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Alumni young and old reconnect at Russ College homecoming tailgate

David Neri | Oct 9, 2016
2016 Homecoming
Photos by Ashley Stottlemyer

Alumni young and old reconnect at Russ College homecoming tailgate

David Neri | Oct 9, 2016

Photos by Ashley Stottlemyer

Hundreds of Russ College alumni reconnected and relaxed in the afternoon sun while enjoying hot dogs and burgers at the College’s annual homecoming tailgate in Tailgreat Park on Saturday.

Two such alumni, Cindi Williams, BSCS ’94, and her husband Gregory Williams, BSEE, MSCS, return to the bricks of Athens each year despite living in Cincinnati.

“We come back for homecoming pretty much every year,” said Cindi. “We do our best to make it most of the years since we graduated.”

Cindi works in the IT department for a Cincinnati-based insurance company, while her husband is employed at a company that works on Android-based applications.

Looking to support their alma mater as well as catch up with bygone friends, the Williams, like other alumni, couldn’t help but note how the University and the Russ College have changed physically during their many returns to campus.

 “There’s pretty much a new building every year,” Cindi pointed out. “The new dorms on South Green and the Academic & Research Center that went up four or five years ago – even the roundabout wasn’t here during our time at OHIO. The University has had a lot of growth since we were here.”

The event was also attended by quite a few recent alumni, such as Josh Frash, BSChE ‘14. Working as a chemical and process engineer for the Chemours Company in Washington, West Virginia, he still lives in Athens and makes the effort to stay connected to his Bobcat roots.

“It’s not that hard to stay in touch with Ohio University and the Russ College. Making the effort to come back for things like homecoming doesn’t require much.”

Another recent graduate, Trevor Bennett, BSCS ’15, who currently works for J.P. Morgan Chase as a software developer, saw the event as a good way to reconnect with friends since his move to Columbus.

“I came back to Athens not just for the game and the parade but mostly to see a lot of people I know.”

Frash encourages his fellow alumni to reach out, reconnect and get involved with the Russ College.

“I would recommend for graduates to stay in touch with Russ College,” Frash said. “They’re doing a lot of good things. You can do it through E-News, social media or by coming to events like this, but it’s important to take pride in what the College has done for us.”

As the tailgate wound down, the Bobcats geared up to defeat the Bowling Green Falcons, with a final score of 30-24.