Russ College alumni faculty and staff celebrate “Beyond the Bricks”
By Joe Barbaree and Colleen Carow
ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 17. 2011) -- More than 100 alumni, faculty and staff of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology reunited as Ohio University’s Homecoming 2011 took old friends, families and past acquaintances “Beyond the Bricks” – and honored two graduates for their achievements.
Past Russ College graduates -- some who started their days on the bricks well before other alumni who attended were even born -– swapped stories and jokes at the Russ College’s reunion tailgate Saturday before the football game pitting the Bobcats against the Ball State Cardinals.
Many alumni marveled at how much had changed – even in a relatively short time.
“We had to wait for the computer lab,” recalled Fonda Welker, a 1998 graduate now working in transportation engineering in Columbus, Ohio. “Now everybody has a laptop.”
The game brought a memorable football game to mind for Welker. “The team hadn’t won in so long, kids climbed up the goal post and tore it down,” she remembered.
Others recalled what drew them to the university and continues to bring them back.
“I’ve always loved the campus,” said Cindy Williams, a 1994 computer science grad. “A lot of campuses I looked at were really urban.”
Russ College alumni Carla Lucchino, a 1982 master’s of industrial systems engineering grad who is currently the assistant for administration to the secretary of the Navy, and Louis Overstreet, a 1967 civil engineering grad who is retired executive director of Las Vegas Urban Chamber of Commerce, both received medal of merit honors from the Alumni Association Friday night.
The award honors alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields.