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The 2013-2014 Engineering Ambassadors were inducted in a pinning ceremony Thursday morning.

The 2013-2014 Karol A. and JoAnn Ondick Engineering Ambassadors were inducted in a pinning ceremondy Thursday morning.

Photographer: Rebecca F. Miller

Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin and Nichole Lowe

Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin presented a pin to the new Engineering Ambassadors, including senior chemical and biomolecular engineering student Nichole Lowe.

Photographer: Rebecca F. Miller

Dean Irwin shares breakfast with the Engineering Ambassadors

Dean Irwin shares breakfast with the Engineering Ambassadors following the pinning ceremony.

Photographer: Rebecca F. Miller

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Fourteenth class of Ohio University Engineering Ambassadors initiated

A group of engineering and technology students at Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology rose extra early Thursday to line up and receive their pins from Dean Dennis Irwin, formally inducting them into the Karol A. and Joann Ondick Engineering Ambassadors Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.

This fourteenth class Engineering Ambassadors, selected by Russ College faculty and their peers for their leadership skills and academic and personal accomplishments, will spend the school year as student leaders and college representatives by hosting prospective student tours, distinguished alumni, and representing OHIO at local and national events. Dean Irwin hosts the annual breakfast pinning ceremony each fall.

"I'm really looking forward to the possibilities it's opened for me," said inductee and industrial and systems engineering senior Ben Taylor, of Brunswick, Ohio. "The program is a great opportunity because I know it's a group of students that I can depend on. I'm looking forward to working with them and our adviser, Dr. Masel."

Dale Masel, associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, said this kind of energy is what makes the program successful.

"They're very enthusiastic and very excited," he said. "That's really what the position takes: someone who can meet with incoming students and share that enthusiasm and express what kind of place this is."

Engineering Ambassadors are a well-known sight in Stocker Center and the Academic & Research Center, where they lead tours and offer insight and advice to prospective – and even current – students.

"You come here as a senior or junior in high school and you don't know what college is," said Engineering Ambassador President Colton Moran, a senior chemical and biomolecular engineering student from Troy, Ohio. "You don't know what the environment is. Ambassadors show you, 'This is what college here is about.' They're a friendly face."

Inductee Nichole Lowe, a chemical and biomolecular engineering senior from Cincinnati, was an Ohio University tour guide last year and found the opportunity to help potential Russ College students attractive for this year.

"I liked the whole idea of helping prospective students have an opportunity to get to know what it's like at the Russ College," she said. "I like the fact that I'm giving back and helping those who are in the situation I was in when in high school."

Ambassadors are active all year as the face of the Russ College, maintaining a blog of activities (www.ohio.edu/engineering/ambassadors/blog); leading Q&A sessions at recruiting events for prospective students; hosting alumni at Homecoming and other events; interacting with prospective students at regional and national engineering events and during Russ College tours; coordinating leadership programs; doing an annual local street clean up; and participating in a presentation skills seminar led by engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi.

With so many opportunities to connect with prospective students, the Ohio University community and alumni, the Engineering Ambassadors develop communication skills that serve them beyond their college years and into their careers.

"Everyone brings his or her own unique piece of knowledge to the group," said Grant Rhue, a senior aviation flight major from Athens, Ohio. "Everyone learns from it and then they know more about one another and how they can share information with prospective students."

The 2013-2014 Engineering Ambassadors are:

·Eric Abboud, of Belmont, Ohio: senior, engineering technology and management

·Sarah Anderson, of Belmont, Ohio: senior, industrial and systems engineering

·Evan Boso, of Strongsville, Ohio: senior, civil engineering

·Joe Cook, of Zanesville, Ohio: senior, civil engineering

·Steven Crane, of Grove City, Ohio: senior, engineering technology and management

·Daron DiSabato, of Worthington, Ohio: senior, electrical engineering

·Rachel Fryan, of Racine, Wis.: senior, computer science

·Claire Hall, of Tiffin, Ohio: junior, chemical and biomolecular engineering

·Patrick Hanlon, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio: junior, electrical engineering

·Scott Kostohryz, of Medina, Ohio: senior, mechanical engineering

·Nichole Lowe, of Cincinnati, Ohio: senior, chemical and biomolecular engineering

·Weston Martin, of Crestline, Ohio: senior, computer science

·Kelly McCoy, of Strongsville, Ohio: senior, aviation

·Connor Mitchell, of Newark, Ohio: senior, industrial and systems engineering

·Colton Moran, of Troy, Ohio: senior, chemical and biomolecular engineering

·Grant Rhue, of Athens, Ohio: senior, aviation

·Marissa Singley, of Latrobe, Pa.: senior, mechanical engineering

·Stephen "Nick" Sparks, of Hilliard, Ohio: junior, civil engineering

·Benjamin Taylor, of Brunswick, Ohio: senior, industrial and systems engineering

Talli Topp, of Kettering, Ohio: senior, mechanical engineering