Wednesday, June 21, 2017

OUC to host special tribute, display artwork of Kathryn Gough

A special tribute for esteemed local artist, the late Kathryn Gough, will be held June 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Ohio University Chillicothe Stevenson Center with remarks by Dr. Kenneth Breidenbaugh, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts. The event is open to the public.

Breidenbaugh will discuss the important legacy that Gough left to the art world as well as her ties to the Chillicothe community.
Gough’s art work and personal book collections will be on display throughout the remainder of the month in the Quinn Library and Stevenson Center gallery. Darren Baker, OUC Associate Lecturer of Art, curated the show of Gough’s work, which depicts scenery from the region as well as a mix of Celtic and mystic symbolism. Kathryn’s paintings draw upon and celebrate the natural world and the harmony that can be experienced when connecting to it.

Kathryn Gough was born in 1968 to Joy (Olcott) and Alan Gough in Chillicothe. Both Gough’s parents were artist and her and her brother were able to draw their abilities from the talents in their genes as well as hone their skills from visits to museums, galleries and exposure to art collector’s homes.

Kathryn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts form Columbus College of Art and Design, graduating cum laude. She was a celebrated artist and was invited to exhibit her paintings at the Nicolae Gallerie in Columbus and at many other shows throughout Ohio and beyond. Her work can be found in private collections in the United States and in pubic collections of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Southern State Community College and Shawnee State University.

Gough passed away in 2011 and is celebrated locally for her artistic accomplishments and impact in the region.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Trube to present at international conference on mentoring in London

Dr. Mary Barbara Trube, Ohio University Chillicothe professor and program coordinator for Early Childhood Education, will be presenting at the 7th International Mentoring and Coaching Research Conference at Greenwich University in London, United Kingdom June 14 through 15, 2017.

 The theme of this year’s conference is “putting research at the heart of practice,” whereby keynote speakers, expert panelists and more than 20 session speakers such as Dr. Trube will contribute to the international discourse on identifying best practices in an increasingly globalized and complex world.

 Her presentation titled, “Mentoring Support for Diverse Engaged Scholars,” explores evidence based best practices in mentoring conducted through a study in the Midwestern United States. With the help of long-time researching colleague, Dr. Beth Vanderveer, the two investigated the nature and functions of mentoring and mentoring networks employed to nurture the careers of diverse engaged scholars in the teaching and human service professions.

The study findings suggest the benefits of mentoring networks for engaged scholars, especially international faculty, and they outline the nature of effective mentoring. This includes mentors’ skilled use of educational diplomacy within the mentoring network in order to help mentees maintain an orientation toward the professional requirements of teaching, scholarship, and service in the academy.

While presenting on the broader topic of mentoring in the teaching and human services professions, Trube seeks to foster a culture of mentoring at OUC as well.

“I do have the personal goal of fostering a mentoring culture within the education programs at OUC,” she noted. “When our ‘future teacher’ graduates enter the teaching profession, they will be receptive mentees as first-year teachers in the state of Ohio’s resident educator program. Karen Corcoran, Dr. Jamie Harmount and I believe in, and work to facilitate, skills and dispositions needed by our OUC graduates to be excellent mentees, peer mentors, and future mentors.”

 Not only will Trube present her research on mentoring engaged scholars, but she will also serve as a panelist discussing research being conducting on new mentoring programs at Ohio University.

Trube credits her success in the mentoring field to her time spent at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her doctoral degree in education.

“Cross-cultural mentoring support through mentoring networks was emphasized [in graduate school] because we were a diverse group. My preparation stayed with me and provided a strong foundation for the research focus I’ve pursued for the past seven years, which is mentoring engaged scholars with the skills of education diplomacy,” Trube explained.

The skills of educational diplomacy involve such areas as appreciative inquiry, cultural competence, flexible thinking, mindfulness, reflective practice, and so forth, which will be components of the presentation Trube will give in London. But far from educational diplomacy are the basics of mentoring that people can utilize and apply each day.

“As we work toward our goals in life, we want someone who can impart knowledge, offer support and encouragement, provide honest feedback, and act as a sponsor by helping us connect to networks that foster our future careers – in other words, we need a mentor,” Trube said.

But not only a mentor, she explained, but a mentoring network – one that embodies the characteristics of support, friendship, and encouragement.

“The reality is, we need a mentoring network – our friend who helps us get by, a sponsor who opens doors, a cheerleader who recognizes our uniqueness, and a teacher who challenges us to reach our potential.”

Dr. Trube is an established professor, scholar, author and researcher in the field of education and mentoring. She has served extensively in conjunction with the China, Canada, United States English Immersion (CCUEI) research collaborative since 2000 and is a frequent presenter at the Mentoring Institute of the University of New Mexico. Dr. Trube also serves as a graduate faculty member at the Patton College of Education on Ohio University’s main campus.

Gates Foundation Scholars announced for 2017

In a 13-year time frame, more than 180 Ross County students pursing a degree in higher education have received funding to tackle their educational endeavors thanks to the Gates Foundation.

This year, the Gates Foundation will once again award 12 students scholarships from the Ross County Scholar’s Fund to help offset the cost of an undergraduate college education not covered by financial aid and/or scholarships. In total, the scholarship fund will eventually reach $10 million in financial assistance given to students.

 Five new recipients were added to the list of outstanding scholars with seven previous scholarship beneficiaries receiving funding to continue their studies. This year, seven of the 12 recipients will attend college at Ohio University in Athens or at Ohio University Chillicothe.

Chillicothe native Larry Gates, and his wife, Mary, established the fund in 2004 to pave the way toward attaining a degree for area students in Ross County.

When reflecting on the inception of the scholarship program, Gates noted, “When we originally started our foundation, we were so impressed with how helpful the local Dean and the foundation staff in Athens were in assisting us. Meeting such wonderful young people and their families has been most gratifying to us since the start of the Scholarship Program.”

 It isn’t hard to detect the passion interlaced into the foundation’s creators, who reminisced openly about the propensity for success, aptitude and educational well-roundedness that the scholarship recipients display. Many have seen great success thanks to the generosity of the Gates family and have pursed graduate level degrees or sought out rigorous academic endeavors.

“We are so blessed to have Ohio University in our community – an institution that’s such a source of pride for us all,” Gates said while articulating the wonderful opportunity the school provides to the surrounding area.

 Each year, students submit applications for first time award or renewal of the scholarship which are sent to the committee for selection.

 Selection criteria for the scholarship includes potential to succeed in college as determined by high school grades and college entrance scores, letters of reference and financial need.  The scholarships are renewable for up to an additional three years for those who continue to qualify. Students may attend the college or university of their choices.  

 2017 The Gates Foundation – Ross County Scholars

The new recipients include:

  • Darby Pillow - attending Ohio University

  • Jeffrey Postage – attending Otterbein University

  • Ann Shelby – attending Ohio University

  • Michael Stauffer - attending Ohio University

  • Sydney Tackett - attending Ohio University

 Renewed recipients include:

  • Justin Dye – attending Ohio University Chillicothe

  • Casaundra Parker – attending The Ohio State University

  • Courtney Parker - attending The Ohio State University

  • Abbey Perry – attending Shawnee State University

  • Izabella Timmons – attending the University of Findlay

  • Katherine McMahon – attending Ohio University

  • Jillian Pontius – attending Ohio University

 Gates Foundation directors include Nicole McLaughlin, Michelle Shanholtzer, Matthew Haller, Kimberly Hirsch, Nancy Harris, Jack Jeffery and Valerie Miller.
Mr. Gates is a retired executive with Philip Morris Companies and has been extremely active in the Chillicothe community and with Ohio University. He has served as a Chairman of the Regional Coordinating Council and served on the board of directors for the Ohio University Foundation in Athens. Additionally, he worked to develop the concept for the Entrepreneur Center and served as fundraising chairmen for the OUC Child Development Center.

The donor-advised fund is administered by The Ohio University Foundation, the private fundraising arm of the university.

More information on The Gates Foundation-Ross County Scholar's Fund is available online at

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Researching America's popular culture archives

For the second year in a row, Bowling Green State University hosted select scholars, which included Ohio University Chillicothe’s Dr. Tony Vinci, from around the world to research and develop projects from the Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library.

More than 20 scholars attended the five-day summer research institute where utilized their time and research efforts studying aspects of the Ray and Pat Brown Popular Culture Library to publish works in the field of popular culture.  The Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library for Popular Culture Studies was founded in 1969 and is the most comprehensive repository of its kind in the United States featuring such works as popular fiction, popular entertainment, graphic arts, magazines and more.

OUC Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Vinci, focused on three primary areas for his research while attending: ghost stories written by women in the 1950s and 60s; Philip K. Dick, a notable science fiction writer; and Rossum’s Universal Robots, a play written in the 1920s which introduced the word “robot” into the English language.

These three topics, in the realm of popular culture, are just the tip of the iceberg for areas that can be researched and written about, making the collection at the RPBPCL even more important to popular culture scholars.   

For Vinci, he’ll be digging deep into these unique topics – which he’s written extensively about -for future publications, books, articles and use in his teachings at OUC.

He was able to review the juxtaposition of advertisements, recipes and other articles in popular magazines from the 1950s and 60s beside the ghost stories that were published.

“It was really cool to see articles written by women for women on how you should watch a film, how to do your makeup, and how to deal with the pressures of growing up female in the ‘50s,” he explained. “So, I wanted to see what those were like in addition to this very strange, counter-cultural ghost story during that time.”

What he found was completely different than what he had been taught about the role of these magazines during this time frame.

“After reading all of these, it seems to me that they [the magazines] are much smarter, more politically progressive and thoughtful than they have ever been given credit for.”  He had noticed a unique undertone that contained shreds of feminism and counter-culture weaved into the writings in the “how-to” articles.

He plans to use portions of his findings in the women’s magazines as possible footnotes or fun tid-bits of information readers can pick up while entwined in his ghost story research. He also plans to bring these narratives to light in his classes when discussing the impact of the Holocaust in American literature and how our culture evolved in the 1950s post-Holocaust era.

Secondly, Vinci spent time researching the vulnerabilities associated with Science Fiction writer Philip K. Dick, which is a theme he works with often in his writings about Sci-Fi. 

He viewed personal letters written from Dick to his daughter that showcased this vulnerability. He plans on using them in his classes to highlight Dick’s motives behind his Science Fiction writing and also in a forthcoming book where he will pen a chapter on the author.

Lastly, Vinci was able to access rare, unpublished copies of Rossumovi UniverzálnĂ­ Roboti or Rossum’s Universal Robots in their American translated forms. Vinci noted that there are currently only two English translations and the copies he accessed were varied in their translations and one even contained photographs from the play’s first American production, which hadn’t been published. 

He described that he works extensively with this play to uncover the struggle with comprehending the women’s suffrage movement in the early 20th century and the European reaction to American women’s right to vote. He also looks at the introduction of the word “robot” into the English language and how this played a part in the culture at that time.

Vinci will include his research on R.U.R. in a future chapter for a colleague’s book.

In the short five-day span at the research institute, Dr. Vinci captured content that will drive future research, publications and classroom material, but that’s just a fragment of the work he’s accomplished recently. 

This year alone, he has had one journal article accepted for a special edition in Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts on how female bodies are portrayed in young adult fantasy literature through post human philosophy. He also won a travel research grant for the popular culture institute and has three book chapters coming out on: Clive Barker, where he discusses how a queer fantasy writer incorporates African American identities in his work; young adult fantasy on post human philosophy; and trauma, where he looks at how fantasy narratives help us understand the Holocaust in ways traditional writing can’t.

In addition to his scholarship, Vinci gave three conference papers presentations for: The Popular Culture Association on images of animal trauma in popular culture; On teaching spectrality, or the study of ghosts, into the classroom; and how to imagine history without human beings in it from the perspective of the apocalypse at a Science Fiction conference.

He also has other writings in the work that he hopes to get published in the future, as well as working to finishing his book and get it published.

Vinci has no plans of stopping in terms of his research on popular culture or introduction of new and exciting course work at OUC. He is a contributor on the campus’ cultural committee and also provides commentary for numerous events such as talk backs, film festivals and other presentations.
Students who are interested in gaining more exposure to popular culture teachings can enroll in any of the Fall classes Dr. Vinci will be teaching: Intro to Film, OUC’s first film class focusing on popular films from the last 20 years; 20th Century American Literature; Intro to Fiction and Non-Fiction; and Intro to College Writing.