It’s That Time of Year Again: Athens Beautification Day

If you have ever traveled to the city of Athens, located in the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio, home to Ohio University, you would have to agree it is nothing short of picturesque. I am proud to call this charming town home, at least until June.


Ohio University College Green.

As an ambassador to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism I get the chance to meet with prospective students and their parents. The one thing I hear from these high school students and their parents time and time again is just how beautiful and alluring our campus is. I can’t help but beam with pride every time I hear that. I love Ohio University for many reasons, one being the pleasant, scenic campus. College green is always abuzz in the fall and spring, occupied with students, some reading on the lawns, some lying on blankets listening to their iPods, while others juggle balls, walk tight ropes, and joggle knives. It’s an eclectic campus.

Keeping Athens, and Ohio University, Beautiful

Organized and facilitated by the Off-Campus Life Commission of Ohio University Student Senate, lead by Thomas Raabe, as well as The Athens NEWS, and Power 105, Athens Beautification Day presents an opportunity for students and other volunteers to take part in maintaining our lovely city and campus.

This year, Athens Beautification Day, falls on the Sunday following the infamous Palmer Fest taking place on Saturday, and the lesser-known Palmer Place Fest, happening on Friday. That being said, I anticipate the event will need a good number of volunteers to help clean up campus. According to the EventBrite page, volunteers will be working on a number of projects, ranging from “planting flowers and mulching trees, to clearing brush and picking up trash.” A team of about 40 students will be assigned to spruce up and beautify Palmer Street, as well as Kern Street, Oak Street, Hocking Street, Elliot Street and the surrounding area. In addition to the clean up happening on campus, students will get to work on projects at places such as The Dairy Barn, The Ridges, Stroud’s Run State Park, Passion Works, Athens Historical Society, and the Wildlife Center.

ImageMe and my learning community students, hiking at The Ridges.


ImageMy friends and I enjoying a sunny day at Stroud’s Run, a favorite hangout in the spring.


ImageStudents volunteer at the 2011 Athens Beautification Day. Photo by Katharine Egli.


ImageOhio University College of Arts & Sciences ambassadors at Athens Beautification Day in 2009.

Get Your Hands Dirty, Register for ABD! 

Visit to register today! The last day recommended for registration is Friday, April 27. In addition to getting that warm-fuzzy feeling the comes from knowing your helping maintain Athens, volunteers will also receive a free t-shirt, coffee from Donkey, and Kiser’s BBQ!

If you’re part of an organization, or even if you just want to volunteer with your friends or roommates, you can all register together, up to 15 participants, ensuring you’ll be assigned to the same project. This is such a great opportunity to bond with team members in your organization, or experience an awesome event with friends and roommates, all while helping the Athens community. I am excited to take part in the 8th annual Athens Beautification Day, which I will be volunteering at with my friends in PRSSA! I hope you’ll join in, too, helping to keep Athens radiant as ever!


Friday Finds: 20 April

Happy Friday, readers! Every Friday I will be posting my favorite finds of the week: fun and fascinating blog posts, photography, food recipes, fashion, art, technology, world//national//local news and anything else I find intriguing and worth sharing.

This week, with Earth Day coming up on Sunday, I’ve decided to feature web content featuring green products, ideas for upcycling, and amazing photography of our fabulous Mother Earth and its inhabitants! Enjoy.

Green Living//Green Products

In Milan, Italy soon inhabitants will be able to live in a forest in the sky. The towers, known as Bosco Verticale, are currently under construction. The photo below is the artist’s current vision for the 27-floor apartment buildings, which will also be home to 730 trees and 16,000 other shrubs and plants.

If you’re into ecofriendly fashion, check out these finds:

Chloe + Isabel created this bangle set, made from organic metals.


I found this bracelet on Etsy. According to the artist, “Each bangle is hand formed from 100% ecofriendly recycled sterling silver wire and then hand-hammered and tumbled for shine and strength.”

This watch, from WeWood, is made from 100% natural wood and is free from toxic chemicals. Bonus? How about the fact that for every time piece WeWood sells, they plant a tree! And don’t worry about where the wood for these fun watches comes from, according to their website [and philosophy statement] they are made from “mostly scrap-wood and uses state-of-the-art Miyota movements for the guts, resulting in a unique watch that’s handsome, earth-friendly, and splash-proof.” Fun!

The products from Chikumbuso have a special place in my heart, as I spent three and a half weeks in Zambia with the Institute for International Journalism, and was fortunate enough to meet some of the amazing women who make these products, and the children they benefit.

Above is a photo I took at Chikumbuso, featuring one of the widows knitting a bag together. Below is a photo from their website of the finished product. I highly endorse all of their products, ranging from stunning jewelry to the fun, fashionable [and ecofriendly] bags! And yes, I personally own one of these and I love it! :)


Great Ideas for Upcycling: The process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

Love these two ideas for upcycling wine corks. The first, from Two Twenty One, uses corks as decór around candles, beautiful! The second, from greenUPGRADER, recommends carving designs on one end of the cork and using it as a stamp.

Another fun item to use in upcycling projects are buttons. Here is an idea from Etsy, using buttons as custom artwork:


Fabulous Photos of Our Mother Earth

I am a huge fan of National Geographic. All of the photos from NatGeo are nothing short of stunning. Below is a collection of some of personal favorites.

Tigers in India


A new species of purple crabs found in the Philippines.


West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone


A manatee swimming in a freshwater spring in Crystal River, Florida.


This red squirrel in Poland simply makes my heart melt! Dawh!