Monday, December 8, 2014

Doggone good day for recent campus visitor

Baby Girl, a 2-year-old boxer mix, recently visited campus, along with her friends from the Ross County Humane Society.

“We were invited to OU-C as part of our outreach effort to try to get the word out to the community about the animals we have available for adoption as well as volunteer opportunities,” said Janie Rhoads, executive director of the local humane society.

The college visit was part of the humane society’s comprehensive approach to finding homes for its residents.  “We want to generate excitement about our animals to help find potential homes, and college students are a natural when it comes to creating this type of buzz,” Rhoads said.

The local shelter is looking for individuals interested in providing permanent or temporary foster homes, as well as volunteers to help with operations. There are opportunities to become involved with animal care such as walking dogs or to help in other areas, such as community outreach and publicity.

Individuals can help spread the word by ‘liking’ the organization’s Facebook page. More information is available on its web site:

The human society recently marked the one-year anniversary of not euthanizing any animals because of space limitations, and it looks to extend that mark. Further, a donation container will be available in the Bennett Hall lobby for those wishing to support the human society.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Students in first cohort of BASE nursing program achieve 100 percent pass rate on professional licensure exam

OU-C nursing programs continue to make the grade.

Students of the first cohort of a forward-thinking nursing program at OU-C are making the grade with flying colors when it comes to career preparedness.

The 15 graduates of the first class of the BASE (Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Direct Entry Second Degree Education) program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) exam.

Each graduate is now licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) and eligible to pursue a career in the field of nursing. The graduates have obtained employment in a variety of health-care settings, and five of the 15 graduates have been hired by Adena Regional Medical Center, the host site for much of the program.

“The 100 percent pass rate is a true testament to the strength of our program and the quality of our professors' instruction as they prepared the students for such a rigorous examination,” said Camille Leadingham, associate professor of nursing. “The quality of instruction, clinical experience, realistic practice opportunities and the way the students’ exams were written were a major contribution to the students’ success. We have quality instructors with years of experience and a passion for educating future nurses.”

Beyond classroom instruction, the students received practical training.

“Our partnership with Adena Regional Medical Center provided a virtual hospital and lab area where students could learn and practice skills. The clinical sites provided ample opportunity for students to care for a variety of patients,” Leadingham said.

The innovative program, which was launched in the fall of 2012, allows students who hold at least a bachelor's degree in various majors to pursue accelerated study toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) in as few as five semesters, spanning approximately two years.

The curriculum is based on the traditional BSN program, with course enhancements for accelerated study. The curriculum also allows for master’s degree coursework that can be transferred to any Master of Science in Nursing program.

Most classes were offered in the PACCAR Medical Education Center on the campus of the Adena Medical Center as well as some on the OU-C campus.

The current cohort is underway, and the students will graduate in December 2015.

The program is a result of a $750,000 grant that Ohio University secured from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a federal government agency, to support the launch of the BASE program.

Gough Arts Memorial Collection to be held Dec. 13

The dedication of the Gough Arts Memorial Collection will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 13 in the Stevenson Center Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event is free and open to the public.

The non-circulating collection includes approximately 125 books -- primarily involving art, Celtic and garden topics – that were owned by Kathryn Gough and which inspired her during her artistic endeavors. The books are donated by her parents, and the collection continues to grow.

Kathryn Gough, who passed away in 2011, was an accomplished local artist whose impact reached beyond her local roots. She was born in 1968 to Joy (Olcott) and Alan Gough of Chillicothe.

While earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts cum laude from Columbus College of Art and Design, Kathryn Gough was invited to exhibit her paintings at the Nicolae Gallerie in Columbus and went on to host solo shows there.

Kathryn’s paintings celebrate the natural world and the harmony that can be experienced when connecting to it. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows throughout Ohio and beyond. Her work can be found in many private collections through the United States, as well as the public collections of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Southern State Community College and Shawnee State University.

Beyond the dedication, other highlights of the program will include a display of the Hopewell Ball ornament that was created for the White House Christmas tree in 2007 and a presentation by Bruce Lombardo, “The Arts and Achievements of the Hopewell Culture.” A reception will follow.

Beyond local shows at the Pump House, she has had several shows in the Nicolae Gallerie, Gallery V and the Keny Galleries in Columbus.

Lombardo currently works for Hopewell Cultural National Historical Park in Chillicothe. He is the founder of The Heartland Earthworks Conservatory, which strives to preserve the ancient earthworks of Ohio's mound-building cultures as well as raise citizen awareness and stewardship of these rapidly disappearing sites.

Lombardo has worked in various conservation and education positions throughout the world during his 30-plus year long career. He has a particular enthusiasm for birds, especially their songs. His love of nature has often carried him off to faraway places, and Lombardo has worked in Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Zimbabwe and, most recently, South Africa.

Chillicothe Campus students discuss preparations for finals, plans for the ensuing semester break

We occasionally speak with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their perspective on life at OU-C. With the end of fall semester approaching, we asked about their take on finals and winter break.

“I do not really know about finals. I am freaking out about a couple of finals where I am not sure what to expect. But, I just need to study and relax,” said Lindsay Brown, a post-secondary option

program (PSEOP) student from Logan Elm High School. “I have no plans for break other than to just relax.”

Fellow PSEOP student Hannah Baker of Circleville High School said, “In terms of finals, I am OK. I
am worried about math, but if I study, I should be fine. Over break, I will be applying for scholarships to attend college next fall.”

“Two of my finals will be hard. Other than that, it should not be too difficult,” said Haley Welsh, a
nursing student from Logan Elm High. Once the semester ends, she will go back to her part-time job. “During break, I will just work at the Dairy Shed in Laurelville.”

 Caleb Bright, a PSEOP student from Westfall High School, is not sweating finals. “Finals look good
right now, and I am not too concerned. As for break, I will just be hanging out and happy to not be doing schoolwork.”

“Things are looking good for finals. I have been doing pretty well in class,” said Zachary Atwood, a
business major from Chillicothe High School. Once the semester ends, he will concentrate on his craft as a sandwich artist at the local Subway restaurant.