The School of Media Arts & Studies in conjunction with the Communication & Development Program recently concluded the first week of fall semester on August 28th with the annual graduate student picnic.
The annual potluck was held at Sugar Bush Farm in Athens, Ohio which is a member of the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative (AOZWI). The event was a wonderful opportunity for faculty, family, and graduate students to hike, take a hayride, and make new friends. Some 70 guests were hosted by Don and Mary Anne Flournoy - supported by other faculty/spouses - offering hayrides, hikes, outdoor games, food and conversation.
Bukky Shaba, a first year graduate student in Communication and Development, said about the event: “(The picnic) was special for me because it's the first real fun and sense of community I've had since I arrived in Athens from Nigeria 2 weeks back. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to eat so much food and have great doses of much needed laughter. The ride up the hill was probably one of the best experiences I've had this year."
Ph.D. student Jennifer Bell also said, “It’s our fourth year coming. In that time we’ve watched our son grow from a nine-month-old trying to walk around with help from Dr. Riggs, to the inquisitive little chap everyone met on Friday, he LOVED the hayride, talked about it all weekend and wants to know when we’re getting our own tractor!”
Steve Ross, Director of the School of Dance, Film and Theater, College of Fine Arts said, “'What a beautiful setting and what a great event. Many thanks from the Film Division contingent. May there be many more gatherings.”
MDIA and ComDev faculty were thrilled to once again wrap up the first week of the semester at Sugar Bush Farm and wish all their students a wonderful fall semester.