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Russ College names engineering ambassadors

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 29, 2004) -- Some of the brightest stars of the university's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology were selected to represent their fellow students as engineering ambassadors for the 2004-2005 academic year.

The 16 students from eight different majors were chosen for their outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the college and university. Ambassador duties include recruiting students, promoting the college to alumni and friends and representing their departments at engineering functions.

"These students are among the best, brightest and professionally aware that the Russ College has to offer. They will make superb ambassadors for the university as a whole," said Dennis Irwin, dean of the Russ College.

Ambassadors, who are paid a stipend for their work, are chosen by the college's dean, faculty and current engineering ambassadors. A quarter of this year's ambassadors are returning to serve a second year.

"I've remained an ambassador because I enjoyed the experience last year," said Tom Moehring, a returning ambassador and this year's president. "The program is important because it adds a student perspective to the admissions and recruitment efforts."

Established in 2000, the program is sponsored annually by the college's advisory board, academic departments, the dean's office and an endowment from Beth Stocker, wife of the late Paul K. Stocker, a Russ College alumnus.

Ellen Armstrong, a first-time ambassador, said she looks forward to the personal interaction her duties require. "It's a wonderful opportunity to represent the Russ College and share my experience with prospective students. I love to meet new people and help out in any way I can."

Engineering ambassadors for the 2004-2005 academic year are:

  • Blake Andrews, a civil engineering major from South Vienna, Ohio
  • David Andrews, a computer science major from Seville, Ohio
  • Ellen Armstrong, a civil engineering major from Jackson, Ohio
  • Elizabeth Cellar, a chemical engineering major from Ashland, Ohio (returning ambassador)
  • Eric Franz, an industrial and systems engineering major from Milford, Ohio
  • Kimberly Frye, a chemical engineering major from Chesapeake, Ohio
  • Johann Gebauer, an aviation-flight major from Amelia, Ohio
  • Kyle Edward Gerhardstein, an industrial technology major from Austintown, Ohio
  • Mollie Harr, an electrical engineering major from Columbus, Ohio (returning ambassador)
  • Amanda Langsdorf, an electrical engineering major from New Matamoras, Ohio (returning ambassador)
  • Thomas Moehring, a mechanical engineering major from Parma, Ohio (returning ambassador)
  • Rusty Philpot, an aviation-flight major from Ross, Ohio
  • Mary Elizabeth Pozydaev, a mechanical engineering major from Fairview Park, Ohio
  • Sadie Roth, an industrial and systems engineering major from Napoleon, Ohio
  • Blair Schueler, an industrial technology major from Huron, Ohio
  • Jim Wyllie, a computer science major from Novelty, Ohio

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, educates well-rounded professionals with both technical and team-project skills. The Russ College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across the traditional engineering spectrum and in technology disciplines such as aviation, computer science, and industrial technology. Research areas currently receiving significant funding include avionics, distributed and secure computing, fuel cells, oil and gas pipeline corrosion, and environmental pipes and culverts. Named for alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife Dolores, the Russ College is home of the Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/engineering.  

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Media Contacts: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740)593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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