Friday, October 21, 2016

Chillicothe Campus faculty members celebrated at OHIO’s Faculty Newsmakers Gala

Ken Larimore, an assistant professor of social work and social work program coordinator at the Chillicothe Campus, and Nicholas Kiersey, an associate professor of political science, were among those celebrated at Ohio University’s second annual Faculty Newsmakers Gala on October 18.

The Faculty Newsmakers Gala debuted last fall as a means of honoring Ohio University faculty who elevate the University and raise its national and global profile through media coverage of their work and expertise and, in some cases, participation in OHIO’s Experts Directory. Hosted by University Communications and Marketing (UCM) in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, this year’s event was held the evening of Oct. 18 in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

This year’s gala was held in celebration of 142 faculty members – representing nine colleges on the Athens Campus and four of OHIO’s regional campuses – who were featured in more than 2,600 media reports during the 2015 calendar year.

“Ohio University boasts a network of campus communicators committed to enhancing the University’s reputation and brand recognition, and we are proud to call each of our faculty newsmakers part of that team,” said Renea Morris, OHIO’s chief marketing officer. “Our celebration this evening is a special way to express our appreciation to them and to everyone who plays a role in promoting our University and the great work that takes place here at OHIO.”

Howard Dewald, associate provost for faculty and academic planning, had the honor of presenting special recognition awards to 19 OHIO faculty newsmakers – those who earned the most media placements in 2015 as well as those who were quoted in media reports related to the Associated Press’ “Top 10 Stories of 2015.”

“You serve our community as distinguished educators, scholars, mentors and researchers, but tonight, we honor you as ambassadors of this University and thank you for your efforts,” Dewald said.

The 20 faculty newsmakers who received special recognition were presented awards designed by UCM. Dubbed the “Keystroke Catalyst Awards,” the awards are fashioned as a typewriter. “The typewriter remains timeless in its symbolism, underscoring the wide-ranging impact a single person can have on enriching others across the region or even around the world,” said Morris.

“We have pride in Ken and Nick, as well as all of our faculty at Ohio University Chillicothe, who put in long hours and great dedication to their profession, scholarship  and their students,” said Chillicothe Dean Martin Tuck. “Ken and Nick are so deserving of this recognition at the University-wide level and I offer them my congratulations.”

For more information about the Faculty Newsmakers Gala, visit

11th Annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza scheduled for Oct. 28

The Human Services Association (HSA) of Ohio University Chillicothe will sponsor the 11th Annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza (TOTE) from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 in OU-C’s Shoemaker Center gymnasium.

Because of the generosity of Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty and administration and co-sponsors, there is no cost to enter this event. However, attendees are encouraged but not required to bring gently used or new clothing or canned goods to donate.

TOTE provides a safe place for children and families to attend. Students, agencies and local organizations will host a treat alley, as well as activities such as five bounce houses, arts & crafts, face painting, and games. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Many organizations, businesses, social service agencies, other student clubs, and public officials are participating in various ways.

A truck or van will be stationed at the upper walkway to the Shoemaker Center for collection of donated items. The donations of coats, jeans, or other clothing items will be given to the First Presbyterian Church’s Children’s Clothing Bank located on Fourth Street.  The canned goods will be donated to the Good Samaritan Food Bank.

The students in the Human Services Association has sponsored this event to encourage attendees to learn about the various social service agencies, to support the agencies, and to have a safe place for families to go for Trick or Treat in an accessible location.  

Treat table sponsors are still needed. For more information about how to participate read more here:

Or, contact Barbara Mahaffey, Human Services Technology Program Coordinator at (740) 774-7287 or by email at

University community invited to view Innovation Strategy letters of intent, join projects

Ohio University has accepted 31 letters of intent for Cycle 2 funding of the Innovation Strategy program. The institution has allocated up to $4.4 million for new innovative initiatives.

Four broad portfolios of topical areas are identified for potential investment, with support that can encompass the full spectrum of the university’s activities—including teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creative activity and the operational functions of the university.

“There continues to be a high degree of interest by our faculty and staff in cross-cutting, interdisciplinary collaboration, as demonstrated by the number of letters of intent we received,” said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College. “We received submissions from 172 team participants from 48 departments and programs, representing 12 colleges and administrative units.”

The university community can view the letters of intent at (An Ohio University ID and password is required.) The letters are listed by the name of the principal investigator (PI) and title of project. A spreadsheet that lists all submitted letters also is available at the site.

Teams who submitted letters are encouraged to look for synergies with other projects, as teams with common interests have the option of merging efforts for submission of pre-proposals.

Faculty, staff and students also are encouraged to review the letters, and, if interested, contact the existing teams to explore joining existing projects, Shields said.

All teams interested in submitting pre-proposals in January must first meet with a representative of the Research Division by Dec. 15. Teams must send meeting requests to

The Request for Proposals, a Frequently Asked Questions guide and other information can be found at the Innovation Strategy webpage.

Assistant Professor of Nursing presents poster at National League for Nursing conference

Kellie Adams, Assistant Professor of Nursing, recently presented a poster, 'Using Smartphone Technology in the Flipped Classroom: A New Paradigm Shift,' at the National League for Nursing 2016 Education Summit.

Adams' poster was one of fifty posters chosen to present at the national conference.  A focus of Adams’ research, the poster highlighted the use of technology and active learning strategies.

“I’d like to extend a special 'thank you' to my faculty colleague Allison White for assisting with the poster editing,” commented Adams. “I chose an out of the box poster format to grab the eye of many walking by the posters and it worked. Because of this, I received two national journal editor's contact information requesting a future publication on my work.”