• Community Profiles

    Nelsonville, Ohio: Virtual Reality Community Profile

    The city of Nelsonville was settled in 1814 by Daniel Nelson and was officially incorporated in 1838. The city has always been known for its mining exports in the 19th and 20th century but the city has recently tried to re-frame their narrative. It is currently going through a revival with its efforts in the Arts. They have redone the art district of the city and have completely reinvented their downtown area in order to become a gem of the Appalachian community. We chose to cover this city for this reason and the great strides the city has taken to turn from a small mining town to a center of…

  • Blogs

    OHIO Giving Day

    Today was the first annual OHIO Giving Day at Ohio University! If there’s one thing Bobcats love, it’s being a Bobcat and supporting Ohio University. The 24-hour online campaign is designed to create funding for multiple Ohio University causes, such as: sustainability, community, student support, bobcat spirit, diversity and inclusion, and academic excellence. It encourages alumni, students, faculty, friends, and family to donate to the cause they care about the most. According to the OHIO Giving Day website, almost 1,000 Bobcats have raised over $143,000 to their favorite causes at Ohio University. However, the campaign runs until midnight tonight, and the hope is to raise $200,000 before the day is…

  • Blogs

    Doctors Are Using VR to do Mock Surgeries

    You’ve probably heard of flight simulation, but what about surgery simulation? Well, it’s happening and it’s revolutionizing how doctors train for operations. This simulation provides doctors with the option to get more practice before the operating room. It’s also making surgeon training safer. The program simulates the experience of a real surgery with the user being equipped with virtual instruments, a virtual operating room, and a virtual patient.  Dr. Peter Sculco, who is the co-chair of the BioSkills Education Lab at the Hospital for Special Surgery, said in an interview with CBS New York that he can see the true value in virtual reality surgeries. “Patients can be sure that…

  • Blogs

    Timber On College Green

    During our Valley Reality Showcase event on Sunday, April 14, a nasty storm swept through Southeast Ohio and more specifically, Ohio University.  A tornado warning was issued early in the day up until 8 p.m.. Ironically, one of the stories being showcased at the event was about a tornado that swept through Athens in 2010. Although there was no actual tornado on Sunday, winds were still strong enough to open closed doors and even cause a hefty amount of damage.  Trash was thrown through the streets of Athens and tree branches were all over the roads causing cars to swerve to avoid any damage. But most importantly, Ohio University lost…

  • Blogs

    Valley Reality Showcase 2019

    Attendees could view local communities, such as The Plains and Nelsonville, using virtual reality technology at the Valley Reality Showcase. The Valley Reality Showcase took place on Sunday, April 14, at Albany Café.  During the event, members of different teams presented their final projects, showcasing several communities surrounding Athens, Ohio, and Ohio University.  Albany Café, known for their famous “Sweet Potato Waffle Waffle Fries,” was the perfect place to host the event.  The location itself even brought in a handful of people to see the communities that were presented on. A couple who passed through had actually attended school in the used-to-be elementary school where the Café is located.  The…

  • Community Profiles

    The Great Athens Rebuild

    In 2010, a tornado ripped through The Plains and tore apart everything in its wake.   Not even one year later, Athens High School had rebuilt its entire athletic facility as a result, and the finished product is stunning.   https://www.thinglink.com/video/1172961748404142083 The Great Athens RebuildInfogram

  • Community Profiles

    The Heart of Nelsonville

    Nelsonville was originally settled in 1814 in what would become the Hocking Hills region. Now, Nelsonville is known for the one-star brick, Rocky Boots and their historic town square. From an opera house to coffee shops the historic square has a place for everyone. The square has always been a hub for local commerce, and as the businesses have changed the members of the community value it all the same. Kids today and yesterday have used the square for a place of gathering and are now beginning to be a part of the local economy. Click the video below to experience a virtual tour of the Nelsonville square or click…

  • Community Profiles,  VR

    Albany, Ohio: Virtual Reality Community Profile

    Albany, Ohio, is a place of food, football and family, and one stoplight. Located 11 miles southwest of Athens, Albany’s population is just 907 people. It is the Alexander School District home to the Spartans and the most educated school in southeastern Ohio. For this virtual reality project, we focused on local sites that give the village much of its charm. Albany Cafe is a staple for after-church lunch and a place to just gather with friends, located in the old Alexander Consolidated School on Washington Road. Deputy’s Pizza is claimed to be the “best pizza on earth” as described by our interviewees, and the Spartans’ football field is where…

  • Community Profiles

    The Plains, Ohio: Virtual Reality Community Profile

    The Plains is a hidden gem located in Southeast Ohio full of great food, culture, and history. The Plains has a population of 3,080. The Plains was originally referred to as the local region where mound builders lived and built their signature Indian mounds. The Plains has a total area of 2.3 square miles. It is home to several popular restaurants, a public community library, 2 schools, and a nature preserve. Click on the numbered tabs above for an interactive experience and 360 degree virtual reality tour of The Plains.

  • Blogs

    Albany Cafe Serves Next-Level Fries

    The title “Sweet Potato Waffle Waffle Fries” should stick out on a menu itself, but it’s not the primary way people learn about them. “A lot of people aren’t sure what they are,” Albany Cafe waitress Peggy Hartley said. “People catch on by smelling them as they come out of the kitchen.” For the last year or so, Albany Cafe has served an appetizer with levels. They aren’t just fries. They aren’t just sweet potato fries. They aren’t just sweet potato waffle fries. They are sweet potato waffle fries dipped in waffle batter, adding for an extra sweetness and unique flavor combination. Sysco, one of Albany Cafe’s distributors, brought in…