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Engineering and Technology Day

Haley Nau

Haley Nau,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 27 February 2019

Last weekend, Renaissance Engineering held its second annual Russ College Engineering and Technology Day. Engineering and Technology Day is a day dedicated to educating Athens youth about STEM. This is done by gathering Russ College’s various clubs and having them each set up a booth and create a STEM activity relating to their clubs’ interests. The event is held in the ARC and Stocker and roughly 400 kids attend each year.

This was my first year participating, and I did it on a fluke. Some of my close friends are the heads of Renaissance Engineers and were putting the event together when they asked me for help to gather more clubs. Being roommates with active members of BSNorg (Bachelor’s in Science, Nursing Organization) I had the idea to bring in a club not founded through Russ College. I asked several professors and of course my roommates if this was possible. I was able to get the green light from both sides and that’s how I ended up as volunteering at Engineering and Technology day as a “Nurse”.


The day of the event, the nurses asked if I could specifically work at their booth with them even though I was a generic volunteer. This would mean I would have to wake up a couple hours earlier to help them set up their activity, but they persuaded me into it by telling me I could wear a white nursing coat.


Their booth consisted of making a set of lungs out of paper bags and straws. With the straws taped to the bags (that kids would color as the shape of lungs) the kids were able to see how their lungs expanded and collapsed by blowing in and out of the bags. We were also given permission from the college of nursing to use some of their stethoscopes and blood pressure monitors so the kids could hear their heart beat and learn how the equipment works.

The event lasted until three and by the end we were exhausted, but already talking about the activities that we can do next year. I can’t wait to come back and do it again!

The Tempo Tantrums

Jelena Mrvos

Jelena Mrvos,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 17 October 2018

Throughout my childhood, I have always been involved in musical groups. Whether I was singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, music was always my outlet. I never realized just how important it was to have a creative outlet like that until I got to college.

Freshman year, I made the decision to not participate in anything musical, or even fine arts related. For a while, I didn’t even notice the void it left in my life, because I was so distracted getting acclimated to college life. However, about midway through the year, I realized just how much I missed having music in my life. So, sophomore year, I decided to join an a cappella group.

Tempo Tantrums

The Tempo Tantrums, or TT as I like to call it, is one of two a cappella groups for female-identifying students on campus. Of the two, we are the only group that does not require the enrollment in a choir class. We sing for various events on campus, such as events for student organizations or university occasions. We also perform at Donkey Coffee every semester!

However, the peak of the a cappella calendar is the Spring Invitational, in April. Every a cappella group on campus sings a set at the Memorial Auditorium, and many people come to listen!

I have met so many of my closest friends through TT, and the memories I have made are irreplaceable! Three years in, I am so happy with my decision to join; I couldn’t imagine college without TT!

Cru Fall Retreat

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 16 October 2018

I love the vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges that make fall pop. Our campus has an abundance of these colors when the weather turns colder, and the trees tucked in between university buildings paint the perfect autumn scene.

While I always enjoy the fall foliage during walks to class, this year I got to take in the season at Scioto Hills Camp for a weekend retreat with Cru, a campus ministry. Some highlights of the weekend included bonding with the girls in
my Bible study, spectating Ohio’s largest ultimate pumpkin game, and learning from the event’s speaker.

From staying up late chatting in our cabin to drinking copious amount of coffee with breakfast the next morning, the girls in my Bible study really got to know each other and form close friendships at the retreat. During our free time, we participated in archery, ziplining, and even took the paddle boat for a spin around the pond.

The biggest event of the retreat was the always-rousing game of Ultimate Pumpkin. The rules are similar to ultimate frisbee, but with a twist; instead of a frisbee, a greased pumpkin is used. I watched from the hill as teams of twenty
college students swarmed the greased pumpkin as each team tried to move the pumpkin from one side of the field to the other. Even though the pumpkin broke into pieces, the game went on with seeds and pumpkin guts spewed over the field and players.

Finally, over four sessions, the speaker challenged us to understand the meanings of faith, works, and grace. He said, “Faith is something you can see.” When I returned to campus on Monday, I was sleep-deprived, but at the same time I felt rested and thankful for the time spent enjoying fall, fellowship, and time with God.

Changing Health Attitudes and Actions to Recreate Girls

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 4 October 2018

Since we are about half-way through the semester (which is totally insane to me—time is flying by!) I thought I’d share with you guys this month about a wonderful organization I have been involved with since spring semester of my freshman year. That organization is CHAARG—which stands for “Changing Health Attitudes and Actions to Recreate Girls”.

From a young age I have been very active and involved with sports. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was in sixth grade, I became heavily involved in the health and nutrition world as well.

After high school ended, I feared that I wouldn’t find a community that would fuel my passion for these topics. However, when CHAARG was introduced on our campus, it was the perfect fit. Essentially, CHAARG is a “health and fitness sorority” that any college aged female can join.

Each week of the semester, multiple events are held. Every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 pm, the whole chapter meets to do different workouts led by different fitness instructors throughout the southern Ohio region. It is a great opportunity to discover and perform new workouts, and find a workout that works best for you.

In addition to these chapter workouts, each girl is put into a “small group” at the beginning of the semester for a day and time that best fits her schedule. These groups meet once a week to work out or simply hang out and get to know each other better. It is a wonderful way for girls to form stronger bonds with people in the chapter.

In addition, there are socials, retreats, formals, and date parties held throughout the semester—many of them focusing on nutrition and general wellness.

CHAARG has allowed me to form so many new friendships with wonderful people, all while allowing me to be the best version of myself when it comes to health and fitness. I would encourage any girl to check it out, it’s one of the best things I am a part of here at Ohio University.

Spring Break Trip to Slovenia

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 21 March 2018

In early January, my Spring break plans were the same as every year preceding: I was going home to see my cat. By the third week of the semester, I had a plane ticket to go on a cultural exchange to Ljubljana, Slovenia (the first j is silent and the second j reads like a y).


I’m not sure if it was the beautiful architecture, the fresh, flaky croissants or the unbelievably blue Adriatic Sea, but in just one week I fell whole-heartedly in love with Slovenia.

There were students from both Cru at OU and RealLife at OSU on the cultural exchange. We partnered with an organization called Speak Out Slovenia, which works with high school students to practice English speaking through meaningful, relevant conversation with Americans. A lot of our time was spent in classrooms, giving a short presentation and quiz about school in the US, answering any questions, and learning about Slovene culture.

The quiz tested the Slovene high school students’ knowledge of American high school jargon like senioritis, dance chaperone and senior superlative. The Slovene students taught us (the Americans) about their college entrance exam, the Matura, and flaunted that detention does not exist in Slovenia, among many other things.

During that week, we (the Americans) were divided into groups and met at three different high schools. The school I went to was called Gimnazija Šentvid. One of the major differences between American and Slovene high schools is when it comes to sports. Unlike in America, Slovene sports clubs are not affiliated with a high school or district. However, there are schools like Gimnazija Šentvid that offer classes for student athletes where they can train and condition during their school day.

Another big difference is that in Slovene high school a student stays with the same group of people throughout their day class to class with few exceptions except during senior year. This is very different from how American high schools operate where we have our own individualized schedules.

In addition to speaking with English class students in the schools, we also had after-school activities. On Wednesday, all the teachers in Ljubljana went on strike, so we took a day trip with at least thirty Slovene students to Piran, a coast town on the Adriatic Sea. We were split into groups with both Slovenes and Americans and sent on a photo scavenger hunt to see all the sights the lovely town had to offer.


Piran was my personal favorite. Looking out across the sea, in one direction I saw Italy and in the other Croatia. We climbed to the highest point in the town, where we could look out at the point and snap a picture of the terracotta rooftops and breathtaking horizon.

Our last day in Slovenia was spent at Lake Bled. The lake was nestled majestically in the frosted mountains. From a castle that loomed over the lake to the small island church located in the middle of the lake, it was like something out of a fairy tale.


We hiked higher and higher to take the best pictures and to try to capture the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Lake Bled was also a prized destination thanks to its authentic dessert shop that supposedly has the best kremsnita (cream cake) in Slovenia.


Overall, there was a lot to love about Slovenia. I hope I have the opportunity to go back and visit this beautiful country and the friends I made through Speak Out. This trip had a tremendous impact on me through immersive learning about another culture. Even though it was a break from class, it definitely was not a break from learning. However, when you are gazing across the Adriatic or enjoying a delectable croissant, it’s not so bad.

Bishop Visit: Liturgy & Lunch

Cami Jones

Cami Jones,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 7 November 2017

This past Sunday, the Ohio University Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) was blessed to celebrate the Divine Liturgy served by His Grace, Bishop Paul of the Orthodox Church in America, with the St. Ephraim’s chapel community in Athens, OH.

It was an unseasonably warm, bright, and colorful November morning as members of the community formally welcomed His Grace with traditional gifts. The parish community brought forth bread and salt, a symbol of hospitality in eastern Europe, while the youth of the church presented flowers. Although the OCF has not been around long enough to have a “traditional” gift of its own, we brought forth fresh fruit for His Grace as a symbol that the OCF is a fruit of the labors of the church community which also aims to be fruitful in growing the faith of college students.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

As the Divine Liturgy was served, the chapel itself was filled with a special warmth and beauty as community members of all ages and backgrounds came together to joyfully worship our Lord. The incense was especially sweet, the clergy’s vestments shown as with the light of Christ, and the choir offered up beautifully embellished hymns of praise — all to remind us that the Lord is always in our midst.

As college students, it can be so difficult (yet is imperative) to look past the ever-present mountains of school work and social pressures. But it is by doing so that we may be reminded of the Kingdom of God. Only then will we regain our eternal perspective and be renewed in our pursuits to serve our God and our neighbors with love.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Thankfully, our community blessed us with an opportunity to do just that. At the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, everyone was invited to a luncheon served in honor of His Grace. This was a time of fellowship and relaxation that could not have been more timely — our second round of midterms just ended! We all left the event closer in friendship and renewed in spirit.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

The OCF is a relatively new student organization on campus that my fiancé and I work closely with and are excited to see growing. The opportunity to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with one of the patriarchs of the Church (who came all the way from Chicago, IL) was a wonderful signal that though we may be a small community, we are always a part of something much larger.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Organizations Are a College Game-Changer

Gyasi Calhoun

Gyasi Calhoun,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 18 September 2017

Student Organizations are a game-changer because of the networking benefits and the travel opportunities, and because they force you out of your comfort zone.

When looking back at my college career I can honestly say that having the ability to meet like-minded individuals who are trying to overcome or who overcame similar—if not the same—obstacles, and going along the same academic path can be priceless, and unique. Being in the right student organization can allow you to travel the country if not the world if the opportunity presents itself and trust me, it will.

When I was a freshman I had never been on an airplane before, or to the state of California, but because of NSBE (The National Society of Black Engineers), I was given the opportunity to do both…for free! I attended the annual NSBE National Conference which was held in Orange County California and it was a time I won’t ever forget and will truly cherish.

I was able to meet other students in Computer Science and other engineering fields, interviewed with the CIA, networked with Google and Apple Recruiters, and even ran into someone I knew from high school. Moreover, if I hadn’t gotten out of my comfort zone and been involved with this organization and other organizations around campus, my college perspective, and experience would have been dulled to say the least.