Wednesday, May 25, 2016

COSI on Wheels to bring astronomy exhibit to OU-C

COSI on Wheels will present “Astounding Astronomy” on June 22 in the Shoemaker Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe as part of the Kids in College program. Students in kindergarten through third grade can experience the program from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and students in grades four through six can view the presentation from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The program includes a presentation as well as hands-on activities at eight stations. The program allows students to study concepts such as how scientists navigate to distant planets using remotely-operated vehicles or use spectroscopy to examine how gases burn in different arrangements of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Registration deadline is June 3, and individuals can register children in the OU-C Technology and Business Development Center (room 139) on Pohlman Road.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Chillicothe Campus hosts events designed for high school students and the College Credit Plus program

OU-C recently held a pair of events to connect with current and prospective high school students who are looking to pursue high school and college credit concurrently through the College Credit Plus program.

This program, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, allows students to earn high school and college credits at the same time by taking courses from college or university campuses. Students are admitted on their college-readiness in one or more subject areas. Participation in the program allows students to pursue more rigorous academic coursework beyond the high school setting and reduce the time and costs of attending college after high school.

The campus hosted a reception to recognize students who pursued the College Credit Plus initiative on campus during the 2015-16 academic year.

During fall semester, 142 students from area schools, as well as home-schooled students, pursued the program on the Chillicothe Campus, with 117 students participating during spring semester.

Also, the campus held a College Credit Ready workshop for prospective College Credit Plus students. The event began with a panel discussion to address participation in the program with nearly 50 Chillicothe High School students who are interested in possibly pursuing the program. Panelists included current College Credit Plus students as well as OU-C faculty and staff members.

The panelists are actively engaged with the program and were able to provide insightful answers to questions that the high school participants submitted through their guidance counselors.

Among topics of discussion were the challenge of balancing college classes with high school activities; the size and length of college classes; the time commitment that is required for completing college assignments; flexibility in meeting deadline assignments; the importance of regular class attendance; and blending with older students.

Following the panel discussion, the high school students also took a tour of campus and participated in mock college classes with OU-C faculty members. The spirit of the event was to give the local students a practical sampling of college life so they can make informed decisions about their academic futures, especially regarding the College Credit Plus program.

The workshop was the result of a college readiness forum the campus held in the fall of 2015.  That event was focused on preparing area students for success in college and involved a dialogue with educators and administrators from campus as well as individuals from area high schools, middle schools and area college campuses. The focus was to develop practical ways to help students succeed so they can make the most of their college experience.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Informational meeting scheduled for upcoming SOPTI Basic Police Academy class

An informational meeting for individuals interested in enrolling in the Basic Police Academy Class that begins in July will be held at 4 p.m. on May 26 in room 111 of the Technology and Business Development Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The class is sponsored by the Southern Ohio Police Training Institute and offers a first step for those seeking careers in law enforcement. The technology and business development center is located at 26 N. Pohlman Rd., Chillicothe.

Individuals will need to bring a valid driver’s license and social security card.

Interviews will be scheduled before and after the informational meeting. To RSVP and schedule an interview, please contact SOPTI Commander Terri Mikesh by May 24 at 740-774-7286 or


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

OU-C adjunct faculty member and student lead award-winning science writing project for Unioto Elementary classroom

By student public relations writer Leah Sternberger
A class of second grade students at Unioto Elementary School led by Jennifer Domo, adjunct faculty member in education at Ohio University-Chillicothe, and Jaimee Jenkins, an early childhood education major, recently won the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition.

The national competition encourages students to get to the edge of scientific discovery by writing about a technological or scientific development on the topics of food, energy, protection or innovation. The SCOPES (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) class’ book was chosen first in the nation out of 9,000 entries.

The second graders’ winning book was about health and nutrition. With guidance from Domo and Jenkins, the students extensively researched and worked together to illustrate and explain their findings in writing. The finished book was made up of work entirely done by the students.

As winners of the national competition, Unioto Elementary will receive a trophy in addition to a collection of Britannica eBooks and encyclopedias for scientific research. Each child in the second grade SCOPES class will receive a free bag of scientific materials, and the whole school will receive a "Science is Fun" day hosted by DuPont and NASA.

Additionally, Domo and Jenkins will attend the 2017 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference for free in Los Angeles next March.

“We’re really going to benefit from attending the conference,” said Domo.  “We will have the opportunity to network with teachers from across the country and meet vendors who can supply us with tech materials for our children to use in the classroom.”

For Jenkins, the conference offers an opportunity to jumpstart her career in education, and to learn how to bring science and exploration into the classroom.

“The NSTA Conference is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for me,” Jenkins said.  “Personally, I love science and I love the curiosity it instills in young children so being able to attend this conference and learn new ways to incorporate science into my future classroom is going to be an amazing experience. I have already assured all of my Early Childhood peers that when I return I will share all of my knowledge and resources with them to jump start more science education in our area.”

The experience has been extremely valuable for Jenkins and speaks to the career training she has received during her field work in Domo's SCOPES classroom at Unioto Elementary.

“This opportunity has made me even more excited to start my career in early childhood education and to bring new and exciting science experiences to the children in my classroom. With this experience and with the knowledge I have gained, I hope to be an asset to whatever school district I end up teaching in.”

Domo believes the second grade class’ success is evidence of the successful partnership between OU-C and Unioto Elementary.

“Our students’ success in the competition and growth in the classroom is a result of the wonderful partnership Unioto has with Ohio University. It’s a win-win for the elementary school, the college and the students. This is proof of the caliber of the program and the power of collaborating to create a learning environment where everyone thrives,” Domo said.