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Cru Fall Retreat

Joshua Igwe

Joshua Igwe,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 18 October 2016

Last weekend I took a break from my industrial engineering studies and spent a few days at the Scioto Hills camp site with CRU. CRU is a college campus ministry that I have been involved with since my freshman year.

Each fall a group of about 200 students who are involved with CRU at Ohio University and a few other small schools in southeastern Ohio, travel about an hour from campus to spend time together learning more about Jesus, deepening our relationships with one another and playing fun games like ultimate pumpkin, shown below. (I’m in the red shirt on the far right.)

Ultimate Pumpkin

Ultimate pumpkin is an annual fall retreat event that is similar to ultimate Frisbee, but played with a greased-down pumpkin. There are three teams composed of students that live on the three main greens or sections of campus, South Green, East Green and West Green (which is also home of the engineering buildings).

Since I lived on South Green my freshman year, I played with the South Green team. In 2015 South Green suffered their first lost since the tournament began in 2009, but I am glad to report that I helped bring the trophy back to South where it rightly belongs.

Saturday night, there is a large bonfire. This is a time for students to reflect on what they have learned and experienced during the retreat. (In the picture below, I am on the far left side in the black T-shirt with the bear.)

Cru Bonfire

I really enjoy CRU and many other student organizations that I have had a chance to check out since I began my time at Ohio University. There is truly an organization tailored to fit every type of student on campus regardless of background and interest.

Summer Approaches

Robert Parker

Robert Parker,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 13 April 2016

Spring in Athens is my favorite time of the year, but it also is the busiest time of the year. It seems that all of your projects, homework assignments and exams all fall on the same due date. With that being said, I find a way to get through it and make it to summertime, and for this summer I cannot wait for it to get here.

This summer I will be working for E.S. Wagner Company as a superintendent. They are a heavy highway, heavy excavation company that works in Ohio, the surrounding states and in South Carolina. I will be working out in the field supervising the different crews on the job site. For my location this summer, I have not heard the finalized decision but I’m still very excited either way.

This opportunity may have never presented itself if I had gotten involved with organizations during my time here at Ohio University. My organizations have broadened my professional network exponentially and I continue to improve my relationships with professionals daily.

For this particular co-op. I have my organization, The Ohio University Estimating Team, to thank for getting me in contact with E.S. Wagner. Without being involved in that organization I would have never talked with the company. Summer is right around the corner and I cannot wait for it to arrive!!

Spring Break in PCB with Cru

Melinda Nelson

Melinda Nelson,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 6 March 2016

Spring break is always a highlight of the spring semester for many students. The past two spring breaks, I have gone on trips with Cru, a Christian ministry and student organization on campus. Each year, a charter bus full of students and staff head off for a weeklong stay in Panama City Beach, Florida! At a luxury resort, we have daily sessions with music, speakers, lessons and of course lots of fun. Our afternoons are spent on the beach having conversations with beach goers about their lives and beliefs on spiritual things and sharing with them about who God is and how to have a relationship with Him. We also got to hang out at the pools, go swimming and play a lot of volleyball.

Volleyball on PCB

One fun activity that happens during the week is called Creative Dates. The idea behind creative dating is to get to know more people by having dinner together and it is a lot of fun! The first night a guys’ condo will cook dinner for and serve a girls’ condo and the next night they switch. It’s always an interesting and often entertaining couple of evenings!

Creative Date

My favorite thing about PCB is the community aspect. Living in a condo with people you may not really know at the beginning of the week, and leaving with five new best friends at the end of the week is one of the best feelings there is.

Spring Break Friends

Building lasting friendships with others who share the same passions you do is just one of the amazing benefits of joining student organizations while in college. I have made some of my best friends through organizations on campus including Cru and Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). OU has over 200 student organizations; there’s something for everyone so they are definitely worth checking out!

Fall Trip to Chicago

Esteban Rodriguez

Esteban Rodriguez,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 21 October 2015

I have been an active member of Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity since the spring semester of my sophomore year. I decided to join this organization to improve my professional skills and also because of the great social experience that it provides.

Two weeks ago, we had our annual fall trip which consists of visiting our alumni at one city, in addition to having company visits within the city. This trip is always a great experience because not only do we get to expand our network, but we also get to know about companies and the job opportunities that they have to offer.

Chicago

This year our trip was to Chicago. We left on a Thursday morning and after 7 long hours on the road we arrived to a nice Marriott in downtown Chicago. Two of our alumni were waiting for us at the lobby, so that we could go to a restaurant near the hotel for dinner, and then experience the city.

On Friday during the day, we had 3 company visits and they were all very interesting and informative. We first visited JP Morgan and they had a panel ready for us on the 58th floor of their building. We were able to learn more about the banking industry from important executives such as the CFO of Commercial Banking.

We then went to Marketing Werks and had a couple panelists that told us about their company and clients. Finally, we visited CDW, a technology sales company where we had a great speaker that told us about the importance of having sales skills.

For the rest of the trip we toured around Chicago and we networked with our alumni. All in all, it was a very fun professional weekend.

Weekend Getaway with Cru

Melinda Nelson

Melinda Nelson,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 6 October 2015

It is October and fall semester is in full swing. There aren’t any more “free” days as homework and projects start to pile up. We are in the midst of midterms, group meetings and deadlines quickly approaching. This all sounds awful, I agree, but don’t worry there is some light at the end of this tunnel of mid-semester work and it’s called FALL RETREAT!!!

The first weekend in October this year was the end of the first week of midterms, the buffer before the next week’s midterms and time for the best weekend away of fall semester! I spent this particular weekend at Fall Retreat with Cru (a Christian ministry I’m involved in here on campus) and had an amazing time along with a much needed break from school. Now, it sounds like I wouldn’t have time to go away with all that’s going on at school, but reading day (our day off classes to study for midterms) allowed me to finish all my homework and head to Scioto Hills for a great time of relaxing and bonding with friends.

Cru Friends

I have made a ton of friends through student organizations and it was great to spend time with a lot of them on retreat. This was my first time going on retreat and I had a blast! I had a great time with community, music, bonfires, late nights and tons of fun! As a first-timer, I got to experience Ultimate Pumpkin (yes, it’s ultimate Frisbee with a pumpkin!) for the first time and it was awesome!

Ultimate Pumpkin

Spending time with friends and other leaders in the organization was a great way to get recharged as we came back into another busy week at school. I am so glad I made the decision to go do something fun; it was a great experience I will never forget!

Being Involved: Marching 110 and Cru

Erin Tracy

Erin Tracy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 12 October 2014

In October of my junior year of high school, I visited Ohio University for the first time to watch my older brother perform with the Marching 110 at a football game. I remember how exciting the halftime performance was and how much the crowd loved the band. I was so proud of my brother, and that visit was a big part of my decision to come to OU.

I auditioned for the band before my freshman year and have been a member all four years. Although it can be overwhelming and exhausting, it really is one of my favorite things about OU. I absolutely love performing at halftime and experiencing the crowd’s reaction, especially after a dance chart. It’s hard to explain that rush we get on the field, knowing that we’re a part of something that brings so much joy and energy to a stadium full of people. The 110 was recently named the ‘Nation’s Best College Marching Band’, which is such an honor, but we don’t do what we do for titles. Our goals every week are to perform to the best of our abilities, entertain the crowd, and have a ton of fun! If we do that, we’ve done our job.

As much as I love being in the 110, my involvement in Cru is what gives me life. I lead a community group of girls on East Green, and many of my best friends are in my Action Group of East Green leaders (pictured).

Action Group of East Green leaders

I love the opportunity I get to work with these awesome ladies and watch how God is growing them! At Fall Retreat last weekend, I made the decision to apply for STINT (Short Term International) with Cru for a year after graduation. It’s not official yet, but I may be ministering to college students in Asia next year, which is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. My path has definitely been shaped by the things I love, both band in getting me to attend OU and Cru in sharing my faith after leaving.

Getting Involved in Student Organizations

Julie Stenger

Julie Stenger,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 23 September 2014

My senior year started off with a bang. I didn’t have very much time to kick it into high gear on my time management skills, as I became involved with a number (read “too many”) activities this year.

Last year I was in Phi Sigma Pi, a coed National Honor Society, and was a scuba diving teaching assistant. In addition to those, this year I am an Engineering Ambassador and a Learning Community Leader; I play intramural soccer; and I am the president of Pi Tau Sigma, the National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

On top of that I started Senior Design this fall, plus my other classes. “I must be crazy for taking on all these activities” and “which organization should I drop to keep my sanity?” were things that initially went through my head this year.

However, as time went on I realized that I couldn’t drop any of them without being disappointed in myself:

  • I love being an Engineering Ambassador and becoming friends with people in other majors as well as having the opportunity to talk to prospective students and their families about why Ohio University and Russ College is the greatest place to be.
  • Being president of an organization also makes me feel accomplished and proud to be a leader of others and to do good things for our school
  • Scuba diving is my get-away from engineering and the opportunity to get to go to Florida every semester for free is never something I could quit!
  • Finally, as a Learning Community Leader I get to interact with freshmen all the time and I appreciate that I get to make them excited about Ohio University and school, as well as being able to sort of live my freshman year again vicariously through them!

There isn’t one thing I would drop and it’s helped me learn to be better organized. Despite how much time they take up and stress they create, I greatly appreciate that I get to be involved in my school and meet tons of new people all the time. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!