WATCH: Student Body President Welcomes Students to Campus
Joe Blizzard shares some events that students won’t want to miss this fall.
Date: 8/19/2013 7:59:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
UC Student Body President Joe Blizzard has spent the summer working on campus to gear up for a spectacular fall semester, including a fireworks and foam party sponsored by Student Government and the Office of the President that will take place from 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m., beginning Friday, Aug. 23, on Sigma Sigma Commons.
Blizzard is a 22-year old chemical engineering major and University Honors Student from Inglewood, Ohio, near Dayton. The Cincinnatus founders level scholarship recipient is the oldest of four brothers – one of them, Jacob, will be starting as a freshman in biomedical engineering at UC this fall. “We’ll have the same advisor,” Joe says.
Blizzard has been active in Student Government since his freshman year as well as with his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. “From the time I was in high school, I knew it was just as important to gain learning outside the classroom,” says Blizzard. “I think that’s especially important for college. Getting involved adds a new dimension to the student’s education. You can meet a lot of people, build your network and set yourself up for future success.”
Blizzard says initially, it was UC’s co-op program that drew him to the university. UC is the founder of cooperative education. Blizzard worked two co-ops as a process improvement engineer at Dow Chemical as well as at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati.
His other campus involvement included playing club volleyball, serving as an assistant coach for the women’s varsity volleyball team and volunteering as a ROAR tour guide for UC Admissions.
Blizzard also pursued international experiences through UC – strategies emphasized in the UC Academic Master Plan to build a global university. With financial support from the University Honors Program for academically talented students, he traveled to Haiti in 2011 with the student group, Serve Beyond Cincinnati. The group worked in a town just east of Port-au-Prince to build a home for a family that had been displaced from the 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti.
His role in Student Government is gaining ground toward building a greener campus. After seeking input from students, UC Dining Services is working toward eliminating Styrofoam cartons as to-go containers. Stadium View Café, which introduced its “to go” program in 2011, will now provide reusable containers at no cost to meal plan holders. Students can bring back their used container and receive a clean container for their next meal-on-the-go. Blizzard adds that Student Government also will be building better awareness about competitions among the residence halls to use less energy.
Blizzard says Student Government will be sponsoring a Bearcats bus trip to Champaign, Ill., on Sept. 7, for student fans to watch the Bearcats take on the Fighting Illini. He adds that the home games are even more special as fans stream in to Nippert Stadium. “It’s like you’re in the middle of a small town and the school stadium is right there.”
Student Government also will be organizing the traditional Battle of the Bat softball game on Sept. 13, as students take on the UC administration in a game of softball.
“I used to think of college as getting my degree and getting a job, but it’s so much more,” says Blizzard. “There’s a wealth of opportunity for students here, not just in getting involved in student organizations, but also joining the activities around Cincinnati.”