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Student Organizations at OU

Hope Bowden

Hope Bowden,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 3 February 2020

My best piece of advice for incoming students is to get involved! During my time at Ohio University, I have been involved in numerous organizations and have found my bobcat family through these orgs.

One club that has helped me greatly is the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering. During my time with this organization, I have had the opportunity to attend two regional conferences.

IISE Conference

Both of these conferences allowed me to network with ISE students from all across Ohio and Michigan. There also were speakers that talked about what they have done with their major post-graduation. Last year the conference focused on additive manufacturing and other jobs that were not necessarily following a traditional ISE path. This gave me a chance to see what is possible for me besides just manufacturing.

Student orgs also give students a chance to take a break from classes and their major and try something new. For example, I am currently learning how to be a coxswain for the Men’s Rowing Crew. This is something I did not picture myself doing during my college career, but I am so excited to try something new. With this club, I also have a group that gets me to the gym most of the week to make sure I stay in shape. I am looking forward to this new organization and I cannot wait to see my progress this season!

Student Senate, from Environmental Affairs to President

Lydia Ramlo

Lydia Ramlo,
Senior, Civil Engineering (Russ College) and Environmental Studies (Honors Tutorial College)

Athens, OH 28 October 2019

One of the best decisions I have made during my time at Ohio University was joining Student Senate. After my first year, I switched my majors from theater and social work to civil engineering and environmental studies. I was looking to join an organization that aligns with my new majors. A friend told me I should look into the Environmental Affairs Commission on Student Senate.

During my time as Vice-Commissioner of Environmental Affairs, I helped organize the first Environmental Justice Summit on campus as well as found a new Bobcat family. Through my four years in Senate, I was the Environmental Affairs Commissioner, Treasurer, and now, President.

This organization has made me into the person I am today. I have been challenged as well as rewarded. Now, as I walk around campus, I can see the reusable bags and to-go boxes I helped implement. I also run into people I met through this organization from my fellow student leaders to OHIO’s administrators across campus.

OHIO Student Senate

The best part of Student Senate is being able to help my fellow Bobcats. I love when people come into our office whether it is to grab a free blue book, ask a SAC question, or talk about an issue or concern.

Whenever I am asked “You’re an engineer. Why are you in Student Senate?” I do not know where to begin. Usually, my answer is “Because I am now a better engineer because of it.”

Cru Fall Retreat

JKay Dunlevy

Kay Dunlevy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 27 October 2019

Outside of class, I am involved in a Christian organization on campus called Cru. Every year, Cru holds Fall Retreat at Scioto Hills. The whole weekend is packed full of fun (ultimate pumpkin tournament, ziplining, etc.), and a chance for students to deepen their relationships with God and each other.

This was my fourth Fall Retreat, and I look forward to it every year—it’s such a fun and refreshing way to spend time away from school! Since I’m a senior and this was my last Fall Retreat, it was especially meaningful to me, but there were three things that really stuck out:

  1. I spent lot of time with my roommates (below), who I met through Cru as a freshman and who have been some of my closest friends throughout college. We’re all in different majors and are really busy during the week, so it was great to catch up with them!
  2. Cru Retreat

  3. One of my favorite activities at Scioto Hills is the Goliath Swing (below). I hate heights, and I always freak out as I get strapped into a harness, pulled up way too high, and have to yank the release cord that sends me swinging out over a pond. It’s terrifying, but it’s also SO much fun!!!
  4. Cru Retreat

  5. Normally outside speakers are brought in, but this year many of us already knew the speakers since they had worked for Cru at OU in the past. It was great to see them again, and a lot of what they spoke about was really powerful. Their talks provoked a lot of good discussion throughout the weekend, and I felt continually challenged to grow in my faith.

Overall, it was a great weekend. Cru has provided me with some of the most fun and meaningful times I have had in college, and I’m glad that my last Fall Retreat was one to remember.

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!