I am still a student, after all, at least for right now.

Springtime in Athens

Nathan Arnett

Nathan Arnett,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 24 April 2017

After a sometimes seemingly endless couple of months of walking to class in the cold and having to find indoor activities for the weekend, springtime in Athens almost never fails to come around abruptly and it is always welcome! It always seems as if the weather is never going to break, and then all of a sudden, it will and the general ‘vibe’ on campus picks up so much. It is so nice to see people back on the greens throwing a frisbee or baseball on the way to class, or being able to study outside for a nice change of scenery.

In addition to just the weather being nicer, it opens up all the possibilities for recreation that haven’t been available since the Fall! This includes going to Stroud’s, which is a lake/park near campus and a great place to picnic, fish, or just relax during a break between classes or on the weekend.

Also, springtime is a great chance to hit any of the local popular hiking trails. It is always a good time to be able to get some friends together and take a hike and overlook all of Athens and the Ohio University Campus.

Lastly, maybe my favorite thing about springtime is the blossoming of the cherry trees along the Hocking River. For those of you who may not know, there is a very well-maintained bike path that stretches for 21 miles throughout Athens county, and a part of it runs right along campus and the Hocking River. This section is lined with dozens (if not hundreds) of cherry trees that bloom beautifully in the spring. It is my personal favorite part about spring—to just be able to take a casual stroll or bike ride along the bike path along the river with the trees in full bloom. Athens in the spring is just such an amazing place!

The Bittersweet Time that is the End of Spring Semester

Rob Parker

Rob Parker,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 24 April 2017

It’s the time, yet again, in Athens Ohio where the cherry trees are blooming, deadlines are approaching, final exams are being administered and longtime friends are saying their farewells. Yes, spring semester here in Athens is always a bittersweet feeling.

Over the last four years I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most influential people, participating in outstanding organizations and partaking in opportunities of a lifetime. At the end of this week, I will be saying goodbye to many of my friends and wishing them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.

Though I will be returning in the fall for one final semester, it feels as if I’m leaving this university at the end of this semester. I have wrapped up the majority of my classes making it so I only have two classes remaining; I have stepped down from all leadership positions within all of my student organizations; and as I mentioned, a good majority of my friends from the last four years are graduating in just a few days.

This is the first time in my life that I am beginning to look at my future and make decisions on a career instead of schooling. With that being said, I couldn’t be more excited to be finishing up and I feel that my experiences over the past four years have prepared me for my career in Civil Engineering.

I am starting a co-op with Shelly and Sands this week and will work for them this summer and continue through the upcoming fall semester. I was lucky enough to land on a project that is located right here in Athens making the transition from school to my co-op a breeze. This summer and through the fall semester will be a test run, for me, of Shelly and Sands to see if I like the company and if the company likes me.

So as I start my new co-op experience, finish my final exams and bid a farewell to all of the graduating seniors I can’t help but be reminded that time certainly does move fast. So as my last blog post ever as an Engineering Ambassador, to all of the graduating seniors: I wish you the best of luck and congratulations on this monumental accomplishment; and for all of you incoming first year students: welcome and good luck with the next 4 to 5 years!

Getting Ready for Race for a Reason

Claire Hall

Claire Hall,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 22 March 2015

For the past four years the Saturday before Final week begins, Race for a Reason occurs. This is an event put on by O’Bleness Hospital, OU Sports Administration Program and Athletes in Action.

Last year over 1,000 people participated in four events raising $115,000 for charities, non-profits and student organizations. A 5K Race, Mud Run, Triathlon and 3K Walk are all put on the day of the event and registration costs are then put towards whichever cause you choose.

I’ve been able to participate in the Mud Run before and am excited to participate in the sprint Triathlon this year. The mud run was a short route up to the ROTC training course and back down to Peden Stadium. I signed up for this with my roommate freshman year and had a blast!

After the Mud Run

This year, two of my current roommates are looking to participate in the sprint triathlon. We were excited to be able to run in the new Walter Fieldhouse this Winter while the cold weather still stuck around. Now the weather is warming up and we’re able to work out outside while getting ready for the Race for a Reason sprint triathlon.