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Provide Immersive Experiences for Russ Students

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Donate Today To Support Russ College Students' Best Building Blocks: Experience

Ohio University and Russ College aspire to provide all students with a dynamic and transformative learning experience, both inside and outside the classroom. The Russ College Student Activities Fund provides funding to enhance and support student projects while also helping to ease the burden of travel expenses for out-of-state educational conferences and competitions.

NEWS: Russ College team places 1st in 2022 WERC Environmental Design Contest

A team of six chemical engineering students won first place in their task at the 32nd WERC Environmental Design Contest in Las Cruces, N.M. Learn more below

You Can Help Unlock A $1,000 Gift To Support Immersive Experiences for Russ College Students

In support of President Sherman’s focus on Experiential Learning, Ohio University Foundation Trustee Sandy Anderson ’73 has generously stepped up to offer a $1,000 unlocking gift when this campaign reaches its goal of 25 donors.

With the rising cost of higher education across the nation, current students have limited means when it comes to financing their respective educational aspirations. This fundraiser provides students with the ability to address all associated costs and fees while participating in competitions like BAJA and WERC. Additional opportunities are available to students through student activities and groups such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, Global Engineering Projects (formerly Engineers Without Borders), Society of Women Engineers + National Society of Black Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and more.

Students will have the chance to bolster their overall learning experiences while also serving as ambassadors for Ohio University and Russ College.



Please help to provide these transformative experiences for our students by making a gift today! Gifts at any level allow students to participate in future competitions — thank you!


Russ College team places first in WERC Environmental Design Contest

Through collaboration and innovative problem solving, a team of six chemical engineering students won first place in their task at the 32nd WERC Environmental Design Contest in Las Cruces, N.M. 

The team, composed of Rafik Baitamouni, Hagen Childers, Richard Danylo, Rachel Hampp, Mason Link and Emily McCarty, was tasked with creating a solution to remove volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, from contaminated water created in processes used by the oil and gas industry. VOCs are the gasses that are emitted into the air from these processes; they are often harmful to the environment and can even be carcinogenic. 

“One thing that has been difficult these past couple years navigating COVID was a lack of hands-on learning. As an engineering student, I thought that would be all I was doing, but my experience in college so far has been a bit altered. I think this opportunity really helped me reignite my passion for engineering and empowered me to have a bigger presence in the Russ College,” McCarty said.

Read the whole story on OHIO News


Your generous gift to this OHIO campaign will help Russ College students excel in 2022 competitions, and beyond

Your actions now will make the Russ College's goal quickly attainable. Here are four things alumni, families, and students can do to support these experiences:

  • Make a gift here, in support of this Provide Immersive Experiences for Russ Students: Support the Student Activities Fund crowdfunding campaign.
  • Mail a check (payable to The Ohio University Foundation) to The Ohio University Foundation, PO Box 869, Athens, OH 45701; be sure to write Russ Student Activity Fund-Sp on the memo line.
  • Talk with Tim Binegar about a transformational gift to support this fund.
  • If you want to explore making a charitable gift to this campaign with a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), giving via a Donor Advised Fund or stock transfer, please reach out to Nick Belt.
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