A Summer Surveying
One of my favorite memories was when we went to Johnsonville, NJ for a month of surveying. It was part of the Supplement Term we had for the Summer after our Frosh Year.
Beside learning how to lay our a road, make topographical surveys and do leveling runs I also learned how to play a pretty good game of Ping Pong! There were 10 of us assigned to a cabin which helped a great deal of camaraderie and some competition between cabins as to who would get the better scores for a specific project.
Our team comprised of Arnie, Pete, Rudy, and me. After Graduation Rudy and I, both Sigma Nu Brothers, swapped being Best Man at each other's wedding.
A memorable start of our camp life was when about 90% of the class came down with Poison Ivy within 2-3 days after arrival. Calamine lotion was a daily ritual for most of the summer. Being from the City for most of us, who knew one leaf from another!
After finishing a day of surveying there was the camp lake where you could go for a nice swim. I still have my surveying notebook as we took all notes with a 6H pencil which was as hard as nails and seemed to never sharpen. Yes, those were just some of the memorable days of my Stevens life that I thoroughly enjoyed to this very day.
- George Hromnak '54